Newsletter April 2012

North Wales Schools' Games - July 2012: registration completed!

Inspired by London 2012 Olympic Games, Conlan School promotes North Wales Schools' Games, in partnership with Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan.

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 more young people to take part in sport and develop language skills.

North Wales Schools' Games include the sports of rounders (typical British game), basketball/dodgeball, football, tag rugby and mini marathon plus an excellent variety of lessons and activities which enable reciprocal knowledge and cultural exchanges.

We completed the registration of all the international teams: please find here more information about the participants:

Conlan students study Tourism in North Wales

Students from Istituto G Peano in Florence visited Conlan for two week project comparing tourism in the region with their home city. Helped by Nia Jones and Llandrillo College Tourism Department, Rob Popsys of Willcando, Chris Headleand from Experience4Me and Judy Brough, a Blue Badge Guide, they studied the use new technologies in tourism and developed web projects about tourism!

Conlan Agriculture students all at sea!

Students from Barone de Franceschi Agricultural College in Pistoia recently visited us to see what Agriculture is like in Wales. Their visit was started off by Paul Williams of the NFU discussing what, where and how much is made here.Then they spent the rest of their time visiting local places. They went to Llaeth y Llan Farm and tried their hand at milking cows, visitedAndy Read and his team at Llysfasi Agricultural College, and went to Moel y Ci Environmental Farm to learn alternative farming. Their final trip wasa visit to a Mussel fishing boat in Bangor, something they don’t see in their part of Italy.

100 Years of Art in Wales 30 January – 22 April

This exhibition of forty works draws from the collection of art held at Bodelwyddan Castle. The display attempts to reveal the broad range of painting and drawing styles that have emerged from Wales during the 20th Century, either by artists who are Welsh, have settled in Wales or have been profoundly influenced by their experiences of Wales.

When is a Castle not a castle?

The answer: when it’s a family home that’s built to look like a castle.
With Wales’s stormy past and the need to build a number of huge castles across the region so that the English could finally subdue the proudly independent Welsh, what better way to fit in than build a home that looks like the local castles?
Well, that’s exactly what the Bamford-Hesketh family did between 1819 and 1825, just outside of Abergele. Gwrych Castle remained a family home until the Second World War when it was used as a refugee camp.
Sadly today it lies in ruins as no one has come forth to provide it with a new life as a home, a hotel or anything else. You can still visit it, though, and you might even see a ghost if you’re lucky!

Phrase of the Month: To handle with kid gloves

Handle a situation, or a person or an object, delicately and gingerly.
Kid gloves are, of course, gloves made from the skin of a young goat. In fact, when they were first fashioned in the 18th century they were more often made from lambskin, as that was easier to come by. They were clearly not intended for use when you were pruning the hedge, and wearing kid gloves was the sartorial equivalent of pale white skin, that is, it indicated that the wearer was rich enough to indulge in a life of genteel indoor idleness. The earliest mentions of kid gloves are from England in the 1730s.

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"!