World Quiz

World Quiz activity on Friday Afternoon tested the knowledge of students about geographical locations. The students worked in groups answering questions on Australian state and territories, rivers, oceans, capital cities, and planets. We provided snacks to give the brain vital energy to work efficiently.

Well done to Lucy and Janique, two smart cookies who answered the most amount of question correctly gaining themselves a lovely bottle of Malbec and Cadbury chocolates!! Well done girls!

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Welcome NEW Students!!

A big welcome to the new students who have arrived today. Good luck in your studies here at Lexis English and I hope you have an amazing stay at Noosa 🙂

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From Left to right;

Back Row: Jaeseung (Korea), Ilkyung (Korea), Gabriela (Switzerland), Georg (Austria), Joseph-Maximilian (Austria), Marco (Switzerland), Sho (Japan)

Front Row: Satohiro (Japan), Pattaranuch (Thailand), Ai (Japan),  Keisho (Japan), Kotaro (Japan)

Salsa Latino Night

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Ohhhhh what a night!! Our first Latino Salsa Night last night at The Reef was a hit! With Latino DJ Jordan producing some funky tunes which had the whole club up dancing.

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I think there may be a few sore heads today though…I know mine is 😉

 

Need money to party???

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Check out the jobs below;

 

Bond clean & general household cleaning 
Gumtree AU – Noosa Heads QLD 
Part-time

Bond cleans starting at $300 for standard 4 bedroom 1 bathroom homes. All cleaning products and equipment supplied. 

General house cleaning starting from $20 an hour or can arrange price packages. All cleaning products and equipment supplied. 

Lots of experience! Available Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

 

 

Join our Kitchen Brigade 
Gumtree AU – Noosaville QLD

Sirocco Noosa, an Award-winning restaurant, is looking to add to their team. Positioned along the Noosa River with a great local following, Sirocco offers a unique menu with flavours of North Africa the Mediterranean. With a flexible attitude, the Sirocco team is able to offer varying shifts to suit your lifestyle and family needs. In return we are seeking a motivated team player with kitchen experience. If you are a Cook, Apprentice or even qualified chef – you may be the right one to fit in with our team. 

To apply for this position please email your resume or drop off to Management at 2/257 Gympie Terrace. Should you have any queries please call us at Sirocco Noosa, at the number provided below. 

 0754556688 

 

Holiday House Cleaner Noosa Area 
Gumtree AU – Sunrise Beach QLD 
Contract/Temp

We are a privately run holiday house business which is expanding in the Noosa Area. 

We have a great team on board and are looking for two more people to join our team 

On offer is two cleaning roles 10-15 hours per week. Cleans will be scheduled between 9am and 2pm so works perfectly with school hours 

Must have an ABN or happy to get one, a car and happy to work weekends. 

Please email through your resume or a cover letter with your experience. 

 

0432534052 

Junior Staff for dishwashing 
Gumtree AU – Noosa Heads QLD 
Part-time

Juniors needed for a busy Hastings Street Cafe.No experience needed but must be able to work weekdays. Dish washing, kitchen prep, clearing tables, stocking fridges. 
Gumtree AU – 16 days ago – save job – block

 

Bakery Sales Staff in Noosaville 
Gumtree AU – Noosaville QLD 
Part-time

We are looking for Bakery sales staff on weekends. You need a driver’s license to drive a manual car. Please call Sven for more details. 

Part-time Daytime Work ~ Belli Park QLD 
Find A Babysitter – Eumundi QLD 
Part-time

Part-time Daytime Work ~ Belli Park QLD Hi there, we require a mature nanny/ babysitter Mon and Tues once per month from 6am to 3.45pm. With the possibility of fortnightly work in the near future. We are looking for someone who is able and willing to accompany the children on a Tuesday to a gymnastics class in Cooroy and possibly the Library afterwards. Your house or ours if you live between Belli Park and Yandina as my husband works in Yandina and could drop them off before work. Pay is neg, my son is 2 and my daughter 4yrs old. 

