Newsletter November 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"!

This month we welcomed our new Managing Director, Howard Pullman.

Howard began his Language Training career teaching multinational groups across various centres in the UK for Linguarama. He then transferred to Spain where he taught groups and individuals including the President of the Spanish Shipbuilding Industry and Head of Marketing at Ford. He carried out business development for the company in Madrid and then became Director of the Sevilla School. In recent years Howard has run a Hotel and had various corporate management roles involving training.
Howard has three children who keep him busy! He enjoys tennis, running and music.
"I'm delighted to join Conlan at this exciting time. We are growing as a business with the support of our very loyal customers. I'm impressed with the care my staff devote to making our students' experience one that is safe, educational and most of all enjoyable! The range of programmes we offer means that we can combine English learning with the interest of the students for a complete experience. I'm very happy to be part of it"

Conlan Abergele sponsors local school

Conlan School Abergele has a long standing relationship with Emrys Ap Iwan School in Abergele. They have worked in partnership for a number of years which has resulted in Italian students touring the school site, competing in sporting events and sharing academic ideas and projects, created by Yvonne Gregory, Director of Studies.
Every year both organisations compete in a North Wales School Games and it was this event, which developed into a further sponsorship idea.
Darren Doyle-Howson, Head of Physical Education at Emrys approached Jeff Warren, Centre Manager of Conlan Abergele to enquire whether there was an opportunity to sponsor an annual sporting kit for Emrys Ap Iwan. Jeff and Darren arranged a formal meeting and agreed that in return for the kit, which would carry the official Conlan logo, Darren would commit to an annual programme of sporting events, which would involve competitions and training sessions allowing both nationalities to take part in a fully interactive and cultural experience.
Darren ordered the kit and invited Jeff to take part in a team photograph to officially thank Conlan for its support.
Darren said “We think the kit looks great and would like to thank Conlan for their continued support of our school and look forward to working with them in the future”.
We think the kit looks great too. What do you think?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Yes, Christmas is upon us once again, and Chester this year is “doing Christmas in style”!
From the traditional Christmas Market to festive parades through the city centre there’s plenty going on in Chester this Christmas.
The Christmas Market will be bigger and better than last year! With 70 bespoke timber chalets selling delicious food and drink, crafts and gifts, a 40ft Christmas tree in centre of market and a great craft area to keep the kids entertained. With other fantastic events including the annual Santa Dash, Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo and Winter Wonderland at Chester Racecourse, as well as some fabulous shopping you’ll be spoilt for choice this Christmas in Chester!
A date for your diary to get you in the Christmas Spirit: 20th November 2014, when there will be the Christmas Light Parade, a fun community parade filled with lanterns, light and dance to switch on the city’s Christmas lights.
The same day sees the opening of this year’s Chester Christmas Market which aims to bring a traditional, high quality market to the city centre, with focus on local traders, crafts people and food and drink producers. Admission is FREE!

Phrase of the month: "Until the cows come home"

It is typical for cows to be rather lazy, unhurried animals. It is not surprising, then, to learn that this phrase means “for a long time” or “forever.” For example, “I’ll love you till the cows come home,” or “You’ll be waiting for him until the cows come home.”
A possible reason for phrase entering the language could be that, because the cows are milked (come home) in the morning, it might have originally meant “all night.” Also, highland cows can stay out in the mountains until late autumn, when they will eventually come home searching for food. Both suggest that cows coming home can take a long time.
It can be traced back to before 1829 when it appeared in The Times: the paper reported a suggestion of what the Duke of Wellington should do if he wanted to keep a place as a minister in the cabinet:
“If the Duke will but do what he unquestionably can do, and propose a Catholic Bill with securities, he may be minister, as they say in Scotland, until the cows come home.”
Interestingly, the phrase seems to have come from Scotland. Well, after recent political excitements in the UK, let’s hope that Scotland stays part of the UK until the cows come home.