Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 63
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK...
10 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
There is no two ways about it. The workload is high, expectations are high and desire to do the right thing for our learners is high too. This means we also need to keep the morale high.
“10 reasons to be cheerful” section of Engage, encourages you to nominate what makes you feel cheerful at the College. What keeps you going when the going gets tough? We will publish these weekly to cheer us all up.
1. It's nearly half term
2. Daffodils are blooming
3. Valentine's Day is just around the corner
4. Phil has exciting plans for the sports and social club events
5. Rachel's prize!
6. Enrichment day is next week!
7. Lots of uptake in the equality and diversity meeting
8. It's Friday
9. Monica's crochet eggs are selling like hot cakes!
10. The items made for the pop up shop are fabulous!well done to staff and students involved.
Licence to Thrill Results
During the first term of 2015-16 academic year we started an initiative under the title “Licence to Thrill” this was to provide you with an opportunity to individually or as a team make suggestions to keep the buzz in our busy lives at the College. We have received your suggestions under the following categories
1. Keeping the morale high
2. Keeping staff/student healthy
3. Make the work place fun
4. Improve the sense of worth and value for all
5. Showing appreciation of doing a job well done
Next week we will announce the date where we put a decision on which one of the projects are to be taken forward to some of our key stakeholders.
Here is the process:
- The decision making process will be in an open forum format. Where we invite our students to join us to help make a decision
- Proposers will be presenting their proposal in a Dragon’s Den Style to a panel of CLT and governors
- The panel will have a vote to award to each proposal based on their merit. (this is 1-10 similar to what Strictly judges would do.
- Audience have a green or red card to hold up (similar to the apprentice programme) they can add or deduct 10 points if the majority is supportive or dismissive of the idea.
- Projects that receive 80-100 votes will be funded as following:
- 80-90 will get up to £300 funding
- 90-100 will get up to £500 funding.
Putting students first
- Harry Turner - for the excellent student bootcamps
- Health & Social Care Team - going out of their way to ensure students are looked after and achieve
- Karen Dover - Her dedication and hard work to ensure the UCAS applications were in place to support progression of the Health and Social Care students.
- the LSA team; supporting learners and the learning to help overcome barriers and helping people to succeed
- Sally Cutler: always ready to help and support others no matter how busy she is. She is also an amazing friend to so many and always there to talk to no matter what the topic
SPORT TEAM- working hard to build positive relationship with the GFA which has resulted in a blossoming relationship and a Football academy to be proud ofLaura Le Maitre and the CSA team for working with the curriculum teams to keep them up to date and supported
- Larry Granger!! Larry the Legend ... .puts back for an Island he loves and is so passionate about supporting young people.
- Martine Ellis - inspiring others about Google and all the marvellous things we can learn with it!
- Louise Misselke - keeping us all sane!
Delivering excellent service
- Noel Kanjere: He is always happy to help out and he is always smiling.
- Dennis Le Noury: always happy to help everyone!
- Lindsey Hutchins: the glue that holds cross college events and processes together. Positive and conscientious despite facing the roadworks and diversions in the day to day of getting the job done.
Tracy Fern, Paula Grady, Katherin Fusenich for for responding to Prison services need and the excellent feedback received
Samantha Le Noury and Dave Cowans - for all their hard work during the Christmas Panto season.
Sam & Dave put in a lot of extra hours for our external hirers both during rehearsals and shows. They help out with staging and putting together sound effects etc.
Whatever hours they work during this time they always make themselves available, often at short notice, when college calls.
They always go that extra mile to make sure the PRCPA delivers excellent service to all of our users (internal & external).
Thus enhancing our reputation as a centre of excellence.
- Lindsey Hutchins for settling into the team so well and always being up for a challenge - it feels like she has always been here.
- Dan Hunter: Dan’s keenness and ability to make things happen for his colleagues and students.
- Fiona Fish for jumping in head first to help Faculty D when they needed extra admin help
- All the staff who took part in the Women2win event on Saturday
Jeanette Hart and the engineering faculty for their sterling effort in linking and responding to the industry.
