Meet some of our new Cambridge students!

GV Noosa has such a great mix of international students. They all have their reasons for learning English and studying in beautiful Noosa.

Dutch student Lenka Hajek is studying in the CPE class at GV Noosa.  Originally testing for the CAE course, her initial test scores were strong enough to merit a place on the CPE course.  Lenka has always loved English and plans to study further on her return to Holland.  As a mature student, Lenka said, “You are never too old to learn”.

 

David Grob, a Geometric Engineer from Switzerland, has just commenced studying on the CAE course.  He needs to pass the CAE exam for his job and told us, “ The course is challenging but I am enjoying it at the moment.”  David plans to travel in Australia, Hawaii and the United States before returning home to his job.

 

Tatiana Morozetti Cota came from Brazil to study at GV Noosa in January of this year as a General English student.  She is now studying on the FCE course because she felt that she needed to improve her grammar and study a course with more academic rigour.  When asked about her next move following the FCE course , she said, “I plan to do a Business Course and stay in Australia.”

We wish all of our Cambridge students
the very best with their studies at GV Noosa!

Thinking of visiting Fraser Island?

Go and see the girls at Tribal Travel BEFORE 6PM TOMORROW, 31/03/11, to save yourself $30 on the 3 day Fraser Island tour, or $20 on the 2 day tour.

From the 1st April the prices of Fraser Island are going to increase so book in March to save some money.  You can travel in April, May, June or make your ticket open dated and valid for up to 12 months!

Fraser Island is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, with its spectacular coast line and magnificent Lakes, it’s a must to see when you are living in Noosa!

Our Tropical Paradise at GV Noosa

Chris from Korea, Victor from Brazil and Dorothee from France couldn’t believe it when they saw Bananas growing in our college gardens. 

 Just when they thought the school couldn’t be more perfect, they get a free meal also. 🙂

CPE Class Give New Cambridge Computer Suite the Thumbs Up

CPE teacher Merrilyn Nagorcka says that the Cambridge Computer Suite is the perfect enviroment for self study sessions.

Merrilyn is able to conduct one on one tutorials, whilst the computer programs available allow the students to enhance their skills in all areas, whilst giving relevant and immediate feeback via the web.

Jobs Available

To all new students looking for work – GV Noosa has a Job Workshop to assist you with finding a job in Noosa every Tue/Wed @ 2pm in Room 2!

Apprentice Chef
Hastings Street
La Vida Restaurant
Click here for more information

Front Office Receptionist
Noosa Heads
RACV Resort
Click here for more information

Customer Service
Noosa Heads & Tewantin
Coles Shopping Centre
Click here for more information

Wait Staff
Noosaville
River Cottage
Click here for more information

If you would like us to print out your resume then please email it in a MS Word format to: reception@gvnoosa.com

Travel Competition This Monday! Win Prizes!

Tribal Travel will be hosting a Travel competition at school next Monday 28th March at 2pm. 

All you have to do is come along and answer some questions on travel around Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  Tribal Travel sell all of these tours, so they will bring along brochures for you to find the answers, plus I am sure you will receive a little bit of help from the Tribal Travel ladies, Kayley and Manu!

Answer all the questions right to be in for a chance to win $100 voucher to spend on any tour, as well as 5 other great prizes including Underwater World and Australia Zoo tickers, plus much more!

FREE Laughter Yoga Class – Thursday @ 2.30pm

GV Noosa teacher Shannon is running a FREE Laughter Yoga class at the college at 2.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

All students are welcome to come and try some laughter yoga. Laughter Yoga was created by Dr Madan Kataria, he discovered that laughing, real or simulated is excellent for abundant health! Come to laugh your way to feeling healthy, happy and vibrant! Meet Shannon in the common room to participate.

Activity Tomorrow – Volleyball and Swimming

The Wednesday activity this week is volleyball and swimming at Nomads Backpackers.

Meet in the GV Noosa courtyard tomorrow at 2pm for a stroll to Nomads Backpackers for a game of volleyball and fun by the pool. Nomads has a set volleyball court complete with sand and surrounding palm trees. If you don’t feel like jumping around the court then cool off in the pool… or do both!

Don’t forget to bring your bikini or board shorts and towel!

GV Noosa Welcome’s New Cambridge Students

GV Noosa prepared a special welcome party for the new Cambridge students today at the Sogo Bar.

The new students were treated to a traditional western bbq of burgers and beer today at the Soga Bar which is located just down the road from the college. After a welcome orientation from Cindy from GV, Kayley from Tribal Travel and Cathy from Sogo Bar, the students were able to meet their new classmates over a cold drink. Some lucky students also won bar tabs for the Monday Tribal Night and a surf lesson. After making new friends, they all headed over the hill to explore Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street. Welcome Cambridge students and we are very excited to have you studying English here at GV Noosa! 

Job Opportunities

If you are looking for a job and require some assistance then attend the Job Workshop held every Monday and Tuesday at 2pm in room 2.

