It is our tradition to end the year with a Christmas party and concert. This year it fell on Christmas Eve, which made it even more special. There was no snow; but we had blue skies, sunshine, rolling surf, and the best concert ever.
On Friday, Lexis students gathered in the sunny courtyard to celebrate the coming weekend with fun-filled afternoon of American Beer Pong. The rules of Beer Pong are simple:
1. Half-fill six red college cups with beer or water and arrange them in a pyramid shape on both sides of the table.
2. Two teams of two players face off and take turns trying to throw a ping-pong ball into the opposing side’s cups. When balls are successfully thrown into the cups, the opposing side must drink the contents of that cup.
3. Repeat until a team no longer has any cups in front of them. The team with cups remaining on their side wins the match!
On this particular day, students set up three different tables so that three different matches could be played at once. Up to 18 people played on nine different teams, with fun being had by all. When matches were finished, losing teams rotated off so that other people could learn and participate in the game. What was initially supposed to be an hour of entertainment quickly turned into two as the competitive spirit took hold and students became determined to win and stay at their tables. In the end, it was our Catalan team, Gerard and Jesse, who won the day by going undefeated in all of their matches! Excellent teamwork, guys!
Student party night this week took place at Cafe Le Monde, where they tuned into some excellent live music and danced the night away to some great beats! On these party nights, Lexis students come together to socialize outside of school and to push all the hard work and studying they have been doing to the back of their minds. After escaping from the rain to get there, students had a great time moving to the music, mingling amongst the locals and, of course, using the free drink tokens given to them at school every Thursday! This particular student night was especially fun, as teachers and former Lexis students joined in on the festivities and sang along to the live music before tearing up the dance floor with some pretty sweet moves!
Drop into the information centre in Hastings Street and pick up a guide to all the fun activities around Noosa over the coming Christmas period.
On Sunday 21st December, join Noosa Carols on the River. Go to Lions Park at Gympie Terrace, Noosaville for 7pm. There will be music, singing, food, a visit from Santa and fireworks.
On Monday 22nd December, there will also be music, singing, Santa and fireworks, at Peregian Beach. The fun starts at 5.30 with the firework display at 8.30. Go to the beach in front of the Surf Life Saving Club and experience a true Australian Christmas experience.
Remember that you can travel free on the buses over this period. 🙂
After classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, Noosa students made their way down to Lion’s Park to have a good ol’ game of football! Originally, a match had been planned between the Lexis Maroochydore school and our own Noosa school, but changes in participant numbers led to that match being cancelled. Instead, Noosa students sought out other challengers at Nomads, a local backpacker hostel. Noosa students and Nomads staff geared up and went barefoot-to-barefoot in a match for the ages, with the Noosa students coming out on top with the win (we think…everyone was having too much fun to keep score)!! Check out some pics of the action below!
Every Monday night Lexis students meet up at Sogo Bar, Noosa’s local Irish pub, where they mingle with the locals, talk travel, have a few drinks, and -of course- dance! Students who join student travel night get a free burger and fries and have the opportunity to win some great travel prizes in a raffle. Last night’s prizes included a free entrance into Underwater World, kayaking with dolphins, and a surf lesson in Noosa’s fabled tropical surf breaks! Later on in the night, students had the opportunity to win some free drinks and bar-tabs by competing in Sogo’s awesome dance competition where dancers got low, twerked, and shook up the dance floor to some amazing beats!
After the wet weather we’ve had over the past few days, it was great to see some of that beautiful sunshine Noosa is famous for! To celebrate the great weather, Noosa students made their way over to Main Beach to have themselves an awesome game of BEACH FRISBEE!! What started off as 4 or 5 students quickly turned into a fun beach hangout as more and more students showed up to take part in the game. When the wind began to pick up and tossing the frisbee became difficult, the students couldn’t be deterred from having a good time. They chatted in the sun, got some beautiful tans, and surfed some glassy clean waves!
