Meet our brand new students! 8/2/16

Good morning Brisvegas!

How AWESOME is this weather – the sun is shining, the breeze is light and cool, but most of all there is NO MORE RAIN (at least for now)! What a perfect day to start at Lexis Brisbane. We have 4 lovely new students join the school today – all of them from different parts of the world! Please give a big cheer for…:

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Gioele from Italy, Natalie from Switzerland, Lena from Germany and Jin from Japan. Such lovely young faces! :)

We do hope you enjoy your first week here with us at Lexis Brisbane and of course enjoy the rest of your stay in Australia! If you have any questions, ask one of the lovely girls at the front desk/student support – we’re more than happy to help! Have a fantastic week everyone! :)

Celebrate the Chinese New Year this weekend! :)

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This weekend marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and this time it is the year of the Monkey. Those of you who were born in 1920, 19321944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004, then this might be your lucky year! :D

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Although the new year actually begins on Monday 8th of February, celebrations and festivities will kick off over the weekend. Chinese New Year – also known as The Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is an event that takes place every year, and is widely celebrated in all parts of the world. Brisbane will have its very own celebrations starting this weekend and running through until next weekend, so if you’re free why don’t you check it out? :)

 


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This Friday night as part of the BrisAsia Festival, the William Jolly Bridge will be lit up with local Chinese-Australian artist Pamela Mei-Ling’s artwork. You can watch this eye-catching light projection from anywhere along the riverside from 6pm. The bridge will light up every night until the end of the CNY celebrations. Be sure to have a look! :)

 

 

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If you’ve got access to a car, you might want to have a look at this. The Moreton Bay Lunar New Year festivities are being held this Saturday in Caboolture (about 45 minutes north of Brisbane). This is the first time this event is being held here, and they have so much planned for the grand opening! There will be free entertainment starting from 4pm along with traditional music and Chinese dance, Asian-infused cultural experiences and delicious traditional Asian food presented in an Eat Street-style. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car. At the end of the night, there will be a grand finale fireworks display that is guaranteed to be amazing! Read more about the event here.

 

 

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This one is my personal suggestion! Chinese New Year is not complete without having some delicious Yum-Cha! There is a restaurant in Fortitude Valley that is open 7 days a week called Oriental Yum-Cha. They do all you can eat dumplings (YUUUUM!), and will even have New Year celebrations of their own. Take a look at their Facebook page for pricing, opening hours and location.

 

 

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Monday is when the true celebrations begin and there is plenty to see and do in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall! Activities such a lion dancing, Chinese inspired markets and live entertainment will be in full swing from here until next weekend. To see what’s on, have a look at the BrisAsia official website.


 

Be sure to follow this space into next weekend, where there will be plenty more CNY related activities for you to have a look at. For now, enjoy the weekend and as always have fun! :)

Meet the Staff – Paulina!

You might have seen a new face over at the Student Support desk. Let’s meet the lovely Paulina – our new Student Support officer! :) She will be at Lexis from Monday to Friday, so she is always here to help you. She is also in charge of anything related to Student House, so be sure to speak to her if you have any questions.

We asked Paulina some questions about herself as well as some tips for when you’re in Brisbane – here’s what she had to say! :D

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What languages can you speak?
Polish, English and basic Spanish.

What have you always wanted to be in life?
I’ve always wanted to be a dancer, particularly with Latin dance. I’ve been dancing since I was 2 years old – I just love it!

Brisbane’s best kept secret is…:
The Chung Tian Temple in Priestwood  is beautiful!
Check out some information here.

I bet you didn’t know that…:
There is a Polish market in Milton. You can get traditional Polish style meats and delicious sweet rolls – yum!!

At 11pm on a Saturday night, you’ll find me…:
Probably in bed.

At 8am on a Saturday, you’ll find me…:
Asleep!

My dream holiday destination is…:
Anywhere with palm trees!

Best restaurant in Brisbane is…:
Sake Bar & Restaurant on Eagle Street Pier.
When you’re in Brisbane, don’t miss…:
Definitely the views of the city at night time!

My English learning tip for students is…:
Pick up natural collocations.


 

Thanks for answering our questions! :) You can get to know more about Paulina if you pop on over to the Student Support desk. She is more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Nice to meet you, Paulina! :D

Welcome to our new students – 1/2/16

Good afternoon Brisbane!

