Newsletter July 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!

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North Wales Schools’ Games 5th – 13th July 2014

The North Wales Schools’ Games took place this year for the third year in succession. The games were inspired by London 2012 Olympics. The NWSG involves a wide variety of sports including rounders (typical British sport), volleyball, basketball, football and athletics. This year there were two teams from Germany, two from Wales and one team from Italy with 15 supporters, equipped with sunglasses and ipads!! The aim was to create an inspirational event for international students which would encourage more young people to take part in sport and develop language skills, while at the same time meeting new people from different cultures. On Monday athletics began in the sports stadium Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay where the German students of the school Staaltliche Realschule of Herzogenaurach near Nuremberg were victorious over the other four teams in all four events.
On Tuesday the teams played Basketball and the second team from Germany from Geschwister-Scholl-Realschule school of Essen won this event.
On Wednesday the students from the first Welsh team from Emrys Ap Iwan came out winners of the Football tournament.
On Thursday it was the turn of Rounders: a traditional British game similar to baseball. Once they learned the rules, the Italians and Germans had a lot of fun but without success! Perhaps it is no surprise that the team from Emrys were the winners.
Finally on the last day the students played Volleyball. Surprisingly the Germans were victorious over the Italians.
Finally in the afternoon, the Award Ceremony took place and all the students received certificates of attendance for the English Language courses.
A big thank you to all the teachers, to the staff of Conlan, to all the students, Group Leaders and to Emrys Ap Iwan and to all who have made this event a success this year again.

Phrase of the month: Skeleton in the Closet

A skeleton in the closet is a secret that would cause you shame or embarrassment and is quite often family-oriented. For example, “He cheated on his wife when he went on holiday. It’s a big skeleton in his closet.” The cases in which the phrase is used are usually of a serious nature. The reference to a “closet” which is a type of cupboard implies that the doors can open at any time and that there is always the threat that the secret will be discovered. It dates back to the 1800s and reportedly it developed from the illegal practice of bodysnatching (stealing corpses from graveyards) for medical research and teaching. The corpses and skeletons would be hidden from the authorities, perhaps in closets, and brought out in private for study, thus becoming a guilty secret.
Have you got any skeletons in your closet?

Two amazing groups!

We have recently said goodbye to two amazing work experience groups who came together to Abergele. They set the bar for other students and demonstrated all the qualities that students should have when visiting to do such a placement. There were repeated positive comments from companies at the end of the placement, like “she was a pleasure to have around,” and “the quality of work was excellent.” They brought sunshine to Abergele both literally and figuratively and it was very sad to wave goodbye to them. The students loved their stay in Abergele, bonding as a group very closely. At the end of the stay they wrote: “First of all we would like to thank you for the great commitment that you have done for making this an incredible experience… In this month, we have been an amazing group, very united with a great desire to learn and have fun.” If any future Conlan work experience students are reading this now, pay attention! If you are positive, hardworking, committed, and enthusiastic, then you cannot fail to have a great experience here. And you will always have the full support of Conlan staff and help whenever you need it. Thank you for blessing us with each of your unique and quirky personalities.

Cheshire Game & Country Fair
23 - 25 August 2014

The Cheshire Game & Country Fair is being held at the Cheshire Showground over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The all-day action packed arena entertainment has a great line up this year - attractions include scurry driving, side saddle riding and falconry displays, fun with the mounted games teams, and much more besides. In the mornings they will be delighting you with daring acrobatics from the back of a galloping horse, and in the afternoons you will be able to cheer for one of the gallant knights as they battle the villains for the hand of the princess. Of course as mentioned before there are the usual top arena attractions such as our scurry drivers, racing each other or taking on the might of the Izuzu in our Machine v Beast challenge. Then there are the Mounted Games, and the horseboarders – an adrenaline packed set of races, when the competitors basically skateboard behind a galloping horse! Chase the Bunny is back, and there are the usual demonstrations of gun dogs, ferrets and birds of prey, as well as your opportunity to meet and greet the packs of hounds. For dog lovers we have all the usual favourites in the popular ‘World of Dogs’ area, with dog shows for terriers at the terrier show, lurchers at the lurcher show, and everyone else at the fun dog show! Then there is the ever popular Falconry Village. A multitude of native and worldwide birds of prey gathered together, just waiting for their chance to fly! The village encompasses a flying arena, an indoor training arena, specialised stalls, static displays and resident expert falconers. There are endless opportunities to try, buy and sample everything country. The Cheshire fair is the largest regional event of its type so visitors from all over the region can expect an exceptional day out.