Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 73
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. A huge amount of applications of Post16 students.... 518!
2. Liberation Day!
3. Joe's World Aid Walk picture in the Press
4. Birthday cake!
5. I got an awesome haircut from the College Salon - Dan
6. Another sunny day!
7. Access trip to watch the Basketball in London!
8.The Hangar Ball - a chance to dress up!
9. The College's 30/30 cycle Team - keep going!
10. Another 4 day week!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you to those of you who were able to join me at the All Staff Briefing on Wednesday. I hope that you found the information shared with you useful. Those of you who missed the session will be able to view the slides here:
A video of the event will be made available shortly. My thanks to Charlie Towers who responded to a very last minute request.
A link and further details will be shared in next Engage next week for the Curriculum Review (Review).
The next All Staff Briefing will be at 8.30 on Wednesday 15th June in the Theatre at PRCPA, I hope to see as many of you as possible there, thank you.
I would like to congratulate Samantha Carre, Engineering student for being recognised as one of the most inspiring voices by Jenny Kendall Tobias, please listen to Jenny's show here:
Following the interview Sammy has been asked to contact the Prince’s Trust with a view to her talking to some of the young people in your care in a bid to inspire them beyond their wild imaginings.
Jenny says "“ I interviewed the most inspiration young lady today – 22 year old Sammy Carre – who has literally turned her life around. She was a school refuser at St Sampsons High, left school with no qualifications, pestered the College of FE to accept her onto the Engineering course despite their having said no, worked in the evenings to catch up with her maths qualifications, then went on to work for the States during which time she took annual leave to study for further qualifications and has now got herself a place to study mechanical engineering at university.”
The job we do is hard, challenging, inspiring and equally rewarding. The success and achievements of our students makes it all worthwhile. Every one of you make a valuable contribution in making their learning environment and experience a fulfilling and enjoyable one. I thank you for your commitment, dedication and determination and wish you a very restful liberation weekend.
Chief Executive & Principal
We've got Rythm....!
Putting students first : Heather Froome: engaging a disillusioned, disenchanted learner to embrace literacy after several years of finding the subject a complete barrier. The learner is now reading a book a week and writing reviews. Her work will be in the next edition of Enrich
Mike Rowe for working with the students on the Enrichment event to ensure they are tracked for their assessment for the Health Promotion Unit
Alice Coggins – takes her pastoral care of her students very seriously, often dedicating a lot of her own personal time to ensuring they are getting the support they need to achieve
“The Enrichment Team” (Jon S, Charlie F and Lindsey H)
I saw first-hand the immense process that goes into Enrichment day in order that students have a variety of options when taking part – this took a lot of effort!
Rewarding relationships: Jon Snow & Charlotte Froome: Organising and providing a varied and developmental programme of enrichment activities by mobilising external partners to work with our learners. This has built very positive links for future opportunities across the College.
the relationship with Guernsey Football Academy and team working between the Sport and Guernsey Football teams, and the Governing board contributions to an Academy for the Island
Laura Le Maitre -Laura always seems to help people if things are getting tough and are finding things difficult – she always tries to keep morale up :)
Inspiring people: Phil Emberton: putting together and delivering an excellent quiz night. Despite his lack of microphone, lack of variety in crisp selections and lack of accuracy in the answers and lack of voice the next day it was an excellent night for all. If persuaded…..he may even do another one!
Matt Sawbridge for working with the 3X FD team (other attendees are also welcome) and inspiring them to continue to attend and work out at the “Early” Wednesday morning boot camp
Martine Ellis - inspiring colleagues to give tech a go to improve their T&L, for example supported the H&EY team to set up their google classroom, Karen noted that formative assessment is much easier/quicker via Google Classroom and the quality of final assignments is improving
Bob Childs - for such great assistance, knowledge and helpfulness assisting Lucy with course delivery
Delivering excellent service: Joe Raleigh: masterminding the Careers Show and coordinating another successful year for the college to showcase itself against and alongside the industry sectors.