Happy Monday! :) We hope you escaped that awful heat over the weekend! This morning we had 8 new students join the Lexis Brisbane family! Despite the heat, everyone was really excited to be in Brisbane and to start their new adventure here with us at Lexis! Please give a big warm welcome to…:

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Yukiko from Japan, Bongyu from South Korea, Carlos from Spain, Marco from Italy, Jakob from Germany, Sara who is also from Italy, Saki from Japan and on the right we have Daniel from South Korea!

Welcome to Lexis Brisbane, everyone! We hope your enjoy your time here! :)

What’s happening at Lexis Brisbane in February?

Good morning everyone! :D

Wow – we are soon entering the 2nd month of the brand new year. How fast has that gone?! We have plenty of activities in store for you this February, so take a peek below to see what’s on!

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Week 1:
As usual we’ll have our weekly workshops on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I (Tara) will be joining you for the Jobs Workshops here on out. So if you want to prepare your CV and/or cover letters with me before hand, feel free to drop by my desk! :)
Wednesday (3/2), we’ll be taking the CityCat to the University of Queensland. They have an AMAZING pizza shop on campus, so let’s get pizza and chill out by the lakes? You must sign up at reception before. Friday (5/2) is our ever-so-popular Drama Club! Head on over to Room 3 after Option Class to join in the fun! Play games, improvise and improve your English.

Week 2:
Ahhh… Love is in the air… The week before Valentine’s Day will see some romantic activities blossoming around the school. Join us on Wednesday (10/2) for the Valentine’s Day Crafternoon. Make a cute card for your special someone or write a cute message for your best friends. There will also be paper and pens up on the reception desk all week for you to write special messages, as well as a postbox for you to put your cards in. Tara will be going around to the classes on Friday to deliver to cards/gifts. Also on Friday (12/2) afternoon, we will have our romantic Movie and Popcorn cinema set up for you to spend time with your loved ones. Awwwww! :)

Week 3:
Our Mt Coot-tha Trip is back again this Wednesday (17/2). If you would like to come along, sign up at reception and we will head on up at 2:10pm. Remember to bring your GoCard for the bus. Fares are approximately $3.93 each way. Back by popular demand on Friday (19/2) is our Video Game Torunament; this time with Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Who will be the greatest, the fastest, the champion of all champions?! Registration will be up 1 week before.

Week 4:
Always wanted to go on the Wheel of Brisbane, but never had the chance? Well now is your chance! On Wednesday (24/2), we will be heading on over as a group to check out the Wheel of Brisbane. Remember to bring your student cards to get the discounted price. Adult price: $19 / Student price: $16.50. After the ride, those of you who would like to get some afternoon tea, we will take a trip to the delicious Max Brenner Chocolate shop in South Bank! :) The last activity for the month of February will be Cafe Conversation on Friday (26/2). Enjoy an afternoon practicing your speaking skills over some coffee and sweets.


 

That’s it for February! This month will also be the last month of Summer, so let’s hope the weather starts cooling down a little in time for Autumn. See you all then! :D

What’s on in Brisbane this weekend!

Good morning everyone!

The weekend is almost upon us! Having the Australia Day holiday on Tuesday has just made this week fly by, hasn’t it?! We are also in for some pretty big afternoon summer storms over the next couple of days leading up to the weekend, so remember to plan ahead and take care. You can track those nasty storms via the BOM website. A few suggestions below on what’s happening this weekend in Brisbane – keep reading to find out more. :)

 


 

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Possibly one of the greatest musicals of all time – Cats is back again for a strictly limited time – and this time starring the beautiful and talented Aussie singing sensation Delta Goodrem as Grizabella. The grand opening starts at QPAC this Friday the 29th of January, and tickets are selling out FAST! You can buy your tickets online here. Meow!

 

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Here’s something for the bike lovers! This Saturday night, join hundreds of other Brisbane locals to take part in the Ride the Night cycling event. Ride the Night was established to try and help minimize the number of disadvantaged youths in Australia. You must purchase your ticket prior to participating, and all proceeds will be donated to the Brisbane Youth Service. Be quick – there are only 2 days left! Check out the official website here to secure your spot.