Other Skills: working with children check 
Contact: Ainslie 
Start Date: 13-Apr-2014 
Applications Close: 26-Mar-2014 

 

Full-time Professional Section Waiter 
Wasabi Restaurant & Bar – Noosa Heads QLD

2 Chef Hat, WASABI Restaurant & Bar requires a professional full-time Section Waiter with experience working in a similar up-market restaurant. Would consider highly motivated junior waiter looking to advance career and gain valued recognition in the industry.

Award winning boutique restaurant with a small team committed to delivering service excellence. Experience with Japanese cuisine not essential but a genuine interest would be advantageous. Extensive job training and product education will be provided.

Responsible for service and operations for a section of the restaurant an applicant must have professional attitude and grooming. They must be committed and able to work autonomously with excellent customer relation skills.

Good wine and beverage knowledge is essential and our dedicated Sommelier will provide additional training.

Full time position with approximately 45 hours, Wednesday – Sunday. Must be available to work weekends.

Good conditions, tips and guaranteed hours.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Please email a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your resume

For further information on the restaurant visit our website : –
www.wasabisb.com

Futsal

It doesn’t rain often in Noosa, but when it does we need to find different activities to do that are fun, enjoyable and keep the students entertained. Our soccer match was cancelled against Maroochydore, so the Noosa students decided to get some extra practice in for next week rescheduled game, and played some futsal. 

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The students played a friendly match against one another and had the opportunity to practice their ball skills and team work but most importantly have a fun time 🙂 🙂

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Facebook Photo Competetion

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Yesterday Carol and myself hit the classrooms to announce the Lexis English | Facebook Photo Competition!

Starting Monday March 31st, the competition will run for one week within Lexis | Noosa – followed by a second week where the winning photos from each Lexis school compete for the major prize!!

Here’s what you have to do:

1 – email your awesome photos either showing SERIOUS LEARNING, or SERIOUS FUN to me at activities@lexisenglish.com

2 – Join the Lexis English Noosa Facebook group – and vote for your favourite photos between Monday 31st March and Monday 7th April by ‘liking’ them! The SERIOUS LEARNING and SERIOUS FUN photos with the most ‘Likes’ will win!

The SERIOUS LEARNING photo with the most likes by Monday 7th April will win a free surf lesson with Noosa Surf School.

The SERIOUS FUN photo with the most likes by Monday 7th April will win a free canoe trip to the Everglades!

Here’s some ideas for the two categories:

SERIOUS LEARNING: fun activities in class, outdoors lessons, games set up by your teachers, studying outside school, library trips, excursions with your class, Coffee Lounge, helping each other with homework

SERIOUS FUN: surfing, BWT activities, trips to the beach, Lexis activities such as cooking, Friday afternoons on the beach, yoga, volleyball tournaments, nights out with other students and BBQ’s at Noosa Lions Park!

These two winners will then enter into the Grand Final between all of the Lexis schools –

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Maroochydore
  • Perth
  • and of course our awesome Noosa school!

The two winning photos from each school will go in the running to win either; a free skydive (!!!) or a free trip to Fraser Island – worth $700!!

The Grand Final will run from Monday 7th April until Monday 14th April, and the winners will once again be chosen based on the number of Facebook ‘Likes’ across all of the Lexis Facebook groups, as well as on the Backpacker World Travel and Student Uni Travel Facebook pages!

Come on guys. lets show the other schools how it’s done here in Noosa and ‘wow’ them with our outstanding photos!!

And here is the boring part – the rules =) :

Terms and conditions are as follows. 1. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. 2. Entries for first in-school round close at 12pm on Monday 7th April 2014. 3. One finalist in each category will be chosen based on the number of ‘likes’ on Facebook! 4.  Grand finale photos will also be judged on the number of ‘likes’ across the Lexis Facebook pages. 5. Competition open to current students only. Students that are current at the start of the competition but no longer studying on 7th April 2014 are still eligible to enter. 6.   Winning entries will be announced on the Lexis English blogs and Facebook pages. 7. By entering the competition you give permission to release the picture to Lexis English Australia to use for promotional and marketing purposes post-competition on Internet, social media and other materials deemed to promote Lexis English Australia.