Catering team – superb restaurant service, raising our profile with external events and work experience at the Awards of Achievement and the CI Chef of the Year events
Technicians for supporting teams in putting on an excellent show at the Careers show
Rod Tostevin - he makes the Careers Show setting up seem effortless, and seems to know exactly what is needed by all. Always unperturbed and on top of things.
Exceeding expectations: Ryan Sperry: going above and beyond to get all the food for the Staff quiz night sponsored and therefore doubling the profits made for the fundraising for charity! And also to the whole catering team that facilitated the food on the night.
Anne Setters & Lucy Mallet - for their continued support given to Jana during her phased return, and their total dedication to the Course despite the ongoing pressures.
Gillian McCartney – planned a flawless Creative trip for our Level 3 students, cheerfully and positively goes about her work and always exceeds my expectations of a curriculum assistant
Health and Social Care/ Sports students for exceeding their own expectations and leading on a number of the sessions for the Health and Wellbeing Enrichment
Robin Robilliard he is fantastic, helpful and lovely - despite being a Spurs fan ;)
BIG PROJECT! TARGET SETTING FOR STUDENTS
Attendance, Behaviour, ProMonitor, ProPortal, MarkBook, Minimum Target Grades, Personal Target Grades, ALPs, Qualifications on Entry…………
If reading the above, excites you… we can help!
We are looking for keen and enthusiastic staff to take part in this BIG project on student Target Setting. As we move towards fully embedding our use of ProMonitor to evidence how we are working on raising standards, student aspirations and supporting achievement, there are lots of ways in which we can use target setting to support students that we have not yet tapped into.
We need a cross section of staff across all areas of the curriculum, from those involved with all levels of delivery and support, from full time to apprenticeships and links programmes to curriculum support assistants, progress coaches, learner support staff and lecturers.
The aim of the group will be to identify how we can effectively embed target setting and the use of ProMonitor for all students across the college.
It doesn’t matter what your previous experience of Target Setting and understanding and use of ProMonitor is, you are welcome to join this BIG project.
Please contact Jeanette Hart if you are interested email@example.com
College news: The week that was!
News from BIC Faculty
Work Experience Placements
Ten Business Administration students went out on work experience this week, and Jana, Anne and Lucy have been out visiting them. Without exception, we’ve had fantastic feedback and they have made us very proud! One comment “best student we’ve ever had”, “has fitted in and its like she works here” and the positivity continued.
Well done! You are a credit to College.
Here come the girls!
The team keep in touch with previous Administration students who kindly help out with talks, visits and work experience. Whilst Jana was visiting one such lovely person at Carey Olsen, her ex-student (Caroline) had organised a little welcoming committee – all of them studied with us at College and are working together in the Corporate Department. Carey Olsen – you have good taste!
Most recent students from left to right – Krystal (due to complete summer 2016), Lucretia (2013/14), Ripleigh (2011/12) and Caroline (2004/05).
"It's funny how much you really learn at college to help in every day secretarial life! There are still so many things I remember learning that I use so much and I actually teach some of the girls who have been secretaries for years and years who haven’t necessarily had a lot of modern day training!
I am really glad I did the course as I love the work I do now"
direct quote from one of the girls in the picture (Ripleigh) an ex student
News from CASI Faculty
In Hair and Beauty this week the department welcomed Mrs Jennie Jones who is covering Ali Blacks Maternity leave.
The Hair and Beauty Show on June 9th is well into its planning stage now and the team are busy getting ready with discussions now featuring confetti cannons and traditional sweets!
As ever the salons are busy but always looking for new customers so contact the Salon reception on 749944 if you would like to make an appointment
Hospitality and Catering had another fantastic restaurant session on Wednesday and Thursday as the Year 1 chefs helped prepare a range of baked products in support of the MENCAP open garden event at Grange court opposite Lukis house on Sunday. The students made chocolate brownies, cookies, sausage rolls, carrot cake, rock cakes and scones They are all also kindly volunteering to assist with the event which will run from 10 – 4pm and everyone is welcome to come along
Their two Seafood finalists are busy practicing and tweaking their dishes and are having a full dress rehearsal on Tuesday with their employers and special invited guests
The Performing Arts department have been working on their musical production ‘Loserville’ with the help of two work experience students Scott Riseborough and Ben Hislop from La Mare. They have been mainly working on the second act because all of act one has been structured and polished, including all of the student solos. There are about 7 songs through act two and they are making great progress.