Eileen, Phil, Vanessa, Martine for exceeding expectations and responding so positively to taking part in delivery of the Women 2 Win course.
Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 01 March for the next round of prize draws.
Marketing Request Form
If you have a need for any marketing materials including brochures, web pages, adverts, posters, social media campaign imagery or any other marketing jobs you need to complete the following form.
There is 4 weeks notice for all jobs except for social media requests which require one week notice. Before placing a request be sure to discuss your request and agree it with your Faculty Director , Head of LSS or Director of Operations. You can also email Trish on email@example.com
Click here to complete the Marketing Request Form: http://form.jotformeu.com/form/52743824060351
Time for change
Earlier this week you had the opportunity to attend an all staff meeting at SSHS to hear the plans proposed for the future of Secondary and Post 16 Education on Island. I hope that you were able to attend this and /or been able to take time to listen to the video clip that outlines these plans across all college campuses digital signage screens. I hope you are able to lend your professional support to these plans that will be debated later on in March in the states of the deliberation. The other dates that are available for the public are Monday 8th and Monday 15th February at St Sampson's High School, both starting at 7.30pm
My congratulations to Rachel Guilbert she has won a national bursary to a prestigious international information literacy conference next month! LILAC 2016 is taking place at University College Dublin and consists of three days of library professionals sharing best practice about digital and information literacy. Rachel was successful in securing the only bursary available to FE librarians, and in the words of the judges, “it was an excellent application in a very strong field, it’s well deserved”. She is hoping to bring back lots of useful information to enhance her existing programme at the College, and to share with other librarians in Guernsey.
This week we were also proud to be announced the academic partner to Digital Greenhouse. A weekend of Global GameJam took place this weekend gone and you can read more on that below. The College is also partnering with OCS Meadowcroft as their academic partner supporting them with their staff training and CPD needs as this new partnership establish itself as a total estate management business on Island. We also were able to run the States Funded programme of Women 2 Win on Saturday. Very positive feedback was received and I would like to thank all of you who were involved in coordination, planning and execution of the sessions on the day.
In our quest to improve our services the corporate services review is progressing well. If you are interested in taking part please be sure to respond to the questionnaires that are in circulation. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCFE16CSReview
I will be available at the following times for the knowledge cafe style meetings: Wednesday 10 February 12:30 – 13:15 Staff Room LOC Staff
Thursday 11 February 12.00 – 12:45 Staff Room Delancey Staff
Monday 15 February, 12.00 – 12:30, Refectory Coutanchez – STUDENTS
Tuesday 16 February 12.30 – 13:00 Refectory LOC – STUDENTS
Wednesday 17 February 12.00 – 12:30 Refectory Delancey - STUDENTS
Thursday 18 February 12.00 - 12.45 Staff Room Coutanchez
Lastly, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Denise Warr who will be leaving us soon. A message from Denise `I am sorry to be leaving the College so soon, it may appear that I didn’t give it much of a go but I instantly knew that I am not the correct person for the role and my expertise lies within the Finance sector so I have accepted a role within the Income Management team at Frossard House. I wish to thank you all for making me feel welcome for the short period I have worked here'. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Denise for giving the job ago and respect her decision to move back to the more familiar world of finance be it in a different setting and area. We wish her the very best of luck in her future.
Have a great weekend.
CEO and Principal
College news: The week that was!
news from CHPSS Faculty
The Level 1 Health and Social Care: students have been practising their painting skills and learning new techniques as part of their Creative Activities for Children unit. The group are very much enjoying these practical sessions and are looking forward to trying out their new found creative skills outside of college. One student said 'I have really enjoyed making play dough, because when I'm at home with my niece I can show her how to make play dough too' whereas another student said she much preferred the painting because you could be more creative with paint and do more things with paint. As part of their assignment each student is creating a portfolio of activities for children and reflecting on their experiences.
Level 2 Health & Social Care students are on placement at the new ‘Russell’s Day Centre’ and have agreed to arrange an Easter raffle to help them raise some much needed funds. They would be very grateful of any unwanted Christmas presents or chocolate donations (especially Easter Eggs) to support this event. The Guernsey Voluntary Service are brilliant at supporting our students as well as offering assistance and companionship to islanders by running Meal on Wheels, Jubilee and The Russell’s Day Centre’s. Any donations will be gratefully received and can be handed to receptionists at any of the 3 campuses.
