Table Tennis Championships

Congratulation to Tiago, the new Lexis Noosa Table Tennis Champion! He didn’t win that crown easily, he had to fight our soccer captain (Frankie) off in the finals!


Well done to our two runner’s up Ayako and Roy i hope you enjoyed your free coffee from Zarafa’s. Good job Frankie for making it to the finals, however, i want to see a better performance from you on the field against Maroochydore next week!



Australia’s Best Dishwasher

He calls himself Australia’s best dishwasher….this student knows a thing or two about washing dishes. Not only does he get the best results, his fast too! He is wanted in all restaurants around Noosa. His already worked in a few since coming to Noosa: Noosa SLSC, Montezuma’s, and Samba Grill, but has currently been captured by the Italian boys at Fratalinni’s in Sunshine Beach. Ladies, if your too busy to wash your dishes and you don’t have a dishwasher, you know who to call!Image

Welcome NEW Students

A big welcome to the new students who arrived today! I hope you all enjoy your stay here in Noosa 🙂


From left to right:

Back Row: Ken (Switzerland), Marcos (Brazil), Manuel (Germany), Luca (Italy), Sascha (Switzerland), Jeremia (Switzerland), Julien (Switzerland), Jun Young (Korea), Jaroslava (Czech Republic), Laure (Belgium), Anne (Switzerland)

Front Row:Carlos (Spain), EunJung (Korea), Stephanie (Switzerland), Nadine (Switzerland), Alessandro (Italy), Cyrielle (Belgium), Mika (Japan), Jenny (Switzerland)

Studying, working and living the life in Noosa….meet Katia and her family!

Meet Katia who is currently studying at Lexis Noosa and living here with her Husband Marcelo and their daughter Bruna….

“Hello, my name is Katia and I am from Brazil and I have studied at Lexis Noosa for 5 months and am very happy!

I started my course as a complete beginner but now I am in the Intermediate class. The teachers here are very good and I have learnt a lot in all my classes and found them very useful in learning English.

I am here in Noosa with my Husband Marcelo and also our daughter Bruna. Marcelo is working as a kitchen hand at a beachside restaurant in Hastings Street and my daughter Bruna is attending the local primary school at Sunshine Beach.  Bruna is doing very well at school, enjoys her class and has made a lot of friends here in Australia. The school experience has really improved Bruna’s English and she knows more than me! We live in an apartment at Sunshine Beach, which is great because it is close to the beach and both Lexis English and Sunshine Beach State School. We have made a great life together in Noosa and it will be hard to leave. It is a beautiful place with very friendly people. I would of course recommend the school and location to other students and want to thank everyone here for my learning experience.”


Friday Yoga- relax and unwind

There is no better way to spend a Friday afternoon than to relax and unwind with some yoga 🙂 

With some pranayama followed by an asana routine, i think the students enjoyed the Savasana the most!





What a great way to start the weekend 🙂 🙂

Frankie…our Soccer Captain and Spanish Sports Journalist!

Frankie has scored himself his dream job while here in Noosa.  Frankie is extremely passionate about his soccer, so he started writing his own blog on soccer games. A sport journalist from a popular Spanish newspaper ‘AS’ came across Frankie’s blog and really liked what he saw. ” I got this phone call one day, and this man told me he was a journalist from a Spanish newspaper, and he enjoyed reading my blog and he wanted me to write for him. At first i didn’t believe him, i thought it was someone playing a practical joke” told Frankie. When he finally realised this was no fake call he was over the moon. “I am now a sport journalist for AS Spanish newspaper. I write in Italian, French and Spanish and am continuing to practice my English at Lexis Noosa so i can write sports articles in English too”. 

Great work Frankie, we wish you all the best in your learning English journey, and are proud to have you as our school Soccer Captain!


Trivia @ Shades

Shades was buzzing last night with our first official trivia night!!!! WHOOOOOO!!Image

The students formed into teams and had a chance to grab some drinks, have a chat and a bite to eat before the trivia.



After the rules were explained, and anyone caught with a phone would be disqualified, the ‘How well do you know Australia” trivia began

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There were a few tricky question in the mix, but most students should now be aware that ‘budgie smugglers’ are not drug traffickers and that Liz Hurley was dating Shane Warne, or as one of the students put it ‘ the guy with fake hair and botox’ 😉


Congratulations to the following 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners;

3rd Place- Team Franky- the group won free coffee each from Zarraffas.

2nd Place- Team Whoop Whoop- the group won a lovely bottle of french chardonnay

1st Place- Team Double D’s– the group won a volley ball, box of chocolates and a lovely bottle of organic red wine.