 

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Keeping with the theme of cats comes this cute event. If you’re living on the south side of Brisbane, you might want to check out this out on Saturday! Starting at 10am over in Acacia Ridge is the Sizzling Summer Cats Show. This adorable show costs just $5 to get in, and is jam packed with all things cats. Meet locals who specialise in breeding unique cats such as the Burmese, Bengal, Maine Coone and Ragdoll, and find out which furry feline would make your perfect companion! There will also be a cat competition which you guys will be able to help judge! The event will run all day until 4pm. Click here for more information.

 

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Starting this week and running until February 21st over at the Brisbane Sciencentre is the Sound Show. The Sound Show explores a number of scientific concepts, such as vibrations, sound waves, amplification & loudness and frequency & pitch. If you’re one of those people who loves learning about how things work, then this is the perfect exhibit for you! Entry is the standard Sciencentre fee, and you can pay at the door. Be sure to take your student card for a discount! Check out the Sciencentre website for more information about this and other exhibits happening at our awesome museums!


 

 

That’s it for now! Remember to plan ahead with those incoming storms, and if you can, try to stay indoors when the worst of it has arrived! Have a fantastic weekend! :D

Jobs on offer this week!

Hey gang! :)

Hope you all had a crackin’ Aussie Day yesterday! As this Tuesday was a public holiday, we’ve had to move our Jobs Search to today! So… welcome to Job Search Wednesday!! :D There are still plenty of jobs on offer, so take a look below for some of the listings for this week. Of course, you can do a search of your own on the Seek website.


Food & Beverage staff needed at these locations…:

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Located next to the Brisbane River down on Eagle Street is Blackbird Bar & Grill. They have a few positions up for grabs which include food runners and waiters. Must have 2+ years experience and have a current RSA*. Send your resume along with a cover letter stating what positions and hours you can work through to Gareth@blackbirdbrisbane.com.au. Job description can be found here.

*RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) is required by law to work with and around alcohol. You can apply for one online by completing a short course. Visit the Club Training Australia website to get yours today! :)

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127 Bar and Bistro
is conveniently located on Charlotte Street here in the city. As part of the Mantra Midtown Group, this little cafe is searching for food & beverage attendants to help out across a busy roster – which includes weekends. The right person for the job should be outgoing and have a passion for customer service. To apply, click here.

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The well known Bavarian Bier Cafe down by the Eagle Street Pier have recently had a few positions become available! These include wait staff, hosts and bartenders. If you’ve got 2+ years experience in a similar role, have an RSA and have immaculate grooming and personal presentation then you might be what they’re after! Apply today! If you’re not lucky enough to score yourself a job, why not go in for dinner one night? (they do an AWESOME chicken schnitzel!!)

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Love Mexican food? Salsa’s over in Carindale are hiring new staff to join their yummy fresh Mex store. Availability to work weekends is desired, and enthusiasm for providing great customer service is a must have! To read more and to apply, click here.


 

There are a couple of retail jobs that might interest you!

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Major watch brand Swatch are looking for a part-time sales associate to join their busy Brisbane City location. Experience in retail and sales, excellent oral and written skills as well as having superb self presentation is a must have if you’re considering this job. If you’re looking for something different that is challenging yet rewarding, then this might be the job for you! To read more or to apply, click here.

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Great Aussie retailer Myer are looking for a casual retail assistant to become a part of their Review Myer Brisbane department. Previous experience in retail and fashion is a big advantage, and having the flexibility to work both during the week and on the weekends is even better. To apply, click here.

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A growing marketing company based here in Brisbane called Jigsaw Sales Group are searching for 5+ people who have a passion for sales and customer service. The positions available are to join the face-to-face marketing team, and they highly encourage international students to apply. No experience is needed and all training will be provided. As this job is very customer service based, some experience in hospitality and retail would be advantageous. IMMEDIATE start! Click here for more information.


 

Can’t find anything online? Well, the best thing about coming to school in the city is that we are surrounded by shops – everywhere! So why not try and hand in your resume to some local restaurants, bars and retail stores? They are always hiring, so you might just score yourself something close by that you can go to after class! (which is super convenient, right?!)

The Jobs Workshop will be back next Tuesday with me – Tara! :) So if you need help checking your resume or after any further advice with looking for jobs, pop on in to room 3 next Tuesday after Option class (2-3pm). I can also print your resumes at the front desk if you need! :) Happy job hunting everyone!!