Renting your own apartment in Noosa

Most students like to live with a local family or in an organised student house when they first arrive. This is a good idea, as it gives you time to adjust to your new life style, meet local people and feel safe and secure so far away from home. However, if you are intending to study or stay in Australia for a long period, you will most probably want to look for your own accommodation after a few weeks.

The government have a website especially designed to give advice for people wanting to rent houses or apartments.  It is called the Residential Tenancies Authority and you will find it at rta.qld.gov.au    Some of the good advice they give is:

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It is usually not difficult to find accommodation in Noosa and the best place to start is by talking to other students. We have a notice board and information folder in reception where students and members of the public will post adverts for share accommodation.

The most important advice is to check out the apartment or house carefully and if possible talk to someone else who has lived there or ask for a reference. Happy House hunting.

What’s on in Noosa this Weekend

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1.The Noosa Summer Swim

The Noosa Summer Swim is the latest addition to the Milk & Co Queensland Ocean Swim Series and will again launch the Series in the heart of the Queensland summer, on Saturday January 31, 2015, from 8.30am.

In 2015, a new long course will be offered, the Noosa 3.0 (3km) giving competitors a chance to test themselves beyond the traditional 1km & 2km distances.

Other events include 2km, 1km, a free 300m Kids Surf Dash and the Teams Charity Relay where your team of three will take on celebrities and multisport athletes from around Australia.

Join Series Ambassador Michael Klim on the start line and dive into summer!

For More Information and to enter:

W: noosa-summer-swim

2. Grooves by the Green

Join in the fun as Noosa Springs celebrates it’s birthday with live music the first and third Sunday of every month.

Kick back and groove to live covers from the 50s, 60s, 70s and today.

Two-for-one cocktails, $5 beers, wine specials and sweeping golf course views.

For more information:

T: (07) 5440 3333

E: info@noosasprings.com.au

W: noosasprings.com.au

Location:

Relish Restaurant
Noosa Springs
Noosa Springs Drive
Noosa Heads
QLD 4567

3. Indulge in a spa package

For just $99 Noosa Springs – New Year Splash Spa Special (2 hours) is exceptional value.

It’s t’s your choice of either a full body massage or lime and coconut body scrub PLUS a  hydromassage & steam experience.

Enjoy the tranquillity of the relaxation lounge or courtyard afterwards and rehydrate with complimentary healthy snack and beverage.

Valid for purchase up to 31st January and for use until 30th June 2015.

For more information or to book your spa time today:

T: (07) 5440 3355

E: spa@noosasprings.com.au

Location:

Noosa Springs Golf Resort and Spa
Noosa Springs Drive
Noosa Heads
QLD 4567

Sunset Cruise and Crawdaddy after party

The Lexis Noosa students were up for a big day yesterday with a Sunset Booze Cruise followed by a massive after party at Crawdaddy’s. They jumped on the ferry just after 5:30pm and cruised around the river listening to music as the sun was setting and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Noosa River.

They were then met by a member from Crawdaddy’s who escorted them to the after party. When they arrived that had complimentary jugs of sangria, burgers, chips, buffalo wings and nachos waiting for them. The DJ played his heavy disco beats while the students danced on into the night!

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Looking for Work

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Travel Consultant Wanted

Backpackers World Travel are looking for outgoing, vibrant, well-travelled sales staff to join our experienced and passionate team in Noosa. With stores Australia-wide and a growing global network we’re there for our customers every step of the way.

We plan trips for people from all over the world and work closely with many English Language Schools and Universities.
Ideal candidates will have travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. You must be able to commit to a minimum of 6-12 months and have a strong command of the English language (both written and oral).
Backpackers World Travel uses both the Website Travel and Galileo booking systems, so any experience in these areas is welcome.

Essential requirements are outstanding communication skills, strong sales experience, proven customer service ability, plenty of energy, a can-do attitude flexibility and a passion for travel. A second language would be ideal. Our stores are lively places full of international travellers and students, with the music pumping and lots of laughter. To be successful you need to be confident, target driven, a little bit cheeky and a fantastic multi-tasker.