🙂 🙂


The students are getting excited booking their trips….

Student Uni Travel was buzzing this afternoon with students booking their trips around Oz. Both Carol and Inga are keeping extremely busy and working hard to make sure all the students have the best opportunity and experience to see all the beautiful places in Australia. Happy travelling 🙂


What Makes a Good Language Learning Class?

As an Academic Manager, I am often asked what I consider to be best teaching practice; two words that are at the top of my list are STUDENT CENTRED. 

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I walked into one of our Upper Intermediate classes this morning and it was hard to see who was the teacher (Dionne) and who were the students, as everyone was so animated and focused on their speaking task.

🙂 Becky


Job Vacancies

Resort Cleaners Wanted 

Noosa region. Must have experience. For regular ongoing work. Please phone 5474 3299 

Noosa Cinemas , Queensland Australia – Good Food Attendant 
The Coffee Club – Noosa Heads QLD

The Coffee Club at Noosa Cinemas require a Good Food Attendant with a great team and work ethic. Excellent hours for the right person. 
Previous experience at The Coffee Club is preferred but history in a similar role will be well considered. 

We are open 7 days per week from 7:00am-8:pm daily including public holidays except Good Friday and Christmas Day. 
You will be expected to contribute to a team effort by being available over these times in accordance with roster requirements. 

What is the role? 

As a Good Food Attendant you will be responsible for the preparation and cooking of all menu food items, including making and preparing salads, sandwiches and open grills. You will be required to be across all back of house operational standards to provide Good Food . Training and resources will also be provided. 

You will also be responsible for the maintenance and delivery of: 

:: preparation & cooking of meals as per The Coffee Club Manuals; 
:: preparation, replenishment and rotation of stock in the kitchen; 
:: operating, maintaining and cleaning kitchen equipment; 
:: washing dishes; 
:: any other relevant duties as directed by management. 

What skills and knowledge do I need? 

You will be a positive, proactive individual with good communication skills. You will have cooking experience and maintain a professional attitude at all times. You will be a team player with a strong focus on providing great customer service. We will be hiring your personality and attitude first and your skills second. You will be a self-starter who is able to maintain constant attention to detail to ensure ‘The Coffee Club’ remains the answer to the question….. “

Apply online-



Full time work for travelers

Looking for young. motivated people to become part of our sales team. We work with Amnesty International to help protect and defend human rights.
A great opportunity for travellers who don’t want to do the standard working at a bar or on a farm. This is a chance to do a job that makes a real difference.

-Meet new people
-See Sydney
-Make friends
-Great pay ($600-1200 weekly)
-Team BBQs, bar tabs, great incentives


Full time position Mon- Fri

Apply now;


Housekeeping Room Attendant- Noosa

Welcome to the world according to Accor. It’s exciting, it’s colourful and it’s pushing new boundaries in hospitality. Being one of the largest hotel groups on the planet, means we have more than 4,900 hotels in over 90 countries and employ around 189,000 people. That means there’s a whole lot of amazing career experiences waiting for you.

This is your opportunity to join our Housekeeping team. As a key member, you will be representing our friendly and professional service philosophy. Key duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following: 

• By carrying out allocated general cleaning duties, achieving established standards of cleanliness and presentation to meet guests’ needs and exceed their expectations in regard to the cleanliness of the room areas of the hotel 
• Clean guest rooms, storage areas and corridors as allocated to the required standard 
• Ensure guest supplies and advertising material in bedrooms and bathrooms are replenished to the correct standards 
• Report any lost property following correct procedures 
• Carry out programmed and regular cleaning duties as allocated  
• Use and clean equipment with care, reporting any defective equipment as set down in procedures manual 
• Assist with regular equipment stocktaking 
• Ensure the security of keys and guest rooms at all times by adherence to security procedures. Report any suspicious persons or items to Supervisor 
• Understand the correct usage and storage of cleaning agents in line with health and safety regulations and manufacturers instructions 
• Attend and actively participate in all OH&S training required of you by the Hotel 
• Promote a safe workplace by recognising hazards and promoting general OHS practises

As a successful candidate you will have:

• A friendly, customer focused attitude with the drive to provide total customer satisfaction 
• Initiative to ensure that interactions with our customers are positive and efficient 
• Previous cleaning, customer service or hospitality experience 
• A high standard of grooming and presentation 
• The ability and flexibility to work in a 24 hour, 7 day working environment

Apply Now:


Function Waiters- Noosa Heads

  • Immediate start – interviews held daily
  • Weekend work only
  • High hourly rates of pay
About the Job
You will work with a dynamic and customer service focused team at this premium wedding venue/resort. You will be operationally involved in all aspects of food and beverage service including greeting, set-up, serving guests, pack-down and other duties particular to the requirements of the event. 

