Pumpkin Carving

Today some of the Lexis students had a go at Pumpkin carving. With the Halloween party on Wednesday it was a chance to get in the spirit and also start to go the college ready for what should be a great party! A big thank you to Allie from Canada who came in to help the students with their ideas!

 

Volleyball

The last activity of the week took the students out playing beach volleyball. After a big night out shall we just say some showed signs of the previous nights activities!! The sun was beating down and everyone gave it a good go even if the standard was not at the highest level, at least they got to work on their sun tans ha.

Student Night

Last night the Lexis students made the regular trip over to KB bar. The students made up the majority of the people in there. After a couple of drinks they invaded the dance floor showing off all the moves including their gangnam style routines!!!

Bingo

This afternoon with the sun shinning and the wind blowing a number of students stayed at the college to play a spot of bingo! It came down to three girls all needing just 2 numbers with only 6 balls left. It’s fair to say the excitement as each ball rolled out built and built!

 Lets all get out on the student night at KB bar on Thursday and then get involved with the beach cricket on Friday afternoon!!

Lexis English lessons given as a birthday present!

Meet fellow Lexis English student – Sim Chang Hyeo!

“The first day at Lexis I couldn’t say anything. One month later I’m able to say everything I want. It’s amazing. I choose Noosa as there are lots of students from different nationality.
The homestay is great. Fantastic, seriously. The last two weeks I was working so hard that I missed some school but I usually study face2face (textbook).”

Sim Chang Hyeo said that everything had been so perfect that he is sending his girlfriend, Hazel here as a birthday present. She will arrive on December 21st. How sweet is that!

 

Meet Phil Egan – Cambridge FCE Teacher

Phil Egan has taught at Lexis English Noosa since 2001. This is what he thinks….

Phil Egan and his Cambridge First Certificate class

A ‘great big melting pot’ with fantastic rewards .This is my view of teaching.

Combine a multicultural environment, amazing colleagues and many many incredible students from all over the globe and you have teaching at Lexis English, Noosa.

My personal journey started with a Diploma in Education (Secondary) followed by a Bachelor in Education. This was combined with further study /teaching both here and overseas ( London and Indonesia )in TESOL  and Linguistics and ELICOS at University of Queensland.

Owning businesses in Noosa for many years,with my wife, also uniquely equipped me to teach Business Studies and the Cambridge BEC Vantage Course.

From my personal experience, teaching is an amazing two way experience for both teacher and students. For me it’s essential to create a strong rapport with my class and enjoy the often humorous  moments while trying to create an environment where students are improving at their optimum  rate while enjoying themselves as much as possible.

Teaching is full of challenges but it’s something I love to do and with the help of all my colleagues here, it’s a really fulfilling experience…..definitely not just an occupation.

Board Games Afternoon

With the sun beating down and the humidity high the students took the chance to have a nice relaxing afternoon in the college playing a verity of board games. Some students opted for some competitive bingo whilst others used what they have been learning at the school to play scrabble. We had a few attempt twister but lets just say we saw a really lack of flexibility. The remaining students played some poker with new faces from previous games and some regulars, each activity was enjoyed by everyone that played.

Welcome

Can we just say a massive welcome to all the new arrivals, Anna from Russia, Marco, Daniele and Camilla from Italy, Janine and Tino from Switzerland, Yu-Pin and Jing-Guo from Taiwan, Hoonmin from Korea and Charlotte from France. Also big welcome back to Aya Kobayashi!

Beach Cricket

With two classes of students already down at the beach there were plenty of students out enjoying the beautiful weather. A few taking part in some beach cricket others, soccer while a select few chose to catch the sun. A perfect way to end the week for the students and hopefully lead into a great weekend.

Student Night

A great night out was always on the cards for the students last night. After the boys had completed their first soccer practice spirits were high. With lots of students out, the party started early with drinking games and pool. The party went on untill KB closed it’s doors.

Lexis English does Poker

Todays activity saw the students take part in a Poker tournament. With some very convincing liars (I mean bluffer) hands were won with just pure terrible cards. It was however a fun relaxed afternoon which allowed the students time to chat and get to know each other that little bit better. 

