A Lexis Romance

Two years ago, Yuji and Kazume met whilst studying at Lexis Noosa and are now happily married and the proud parents of gorgeous little Ryusei.

Yuji, Kazume and baby Ryusei with teacher Kerri Deacon

Yuji, Kazume and baby Ryusei with teacher Kerri Deacon

Yuji and Kazume returned to visit Noosa and their former teachers, Kerri and Phil, were thrilled and surprised to learn that a romance blossomed in their classrooms.

Yuji is now teaching English at a junior high school and hopes that his students will one day have the chance of learning English in Australia also.

..and with teacher Phil Egan

..and with teacher Phil Egan

 

 

Thank you for coming back to visit us. 🙂

Recipe of the week: Raw Salted Caramel Protein Balls

Raw treats are always a better alternative then refined cakes or biscuits, using whole foods to regulate our blood sugar level and to cease any cravings. Treats should always be enjoyed in  moderation and these raw salted protein balls are a great snack or dessert option that add extra protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats in our diets.

Raw Salted Caramel Protein Balls

Salted caramel balls

Ingredients

1 cup of cashews

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1 scoop of whey protein powder

1 Tablespoon of maple syrup

2 Tablespoons of raw pepitas

2 Tablespoons of coconut water

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Extra coconut for rolling

Directions

Blend cashews in food processor until in chunk form

Add all the other ingredients and blend until a moist mixture is formed.

Roll mixture into balls and dip in extra coconut

Freeze to set and then enjoy 🙂

Belly Dancing and Yoga

The students had the opportunity to take part in two different workshops over the last two days; Belly Dancing and Fluid Power Yoga.

One of our lovely students, Helena, took the students though a creative and fun belly dancing session, showing the students how we can move certain parts of our body, while isolating others.

In this morning’s yoga class, the students worked with building strength, enhancing agility and flexibility while moving with a flow. Through rhythmic, circular and spiraling movements, the students learned to liberate poses that are often rigidly held, and practiced their hand stances.

Meet our Aviation Students

Every morning at 8.30 am, you will find these keen young men preparing for the day’s lessons ahead.

Becky with Faisal, Hisham, Salem, Ziyad, Mesfer, Fawaz, Faisal and Musab

Becky with Faisal, Hisham, Salem, Ziyad, Mesfer, Fawaz, Faisal and Musab

These Saudi army officers are all from the Ministry of National Guard and will train as helicopter pilots in Australia.

Director of Studies, Becky Cantor says that they are one of the most motivated groups she has ever worked with. “I really look forward to meeting with them each morning. It is very hard to move into such a different culture and have such high expectations on their shoulders. However, they are always cheerful and motivated and are working hard.

Sunny Warm Autumn Afternoons

Can you believe we are only one month away from winter! The weather yesterday was still sunny and warm, this is why we love Noosa. Sea temperature is still around 24 degrees and air temperature still reaching around 26. The students are taking advantage of these lovely autumn days with our monthly Volleyball competition. Another great Monday afternoon activity 🙂

Welcome New Students

A big welcome to the new students who arrived today from: Japan, Korea and Switzerland. Good luck in your studies and enjoy your time here in Noosa. 

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Byeongu (Korea), Minjung (Korea), Yukiko (Japan), Ayako (Japan), Yui (Japan), Petra (Switzerland)

Mt Coolum Hike

What a picture perfect day it was yesterday as the students embarked on a hike up the top of Mt Coolum. With 360 degree views from the top of the whole Sunshine Coast area, this short 30 minute hike up the mountain is the best way to experience these beautiful views of this lovely region!

Healthy Eating Workshop- Detoxifying the system

REMOVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE

A detox is a bit like an oil change for your car. It can help to re-boot and re-energise your system, eliminating toxins from the body and help to enhance weight loss and optimum health. A well-designed detox menu is hypoallergenic and low inflammatory, eliminating foods that could cause gastrointestinal upsets.

In today class the students received a 5 day detox meal plan to follow and we created a lovely and delicious detox salad.

Happy Detox Week 🙂 🙂 🙂

Meet the Staff

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Name: Tanja
Department: Homestay

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to go to the beach, catch up with friends, watch movies, and I also like to ride motorbikes.

What are you passionate about?

 A passion of mine is Complementary Medicine. I have done many years of studies in different fields and I continue to study.

What is your favourite place on the Sunshine Coast?

Norshore Beach, on the river side!

Lastly, Tell us something crazy/interesting about yourself

I was born in Colombia and I have been lucky enough to live in 6 countries on 4 continents. I speak 5 languages (I need to practice more as I am forgetting quickly!), and I love to learn about differences in cultures and habits.

