Newsletter November 2012

Residential programmes @ University of Chester - Summer 2013

Conlan organizes high quality language courses at the University of Chester Campus.

Conlan guarantees didactic reliability while paying strong attention to the residential and logistic factors involved.

Groups of students would benefit from this solutions where Conlan would also run every day lessons and the wide choice of activities offered with our experienced staff and guides.
Click here for more information about Residential programmes

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"!

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night has traditionally been one of the UK’s most celebrated and eagerly anticipated festivals. This is because we can attend an organised event where there will be a bonfire and a firework display plus traditional foods such as parkin, treacle toffee and hot pot. It takes place every year in the UK on November 5th. The origins of this festival go back four hundred years to 1605 when a man called Robert Catesby tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with a group of men because they were unhappy with the way in which the country was being governed. The plot was discovered and a member of the gang, Guy Fawkes, was found guarding a huge amount of gunpowder in the House of Lords! All the gang fled, but to this day, children still make a Guy Fawkes figure and throw it on the bonfire to burn.

Phrase of the month
Bonfire night leads onto the phrase of the month...”
Out of the frying pan and into the fire

“When Charles changed schools because he had only one or two friends, he went out of the frying pan and into the fire because he couldn’t make any new friends and he hated the lessons too.”
It's an old, old analogy used to describe getting out of a bad situation only to find oneself in a worse one. It is similar to several European phrases with the same meaning like the French, Italian and Portuguese. The English usage is traceable to a religious argument that arose between William Tyndale, translator of the Bible into English, and Sir Thomas More, best remembered now as the author of Utopia. More used the phrase in response to Tyndale. Interestingly, Tyndale was strangled and burnt as a heretic, so More’s use of the phrase to describe him turned out to be rather premonitory…
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Welsh Art – Kyffin Williams

As a great deal of interest in Art has been shown recently, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce Wales’ most famous twentieth-century artists: Kyffin Williams.
Williams was born on Anglesey and took up art when he failed his Army medical. Despite academic difficulties, Williams enrolled at London's Slade School of Fine Art in 1941 and taught art at Highgate School, London. In 1968 he won a scholarship (Winston Churchill Fellowship) to study and paint in Y Wladfa; the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. His works typically drew inspiration from the Welsh landscape and farmlands. They appear in many galleries all over Britain and are on permanent exhibition in Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey. Williams died on 1 September 2006, aged 88, at a nursing home in Anglesey after a long battle with cancer, and is buried at St Mary's Church, Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy. Williams is widely regarded as the defining artist of Wales during the 20th century.

Llechwedd – Blaenau Ffestiniog

A great many groups this year have opted to see Llechwedd Slate Caverns in the heart of Snowdonia. The slate industry was hugely important in Wales in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century and even now slate can be seen everywhere you look: on roofs, in fences and in homes. Llechwedd was one of the main sources of slate and is now a museum, where you can learn about its history and take two tours to see for yourself what conditions the men worked in and what they had to do. The first tour takes place on a train and this train goes through the upper slate caverns, stopping occasionally for passengers to get off, look around, listen to the guide and have a chance to ask questions. The second takes you deep into the lower caverns where groups can walk from cavern to cavern, listen to the commentary and see both their strange beauty and have an insight into the harsh conditions and dangers that the men would have faced. The whole museum is situated in a “village” of old-fashioned buildings so that visitors can also see what a typical pub, shop and house might have been like 150 years ago. Blaenau Ffestiniog can be one of the wettest towns in North Wales, too, so you might even experience typical weather if you’re lucky! Maybe better to get inside the caverns…