HSP: Speeches and Other Stuff!

This week was a little more focused on expanding our students skills in public speaking and delivering speeches. Rather than having the students stand up and blurt out another boring speech, we did this ‘HSP style’ … with fun, fun, fun!! Let’s take a look at some of the games and activities we did this week.


As a warm-up to our public speaking activities, three of our students got the chance to answer other students questions about their future. The catch was that the three students had to take it in turns saying only ONE word at a time. Needless to say, the class was in hysterics as we heard some strange and quite twisted stories of our futures!


With 4 table groups in the class, students took turns choosing a topic at random and delivering an impromptu non-stop speech for 45 seconds! The rules were; the can pass on a topic 2 times, non pausing or stalling, stick to the topic, speak for 45 seconds. Points were given based on their performance and how many rules were broken. The nerves were quickly settled once we got started and realised how much fun public speaking can actually be!


This week’s science focus was on pressure and density, with particular regard to water. Students learned about the workings of a submarine, how it dives, how it resurfaces, and all of the forces that help it to operate underwater. They then got to make their own submarines using a 1.25L bottle of water, a pen lid and some blutak (plasticine). The pen lid, with the blutak stuck to it for weight, floated on the the water at the top of the bottle. But as pressure was applied to the sides of the bottle, the pen lid sank to the bottom. How does it work?? Well, I’ll let you do the research or even the experiment for that one! Here’s a look at the students at work.


We had the privilege of joining with another class to answer some survey question they had made earlier. Their questions focused on mobile phone and internet usage, with questions like, ‘When was the last time you used the internet?’, ‘How often do you use the internet each day?’, and ‘Do you check your phone as soon as you wake up?’. To be honest, some of the answers from my students surprised even me … and that’s saying something!


It was the Melbourne Cup day this last week! What is the Melbourne Cup?? It is the biggest horse race in Australia, and is also the biggest excuse to win/lose money on betting, dress up in high fashion and wear an over exuberant hat! For the Melbourne Cup day this year, our HSPers learned the history of the Melbourne Cup, and were set the task to make a hat for the Lexis fashion show. Although they didn’t win any prizes for the best hat, our students had a great time and they actually made some pretty cool looking hats!

Then there was the fashion parade which was taken out by the lovely ladies in red! A special acknowledgement must be made to Taka (bottom left) for showcasing his extravagant fashion!

Then it was time for the race that stops a nation … the Melbourne Cup! What a race it was, and a nice little taste of Australian culture!

In the end our students had a great time and found the taste of Australian culture very interesting. It was a great afternoon for everyone and yet another chance to mingle with the entire student population of Lexis showing off some crazy hats and enjoying a fashion show!

Join us again for some more crazy adventures in High School Preparation!

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

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


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???


HSP – A New Generation

By this stage, everyone has got to know each other and have already developed lasting friendships. They have even got to know some of the past HSPers as they have come in to visit, an they have certainly learned a lot about life in high school from them! Join us as we take a look at what has been going on lately in the HSP classroom and beyond …


We have had our fair share of class games and activities all aimed at teaching and practising a different skills and knowledge areas. Take a look at a few of the fun times we’ve had warming up to a lesson, engrossed in a game!

A BIG welcome to Sohee (pictured above) who joined us from South Korea last week. She has settled in very quickly and is a valuable part of our HSP family!


In this last week, we were very lucky to have a surprise visit from 3 of HSP’s past students who are currently enjoying their school holidays. Naturally, we brought them into the classroom and interrogated them (in a nice way) about their experiences in their Australian high schools. This interview lasted for quite a while as our current students were so eager to clean as much information from them as they could! A successful lesson which helped to open our students minds to their future in high school. A BIG thank you to Ed, Pris and Alice for taking the time to come in and talk to the new generation of students!

A Visit From Students Past


As part of our science unit, we got the chance to design, hypothesise and create several paper challenges where small groups were given a piece of paper and asked to complete a challenge. These challenges were to support the weight of a heavy dictionary, and to make a bridge between a gap in the tables that will support the weight of a bunch of coins. Well, we definitely have a bunch of ‘out of the box’ thinkers in the class! Here are the results …

All teams did very well … although, I think they may have moved their desks closer together when I wasn’t looking!

