🎉🤡 The Ekka | 2017 🤡 🎉

I can smell that delicious scent of dagwood dogs and hear the sounds of roller-coasters already. Oh my god – that must mean it’s EKKA time!!! 🎈 🙌


For those of you who don’t know about the Ekka, it is a carnival that is held annually in Brisbane which celebrates Queensland’s farming culture and lifestyle. It runs across 10 days and starts THIS FRIDAY!

The easiest way to get there is by train, with special Ekka only trains departing Central & Fortitude Valley train stations every 20 minutes! 🙂

You can buy your tickets online here or at the door.
$$ Remember to take your Lexis Student Card to get a discount!! $$ 

💥💥 Be sure to hashtag #LexisAtTheEkka on Facebook & Instagram if you decide to go. We’d love to hear about your experience and see all your wonderful photos!! 💥💥

Things on in Brisbane this weekend! 🎶

Congratulations for making it through the first 5-day week in a long time!! 🙌🔥 You’ve done well to make it this far. The weekend is almost upon us once again, and there’s a fair bit happening in our wonderful city that you might like to check out.


The full moon returns this evening, so keeping with tradition, the Full Moon Fire Festival is back for another night of entertainment. Head on down to West End this Sunday night for free entertainment and live fire twirling performances starting at 6pm and finishing around 10pm. Take a blanket, some snacks and enjoy the best of the West End culture. Follow their Facebook and website for updates and upcoming events.

This weekend is your last chance to see Swan Lake performed by the Queensland Ballet company! This classic masterpiece is only here until Saturday, so be quick in securing your tickets before it’s too late!! Tickets start from $60 and can be bought on the website here.

Here’s one for those of you who love a challenging challenge!! ROC (or Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) 5k race is back for its 7th year this Saturday at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Tickets can still be purchased online, or a very limited amount can be purchased at the door.  This year’s ROC race will see the infamous Wrecking Balls, the Sweeper, the brand new Leap of Faith attraction, and an epic finish line slide down a 4 story tall water slide called The Hippo! Spectators can watch on for free from the sidelines, so why not make it a fun-filled day with your mates? 🙂 Check out the official website for FAQ’s, information and pricing.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in Australia. Is it the same day in your country? 🙂 We know being away from home can be tough, so make sure to give your mothers a call this weekend! ❤ As it is Mother’s Day weekend, there are several events around Brisbane, including a free Movie in the Park event! Head on over to Roma Street Parklands this Sunday from 5pm to sit in on 2 free girly movies! There will be food trucks serving all the food, so all you need to bring is a blanket, some pillows and yourselves!

Hands up if you’re a 90’s baby!! 🙋 🙋 There will be a 90’s Music Video Party this Saturday night from 7pm at the New Globe Theatre in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy all those classic hits from artists like Aqua and the Spice Girls while enjoying some deliciously prepared cocktail goodies. Check out the official Facebook event here.

There’s also a special K-Pop event making its debut this weekend in Kangaroo Point. Local Korean pop groups will be performing live, there will be Korean beauty and cosmetic companies with information stalls and there will even be guest stars such as the season 5 winner of KPOP Stars Crystal Yi joining in as well! Head on over to the Queensland Multicultural Centre from 4:30pm. Tickets range from $20 – $25 and can be purchased at the event! Read on for more information.

That’s all for now, folks! Weather wise, it’s looking to be mostly fine up until Sunday afternoon, so go out and make the most of our beautiful sunny Winter days! 😀


Keep track of those pesky unexpected storms by watching the rain radar, and be sure to plan your journey ahead of time!!

Transport information – TransLink.
Weather Updates – BOM

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! ❤

What’s on at Lexis Brisbane – APRIL!!

Hey Brisbanites! 😁 👍

What a crazy last week of March this was! But we should expect those pesky storms to ease as we make our way further into Autumn! 🍂 🍁 And here at Lexis Brisbane, we have plenty of fun activities for you to do across the month of April! There will also be a few public holidays throughout the month, so please take note of these as the school will be closed on these days.

Grab your copy of the calendar from Reception and Student Support desks! See you next month! 😘

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😎 Travel Trivia with Lien from BWT! 😎

Last Thursday, we had Lien from Backpacker’s World Travel join us for an afternoon of fun and games with the Travel Trivia!

Students had to answer questions relating to Australia, and the people who answered the most questions correctly won themselves some awesome travel vouchers, courtesy of BWT!! 😀

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Our winners with Lien (top right): Flavio, Samara and Ondrej

Thanks for hosting yet another successful Trivia afternoon, Lien! We’ll see you all again for the next one! 🙂

✌️ BIG Cake Bake at Lexis Brisbane! 😘

Today, Lexis Brisbane hosted yet another successful Cake Bake afternoon, to raise money for the Australian Red Cross.


