Newsletter January 2016

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"!

Events in Chester
The Chester Music Society’s concert season begins in October and continues until July.
In January there will be a recital by the Young Musician of the Year Winner. The Society is based has been engaged in the promotion and performance of live classical music in Chester since 1946.

There are four sections: Celebrity Concerts; Club Concerts; Choir; and Youth Choirs. They present more than 20 concerts and musical events in Chester each year. Are your students studying classical music and/or interested in attending a concert? - We would be happy to organise tickets for one of their performances for you during your stay (ticket prices vary).

The Departure Lounge Welcomes Italy
Here in Abergele we are proud of our longstanding friendship and relationship with our students and teachers from all over Italy. Culturally rich, Italy has produced the world's best in art, architecture, music and literature. But as we have found in Abergele, Italy's greatest wealth is its people: the gregarious, charming Italians that seem to know how to do everything bigger and better.
We know that Italians love their food and the social interactive opportunity that dining out provides. It is for this reason that here at Conlan we try to offer them a satisfying dining experience where they can sample some Welsh cuisine and take a break from the intensity of English lessons.
We are proud to introduce the Departure Lounge which is a contemporary coffee shop, restaurant and wine bar situated on Abergele’s Market Street.
By day, the venue offers breakfasts, sandwiches and panini while patrons can stop by in the evening for tapas and wine from around the world. We have secured a single course plus drink for only £6 per person for Conlan guests and a member of staff is available to ensure that a high quality service is delivered.
Choose from a mouth-watering chicken wrap or a selection of burgers all with chips and a side salad. Vegetarian options are available on request. Or why not try the Sunday Roast a traditional UK favourite!!! You will not be disappointed!!
But don`t take our word for it try it yourself!!


Minecraft for Learning
Minecraft is popular with millions of children across the world. Microsoft, the game’s parent company, is trying to encourage teachers to use it in the classroom.
Microsoft has launched a new site aimed at teachers. The aim is to foster a community of educators who will swap lesson plans and tips based on Minecraft.
The new site was announced by Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president of worldwide education, who listed some of the ways schools are already incorporating Minecraft into their lessons.
“Elementary students in Seattle are learning foundational math skills by calculating perimeter, area and volume in Minecraft during a Saturday math program. Middle school students in Los Angeles are learning about major world religions as part of their humanities class. They are visiting sacred sites in their city, researching international sites and then building them in Minecraft.
Alfriston College students in New Zealand are partnering with Auckland War Memorial Museum to learn the history of the New Zealand people who served in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign by re-creating the landscape in Minecraft, block by block. Middle schoolers are learning the building blocks of computer science in an online Minecraft coding camp. Elementary students in Scotland are learning about city planning and engineering by reimaging, redesigning and then building in Minecraft what they think Dundee waterfront should look like.”
Another educational project using Minecraft is MinecraftEdu with features designed for schools where educators swap tips on how to use it. And a project announced in March 2015 saw MinecraftEdu supplied to every secondary school in Northern Ireland.
So would you use computer games in your lessons?

Idiom of the month
To cry over spilt milk
Meaning: to be upset about something that has already happened and cannot be changed.
For example:
A: I can’t believe I dropped my new phone. The screen is cracked!
B: I know it’s upsetting, but there’s no point crying over spilt milk.