Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 35

All Staff Briefing

Thursday, May 7th, 4pm

Delancey Refectory

Please car share wherever possible. the hardcourt will be opened up for additional parking but spaces will be at a premium.
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Liberation Day Church Service, Footes Lane, 9th May 2015


I have been asked by Lilly at the Royal Court Office to let you know there is plenty of grass areas available for you to sit, at the Service, and no need to book. Service starts at 10.30 however parking will obviously be at a premium so bicycle, walk or car share might be advisable :)

The service will embrace all denominations and will be attended by Sophie Countess of Wessex, pictured, the Lt‐Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker, Bailiff Sir Richard Collas as well as visiting groups from Biberach, Normandy, the UK armed forces and the Royal Chelsea Pensioners.

Welcome to ENGAGE

Welcome to this weeks issue of ENGAGE. Thank you for your support. Keep talking.

If you have an article for ENGAGE please send it to Laura Le Maitre LauraL@gcfe.net by Wednesday at 12.00 midday.

As you all will know by now the Board of Education will discuss the College's proposals regarding the restructure on Wednesday 6 May, I thank you all once again for all your input, suggestions and enthusiasm that you have put into this proposal.

I look forward to sharing the outcome of the Board meeting, with you on Thursday at the all staff briefing. This event is being held in the Delancey Refectory due to lack of space at the PRCPA on this day.

Have a great bank holiday weekend.

Saboohi Famili

Chief Executive and Principal

LOC News

Future Team Leaders

Alison’s CMI level 2 Team Leader course presented their Team work unit this week to achieve their Award in Team Leading. Callum Le Noury, from Sarnia Hotels, opened the presentations with a talk about his career progression and how hospitality has developed over the years. He concluded with his opinions of the future of hospitality in Guernsey. The course participants asked questions about his experience and how he saw the future of the industry. His talk was engaging and insightful. Nice quote: ‘I had a lot of luck along the way, it seemed the harder I worked the luckier I got’

Representatives from Fermain Valley and La Barbarie Hotel were also in attendance to watch their colleagues’ presentations. The presentations were excellent and clearly evidenced the participants’ passion for their industry and a desire for continual improvement. Feedback from all who attended was really positive and businesses were impressed with the standard of work.

This collaboration between GCFE, GTA and Hospitality has been a great success and we look forward to developing this further.

Black Watch

Martine’s firefighters (Black Watch) have just completed their micro-teaches and all did really well. Their topics were wiring a plug, sail stowing on a tall ship, 4 wheel drive differentials and using a GoPro. Thanks to Rod, our cameraman.


Our Hair & Beauty staff and students will be at the Guilles-Alles Library on Friday 8 May, and will have a display of 1940’s hairstyles. Below is itinerary

Our Hair & Beauty staff and students will be at the Guilles-Alles Library on Friday 8 May, and will have a display of 1940’s hairstyles. Below is itinerary

· We will be setting up from 9.00 outside the library offering 1940’s make-up, nail art (liberation designs) and face painting.

· We will be demonstrating 1940’s hair styles and will be putting up a display within the library.

· We will be attending from 9-4. As it is a Friday it is normally busy around 11.30 -2.00 because of the market and lunch, so this may be a good time for demonstrations

Just to confirm that I have spoken to Sonia Taylor at Bailiwick Estates, and she will be happy to designate a space for you to have people doing Liberation nail art out in the Market Square on Friday 8th May.

Jane Le Poidevin

Assistant Principal

STAFF DEVELOPMENT EVENTS THIS TERM - dates for your diary - focus on T&L

Thursday 07 May - 4.00pm at Coutanchez - are you interested in being part of the T&L coach team or the Lesson observation team, we are looking for colleagues to join these teams, come along the session to find out what is involved and the training on offer to support this role. Email mariaf@gcfe.net

27 May - College development day - Self Evaluation - teams day- working together to review action plan, analyse and evaluate the data from the PAM meeting and update the plan for improvement.

Thursday 11 June 4.00pm - PLC

Tuesday 30 June - College development day - Respect for diversity - T&L festival at PAC

Our learning coaches are supporting T&L throughout the term please contact them for more details

Tim Le T - Adam Groom - Cathy Butler - focus setting targets for achievement

Stefan - Jayne Summerbell - focus supporting English and Maths in vocational learning

Martine - using technology to support learning

The coaches also offer one to one support on T&L please contact your coach to arrange

Maria French

Teacher Education

Professional Development Manager

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Just a reminder that the 45th World Aid Walk takes place on Monday 4th May and I understand that so far the number of registrations from schools is down on previous years.

