Newsletter November 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"!

CLIL and Teaching Excellence Conference success!
Earlier this month we welcomed teachers from Italy, Austria and Germany to our conference which included workshops with Manchester Metropolitan University CLIL team, and a full immersion experience with Christleton High School in Chester. This included presentations and meeting with their students to understand what “great learning” looked like to them, workshops with the Headmaster about how he leads the school to deliver officially recognised “outstanding” results, and job shadowing and discussions with UK teaching colleagues. The learning and information exchange was fascinating and over future newsletters we will share some of these with you!

Events in Chester
There is more to Chester than just history and heritage. Chester’s fiesta of festivals includes film, music, literature and folk.

October saw crowds of book lovers for the annual Chester Literary Festival which featured talks from authors, creative workshops, stand-up poetry in the street and much more.

There are many other festivals throughout the year. June’s MBNA Chester Music Festival is a programme of intimate chamber recitals and impressive orchestral concerts.

Chester Folk Festival takes place in May, organised by a group of folk enthusiasts whose aim is to promote folk music events in the Chester area. Performances include Concerts, Ceilidhs (a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.), Workshops, Craft Fair…

There are plenty of outdoor events throughout the year too including Chester Rocks at the Racecourse, open air theatre performances in Grosvenor Park and Moonlight flicks, an outdoor cinematic experience. For more information about Festivals for your Group visit with us to Chester have a look at

Conwy Food Festival
Recently, one of our Italian groups visited Conwy Food Festival during one of their weekends.
Conwy Food Festival is a great opportunity for everyone who loves international cuisine and live music and a chance for children to see some local farm animals. At this festival, typical foods from all over the world are offered to the public to taste or to buy. Meanwhile, families can also listen to live music and have a walk through the historical Conwy town centre, famous for its medieval castle built by Edward I, for the wall that surrounds the whole town, its marina and the smallest house in the UK.
Finally, at the end of the festival, spectacular fireworks invite everybody to come back the next year.
The Italian group was made of eleven students of the age of 17 who live in the province of Macerata, situated in the middle of Italy. They are having a work experience in several companies in the North Wales as they won a contest offered by the Chamber of Commerce of the Province of Macerata. According to them, the Conwy Food Festival was a very interesting way to discover international foods and cultures, using all the five senses!

Super Schools
The widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs is set to donate $50 million (£32 million) towards reinventing US high schools.
Laurene Powell Jobs, a philanthropist and business executive, unveiled plans to create "super schools" that are more technology-focused.
The initiative, called XQ: The Super School Project, is a competition aiming to design the next-generation American high schools.
The competition calls on educators, parents, business leaders and students to come up with imaginative ways to redesign the traditional US-style public high school experience. The organisation is accepting suggestions over the next few months, before the finalists in the competition are chosen in April.
Once the winners are announced in August 2016, $50 million will be pumped into five schools or more over a five-year period to put the ideas into practice and turn them into "super schools".
The XQ Institute, of which Ms Powell Jobs is a board member, says: “The Super School project is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In towns and cities far and wide, teams will unite and take on this important work of our time: rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life.
“This is a challenge to empower all of America to change high school. Together, we can transform communities and build schools that inspire new possibilities.”
Adapted from an article on the TES website; September 2015.

Idiom of the month
“to have eyes in the back of one’s head”
This means to seem to be able to sense what is going on behind or outside of one's field of vision. My teacher seems to have eyes in the back of her head.