Emial your resume and cover letter to carla@backpackersworld.com and tell us why we should embark on this journey with you – be part of our world!

Kitchen hand with experience

Seeking an evening kitchen hand wed-sun nights 6.30 starts. Approx 3 1/2 hr shifts each night. Must have pervious experience in commercial kitchen. Must be quick, be well presented, looking for work for a good length of time. Days of work may be flexible depending on how busy the nights are. Must have own transport to and from work.
Contact Michelle

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/noosaville/kitchen-hand/kitchenhand-with-experience/1068974963

Long term sitter required

We are looking for a long term sitter for our five kids aged 3 – 12. Mostly night work (Can be until rather late) once a week or fortnight. Some day work occasionally. We are located in tewantin.
Experience and own transport are essential.
Please email me with your details and rates.
Thank you

(Have had this up previously but was having a problem with email so if you have applied before it wasnt seen, so please do so again)

Apply at; http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/tewantin/live-out-nannies/long-term-sitter-required/1069043170?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed

Minute to Win it and Swiss Vs Japan in Tennis

Today, we had a entertaining afternoon with some indoor games. We began the afternoon with Minute to Win it; a series of small challengers, where the individual has one minute to complete the challenge. The challenges include; Ping pong in a cup, Breakfast scrabble and Define gravity. Each individual who won the challenge in the minute was given a Caramel Koala.

After the set of challengers, the students made their way to the kitchen area, for some popcorn and to cheer their favourite players in the Australian Open with Warwinka (Switzerland) playing Nishikori (Japan)!

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Healthy Eating Workshop: Summer Eating

Synchronising your diet with the seasons is certainly not a new concept. In these technologically advanced, busy times things are a little different. Our food supply reflects these changes; food has been engineered for efficiency and convenience, rather than entrusted to nature and the seasons. There are many benefits to eating a diet based on seasonal availability. Here are the top reasons why I prefer to eat this way:

Taste:  Foods that are grown and picked when they naturally should be are fresher and contain just the right balance of flavour producing chemicals and nutrients.

Nutrient content: Foods that are available out of season have generally been stored for long periods or shipped from halfway around the world to ensure a steady supply year round. Certain nutrients like vitamin C and cell-protecting phyto-chemicals are particularly susceptible to losses from prolonged storage and transportation. All fruits and vegetables start to lose nutrients immediately after they are harvested, so the best produce is the freshest. This is why it is best to shop at  Noosa Farmers each Sunday; as they sell food that is in season and fresh from the farm.

Diversity: We are encouraged to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables that are different in colours to provide our bodies with the full spectrum of essential nutrients needed for health and vitality. Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh made juices from raw fruits and vegetables that are bursting with vitality and goodness.

Environment: Food miles are a major issue impacting the sustainability of our food supply. Take a moment to consider the time, labour, resources and energy put into producing a food that is then flown around the world to totally different country. Food wastage is another huge concern. We should support our local farmers by buying fruits and vegetables in season.

In today’s class, we prepared a dish that uses all fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. We made a Mango and Coconut Salsa with Corn and Pea Fritters.

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Welcome New Students

A big welcome to the new students who have arrived today from; Colombia, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Poland !

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Good luck in your studies and enjoy your time here in beautiful Noosa.

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From left to right; Christian (Germany), Margarethe (Poland), Jaehun (Korea), Philipp (Germany), Elizabeth (Colombia), Yuki (Japan), Chihiro (Japan).

Australia Day Celebrations

It was all things Australian here at Lexis Noosa on Friday afternoon, as the student got right into the Aussie culture to kick off the Australia Day Weekend. Some dressed in Australian colours and we enjoyed some Aussie trivia and pin the tail on the kangaroo. Everyone cheered as 6 hungry competitors took to the meat pie competition, while others enjoyed some typical Australian foods, including Lamingtons, Mini Pavlovas, and my favourite; Vegemite and Cheese sandwiches. Happy Australia Day!

