Newsletter October 2011

North Wales Schools’ Games – a message from Andrew Goodwin, International Coordinator/11-14 Coordinator Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

The North Wales Schools’ Games are approaching and we would like to pass on to all of you a message from Andrew Goodwin, International Coordinator/11-14 Coordinator for the secondary school Emrys ap Iwan in Abergele:

“This year Emrys ap Iwan in partnership with Conlan School, will be hosting the 2012 North Wales School's Games. Inspired by London 2012 Olympic Games, the North Wales Schools' Games represents a unique opportunity to bring sport, education and language learning together and create an inspirational event for international students which will encourage young people to take part in sport and develop language skills. The event aims to provide a multi-sport and multi-activity event that reflects an Olympic experience for young international students, including an opening and closing ceremony, and medal presentations but most importantly, it aims to enable reciprocal knowledge and cultural exchanges.
Our aim at Emrys is to create a school where pupils are truly global citizens. We feel that this project will not only give pupils an experience of a lifetime, but will allow pupils to develop an appreciation for different cultures through actual contact with international students.

Throughout the year our students will take part in various activities to prepare for the event. One of our major initiatives is called ' We Are What We Do'. The aim of this initiative is to get pupils to become more involved in the school, local and global community. Activities will range from fundraising, being involved in the school council, to increasing participation in sports through our new range of afterschool sports clubs.
In order to promote active participation and to practise what I preach, I will be running the London Marathon in April 2012. The charity I will be supporting is Arthritis care. My target is to raise £2500. I would appreciate any help you could give towards this cause. If you would like to know more or offer a donation you can follow the link to my fundraising page.

Many Thanks
Andrew Goodwin
International Coordinator/ 11-14 Coordinator
Ysgol Emrys Ap iwan"

We at Conlan School wish Andrew the best of luck!

Work Experience Programme

Learning new skills, improving your confidence, enhancing your CV and bettering your English all at the same time… it might sound like a teacher’s dream for their students. But this is what we can offer your students with our custom-made Work Experience Programmes. We have an ever increasing portfolio of businesses and companies which we are certain would provide an ideal work experience for your students, whatever their sector of interest or area of study.
A typical Work Experience programme sees students completing a period of study at Conlan School which is aimed at equipping them with all the information, language skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their placements. Students then go out into the local community to complete their placements, where their progress is monitored every step of the way.
Each student’s placement is individually selected to ensure we find the best placement for their needs. Our impressive network of contacts allows us to provide work experiences in such sectors as education, IT, catering, administration, customer service, sport and many more.
If you have an enquiry about Work Experience do not hesitate to ask and we are sure we can find the ideal work experiences for your students.

A Day Trip to Remember

The Isle of Anglesey, known in Welsh as Ynys Môn, is one of the favourite destinations chosen by our groups as a full day trip. The island boasts a strong Welsh cultural identity along with some of the best beaches and scenery in the UK.
A trip to Anglesey can provide a range of visits depending on the interests of the group. Here are just some of the great destinations Anglesey can offer:

  • South Stack Lighthouse – One of Britain’s best lighthouses is always a favourite for students and teachers alike. The descent to the lighthouse offers spectacular views and scenery of the natural granite cliffs. The area has an RSPB reserve as it is a hotspot for puffins, guillemots, gulls and shearwaters. The visit gives students the opportunity to learn all about the history of the lighthouse and walk all the way to the top where the light is.
  • Beaumaris - a well-known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. This picturesque seaside town is also a major centre for yachting and other sea sports.
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – A visit to Anglesey just would not be complete without a visit to the place with the longest name in Britain. Bring your passport here and you can get it stamped!

Gwledd Conwy Feast
22nd and 23rd October 2011

If you want to spend a tasty weekend while visiting North Wales, you cannot miss the Gwledd Conwy Feast on 22nd and 23rd October 2011; it is North Wales’ biggest food festival and it is held within Conwy`s medieval town walls and on its quayside. Gwledd Conwy Feast showcases Conwy’s world famous mussels, collected in the Conwy river estuary for hundreds of years. The event boasts 150 stalls, celebrates the best of Welsh chefs and local produce and attracts 25,000 visitors. The programme includes cookery demonstrations, music, entertainment and workshops and children’s activities.

Saying of the month: “If the shoe fits, wear it”

It literally means that if a description applies to you, then accept it.

This expression is often used when something derogatory is said about a person who then complains to a third party. The third party, if they agree with the original negative comment, might suggest "If the shoe fits, then wear it".
The expression is the American version of the earlier British phrase 'If the cap fits, wear it', which is also still in general use.
As to 'if the shoe fits', that began being used in the late 18th century.
What is interesting is that whereas normally many expressions were first used literally and then acquired a metaphorical meaning, this expression in particular is an exception to the rule; it has in fact been used for centuries in a figurative way and its common usage now is in shoe shop advertising.

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"!