Yuto Knocks Out The Competition!

GV students unleashed their inner Rocky to win an Everglades Champagne Tea thanks to Tribal Travel this afternoon.

The gloves were off and the Wii remotes were on in the TV Room at 2pm this afternoon! The boys were signing up to play and the girls were watching with interest to see what the fuss was about. As the first round began between Yuto and Felipe, the girls realised how easy it was to play and decided to sign up as well. Showing no mercy, Ashlee beat most of the boys and made it to the final round with Yuto. It was down to the last punch and with a last reserve of energy Yuto knocked out Ashlee to win the boxing Wii Wars. The 2011 Wii War has officially begun…. who will win the next battle?

Vocabulary Top Tip!

Here’s some great vocabulary tips from Justin, the DOS at GV Byron Bay.

Hi Guys, As the Cambridge exams are nearing now is the time to really sit down and learn as much vocabulary as you possibly can. I thought I’d share one good technique to help you. The keyword method can be used in a wide variety of situations and has a range of helpful applications. One very useful application for using the keyword technique is to use it for learning vocabulary.

This technique can be seen as a four part process.

The keyword technique can help you to remember vocabulary you might otherwise forget. For example, if you need to remember that barrister is another word for lawyer, first create a keyword for the unfamiliar word, barrister. Remember, a keyword is a word that sounds like the new word and is easily pictured. A good keyword for barrister could be a bar (as in where people drink together).

Create a picture of the keyword and the definition doing something together. Make the most interesting picture you can think of where the two words interact. For example, a picture of a lawyer sitting having a few drinks in a bar in his white wig could be an easy way to remember these two words! Any image that is fun and that you can remember is fine!

Give it a go! There has been lots of research into vocabulary acquisition and for higher level learners this has been proven to be very successful!

Thanks Justin!

Three urgent jobs!

We have three positions that local employers have asked us to fill. These are urgent, so get your resume sorted and apply now!!

Kitchen Staff
– Sushi Wave Peregian Beach – $19.10/hour .  You will need functional English, and experience in cooking/hospitality is an advantage.  Business visa sponsorship may be considered.  Please call at the shop with your resume between 3pm-4pm.  Alternatively, you can email your resume to sushiwave@yahoo.com.au.  Shop 9, Peregian Beach Boardwalk, 224 David Low Way, Peregian Beach

Dishwasher – URGENT!! – 0413 424 039

Nightshift – 7-11 Noosa Junction – Mandarin speaking ability an advantage.  Must be able to work 11pm to 7am.  Call 0413 – 317 – 452

These positions are urgent, so hurry up and call!!  Talk to Cindy if you need a hand with your resume.

Swiss Sense of Humour???!

Every four weeks students receive a report from their teacher and give a report on their teacher. See read the wonderful ‘tongue in cheek’ comment I received from Lukas in CPE.


Merrilyn is not only a remarkably skilled teacher but also she is exceptionally gifted in interacting with the class. Therefore, school has become my favourite part of the day. Needless to say, that her outstanding sense of humour lays the foundation for an extraordinary good atmosphere.

No, seriously, everything is good.

Luka Hemgartner

Job Opportunites

If you are looking for a job in Australia then you will require a Tax File Number. If you have not applied for one then please bring your passport and details to the activity desk and we can assist you.

Kitchen Staff
Sushi Wave @ Peregian Beach
Experience in hospitality / cooking an advantage
Please see GV notice board for more information

Bar, Gaming and Restaurant Staff
Noosa Heads Bowls Club @ Noosa Junction
Click here for more information

Administrative Assistant
21st Century Real Estate @ Noosaville
Click here for more information

Halse Lodge Backpackers @ Noosa Heads
Click here for more information

Registration and Admin Clerk
Madill Motor Group @ Noosaville
Click here for more information

Food and Beverage Attendants
Noosa Springs Resort @ Noosa Heads
Click here for more information

Bi-Lingual Backpacker Consultant
Noosa Junction
Click here for more information

Check out these websites everyday for new job opportunities:

Half Price Tours – This Week Only!

