Graduating Students

Today we say farewell to 7 of our students from Lexis Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Lexis Campus

Zi Hang, Jiatong, Yingwen and Yixuan were here doing their High School Preparation Course from China. We wish them all the best with their future studies, especially with their English!

Owen’s Intermediate Class

Thomas from France, Ryota from Japan and Eugene from Latvia are also finishing today. We wish them all the best with their English studies and also their travels around Australia. Good Luck and we’ll see you next time your in Australia.

 

 

HSP: Bonding with Japanese Students

Over the last few weeks we have been busy enjoying the company of another study tour from Japan. Many new friendships were created with these beautiful young people, and we all had a whole lot of fun during the three weeks they were here. It was an exciting few weeks and it was difficult to say goodbye! Let’s take a look at what we got up to with our Japanese friends …

CASTLES IN THE SAND

In groups, students were given the task of building the best sand castle in order to win a prize. What we got was pretty creative …

Although the groups were pretty competitive, I think they all had a great time!

The finished sand castles …

… and the winners …

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We were lucky enough to join the Japanese students as part of our Aboriginal Studies unit to try out our Aboriginal art skills on boomerangs.

… hmmm, not quite ‘aboriginal’ art!!

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Take a look at these finished projects …

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SPORT WITH THE JAPANESE

Or course, we HAD to play as many ‘Aussie’ sports as we could! We started with ultimate frisbee (not really ‘Australian’ but definitely NOT Japanese)!

Then we ended up with cricket!

It was such a great experience with such a lovely group of Japanese people! We had a great time and we were so excited to meet you and join in the fun with all of you. We hope you had a great time in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast!

Join us next time as we welcome some new students who will be visiting us from China for 3 weeks, we can’t wait to meet you! We will also be saying goodbye to one of our longest running HSPers, Boss. Don’t miss it!

Until then …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

HSP: The BIGGEST Farewell Yet!

The time has finally come to say goodbye to the HUGE group of HSPers that have made up one of the craziest, funnest and cleverest classes I have had the pleasure of teaching! It was a long 20 weeks filled with challenges, excitement and learning, where we all made some very strong memories and lasting friendships! It was very difficult to say goodbye to these 12 young adults who have grown so much over the last 5 months. Let’s take a look at the final day …

GRADUATION: CERTIFICATES AND A HANDSHAKE!

As we came to the end of the day, it was finally time for the graduating students to officially graduate and receive their certificates … and a handshake! Let’s take a look at some of the action.

All graduating students received a little gift with their certificates. There was one surprise for one of our students …

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Sohee (Korea) celebrates her birthday on Monday (22nd of January), her first day of high school in Australia! Sohee had also been a huge help to me personally on a number of class projects, so it was my turn to say happy birthday and thank you with an enlarged print of a class photo and a soft koala! Happy birthday Sohee, I hope you have a great first day, and an amazing experience at high school.

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PARTY TIME!

With formalities out of the way, we went out to the park and began preparing and cooking ingredients for hamburgers on the BBQ! It was a lovely afternoon and everyone worked together to put together some AMAZING hamburgers! Oh, so yummy!

While most were preparing and cooking, some students took a little time out to play frisbee.

… but the hamburgers were AMAZING!! A BIG thank you to Lexis Maroochydore for organising this party for us all!

We wish you all the very best as you all go into high school. I hope you continue to work hard and have a great time! Stay in touch!

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

HSP: What Have We Been Up To?

During the last few weeks there have been a lot of changes. We have said goodbye to 2 of our students, Hui and Leo, who had been with us for a very long time; we said goodbye again to one of our star students, Miu; we have said hello to a new student (Sammy, from Vietnam) and we have said Happy Birthday to a beloved young lady, Annie! I have recently taken a few weeks break and am now back with a renewed energy and fresh ideas! I would like to thank teachers, Annie and Kate, for looking after the flock while I was gone!

FAREWELL BOYS!

It was an end of an era as we said goodbye two of our longest running students, Hui (China) and Leo (Thailand). It was quite a celebration yet a very sad time to see these boys leave the family. We’re so happy that they have graduated and settled into their high school studies. All the best boys!

Farewell Hui and Leo

HELLO SAMMY!

Although she has been with our class for a few weeks now, she joined us only days before I went on leave. So, allow me to officially introduce to you the lovely Sammy, from Vietnam!

Welcome Sammy!

 

ANOTHER SAD GOODBYE!

It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to Miu, from Maccau. It has been a wonderful 8 weeks with Miu, who was a valuable part of our HSP family. I hope you enjoyed your time in High School Preparation, and I wish you all the very best in your future high school journey and beyond!

Farewell Miu!

WHILE I WAS AWAY …

PANCAKES??

What’s this? Pancakes … in English class?? YES! That’s what learning English is all about! During a rare rainy day on the Sunshine Coast, our students were lucky enough to take to the hotplate and cook up a storm! Under Kate’s instruction, our students went shopping for ingredients and cooked up some absolutely yummy looking pancakes. How good do they look?! I wish I was there to enjoy that feast!

THE SCIENCE OF FLIGHT

What better way to learn about the science (and the vocabulary that goes with it) than to fly your own plane … well, paper plane that is!

SPORT

The Friday afternoon sport was once again basketball, while the girls improved their frisbee throwing skills!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNIE!

With Annie’s 16th birthday over the weekend, we wanted to celebrate her sweet 16th together. Annie provided the cake (a BIG thanks to her host family for that!), which was SO big we couldn’t even finish it! What a delicious cake it was! Congratulations Annie! It’s truly wonderful having you in this class and I wish you a very happy year.

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So, in just a few shorts weeks there have been so many changes. It’s exciting to see what the future holds for these amazing students and for the HSP class. Remember to stay tuned for more of the latest news from the HSP class. We look forward to sharing our awesome adventures with you next time.

Until next time …

– Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

 

 

HSP: Debating and Goodbyes

Wow, what a week! Before three of our awesome HSPers sadly said goodbye, we all took part in a very informative and very engaging debate. Using the topic, “Students should wear a school uniform at high school”, our students spent all week preparing their arguments and finally got the chance to have it out with each other in a challenging debate! … more on that later. Following the debate, the students had a chance to play some sport and have a party to say goodbye to 3 of our beloved students.

THE DEBATE: UNIFORMS?? … APPARENTLY NOT!

Well, should students really wear uniforms at high school? According to our students debate outcome … no! Both teams presented some very interesting arguments and delivered them very well, however, it was down to the question time (cross-examination) that set the teams apart. With some excellent attacking questions from Team 1 (with a particularly standout performance from Tim!) and strong answers to their own questions, team 1 were the winners – arguing that students should NOT wear a uniform in high school. Let’s take a look at some of the action that day …

Team 1 – Negative (students should NOT wear school uniforms in high schools)

Team 2 – Affirmative (students SHOULD wear school uniforms)

… well, who knew debating could be so much fun??

The teams (minus Jazmin, who had to leave early).

The winners … TEAM 1!! Well done to both teams who did an AMAZING job in preparing for and delivering their arguments, I’m so proud of you all!

GOODBYE TO 3 MORE

And then we said goodbye in traditional style … with doughnuts and other junk food!!

We wish Eric, Tim and Stella all the very best in their futures as they head back to their countries. Have a safe trip and I hope to see you all again one day!

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.

OUR NEW HSPers

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!

FAREWELL JAPANESE STUDY TOUR

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)