Here are a few pics from our afternoon option classes today: IELTS option with Michelle, Listening with Kerri, Travel and Hospitality with Dionne, Speaking with Aaron, IELTS exam preparation with Anjali and Vocabulary with Lize. Our new option classes will start on Monday! Check the Acadamic noticeboard!
Pre-intermediate students had a lot of “Friday Fun” today acting out short conversations and revising this week’s vocabulary on the infamous “Hot seats”. Leire from Spain, Yu from Japan and Salem from Saudi Arabia gave it their all explaining new words and phrases to their fellow team mates using paraphrasing, facial expressions and body language!
We had to farewell two of our students, Beat from Switzerland and Michelle from Japan, as they depart Lexis to commence new adventures travelling or doing farmwork. We wish you all the best. You will be missed! Stay in touch!
Thank you Paul Smith, International Relationship Manager (on-shore) from USQ for visiting Lexis Noosa yesterday afternoon. Paul spoke to students interested in attending higher education courses in Australia and gave advice and strategies on the best way to meet their goals.
This afternoon I found our Cambridge Exams manager, Nina Schiller giving a prep talk to her ‘Cambridge Advanced Exam entry group’ from Sunshine Beach High School.
We really enjoy having these amazing young students drop by; especially as they are looking more and more ‘Aussie’ each day with their surfboards and skateboards and golden tans. 🙂
Pascal originally came to Lexis to study English and loved Noosa so much that he returned to enrol at the local high school
Some of their fellow International students are taking the Cambridge First and Cambridge Proficiency exam. They are delighted to be able to take the exams here in Noosa and have been having some pre exam coaching with our teachers.
Couldn’t resist taking a photo of teacher Suzie’s whiteboard this morning.
Suzie has been teaching at Lexis Noosa and Lexis Sunshine Coast since 2005. She currently teaches Cambridge Exam Preparation courses, and is loved by her students not only for her experience and excellence, but also for her amazing Monday cakes. 🙂
Suzie is also a qualified teacher trainer and has run successful TESOL Cert IV courses at our Noosa campus. In her spare time she indulges in her passion for jewellery making and spoiling her three cats.
Always a happy Monday at Lexis Noosa. We love welcoming our new students.
Our Monday Coffee, Cake and Conversation Club helps new students integrate into the Lexis Noosa family.
Teacher Michelle and Student Support, Mya shared a lot of laughs with the group this Monday.
Come and join us, every Monday from 2 pm in the student dining area.
There was a lot of laughter in the kitchen area today, when the students joined Mya in an Australian food tasting experience.
- BBQ shapes
- Cheese twisties
- Vegemite on Jatz
- Ginger Beer
- ANZAC biscuits
The most popular tastes were Milo and ANZAC biscuits. The SANG students particularly enjoyed learning the story behind these traditional cookies.
Thanks Mya for a fun and informative activity.
Today we said hello to ten terrific new students from Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Spain and France.
There were big smiles today as former Cambridge students Maurice, Milena and Anna collected their Cambridge certificates.
Anna Pacltova from the Czech Republic, was delighted to have passed the Cambridge First exam and dropped by to collect her certificate.
Milena Manser and Maurice Bischof are both International students at Sunshine Beach High School. They were so happy to have passed the Cambridge Advanced. Milena will return to Switzerland to finish high school and will then use her Cambridge Advanced Certificate to access higher education in Australia. Maurice got a B pass and will do the Cambridge Proficiency Exam next. He hopes to study medicine in Australia.
The wonderful thing about the Cambridge Certificates, is that they are recognised for life; unlike the IELTS which needs to be re-taken after two years.
If you are interested in taking a Cambridge Exam course, take an exam or just need advice; contact our Cambridge Manager, Nina Schiller at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a job, the Noosa Boathouse Bistro and Bar in Noosaville is looking for a kitchen hand tomorrow at 11am. If you are interested, ask for Shane at the restaurant!
Noosa Boathouse Bistro and Bar
194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
In today’s Healthy Eating Workshop, we focused on healthy and unhealthy fats, learning the name of each and how they work in our bodies and overall affect our health.
We made one of my favourite recipes; Raw Carrot Cake with a lemon coconut frosting.