Good luck, and may the best school win!

National Park Walk and Surfing

The Noosa National Park walk is a great way to introduce the new students to the beautiful natural landscapes of Noosa. The hike from school allows the students to explore Noosa Main Beach before heading around to the different points of Noosa including First Point, Little Cove, Nationals and then enter into the Noosa National Park coast track and up towards Boiling Point for lovely views over towards Rainbow Beach and down towards Tea Tree Bay.

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There are multiple tracks to discover through the National Park, with the coast track being the most popular. The students then made their way to Tea Tree Bay, and along the tracks you can regularly spot the local Koala that habitats this area due to the large amount of gum trees, before heading up to Dolphin Point lookout in search of some Mammals.  From Dolphin Point the students can view Granite Bay and keep on walking towards Hells Gates for views of Alexandria Bay. On the way back through, the keen surfers of the group ie; Tomo and Lox were able to catch some waves at Nationals and Little Cove 🙂 🙂Image

Friday Afternoon Beach Volleyball

We had a monthly beach volleyball knockout competition last Friday, with Team Spaniards as returning champions and as the team to beat for the other competitors. Seven teams had entered the competition, and were all excited to play volleyball on the beach, have some fun and try and take the title off the Spaniards.

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It was a great way to spend the afternoon with a large group of spectators cheering on their favourite team.

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Team Spaniards were once again the best team on the day and retained their Noosa Volleyball Champion title! Well done guys!

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Lexis Noosa’s wonderful homestay families

Our fantastic homestay families have such a good time with their students, they really do treat them as their own children. Let’s see what Wanda, one of our lovely homestay families, wants to share with us:

“I really enjoy the lovely youthful energy of my students and I learn from them as I believe they learn from me. They are all different and very special in their own way and they keep me young!
We are a household full of respect and laughter and their families should be commended on bringing up such socially aware and courteous young people who take their schooling and future seriously. They really appreciate staying here in paradise and are always sad to leave. Of course I miss them too because they are a part of my family while they are here and I love to catch up on all their news. They say that they like Australian people very much because they are so easy-going and kind and that they have fun at school as well as learning English to help them with their future employment. They always come home from school with a smile on their face! They tell me I must come to visit them in their country one day, but meanwhile we keep in touch via Facebook, which is nice.

Here is a note from Miyuki who just left to go back to Japan recently:

Dear Wanda, thank you, it is my last day today and I am sad. You were very kind to me so I could enjoy my stay here for two months. I really liked Noosa and staying in your house. There is so much nature and beautiful ocean here and I will come back again someday and I would like to meet with you again. It has been a very good experience for me to come to Noosa because I couldn’t speak English fluently but I had to speak English everywhere of course, so I learned many things.

Miyuki”

It is such a pleasure to be able to have our Lexis students looked after by such pleasant and friendly families, thank you Wanda for being such a wonderful host and thank you for sharing your experience with us… the adventure continues!

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A funky way to welcome the new students

Thursday Student Night is a night organised by Lexis Noosa to bring together all the students and give them the chance to interact with one another and have a good time. And our themed dress up party allowed them to do just that!

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It was hosted at the Reef hotel and students were entitled to a complementary drink on arrival. Delicious food platters were brought out for the start of the night before we began our limbo competition. Student Uni Travel announced the winners of the Jelly Bean competition, and well done to Daniela, who has won a free 3 night, 2 day trip to Fraser Island!

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The DJ kicked off the night with some funky tunes and the students hit the dance floor til early in the morning! Welcome to Noosa!!

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Body Surfing

As the new students arrived last week, it is important to introduce them to the Aussie Surf Culture. We headed down to Main Beach where students were given an overview of surf safety by the local lifeguard before they were instructed by activities teacher, Anj, on how to body surf.

