GV Caloundra in intensive training….

The Tri-Shield soccer game between GV Noosa, GV Brisbane and GV Caloundra is coming up.

Check out this link to catch up on the intense ‘training’ going on down in Caloundra…..


The schedule for games is:

The big day is Frday 5 December and the matches will be as follows

MATCH 1 –  Noosa vs Caloundra 1pm – 1:40

MATCH 2 – Brisbane Vs Caloundra 1:45 – 2:20

MATCH 3 – Noosa Vs Brisbane 2:25 – 2:55pm

Say Cheese!

GV Brisbane Workshop


Barista Courses

These courses are designed for people who have little or no experience making coffee. You will learn how to use a commercial espresso machine, texture milk, how to prepare different coffees that are ordered at a cafe. Upon completion you will be presented with a  certificate listing what you have learnt in the class.

Barista Basics Coffee Academy

Suite 3, Ladhope Chambers, 131 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill

Cost: $120, Duration: 3 Hours, www.baristabasics.com.au

Brisbane Coffee School

Shop 2, 115 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

Cost: $95, Duration: 3 Hours, www.coffeeschool.com.au

Even with a Barista course you can still work in a cafe either as kitchen staff, waitperson or runner. The below companies are always seeking staff with a positive attitude to work in a variety of their stores across Brisbane. Visit the websites for more information about their recruitment process.

Bar Merlo Email: info@merlo.com.au, Website: http://www.merlo.com.au, Tel: 1800 637 567, Fax: 3620 4205

Stores: 123 Eagle St/ 239 George St/ 344 Queen St/ 10 Market St/ Cnr Water & Brunswick St

Gloria Jeans CoffeesEmail: info@gloriajeanscoffees.com.au, Website: http://www.gloriajeanscoffees.com.au, Telephone of Recruitment Officer: 02 9894 2177

Stores: 420 George St/ Majority are based in the suburbs

Coffee ClubEmail: reception@coffeeclub.com.au, Website: http://www.coffeeclub.com.au, Tel: 3010 3000, Fax: 3844 2551

Stores: Waterfront Place (1 Eagle St), Brisbane Square (George St), 66 Eagle St, 217 George St, Post Office Square (270 Queen St), Various stores located in the suburbs too.

The Evening IELTS Pre-test results are in!

The Evening IELTS class completed their pre-test and they have received some FANTASTIC results!


The class completed a Listening and a Reading exam for both General and Academic testing. The average results for the Reading test was 7.0 and the students performed equally impressive on the Listening exam with the top score reaching an outstanding 8.5 out of a possible 9.0.

Well done to all our Evening IELTS students!


The highlight of the GV calendar is upon us once more!


On the 5th of December, it is the 3rd Tri-shield tournament. Noosa & Caloundra have both won before so this time it is Brisbane’s turn! The day consists of food & drinks, games and lots of cheering for Brisbane!

The winners of the GV Queensland Photo Competition will be announced on the day too, so make sure you enter some photos and come along for the fun & games!

If you would like to join the team please see Robyn or Peter. More details to follow.


A video of the last tournament:

GV Brisbane Teacher Feature – Daniela

At GV Brisbane we ask our staff every week to answer some questions about themselves. We call it a ‘Teacher Feature,’ and it is intended to help you learn more about some of the dedicated staff that we have here.

Student Young Soo Jeong & Teacher Daniela
Student Young Soo Jeong & Teacher Daniela

This week we are featuring one of our Intermediate teachers, Daniela.

How long have been teaching at GV Brisbane and what did you do before you worked here?

“I have worked at GV for nine months (since March ’08). Before starting here, I was at University doing my teaching degree.”

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

“Apart from English, of course, I also speak Romanian and German. When I was learning a new language, I found that speaking was the biggest challenge.”

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress..

“Young Soo Jeong. He is improving every day and is an asset to the class. He interacts well with others and his English continues to improve. He works hard and students enjoy his company as he is also funny.”

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Brisbane?

“Seeing students progress, meeting new people, the variety of nationalities and all the lovely staff members.”

If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

“A full-time writer or linguist. I absolutely love the study of languages.”

