Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 30

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.

Payslips - Electronic V Paper

Please can we request that staff choose to view their paperslip online on SAP rather than have a paper copy. We would like in future, to only have online copies, so please begin getting in the habit now. If you have any issues with a SAP logon - please contact SAP Support - on sap.support@gov.gg Thank you for your co-operation.

What a week...

I am pleased to inform you that we had a positive response from the Board of Governors on the draft proposal that was shared with them on Tuesday. We also had some specific feedback that we will reflect in the final proposal by the end of the month. Further meetings are arranged with GTA and Institute of Health to make sure we consider any partnership arrangements as we finalise our organisational plans. Next week I will be sharing our plans with the Board of Education for their feedback and information. Unions have been very helpful in collating the general views and specific view points from their membership and these have been shared with us. To these points an official response will be made and this will be available shortly. I would like to thank you all for your help and support in defining the future plans for our College and look forward to concluding this process by the end of the month. There is still plenty of time to get involved and have your veiws heard. You know what to do!

If you couldnt attend the all staff briefing last week - the video can be found here and on MyCFE. http://youtu.be/HbhemQbr838

Apologies for the delay in getting the JDs published. Technical difficulties as well as volume of work has meant that these have not been published as yet. We anticipate for these to be made available by close of play on Monday 16 March.

Many of you have taken the time to reflect and share your views with us. We will consider these and make the necessary amendments which will be shared with you on 27 March, keep talking and sharing your views with us - this is very helpful and valuable.

Preparations for the Today, Tomorrow, Together presentation evening are well underway. Thank you to those of you who are taking part in these activities. Please book your place if you haven’t already done so. We would like to encourage staff and students to be part of this event and take an active role in taking the views of the business community into our plans for the future.

Finally I would like to thank my little helpers from the catering department who have been instrumental in the College winning the Bake Off competition in aid of Comic Relief. Very well done for your effort. The initiative has raised over £650 for this worthy cause. If you are interested in donating more please see Laura.

Last but not least I look forward to the viewing of the Honk musical. I have heard raving reviews of this show and would like to congratulate staff and students who took part in organising the shows this week.

Saboohi Famili

Chief Executive and Principal

LOC News

Tasty-beauty session

The foundation students really enjoyed this week’s task of learning about the skin and its contents, we made a skin trifle using sponge fingers, jam, jelly, custard, cream and a lot of sweets in the middle to represent all the components that make our skin – a fun and yummy session :) - see photo.


Brilliant performances by our very talented Performing Arts students in their production of Honk this week. All involved have been extremely busy as they have done 2 shows a day! Show highlights for me were Bobby Didcott’s bullfrog singing “warts and all” and Arron Shepherd’s superbly sinister cat. Photos below.


Charlie & Simon collectively now known as “Chimon” ran a very informative camera workshop session yesterday, showing staff how to use our range of video cameras for teaching and assessment. Cameras are available to be booked out from the Learning Resource Centres.

Catering Talents

Two of our business studies students, Jack Hetherington and Bijoy Ali have entered the restaurant competition happening next week- men of many talents.

Bijoy was also interviewed by ITV on Monday, so clearly a multi-talented individual.

Guernsey Mind Charity Event

Our very capable Admin students are holding a charity event on Monday 16 March 10am-1pm in LOC hall in aid of Guernsey Mind, please try to come along. Poster below.

Jane Le Poidevin

Assistant Principal

Coutanchez News

Last Sunday 8th March was International Women’s Day

The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights and equality. We, the engineering team are doing our bit developing a dedicated webpage to attracting more young women on to our engineering programmes.

Over the last few of years the engineering programme area has witnessed, a small, but significant number of female school leavers with good GCSE results choosing a career path in engineering. So ee are delighted to see more young women showing an interest in the STEM subjects (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).

Click the link below to see the webpage.


The Post16 application process has begun, thank you Sally for all your hard work with this - we will dig you out of the huge pile of lilac forms on your desk!

Congratulations to Jacques Perree - who has won a City and Guilds Medal of Excellence. Jacques was a Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice at the college from September 2009 until July 2014. During his time at the college he was twice voted Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice of the Year, GBTEA Apprentice of the Year in 2013 and runner up in the college wide Apprentice of the Year 2013.