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Good bye Miiku!

photoMiiku from Japan has studied with us for one year. We tried to get most of her teachers together for a Good bye photo

Here is what Miiku wrote:

“I graduated from Lexis today. I have been here for one year. I think it was truly a good thing that I could study at this school. I am so happy to meet such nice teachers and friends and I was able to learn a lot of things at Lexis Noosa! This is the best memory in my life! I hope I can study more here…Thank you for everything, for all you have done for me.

See you Noosa 🙂 Miiku”

Miiku, we will miss you. You have been a wonderful student who made amazing progress and we wish you all the best for your future. We hope to see you back here at Lexis!!!

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

photo 1photo 2Our CCC Club is very popular with our students – a great opportunity to meet students from different  classes, levels, nationalities.

This week some of our Kindai students enjoyed a chat with General English and Cambridge students over a cup of coffee or tea and some cake.

Please come and join us on Thursday afternoons!

Welcome back Francesco!

photoHappy smiles all round today at Lexis Noosa when Francesco Woerle made a flying return visit to see his former FCE teacher Anne. Francesco successfully passed his exam here four years ago and is travelling the world following his favourite soccer team the Socceroos. He is currently here for the Asian Cup and took the opportunity while in Noosa to catch up with old friends. Anne was delighted to welcome him back and was particularly impressed by his now advanced command of spoken English and his enthusiasm for his beloved second home.

Great to see you again Francesco – enjoy the rest of your stay … maybe you’ll come back to study CAE one day!

And go the Socceroos!

Indoor Games

It was nice to have some rainfall today, it allowed us to relax inside with table tennis and a Twister game. Anj ran the double’s Table Tennis Competition, while Aaron gathered students to take part in some Twister. There were some fantastic players in Table Tennis, but our Champions were by far the best, well done to Yu and Ryuta! They won some free drink vouchers courtesy of Zarraffas.

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Meanwhile, the twister players worked up a sweat maneuvering their body parts to follow Aaron directions, and getting into some awkward positions.  What a great afternoon spent inside 🙂

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Kindai Students Go Surfing

It was an ideal Learn to Surf day on Saturday, when the Kindai students headed to Noosa Main Beach for their Learn to Surf Lesson. With hot Noosa temperatures, they didn’t mind at all being in the ocean all morning and giving it their best shot at standing up on a surf board. The students had a an awesome day with most standing up and surfing on their first go. Well done Kindai! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Welcome New Students

A very warm Noosa welcome to all the students who arrived in the college today from; Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, France, Korea, and Japan!

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Good luck in your studies and and enjoy your stay in beautiful Noosa.

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From left to right;

Back row: Sonia (France), Javi (Spain), Manuel (Switzerland), Saskia (Switzerland), Timon (Switzerland), Maud (Belgium), Dennis (Switzerland), Kim (Korea), Sven (Switzerland)

Front row: Angela (Switzerland), Juncal (Spain), Map (Switzerland), Cassia (Brazil), Margaux (Belgium), Kumika (Japan)

Student Night @ Crawdaddy’s

Last night, the Lexis Noosa Students hit up the new bar in town to kick off their Thursday Night, Student Night. They arrived in groups, bit by bit, slowly filling up the venue and creating a vibrant atmosphere.

They were welcomed with a free drink on arrival and some funky tunes by DJ Roland!

The girls from Student Uni Travel gave away a free 2 day 1 night Whitsundays sailing adventure as a lucky door prize. Well done to Pablo, I’ve never seen someone so excited to win a prize. Enjoy your trip!

As the night went on, the students hit the dance floor with Teacher Aaron showing off his moves. A great night and new venue for our student night!

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Noosa National Park Walk

Noosa and its surrounds are blessed with a stunning array of spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful natural attractions which can be visited all year round. At the end of Main Beach is Noosa National Park, ideal for walks and hikes to fabulous hidden beaches. Many native animals live in the National Park including koalas and birds of all varieties and you can often see marine life such as whales, sea turtles and dolphins swimming up and down the coastline.