About You

You will have food and beverage service experience having worked in restaurants, banquet / function departments.  Your team oriented approach whilst still being able to work autonomously will ensure your success.  You will maintain the highest levels of presentation and grooming and a commitment to providing the highest levels of service. A current Queensland RSA (or willingness to obtain one) is essential for consideration. You must be available for casual work weekends in October to December 2013.
Travelling on a Working Holiday Visa?
If you are travelling throughout Australia on a working holiday working visa, Pinnacle People is the only agency that will be able to offer you work throughout the country; once you are registered with one office, your file can be transferred to another city and you can start working immediately.

Joining our Team
As a Pinnacle People employee, you will have the opportunity to work at the hottest events, most prestigious venues, top corporate firms and five star hotels.  Our flexible rostering options will allow us to accommodate your other commitments such as study, family and other work.  Our Staffing Coordinators will guide you through our registration process which is fast, comprehensive and will ensure you are working as quickly as possible.
About Us
Offering premier staffing services, Pinnacle People is Australia’s largest and only national hospitality staffing partner. Celebrating 22 years in 2013, the combination of our prestigious and loyal client base and the expertise of our staff has allowed us to build an unrivalled reputation for the quality of our service. Our national client portfolio spans all sectors of the industry including leading events, hotels, caterers, restaurants and corporate hospitality operations.
Simply apply by forwarding your resume to:
Temporary Staffing Division
Pinnacle People
Night Wait Person
Aromas currently requires an experienced night wait person.

Aromas is a busy a la carte restaurant located on Hastings Street Noosa.

Successful applicants must have:

* Queensland RSA 

If you are energetic and fun to work with please apply now with resume and photo to: 

Beach and Beer afternoon

With such a warm day yesterday, the students were happy just to take part in low impact activities rather than strenuous ones. So the consensus was to grab some refreshing Byron Bay Lagers, head down the beach to chill out, practice some volleyball with our imaginary net, and cool down in the ocean 🙂 🙂


Meet the Cambridge Team – CPE Teacher Tim Bloxsome!

Tim left behind a glamorous lifestyle as a magazine columnist, and novelist, to join the Cambridge team at Lexis, Noosa.

A decision that he couldn’t be happier about. What is there not to like about warm colleagues, smart students and sweet waves?


Cambridge CAE teachers go to class!

Our Cambridge CAE teachers Anjali Sheppard, Sonia Russell and Phil Egan attended a Professional Development session at the University of Queensland yesterday afternoon. 

The session was presented by Professor Michael McCarthy and looked at ways of helping students move successfully into the advanced levels of language learning. They have come back with great tips and ideas for helping our students prepare for their Cambridge exams in December!



Beach Soccer and BBQ in the Park

Another perfect afternoon for some beach soccer!


The students enjoyed having a friendly game against one another, followed by a tasty BBQ in the park cooked by Segolene from Belguim, and some refreshing drinks!!


What a great afternoon!

Welcome back Antonio and Charifa!!

Look who has come back to Noosa after fruit picking around Queensland….. Antonio and Charifa!!


Looking extremely tanned and exhausted from their hard farming work, they have been picking strawberries in Caboolture, picking bananas in Tully and cruising around Cairns for a week on holiday. It was lovely to see you two again 🙂 🙂

Welcome NEW Students

A big welcome to the new students who have arrived today! I hope you all enjoy your stay here in beautiful Noosa!


From Left to Right

Back Row: Natalia (Spain), Patricia (Switzerland), Lisa (Switzerland), Romain (Switzerland), Tiago (Belgium), Natalie (Switzerland), Wing (Hong Kong), Liberace (Italy)

Front Row: Segolene (Belgium), Wei-Shan (Taiwan), Jihye (Korea), Jongjin (Korea), Jessica (Italy), Andrea (Italy), Lucia (Italy), Nakanishi (Japan), Piao (China)

Friday afternoon Beach Volleyball

After a big week of school, Friday afternoon was a great opportunity for the students to relax on the beach and take part in the volleyball tournament.

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There were seven teams of six taking part in the knockout tournament. 


