Newsletter November 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"!

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Allies. World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
To commemorate this day people wear a poppy to symbolize the fields in Northern Belgium where some of the heaviest fighting took place across fields of poppies. They also symbolize the blood shed. Plastic poppies are sold to the public to raise money for ex-soldiers and their families.
A memorial wreath is laid by the British Royal Family at The Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday, the nearest Sunday to the 11th November.

Wales Rally GB

From the 14th to 17th of November the Wales Rally GB will take place. This year it will feature a new home in North Wales and an exciting new competitive route. It’s one of the most challenging and attractive races on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar.
The four-day Wales Rally GB route adds up to 22 timed special stages and 196 miles, that’s about 316 kms of fiercely fought competition.
The Start will be at Conwy Quay on Thursday early evening with a spectacular ceremony.
On Sunday the Rally will end with a Ceremonial Finish in LLandudno and a dramatic final competitive timed section on the Great Orme.
There are also a lot of offers for the big Rally GB fans:
On Friday you have the possibility to watch the highly trained technicians preparing the state-of-the-art rally cars for further high speed competition in Newtown. Mid-morning on Saturday the public has the opportunity to see the world’s top rally drivers and cars up close. The Rally Fest Stages will include a big screen, there will be a catering village, public address commentary, on-stage shows and other attractions for a full day’s entertainment for all ages.

Royal National Lifeboat Institute

The RNLI is a unique charitable organization that saves lives at sea. They provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Amazingly, the staff are all volunteers. They are selfless, dependable, always available, committed to doing their part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and improving. They are also highly courageous, prepared to go to the rescue in the most changing and challenging environments. They are innovative, adaptable and determined in their mission to save more lives at sea.
In figures:
The RNLI has 8,346 lifeboats, and launches on average 23 a day. 7,964 people were rescued in 2012, an average of 22 a day. In that same time RNLI lifeguards dealt with 14,523 incidents, aiding 16,418 people.
The RNLI receives no money from the Government, and the volunteers receive no salaries. All the money for the people and the equipment the RNLI needs in order to continue rescuing people and saving lives around the UK coast comes from the public and donations to their charity.

Work Placement profile: HairAholic

HairAholic is a hairdressing and beauty salon in Abergele. Step into the HairAholic salon and you are transported into a world of boutique charm.
It stands in a prime location on Market Street, Abergele, and opened in December 2009. In 2012 it relocated and underwent a total refurbishment.
They offer a wide range of services and aim to be a cut above the rest, developing 'on trend haircuts' without the designer price tag. They also offer beauty treatments, hair colouring advice, there is a tanning salon and also a nail specialist. They are also specialized in weddings.
The salon's mission is to make every client that walks into the salon look and feel fabulous

Phrase of the Month: “To pull out all the stops”
Have you never heard people saying “Pull out all the stops”? If so, do you know exactly what it means?
If you do everything you can to make something successful, you pull out all the stops.
An example for this phrase:
“They pulled out all the stops for their daughter’s wedding”.
“To survive the crisis, we’re going to have to pull out all the stops.”
What are the origins?
This idiom has quite a specific origin which is a musical instrument: the organ. Large organs have large metal pipes. On the keyboard area of the organ, there are many valves or “stops”. By pulling out all the stops, you can increase the volume and therefore make the music louder and more effective. Simple, but true!