 

Free Acommodation For Baby Sitting Duties

Michael and Ying own a restuarant in Noosa and are offering free accommodation including food in their beautiful Noosa Waters home in return for child minding their two young boys in the evenings.

They have a double room and would consider two females sharing. They are looking for a female with reasonable English. References would be an advantage.

If you are interested in this position, call Michael on 0418153881 or Ying on 0418158045 for an interview.

See Becky for further details and make sure that you have an up to date resume by attending the Lexis Job Workshop on Thursday.

Student of the Week!

Frederico Da Cunha Araujo scored a bottle of wine from the Director of Studies.

Freddie, from Brazil was recommended by his teacher Michael for outstanding effort and improvement with his English. Congratulations.

Monday Activities

With the sun beating down over Noosa, the students took to a number of activities. With a lot of the students taking the opportunity to go to main beach and give surfing a try others went to the national park. A few decided to stay in college and take part in a light-hearted game of table tennis. With one of the new arrivals Natascha giving yours truly a beating. Lets just say first day luck!

 

 

 

 

A Big Welcome

A big warm welcome to all our lovely new students this week! Alizee, Patrik, Elia, Stefan, Anita, Marcel, Natascha and Tamara from Switzerland, Kiyoka from Japan, Ji Hye, Jina and Hanna from Korea. And a big Welcome back to Vitor from Brazil!!

 

Noosa Jobs!

Check out these jobs…available now!

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Casual Kitchen Hand / Chef – Permanent shifts.  Email resume to Lou on apollonian_hotel@bigpond.com

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Receptionist – Casual position, 12-20hrs/week.  Well presented, must have Hirum experience.  Excellent guest service skills.  Resume to rooshq@hotmail.com

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Barista – Tewantin location – http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/tewantin/baristas/barista-cafe-assistant/1008006162

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Waitstaff – Coolum location – Minimum 12 months experience required – http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/coolum-beach/waiting-staff/wait-staff-required-for-busy-coolum-cafe-bar-restaurant/1007865056

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Cleaner – Noosa area – Must have ABN – http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/noosa-heads/housekeeping/holiday-resort-cleaner/1007840762

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Nanny – Tewantin area –  $20/hr – http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/tewantin/live-out-nannies/nanny-wanted-for-fabulous-7yo-girl-and-happy-2yo-boy-tewantin/1007525046

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Labourer – For gardening, cleaning and handyman work.  Must have own vehicle.  Resume to diaps@bigpond.com

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Commercial cleaners – Noosa location.  Singles or couple.  Phone 5455 5344

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Housekeeper – Private, pet friendly, holiday homes.  Noosa areas.  On call 7 days.  Average 8 hrs work per day.  louise.ellis6@telsra.com

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Make sure you go to Lexis Workshop sessions to get your resume looking good – it really makes a big difference!!

Meet Cambridge Teacher Sonia Russell

My teaching career began when Santa brought me a big wooden blackboard. I taught my dolls, whose names were all derivatives of Susan, and a myriad of stuffed toys. Even my goldfish were well-educated.

Sonia and her Cambridge First Class

 I started teaching professionally in Nagoya in 1989. I taught English to an enthusiastic bunch of Japanese businessmen working for the Asahi newspaper. When I came back to Australia, I gave Japanese lessons to adult Australians and worked as a tour guide for Japanese honeymoon couples visiting Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

 After completing a B.A. Modern Asian Studies specialising in Japanese language and culture, I studied for my diploma in language teaching.

 As you can see, language and culture have always fascinated me, but I couldn’t travel anymore because I’d given birth to two beautiful babies … and needed to be more responsible. Never able to reconcile myself to the Australian education system, I contacted Becky and voila! Here I am, meeting people from all over the world, in a heavenly place that truly is my home.

