What a beautiful day today turned out to be. With some sun coming out this afternoon, we had a chance to soak up some rays down on Noosa Beach while playing a game of Beach Soccer. The friendly match had the students beading up some sweat in anticipation of winning a 6 pack of beer. Well done to Sven, Angela and Co.
A big welcome to the students who arrived today from Saudi Arabia and Switzerland! Good luck in your studies and enjoy your time here in Noosa 🙂
From left to right;
Salem (Saudi Arabia), Ahsaud (Saudi Arabia), Ziyad (Saudi Arabia), Nicolas (Switzerland), Musab(Saudi Arabia), Hisham (Saudi Arabia) , Faisal (Saudi Arabia) , Mesfer (Saudi Arabia) , Fawaz (Saudi Arabia).
The last two days at Lexis Noosa have been jammed packed full of activities.
Monday was our Table Tennis Competition. The students gathered in the common room for a action packed competition. In the finals we had our current champion, Hiromu (Japan) against a new competitor Javier (Spain). It was like watching Nadal Vs Nishikori. This time round Javier was the more fierce competitor and had now be crowned ‘The Best Table Tennis Player in Noosa’, well done!
Tuesday afternoon was our Healthy Eating workshop. In today’s workshop we focused on International foods and looked into foods from South America. We made a traditional Inka dish called Solerito.
After the Healthy Eating Workshop, we had our wine tasting activity. In Australia we produced some of the best grapes in the world, and today”s activity tested the students palates with a blinded tasting of different grape varieties from different regions.
What a great way to start the week!
Over the years we have tried many ways to inspire our students to only speak English whilst on campus.
It is not the ‘Lexis Way’ to turn staff into nagging policemen or use severe punishments such as not allowing students into class. On the other hand, we want to encourage students to have the confidence to use English socially and make contact with students of all nationalities. Last year we introduced a student contract which places the responsibility on the individual. Not one student has refused to sign up and they know that if they need to chat in their own language, there are ‘safe’ areas to go to. If anyone is overheard speaking in a language other than English, then they get an essay to write.
There are a choice of topics which include:
- My favourite place in Noosa
- If you had a power, what would you do with it?
- Am animal you would like to be and why
- A place that is special for you
- How would you spend a million dollars
- One thing you would change about the world
The essays are always given with a smile and a joke and the students always do them with good humour. They are always corrected and so there is a learning benefit at the same time.
The overwhelming feedback over the last year is that it is working well and everyone feels it is worthwhile. This is what Andrea (FCE class)wrote:
“I will make a big effort to stop speaking in Spanish because this is the third essay that I’ve written this week (the fifth counting the ones in tests). Anyway, I reckon that the idea of speaking English the whole time is much better for us because it pushes us to do out best and make the most of being here. What’s more it prepares us better for our exam which is in less than one month…..fair enough !” Fair enough indeed Andrea. 🙂
Welcome to Mya, our new Administration Assistant. Anj had a chance to sit down with her today and find out a little more about this lovely lady.
You just moved here from Brisbane. What prompted the move?
I was living in Brisbane and not enjoying the city life, so I decided I needed a lifestyle change and Noosa seemed like the perfect answer. I also own a horse and I am staying on a property 30 minutes west of Noosa where I can be with my horse everyday.
So you have a horse!? How long have you been riding?
I was in my first show at 18 months old. I have been riding pretty much all my life. I compete mostly in Show Jumping but I also compete in Dressage and Eventing. Competition day can be hectic, I wake at 5:30am, load the horse on the float, get to the competition and begin at 8am and compete all day. Once I’m finished I drive home, unload the horse, wash the float and then finally eat something as my nerves have calmed down. I do this all on my own, but for me it’s like breathing, I wouldn’t know what to do without it!
Tell me something we don’t know about yourself?
I have a degree in art Art History and studied Leeds University in the UK 🙂
Great to have you on board Mya, and we hope you enjoy working at Lexis Noosa 🙂 🙂