Newsletter October 2010


Conlan School recently welcomed a group of students from the school ITAS “G. Natta”, Milan, who requested the possibility of organizing visits to biological companies and universities.
Thanks to our good network of contacts, we were able to organize a visit to the global pharmaceutical company Ipsen Biopharm, Wrexham.
The students received a guided tour around the various facilities found at the Ipsen site, including tours of a variety of working laboratories where the students were given protective clothing on entry and step by step details of the roles of each lab in the production of Ipsen’s products. The tour guides explained the various processes and details which happened within each department throughout the company and answered many of the students’ questions.
A visit to the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University was also arranged for the group. The School holds the top rating of "Excellent" in the UK wide Teaching Quality Assessment where students get the chance to study Biology, Biomedical Science, Cancer Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, and Zoology amongst other modules.
The University was happy to welcome the 28 Italian students giving them a taste of some of the biological modules available at the University and gave them a guided tour of the various laboratories.
The visit began with an introduction and presentation from a leading lecturer and Director of Teaching, Dr. Thomas Manfred Helmut Caspari. Dr. Caspari delivered a presentation on the studies and research which some PhD students had recently carried out at the University on Autism. The group were given access to a variety of laboratories within the department in which Dr. Caspari explained their uses, the courses carried out in each, gave the group some advice on future career plans, and answered the students questions.
With a number of the students in the group also interested in marine biology, the group was given the opportunity to visit the University’s Marine Biology aquarium where they came face to face with many rare species of fish, lobsters and other sea creatures.
Conlan School would like to thank all the time and effort made by the staff at Ipsen Biopharm, Wrexham, and Bangor University and we look forward to collaborating again in the future.


One of the full day trips we like to offer to our groups is to the Snowdonia National Park.
With the evocative Welsh name of 'Eryri' meaning ' the place of the eagles', it is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 838 square miles and containing some of the most magnificent scenery in Wales.
Panoramic Snowdonia casts its own particular spell on the visitors, it is the second largest National Park in England and Wales and the second oldest acquiring National Park status in 1951.
Students generally stop in the typically Welsh town of Betws y Coed and then move over to the Lake Llanberis to visit the Slate Museum which offers an insight into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country.
The coach then travels to the town of Caernarfon, where students can visit the beautiful Medieval Caernarfon Castle where Prince Charles was invested.
And to conclude the day why not stopping for a moment in the tiny village of Llanfair PG to take a picture of its famous original name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, longest place name in Europe!


Anglesey is proud to host the 12th edition of the Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival.
in the early years. It used to be an informal social event whereby vast amounts of local oysters were consumed - served with a strong music, singing and a Welsh and Irish dance offer.
Today the food fair is an important aspect of the festival. Welsh producers are able to exhibit, promote and sell their high quality food and drinks. Other specialist producers are invited by invitation of the committee.
Anglesey is affectionately known as the 'Mother of Wales', for good reason. The gentle climate and the fruitful soil have enabled farmers and growers to produce an exciting range of products.
It is definitely worth attending at least one of the two days, especially if you like oysters, served according to all kind of recipes!


This month we want to start explaining the meaning of some British sayings commonly used and often unknown to foreign people. We hope you enjoy it!
Has anyone ever told you to “bite the bullet”?
Well, the meaning is “accept the inevitable impending hardship and endure the resulting pain with fortitude.”
It is believed that soldiers were given bullets to bite on to help them endure pain. The theory goes that patients undergoing surgery would be given a stick of wood or a pad of leather to bite on in order to concentrate their attention away from the pain and also to protect against biting their own tongues. A bullet, being somewhat malleable and not likely to break the patient's teeth, is said to have been an impromptu battlefield alternative.