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)

Lexis Students back to visit

We love having past students back to visit us and share their news. Yesterday we had a visit from Rosa, who came to share the news of her recent success. Rosa studied in our March FCE class and was so happy to learn that she had passed the exam. She couldn’t wait to see her teacher Simon to thank him. Well done Rosa! You worked hard during the course and deserve your success.

Ed was our second visitor of the day. He graduated from the High School Preparation class last Friday and came to say hello in his new school uniform, and of course have a photo with his teacher Owen. Ed now attends Chancellor Park High School and tells us that he enjoyed his first 2 days in his new school.

It was so lovely to see you both. Best of luck and come back and visit again soon 🙂

IELTS STUDENTS ON THE WAY TO TAFE

Congratulations and a sad farewell was in order on Friday as we said good bye to two of our long term students. Viktoriya and Haebeen began in our General English classes before moving in to our very popular IELTS class for 12 weeks. They worked hard and at the end of the course were able to meet their pathway requirements to TAFE East Coast. They will both now go on to study a Diploma of Nursing. Good luck to you both – we will miss you at Lexis English Sunshine Coast.

Lexis is pleased to announce our new Business and TESOL courses!

From February 22nd, students will be able to study Business and TESOL programs at Lexis. These courses will run from 2pm to 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with optional Supervised Consolidation of Learning class available each Thursday.

Our Business and TESOL programs are fully accredited for student visas, and are ideal for students finishing their English program at Lexis and looking for a further challenge while they extend their stay in Noosa, Byron Bay or the Sunshine Coast.

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To enter the Certificate III in Business, you will need to have an Intermediate level of English at Lexis, or an equivalent IELTS score of 5. For the Certificate IV in TESOL, you will need to be in Upper Intermediate, or at a 6-6.5 IELTS equivalent.

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To launch our new courses, we are offering our current students an opening special for the 30 week Certificate III in Business – $3000, including all registration and materials fees. The usual price for this course will be $4500.

For more details, speak to your Academic Manager!

Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)

Certificate IV in TESOL (10429NAT)

RTO: 41178

CRICOS: 03459G

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