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The student were lucky to spot three Koalas in the wild along with a possum and a range of beautiful sounding birds.

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At the end of the hike, we were able to stop and enjoy one of Noosa favourite Ice cream shops- Massimos!

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Kindai students at Lexis Noosa

Kindai2 (1) On Monday we welcomed 30 students from Kindai High School in Japan to our Noosa school.

The students improve their English skills here in beautiful Noosa for three weeks with English classes in the morning and  TOEIC preparation in the afternoon.

After all the hard work they join our fantastic activity programme.Kindai2 (2)

Welcome everyone. We love having you here!

Whoops – I broke my English contract! Here is my poem!

NOOSARADISE

Thou art splendid and cozy

Different from all who I ‘ve met before

When I arrived you received me with arms and heart open

Your energy enchants and bursts with good vibrations

No wonder that everybody around you changes when they see you

You have power to soothe and transform

Bursting with green and life

Those that can feel your heart, your clean seas

Rejuvenate souls and scars

I appreciate everything you ‘ve been doing for me

And one day I hope to repay

But for now I just can say thank you very much

I really love you NOOSARADISE

photo 3Our Brazilian IELTS student was caught by our Director of Studies Becky speaking Portuguese and received one of our infamous green slips. He brought back the beautiful poem above. Thank you Willian! .

Healthy Eating Workshop: Superfoods

Super foods refer to types of foods which are thought to have a very high content of certain nutrients, making them exceptionally worthwhile to include in our diet. Typically these food sources are high in antioxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients our bodies can’t produce. In today’s class we will learn how to add different types of super foods to boost the nutrition value of our meals.

SuperfoodsThe students prepared a Green Salad adding in Superfoods; Quinoa, and Goji Berries.

See Recipe below;

Super foods Green Tabouli

10806277_372566059580842_8883648899094805114_nWhat’s good about it:

The broccoli is full of alkalinising, anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer  phytonutrients called sulforaphane that work to support optimum health and protect against disease. Pistachios are high in the minerals potassium and magnesium to help nourish the nervous system when under stress. Avocado is heart healthy and anti-inflammatory to the body and can nourish the immune system and reduce symptoms of arthritis and depression. The lime and black pepper helps aid digestion,

Supper foods added;

Quinoa

It is the only vegetarian source that is a complete protein- meaning it has all the essential amino acids that are contained in most protein sources such as meat. It is also high in certain vitamins and minerals in vitamin A, K, Iron, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese and B2.  It is also low GI giving you a sustained release of energy, keeping you fuller for longer.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries provide a number of important macronutrients including carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and soluble fiber. There’s even more to this sweet little red berry including 18 amino acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and more than 20 other trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin (B2)

Ingredients

350 g raw broccoli ( 1 large head broccoli)
6 spring onion finely sliced
100 g (1 large bunch) parsley, chopped
100 g (1 large bunch) mint, chopped

1 cup of cooked Quinoa
1/2  avocado, chopped
20 g ( a good handful)  pumpkin seeds
50 g (2 good handfuls) pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
100 g baby spinach leaves
Juice from 3 limes or 2 lemons
1 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil or flaxseed oil
30 g (1 handful) goji berries
A generous amount of black pepper + a little sea salt

Chop the raw broccoli as fine as you can with a large knife. I also use the stalks of the broccoli, but trim the tough outer layer before I chop.  You can also do this quickly in a food processor.
Combine the raw broccoli in a large bowl with the spring onion, parsley, mint, avocado, pumpkin seed, pistachio, spinach, lemon, olive oil, goji, black pepper and  a little sea salt.
Mix well until combined.
Taste and adjust if necessary.
Divide between serving bowls and enjoy.

FCE classes combined!

PicMonkey CollageOur 3 FCE teachers and classes got together for some speaking activities, practising comparatives and superlatives with questions like “Who has had the most eccentric teacher?”  “Who can cook the most complicated dish?” etc.

In the process they discovered some very interesting things about each other!