Kitchen Hand
Rock Salt
Quamby Place Noosa Sound
Fri & Sat night shifts
Phone: Stewart 5449 2255

Bar & Wait Staff
Tempo Noosa
Noosa Sounds
Click here for more information

Room Attendant
RACV Noosa Resort
Noosa Heads
Click here for more information

Catering Assistant
Aged Care Facility
Tewantin
Click here for more information

Search daily for jobs at these websites:
www.seek.com.au
http://jobsearch.gov.au
www.jobsearch.com.au

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 next 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!

Students Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Green was everywhere to be seen on Thursday at GV Noosa and KB’s!

Students wore green to school for St Patrick’s Day then went on a free sunset tour courtesy of Tribal Travel and ended the night with a few pints of Guinness and a pot of gold full ‘o fun at KB’s for student night. There was a free BBQ and bands all night!

Teacher of the Week

This week we learn more about our Pre-Intermediate teacher Robert Hicks and what he does outside of school hours.

How long have you been teaching at GV Noosa and what did you do before you worked here?

I’ve been teaching at GV Noosa for nearly a year.  Before that I taught French and German at High School in England for several years. I also taught at a Private School in Melbourne before coming to Noosa.

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

I speak French and German.  I didn’t find either particularly difficult, but I think Asian languages would be much harder.

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

Pre-Intermediate B and they’re a great bunch.  They work hard and play hard.  I couldn’t wish for a better class.

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…

I’m a bit reluctant to single out one student.  They’re all enthusiastic and have a great attitude.

What do you enjoy almost about teaching at GV Noosa?

The teachers are friendly and supportive, the admin people are helpful and obliging and with so many young people the energy is upbeat and positive.  And the Noosa environment is hard to beat.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

Probably something that would involve travel, so that would probably be teaching anyway.

What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?

Being close to the ocean of course, but there’s lots of stunning hinterland national parks not far away too.  Being able to socialise outdoors most of the year is just great.

What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Noosa?

The view from the Yacht Club at sunset is hard to beat and I’ve been going to Cafe Le Monde in Hastings Street for years – a glass of red with friends and some live music – the perfect waste of time.

Who’s Your Paddy?

Come and celebrate St Patricks Day after school at KB’s this Thursday from 4pm!

Instead of the usual student night, dress in green and head to KB’s from 4pm for a free sunset BBQ dinner, live music in the beer garden, pool party and a great mix of locals and backpackers!

This will be a fun GV Student afternoon like no other you have experienced in Noosa and KB’s… to be sure… to be sure!

GV Noosa Students Express Their Concern For Japan

GV Students and teachers set up a special board today in the courtyard to write messages to their Japanese classmates due to the recent devastation in their country of Japan.

GV Students from Brazil, Switzerland, Hungary, Russia, Korea, China, Germany and many other countries expressed their deepest sympathies and concerns for their friends, families and the victims of the recent Japan disasters.

The thoughtful gesture proved that Global Village Noosa is not just another English college, it is an English College that contains the true essence of a ‘Global Village’ where students no matter what nationality and culture support and care about each other.

FREE Sunset Safari- To Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout

Tribal Travel is offering a free tour to all Global Village students … to watch the sunset at Mount Timbeerwah lookout.
 

 
Come and join us on this fun Sunset Safari…. We will explore the Noosa Laguna Lookout as well as the amazing Mount Timbeerwah.

If you would like to have a glass of wine or cold beer whilst watching the sunset, then feel free to bring your own.
 
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 the school.
 
Please note:  There is no guarantee of clear skies, but we will make sure that’s its a super fun trip!

Keep track of your progress!!!

Noosa’s Assistant Director of Studies, Nina Schiller has some good tips for keeping track of your progress.

Often it is very difficult for students to see the progress they make when learning a language. Students sometimes come to my office and say, ‘I am not making progress, what can I do?’. The first thing to remember is that learning a language is not like learning ‘mathematical or chemical formulas’ – it is not something that can be studied the night before an exam. Language takes time and lots of practice.

But, to help you keep track of the progress that you are making, especially if you are in an Exam class, why not try keeping a ‘Portfolio’ of your work.

In this ‘Portfolio’ keep a record of your in-class test results and examples of your writing. Don’t just keep work that you produce at the end of the course, keep examples that you produce at the start as well (then you will really see how much you have improved!).

You can buy a folder with ‘plastic sleeves’ or simply use an exercise book. Keep all examples of writing homework – even if it has lots of mistakes!!! Every time you look back over your own work, you will learn from your mistakes. When you re-read your work, make comments and write down ideas about how you can improve. For example, I need to revise the Past Perfect Tense or Passives. I need to improve my vocabulary. This week I will focus on Phrasal Verbs.

Over the length of the course, you will see how much your writing improves!