Thank you Tanya!! 🙂 🙂

World Trivia

Unfortunately today we had some afternoon rain so we placed our Mt Coolum hike on hold. Weather is fining up for the rest of the week so we have reschedule our trip to Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Student Uni Travel decided to host a World Trivia in their shop. The students organised themselves into groups to be in the running to win two bottles of lovely Shiraz to kick start their Monday Night Madness. The trivia questions were based around knowledge of the world, and well done to Swiss Team ‘The Unstoppables” for scoring the most amount of point in the quiz.

Welcome New Students

A big welcome to the new students who arrived in Noosa today from; Brazil, France, Japan, Korea, Switzerland. Good luck in your studies and enjoy your time here in Noosa 🙂

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Pedro (Brazil), Ben (France), Luca (Switzerland), Christoph (Switzerland), Kazuki (Japan), Koko (Japan), Hwakyoung (Korea)

Friday Afternoon BBQ

On Friday afternoon we held a FREE BBQ for the Lexis Noosa students down at Sunshine Beach Park. The students made their way to the BBQ where there were beers and a sausage sizzle awaiting them. They sat and socialized while the BBQ was being cooked and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the park with our lovely Mascot dog, Vasco!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Conversation Club

What better way to practise social conversation then by attending our teacher led Coffee, Cake and Conversation Club.

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Full time students from all level classes gather together on Thursday afternoons to ‘chat over a cuppa’.  For many students it is a less threatening environment to practise speaking than in their more formal classes. It is also fun as you can tell from the photo above. 🙂

Come and join us next Thursday. 2 pm in the kitchen area with Michelle.

Beach Soccer Tournament

Yesterday, the students gathered at Noosa Main Beach for our monthly soccer match, but this time…. ON THE SAND! It was a lovely warm afternoon, and a nice crystal clear day, with not a cloud in the sky. The Maroochydore school arrived as the Noosa students were warming up and than we began the knockout tournament with two teams of six from both schools. With one of the Noosa sides winning the first round and one of the Maroochydore sides winning the second round it was a great final with the best of Noosa Vs the best of Maroochy.

Well done Maroochy, you gave it your best and were head at one point 1-0. But once again the Noosa side were too strong and skillful, winning the tournament 4-2!

Meet the Students

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Name: Svetlin Luethy
Country: Switzerland
Class: CAE
Time spent at Lexis Noosa:

1. What is your favourite thing about Lexis Noosa?
Every day it is sunny, I go to school with thongs or no shoes, the beach is close and I love going on activities with Anj. People here are easy going and my favourite thing I have done so far is the Sunset Cruise.
2. Why did you come to Australia to study English?
I have never been to Australia and Noosa has nice weather where I can enjoy the beach, surfing and life while learning.
3. What are your plans after study?
I am going traveling around Australia and using my English.

Lastly, tell us something crazy/interesting about yourself…
I like adrenalin sports like Bungy jumping and Skydiving

Healthy Eating Workshop: Benefits of Protein.

Protein is a vital nutrient for human survival. However there are many factors such as dietary preferences, health conditions including allergies, general food quality and convenience that may prevent people from gaining an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis.

What is protein?

Proteins are made up of organic compounds called amino acids and are essential nutrients you can’t live without. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved. Proteins are found in your skin, bones, muscle and all your organ tissue. In addition, they are used to produce hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin that carry oxygen in the blood. Protein is a vital nutrient for human survival. However there are many factors such as dietary preferences, health conditions including allergies, general food quality and convenience that may prevent people from gaining an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis.

Protein helps to:

  • Support weight loss + healthy metabolism
  • Support Detox diets
  • Support nutritional needs during pregnancy
  • Supports digestive health
  • Repairs and maintains healthy skin and hair
  • Keep blood sugars stable
  • Curb appetite
  • Maintain a healthy Immune system
  • Build and repair the body
  • Support new growth and maintenance
  • Sustain lean muscle
  • Prevent muscle wastage
  • Assist in hormone production
  • Assist recovery from sport or illness

In today’s class, students had the opportunity to make some Protein Balls. The end result was great, so try and make these yourself at home 🙂 Please see the recipe below.

Protein balls

Protein Balls

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What’s so good about them?

Almonds
Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals as well as protein to help sustain lean muscle and repair the body.

Pure Vanilla Bean
Vanilla helps relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation. It is rich in antioxidants and also enhance mental performance.

Cacao
The highest known antioxidant food on the planet. Rich in Magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cacao has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cacao contain theobromine that boost endorphins and increases mental alertness.

Maca
A Peruvian herb used to promote energy and stamina. Maca supports the immune system, adrenal and thyroid function and stabilizes hormone levels. It has antioxidant properties and is a wonderful herb to support the body during periods of stress. Maca is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help boost brain activity.

