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Graduating Students 20.10.2017

Congratulations to all of our graduating students at Lexis Sunshine Coast today. You will all be missed, good luck! ✨

13Juliana is graduating from Hayley’s Intermediate Class. She has achieved excellent results and made great progress in all areas of her English. She always participated very well. She has been a pleasure to have here. We wish you all the best for your future Juliana!2ui is graduating from Dylan’s Pre-Intermediate Class. She always completed set work and self study and was always present, willing and engaged! Thank you for your efforts and good luck in your future Yui!

Joon is graduating from Sonia & Liz’s Upper-Intermediate Class. He is a hardworking, positive student who is improving constantly in all skill areas. He demonstrates a solid understanding of grammatical structures. Good luck & all the best Joon!3

David is graduating from Christy’s IELTS Class. David has improved a lot since starting here at Lexis. Unfortunately he has to return to Colombia earlier than expected but should feel proud of what he has achieved during his time here. Have a safe trip home & all the best David!

Coming Up This Weekend

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It’s weekend time!
And although the weather still doesn’t look the best, at least it is looking better than last weekend!

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Here are some idea’s to do this weekend thanks to – http://blog.queensland.com/2016/01/25/20-almost-free-things-sunshine-coast/

Sure, you could hit the beach again, but if you’re strapped for cash and looking for some fun on the Sunshine Coast, there’s a lot more than just some good surf going down.

From laser tag and soaking up the sunshine in a kayak to devouring cheese platters in the hinterland, we’ve got 10 awesome things to do on the coast for under $25.

1. AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

No need to head to Tibet when you can conquer your own Everest on the Sunshine Coast. There are a bunch of treks and climbs for the novice (and slightly petrified) adventurers right up to the daredevil pros, with beach and hinterland views to match!

Climbing Mount Coolum is almost a Sunshine Coast rite of passage when you’re here. We recommend getting up early to tackle the beast to be rewarded with the most stunner sunrise (trust us, it’s worth every one of those steep steps!).

Heading inland you will find the Glass House Mountains whose tracks are varied to suit every age and fitness level. For an easy walk there’s Mount Beerwah, but for something a tad more challenging you’ve got Mount Ngungun and Mount Beerburrum. More experienced climbers should set their sights on the Mount Tibrogargan summit route, with its steep and near-vertical exposed rock sections, you’ll feel like you’re scaling the side of the earth!Mount Coolum

2. HEY MACKLEMORE, CAN WE GO THRIFT SHOPPING?

The man himself would be impressed by the nifty op shops dotting Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore.

Begin your treasure hunt at the Maccas end, starting at the Op Shop Kidney Support Network followed by the Hospice Community Shop and Vinnies. Work your way down to Lifeline (my personal favourite for funky clothing finds) and finally, good ol’ Salvos.

After all that bargain shopping you’re going to be hungry. Head back up to Cafe Venice (under the Sebel) to go to town on their $5 lunch menu.

COST: Only as much as you’d like to spend.

3. PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES

You’ll find your strawberries taste just that touch sweeter when you’ve put in the hard yards to pick them yourself (okay, so maybe it’s not a strenuous activity, but hey, you still did the work!).

Each year from June to November you can head out to Strawberry Fields in Palmview to collect your own strawberries fresh from the patches.

COST: Admission is free, however, the cost of your strawberries will depend on the weight and current wholesale market price. So basically, don’t go too nuts.
Strawberry picking4. EXPLORE THE COASTLINE

Whether you jog, bike or stroll along the Caloundra Coastal Walk, it’s hard not to feel happy when you’re witnessing some of the most scenic shorelines you could ever lay eyes on.

The path is a continuous coastal link from Golden Beach in the south – where it hugs the Pumicestone Passage – before passing Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach on its way around Caloundra Headland heading north following the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Mooloolaba.

COST: If you’re leaving it up to your own devices (bike or feet) it’ll cost you nada, but if you want to hire a set of wheels you can get a solid four hours of peddling for $25 from Hire Hut Mooloolaba or Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire at Golden Beach.Caloundra Coastal Walk

5. GET KAYAKING

Treat your arms to a workout (and a damn good view) when you glide across the Noosa River or explore Mooloolaba’s canals by kayak.

Pelican Boat Hire in Noosaville and Hire Hut in Mooloolaba will kit you up with all you need – including a map – when you hire one of their beasts.

COST: From $10 – $25 for up to two hours.

6. WE LIKE TO MARKET, MARKET

From street food to local knick-knacks, the Sunshine Coast is bursting at the seams (of your basket) with awesome markets.

For your week’s worth of fruit and veg head to the Kawana Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, or the Noosa Farmers Markets and Fishermans Road Markets in Maroochydore on a Sunday morning

If you’re a hardcore food lover, check out the Marcoola Markets held every Friday night or Nights On Ocean in Maroochydore on the second Friday of every month.

For arts, crafts and anything locally-made, you can’t beat the Eumundi Markets and Caloundra Street Fair.

COST: Entry is free meaning you can save your mula for some goodies.Eumundi Markets

7. THREE WORDS: AQUA FUN PARK

Because a playground on water is always a good time!

