Newsletter September 2012

North Wales Schools’ Games

After the successful experience of July 2012, North Wales Schools' Games will come back .... and they will take place during the week 7th-14th July 2013!

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.

Please, find more information on and ... get involved!

Please express your interest and fill in the “Get involved! form” as soon as possible.
A deposit of 10% should be sent before 15th December 2012 and the outstanding paid before 1st June 2013.

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"!

Work placements
This September has been a busy period for Conlan, with two groups of students doing work placements with local businesses. The students’ work requests have been very wide-ranging and varied, from Leisure Centres to Electricians, Website designers to mechanical engineers. There is even one student regularly on air at the local radio station! The students have been actively participating in all aspects of work life, meeting new colleagues and are gaining a useful insight into how different types of business operate in our region. This will be invaluable to them when they take this experience back home with them and apply it there.

FCE & Trinity preparation

Conlan has also been very busy preparing a group of students for their exams in Cambridge First Certificate in English and Trinity levels 8-10. This has involved thorough planning and preparation together with a lot of hard work in the classroom, morning and afternoon. It has involved one to one practice, regular testing and even homework! All this is being done in order to help them practise the structure of the exam and get them as ready and as comfortable as possible for when they go back home and sit their real exams.

Focus on:
Mr Nayland Southorn
Headmaster of Emrys ap Iwan School in Abergele

Conlan School enjoys a very close working and support relationship with Abergele’s local High School, Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan. This is in large part due to the school’s Headmaster, Mr Southorn. He has been instrumental in making Emrys ap Iwan the award-winning school it is today.
Mr Southorn arrived in Abergele to take over the school ten years ago. He was ready for a challenge and wanted to “make a difference” to a school that had not yet realized its true potential. And what a challenge it was! However, Mr Southorn was equal to the task. Now the school has 1400 students and their exam results speak for themselves. A year-on-year improvement in those results are a just reward for the hard work, skill and perseverance of Mr Southourn and his dedicated staff. But he won’t take all the credit, as he has also made great attempts to involve the local community, the parents and guardians, who have shown great support for their children.
Mr Southorn also works as a Trustee for the local charity Abergele Youth Action, and is a life-long supporter of Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Abergele Golf Club charity game

On 14th September there is the annual charity game of golf taking place at Abergele Golf Club. Everyone who plays has bought their round. Anyone can take part as there is no need to be a member of the club. Businesses have also got involved by sponsoring various parts of the course. This is all done in order to raise money for this year’s charity: St Kentigern Hospice.

St Kentigern Hospice is a local charity providing end of life care to adult patients across North Wales. All their services are completely free, as there is no charge to the patients or their families. This means that their fundraising activities, including this year’s golf game at Abergele, are crucial for them to maintain their excellent level of service.

Phrase of the Month: Strait-laced
Excessively rigid in matters of conduct; narrow or over-precise in one's behaviour or moral judgement.
'Strait', which is often confused with its homonym 'straight', is a word that is rarely used alone but has stayed with us in expressions like 'strait and narrow', 'dire straits', 'strait-jacket' and 'straitened circumstances'. The meaning of those phrases becomes clear when we know that 'strait' means, not 'free from curvature', but 'tight'. That usage goes back to the 13th century.
The confusion between 'straight' and 'strait' is understandable as some of the phrases above, for example 'strait and narrow', seem to make sense with the 'straight' meaning. It may be a help with spelling to remember the 'tight' meaning and that, for example, 'strait-jackets' aren't straight jackets, they are tight jackets. The 'straight/strait' spelling muddle has also affected the understanding of 'strait-laced'. It might have been thought that the adjective referred to the straightness of the tautly stretched lacing of women's dresses. The phrase does indeed derive from the lacing of dresses and corsets but as a result of the clothing being tight, not because the lacing was straight.
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