Our wonderful staff (and Mohammed) helping serve some yummy treats! 🙂

Everyone has been busy baking away to produce a sweet selection of desserts for the event. Even our wonderful Cooking Option Class prepared some yummy Tiramisu. 😀


A big thank you to everyone who participated, and especially those who donated money – we raised an outstanding $135 !!!! Great work, everyone!! We have made a huge contribution to those in need. You should be very proud!! ❤ ❤


❤ Cake brings the family together! ❤


Lexis Brisbane Activities – OCTOBER!

We’ve got a big October planned for you all! Just take a look at our activities calendar below:

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Remember to sign up for Wednesday & Friday activities, and all other workshops are in Room 3 at 2pm.

Get a copy of the calendar  from either Reception or Student Support desks! 🙂 See you next month!!

Lexis Brisbane Activities – SEPTEMBER 2016

Spring time is here!! We can finally wave goodbye to those Winter Blues!! We’ve got plenty more planned for you this month, so take a look below and save those dates.

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* Please note: GIL is in Room 5 (2:00pm session) and Room 2 (4:30pm session).

** All workshops are in Room 3, every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 2pm. You do not need to sign up for these – just show up! 🙂

*** You must sign up for all Lexis Activities on Wednesday and Fridays. See Tara at Reception for more details.

Week 1:
To start off the first week of September, we have our Grammar Workshop on Monday (5/9). Learn all about the “2nd Conditional”. Don’t forget that every Tuesday of the month is our Jobs Workshop day. Head on over to Room 3 at 2pm to get help with all things jobs related! The first Lexis outing this Wednesday (7/9), we will be catching the CityCat ferry to the beautiful University of Queensland. Be sure to sign up at Reception, and bring your GoCard. Thursday (8/9) this week is our Idioms Workshop expressing “Happiness & Sadness”. You’ll feel ‘on top of the world’ after going to this workshop! 🙂 As this week is also the first week for our new Cambridge intake, we will be having an Afternoon Tea on Friday (9/9). Join your new Cambridge teachers and friends in the kitchen from 1:30pm! To finish off the week, we’ll also be heading to the Botanic Gardens for our Games in the Park afternoon. Play some soccer with your friends or throw around a frisbee.

Week 2:
In our Grammar Workshop this Monday (12/9) you’ll be “Comparing Passives”. Wednesday (14/9) this week sees our most popular activity make its return – it’s Lone Pine time!! 😀 Tickets are only $19, (usually $24), which includes endless kangaroo and koala cuddles, (Koala photos cost extra. Pay inside the park). Be sure to sign up and pay at reception early, because spaces are limited. Our Pronunciation Workshop this Thursday (15/9) focuses on “Intonation”. Feel the rhythm! To bring in the weekend this Friday (16/9) afternoon, we’ll be heading downstairs to Merlo for our Cafe Conversation Club. Come on down to practice your speaking skills and get to know your classmates. You might even have the chance to win a FREE coffee with their ‘flip to win’ competition. Sign up at reception.

Week 3:
Following after Week 1’s Grammar Workshop, this Monday (19/9) will be focused on the “3rd Conditional”. After option class on Wednesday (21/9) this week, we’ll be once again heading over to the Botanic Gardens to play a friendly game of soccer! Get your team mates together for a fun-filled afternoon of football! On Thursday (22/9), we have out Phrasal Verbs Workshop. This week’s topic is about “Food & Drink”. Lastly on Friday (23/9), back by popular demand is our Bowling at Strike afternoon! Games are $14 each. Sign up at Reception, and we’ll walk over to the Wintergarden together after Option Class! 🙂

Week 4:
The last Monday (26/9) of the month’s Grammar Workshop is all about the “Present Perfect Passive” tense. Wednesday (28/9), sign up with me (Tara) for our Photography Club afternoon. Let’s capture the beauty of Brisbane through the lens! If you don’t have a camera, you can still capture some nice photos on your phones! 🙂 This Thursday (29/9) the Drama Workshop makes a return. Come along to practice your English skills through improvisation and drama games. A lot of fun and laughs to be had – don’t be shy! To wrap up the week and the month of September, Friday (30/9)’s Cafe Conversation Club is back. Remember to sign up at Reception!

That’s it for the month! 🙂 Lexis Activities are a great way to meet new people and experience the hidden secrets of Brisbane. Have you seen something in Brisbane that you’d really love to do, but not sure how or when to do it? Then please come and talk to me (Tara) at Reception, and let me know! I’m always interested to hear your suggestions and ideas for future activities! Maybe we’ll include it on our upcoming calendar? 🙂

See you next month! 🙂