Farewell Charmaine

Today we say good-bye to this wonderful woman, Charmaine who has decided to retire from teaching. Charmaine has been with us since 2013 and we have loved every minute of it!

Good bye Charmaine

Charmaine, we will miss your gentle manner and warmth in the staff room. Your elementary students will be very sad to say goodbye to you and will miss your thoughtful and patient teaching.

We wish you all the best for your future.

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How do I get an RSA certificate?

If you need a job which requires an RSA certificate please come to our Job Workshop to find out how to get your RSA! It’s on every Tuesday at 2pm with our amazing teacher Sam.

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A Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate allows you to work in businesses which serve alcohol.

It only takes a couple of days and costs around $80.00.

Please remember that you are an international student which means that you must complete the RSA through a Cricos registered institution.

See you at Job Workshop!

Graduating students 19.10.18

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It’s Friday which is exciting as it’s nearly the weekend but also quite sad as we say goodbye to 9 graduating students.

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Farewell to Kazue and Yu Chun from IELTS.

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Melissa from Upper-Intermediate and best friend Janine from Pre-Intermediate A.

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Alexandra from Intermediate B.

Emiri and Rubens from Intermediate A.

 

 

 

 

 

Yusaku and Mauricio from Elementary.

 

Hope you all had a great time at Lexis English Noosa. Enjoy your travels!

Job Advice

Sam is the man when it comes to helping our students find a job!

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We understand how important it is for many of our students to find employment as soon as possible after arrival. That is why we run our ‘Lexis WORKshop’ every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm for all our full time students.

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The first thing that Sam will do is to help you get a Tax File Number (TFN) and  Australian Business Number (ABN).  Then you are provided with a computer and Sam will help you write up a resume that suits the current Noosa work environment.  He knows what information is needed and what is unnecessary. This workshop is personalised to your needs and requirements. You can print off your resumes once they are ready.

The next step is to get help with where to go, when to go and how to approach employers with your resume.  You are then ready to set out on your job search. But not alone; if needed Sam is always happy to give a helping hand.

If your English is at a level good enough to try for a ‘front of house’ job such as table waiting or working behind a bar or in a cafe. In which case Sam will help you get your Responsible Service of Alcohol’ certificate.

So, good luck with your job hunting and give yourself a better chance by signing up for Lexis WORKshop.

Graduating students 21.09.18

Goodbye to our graduating students this week at Lexis Noosa!

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We have Filipe from the Intermediate B class who has studied with us for 48 Weeks, Yuya from Upper Intermediate who has studied with us for 2 weeks and Keno from Intermediate A who has studied with us for just 1 week.

Unfortunately Filipe couldn’t make graduation today as he went travelling early!

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Congratulations on graduating everyone! Have a great time travelling after your course & have a safe flight home.

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Hardworking and Hilarious Option Classes.

This afternoon I had the pleasure of going to all of our Option classes to check in and see how everyone is doing.

All I received was smiles and laughs. 🙂

Our current option classes are:

  • Grammar with the amazing Lize.
  • Current Affairs with the elegant Annette.
  • Customer Service with Kerri the elite laugh machine.
  • Reading and Writing with the radiant Eileen.
  • Survival Speaking with hilarious Kirsten.

Keep studying and having fun.

If you need help or assistance with anything don’t be afraid to come into Reception and ask our amazing staff.

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Staff Profile – Simona

 

We sat down and asked some hard questions of Simona one of our fabulous Homestay Coordinators to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? 

Romanian and English.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I like to go to the theatre, ballet and Opera.

What places have you lived in?

Romania, London, America and now Australia.

If you weren’t a Homestay Coordinator what would you be?

A yoga teacher.

On the weekend you’ll find me?

At the beach reading a book.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

I’m not telling, you’ll have to find out for yourself.

What is your favourite food?

I love healthy food.

What is your favourite pastime?

Reading a book and working out.

What is your English tip? 

Watching TV/movies with subtitles, it really helps improve one’s English.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Simona one of our fabulous Homestay Coordinators at Lexis English Noosa. 