What’s good about it:
Red and yellow vegetables such as carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Walnuts are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are essential for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly. They are also high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and feeling great ! Dates give a lovely natural sweetness and are high in the minerals, potassium, chromium, maganesium and iron.
Please see recipe below 🙂
2 1/2 cups walnuts
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh dates – pitted
1/2 cup dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulphur free)
2 large raw carrots, grated
2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a good food processor and process until mixed and finely chopped.
Add dates and apricots then process again until mixed through.
Add grated raw carrot and vanilla then process again until combined. The mix should now form a lovely dough.
Spoon into a bowl.
Add oats and kneed through the raw carrot cake mixture.
Press cake firmly into a 15 cm – 20 cm baking tin that is lined with baking paper or in muffin holders for serving size bites
Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Leave at least 2 hours to allow the carrot cake to rest and set.
Enjoy as is or garnish with your choice of creamy frosting.
Germany brews some of the best beers in the world, and today the students had a chance to sample them in the afternoon activity. We had an awesome range of beers to taste including; , Schofferhofer, Weihenstephaner, and Erdinger. We also had a Beer quiz to test the students knowledge on the biggest beer consumers and the most popular beers in the world. Well done Unai and Lena for winning the quiz and winning some more beer 🙂
Today we farewell teacher James.
After graduating from University of the Sunshine Coast, James travelled to Europe and Canada. On his return he enrolled in a CELTA course at Lexis Teacher Training Maroochydore and graduated top of his class with a grade A. James has been a popular teacher here at Lexis Noosa and we will miss him. He is off on a life adventure, travelling to Guatemala and then ? Good luck James.
Today I had the chance to catch up with one of our staff members Cathy, and chat to her about her time here in Noosa and her up coming professional surfing son, Ethan!
Name: Cathy Trotman
Time working at Lexis Noosa: 7.5years
1. What is your favourite thing about working at Lexis Noosa?
I love meeting new students from all around the world each week, when they first arrive, they are new and unsure of things, and within a week they meet new friends, their English improves and they become so much more confident.
2. When did you come to Noosa and Why?
I arrived in Australia with my husband from Wales 17 years ago when my second child Conrad was born. We were stuck on three different places to live, Byron Bay, Kings cliff and Noosa. Of course when we came to Noosa and realized how beautiful it was , we stayed here.
3. Tell us a little about your surfing son, Ethan?
Ethan is my third child. He is 12 and the funniest kid. Surfing is his passion. He will surf 7 days a week if the conditions are good. His favourite local spot to surf in Sunshine Beach and First Point, Noosa. Ethan recently made the Sunshine Beach High School Surf Team. He is the youngest ever to be picked. He also placed third in the Under 14 Fox Surf Comp last week at North Stradbroke Island.
Lastly, tell us something crazy/interesting about yourself…
I backpacked all around Australia, USA, Bahrain and Indonesia when I was 18 and I still enjoying going on spontaneous weekend trips and crashing in the car!
You can follow Ethan on Intagram and Facebook @ Ethan_Trotman
Today Michelle’s Listening Option was treated to a talk about turtles! Sherida, from Coolum Coast Care, visited the class. The students were given this unique opportunity to listen to a native speaker. Sherida talked about the life cycle of the two types of turtles that nest on our beaches, the Green turtle and the Loggerhead. Our students also learned how they could keep the turtles healthy by keeping our beautiful beaches clean and putting rubbish in the proper place.
You can learn about the turtles too by going to the facebook page “Coolum District Coast Care Group.” Maybe you’ll spot a turtle on our beaches! Good luck and thank you so much Sherida!
The students enjoyed a lovely afternoon yesterday down at Main Beach, with a friendly match of Beach Soccer. With a dead low tide, we had a perfect playing ground of hard sand for our match. It was Team Europe VS Team Asia, and with some superb new players from Japan, team Europe did not stand a chance. Well done Team Asia, enjoy the beers.
Noosa is one of the most idyllic locations to learn to surf in Queensland. In the gorgeous bay, the waves are nice and gentle with blue crystal clear waters. The warm waters in Noosa make it even more enticing to learn to surf in this location, and with the students all still in their swimwear, who would have throught that winter is less than a month away.
The students had a great time learning to surf yesterday, with most students standing up on their first attempt! Awesome Afternoon!