Here is a lovely testimonial from one of our Noosa host families about hosting Saudi Arabians 🙂
Last year my husband David and I hosted Abdullah and Saad from the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Living in Noosa we are very much isolated from other cultures so to be able to host these guys is an amazing and enriching cultural experience for anyone. Abdullah was our first Saudi student, it took him a little while to adjust to life in Noosa but he settled in quickly and before long he became a much loved part of our family. After three months Abdullah went back home to get married (he came back to Australia but had to study in Brisbane once he was married) so his friend Saad moved in with us for the next six months. We still keep in contact with both of these guys, they have such a wonderful sense of humour and they value family and friendship to the highest degree.
Check out the jobs in Noosa below;
45 workers required to work on a tomato farm in Yandina, QLD. Work will commence at the beginning of March 2015 and is expected to last for up to 6 months. Applicants must
- be physically fit
- have an eye for detail
- be able to abide by strict hygiene and quality assurance guidelines and
- be able to follow instructions.
To apply please email your resume addressing the above criteria to email@example.com with Harvest Workers and the job id number in the subject line.
Applications close on the 24th December 2014. All successful applicants will be advised early February. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
How to apply:
Please email the NHLIS at NHLIS firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our busy cafe in Noosa Junction requires an experienced cafe worker.
It is essential that you have current cafe experience, a pleasant personality, neat appearance & able to communicate well with customers.
This position is long term & day work only, probably not suited to a traveller.
The suitable person would be required to begin work ASAP.
Please forward your cv.
Housekeeping 8-11am each morning for 2weeks. Noosa Heads.
|Seeking experienced housekeeper for family home each day for next 2 weeks starting tomorrow ( sunday 7th december)
All facets of cleaning family home, tidying up, making beds, cleaning up after breakfast, washing etc.The successful applicant will be organised and fast with friendly disposition.
Please apply with your relevant experience.
Cleaner wanted for immediiate start in Noosa Heads
Sunrise Beach QLD 4567
Picture Perfect Cleaning .
Call Betty on 0439170407
We are looking for an experienced sub contract cleaner for 1 weeks work over Christmas, from 22/12/2014 to 29/12/14. You will need to be an experienced Cleaner who has worked in Resorts/Holiday Homes previously. You are required to have your own transport, equipment, an ABN and be honest and trustworthy. All cleans are located in the Noosaville, Little Cove, Sunshine Beach areas and are paid on a per job basis.
Please contact Alison 0457669220
Our lovely Czech student, Helena, a former belly dancing teacher back in her country, has been providing Belly Dancing classes for the students here at Lexis Noosa. She runs a great intensive class demonstrating to the students how to isolate specific areas; stop moving parts of the body whilst providing movement in others. Its a great workout, leaving you feel energized and toned.
She will continue to provide Belly Dancing lessons every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm in Room 10.
Vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat or seafood and may not eat eggs or dairy foods. Vegans follow a form of vegetarianism, but consume only plant foods. Well-planned vegetarian diets have many health benefits and can provide all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for a long and healthy life.
If you choose to be vegetarian or vegan, you will need to plan your diet and make sure it includes all the essential nutrients. The most important nutrients are;
- Minerals (including iron, calcium and zinc)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
A good source of vegetarian/vegan protein includes;
- legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils
- nuts and seeds
- soy products, including soy beverages, tempeh and tofu,
- whole (cereal) grains or quinoa
In today’s workshop, I wanted to prepare something that was vegetarian friendly and loved the idea of making a tabouli style salad using a little quinoa and lots of fresh parsley, mint and spinach!
Quinoa and Tofu Salad
This was our last Healthy Eating Workshop for the year. Lexis Healthy Cooking Kitchen will return on the 6th January!
It very rarely rains in Noosa, and after the humid day yesterday it was lovely to cool off with some rainy beach volleyball. Even when it does rain here , it doesn’t stop the students from participating in activities.
We had four teams enter the knock out competition and a handful of spectators. It was a great way to end the afternoon, before the thunderstorm came over Noosa 🙂
Well done to the winning team below!
A big welcome to the new students who arrived at Lexis Noosa today from; Japan, Korea, Germany, Brazil and Italy!
Good luck in your studies and enjoy your stay here in Noosa.
From left to right;
Takashi (Japan), Tomas (Germany), Jose (Brazil), Ana (Brazil), Jae Su (Korea), Mariko (Japan), Serena (Italy)
We are always happy when past students come by to say hello.
He says that Noosa is a very easy place to live. It is a busy little tourist town, with a perfect climate and people who are very welcoming.