Meet our awesome-sauce Teacher Sam!

 

Introducing one of our (best looking) Lexis English Noosa Teachers. SAM THE MAN

We sat down and asked the hard questions to our  English Teacher Sam to find out a little bit more about him.

What Languages do you speak? 

I am semi fluent in British English and my Australian English is at an Upper Intermediate Level.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I am a qualified tour cruise operator and work in the heart of Noosa. O’ Captain, My Captain 🙂

What places have you lived in?

Los Angeles, Heathrow Airport, Singapore Airport, Sydney (Everywhere), Adelaide and of course Noosa.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I would definitely have a career that mixes Entertaining and Language/History. So probably travelling around Europe as a tour guide, partying only once a year 😉

On the weekend you’ll find me?

Working on a boat or contemplating writing my novel underneath a tree in the middle of a park somewhere in the heart of Noosa.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

Rumba Wine Bar, somewhere along Hasting Street.

What is your favourite food?

I EAT ANYTHING…

What is your favourite pastime?

Making Gelato for a living.

What is your English tip? 

Watch a movie in English without subtitles and write down any words you know or think you know. Before you watch the movie again, see if you can write a brief summary of what happens to each character in the film. Then watch again with subtitles and you’ll probably be quite close with your synopsis.

Particularly, if it is a Superhero Movie.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sam one of our Legendary General English Teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Teacher Profile – Lize

This week we are introducing our Teacher Lize!

 

We sat down and asked the hard questions to our  English Teacher Lize to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? 

I speak English and Afrikaans.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I learned how to drive when I was 8 years old…… on my grandparents’ farm 🙂

What places have you lived in?

I have lived in Australia and South Africa.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I think I would be a professional photographer or graphic designer.

On the weekend you’ll find me?

Cleaning my house and doing the laundry or taking my dog for a walk on the beach.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

Samba Grill on Gympie Terrace 🙂

What is your favourite food?

Pap, wors en sous (Polenta with tomato and onion relish and traditional South- African farmer sausage)

What is your favourite pastime?

Photography, scrapbooking, watching TV and reading.

What is your English tip? 

Make friends with people who don’t speak your language so that you are forced to speak it all the time. And also READ READ READ!! For vocabulary extension, watch kids TV programs.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Lize one of our General English teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

BBQ Party!

Last night we had a great BBQ party to celebrate Cambridge’s last student night with us here at Lexis Noosa as they will be busy next week prepping for their exams.

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We enjoyed a lot of great food, drinks and a whole lot of laughs.

The night was crisp so of course the dance moves had to make an appearance to warm everyone up haha! Hope you all enjoyed the night.

Staff Profile – Cathy

Introducing our Homestay Manager Cathy!

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We sat down and asked the hard questions to our staff member Cathy to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? 

I speak English and Welsh.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is actually a name of a town in Wales and it is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the place with the longest name!

What places have you lived in?

I have lived in Wales, Bahrain and Australia but my favourite one would have to be beautiful Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I would definitely be a News Reporter.

What do you like to do on the weekend?

On the weekend you’ll find me on the Noosa River or at the Beach.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

A secret car park in Hastings Street… but I’ll never tell you exactly where haha!

What is your favourite food?

Vegetables and salad.

What is your favourite pastime?

I love exercising and socialising.

What is your English tip? 

Just keep practicing!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Cathy one of our staff members at Lexis English Noosa. 

Teacher Profiles – Maria Mauger

Introducing our Intermediate teacher Maria!

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Maria with her Intermediate A class – May 2018

We sat down and asked the hard questions to Maria to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you know? English and French. I’m trying to learn Spanish 🙂

What is something we don’t know about you? I’ve spent a year travelling around Australia doing volunteer work. Ask me for some travel tips!

What places have you lived in? I have lived in London, Sydney and Noosa.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be? I would be a florist or floral designer.

What do you like to do on the weekend? I like to go to the beach and playing / watching sport with my dogs and kids.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret? It’s still a secret that I haven’t discovered yet!