Guernsey College Football Academy
Last week Lorraine attended the Board meeting of the GCFA this week in Sally’s absence. Comments were made regarding the work of the team from GFA; Gus, Etienne and Joelle together with the Sports team and the positive impact that is having on the achievements of the learners and on the Academy football.
In Celebration of this read the match report form Gus last week, which is an ideal advertisement for the Academy team who produced an 8-1 win for the lads against Bath college in the British College League
GCFA Match Report:
Today, in the return of the British College League, GCFA were up against Bath College on a wet and windy day at Gloucestershire FA 3G.
In the previous match, GCFA had already beaten their opponents 6-2 in the first outing of the season.
Despite a good, open start to the game GCFA fell 1-0 down to a tap in from a initial good save from Dante Walker but the rebound was put away. Zach-Masterton Pipet then equalled the score with a superb half volley on the edge of the box which then allowed GCFA to push on. Following on, Luke Ogier capitalized on good work down the right from Scott Howitt and Jamie Blackham when he beat his marker and managed to squeeze his effort past the keeper to take the lead. Involved again, Ogier slipped a ball through to Robbie Legg who beat the defender to slip the ball past the oncoming goal keeper to make the score 3-1 and was the score which finished the half.
Following on proceedings in the second half, Masterton Pipet latched on to a loose ball and travelled to goal where he was brought down in the box with it resulting in the defender being shown a red and a penalty awarded to GCFA. Masterton Pipet then cooly dispatched the spot kick to make the score 4-1 and the GCFA had pretty much put the game to bed. Not holding on that scoreline the Academy pushed on with Legg producing a tidy lob to make the scoreline 5-1. Continuing positive, attaching play GCFA were awarded a free kick 25 yards out after Captain Tyler Mckane was brought down, following this he then stepped up taking the set piece and scoring with the keeper misjudging the pace of the ball and it resulting in the back of the net. Moments later, after kick off Legg found space on the left and received the ball beating his markers and beating the keeper at his near post to make it 7-1. Finally, to wrap up proceedings Masterton-Pipet was released down the right with a clear run to goal where he produced a good finish to make the scoreline 8-1 which was the score at Full Time.
Links Public Services
The links public service group participated in role play to encourage the knowledge of characteristics of team building and skills. The photo shows them taking part in a survival team building game where they had to decide on equipment to take to a desert island from the sinking ship. The students had lots of fun.
news from BIC Faculty
Last weekend, 21 people camped-out at the Digital Greenhouse to participate in the Global Games Jam, an event where entrants have 48 hours to develop and produce a game based on a theme announced on the evening. Games could be either a traditional board, card or video game.
The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours. (Global Game Jam, n.d.)
During the week, a number of interested parties dropped in to view the progress of the teams (more on this later…)
Two staff members and five ICT students took part and a total of four games were produced by staff and students of Guernsey College, a selection of which can be seen below.
Click the following link to explore the results of the endeavour http://globalgamejam.org/2016/jam-sites/tinktec-studios-presents-guernsey-global-games-jam-2016/games
Digital Greenhouse Official Opening
Chris Torode and Dan Hunter rubbed shoulders with States members and industry leaders at the official opening of the Digital Greenhouse on Wednesday evening. The Digital Greenhouse is a bespoke environment established to act as a focal point for the growth of the digital and creative sector(www.digitalgreenhouse.gg/about).
Speakers at the opening were Minister for Commerce and Employment Kevin Stewart; Chief Officer of the Commerce and Employment Department, Jason Moriarty; and Business Development and Implementation Director of the Digital Greenhouse, Mike Culverwell. The speeches recognised the close partnership the College has with the initiative and our very own Dan Hunter was even name checked for his enthusiasm and the support he has lent to the project.
During the event, a number of guests approached our ICT lecturers to explain that they dropped in to the Digital Greenhouse during the Global Game Jam; they wanted to let the College know how impressed they were with the ICT students participating in the event. The guests shone particular praise on the students’ friendliness, skills and passion surrounding the subject of their studies and programming.
