Looking for koalas

The students were wondering around the National Park in Noosa on the look out for Koalas on Monday. They walked through the Tanglewood track as we were told one was spotted there on Sunday afternoon.

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Although they did not see any, they did have a nice time walking around and taking photos of tea tree bay and the other lovely view spots.

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We Love Halloween

The students are enjoying Halloween Lexis style and looking forward to the BIG party tonight. The teachers have enjoyed amusing the students this morning with their costumes.

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Eileen having the devil of a time with her FCE students

Meet Katya

Katia Leite de Araujo arrived in Australia last April with her husband Marcel and daughter Bruna. They had made the decision to leave good jobs and a comfortable lifestyle in Brazil to give themselves and more importantly their daughter the opportunity to attain fluency in English.

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When Katia arrived she could not communicate in English at all. Husband Marcel studied by day and  worked hard at night in the local restaurants. Daughter Bruna attended Sunshine Beach Primary school.In a short space of time Bruna had Australian friends and was chatting in English. Marcel took pride in seeing the progress that his family were making and knowing that his sacrifice was worthwhile. Katia is leaving with good English and says that the experience has been wonderful.  It was sad to say goodbye to this wonderful family and we wish them every joy in the future.

Welcome NEW Students

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

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From left to right;

Back Row: Rosa (Switzerland), Anita (Switzerland), Andrea (Switzerland), Nadine (Switzerland), Oussama (Belgium), Martin (Belgium), YoonSeok (Korea), Si-Hyun (Korea), Maxence (Belgium)

Front Row: Armin (Switzerland), Katrin (Switzerland), Szu-Ying (Taiwan), Kim (Switzerland), Laure (France), Miriam (Switzerland), Elias (Switzerland), Lucie (Switzerland)

 

Intermediate Classes Give Presentations

Our intermediate level classes joined together this morning to listen to student presentations.  Nathalie and Janine gave a wonderful talk on Switzerland and Cho entertained everyone with his talk on Korea.

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Giving a presentation to your friends and teachers is a wonderful way increase confidence in using English. It helps you remember vocabulary, improve your pronunciation and improves fluency.  Listening to others improves your listening skills.

Everyone enjoyed learning about other countries, other cultures and other languages. Thank you to all the students who gave the talks and to teachers Annette, Fiona and Sarah for preparing the students so well.

Friday afternoon Yoga :)

Today’s class focused on a different type of yoga practice called Vinyasa Flow. This style of yoga is a smooth way that the poses of yoga run together and is synchronized with the breathe creating a lovely movement of dance. With some funky music by the Strides playing, it was a really great way to begin the weekend!

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BlackJack

A blackjack tournament was underway today which is a great opportunity for the students to get together, joke around and have some fun.  With Anj’s rules (there are no rules) in place, it wasn’t a surprise that the dealer was most of the time, unbeatable 😉

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It was Dominic that showed the most consistent results, winning the most chips at the end of the tournament and was awarded with a $10 voucher for Pardon’s Fruit Market! The last game was an ‘all in’ round, which saw Pascal receive a ‘Black Jack’ and wining just a faction in front of Dennis to win a bottle of wine.

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Job Vacancies

Jamaica Blue Noosa Civic- Café All Rounders/Baristas and Kitchen Staff

 

Are you energetic, love a challenge and want to be part of a fun café concept?

Then we have an exciting opportunity for you at our  Noosa Civic Jamaica Blue store!

Part Time and Casual Positions Available

Café All Rounders/Baristas

Impress us with your high standard of customer service and barista skills! We are looking for experienced staff that have outstanding coffee-making skills and a positive attitude to serve up our delicious award-winning coffee! This role may also entail cash handling and food preparation.

 

Kitchen Staff

We are looking for an experienced cook that enjoys working in an extremely busy environment and has a background in both short order cooking and baking.  To be successful in this role you will:
·         Have an eye for quality food
·         Pay attention to presentation and detail
·         Be organised and systematic in your approach
·         Have the ability to multitask

 

Casual positions available

*Please note this is a 7 day a week operation and will require availability over the weekend and some evenings 

If you are passionate about food and great service, we want to hear from you today! Please forward your resume and availability, stating the position you are applying for and your availability, to Erin at ewarner@fooco.com.au
 
Waiters and Bar Staff

Season Restaurant is located beachfront on beautiful Laguna Bay Noosa.  We are looking for experienced waiters and bar staff for immediate start.

You must be reliable, team orientated, able to perform well in a very busy work environment and be extremely customer focused.

Please email or drop your resume into the restaurant.

 Season Restaurant Shop 5/25 Hastings Street Noosa Heads or email: info@seasonrestaurant.com.au

 
Casual Housekeepers

Located in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in the tranquil surroundings of Noosa Heads, the stylish and contemporary RACV Noosa Resort offers members and guests 157 guest rooms including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and Precinct villas. 

