Newsletter May 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"!

Coleg Llandrillo
Coleg Llandrillo is a college in the north of Wales. The college (which originally only composed of the main campus at Rhos-on-Sea), was opened as Llandrillo Technical College by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 23 June 1965. Coleg Llandrillo Cymru formally merged with Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor on 1 April 2010
The merged college was located at nine campuses across three counties. On the 2nd of April 2012, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru which included Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, merged with Coleg Menai to form Grwp Llandrillo Menai, the largest college group in Wales and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Since the merger, the college is now known as Coleg Llandrillo. The merger has created Wales' largest Further Education Institution and one of the largest FE college groups in the UK. It employs 2,000 staff and delivers courses to around 34,000 students across four counties in campuses from Denbigh to Dolgellau, as well as business and research facilities.
Gr?p Llandrillo Menai is focused on providing the skills that ensure competitiveness and success for the North Wales economy, by widening opportunities through an expanded curriculum and offering improved progression opportunities for learners. Additional opportunities to study at university level enable young people and mature learners to take advantage of opportunities to study for degrees and professional qualifications without leaving their home region, either on a full-time or part-time basis, thereby saving thousands of pounds.
Recently, many groups of Conlan had the opportunity to participate in classes or workshops at Coleg Llandrillo. One of these, was a group of students from the ”Istituto Tecnico Roncalli” course Cat: construction, environment and territory. The students, led by the teacher of the college Dave Roberto, were brought inside the new structure under construction of the college, where they listened to an exposition about the materials and construction techniques used. They were later taken to visit on the walls,the castle and the structure of the bridge that connects the two banks of the river of the nearby medieval town of Conwy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Coleg Llandrillo for their hospitality.

Final Grundtvig Meeting - Adana, Turkey 5th & 6th May 2014
After almost two years working on the Grundtvig project “Learn About Art and Get in the Game,” Conlan School and its partners from Wales, Turkey, Italy and Germany have finally drawn the programme to a successful conclusion. The Final Meeting took place in the beautiful city of Adana in southern Turkey where the partners closely scrutinized the criteria and the objectives to ensure that they were all delivered.
The Project achieved its main focus of creating a website, an online Glossary of Terms in all the partners’ languages, a leaflet, an online book of resources and a Guide to being a Guide.
The partners’ volunteers have all successfully taken part in the project and have not only practised their art but also started to learn how to be an art guide in English. For some of the partners it was easier than others!
So although it’s sad to be coming to an end, we’ve made some great friends, promoted the idea that we should all never stop learning, however old we are, and brought our different cultures closer together.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved.

Mostyn Gallery
In the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno, you will find Wales’ leading gallery of contemporary art – Mostyn. Topped with a landmark gold spire, in 2010 it completed an expansion in which old and new buildings were integrated in a stunning design by architect Dominic Williams. In its six galleries Mostyn shows varied and exciting exhibitions which showcase the best contemporary art being produced in Wales and bring to Wales some of the most interesting art being made internationally. Mostyn does not have a collection but displays a wide range of exhibitions which change seasonally, and vary from large-scale shows to small projects and video projections. Mostyn also has a very wide and highly imaginative programme of learning activities aimed at school, college, university, youth and special needs groups as well as individuals and lifelong learners. Many of our groups during the year had the chance to see some exhibitions. Recently, a group of art school students had the opportunity to showcase their works and to participate in some creative art workshops. This was an experience that they agreed they would never forget.

Phrase of the month: “Take a rain check”
The expression to take a rain check on something is used to refuse an offer politely, with the implication that one may take it up at a later date. American baseball fans will be familiar with the term, as that is where it arose: before 1889, US baseball fans were issued a new ticket if rain was heavy enough to cause a game to be postponed. Abner Powell added a detachable stub called a rain check that year. This quickly became a standard practice for all major league teams. That might explain why efforts to prevent a baseball game from being cancelled by rain (and rain checks issued) are so prodigious: covering the playing field with tarp, keeping the fans and players waiting as long as possible to see if the downpour will end. The term was soon used metaphorically, and by the 1970s it had spread outside the U.S. and into other English-speaking countries.
Here are some examples:
- If you don't mind, I'll take a rain check on the drinks tonight. Can we make next week?
- I'm going to the cinema tonight, do you fancy joining me? Sorry, I'll have to take a rain check, I already have plans.
- We had to take a rain check on the trip to the beach because we'd already planned to go shopping, but we'll definitely go tomorrow.

Time for a rain check?