After each game was played, they students were able to cool down in the lovely crystal clear ocean.Image


Congratulations again to the double B’s for taking out the finals and winning themselves a cooler bag full of beers and chips!!Image


Cambridge Teachers Get Serious

Friday afternoon! Whilst the others rush out the door, our dedicated Cambridge First and Advanced teachers are hard at work.

Cambridge Exams Manager Nina Schiller with teachers Eileen, Kristen and Michelle

Cambridge Exams Manager Nina Schiller with teachers Eileen, Kristen and Michelle

Anjali Sheppard, working on 'relative clauses' for Monday.

Anjali Sheppard, working on ‘relative clauses’ for Monday.

Surf’s Up

What a great way to spend the afternoon, down the beach in the sun and surf. There were some nice little waves coming through which gave the students an opportunity to have a go at either body surfing, body boarding or surfing. Image

We began the afternoon splitting the group into two with a body surfing lesson on the sand for the first group followed by a body boarding lesson for the second group. Once the theory lesson was completed the students were eager to head into the water and practice their surf skills. ImageImage



What a great way to spend an afternoon in Noosa!! 🙂 🙂 🙂




Coffee, cake and conversation anyone?

Our Coffee, cake and conversation club was treated to home style cakes today! Lovely Swiss baker, Alessia Saluz made a delicious berry cake and carrot cake for everyone.  Our club meets every Wednesday after classes and is open to all levels to mix and chat together under our Senior teacher, Annette’s guidance.

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Thank you Alessia for making today’s session even more enjoyable than usual 🙂

Looking for Work???

Casual Kitchen hand/dishwasher 
Noosa Heads QLD 

We require a kitchen hand/dishwasher for our busy cafe in Noosa junction. Day work only Monday to Saturday.

To APPLY- call 0431349544


Manpower – Noosa Heads QLD 

Noosa Heads

  • Short Term
  • Immediate start
    We’re seeking experienced housekeepers to help service our client and their busy, beautiful resort. 


  • Cleaning of guest rooms including dusting, vacuuming, changing linen
  • Perform quality cleaning to meet required standards within set time frames
  • Replenishing supplies such as restroom, food and beverages offered by the facility
  • Ensure a high level of customer service is maintained at all times


  • Previous experience in similar role
  • Reliable & honest
  • Customer Service focused
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Hard working with ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Trained in chemical handling is an advantage

To express your interest in this position, apply now! 

Apply Here:

Introducing team FCE!

Meet our fantastic Cambridge FCE teachers – Eileen, Michelle and Kirsten…
Michelle “I’m the loud American you will hear throughout the school! I’m famous for baking cakes when students get 100% on their test.”
Eileen “I love to be creative and I’m presently focused on renovating my home.”
Kirsten “The thing I love about teaching is that I continue to learn”.
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Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE visits Lexis Noosa!

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Carolyn and Simone from the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE for a lunchtime presentation about the range of programs available to international students.

The Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE not only provided some delicious pizza for our students, but also gave a fantastic information session on the different programs available to students who are interested in going onto further study.

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Thanks Carolyn and Simone for taking the time to visit!

Recipes for Raw Dessert Workshop

Please see the recipes below for Carrot Cake and Bliss Balls 🙂 🙂

Raw Carrot Cake



What’s good about it:
Red and yellow vegetables such as carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.Walnuts are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are essential for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly. They are also high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of well being and feeling great !  Dates give a lovely natural sweetness and  are  high in the minerals, potassium, chromium, magnesium and iron.


2  1/2 cups (280 g/9  1/2 oz)  walnuts
1 tablespoon ground flax seed or whole chia seeds
1/2 cup (60 g/2 oz)  organic rolled oats (see notes)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup / 185 g /  6  1/2 oz) ( 12 large)  fresh dates – pitted
1/2 cup( 85 g / 3 oz)  dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulphur free)
2 large raw carrots, grated
1 orange
2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Combine walnuts, flax seed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a good food processor and process until mixed and finely chopped.
Add dates and apricots then process again until mixed through.
Add grated raw carrot  and vanilla then process again until combined. The mix should now form a lovely dough.
Spoon into a bowl.
Add oats and kneed through the raw carrot cake mixture.
Press cake firmly into a 15 cm  – 20 cm baking tin that is lined with baking paper.
Store in the fridge until ready to serve.  Leave at least 2 hours to allow the carrot cake to rest.
Enjoy as is or garnish with your choice of creamy frosting.
Serves 16

Use almond meal or coconut in place of rolled oats if gluten free.
Garnish with sun dried pineapple or walnuts
This delicious raw carrot cake will keep in the fridge for about 1 week if it lasts that long.
Other raw nuts can also be used in place of the walnuts – try pecans, almonds, macadamia nuts.

