Our Cambridge teachers met early this morning to discuss and prepare for the next round of Cambridge classes starting on 03 January 2017. We will welcome more than 100 new students into our First Certificate, Cambridge Advanced and Cambridge Proficiency classes.
Last week our FCE Classes had a fabulous day out at the Eumundi Markets. Equipped with a task sheet the students ventured out to explore this beautiful outdoor market and interview local stallholders. Back at school they had to write a review! Here is Sandra’s:
Have you ever been to a traditional market? All the FCE classes went yesterday on a fascinating excursion to Eumundi Markets.
Browsing the market you can find exotic fruit and vegetables, artisan goods such as statues and dreamcatchers, beautiful hand-made clothes and many more amazing crafted products. The market takes place twice a week in the mornings in a picturesque small town in the hinterland of Noosa.
One stall in particular caught my attention because an old man was selling beautiful crafted animal statues made from marble dust and white cement. He has been producing these for 28 years and still loves everything about it. He really enjoys meeting a huge variety of different people every week – and being in fresh air while selling his products.
This market is really worth visiting because of all the unique characters and fascinating arts and crafts. It is all about the motto “Make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”! It is just amazing!
A great day out with an authentic task and excellent results! Can learning English get any better than this???
Whilst many students had shot off to catch an afternoon wave or to spot an afternoon whale, this was the scene on campus.
Snap Shot 3 pm
Teachers Annette (Cambridge First) and Anne (Cambridge Advanced) were conducting feedback interviews with their students whilst the rest were studying hard in Cambridge GIL. Teacher Ali was running grammar club and teacher Oly was keeping the Saudi pilots in order whilst they did conversation practice. Some students were just chilling in the courtyard whilst Emi had found a quiet spot to do some work on her ipad.
Teacher Suzie was busy with a Cambridge First workshop, the table tennis gang were in action and Tereza had found a sunny spot to do her homework in.
Yesterday evening all the Cambridge students and teachers gathered for a delightful sunset cruise along the Noosa River. The weather conditions were ideal so everyone was in top spirits when they boarded the boat. Food and drinks were packed as well as phones in hand ready to snap up their rendition of the incredible spectrum of colours that the Sun paraded her as she hid behind the horizon. New friends were made and old bonds made tighter. Singing praises about the different courses were heard and all in all everyone had a wonderful evening. Finding the balance between work and play is key to success!
All three FCE classes decided that they would come together and practise their speaking. It was a highly successful session and a great opportunity to practice their newly developed vocabulary and grammar skills.
This is Leonore’s story in her own words. I am sure it will bring a smile to your heart as it did ours.
“From an early age I have wanted to come to this far far away country named Australia. Not only for the beautiful scenery but for culture. Also Australia is a really young country compared to most countries in Europe, and has a lot to show the world. Many people believe that Australia will be one of the up and coming countries in the next few years. It is for these reasons and for many others that I decide come learn English in Australia.
I would not say that my first couple of weeks were easy because I could not speak A WORD of English and still a young person. I found out that the hardest parts of living far away from home are during the events like Christmas or family birthdays.
However, after a few weeks I has some really nice friends who made me feel like in France. And then everythings every days went quickly, that how a totally unknown place became my new home. I am really thankful to my parents who gave me the opportunity to make my dream come true, which has been totally amazing. I learned so much, not only about the language but also about the culture, as well as know more about who I am and who I want to be.
After these 10 months in Australia I feel changed in a good way and proud of myself because the hugest achievement for me has to been to get my Cambridge FCE certificate. Passing this exam was my main goal and with the help of all the wonderful teachers I had I finally achieved it.
But now it is time to go back to where I came from (home) to end my trip, my experience, and my Australian life. I will miss everything here, not only the beach, the ocean but also all people I have met here and my wonderful host mother who made my stay in her home just perfect.
This is not goodbye from me, but simply Au Revoir.”