Take advantage of this special student offer to book half-price tickets for 2 of Noosa’s best tours.

Merricks’s Learn To Surf is one of the world’s best surf schools.  Located on the famous Noosa main beach where the water is warm and waist deep, Learn To Surf offers safe, professional and fun surf lessons.  Trained instructors use new technology soft surf boards and teaching techniques, providing you with your best ever chance to stand-up on the board.  Make sure someone has a camera ready when you catch your very first wave! 

Boomerang Tours Hinterland Day Tour is fast getting a reputation for being one of Noosa’s best days out.  Jump on board the Boomerang Tours air-conditioned bus, and head inland to the famous Eumundi Markets.  Then onto Kondalilla National Park and Waterfall for a rock pool swim and a FREE sausage sizzle lunch.  Next is Montville Mountain Village with over 100 craft shops, cafes and pubs.  And lastly onto the Mary Cairncross Reserve for a rainforest walk to spot pademelons (small kangaroos), and a stunning view of the Glass House Mountains.  Pick-up/drop off, lunch and all national park fees included. 

This special offer is only valid for tickets booked by 5pm on Friday 4 March at Tribal Travel.  Open-dated tickets are valid for 3 months. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to save $60 and have fun in Noosa!

GV Noosa Teachers Never Stop Learning

It is real dedication! Once a month, GV Noosa teachers stay late on a Friday afternoon to share teaching ideas.

This week it was the turn of Sonia, Sharon and Michelle to inform and entertain their colleagues. Thanks guys, we all enjoyed your session.

Make Friends For Life At GV Noosa

If you are thinking about studying English and meeting new people from around the world then GV Noosa is the place to be!

Just like Chantal, Evelyn and Mariana, you will meet and make life long friends from all around the world at GV Noosa. These lovely ladies attended the college three years ago and decided this year to meet up and travel to England for a reunion. They sent us a postcard to say hello and that they are having a great time talking about their experiences in Noosa!

Relax To The Max At KB’s

GV Noosa students chilled out last night at the After Dark GV student night.

Last night was all about singing, socialising, drinking and relaxing! The sounds of vocal hopefuls singing their hearts out to win the van jam prize was the perfect background music for a relaxed night with friends. Everyone was in good spirits and being very cautious with their drinking after last week’s tequila overdose!

Bend It Like Beckham!

Wednesday soccer got a little bit fancy today with students showing off their ball skills.

Even though it was raining… then sunny… then raining… then sunny… a few students braved the indecisive weather and came down to the Lions Park for a game of soccer (or ‘football’ as some insist on calling it!). What was intended as a casual game of soccer ended up with students showing off their fancy footwork and making Cindy the acting activity officer learn a ball skill or two. She was not allowed to leave the field till she could bounce the ball with her feet and knees four times without dropping it. Thirty minutes later to everyone’s amusement four bounces were miraculously made and Cindy was allowed to finally sit on the sideline and take some really awesome pics!

Have You Got Talent?

Head to After Dark GV at KB’s this Thursday and sing your way to the Ultimate Australia Tour prize!

Van Jam is a national music competition travelling to all the best backpacker locations in Australia to discover new talent. There will be a special VanJam Van which will record videos of the best talent who will be posted online and the video with the most votes will win the Ultimate Tour Prize! They will also be giving out loads more prizes on the night, hosting a music quiz and involving everyone with other games too.

Get there at 8pm for your free dinner and be ready to party After Dark GV style till midnight!

Job Opportunities

Attention Job seekers: Don’t forget to attend the Job Workshop held every Tuesday and Wednesday with Sandra in Room 2 at 2pm!

Light Domestic Work – Start ASAP
Cleaner wanted for private house in Noosa Junction area. Casual work. Cash in hand. Please see Cindy at the activity desk for more information.

Food and Beverage Attendants
Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort
Click here for more information

Food and Beverage Attendants
Tewantin Noosa RSL
Click here for more information

Casual Chef/Cook
Noosa Heads
Click here for more information

Nursery Hand
Plants of Noosa
Click here for more information

Little Cove Noosa
Click here for more information

Check out these websites everyday for new job opportunities:

Get up close and personal with your favourite animals

Australia Zoo has numerous encounters available for you to have the ultimate animal experience!

