Newsletter August 2012

The North Wales Schools’ Games

Olympic fever gripped Conlan School in Abergele over the two weeks of 1st – 15th July as it hosted the first ever North Wales Schools’ Games.

The result of nearly three years of planning, and clearly inspired by the fact that the 2012 Olympics are taking place in London, the North Wales Schools’ Games represented a unique opportunity to bring sport, education and language learning together in one place. The aim was to create an inspirational event for international students which would encourage more young people to take part in sport and develop language skills, while at the same time meeting new people from different cultures.

Over 200 students from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Romania descended on Abergele to take part in multi-sporting activities. With the value of inter-cultural exchange at the heart of the Games, students first hit the classroom for 3 hours a day in mixed country English classes before battling it out on the field in the afternoon.

The sports were typical games played in UK schools, with a smaller trophy to be won for each one, and included football, basketball, tag rugby (not involving any contact) rounders, and a relay race taking place in North Wales’ finest sports stadium, Eirias Park. All this in order to get their hands on the coveted Games trophy!

The North Wales Schools’ Games gave pupils the chance to experience a multinational competition for themselves whilst also having the opportunity to make new friends and gain an insight into cultures that may be different to their own. That included the local families they stayed with, the people of Abergele and the students at the High School. There was even a chance to take a day trip to Liverpool for even more culture!
This mammoth project was made possible through the strong links Conlan School has with the local High School, Emrys ap Iwan, who provided the setting for the Games, the organizing of all the sports through their PE department, classrooms and many other facilities.

The final results of the first week saw our German friends secure the overall trophy, while in the second week the Welsh students from Emrys ap Iwan school made sure the trophy stayed in Wales. All the other students took home great medals, great memories, great photos and a lot of new Facebook contacts!

A fantastic event which we will look forward to holding again in the future, and one where we all made many, many new friends. A big thank you to Mr Andrew Goodwin and all the staff at Emrys ap Iwan High School, and also to all of the leaders and students who took part.

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"!

Cheshire Game & Country Fair
Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2012

Now in its 5th year the Cheshire Game & Country Fair goes from strength to strength. Two action - packed, entertaining arenas have a full programme of events, with everything from scurry racing and fun sheepdog and ducks to majestic falconry and co-ordinated Gundog displays and also the:
The Falconry Village has native and some more exotic Birds of Prey, all waiting for the chance to stretch their wings and fly! The Craft Village comes complete with a working demonstration, beautiful contemporary and traditional arts and crafts. Food Glorious Food is perfect for food lovers. Chefs cook up some tasty delights and regional producers sell delicous food and drink.
A special feature is the 8th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. Competitors arrive from across the globe to take part in a series of competitions -creating art with chainsaws. Carvers come from Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USA, along with home grown carvers from England, Scotland and Wales!

Matthew Street Music Festival 2012
26th – 27th August 2012

Europe’s largest annual free music festival is back. Liverpool city centre is the place to be, with more than 60 hours of live music performed across two days. This event is a great symbol of what music means to this city - a city which is proud of its musical heritage and they know how to throw a good party!
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles forming its John, Paul, George and Ringo line-up, we will be delivering a new family friendly element of the festival – Strawberry Fields.
Strawberry Fields is named after the iconic Beatles song, which was written by John Lennon as an affectionate tribute to one of his favorite childhood haunts. Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army Children’s Home and John had fond memories of attending the annual garden parties held there.
At the Mathew Street Music Festival 2012, Culture Liverpool will evoke the spirit of Strawberry Fields via a traditional garden party, with innovative and interactive flourishes.

Chester Literature Festival
14th – 28th October

Autum, a season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and internationally renowned writers turning up in Chester!
October’s Essar Oil Chester Literature Festival, will work its cultural magic, warming up every cold day and night for a fortnight. Listen or ask questions, lean back or lean forwards, quietly absorb the atmosphere or pick up the mighty pen yourself; whatever you want to do or your literary interest, you can do it in a festival that is proud of its roots and proud of its ability to attract some of the best in the world of literature.
With Booker winning novelists, TV and radio stars, stand up poets, historians with attitude and a host of workshops, this year’s festival comes with added medieval bits as it teams up with the Chester Mystery Plays organisation.

Saying of the Month: “In a pickle”

In a quandary or some other difficult position.
The earliest pickles were spicy sauces made to accompany meat dishes. Later, in the 16th century, the name pickle was also given to a mixture of spiced, salted vinegar that was used as a preservative. The word comes from the Dutch or Low German pekel, with the meaning of 'something piquant'. Later still, in the 17th century, the vegetables that were preserved, for example cucumbers and gherkins, also came to be called pickles.
The 'in trouble' meaning of 'in a pickle' was an allusion to being as disoriented and mixed up as the stewed vegetables that made up pickles. This was partway to being a literal allusion, as fanciful stories of the day related to hapless people who found themselves on the menu. The earliest known use of pickle in English contains such an citation. The Morte Arthure, circa 1440, relates the gory imagined ingredients of King Arthur's diet:
He soupes all this sesoun with seuen knaue childre, Choppid in a chargour of chalke-whytt syluer, With pekill & powdyre of precious spycez.
[He dines all season on seven rascal children, chopped, in a bowl of white silver, with pickle and precious spices]