 Lexis has been one of the most enriching experiences of my career and I’ve taught all levels from beginner to Cambridge First. But the most satisfying part of my job is providing all nationalities with the chance to communicate with their brothers and sisters from other countries. I figure a universal language has got to contribute to cultural empathy and world peace…and isn’t that our ultimate goal?

 

KB Thursday

Thursday night saw the weekly gathering of the Lexis students at KB bar. As always the atmosphere was fantastic with so many students all out together. Some even took part in the weekly limbo competition! It is a great night out and just shows the friendly and family like relationships that the students have for each other.

BBQ

With the sun beating down you could have almost cooked the burgers on a table outside.

But with national pride at stake and the honour of being crowned ‘best burger’ the students pulled out all the stops. Some going for sheer size (needing pure strength and skill to just hold the bun) others for finesse. But one burger stood above all others with not just size (4 burgers, cheese and bacon) but also the secret ingredient of honey marinated onions stole the show!

All the students however had a fantastic afternoon and set them up nicely for what I’m sure will be a great weekend!

 

Table Tennis

With the sun beating down, over 20 students (boys and girls) took part in a table tennis tournament with even more taking their place as spectators.  Representatives from all over the world attempted to take the now coveted championship title.  The girls made a great showing with Ayumi the standout performer.  The spectators including myself were treated to a now expected extremely high standard and the cheers could be heard throughout the school as the players managed unbelievable shots.

It was however another win for Vincent who throughout showed an amazing talent for the sport. The question now is…who can stop him??

 

Movie Afternoon

With the weather being somewhat grey, it was the perfect afternoon to settle down with some popcorn and a good movie.  That is exactly what the students did.  With a few people dropping in and out the rest avidly watched ‘The Avengers’ save planet earth. It was an ideal relaxing monday afternoon activity when the weather was less than favourable.

New Starters

A big welcome to all the new starters this week. We have people from all over the world ranging from Switzerland, Belgium and France in Europe to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Lets make them all feel very welcome!!!!

Beach Soccer

With the temperature up at 30 degrees it was the perfect day to get down to the beach.  That is what the students did, with some taking part in a kick about with the soccer ball, other going out in the surf and some taking the more sensible option of sun bathing. The surf students also gave some tips to the new guys to the beach! 

All I can say is fun in the sun!!!!!!!

Cambridge Teacher Bio…meet Dionne O’Dwyer our Cambridge English First Teacher!

My teaching career began one Christmas morning when Santa bought me a chalkboard and a set of world book encyclopaedias’!

After years of torturing the other kids in my neighbourhood with my ‘English ‘ lessons I went to university to study my childhood passion. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

After years of teaching in Melbourne, I moved to Noosa and joined the staff of Lexis. That was eight years ago. For me, coming to work is more an event than a job. Every day brings something new and exciting and I have the privilege of working with an awesome team as well as the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people from all over the world.

I figure that if you find a job you love, you never have to work another day in your life.

Student Night at KBs

Last night saw the weekly gathering of the Lexis students at KBs. New arrivals increased the numbers even further. With a real party atmosphere the students had a great time. I left the group at around 11:45 with no sign of the party slowing!

With beach soccer planned for this afternoon and temperatures hitting 30 I can only imagine what they will be feeling!  Chris 😉

Message From Changhyeon Sim

When I arrived in Australia I felt confused. But Lexis made me feel comfortable. This school helped me improve myself in English. My favourite book is Cambridge  face2face. Thank you for everything. Sim

Mixed Pair Dominate

Today was the first of this month’s table tennis tournament.  With more new arrivals this week a group of new faces turned up with 12 teams all fighting to be October’s champions.

With a very formidable team of singles champions Mauro and Johnathan in the bottom half of the draw it was hard to see past them….that was untill they came up against the new mixed doubles pairing of Ayumi and Vincent.

In the final,  Nico and Joao met their match in a highly skillful and very fast game against Ayumi and Vincent. Both teams played well but there could only be one winner and that was Ayumi and Vincent in a close 2 games to 1 final!

Don’t forget to check out the activities timetable for up coming events and to also leave ideas for anything you may wish to do in the future! Well done everyone. Chris