Just like Lara who has always wanted to hug a koala (pictured above), you too can create your own ultimate animal experience at Australia Zoo. Care to relax on the grass while hand-feeding some hungry wombats, or strut your stuff with the rebels of Aussie wildlife? You can take a walk on the wild side with a majestic tiger, enjoy some dingo kisses, hand-feed a giant tortoise and much more! Where else in the world can you experience so much hands-on wildlife action in one day? Australia Zoo is right at the forefront of wildlife conservation for a reason – they’re on a mission to make you fall in love with their amazing animals! Click here to see all the Australia Zoo animal encounters and prices.

Pretty in Pink

Sandra’s Pre Intermediate D class was limited in numbers last Friday because of students partying a little too hard at the Thursday student Mexican Fiesta night!

They all claimed to be absent due to a ‘Tequila headache’. So today the Tequila loving students Andre, Sonia and Felipe had to wear pink wigs all day to make up for their sleeping in on Friday!

FREE TOUR – Looking For Wild Kangaroos

Tribal Travel is offering a free tour to all Global Village students … looking for wild kangaroos.

Kangaroos are the iconic symbol of Australia, and even though many people may have seen them at a zoo, nothing is quite like the experience of spotting them in the wild. 

This weird and wonderful animal is most easily spotted at dawn and dusk in large grassy fields, paddocks and golf courses.  Take advantage of local knowledge and visit the areas where kangaroos are most prominently seen around Noosa.

If you’d like to book on this free tour THIS THURSDAY, just head to the Tribal Travel shop to put your name down.  Or speak to one of the lovely Tribal Travel girls when they come into your school.

Please note:  There is no guarantee of spotting kangaroos, but we’ll try and it’ll be fun!

The Burgers Are Better At GV

The students showed us their international culinary skills today at the Master Chef challenge.

The challenge for today’s activity was to make the ultimate burger using only the ingredients provided. GV staff Cath and Cindy had the prestigious and stomach filling task of tasting every burger and rating their presentation and taste. There were cheesy burgers, meaty burgers, sloppy burgers and even a burger with orange in it! There were no oranges as part of the ingredients so that burger was disqualified… or perhaps the judges were too scared to taste it! It was Lara’s burger who wowed the judges with her secret sauce and perfectly cooked burger. Lara won a $20 gift card for her amazing burger and was crowned the GV Burger Queen!

Students Get Loco at Fiesta Night

KB’s Restaurant and Bar had a special Mexican Fiesta party for the Thursday GV student night.

Students were given a free mexican dinner followed by plenty of dancing, fun and games. There were pool competitions, limbo and a rather revealing way of playing heads or tails. Sombrero’s and fake moustaches were handed out free by the Sierra promo team and of course… the Tequila was flowing till midnight!

GV Noosa Nurses Milly Towards A Successful Career

I interviewed Milly Li from Taiwan today about her Australian Study Experience

Why did you come to Australia to study English?

Originally I came to Australia to experience a different lifestyle. I worked in a tomato farm and then travelled.  I found myself really enjoying the lifestyle and environment here so I decided to stay. In order to communicate better with local people and also to get my nursing qualification I needed to study English.

What course/s have you studied so far?

I have finished a twelve week IELTS course and I am now in the Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation course.

How do you think these courses at GV have helped you achieve your long term goals?

In this course I study with European students whose English is really good and that helps me improve a lot. Besides that, this course is very intensive and makes me push myself harder to catch up with the other students which is good for me too.

What do you enjoy about studying at GV Noosa?

The teachers are absolutely wonderful and they always give me a lot of help and encouragement. In addition, I have met some good friends here and I enjoy the multicultural environment. 

What is your impression of living in Noosa and what advice would you give other students who want to choose Noosa as a study destination?

