Newsletter October 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"!

What’s going on in North Wales?
We’ve got festivals for music lovers to walking fanatics. Whatever your idea of a festival is, North Wales is sure to delight.
Our music festivals are some of the best. We’ve got a few world first, some world biggest and world famous artists. We don’t do things conventionally in North Wales, so if you’re coming to one of our music festivals, expect the unexpected.
The music festival calendar gets underway around July, kicking off with the International Music Eistedfodd – an event which takes over the historic town of Llangollen. Following on from the festival comes Wakestock on the Llyn and Festival No.6 in Portmerion in the first week of September (see pics) set in the idyllic setting of the Italianate village of Portmeirion.

Walking festivals are really popular in North Wales. Walking festivals provide a great chance to meet new people and discover new routes around beautiful North Wales countryside. Most popular in our rural areas, walking festivals take place throughout the year.
Discover the tastes of North Wales with a visit to one of the regions food festivals. Conwy Feast is one of the most popular in North Wales. The event, held in Conwy, takes over the town and provides an opportunity to sample and buy the local produce.

The Student Learning Hub
In September, the VET-PRISE group came to Conlan Chester on a work experience programme for four weeks. Four of the students were asked to work on a project with a local company. The local Chester Company gave the students a concept for a Crowd funding initiative hoping to raise £5million, and the students set about researching the concept before writing, storyboarding, filming, using graphic design and animation and finally editing their video. Gary Jenkins, the manager of the local company was extremely impressed with the work of Riccardo, Antonio, Ilenia and Chiara, who used their skills to create a great promotional video. The students, who feature throughout the video, were also able to connect and work with other local businesses and schools in collaboration while filming.
The video is now complete and we are very proud to share a link to it here. Below there are some screenshots from the video. We would like to congratulate the students on such a great job.

Click here to watch the video

CLIL Sessions for Group Leaders
This month, one of our teachers Naomi Vivian has been running CLIL sessions with some of our group leaders. Apart from working with Conlan School as an EFL teacher, Naomi has also been working as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher for Wrexham County Borough Council for nearly ten years. In her role as an EAL teacher she works closely with other subject teachers to deliver subject-specific lessons in high schools and primary schools to groups containing non-native speakers. In Naomi’s experience, the parallels between teaching EAL and CLIL are many, so she uses many of the same techniques and resources to teach EAL as she does to teach subject-specific lessons for our groups here in Conlan School.
With experience of both CLIL and EAL methodologies, Naomi was the natural choice earlier this year when we wanted to commission and deliver a CLIL workshop to group leaders for six separate projects. Using her experience and researching deeper into the fascinating area of CLIL, Naomi prepared a workshop that has received excellent feedback from our visiting Italian teachers. In particular, the group leaders have appreciated that Naomi focuses resources and information on their particular subject.
The session starts with a background and introduction to CLIL, then delves into key elements of CLIL methodology, and then finally moves onto sharing resources and discussing how to plan successful CLIL lessons.
Realising what a valuable resource Naomi had created, we also recently asked her to run a session for our other teachers based on her research and experience which has now also deepened their understanding of CLIL and given teachers further resources to tap into when preparing their own lessons.
Thanks to Naomi for her efforts and enthusiasm this year. Naomi will be happy to repeat the session for any interested group leaders in the future.

Be (as) cool as a cucumber
Very calm and in control of your emotions. E.g. ‘When everything seems to be going wrong, she stays as cool as a cucumber.’
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.
This idiom may be based on the fact that in hot weather the inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air. [c. 1600] For a synonym, see cool, calm, and collected.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.