What is your favourite food?  Ooh! I LOVE cooking and baking, there’s not much food I don’t like.

What is your favourite pastime? Talking, reading and eating.

What is your English tip? Talk to someone new each day whether it’s a student at Lexis or a random stranger! You can learn new vocabulary and you may make a new friend!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Maria one of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Music Workshop

What a wonderful way to learn English than with a musical workshop!!

Thank you to our teacher Sam for putting together a Musical Workshop so that our students could improve their English. Our Lexis Noosa students learnt the song “Stand By Me” by Ben E King in the workshop and then performed it in front of a live audience.  Thank you for the wonderful performance!

Tie Dye Party

We had such a wonderful night at the Lexis Noosa Tie Dye Party!

Our Lexis Noosa students spent the previous afternoon dying their own T-shirts beautiful different colours so that we could wear them to the Cornerstone Pub for our Tie Dye Party. Looks like everyone was having a wonderful night making friends, listening to music and playing pool.

Looking forward to our next student night!! 🙂

Teacher Profile – Chris Orvis

Introducing our Academic Manager Chris!

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We sat down and asked the hard questions to some of our Teachers to find out a little bit more about them.

What Languages do you know? English and a tiny bit of Japanese

What is something we don’t know about you? I used to be a Kindergarten teacher

What places have you lived in? Canada, Japan and now Australia

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be? A boat driver

What do you like to do on the weekend? Checking out a different local market early on a Saturday morning

What is Noosa’s best kept secret is? A dessert shop called Fiona’s Fancies very close to our school

What is your favourite food?  Pumpkin Pie

What is your favourite pastime? Golfing, fishing and watching TV

What is your English tip? Live and work with people from different countries and force yourself to speak English.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Sunset River Cruise

Yesterday afternoon Lexis Noosa students and teachers made their way down to the Noosa River for a sunset river cruise. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet new friends, improve their English and see different landscapes of Noosa Heads.

The students enjoyed some nibbles and drinks while they sat back and relaxed taking in the beautiful sunset.

 

The night was followed with a cozy bonfire, plenty of laughs and all round good vibes.

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Hope you all enjoyed your night!

Welcome 23.4.18

Welcome to our four new students at Lexis Noosa!

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This morning we are welcoming Sebastian, Mina, Rachel and Juliette from Switzerland.

We hope you all enjoy your time at Lexis English.

One last visit

We love visits from our old students! Elisa studied General English at Lexis Noosa for 17 Weeks before graduating at an Intermediate level. She has been working in Australia since she finished her studies in August 2017. Elisa is finishing her Australian Journey with one last visit to her favourite teachers before returning to Korea to create new memories with her best friend that she met through Lexis Noosa.

Elisa will travel over to France to visit her best friend. They have always talked about travelling to France together and now that it is finally happening they can’t be happier! It’s great to see that you two have kept in contact and are perusing your dreams. Goodbye Elisa and good-luck on your new journey with your friend!

New and improved Job Workshop!

Lexis Noosa has partnered with Zapala People to create the best Job Workshop for the Lexis Noosa students. Zapala is a “Happy small team, focused on recruiting, training and placement of awesome talented people across the logistics, hospitality and housekeeping industries”.

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Lexis Noosa couldn’t be happier to be helping our students as much as we possibly can. Zapala will be helping our students to write their resume, get their TFN & ABN, fill out new employee forms, help with superannuation and of course help finding them a job.

 

Afternoon Beach Soccer

On Friday afternoon the Lexis Noosa students enjoyed a great game of beach soccer. A perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon if you ask me! Surrounded by good mates, sunshine and the beautiful blue water.

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A perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon if you ask me! Surrounded by good mates, sunshine and the beautiful blue water.

Perfect conditions for a game of beach soccer as the tide was very low. After a good hour of playing the students made their way over to the red and yellow flags for a cool down swim.

New Staff at Lexis Noosa

We welcome Chris to the Lexis Noosa team as the new Academic Manager!

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, DELTA
Passions: Watching movies, listening to music and anything Elvis related.