What do you like the most about Brisbane?

“The people, the weather and the lifestyle.”

What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Brisbane?

“My favourite place has to be Southbank and I love the Myer Centre and DFO for shopping.”

Need a job?

If you are looking for work, there are a lot of great jobs going around. Make sure your resume is up-to-date.


House cleaner wanted: 2 to3 hrs/wk Duties: Please help us get our family home in order. We need someone to wash dishes, clean toilet and bathroom, vacuuming, sweeping and hanging up washing, and occasionally helping with tidying up the garden. Requirements: You need to have some prior experience as a paid cleaner.

Vacancies: 1 Location: Kelvin Grove Wages: $15/hr cash Contact Details: Email Angela on charlotte_sophia@hotmail.com with details of your past cleaning experience and listing references.

Waitstaff required: Street address: Corner of Lamington & Welsby St, New Farm QLD 4065

Casual & Full time waitstaff required for The Hutch Bistro in New Farm. Flexible hours & great working conditions. Previous experience in hospitality & coffee making a must.

Call Noah on 3254 4426 for an interview.

The GV Work Shop

Responsible service of alcohol courses


It is a requirement that all staff working in venues that sell alcoholic beverages after 1am must undertake this course.

The course covers the following:

  • Identification of customers to whom service must/may be refused in accordance with state regulations
  • Minors
  • Acceptable proof of age identification
  • Standard drinks
  • Preparation & service of alcoholic beverages responsibly
  • Assisting customers to drink within appropriate limits
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Refusal of service
  • Assisting alcohol affected customers
  • Conflict resolution, requesting customers to leave
  • Recognizing & reporting of situations where assistance is required

College Australia $65 – student concession

Level 3, 333 Adelaide Street


Courses are run every week

QHA Queensland Hotels Association $60 – student concession

Level 3, 160 Edward Street $100 – full fee


Courses are run every week

Below is a list of places to search for bar jobs, including glassie. Some you can apply directly online.

Normanby Hotel

1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill

Telephone: 3831 3353, Fax: 3832 3157

Email: info@thenormanby.com.au; Website: www.thenormanby.com.au


8 Mc Lachlan Street, Fortitude Valley

Telephone: 3852 5000, Fax: 3852 1217

Website: www.thefamily.com.au

Fridays Riverside

123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Telephone: 3852 5000, Fax: 3852 1217

Email: Fridays@fridays.com.au; Website: www.fridays.com.au

For more information about RSA or other employment assistance, refer to the Employment Guide at Student Support.

Want to get ‘Out & About’?

Join the “Out & About” class starting on the 1st of December!


With the “Out & About” class, it is a different look at learning English from General English. After you learn a skill, you then get the chance to go out into the city and use those skills in certain environments, giving you more confidence in speaking English!

For more information, have a talk to Mariana.

Belly Dancing!

Patricia from the Business English class held a Belly Dancing class and demonstration as part of our afternoon extra-curricular program.

Patricia has been Belly Dancing for 8 years now and decided to share her skills with the other students. Thanks Patricia!

If you would like to see more of this lesson, look out for the activities video coming soon!

North Stradbroke Island trip for the FCE class!

Accompanied by Vivienne, 7 students had the opportunity to visit North Stradbroke Island for their FCE Retreat.

After a long journey on a train, ferry and bus, the students finally reached their destination of Point Lookout. Here they got to see some amazing views before moving to the main beach for some fun and swimming. On the menu for lunch was Fish and Chips at the local store before heading back to Brisbane at around 4:00pm.

A good time was had by all!

Well Done Oscar!

Oscar from Colombia came to GV with absolutely NO English, but he now going for IELTS target 6!


Oscar started at our Noosa campus in June 2005. When he arrived, he couldn’t even say hello. After 7 months of General English, he decided to transfer to the Brisbane campus and completed some more General English, EAP and IELTS.

When he completed his time here in September 2006, he went on to complete a Diploma of Business at a college in the city. His goal is to now gain Permanent Residency and work in his field of Environmental Engineering.

So now he is back! He has joined our IELTS program again, but this time he is aiming for his target of 6.

Good Luck Oscar!

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