His girlfriend arrives next week and he is looking forward to travelling with her. Thanks for coming by Nathan, it was great to catch up.
With the price of food rising, eating healthily while trying to stick to a budget can be challenging. But with a little planning and some useful tips, buying and preparing delicious healthy food on a budget is not as hard as it may seem!
Before you hit the supermarket sit down and write a shopping list. This will help to stop you from buying items you don’t need. Remember you can always cook more than you need and freeze the rest for another meal.
More Smart Eating Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget
- Buy fresh fruit and vegetables in season
- Try frozen or canned vegetables as these may be cheaper than fresh and will keep for longer avoiding food spoiling
- Try to have a vegetarian meal each week using eggs or lentils
- Buy generic brands (‘no name’ ‘home brand’ etc) where possible
- Add some canned kidney beans, lentils (or other legumes) to mince dishes or stews to make the meal go further
- Buy bulk items that will last such as breakfast cereals, rice, pasta and baked beans
- Stop and think if you really need the novelty packaging. If you don’t need the storage container then try to pick the foods in plain packaging
- Be supermarket savvy and watch out for items on ‘special’ as sometimes the price isn’t reduced
- Check supermarket catalogues for specials and identify any products that you need before you go shopping
- Buy all the basic foods such as breads, dairy, fruit, vegetables, cereals and meats first before considering snack foods, lollies, sweetened drinks or other treats
In the healthy cooking class today, we made a Chili Con Carne, packed full of cheap, but nutritious ingredients.
Chili Con Carne
What’s good about it:
Lean beef and beans are a great source of protein. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved. Veggies such as carrot, capsicum and tomato add antioxidants to help nourish and boost your immune system. Avocado contains the antioxidant vitamin E and it’s also a good mono-unsaturated fat that’s acts as an anti-inflammatory which is perfect after a good training session in the gym. A touch of chilli can help spike your metabolic rate and stimulate digestion.
1 onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 large grated carrot
2 sticks sliced celery
250 g lean mince (beef, chicken, game meat are all great) See notes for vego version
1 red capsicum, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
400 g tomato puree
400 g cooked red kidney or adzuki beans, drained
125 g cherry tomato, halved
100 g baby spinach leaves
1 avocado, chopped
1 bunch coriander, chopped
Chopped red chilli to taste
Sauté the mirepoix (fine dice) of onion carrot and celery for 3 minutes until softened.
Add the spices and mince and cook through for 5 minutes until the mince is browned.
Add the capsicum, tomato paste, tomato puree and beans.
Pour over 2 cups of water.
Simmer over a low – medium heat for 30 minutes until thick.
Season with ground pepper and a little salt add cherry tomato.
Fold in spinach and coriander just before serving.
Spoon into bowls, top with chilli to taste, avocado and a squeeze of lime.
Enjoy by itself or with a side of steamed green vegetables, brown rice or quinoa.
To recover from the weekend and get ourselves over Mondayites, there is nothing better than a BBQ and Beach Frisbee down at Sunshine Beach. When we arrived, we noticed that all the BBQ’s were broken, and tried to figure out another way to cook our food. Luckily, I live across the road from the beach and have a BBQ in my pool area, so we moved the afternoon BBQ to my house. With all the students that had arrived, it had turned into a pool party, with music, beers and a good old sausage sizzle. The students danced around, swam in the pool and enjoyed a hot, ‘first day of summer’ afternoon.
Yoga for surfers is a modern, dynamic and challenging style of yoga that targets certain parts of the body that could be operating more effectively. This yoga for surfers session, we focused on building and increasing core strength, balance, flexibility and energy levels, improve lung capacity, and strength through arm balances.
A very warm ‘first day of summer’ welcome to our new students who arrived at Lexis Noosa today from Switzerland, Japan, and Brazil.
Good luck in your studies and enjoy your stay in beautiful Noosa.
From left to right;
Back Row: Sandro (Switzerland), Iljas (Switzerland), Silvan (Switzerland), Mario (Switzerland), Yuri (Brazil), Andreas (Switzerland).
Front Row: Eliane (Switzerland), Yurie (Japan), Ramona (Switzerland), Mariana (Brazil), Luua (Switzerland)