At the forefront of upholding our fine reputation are our frontline staff.  We are currently seeking enthusiastic and hard working individuals for Housekeeper roles, to help maintain our 5-star accommodation rooms and public areas on a casual basis.  

Included in your daily activities is an array of housekeeping duties throughout the guest rooms to achieve a superior standard.  You will be cleaning the bathroom, making beds, vacuuming the floor, dusting, as well as replenishing all amenities in a timely manner.  Some public cleaning may also be required from time to time. 

To be successful for this role, strong organisation skills are vital, a professional positive attitude, eye for detail, ability to work within a team and be proactive.  You must be well presented at all times taking pride in appearance, be flexible, reliable and able to meet challenges in a proficient manner.

These are casual opportunities working across a 7-day roster. Weekend availability is essential to be considered, along with your cheery manner. 

If you would like to join a friendly hardworking team at our resort, please submit your application today!  

RACV will conduct a criminal history check on applicants subject to current legislation.

Apply at; http://www.seek.com.au/job/25413425

Surfing :)

With a short period swell pushing through the coast yesterday afternoon, the conditions made it quite difficult for first time surfers. With the tide also pushing to low, it didn’t help the situation with dumping waves in shallow water. Despite this, the students gave it their best shot a conquering surfing! Image

With a rough start the lesson, with some dangerous rips pulling us down the beach; it wasn’t long until most of the students were up standing.

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Considering the rough condition, I was proud of you all, for taking it on and giving it your best shot! Hope you enjoyed for first intensive surf lesson in Noosa!

 

New Water Station

The students are excited about the new water station in the kitchen! You don’t need to worry about the water running out anymore, this water station is connected to the taps for unlimited filtered water at anytime!

 

 

Student Night- Live Music and Karaoke

Student Night was held down at Cafe Le Mond this week with some live music and cheap drinks. Two great bands played, with one of my favourites being the reggae/jazz/salsa band ‘Free Like Me’.

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Once the students had enough of the live music, they travelled across the road for some Karaoke!

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The students had a great time and maybe even some rising stars among the group with Dominic as the favourite singer of the night 😉

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Welcome New Students

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

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From Left to Right

Back Row: Jong (Korea), Johnathan (Belgium), Peter (Switzerland), Daniele (Italy), Markus (Switzerland), Benedikt (Switzerland), Tae Ho (Korea), Jerome (Belgium), Francois (France)

Front Row: Fred (Switzerland), Daniel (Spain), Jae Ho (Korea), Marcel (Switzerland), Cho Rong (Korea), Haruna (Japan), Kyungsoo (Korea), Gemma (Spain), Clementine (Belgium)

Aussie Wine and Cheese Tasting

What a lovely afternoon for some Aussie wine and cheese tasting. Although some students who were singing Karaoke last night at student night were visibly absent at the tasting, I wonder why…  😉

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It was a great opportunity for the students to taste some Australian wine through a blind tasting and attempt to guess the correct region, year, grape variety and costs of each one.

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There were five wines to taste, two white and three reds from all the famous Aussie regions including; McLaren Vale, Barossa and the Hunter Valley.

It was a relaxing way to kick off the end of the working week.

Congratulations to Manuel and Erika who received the highest score in the blind tasting and won a lovely bottle of Cabernet Merlot form Western Australia’s Margret River!

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Cambridge Mock Exams

Now that we are half way through our Cambridge courses, our students had the opportunity to put what they have learnt so far ‘to the test’!  Our FCE, CAE and CPE classes all sat a Mock exam on Tuesday.  Teachers and students now know what they need to focus on for the final exams in December.  Good Luck Guys!!!

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An Unsual Pet – Inspiring Students to Write

Teacher Dionne always has original ideas for the classroom. This week her students adopted a pet rock to inspire creative writing. Activities during the week included a rock diary, rock art and of course rock music.  I wish I could share all the wonderful essays that the class wrote but I have to choose the best. Here it is. Enjoy!

A Week With Sunny, My Pet Rock, by Sabrina Fuhrer

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Last Monday, we made our own Pet rock called Sunny. My Pet rock became friends with Pierre and Lucy even before they got their styling.

Sunny is very glittery with two feathers on his head. When he smiles you can see his only tooth. He has two wonderful red eyes. Unfortunately he lost one eye on Tuesday on the way to school. He came to school with me every day. In my option class, he helped me to get the answers for an exercise.

On the weekend we went to Fraser Island. Actually I smuggled him to the Island because pets aren’t allowed on Fraser. We had a lot of fun. On Saturday we went to Lake Wabby, where I had a swim. Sunny never came into the water. He’s afraid that he’ll lose another eye. On the next day he got sick from the long drive, so didn’t really enjoy this journey. Although he really enjoyed, as much as possible, Indian Heads. We saw many turtles there. Sunny is very interested in history like me, so his favourite spot was the Mahino Shipwreck.