Beautiful weather and beaches. My advice is to prepare your swimming suit and sunscreen lotion, you will definitely get sunburnt – no, get a lot of fun here. It is a good place filled with nice people for studying and living.

Thank you Milly for taking the time to talk to us. We are sure you will achieve  your dream of being a nurse in Australia. 

Breakfast Celebration

FCE 2 and FCE were happy to come to school early yesterday morning as their teachers Anne and Sharon had organised a Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Everyone got into the spirit, wearing red, with some girls even making red flowers.  A breakfast of croissants, savoury bread, champagne and juice was enjoyed by all as well as a couple of Valentine’s Day activities before they all got back to serious study again.

So Saucy!!!

GV Noosa got a little saucy today at the Valentine’s Day Barbecue.  Prizes were up for grabs for the first two people who would kiss in front of everybody with sauce on their lips for five whole seconds.

Lara (Brazilian) and Jimmy (French) were the first couple to step forward for the challenge.  Their first kiss was not long enough so they were asked to do it again.  They won a surf lesson and an Australian Zoo pass courtesy of Tribal Travel.

Emilio (Spanish) was really keen to get a prize but it took him a little longer to find a daring candidate, soon enough he found Thays (Brazilian) and the two of them sauce kissed for five seconds and won themselves a trip to Underwater World.

Congratulations to our saucy Valentine’s.  Hopefully tonight will bring everybody love and happiness!



Have you every thought how amazing it would be to get away from everything for while.  Well now you can, with one of the newest and best tours available on the East Coast.


What better way to find yourself, have new experiences and make everyone at home jealous! 

The Castaway Island tour costs just $259, including 2 light aircraft flights and 1 night camping on Middle Island.  Just $30 for extra nights.  The departure is from the trendy, surf town of 1770, which in itself is worth a visit.  It’s exclusive to Tribal Travel, so speak to one of the Tribal girls if you’d like more information.

Live the dream!


Brazilian student Ananda Assmar Oliveira studied at GV Noosa for over 1 year.  At the end of last year many of her friends left the college and she stayed on to finish her BEC course.  Today it was her time to go.

Ananda participated in most activities and always put her best effort into her studies.  She was a familiar face around the school and no short of friends.  Last night over 100 students gathered at a local party to wish Ananda a safe trip home.

Today she visited the school to express her final farewell to what she has known as home for the past year, GV Noosa.

“Just now I realise how hard it is to say goodbye!  When I decided to come to Australia to learn English, I had no idea how important it would mean to my life.  Living in Noosa and studying at GV made me realise the true meaning of learning English.  Learning English helped me not just in my professional life but in my personal life too.  Learning English I could make lovely friends, learn new cultures, understand the world better and admire its differences.

I would like to say thank you for everybody who was part of my learning process, my homestay who helped me when I could say nothing, my teacher’s Phil and Tim and the others from the optional classes, the GV management, to my lovely friend Nadia who always helps us with everything and to all my friends from Noosa!

I had a really wonderful time here in Australia and I owe it all to you guys!  I hope to see you again in some part of the world!

Kisses!   Ananda


‘Cambridge PET Leads to FCE Successs!’

Korean student In Kyung Kim recently completed the PET course and is now studying for the FCE exam in GV Noosa.

 Talking about her experience of the PET course she said, ‘The best thing about the PET course was the teacher.  Our teacher was very kind, thoughtful and always taught us in a way we could understand everything easily.’

‘ The PET course really improves your grammar skills and you learn how to use grammar in your speaking and writing more accurately.  I would definitely recommend the PET course as it really helps you understand the basics and progress to FCE.  The FCE is harder than the PET and PET is a good step to preparing for FCE.’

In Kyung recently achieved the highest pass mark in her FCE class for a grammar test.  She feels that her attendance on the PET course has helped her to become the star of the classroom!  Well done In Kyung and good luck in the forthcoming FCE exam!

Brazilian Life in Noosa

“Most of the Brazilian’s I meet who study at GV Noosa never want to leave.  They are always trying to extend their studies, extend their visa and find long-term employment they love it here so much!” says activity coordinator Nadia Colbourn.

