Newsletter April 2017

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"!

Llandudno – Victorian Extravaganza

From April 29-May 1st this year Llandudno will host its 31st Victorian Extravaganza. It is a lavish display of Traditional Entertainment to compliment Llandudno’s outstanding Victorian splendour including street theatre, maypole dancing, carriage rides, teddy bears picnic in Happy Valley, a Sandcastle competition, a visit of ‘Queen Victoria’, a parade of Victorians, a window dressing competition and a Grand Victorian Ball.

Many, many people dressed  in Victorian costume, and stroll the street helping the photographers to get shots for the photographic competition.

English and Mechatronics – Alternanza Scuola Lavoro!


We have recently welcomed a group of students from a mechatronics course in Italy who spent a week in Wales doing a language course based on their subject. We took the group to Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood for their fabulous factory tour where students see how a car is made from the first sheet of steel to the finished product. We also took the group to Reflex and Allen – a manufacturer of tubing for vehicles and a strong supporter of growth and education for young people – to see the factory and to take part in a session where they learnt about the company, about different products they make, and different careers in the company.

They had the opportunity to ask questions that they had prepared beforehand.

The purpose of the course was to teach students about the world of work and to get them thinking about the kinds of companies that exist and also the kinds of careers that exist within these companies.

It is difficult at the age of 17 to know what to choose for one’s career but hopefully, through these experiences, students can start to form ideas about their own futures.

The whole course was designed to integrate with the theme of mechatronics and work and the school was able to use the 40 hours towards the Italian Alternanza Scuola Lavoro scheme which has been introduced into schools to help students open their minds to the possibilities outside school and academia.

The students applied themselves and really made the most of their opportunity so well done to the group and thanks to the companies who contributed to this successful week.

Work Experience in Chester


Last month, Conlan School welcomed the Parrino group to Chester on a work experience course. 18 students came from Trento in northern Italy to work in a variety of roles ranging from hairdressers and beauticians to carpenters and joiners. Marco, 18 worked for three weeks as a joiner at a local company called Davies Woodwork and was set straight to work on a project for a local resident in Chester. The group were a pleasure to have in Chester and we hope to see them again next year!

Phrase of the month: ‘Bite the bullet’


To force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult, or to be brave in a difficult situation:
Example “I hate going to the dentist, but I'll just have to bite the bullet.”