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The students were then able to jump into the water, between the flags, and head out to the outer bank were they practiced a skill they can use ever time they’re in the ocean- body surfing!

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This was a great activity to introduce the students to the Aussie oceans and how unpredictable they can be. With a flash rip forming out the back with incoming tide, gave the students first hand experience on how quickly the ocean can change. Luckily, they were in between the flags, and the lifeguards identified the situation and were able to instruct them on how to get out of the rip and back on to the sandbank. A valuable lesson learnt and a reminder to all when swimming in Australia’s oceans- to always swim between the flags

🙂 🙂

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Morning Yoga Class

Today’s yoga class was a Vinyasa Flow- This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component as you move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. The students also had the opportunity to practice headstands against the wall. Another lovely start to our Tuesday morning 🙂

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St Patrick’s Day celebration

Yesterday was the annual St Patrick’s Day celebration and to get into the Irish spirit we created a fun and lively celebration at the school. The celebration kicked off in the Irish traditional way, with some lovely cold Guinness for all who were wearing green.

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Our first Irish game was potato throwing, with six participants the aim of this game was to get as many potatoes in the basket as possible. The game was close between all participants with most obtaining a 3/5 average of potatoes in the basket…. until Lox. With his wide enjoyment of potatoes from some of his traditional Indonesian dishes such as Gado Gado, he had an eye for the target gaining a 5/5 potatoes in the basket!!!

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The next activity was Irish Dancing. With Irish Dancing expert- Nat available to teach the students his moves, the students then had to perform their best Irish Dancing moves for the judges- Carol and Miriam. If the participants were tapped on the shoulder, it meant they were eliminated from the competition. The final two dancing were Lorena and Daichi. Lorena’s technique was flawless, with even balance on two legs and nice point toes she was named the winner on the Irish dancing receiving a FREE surf lesson, courtesy of Student Uni Travel.

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The final activity was ‘find the grapes in the jelly’. Participants were blind folded and hands were place behind their back, using their mouths only had to dig through the bowl of jelly looking for those Grapes. Well done again to Lox who was able to extract all grapes with the one minuet period, a new personal best for this young chap!

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All the students then gathered outside for our Irish feast present by Sarah cooking class. What a fantastic job they did creating all these delicious green foods! Happy St Pat’s Day!!

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Welcome New Students!!!

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

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From left to right; Christina (Switzerland), Stefano (Italy), Lee (Korea), Jeong (Korea), Yuto (Japan), Jessica (Switzerland), Azusa (Japan)

 

 

It is not just all about the Food. Lexis Cooking Option

Our cooking option class is not just about food.
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The Lexis cooking option helps students with:
Vocabulary – food, describing food and flavours, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery
Usage – word order for giving instructions
Processes – Verbs for cooking, verbs for describing enjoyment or dislike
Writing – recipes, comparing foods and food reviews
Speaking – who doesn’t like talking about food? Cooking and eating provides a relaxed and non -threatening environment for shy speakers
Cultural exchange –food eating customs are integral to culture and through sharing these foods and customs, cultural barriers are crossed.

No wonder it is so popular.

Student Snapshot

Tsuyoshi Murata and Minako Oba were both smiling this morning when they received their graduation certificates from our Director of Studies.
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Tsuyoshi has studied at Lexis Noosa for 51 weeks and is returning to Japan to enter university. He said that he has enjoyed his studies and time in Noosa, but the best part was the friendships that he has made. The worst thing was that as a long term student he had to say goodbye to so many good friends. However, Tsuyoshi says that he can travel the world now and never pay for a hotel room as he has friends everywhere.

Minako has only studied for one short week to improve her spoken English before travelling to Indonesia. However, she says that she has learnt a lot and was happy to be part of the school, even for such a short time.

One week or 51, both Minako and Tsuyoshi appreciated the 360degree support they received whilst here. Thank you for your feedback guys.