Now for the 2nd challenge – to hold up a heavy dictionary with a single sheet of paper …


With a new group of students comes a new lot of sporting activities for Friday afternoons! There’s nothing like letting off a bit of steam on a Friday, and the students have been having a great time.

A great game of soccer. Wow, what a game it was … those boys are quick! Meanwhile, the girls decided to chill out a bit with a game of handball and other (not so rough) games.

We have a lot lined up for the next several weeks, I can’t wait to share it with you all. Stay tuned for our next update from HSP, Sunshine Coast!

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

HSP: Sad AND Happy Times

Well, there have been good times and sad times. We recently said a very sad goodbye to 3 more of our students – Jazmin (Hungary), Natsumi (Japan) and Rinka (Japan). While we are sad to see them go, we had a great time in the short time they were here. Unfortunately, Jazmin was unable to come on her last day, however, she did pop in very briefly to say goodbye. It was lovely to see her one last time, but we miss her greatly!

Let’s take a look as we said farewell to the other girls …


A 'healthier' farewell!

A ‘healthier’ farewell!

A little class party for the girls that have become such a special part of the HSP class. Then a quick run around at the park while Natsumi went stand-up paddle boarding … lucky girl!

This is the last we saw of Natsumi!

Farewell lovely Rinka and Natsumi!!

Farewell to the lovely Rinka and Natsumi!!

We wish these lovely girls all the best in their futures. Farewell girls and good luck!


Not long after we said goodbye, we were excited to welcome TEN new students! 7 from China, 1 from Macau, 1 from Korea and 1 from Vietnam. They have been settling in very quickly and developing some close friends already. We’re so excited to get to know these students a lot more throughout the course. Welcome to the new students, we hope you enjoy living in Australia and learning English with Lexis, Sunshine Coast!

The Newbies!

Our new HSP class for 2017-2018!


It was a special day for students at Lexis, including the HSPers, last Friday. After the general English classes finished their semester, it was party time … international style! Students from all classes (some from our class also), cooked and provided food from their counties for all to try. Our students loved it so much! Let’s take a look …

And how did our students enjoy it …

Yum yum … !!

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a sneak peek at our new class. As always, stay tuned for more fun and excitement from our HSP class here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)


HSP: Farewell Japanese Study Tour

As the week came to a close we were blessed to be a part of the farewell bbq for the Japanese students. A last get-together before the headed back to Japan, we all had a ball … and many of the Japanese students got a taste of an Aussie sausage sizzle for the first time! We’ll take a look at the fun that was had that afternoon, but before I do, let me introduce our newest HSPers who will be staying with us for only a short time before heading back to their countries.


The Newbies

We have two lovely girls all the way from Japan – Natsumi and Rinka, and the lovely Stella, from South Korea!

Welcome Newbie

You know the two blokes (boys) on the ends, Leo from Thailand and Hui from China, but let me introduce the lovely Tim, from China. He will be with us only for a short time before he goes back to China.

We hope you all feel welcome here on the Sunshine Coast and have a wonderful time at Lexis!


As well fired up the barbie (well, pushed the button), Leilani graciously gave her time to cook up some sizzling snags (I would’ve helped, but I had a camera in my hands … sorry Leilani)!! Delicious!

And as you can see the students quite literally devoured them!

It was liked they’d never tasted a sausage before!! Anyway, they had a great time and again, our students had a wonderful time mingling with them for one last time …

… I think their teacher may have been a model once upon a time!! What do you think?

Farewell BBQ: A group Photo (with whoever was left)

And like in typical Japanese tradition, it was group photo time (well, that may have been my idea)!!

We wish them all the very best as they head back to Japan and settle back into school and life. We hope you had a safe trip and we would love to hear from you (or better yet – see you) again. But most of all, we hope you had a great experience in Australia, and we hope you never forget it!

See ya later mate!

– From all of us at Lexis Sunshine Coast (and the HSP class)

Cancer Council

With 1 in 2 Australians diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, the staff and students at Lexis English Sunshine Coast do all we can to help out. This Tuesday we participated in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So many of our students gave what they could and had a great time doing it.


… but that’s not all! One of our lovely teachers, Claudia, drove with her brother in a Jurassic Park themed car from Mackay to Hobart, raising money for the Cancer Council too! IMG_0331.JPG


Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to help cancer research in Australia and enjoyed a cup of tea with classmates! Congrats and welcome back to Claudia, our resident T-rex.