The inflatable water park, which now hails from the man-made lagoon at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, or at Bli Bli Waterpark is a dream come true for the young at heart, where you can bounce, flip, climb, swing and bomb dive your way to physical exhaustion.

COST: Get one session (50 mins) for $15 or snap up two for $25.Aqua Fun Park

8. CHASE WATERFALLS

Take a break from the Sunshine Coast’s salty sea and high-tail it to the hinterland for a dip in some freshwater rock pools.

On the way to Maleny, turn off at Obi Lane to find Gardeners Falls. From the car park, it’s a short walk on a sealed path to the falls. You’ll find there are a bunch of smaller-sized pools to splash about in, but if you are more of the dare-devil type, try your hand at the rope swing that will plunge you into the larger pool.

If you’re after more of an adventure, the Kondalilla Falls Circuit that will take you on a round-trip through the rainforest valley to the actual falls itself, then back to the rock pool and lookout where you can rest up and cool off.

COST: Zilch minus petrol to get you there.Kondalilla Falls

9. TIME WARP

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from Grease when you’ve ordered up a burger and shake from Ricks Garage in Palmwoods. Originally a petrol station and mechanical workshop (it actually still functions as a workshop!), the retro diner has got ’50s American-style down to a tee with its pop coloured interiors, comfy booths and old-school memorabilia.

COST: Depends on how hungry you are! Regular burgers range from $16 to $25, but their mini range of burgers – for those with smaller appetites – will cost you only $11 or $12.

10. MEET THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Finally catch the gingerbread man at The Ginger Factory in Yandina. As the world’s largest ginger operating factory, it would be a crime not to pay a visit to this iconic attraction on the Sunshine Coast.

While you’re there, hop aboard ‘Moreton’ the historic cane train as he takes you through the sub-tropical gardens, or take a factory tour to see how ginger is grown and turned into a range of products.

For a little retail therapy, Ginger Town has got your needs sorted from souvenirs to sweet treats. If you’ve got the munchies after all that perusing, order up one of their famous parfaits at the Ice Creamery.

COST: Admission is free, however if you want to take part in any tours or rides, tickets will cost you up to $15 per tour/ride. (PS. Check out their double deals on their website to score a bargain for under $20.)

Read more at http://blog.queensland.com/2016/01/25/20-almost-free-things-sunshine-coast/#eizsbKeJJiFYoWDM.99

 

Welcome to Our New Students! 16.10.2017

Welcome to our 6 new students joining the Lexis Sunshine Coast family! We hope you have a wonderful first day & enjoy your studies at Lexis English. 16.10Ayako is from Kobe, Japan where she is a Student at University – studying Foreign Studies & majoring in English. She is studying English for her future, she chose Australia as she holiday’d here for two weeks a number of years ago and decided she would study and stay here for a year this time.

Coralie is from Sierre, Switzerland where she was Studying Social Work. She is studying English because it is one of the most spoken languages of the world & speaking English can be an advantage for her future work. She chose Australia because she wanted to discover the culture, meet new people and be away from her family for the first time.

Arnaldo is from Madrid, Spain where he was studying Economics at University. He is here because he loves to travel and Australia is a multicultural country & is so beautiful.

Miroslav is from Prague, Czech Republic where he is a Bus Driver for a Tour Company. He is here because he needs to improve his English for his job and chose Australia because he wants to travel here!

Oscar is from Santa Coloma de Farners, Spain where he works as a Businessman. He is studying English because he thinks it is essential and he can travel the world with it. He decided on Australia because he visited here in 2006 and loved it!

Welyda is from Cuiaba, Brazil where she is a Student. She is studying English in Australia because she believes she will be able to learn it fast here by living the culture & because she loves the tropical climate and how beautiful the country is.

 

It’s Friday afternoon! – Time for High School Preparation class activities.

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The High School Preparation class always spend Friday afternoons trying out new activities. Today was pancake making and it was so much fun! The class split into 3 groups and then attempted to make the most beautiful looking pancakes. Judging by the laughter and amazing smells coming from the common area I think everyone really enjoyed this activity. I wonder what they will be doing next Friday afternoon???

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Graduating Students 13.10.2017

The whole school came together today to farewell a number of our wonderful students.

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Most of them that are graduating have been with us for a long time… we will miss all of your faces around the school. Good luck & all the best!

IMG_4794IMG_4843Ayumi is graduating from Simon’s FCE Class. She has made steady progress across all language and skills areas during her time with us at Lexis. We hope you will be able to continue to improve your English when you leave. All the best for your future Ayumi!IMG_4810IMG_4845

Jungwook is graduating from Dylan’s Pre-Intermediate Class. He has improved a lot since starting a few months ago. Thank you for your time, efforts & participation in class. Good luck on your travels & for your future studies!

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Dylan is graduating from Sonia & Liz’s Upper-Intermediate Class. He always interacted well with other students, made valuable contributions to class discussions and consistently achieved high test results. All the best Dylan!

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Ilana is graduating from Hayley’s Intermediate Class. She achieved excellent results and participated well with other students. She has been an absolute pleasure to have in the classroom. We wish you the very best for your future Ilana!

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Adam is graduating from Steve’s FCE Class. He has made progress in all of his English language skills and has definitely become more confident in his speech. You will be missed Adam, all the best!