Newsletter August 2013

The 2nd North Wales Schools’ Games
7th – 14th July

Once again Conlan School in Abergele hosted the North Wales Schools’ Games, building on the great success of last year’s event.
Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, the North Wales Schools’ Games represents a unique opportunity to bring sport, education and language learning together in one place. The aim is to create an inspirational event for international students, which encourages more young people to take part in sport and develop language skills, while at the same time meeting new people from different cultures.
70 students from Germany, Italy and Portugal descended on Abergele to take part in multi-sporting activities. With the value of inter-cultural exchange at the heart of the Games, students first hit the classroom for 3 hours a day in mixed country English classes before battling it out on the field in the afternoon. All this in order to get their hands on the coveted trophy!
The North Wales School Games gave pupils the chance to experience a multinational competition for themselves whilst also having the opportunity to make new friends and gain an insight into cultures that may be different to their own.
This mammoth project was made possible through strong links with the local High School, Emrys ap Iwan, who provided the setting for the Games, the organizing of all the sports through their PE department, classrooms and many other facilities.
The final results of the first week saw Emrys ap Iwan school make sure the trophy stayed in Wales, although they were pushed hard all the way by last year’s first week winners Herzo Team from Realschule Herzogenaurach in Germany. The Portuguese from Manuel Rafael Amaro da Costa school, returning from last year, as usual won many friends and finished third, while our other German friends from Geschwister-Scholl Realschule secured the Fair Play trophy for their overall attitude. The Italians from IISS “C. Arzelà”- Sarzana brought their typical outlook and approach, resulting in winning the volleyball trophy.
A fantastic event which we will look forward to holding again in the future, and one where we all made many, many new friends. A big thank you to Mr Andrew Goodwin and all the staff at Emrys ap Iwan High School, and also to all of the leaders and students who took part.

The Conlan School Course Guide

The Conlan School Course Guide demonstrates the broad range of study programmes we can offer you and your students. Through our ever growing network of contacts in the business and educational community, our aim is to provide experiences that will expand knowledge and increase confidence within the culture of Wales and the UK. We hope that during your time with us you and your students can progress personally and positively in every aspect of life!

Please, click here to download "The Conlan School Course Guide"!

The Colwyn Bay Bowling Festival
27th July – 2nd August

Bowls, or lawn bowls, is a sport in which the objective is to roll black weight-biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller white ball called a “jack” or “kitty.” It is played on a pitch which may be flat (for “flat-green bowls”) or convex/uneven (for “crown-green bowls”). It is normally played outdoors although there are some indoor venues. The surface is either natural grass, artificial turf or cotula, a type of grass found in New Zealand.
The Colwyn Bay Bowling Festival has developed into one of the largest of its kind in Britain, hosting 7 major tournaments with additional “flyers” on 10 different greens around Conwy County. Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay is the main host of the festival which is set within 50 acres of beautiful parkland.
The main tournament within the festival is the George Davies tournament, established in 1931. It is a mixed singles competition open to all bowlers. Other tournaments in the festival include “The Ladies Rose Bowl” for ladies only, “The Bill Hughes Tournament” for gents only, “The Mixed Pairs Tournament,” “The Capstan Visitors Trophy,” “The Alan Jones Memorial Trophy” and the “G Jones Junior Trophy.”
The “Colwyn Bowling Festival” really has everything. Whether you are taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and excellent tourist attractions around North Wales whilst you are here, or chasing some of the prize money which is in excess of £5,000, this festival is a must for all bowlers' calendars.

Phrase of the Month
“Forlorn Hope”

“A meaningless or desperate enterprise, or something with no chance of happening”
“Forlorn hope” now just means “lost hope”. That's not how it was in the 16th century, when a forlorn hope wasn't a world-weary feeling but a robust and gung-ho band of soldiers.
Each troop in the British Army had a hand-picked group of men, chosen for their ferocity and indifference to risk (and occasionally by using that tried and tested military method of "I want three volunteers: you, you and you"). They were the army's 'attack dogs' who risked all in reckless death or glory raids on the enemy.
That's the militaristic side of things, now back to the idiomatic. The equivalent group of combative soldiers of the Dutch army were called the 'verloren hoop', literally 'lost troop'. A mistranslation amongst the British military turned this into 'forlorn hope'. The British Navy took the mistranslation a step further and their wildmen were known as the 'flowing hope'. The phrase was tortured still further and those who were sacrificed whenever the rearguard was called on to retreat were called the 'rearlorn hope'.
As time has progressed, a forlorn hope is now thought of more as something one experiences rather than something one belongs to.
Stephen Carr, Ireland's most talented defender, is a forlorn hope while Mark Kennedy has picked up a groin strain.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)