Newsletter May 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"!

Chester half Marathon - Sunday 12 May 2013

Chester, as an international destination city, has much to offer visitors, including the Roman walls and amphitheatre, shopping on its unique split-level Rows dating from the Middle Ages, the famous Eastgate Clock and the museums. On the outskirts of the City are the massive Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium.

The Chester Marathon has become famous for runners of all levels and abilities, delivering mass participation in world class races. This year’s race will start at the Racecourse on the outskirts of the city. The fast (and largely flat) route will be run entirely on closed roads. In the second half of the race runners are guaranteed an extra special welcome from the residents of the Saughall and Blacon districts of the city on this especially fast stretch of the course before heading back into the City for a memorable finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral.

English in North Wales: educational experiences in local schools and colleges.

English in North Wales is a teaching and learning initiative between a group of schools, colleges and universities based in North Wales whose purpose it is to encourage the learning of the English language.
This network of education organizations consists of accredited establishments that base their programmes on the best quality standards in their field.
The initiative aims to satisfy the ever-growing demand for linguistic knowledge, be it to improve skills useful in the world of work or to complete one’s essential cultural background.
The synergy between the various partners of this project makes it possible to offer a wide range of English language study holidays that ally top quality and high competence as well as being economically sustainable.

Looking ahead to next month - Chester Rocks (15th and 16th June 2013)

The event, which also takes place at Chester Racecourse, further establishes this event as one of the region’s finest outdoor music venues and has one of the hottest line-ups of the year featuring the UK’s premier pop performers, such as “The Wanted” plus special guests Union J, Jessie J and Lawson. Everyone at the Racecourse is really excited to be hosting Chester Rocks again. It’s a fantastic event for Chester and the North West. The demand for tickets will be very high and attract attention across the UK and put Chester clearly on the map as the place to be this June for music.

Back at Conlan School, Chester

Recently we hosted the Mazzotti group of Rossano and Valentina with their 41 girls and one boy from Treviso. They stayed with us here in Chester for two weeks and the students lessons concentrated on tourism with visits to Liverpool and Manchester included in their stay. They worked hard and finished off the two weeks with a presentation of brochures for promoting the hightlights of Manchester, Liverpool and Chester.

The Santini Group arrived at the beginning of May lead by Marco Santini with the students concentrating their studies on IT and computer science, making some very successful and interesting visits to local Computer companies in the area and an exceptionally fun visit to BANGOR UNIVERSITY TECHNOCAMPS. This is a relatively new scheme to encourage further learning in computer science, with free workshops encouraging computational thinking and the sciences in a fun and hands-on way, they were involved and immersed in games design, programming, robotics and web development. And thorougly enjoyed every minute of it! Who knows, all this could inspire some of our students to become the next Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook creator) Bill Gates (Microsoft) or Mariissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo)!

Our phrase for this month is: To beat about the bush.

If you beat about the bush, you spend a long time getting to the main point of something for some reason, often because you are embarrassed or reluctant to offend the other person. The expression appears to have its origins in hunting in Medieval times. Rich noblemen who enjoyed the hunt would employ young men to do the dangerous work of getting the animals out of the bushes so that the noblemen could catch them. This was often done by beating a wooden board with a stick to make a noise that would frighten the animal out into the open. However, the men who had to do this knew that some animals were dangerous especially the wild boar. Often they were very reluctant to enter the bushes or areas of dense undergrowth in case they disturbed a boar that might attack them. So instead of going directly into the bush, they would beat the area around the bush, to avoid any possible danger that they might encounter.
Don’t beat about the bush …… just get to the point! or Say what you mean!