Newsletter May 2011

Our first group from overseas: Isle of Guadeloupe
12th to 19th April

A little piece of history was made midway through April when Conlan School received a visit of 68 students from the Isle of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbeans. The students were all aged between 12 and 14 years old; part of the group had chosen to be accommodated in host family, the other part to be accommodated in the YHA Conwy Youth Hostel, which cooperates with us in welcoming our groups.
The students have received a balanced mixture between English Language lessons, cultural trips and visit to local schools.

The local High Schools Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan in Abergele, Erias High School in Colwyn Bay and Ysgol John Bright High School in Llandudno were very happy to welcome the students organising activities to allow them to meet local students sharing cultural differences and experiences. The group had also prepared a presentation to show local students the way of life and the culture in Guadeloupe. The local schools gave them a very warm welcome in some cases even offering them a typical British cup of tea and scones which was very much appreciated by everyone and giving them a taste of Welsh lesson which revealed to be very interesting for the entire group.
They also had the pleasure of attending the enrichment day at the John Bright High School, where, divided in several groups, they joined different classes and activities organised by the school on the last day of school before the Easter Break.
We would like to thank all the schools and students involved contributing to the success of the entire programme.

The 2011 Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial
2nd to 4th June

The Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial, Britain's most popular prestige classic car rally, is a three day classic car event in the grand tradition that's actually three events in one - Concours, Regularity Rally, Driving Tests. This year’s event runs through the ancient landscapes of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Clwyd in North West Wales. The drivers will head west to the long sea views of the Lleyn Peninsula, south over Snowdonia's high mountain passes to two fine country house hotels and the wild heart of Wales and east through the gentle landscape of the Clwydian Hills. Each day competitors return to the start and finish line on Llandudno Promenade where spectators get the opportunity to see these classic vehicles up close and speak to their owners and drivers.

The new Museum in Liverpool to open doors on 19th July

The public will get its first glimpse inside the new Museum of Liverpool on July 19.
The museum will be officially launched 100 years to the day that its iconic neighbour the Royal Liver Building first opened its doors.
Discussions over what will happen on launch day are currently taking place with the full plans set to be announced closer to the date.
The £72m Mann Island landmark, which will house around 6,000 objects including the last remaining Overhead Railway carriage and the first car to roll off the production line at Halewood, is largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

Saying of the month: Get off your high horse!

Another very much used way of saying in English is “Get off your high horse”, which is mainly used during arguments in which a request is made to someone to stop behaving in a haughty and self-righteous manner.
When we now say that people are on their high horse we are implying a criticism of their haughtiness. The first riders of high horses didn't see it that way; they were very ready to assume a proud and commanding position, indeed that was the very reason they had mounted the said horse in the first place.
Mediaeval soldiers and political leaders bolstered their claims to supremacy by appearing in public in the full regalia of power and mounted on large and expensive horses and, in sculptural form at least, presented themselves as larger than life.
The combination of the imagery of being high off the ground when mounted on a great war charger, looking down one's nose at the common herd, and also being a holder of high office made it intuitive for the term 'on one's high horse' to come to mean 'superior and untouchable'. Hence the negative meaning the phrase has nowadays.