The Amazing Race

“The Amazing race was a rip-roaring success. Great fun and mega-lols were had by all involved. Having been the host of many such shindigs, I can say with utter confidence that this event outshone the paltry offerings of the average language school. Refreshingly, there were fewer injuries than ever before in such a vibrant and elan-filled conflagration. Eclatful not-withstanding, I would have to say that the epithet that epitomises the winners is wise. What a way to celebrate the efficacy of our English teaching” (Jamie- Noosa Teacher).

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Well done to Danny’s team who arrived at the pit stop first winning the major prize!!!

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Cambridge First Writing Task

Cambridge First Certificate Class C were asked to write about their favourite holiday destination. Here is a wonderful example from student Carlos.
Carlos and Kirsten
I’ve always asked myself if it’s possible to find the perfect holiday destination. Maybe not, but there is one place that is close, Australia.
Specifically Noosa, which is an amazing place located in Queensland state in the south coast of Australia nearby of Brisbane.
When I booked six month holiday there, my thought was that I was going to spend all my time enjoying the nature, the wildlife or taking sunbathes on the beach but I was wrong! I was spending my time in a English school learning English.
Nevertheless, through the great young looking ‘Kiwi’ teacher, my holidays were just amazing. Because, despite of the serious and strict curriculum we had, she always tried to find the funny and entertaining way to avoid boredom and have fun.
Therefore, I really recommend to travel to Australia and book a few weeks in that school. You could really enjoy it.

Table Tennis Competetion

There was a great turn out for the Table Tennis competition yesterday, with 22 individuals signed up to compete for the ‘Lexis Noosa Table Tennis Champion Title’. 

With some Bob Marley playing in the back ground made everybody “get together and feel all right”!

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A special mention to the following who made the quarter finals; Jamie, Nat (wildcard entry) Felipe (Lox), Ludo, Andy, Hiro and Young Jin! 

In the semi finals we had Hiro Vs Ludo and Jamie Vs Nat. Ludo knocked out Hiro and Jamie knocked out Nat, which saw Ludo (our current champion) and Jamie meet in the finals. The boys were neck and neck the whole game with only a point difference between each serve. Ludo had some unfortunate unforced errors which saw Jamie take the lead and also in the end take out the title as the new Lexis Noosa Table Tennis Champion!! Well done Jamie!

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Welcome New Students!!

A big welcome to the new students who have arrived today! I hope you all have a lovely time here in Noosa. 

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From left to right;

Back row: Lorena (Switzerland), Michael (Switzerland), Andrea (Switzerland), Tanja (Germany), Daeeun (Korea), Ricardo (Brazil), Risa (Japan), Audrey (France), Fernando (Spain)

Front Row: Naokazu (Japan), Kojiro (Japan), Rika (Japan), Daichi (Japan)

Role Reversal

Usually it is the parents visiting the children but for Steffan Lorenz it is role reversal.. 🙂

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Steffan works for a German company who have factories in Australia and is spending three weeks with us to ‘brush up’ his English. His lovely daughter is travelling around Australia and came by to ‘visit’ dad. It was great to see the big identical smiles.

BlackJack

We had a fun game of Blackjack for this afternoon’s activity. The students had a chance to play against the dealer with two decks of cards in play. The players object is to win by creating card totals that turn out to be higher than the dealer’s hand but do not exceed 21 “busting”, or alternatively by allowing the dealer to take additional cards until she busts. The person with the most amount of chips left at the end of the activity will be claimed as the winner :)

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Everyone was having a lot of fun, laughing and and making jokes at one another especially when someone busts ;)

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I think Kisook has played this game before, she was the only player to receive not one, but two blackjacks and win with the most amount of chips overall. Bo fell just short of Kisook chips and claimed second place. 

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Happy Friday!!!

 

 

Coming Soon….

Coming Soon

Lexis Noosa Nutrition Teaching Kitchen

Educating Lexis Students on healthy eating principles, food preparation and cooking techniques.

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Did you know that Anj is a qualified Nutritionist?

