Newsletter April 2011

Learning Week: Slow Tourism
27th March – 3rd April

Earlier this month Conlan welcomed students from Liceo Galileo Galilei, Bergamo- Italy, who successfully completed a Learning Week project entitled Slow Tourism. The week kicked off with workshops and seminar sessions lead by Peter Robinson, Principal Lecturer and Head of Department for Leisure Industries at Wolverhampton University, who lead the students through an interesting programme looking at the key concepts and ideas behind the Slow Tourism movement. The students went on to study such topics as the Mentality of Slow Tourism, Tourism Aimed at Rediscovering Authentic Traditions, Live Slowly: the slow of Slow Tourism Movement and a discussion of how to develop Slow Tourism.
Throughout the week the students also completed street interviews in the town of Mold, recognised for its CittaSlow status, and had a guided tour of Llyn Brenig, the Iron-Age hill-forts of the Clwydian Range and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen with tour guide and Denbighshire County Archaeologist, Fiona Gale.
The end of the week included a fascinating talk from Meirion Davies of Menter Iaith, an organisation tasked with preserving and promoting the Welsh language, heritage and culture. But, the final word of the programme was left to the students who took all the knowledge they gained from the previous days and designed models of Slow Tourism which could be applied to their own town of Bergamo, which they presented to Peter Robinson.

Foreign Languages: a view from a British perspective

Conlan School has been out and about interviewing the teachers of foreign languages in secondary schools here in Wales to find out how foreign languages are considered. This month we will feature the views of Sonja Frank, Head of Foreign Languages at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.
If there are any questions you would like us to ask please send in your ideas to

Interview to Sonja Frank

Saying of the month: “Say cheese”

How many times have you had a picture taken by English people and heard them telling you: “Say Cheese”?
Well, we all know that it is a photographer's instruction just before taking a picture, in order to make people smile, but where does it come from?
Articulating a long 'e' sound requires us to draw back our lips and bare our teeth in a grimace, which is the obvious reason for photographers using it.
It seems that this formula comes from former Ambassador Joseph E. Davies and it is guaranteed to make you look pleasant no matter what you're thinking. Mr. Davies disclosed the formula while having his own picture taken on the set of his "Mission to Moscow. He said "It's simple. Just say Cheese, it's an automatic smile. I learnt that from a politician, an astute politician, a very great politician.”
The politician he talks about is President Franklin D. Roosevelt, under whom he served during his carrier and it's also reasonable to speculate that Roosevelt was the original source.

'A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro' exhibition
Liverpool until 15/05/2011

Until the middle of May at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool it will be possible to follow the exhibition called “A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro”.
It will include five centuries of art and 64 works ranging from tender 15th-century devotional images to 19th-century French Impressionist landscapes. Old Master artists Rubens, El Greco, Delacroix and Cranach are included alongside Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley.
The exhibition features works from the Schorr Collection assembled by private collector David J. Lewis for his family interests. As well as being an exhibition of great breadth and depth of style and time periods, it is also a story of how a collection grows and develops, and how the taste of the collector changes and diversifies.