Yummy Simple Frosting ideas:

1  Thick Greek Style yoghurt or coconut yoghurt.

2 For a yummy raw cashew or macadamia  nut cream combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with 1/2 cup of  orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a good high speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy.

3 For a creamy cheesecake style frosting, combine 250 g (9oz) soft cream cheese such as quark or Neutachafel with a little lemon zest, juice, vanilla and a little maple syrup or honey to taste. Beat well until combined and creamy.

Nutritional info per serve:
Protein: 4 g
Total fat: 12 g
Saturated: 0.8 g
Carbs: 9 g
Fibre: 3 g
kilojoules: 666
Calories: 159


Bliss Balls


These bliss balls are a great source of complete protein that contain all the essential amino acids needed for repair and for a healthy immune system, also a good source of vitamin E and minerals from the almonds and fresh dates.  The cinnamon adds a lovely flavour and also helps stabilize blood sugar levels.  If you can’t have nuts, I would grind up some lovely sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds then throw them in the mix in place of the almonds.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.


330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
16 fresh dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground  cinnamon

1 tablespoon of coconut water to help bind together. Use coconut, goji berry, cacao, and nuts for rolling. 

Optional: 1 tablespoon of protein powder

Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add a splash of coconut water if you need to so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut or any other  of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks if they last that long.

Nutrition per cookie: makes 14 total

Protein: 8.2  g protein
Carbs: 7.6  g
Total Fat: 12 g
Saturated: 0.9 g
Fibre: 2.8 g
kilojoules: 703
Calories: 168


Raw Dessert Workshop

Today’s workshop consisted of fun, nutritious and yummy raw food recipes with a certified nutritionist explaining the amazing health benefits of eating raw food while indulging their taste buds.


Students learnt how to prepare simple, easy desserts that are dairy free, gluten free, and guilt free.  They contain no preservatives, no refined sugars or artificial ingredients of any kind. The first recipe was a Raw Carrot Cake, where the students worked together to combine the raw ingredients before adding the frosting and allowing them to set in the fridge. Then they prepared their own creative bliss balls using a range of different ingredients.


We then all sat together and indulged our sweet tooth and delve into the delightful art of Raw Desserts!


Welcome NEW Students!

A big welcome to the new students who arrived today. I hope you enjoy your stay here in beautiful Noosa!!


From left to right;

Back Row: Young Min (Korea), Sayaka (Japan), Laura (Switzerland), Stefanie (Switzerland), Charlotte (Belgium), Manuela (Switzerland), Kai (Germany)

Front Row: Sun hee (Korea), Alexia (France), Mathilde (Switzerland), Laura (Italy), Aurianne (France), Sangwan (Korea), Annette (Switzerland), Ane (Spain)

Welcome Party- Funky/Op Shop dress

What a great way to welcome the new students to Noosa with a dress up party at Shades Wine Bar!! The theme was funky/op shop attire, with some students getting very creative with their costumes.


There were some outstanding outfits, so I thought I would give a shout out to a few of them, they include; Manuela, a lovely lady with a sparkling dress, some great make up and heels (Manuel) with her husband the ‘ring master’(Christian), another beach babe with a deep voice and hairy legs -Olga (Tobias) with her rainproof friend (Esther) , the ‘boring police’ making sure people were having fun and drinking otherwise they would be handcuffed and removed from the premises (Carol and Inga), some cute football players (Pascal and Calvin), and The Pink Ladies (Laura and Gabriela)!!!


Congratulations to the following;

The Double B’s- the winners of suck and blow!

Manuel- best dressed on the night- who won a trip to the Aussie Day Out!

Gwendulyn- winner of the gummy bear competition- won a trip to Frazer Island!


A big thank you to all the students who put so much effort into their costume, I hope you all had a great night! Thank you to Gareth from Shades for organising all the free delicious pizzas and snacks and last but not least, the Travel Girls, Inga and Carol, for organising and giving away some amazing prizes!!!

Happy Friday!

What better way to celebrate the end of the week than to wind down with some Salsa dancing!

Proving to be a popular class, Fiona had students shaking out some great moves with her awesome choreography….who knows maybe we’ll see some on the dance floor at the next student night 🙂

Even teachers, Kerri and Eileen got into the swing of things…see if you can also spot our Campus Manager / Director of Studies Becky (who happened to create quite a paparazzi frenzy)!

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!