Nadia asked Marcos and Claudio from Brazil to write a paragraph on how studying in Noosa makes them feel.

Marcos V Araujo’s Experience

Noosa is a good place to study.  I live here because it is small and I don’t need to get a bus to go to school and go out.  There are few places to go out but I like this because I like small cities.  I like my classmates, they are very friendly.  Usually after school we go to the beach or have barbecues in the park.

I have got a lovely teacher, she responds to all my questions and is always concerned about making sure her students are learning.  My class is good because we have students from all different countries and I have opportunities to get to know these people from all different places.

Claudio Mazali’s Experience

My class is very funny because there are students from Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Peru and Japan.  even though my classmates have fun they are very dedicated to their study.  My teacher helps us every time when we need it and they talk about many interesting things.  I like living in Noosa because it is very quiet and the beaches are so near that you can go there every day.


If you’re looking for some nightlife in Noosa, then look no further than TRIBAL NIGHT tonight.

 Tribal Night has been running for nearly 2 years, and has a well-earned reputation for being the best backpacker and student night in Noosa. 

This Monday we’ll be celebrating the success of the night by making it bigger and better than ever.

Come and meet the Tribal Travel team.  Claim your free meal, cheap drinks and travel voucher (to be used against any tour booked at Tribal Travel Noosa).  Be in with a chance to win a Great Barrier Reef dive trip for 2 people, or one of many other prizes drawn before 10pm.

And as if that’s not enough there’ll be a body paint artist waiting to unleash her creativity on YOU, and our resident DJ will be pumping out top tunes until 2am.

Most importantly, WEAR SOMETHING RED to receive this great package of freebies that will make your night one to remember.

Pool and Pizza on a Friday Afternoon

The student’s at GV Noosa work hard all week, studying day after day and night after night, it is no wonder they head up to Nomad’s Backpackers for a piece of hot cheesy pizza and to cool off in the shady pool.

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‘Cambridge PET Perfect Pathway to IELTS’

French student Noemie Robuchon was delighted with her recent PET examination result.  She scored an ‘exceptional’ mark for her writing and passed the exam with a ‘Merit’ score.


Talking about her experience of the PET course she said, ‘I liked the way we learned best.  It wasn’t just grammar.  Our teacher, Kerri, found fun ways to teach us.  We did a lot of activities and games.  This course is good for learning all the basics in English, as it gives you a lot of confidence.  This course was particularly helpful preparation for the IELTS course that I am studying now at GV Noosa.  It has helped me to cope with the grammar on the IELTS course by teaching me the basics.  If you want a pathway to IELTS, it’s the best thing to do.’

Noemie finishes her studies at GV in 2 weeks time to go travelling in New Zealand and Australia.  Good luck Noemie!

Activity Update – Week Starting 7th February 2010

Hi GV!  Next week we have some fun and exciting activities to participate in so don’t forget to check out the activity board for updates.

Monday 7th Feb – CIRCUS TRICKS (common room 2pm)

 Wednesday 9th Feb – BEACH VOLLEYBALL (outside Main Beach Surf Club 2:30pm, walk down with Nadia at 2pm)

Wednesday 9th Feb – SOCCER (check board for details)

Thursday 10th Feb –GV AFTER DARK KARAOKE (Noosa Heads Surf Club 8pm)  The first 10 people to give Nadia the secret GV after dark code word between 8:00pm and 8:30pm will receive a free bar prize!!!

To find the GV after dark code word please see Nadia on Thursday the 10th of February and ask her personally what it is.

Friday 12th Feb – JEWELLERY MAKING (Kitchen 2pm)  If you are interested in making a small gift for your Valentine on Monday, come along and make a handmade bracelet.

Big Surf Coming

Noosa and the Sunshine Coast region will not be affected at all by the huge cyclone about to hit the Cairns region…






…but the surf in the next few days will be absolutely huge!  It’s a great photo opportunity, but unless you are a professional surfer or olympic swimmer, please keep out of the water for the next couple of days!

You can check out conditions on the live surf cam here.