Newsletter September 2015

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"!

Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days are returning in Chester and West Cheshire from 10th – 13th September 2015. These open days are to celebrate some of England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public, or places which normally charge an admission fee. All types of buildings will be included, such as churches, schools, halls, historic sites and historic buildings.
This is an annual event, which gives everyone the chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities. Some properties already confirmed are Chester Cathedral, Trafford Mill and there will be an exhibition celebrating 175 years of Railways.

Final exams are changing in Italy as of 2016
Things were supposed to change this year for final year students in Italy. However, everything has been postponed until 2016. In June next year the “Buona Scuola” licence for the final exams will be introduced as well as the new criteria for the composition of the committees of the State Examinations.
However, these changes should have already applied to the final exams in 2015. Conversely the ministerial decree was not issued within the 60 day limit from March 2nd. It was decided that it wouldn’t be fair to change the exams for students who were already preparing for their final exams and would make more sense to change next school year.
The new system will mean that students will be able to choose which subjects they choose to do their final exams in, rather than a set course “package” which has been chosen by the school.

Work Experience in Bodnant Garden
Two of our students again had the opportunity to work in Bodnant Garden this month. Stefania and Jacopo are horticulture students from Italy and have been working in the gardens and forests of Bodnant Garden for 4 weeks. Bodnant is one of the main tourist attractions in North Wales and draws millions of visitors to its 32-hectare gardens and forests each year. This is a huge space to manage so the two students were kept very busy. During their time there they learnt new skills such as how to correctly prune different kinds of plants and bushes and of course they improved their English fluency and obviously learnt a lot of new vocabulary. They said that they felt welcome in their placement, improved their skills, used new techniques and machinery and had the opportunity to improve not just their English but also their Welsh. They even had to row a boat out to an island in the middle of a lake to work on the plants there! They were very emotional when leaving on the final day and each received a goodbye card and shared a goodbye cake with the staff. Thanks to Bodnant once again and also to our students. Your superb efforts will pave the way for future horticulture students.

Here’s Sofia again this month. What is she doing to Yvonne – Abergele’s Director of Studies?

“To twist someone’s arm.”