Cain Ceillam from local company Chain CI is now a regular guest speaker at the College and on Thursday gave an enlightening talk to the ICT students about best practices for security IT systems – and also how a typical Computer system could be taken over.
Cyber warfare is a real threat. Lincoln Council recently got hacked with the perpetrators asking for £1million . The same thing could happen here in Guernsey. So it is great to I know our students are getting training today to be the workforce of tomorrow
Digital Ace (Aspire, Create, Empower)
This free event is being held at Beau Sejour on the 6th February 2016.
Digital ACE, incorporating Safer Internet Day Guernsey, is about providing everyone, both adults and children with an environment that can feed and support our Aspirations, provide us with the inspiration and tools to Create new things, and Empower us all to learn, discover and be safe in our amazing digital world.
News from CASI Faculty
Lots been happening in CASI this week but would just like to say ‘Get Well Soon’ to our Faculty Director Jane LP who has been really unwell this week. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her on Monday.
Hospitality and Catering have been making lots of products for the start of the OSA Pop up shop opening next week in Smith Street. There is a Valentine theme to the beginning of the week so Steve and the apprentices created an amazing array of heart shaped chocolates beautifully packaged up. They have also made a selection of Jams and Chutneys.
Students also got the chance to try a ‘3 fish garnish’ which looked amazing.
In Creative and Digital Arts the Level 3 Year 1’s are installing an art exhibition into the Delancey Campus gallery. This exhibition of their work will be open to visitors as of next week.
Creative are also working hard towards the OSA Pop up Shop and the Level 1’s will be turning some of the their work into fabulous greeting cards to sell in the shop. There will also be artwork and photographs from the students on display when the shop turns into an art gallery in week 2.
Congratulations also go Nicole Marquis and Imogen Lihou who have both been accepted into Portsmouth University today!
Performing Arts have started rehearsing for their show this week which is exciting and Vanessa has once again been students from all the other school in the island talking about what the Performing Arts offers and meeting potential students
It is also great news that a defibrillator is now in situe at the PRCPA.
Hair and Beauty are once again open for business. The wide range of treatments available to book are below.
All Level 2 Beauty treatments – currently excluding Facials and waxing
Monday: 9.30-11.45 & 1.15-4.00
(Manicure and Pedicure ONLY)
Monday Evening: 6.00-8.00
(Manicure/Pedicure/*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
Wednesday: 10.30-1.00 (Manicure & Pedicure ONLY)
& 2.30-4.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
Thursday: 10.30-12.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
*Patch test required at least 48hours prior to tinting or false lashes
LEVEL 3 treatments:
Tuesday 1.15 – 4.00 Massage
Thursday Evening 5.15 – 7.45 – Face and Body Electrical
Level 2 Beauty students have been creating Sothys Gift Sets for their G18 Sales and Services Unit.
They will be selling them from the Pop up Shop in Smith Street in town next week to promote the college and our wonderful beauty treatments and products
If you feel that you need some extra support with your study skills, Alex Kosmas and Rachel Guilbert have been working together to produce Study labs for all Level 2 and 3 students.
Study Labs is a six week course for Level 2s and seven weeks for Level 3s.
These tutorial sessions will cover everything from time management to how to structure your assignments correctly.
La Valette Horse Shoe Bathing Pool Redevelopment
Thanks go to Adam Groom, Chris Bentley and Tim le Tissier who are working with apprentices, joining forces with other volunteers including Floral Guernsey and the Community Volunteers. Trowel trades apprentices are involved in re-grouting the paved areas, whilst Carpentry and Joinery apprentices are fixing the timber fascia to the mono-pitch. It is excellent to see staff and students working together with the community to support the redevelopment of this wonderful facility. The grand opening is scheduled for 25th March.