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“I started teaching Kindergarten in Canada before moving to Japan to start a career in International Education.  After 4 years in Japan, I travelled to Australia on a working holiday visa and ended up staying.  While in Australia I have been fortunate to work as an English Teacher, TESOL Trainer and Academic Manager with some fantastic people and amazing students.  My wife and I lived and worked in Brisbane for 12 years and decided to make a Tree Change and I was fortunate to join the Lexis Noosa Team in early 2018.”

Welcome to the team Chris and we hope you love working at Lexis English Noosa!

A very Merry Christmas

Lexis Noosa enjoyed their last student night of the year!

The winner of the Christmas competition was Mo from Upper Intermediate with the guess of 287. Congratulations on winner your lollies and boat trip.

The students got to enjoy platters of shared nibbles, some drinks and great company.

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Whats on this week

Are you wondering what activities you can get up to after school and on the weekend? Check out our awesome activities that we have on offer for this week.  They are looking pretty good to me! Please don’t forget to sign up at reception. 

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Cambridge Mock Testing

Our Lexis English Cambridge students had their mock exam this morning in preparation for their final exam in August. This gives the students a chance to practice testing in a strict environment and also a perfect opportunity for the students to receive feedback from their lovely teachers.

Hoping everyone went well on their mock exam!

Visit from past students!

Such an exciting time when former students come back to visit  Noosa Lexis Staff! Beautiful Joyce returned to visit us after 13 years. She says that Noosa hasn’t changed a bit & shared a few laughs with Director of Studies Becky about her memories  at Lexis Noosa. Now Joyce has brought her son to study at Sunshine Beach Primary School. Exciting times ahead for their adventures in Australia.

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Graduated Students

Congratulations!

Our Military National Guard Officers Abdullah, Abdulrahman & Bader have graduated  today! We are all so proud of you guys. Enjoy seeing your family back in Saudi & best of luck at Flight school! 🎉❤️

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Lexis English Noosa Awarded ESL Certificate of Excellence

We were honoured today to hear that Lexis English | Noosa has been awarded with ESL’s Certificate of Excellence for 2016!

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The ESL Certificate of Excellence is one way for you to know that a school offers students a first-class experience and recognises schools that consistently deliver a high quality service.

Congratulations to all!

Cambridge Preparation

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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.

Snap shot 3pm – What’s happening

Whilst many students had shot off to catch an afternoon wave or to spot an afternoon whale, this was the scene on campus.

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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.

Meet the Homestay Team

We have a phenomenal Homestay Team at Lexis Noosa. Cathy, Simona and Mark are responsible for placing students with a suitable homestay family and they often perform miracles. As we love them we thought we’d share some information about them with you.

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Cathy has been working here at Lexis Noosa for 10 years. She’s originally from Wales but moved to Australia 20 years ago. She enjoys her job because of the variety of tasks that it encompasses – no two days are the same. When she is not with us at work she is kept busy with her three teenage children. She loves living in Noosa because of the carefree and relaxed lifestyle it offers. She is passionate about the beach and watching surfing and she couldn’t imagine living and working in a more ideal place.

Simona moved to Noosa 4 months ago from London, where she lived for 7 years. She is originally from Romania and has been an intrepid traveller since she was quite young. When she was at university, she used to travel to the USA every summer on a “Work & Travel” program – this is one of the reasons she loves helping students find a perfect place to spend their time here in Noosa, she knows what it is like to be away from home for a period of time. She is thoroughly enjoying living in Noosa as she leads an active and healthy lifestyle.

Mark recently returned home to Australia after having lived in Canada for 2 years. While he was there he assisted Athletes with their accommodation at the Legacy Olympic Venue. He is an adrenaline junky and loves snowboarding, skydiving, climbing, bungee jumping and any other extreme sports that gives you that adrenaline kick. When he is not being and adventurer or assisting students with their accommodation, he is a DJ. In fact, he’ll be playing at Cafe Le Monde (a very trendy bar/restaurant on Hastings street) this Friday.