Join her on Tuesday afternoons for a one hour health and nutrition cooking class which includes healthy eating principles along with specific nutritional information with each individual recipe. Students will receive a handout of recipes and nutrition information at each class.

Some of the interesting class you will see;

– Raw Foods. How to create delicious foods without any cooking?

– Super foods. The hype on super foods and how to utilise these foods in our meals?

– International Cooking Class: Foods from Asia

-Vegetarian and vegan eating. How to meet all the known nutrient needs.

And much much more!!!

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Watch this space for more details on starting times and how you can sign up for these classes. 

These classes are free to ALL full time students 🙂 

Looking for Work???

PICKING SEASONAL WORK 

• Seasonal Work April-February 
• 20min From Noosa Heads 
• Pays per kilo after training period. 

This Eumundi based business is looking for seasonal pickers starting in April. 

An opportunity has arisen for 6, fast hard working people to join the business in a casual capacity, picking cherry tomatoes. To be successful you will need to possess strong hand eye co-ordination with experience an advantage, but not necessary as training will be provided. You will also need you own reliable transport. 

Please do not call, but do send you resume to sharna@tomatobrothers.net.au

Carwash Attendant 
Gumtree AU – Noosa Heads QLD 
Part-time

required to assist customers and maintain business premises. 
You will be trustworthy, have a strong work ethic, well presented and customer service orientated person. 
This role is suited to someone looking for casual work. 
All training provided. 
Please email resumes to noosacarwash@bigpond.com 

Sushi roller wanted 
Noosa Heads QLD 
Part-time
Busy sushi bar in hastings street needs a new staff member to join there fun team! Training provided for the right person. Previous knife skills a must. Position open to someone that can commit to us for over 1 year. Call  0410778373 
Front of house-Waitperson-Barrista 
Gumtree AU – Noosaville QLD 
Part-time
2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE…Person required for breakfast /lunch service…must have at least 3 years experience in cafe restaurant service.Must be of neat tidy appearance,knowledge in coffee and drinks making, be able to work in a fast paced environment, early starts ..setting up of front of house.RELIABLE, FRIENDLY AND OUT GOING PERSONS …please phone for interveiw : -) Consistent hours and weekdays! Start available 17 march. 

…Person required for dinner service.Must have excellant customer relation skills.Knowledge in wine and drinks a must!Must be able to work unsupervised ,RSA approved! 3pm starts and closing of business procedures. Must be of NEAT TIDY appearance with a friendly out going personality…please phone for interveiw: -) start available 17 march – Contact Amanda on 0407497210 

Tennis

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It was a lovely afternoon for a hit of tennis yesterday with a bit of cloud cover making it a little cooler for a game. Students formed themselves into teams of two for a friendly match. The tennis stars of the day were Manu and Toni, two Spanish boys with a serve like Nadal… The Spaniards know how to play a good game of  tennis 😉

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Get to know our new teacher- Alexandra

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m half Scottish and half Tanzanian and have lived all over the world in countries including Brazil, The Netherlands, South Africa and Cambodia. I love to travel and learn about new cultures, try new foods and listen to new music.

What did you do before coming to Noosa?

Before coming to Noosa I had studied international relations and development and completed a masters in urban development planning before working at the United Nations in Kenya. In 2012 I spent 6 months in Brazil studying Portuguese and learning to communicate in a new country and culture. After this I worked and taught at a school in Cairo, Egypt, helping students to improve and expand their academic knowledge in English in order to study abroad.

Wow you have worked in some interesting places! What made you choose to come to Noosa?

I’m here in Noosa to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, learn to surf, and teach English 🙂

 

Tuesday Morning- Relax and Unwind Yoga

This morning’s Yoga session was all about reconnecting our minds and bodies with a slow flowing asana practice. We began with Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) to help calm the mind and body by refocusing on the breath. The asana practice focused on gentle fluid movements using the breathe to guide the body in and out of each pose. Once we completed the spinal warm up the students were able to guild themselves through Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). A great calming practice to help relax and unwind our busy minds 🙂

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