I’ve shared a number of ILT ‘how to’ resources recently. Just in case you have missed any of them, I thought it would be useful to provide links to everything below. I will find a home for all of my resources soon – I just haven’t decided where it’s going to be yet. In the meantime, here are my most recent help sheets and videos:
Preview accounts (College login needed)
MyCFE for complete beginners (College login needed)
Last week we launched a `BIG thing'! This is an approach to accelerating our Progress to Excellent and developing us as an organisation. Importantly it’s a way that everyone has a chance to develop new skills, work with different people and personally make a BIG difference to the College.
This approach has lots of research behind it but essentially the aims of this approach is to enable innovation and creativity from the roots up, also the approach often enables projects to be sustainable and realise better results.
As you know, one of the key aims of our restructure was to create opportunity. Well the BIG projects are just that. You have the chance of working as part of a Business Improvement Project with a definite start time and a definite end point – using your ideas, skill, expertise and enthusiasm to make some changes for the better. You can get involved whatever role you have in the College, be it Lecturer, Technician, LSA, Caretaker, Manager, Support Staff and so on …. All are welcome.
There are a number of BIG projects identified as part of our Quality Improvement plan which has been updated and can be found here http://www.mycfe.gg/staff/perfman/SitePages/Home.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fstaff%2Fperfman%2FShared%20Documents%2FPAM%20folders%2FQIP%20review&FolderCTID=0x012000FA07D04AEC8C0546957956AB1B9D1B3F&View=%7B2CC47DF8%2DDA3B%2D4794%2D9668%2D19D99EFB4D1D%7D
There are also some BIG projects which have self-formed – these have been ideas generated by practitioners. Indeed you might be reading this and thinking I know what could make a huge difference. Well let me know, let’s see if we can have another BIG project to support you on the way.
The BIG projects identified so far are as follows:-
English and Maths continuation project
Target Setting Students
Equality and Diversity
Learning Environment and Professional standards for learning
Plagiarism – a self-forming group
PLC for people on fractional posts a self-forming group
You may have seen an email yesterday about the Equality and Diversity Project work – well if you interested come along to the meeting and find out more and see if you would like to be involved.
In the next few weeks we will be inviting you to meetings about the other projects above or giving you an update on the work already taken place if you would like to join. Let me know if you have any ideas or want any more information about anything above.
- Poor choices for student enrichment
- The state of the Canteen on a Monday - Disrespectful
- Students losing work that is note then restored - no trust in network - please log any issues using the IT Helpdesk thank you.
- Denise leaving us! :(
- Students including L3 CACHE LSA’S Parking at Delancey- Nowhere for staff to park. Can Mark issue parking ticket ?
Mark Robert, the Caretaker has referred this question to John Norman.
- Parking at Delancey Thursday a nightmare ! Do G4S contractors REALLY need 4 vans All Badly Parked. !!
I cannot comment on the standard of their parking, but as to whether they need to be parked on site, unfortunately at the moment yes, if the contractors had to compete with staff and students for parking spaces it could delay the project completion.
Parking at Delancey is a problem for everybody and G & S LTD, the contractors appointed by the project managers, who have this week started the repairs to the Russell Building, have requested 3 parking spaces be allocated to them, as they and their sub-contractors are continually coming and going from the site with equipment and materials.
- ‘When is the Russell Building going to be fully operational ? ‘
The reinstatement Work on the Russell Building is quite extensive and the overall project could take up to 16 weeks to complete, the first phase of which, the top floor, is due to be completed and handed back to the college in 6 to 8 weeks.
- Complaint about the slowness of toilet flushes filling up !
The pipework feeding the toilet area was recently altered, the plumbing engineer is on site today to look at resolving the problem, which has occurred since this work was done.
GCFE ON LINKEDIN
Trish has updated our Linked in Company page, and this will now hopefully pick up more followers.
Please can all staff who have a linkedin account please follow the College page - it might be that a link has already been created... but please check this. Thank you.
If you have anything exciting going on that can be publicised on Twitter/Facebook or LinkedIn please contact Laura or Trish. Thank you.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL NEW STAFF
Can all new staff make themselves known to Dan Hunter, email Danh@gcfe.net if a) they are members of a UCU teaching union or b) they are interested in joining the UCU teaching union.
This will enable us to keep an up-to-date union member email distribution list to ensure all members are kept in the loop.