On Monday, the last day of our trip, we went to Lake McKenzie, where we had a swim and a peeling. At Central Station we had a look at the rainforest and we heard and saw dingoes. He was very afraid and nervous because of them. Before we left the Island we went back to our camp. Near the camp I let him go. It almost broke my heart but I can’t take him to Switzerland and I showed him how to get food and where he can sleep. I chose this place because K’Gari is the Aboriginal name of the Island which means “Paradise” which I think is true. So he lives now in Paradise!

Thank you so much Sabrina. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back Adrien

French student Adrien Ohlbaum returned to Lexis Noosa this week to say ‘HI” to everyone. He has been having a wonderful time traveling around Australia. Now, with a second working holiday visa in his pocket and excellent English skills he is living his dream working as a carpenter on the Sunshine Coast.

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We always enjoy it when our students come back to say hello. Thanks Adrien.

Tennis !!! :)

There was a great turn out for the Tennis activity today, and a lovely afternoon for a match! Students formed into teams of two and were able to have a friendly match against one another. The biggest competition was with Nadal (Marlon) and Sharapova (Anj) VS Hewitt (Pascal) and Williams (Christina), and what a close match it was! Hewitt with his famous drop shots, Williams with her fluky serves, Nadal with his backhand spin shots and Sharapova with her moans and groans made for an interesting match. In the end the ‘Hewitt and Williams’ trio took out the doubles competition! Well done!ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Lisa joins Surf Life Saving Australia

Lisa, one of the  students at Lexis English Noosa, has joined the Surf Life Saving Australia volunteers and is helping to launch the new ‘Beach Safe’ Phone app at the Noosa Heads Surf Club. The Beach safe app lets users obtain beach safety information and conditions for more than 12,000 Australian beaches. Download the app for free! See the activities notice board for more details.

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To read the article follow the link below.

http://thenoosaindependent.com/2013/09/new-app-translates-into-saving-lives/ 

Welcome New Students

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

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From left to right:

Back Row: Miquel (Spain), Gianluca (Italy), Melania (Italy), Jolanda (Switzerland), Madlen (Switzerland), Steven (Belgium)

Front Row: Yuko (Japan), Agathe (France), Sunhee Choi (Korea), Hyeeum (Korea), Raina (Switzerland), Tomomi (Japan), Misa (Japan)

New funky cocktail bar opening in Hastings- need Kitchen Hands!!!

Miss Money Penny- New Bar on Hastings St

Miss Money Penny are looking for 4 kitchen hands to work either Day and/or Night, starting asap. 

If interested please call Wayd on 0412 911 168 or email your resume to waydbailey@hotmail.com

Healthy Food Workshop

What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon then preparing some yummy, healthy and delicious foods. It was also a good chance to run through why we need certain macro and micro nutrients and how do we know if we are getting enough?

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Today, we had three recipes to prepare in order to make an to make an idea meal.  They include Immune Power Green Smoothie, Quinoa Tabbouleh, and a Healthy Chicken Patty served with a side of coriander and chill hummus.   

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The students had a great time preparing the food, but an even greater eating it!!

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Oh, sorry Leo, i think you may have something stuck in your teeth 😉

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Thank you for being such a great group! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

Meet one of our wonderful homestay families

When Swiss student Nathanael Zurbrugg arrived in Noosa, he had very limited English and due to major health problems needed a family able to assist him with hospital visits. Roy and Marieta Leggett welcomed him into their home and became his ‘second family’.

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Nathaniel stayed with Roy and Marieta for two months and his English improved enough to be accepted at Hillsong College in Sydney.  He returned this week to say hello to his buddies in Noosa and visit Lexis Noosa again. Roy and Marieta insisted that he stay with them again ‘free of charge’. Thank you for being there for our students. 🙂

Soccer Match against ‘The Italian Mafia’

It was a lovely afternoon for a friendly match against the ex lexis students, aka “The Italian Mafia”! All the boys played well, with a few hard knocks here and there, with one of the best coming from Fabio 😉

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At half time the Italians were up 3-2, but second half saw the Noosa team come back to equal the scores at 3 a piece. With the final whistle blown and the scores even at full time, there was only one way to determine the winners…..

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A penalty shoot out! It was neck and neck, and with a few great saves from the professional ex Milano keeper, Mauro, it placed “the Italians” in front with one shot to go. The ball was placed nicely in the back of the net , allowing for ‘the Italian mafia’ to claim victory over lexis Noosa. WELL DONE BOYS!

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Thank you to the Noosa cheer squad for coming down and cheering on the Lexis Noosa side!

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After match beers at Shades are always a great way to end the afternoon 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Food For Thought

The afternoon Cooking Option class is always popular.

 

Mexican and Taiwanese dishes on the menu today

Mexican and Taiwanese dishes on the menu today

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However, it is not all sitting and eating yummy dishes. Students study procedural texts through recipes, the vocabulary that will help them work in restaurants and kitchens and have the opportunity to learn about other cultures.