Newsletter January 2012

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"!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year will soon be here and Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Wah Lei Chinese Association are busy planning for their colourful celebrations.
2012 sees the Year of the Dragon return for the first time since the new millennium. It is said to be the luckiest and most dynamic sign of the Chinese zodiac. Saturday, January 28th will see a traditional Dragon and Lion Dance through the centre of Chester, complete with firecrackers, Tai Chi demonstrations and cultural displays at the Slow Boat Chinese Restaurant. The Chinese “Happy Man” and the “Emperor” will also join the parade to make sure that the Year of the Dragon makes a dramatic entrance across the city.
Chair of the Wah Lei Chinese Association, Mia Tan said: "The Wah Lei is delighted to be holding our third Chinese New Year celebrations in Chester. Over the last three years we have been able to offer the community language courses and cultural or leisure activities, such as sport, art or music, as well as these exciting events. Everyone is working really hard preparing for the big day in January. Children have made their own wonderful mini-dragons to carry with them in the parade. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved."
Chinese New Year officially falls on 23rd February.

Eisteddfod Ryng-golegol

The Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod is a great opportunity to promote Welsh student talent throughout Wales, giving students and members of the public the chance to enjoy Welsh language and culture through music, art, dance and much more. Everyone is welcome. In the evening gigs will feature many Welsh bands. This year sees the Eisteddfod being held at the new and iconic Pontio, Bangor.
With construction be completed in 2013 the iconic building and project will be a site for the creation of innovative performing arts and theatre. Its mission is to build bridges between arts and sciences, the University and the local community, and Bangor and the wider world. Pontio will become a hub for the local community being a cultural beacon for the people of Wales and the Welsh language.

Leonardo da Vinci Project
Leonardo da Vinci was alive and kicking in last September (2011) here in north Wales. Conlan School welcomed students from ISIS Osimo Castelfidardo, Osimo, Italy, who completed a programme of English lessons and work experience across a variety of sector over a period of three weeks. Follow the link below to see what the students got up to during their stay.

Conlan School offers a broad range of work experiences across every sector. It is the perfect opportunity to enrich your resume, learn valuable life skills and improve your English all at the same time. Contact us for further details.

Saying of the month: “Security blanket”

It has 3 main meanings:

1. A small familiar blanket or other soft fabric item carried by a child for reassurance.
2. A form of harness for a baby's crib.
3. All-encompassing military and political security measures.

As far as the origin is concerned, most references will tell you that the term, also known as “comfort blanket” was coined by Charles Shulz for his Peanuts cartoon strip. But this is not true: in fact security blankets were known to Americans in the 1920s and were at that date over blankets which were clipped into babies' cribs to stop the occupants falling out.

Moving on in time, we get to World War II, where the term 'security blanket' was then used to refer to strict security measures that were taken to keep Allied military plans from falling into the hands of the Germans.

Only in 1954 the term is used by Charles Shulz when drawing the character Linus van Pelt with a comfort blanket.