The picture shows their Facebook page and post that has been keyed by 1.4 thousand people ..... and "reached" over 3000 people!
Tickets went on sale yesterday (May the 4th be with you) and are selling fast! You can come down and book them at the PRCPA front desk or book them online at www.guernseytickets.gg - prices are £5-£10. The show has the potential to be stunning so not be missed! Come along and watch it from the 25th-28th May.
In Creative and Digital Arts the Level 2’s have had the first of their exams with Alice.
The Level 3’s completed their 3D animations this week. The students really enjoyed this unit with Charlie and the results are all impressive.
Here is a link to an example from Nicole Marquis
Finally the Level 3 Year 2’s are coming to the end of their time at the college and have been involved in planning their final year show for 2016. The show is a great platform to profile their skills and the wide variety of their work. It promises to be great night!
Tech for Learning
I actively seek out reasons to use Google Forms - they are such a cool tool and, without a doubt, Google's best kept secret.
There are lots of different ways you can use Google Forms. For example you can use Google Forms to:
• plan events
• make a survey or poll
• give students a quiz, or
• collect other information in an easy, streamlined way.
Google Forms records all of your responses visually (pie charts, graphs etc) and, with just one click, it can generate a spreadsheet of responses allowing you to manipulate the collected data any way you like.
To find out more about Google Forms check out this Google Help article.
This 10 minute video walks you through Google Forms.
If you'd like more help with Google Forms, feel free to email Martine to book a training session. Google Forms is a great alternative to Surveymonkey and Jotforms, so if you have used these systems before, you are encouraged to book a training session on Google Forms.
Embedding Maths and English - discussion session
The first session will be held at 9am at Delancey on Wednesday 11 May and will last approximately 45 mins.
Please click here for further details and to register.
- From Saboohi: Dave Cowan leaving us
Tony has spoken with Mark Robert regarding the parking issues at Delancey.
When the college was recently re-branded, as these permits had the old logo’s on them Mark asked about creating and issuing new ones, but it was agreed that we should go to a system of first come first served, which appear to be what is in place at the moment.
The situation has been exacerbated recently by the fact that there is building work taking place at the other side of Delancey park and the car park on that side, where some of the students used to park, has now been monopolised by the builders on that site. Also some of the parking spaces on our site have had to be given over to the workmen doing the repair work on the Russell building.
This situation is being looked into at present.
Questions & Ideas
- Internal Free ad's at GCFE
- Why aren’t College’s social media channels being updated regularly? One week’s notice for social media announcements (as outlined in Engage) could have something to do with it. It’s not reasonable or suitable for social media. It’s an instant communication medium. We could be using social media far better than we are.
Response: What is advertised in Engage is if there is a marketing plan involving social media we have created a timeline to enable this to be thought through and information provided. The College social media is being updated more regularly and workflows are being looked at as to how the Curriculum Support Assistants and the Executive Assistants can ensure more agility and rate of response. If you need an immediate post to twitter or facebook just let Trish know - she aims for at lest two per week
world aid walk 2016
Joe took part in the World Aid Walk again this year, 12.5 miles which took about 4.5 hours in a costume that wasn't particularly manoeuvrable - hence Joe has very unhappy feet this week! - surely this is worth donating towards! Please click here to donate:
PLEASE LET LAURA/PHIL KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN A COLLEGE 5-A-SIDE TEAM ABOVE
WIN A CAR! RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT COUTANCHEZ RECEPTION £5 HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE
For events happening at the PRCPA please click below...
PRCPA Event Flyer
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.