Newsletter March 2014

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"!

Bangor University

During the month of February one of our groups from Tuscany had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Bangor University.
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. They have over 11,000 students and over 650 teaching staff based in 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges. The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. Funds were raised by public subscription to establish a college of university rank in Bangor. An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including farmers and quarrymen, from their weekly wages over a period of time. The University was founded as the University College of North Wales. It opened its doors on 18 October 1884 in an old coaching inn with 58 students and 10 members of staff. Today, they have over 12,000 students and 2,000 members of staff. Bangor University is committed to providing teaching of the highest quality, conducting research of the highest quality, taking good care of its students and playing a full role in the wider community of Wales.
Conlan School has been very fortunate to take part in activities in close collaboration with the University on various sectors such as: IT Business and Marketing, Marine Biology, Geography and Environment and others. The Lipparoni group had the chance to take part in two interesting activities in the Electronic and Chemistry fields. During the first session under the guide of Lestyn Pierce, they had to draw an electrical circuit with the components supplied to light a small LED bulb. Once they turned on the light they had to find a way to increase the frequency of the bulb. In the second session, the Chemistry one, they had to do an experiment which involved in measuring the absorbance of the red-violet complex of ferric and salicylate ions using a UV/Visible spectrometer in order to determine the calibration curve.
We take this opportunity to thank Bangor University for their hospitality over the years.

Chester International Film Festival 6th – 15th march 2014

Chester Film Society has been providing the people of Chester and surrounding areas the chance to see some of the finer films of world cinema in a relaxing and appreciative atmosphere since 1970 thanks to George Mayled, the current president. Chester Film Society is a member of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS), which has been representing the film society movement since 1925. Their programme provides a selection of new releases and classics, with varying themes and genres, many of which have bypassed the North West of England, but always chosen to interest, intrigue and entertain. In addition to the film society, they also manage an annual International Film Festival that this year has reached the 28th edition! This year, they were presenting films from 15 countries! They show in a variety of locations within Chester, such as the Steam Mill, The Little Theatre or St Mary’s Centre. Doors were open each night at 7.00pm, with films starting at 7.45pm and and refreshments were available. The films presented this year where: MAO’S LAST DANCER, I’M SO EXCITED (LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS), THE GREAT BEAUTY (LA GRANDE BELLEZZA), EVEN THE RAIN (TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA), PARIS-MANHATTAN, THE DEEP (DJÚPIÐ), FITZCARRALDO.

Phrase of the month: A pig in a poke

This phrase refer to someone that is foolishly accepting a deal or an offer without carefully checking it first or something that you buy without knowing if it is good or not. For example “Clothes from a catalogue are a pig in a poke. You can't feel the quality of the fabric or know if the clothes will fit” or “When you buy a used car, you may be getting a pig in a poke”.
'Don't buy a pig in a poke' might seem odd and archaic language. It's true that the phrase is very old, but actually it can be taken quite literally and remains good advice.
The advice being given is 'don't buy a pig until you have seen it'. This is enshrined in British commercial law as 'caveat emptor' - Latin for 'let the buyer beware'. This remains the guiding principle of commerce in many countries and, in essence, supports the view that if you buy something you take responsibility to make sure it is what you intended to buy.
A poke is a sack or bag. It has a French origin as 'poque' and, like several other French words, its diminutive is formed by adding 'ette' or 'et' - hence 'pocket' began life with the meaning 'small bag'. Poke is still in use in several English-speaking countries, notably Scotland and the USA, and describes just the sort of bag that would be useful for carrying a piglet to market.
But a pig that's in a poke might turn out to be no pig at all. If a merchant tried to cheat by substituting a lower value animal, the trick could be uncovered by letting the cat out of the bag.
So always remember to check out if you are buying a pig in a poke!

Erasmus+: the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport for 2014-2020.

The Erasmus + programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.
Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 as the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport, including Leonardo.
The Erasmus+ programme will run from 2014-2020 and supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools and youth activities.
It includes three main key activities and in particular under Key Action 1 organisations can apply for funding to run mobility projects. These projects enable organisations to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.
The Programme has an overall indicative financial envelope of 14.774 billion EUR for the seven years (2014-2020).
Erasmus + will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
We as Conlan School have already presented various projects and we hope that all of them will be approved! Finger crossed!