You can register online between now and Monday on www.worldaidwalk.org.gg

Everybody is welcome – the 20km walk starts at 9am at Market Square and so far the weather forecast doesn’t look too bad!





There are sponsorship forms at the reception of all of our campuses or you can donate directly into Le Bourgs Hospice using their Web site following the links 1. Fund Raising. 2. Sponsor someone. 3. Select event. 4. Select person. 5. Pay.

There will be sponsorship forms at the reception of all of our campuses or you can donate directly into Le Bourgs Hospice using their Web site (link below) following the links 1. Fund Raising. 2. Sponsor someone. 3. Select event. 4. Select person. 5. Pay. or Saboohi's justgiving page.



This is a worthwhile charity to support. The Hospice costs over one million pounds every year to run, so every penny counts.

Thank you in anticipation

Roy, Carrie and Saboohi


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  • Things being put in the Skips that could be re-used, Re-cycled, re-loved!
  • It's Rachel's last week :(



  • Email received by Saboohi from Roddy Winser, CE of Youth Commission for Gsy and Alderney:

    Three photographers from the Creative Department supported the Youth Commission Ball recently: Emma Ogier, Amber Moxom and Tiegan Carre.

    I met with Martin Purvis and Gillian McCartney a few times before the Ball and they were really proactive in facilitating the opportunity, which was then embraced by students.

    With the students we had simple planning sessions, and covered off finer detail before the evening, and all three photographers and Martin did great things on the night. The photographs that I have seen thus far capture the essence of the night’s entertainment really well, especially the 16 acts from across the Bailiwick’s young performers.


  • Craig's lasagne was delicious!
  • Sally has not suffered Post Traumatic Post 16 syndrome - all has gone swimmingly this year!
  • Thank you to Saboohi from Mr Andrew Carey from Commerce & Employment who had asked Saboohi to attend a (very early!) Breakfast seminar on 29 April. Discussion at the event was very positive and a comment overheard was that `one of my staff who came from the Guernsey College was a really stand-out member of the team'. Great to hear.
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  • Student Art for the Libraries (proper canvas)
  • Change displays in corridors - they have been up for years and not inspiring learning!

Rachel is leaving us!

After working with us for 16 years, Rachel is off to pastures new! We will miss her LOTS and she would like to invite you to meet with her for a drink/bite to eat.

Where: La Piette (in the beer garden if sunny)

Time: 3pm onwards

When: Saturday 16 May

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GCFE and the GTA to host an event at the PRCPA.... GAMING!

Thursday, May 7th, 4pm

Les Ozouets Road

Saint Peter Port

The main speaker, whilst one of the creators of games such as Grand Theft Auto, now works in cyber security. He will be speaking on why the use of games is increasing common to teach , for example internet security awareness . so very much not a game in the traditional sense.

Talk is open to all students . if you play computer games and want to gain an insight into the thought that goes into them then this is for you.


Friday, May 8th, 6pm

Rockmount, Cobo Bay

It’s looking like a fairly young crowd at the moment…but there are still a few places left.

We, prospectively, have a bus to ferry us there (then it is a find your own way home job).

Cider* and Sunset** at the Rockmount Friday 8th May

A great way to start the Liberation Weekend festivities.

A table for 12 -15 people has been booked for 6pm (meet at the Rockmount straight from work). If there is demand, this can be increased.

Come along for the first official college social event this calendar year. It has been too long since the last one.

Orders will need to be taken 48 hours in advance. Menu attached.

To book a place email phile@gcfe.net

*Other beverages available

**Not guaranteed





Tue 5 May at 7.15pm - La Fille mal gardée

Thu 14 May at 7.00pm - NT Live Man and Superman

Wed 20 May at 7.30pm - CIGPE Robotics in Agriculture

Thu 04-Sat 06 June @ 7.30pm – Antigone (BTEC Yr2 Students)

Wed 10 June @ 7.15pm – La bohème (Opera)

Thu 11-Sat 13 June @7.30pm – Everyman (BTEC Yr1 Students)

Thu 18-Sat 20 June @ 7.30pm (Matinee Sat @ 3.00pm) – History of Guernsey in Sixty Minutes (HOGISM)

Sun 05 July @ 2.45pm – William Tell (Opera)

Thu 16 July @ 7.00pm – NT Live Everyman

Wed 22 July @ 7.00pm – RSC Live The Merchant of Venice

Thu 15 Oct @ 7.00pm – NT Live Hamlet (With Benedict Cumberbatch)

Tue 27 Oct @ 7.00pm – NT Encore Hamlet (With Benedict Cumberbatch)

Tickets available from www.guernseytickets.gg or the Box Office on 749999

Please contact Kerry if you wish to steward for any of these events.

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