Your teachers keep a record of your test results – you can too! Below is an example of one way you can record your test scores:

                                       Date of Test:      Date of Test:       Date of Test:       Date of Test:

                                           28/3/11                  4/4/11                   11/4/11                18/4/11

                                         Result:                      Result:                      Result:                   Result:

Grammar                   58% Fail                  62% Pass                    74% Pass           75% Pass Reading                      55% Fail                  58% Fail                      61% Pass           65% Pass Listening                   49% Fail                   56% Fail                      59% Fail             62% Pass Writing                         Fail                            Pass                                Pass                       Pass

As the weeks go by, you will see the ‘Fail’ marks disappear – be proud – you are making great progress!!!

Nina Schiller

Friday Job posting 11th March 2011

There are lots of jobs available in Noosa right now. Here are a sample. Grab the local newspapers for more.

Dishwasher – Cafe the Deck, Sunshine Beach.  Start this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am till 1:00pm.  Please call 0468 945 650 or visit 46 Duke Street Sunshine Beach.

Cleaners – Busy Noosa Resort, 7 day roster, need ABN, experienced preferred but training provided.  Contact 5447 2000.

Pamphlet Deliverers – Required in the Noosa area, get paid while you walk.  Call 0401 477 575.

Tutor Required – For grade 2-3 maths, reading etc.  At a Tewantin home.  Phone Darlene on 0409 262 031.

Experienced Chef/Cook required – Zacharys Gourmet Pizza Bar, good hours and conditions, call 5447 3211 or 0457 789 766.

Front of House Staff – Required for busy Noosa cafe, experience essential, leave a message on 0423 015 716.

Cleaners – For boutiques in Hastings Street, must be hard-working, reliable, and available for a 7 day week, rotational roster, experience preferred, phone 5449 5000.

International Food Celebration For Intermediate A Class

Shannon’s Intermediate class celebrated their diversity today by cooking their favourite dishes from home for each other.

With students from Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Spain, France and Brazil there was an exciting array of dishes…and as you can see from the photo, they are a very serious and hardworking class.

Shannon says, “thank you guys you are the best class and we will all miss Yuto who leaves tomorrow and Se Mi and Koki who will join the Cambridge program.

Macaroni Spelling-A fun approach for Cambridge Students

Cambridge preparation course teacher, Sharon Curtis has shown that serious exam preparation can also be really fun. FCE 2 had a great time today using macaroni to revise word formation.

Pairs had to work together to  quickly and accurately spell the correct form of the word given .

The students proved to be highly competitive and really enjoyed this activity. Thanks Sharon for making learning so much fun!

GV WORKSHOP WEEK 1.

It was all smiles when teacher Kerri took the GV Workshop this afternoon.

These students know that they are on a fast track to a good job. As well as writing resumes and getting their tax information sorted, Kerri will provide them with the skills they need to get a job as quickly as possible.

You can join the workshops at any time, just see Becky, Nina or Lucy to sign on.

Academic Courses – Information Session Tuesday at 2 pm

Not sure if an academic course is the best class for you? Don’t worry you are not the only one asking questions.

Come along to the Kitchen area and meet with Becky, Nina and Chris (not pictured) who will answer all your questions. 

Ok…we are not as pretty, but we have all the answers. 🙂

LIVE THE DREAM OF BEING STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND

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 $179 + $80 local fees.  It includes 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.

Tribal Travel in Noosa is issuing free tickets to all GV students who book an East Coast Australia package.  The tour is exclusive to Tribal Travel, so speak to one of the Tribal girls if you’d like more information.
 
Live the dream!

Jonas is our new Poster Boy

Jonas Gfeller made the front page of the Noosa News today.

Jonas is currently studying in Pre Intermediate C and says that he is loving every second of his time here in Noosa. Click here to check out the news!

GV Students Jump For Joy

Tribal Travel took GV students for a free tour last Thursday looking for wild kangaroos.


Armed with cameras and fingers crossed for luck, GV students set out to Noosa and surrounds with the legendary Bob from Tribal Travel searching for ‘wild’ kangaroos. It was Elanda Point that delivered the well awaited wild jumping marsupials and the cameras and students went wild too. Students were so excited that they celebrated by posing as kangaroos themselves!

Elementary to University. Sun Bin’s Story

Sun Bin Kim is a man walking tall. He returned to GV Noosa today to tell his delighted teachers that he is on his way Deakin University in Melbourne.

Sun Bin arrived with little English and a big dream. He says that GV Noosa helped make his dream come true. He studied here for 39 weeks progressing from Elementary to IELTS and in January 2011 was  able to enter an EAP course at GV Brisbane.  He has now been accepted into an undergraduate management course at this famous university. We are all so proud of you Sun Bin and wish you all the best as you continue your journey through life.

If you are interested in doing further academic study in Australia then come along to Becky’s Academic Study information session next Tuesday, March 8th at 2 pm in the kitchen area.  Details will be posted on the student notice board.