Protein Powder

Contains all the essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish

Ingredients

330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Protein Powder
20 fresh dates, pitted
3 generous tablespoons of raw cacao
1 tablespoon of Maca
1 teaspoon natural vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
50mls of coconut water

Coconut, Goji berry, Cacao, Nuts, for rolling

Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder , maca and cacao powder then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract, honey then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add the coconut water if needed, so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut or any other of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks

Table Tennis Competition

Our enthusiastic players gathered in the common room this afternoon as our monthly table tennis competition was underway. The knockout tournament was teamed with some outstanding players, who battled it out for the Lexis Noosa Table Tennis Champion! The finals saw Stephan go head to head with Mathias in a very close but entertaining game. Stephan was playing some very quick shots that gave him the advantage in the end, taking out the title! Well done Stephan!

Welcome New Students

A big welcome to the new students who have arrived today from; Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Korea and Japan.

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

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Marie (Germany), Anna (Germany), Barbara (Brazil), Esther (Switzerland), Moo-ki (Korea), Mariko (Japan)

WWOOF!

WHOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Our ex-student Sakura and her friend Kae dropped by to say Hello. Sakura is “WWOOFing” on a farm in Tewantin at the moment and enjoying the challenge. It is always great to see our former students and experience how much their English has improved by being immersed in the real world! IMG_2623

Best of luck Sakura and Kae!!!

Work in Noosa!

Looking for work in Noosa? Please see current available jobs below;

Cleaner Needed

2 hours per week, $20 per hour, must be clean. Call Tracey on: 0431 368 831

Waiter and Dishhand

Kaali Indian Restaurant. Start ASAP. Please go down to Kaali Indian Restaurant on Hasting St and hand in your resume if interested.

Sunset Cruise AND After Party

It was a big day for the students yesterday, as they arrived at 5pm at Noosa River, ready to board the boat for their 2 hour sunset cruise. With not a even a cloud in the sky,  the sunset was just amazing over Noosa River.

Afterwards, the students made their way to Crawdaddy’s for their after party where they received some free food and drinks and continued on partying 🙂 🙂

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Surfing with Lox and Anj

Yesterday, the students had the opportunity to take part in a learn to surf session at Noosa Main Beach. The condition were perfect for beginners, with small swell and offshore winds.

The students learned the different techniques of surfing from lying on board, to paddling and then standing up. Well done students, you all successful surfed today!

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A beautiful way to start our Thursday

The sun was just getting up, as were we, as we made our way down to Sunshine Beach this morning for our Yoga session. With the lovely brisk autumn air, the Vinyasa flow session was a great way to warm our bodies up before the sun came up. A beautiful relaxing session followed by a calming and revitalizing savasana.

Healthy Cooking Workshop- Immune Booster

Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. Your immune system maintains homeostasis by defending against viruses and bacteria which can cause inflammation in the body, illness and disease.

In today’s class we learned about Immune Boosters- ‘getting ready for the cold season’. The students had a chance to whip up an immune boosting smoothie that is perfect to revitalising the body when feeling a little stressed or run down.

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Citrus such as oranges and lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defence against bacterial infections. Citrus has a unique type of fibre that, in studies, appears to dramatically reduce cholesterol. Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Ginger is packed with an impressive list of health properties and studies have shown that they have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, ginger also helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, which gives it the distinct and vibrant yellow colouring. Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Papaya is so nutritionally rich that it is known as the medicine tree in Africa and the Caribbean. The enzyme papain is extracted from papaya, and is beneficial for those with digestive problems. Papaya is a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and promotes healthy eyes, skin and tissues.

Welcome New Students

A big welcome to the new students who arrived in Noosa today from ; Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

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

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From left to right:

Back Row: Yvonne (Switzerland), Yuki (Japan), Pascal (Switzerland), Caique (Brazil), Lionel (Switzerland)

Front Row: Selma (Belgium), Michelle (Japan), Guilia (Italy), Ayako (Japan), Estelle (Germany), Haruka (Japan).

Photo Competition Winners!

A very big thank you for all the entries for the Lexis Noosa Photo Competition.

Our judges have assessed and chosen their favourite photos. May I say it was a tough decision but we all agreed on the winner.

The winner of the Photo Competition goes to…….

1st: Alberto Mognetti for his Hippy Sunrise

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Alberto has won a professional enlargement of his photo placed in the school along with a Trip to Noosa Everglades courtesy of Student Uni Travel.

2nd: Fabienne Meier with her Sunset Surfers

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Fabienne has won 2 x Movie tickets for her great representation on Noosa lifestyle

3rd: Cassia Camile for the Cool and Calm Tea Tree Bay

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Well done winners! Please come and collect your prizes from Anj on Activities!