Newsletter October 2013

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"!

MBNA Chester Marathon

The 6th of October will be the 4th Chester Marathon. Approximately 5,000 runners were expected to take part this year. The first run was in 2010 and since then the Marathon has grown rapidly in popularity. In 2012 it was voted the UK’s “Number 1 Marathon”- by Runners World magazine readers. The course is popular because of the city’s ancient architecture and the fact that the course is relatively flat. So you have the possibility for a personal best!
The race starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse. The course goes through the town centre, where the runners will pass the Town Hall, Chester Cathedral, the famous “Rows”, Eastgate Clock and the Amphiteatre. They can also see the ancient Roman Walls four times before finally leaving the City and passing the Old Dee Bridge.
Then they will leave Chester via Pulford and cross the border into the Welsh villages of Lavister and Rossett. The route follows a small loop reaching the old village of Holt. After that the runners will cross the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon which brings them back into England.
To finish back at the racecourse they pass through the suburbs of Churton, Aldford and Huntington.

Chester Real Ale Festival

Old School Detention. Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild. Sonnet 43 Blonde. No, not memories from when you were at school, just a small selection of the beers available at the Chester CAMRA Real Ale Festival is to be held at the Guildhall, Watergate Street, Chester on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of October 2013.

There will be 50+ real ales from UK breweries, including local regional micros, plus perries and ciders. There will also be live music, pub games and a tombola.
CAMRA is the Campaign for Real Ale, and lucky members can get a free half pint at the festival.

Abergele AutumnFest 2013

Abergele’s annual Autumn Fest returned to Pentre Mawr Park for the first weekend of October (5th/6th), offering two days of free, fun and nature-wise entertainment for the family.
Highlights on offer included the ever popular dog show (on Sunday), wood carving demonstrations from the Clwyd Axemen and falconry shows from the Rhyl-based Coastal Hawks project. Other attractions on the bill included bush craft & art workshops, a chance to get up close with reptiles and other unusual pets, a display of military vehicles, plus a fun maze, bouncy castles, rides, face painting and stalls selling handcrafted goods and local produce.
The weekend ended with an on-site charity craft auction. Entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday started from 11am and entry was completely free.

“Battisti” Group
From the 29th of September to the 20th of October a group of 16 Italian students are visiting the Conlan School. The students are here in Wales to improve their English. They will go to school in the morning and to work in the afternoon. During these three weeks they will stay in a host family.
The work placements are divided into 4 different types: Shops, administration, sports and cafes. In the morning they have the possibility to ask the teachers what they didn’t understand the day before. At school they also learn how to deal with customers and what type of phrases they should use. Apart from this they also improve their grammar.
In the evening the students can stay with their host family and converse with them. And at the weekend they don’t have to go to school or to work but instead they can visit the different cities nearby like Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.

New in the Saddle!

It is with great pleasure that we would like to introduce the newest members of the Conlan team, Jessica Cavallari and Carla Owen. Jessica has taken over as Centre Manager at our Chester school, and completing this awesome team is Carla who is the new Director of Studies there.
This obviously means that Julia and Daryl are no longer with us. Conlan School has greatly benefitted from all their hard work and efforts, but they have both now moved on to new projects and we wish them all the very best.

North Wales Schools’ Games 2014

After the successful experience of July 2012 and July 2013, North Wales Schools' Games will come back .... and they will take place during the week 6th-13th July 2014!

Inspired by London 2012 Olympic Games, Conlan School promotes North Wales Schools' Games, in partnership with Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan.

North Wales Schools' Games represents a unique opportunity to bring sport education and language learning together and create an inspirational event for international students which will encourage more young people to take part in sport and develop language skills.

North Wales Schools' Games include the sports of rounders (typical British game), basketball/dodgeball, football, tag rugby and mini marathon plus an excellent variety of lessons and activities which enable reciprocal knowledge and cultural exchanges.

Please, find more information on and ... get involved!

Phrase of the Month – A friend in need is a friend indeed

There are a lot of interpretations regarding the meaning of this phrase; first of all, the way it has to be written: “'a friend in need is a friend indeed' or 'a friend in need is a friend in deed'? So are actions involved in true friendship? Let’s look at where the phrase originates:
In the 3rd Century Quintus Ennius wrote: 'Amicu certus in re incerta cernitur'. This translates from the Latin as 'a sure friend is known when in difficulty'. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations lists it as existing in English from the 11th century and said: "It is sayd, that at the nede the frende is knowen."
On the balance of evidence, the one of Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has the best claim to be the original meaning of the phrase, that is, 'a friend, when you are in need, is someone who is prepared to prove their friendship by their deeds' .

A search of web-based material shows that 'a friend in need is a friend indeed' has about twice the public currency as 'a friend in need is a friend in deed'. Those who stand up for the latter are probably correct, but they will have a hard time changing the mind of the 'indeed' contingent.