Beach Volleyball

Yesterday, we welcomed our new group of Kindai students to Lexis Noosa, with a large beach volleyball tournament down at Noosa Main Beach. The weather was hot, and the rain held off all afternoon, allowing us to have a great action packed day down the beach. The new Kindai students grouped themselves into teams and mixed in with some of the current students and new General English arrivals of the college.

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Then the competition was on. There was some great volleyball watching from all teams with a lot of fun, laughs and enjoyment had by all. Well done to Team Euro, you were the best team on the day and deserved the victory in the end 🙂

Winning team

Body Surfing Noosa

With the arrival of some new students this week, we decided to do a surf safety/body surfing activity to educate them of surf awareness and surf confidence.

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In Australian oceans we have interchangeable conditions, and with incoming or out going tides, changes occur quickly, and rips are formed. Its important to know how to identify rip and to swim in a safe area (always between the flags)!

Today, the students also learned how to use their body to catch a wave. A great skill to have while in Australia. We preformed a demonstration on the beach, and then Anj and Aaron had a competition on who could catch a wave the longest. I’d like to say it was close, but Anj was by far the better body surfer with her wave all the way to the shore, leaving Aaron shamefully hanging on the sand bank out the back.

The students then had a chance to body surf themselves, and were picking up the skills very quickly for their first attempts. Keep trying and practicing body surfing every time you go to the beach, and you will be professionals by the time you leave Australia 🙂

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Whoops! I Broke My English Only Policy

Let me introduce you to two gorgeous young ladies in one of  our Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation classes.

Eliane and Svenja

Unfortunately, they were caught speaking in German and so nasty Becky gave them an essay to write. However, as they are such lovely girls, (including being very smart of course) that they accepted this punishment with a big smile. They then spent their lunch break writing a wonderfully funny essay on ‘what animal they would like to be.

 
And here it is. Enjoy!
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Hawaiian Welcome Party

What a great way to welcome all the new students to Noosa, with a welcome Hawaiian themed party at Sogo Bar. 

Congratulations to Svenja Schennacht for winning the Jelly Bean Guessing competition, winning a 3 day 2 night trip to Fraser Island courtesy of Student Uni Travel. Also well done to the flexible Julia Mar for her ability to get down the lowest to win the limbo competition 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I pass all my tests but I am too shy to speak

Some students are born risk takers and don’t mind how many mistakes they make when they are speaking.

Others are very shy, and although they understand everything and get great progress test marks each week, remain silent in class.  If you are a naturally shy speaker, here is my advice for you:

  1. Trust your teacher. All our teachers are trained to give you the best advice and help you feel relaxed and motivated. This is why we do lots of small group and pair work, so that you don’t have to speak in front of a large group.
  2. Talk to your host family. Staying with an Australian family will enable you to practise in a caring and friendly environment. Write a list of questions and make sure that you ask one or two each evening when you eat together. Most Australians have a very interesting family history as the country is so young.
  3. Borrow one of our special English reading books from  the G.I.L. room and read out loud to yourself after listening to the recording of the book. This will help your accent, fluency and confidence.
  4. Start a word list and make yourself learn a minimum of five new words a day and use them in a sentence with a friend or your family.
  5. Join our Coffee, Cake and Conversation club.
  6. Have small goals. Set yourself a goal a day. For example, today I will say hello to Becky and ask her ‘how are you today’ or ‘how was your weekend”.

I am always happy when students stop me for a chat….so see you soon, Becky 🙂

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Cambridge success stories

IMG_4413Cherry and teachers Anne and Michelle are all smiles after learning that Cherry has passed her FCE exam!

Wonderful news!

All the hard work has paid off. We are happy with you and for you, Cherryphoto!

Equally happy are Jimin and her teacher Suzie: Jimin passed her FCE exam as well and achieved a fantastic Use of English result. Congratulations!

Cambridge students and teachers at work

PicMonkey CollageFCE, CAE and CPE classes started this week and students and teachers didn’t waste time: it is heads down, grammar studies, role plays, speaking activities!

A lot to learn until it is exam time again in March!