In order to win the Medal of Excellence Jacques nomination had to show evidence of Highly Developed Skills, Outstanding Knowledge, Versatility and Adaptability, Innovation and Originality and other qualities such as leadership. All these were evidenced easily from the work carried out by Jacques whilst at the college.

Jacques is currently employed by Roy Le Tissier who has helped train a number of quality students over many years. Roy believes Jacques is one of the best.

There will be a regional ceremony in Bristol in April followed by entry to the Lions Awards in London later in the year where Jacques could win a further award, we wish him well with that. See Jacque and examples of his work in photos below.

Louise Misselke



The Football Academy had a successful day on Wednesday with their last trip to the UK to round off a good season. The lads went out in style finishing with a 6 – 1 thrashing of City Academy. A report on the season and details of the friendly matches that are planned for the summer term will follow in the coming weeks.

The Access students are running a Pop-Up Cafe at The Caves. If you are passing please go and see them for a Coffee from 6 - 27 March on Fridays from 9am - 1pm. The students say "The Access course helps us to improve our functional skills and also prepares us for future independence and employment. We are running The Caves Pop-Up Café as an enterprise activity as part of our course". Please see their leaflet by clicking here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/258605452/Caves-Leaflet-Feb-15

More news next week of…Creative+ London trip, HEY placements, new faces at Delancey and some exciting student opportunities in the pipeline!!!

Jeff Stuart

Acting Assistant Principal

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is an international event, initiated by the World Plumbing Council, held on 11 March each year to recognise the important role plumbing plays in society. health and amenity. Perhaps next year we should recognise World Plumbing Day with Roy and Steve our great fountains of knowledge in all things Plumbing. You too may have heard on the radio about the `radiator racing' students from Gloucestershire College, and the winner Jamie who fitted a radiator in 39 minutes!

Christmas Party!

Nothing says the start of spring like the announcement of the work Christmas party.

This year we will be returning to St Pierre Park for an even bigger and even better event to celebrate the festive season.

The date for your diaries in Friday 11th December.

The event will be black tie this year.

Further announcements to follow once a Social Committee has been (re)formed. Anyone wishing to become involved in the organisation of the Christmas Party or become a member of the Social Committee, please contact Phil at phile@gcfe.net.



Wednesday, March 18th, 2:30pm

Coutanchez Campus

Expert chocolatier from Callebaut chocolates demonstrating in the restaurant. She is one of the top chocolatiers in the world and is very skilled.

This is an invitation for anyone who would like to watch (and taste) this demo.

If you are interested please contact Steve Bacon direct.

Solar Eclipse - 20th March beginning at 8.20

Great link here for more details of the Solar Eclipse next Friday!


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The grass in quadrangale has been cut!

Vince the caretaker - really helpful!


The cast and crew of HONK! - amazing performance!

The College Library selection - it feels the selection is getting bigger and better!

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  • Homophobic comments overheard in College - "Fab" that some overheard homophobic comments were challenged - but "drab" that these comments were made in the first place. Members of staff must not let homophobic comments go unchallenged - whether made by staff or students.


  • The cooking smell from refectory is not very nice-it’s all over the building!

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Ideas and questions

WANTED FOR: Fundraising Fete in aid of Guernsey Mind

Monday, March 16th, 10am

Les Ozouets Campus

Donation of any BOTTLES welcomed - please send to Martine's room - anything NOT ALCOHOLIC. Bubble Bath, shampoo, fruit juice etc.


Can you sing? Would you like to? the Guernsey Eistedfodd holds a class for a Corporate Choir - if you would be interested in joining a College choir please contact Julie Hyde. We have already had some interest and would be great fun! Move over Gareth Malone! Email Julie Hyde juliehyde@gcfe.net if you are keen.



Wed 04 Mar @ 7.00pm – RSC Live Love’s Labour’s Won Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar @ 7.00pm – BTEC Student musical HONK!

Sun 15 Mar Matinee @ 2.30pm – BTEC Student musical HONK!

Tue 17 Mar @ 7.15pm – Swan Lake – ROH (Ballet)

Thu 26 Mar @ 7.00pm – NT Encore Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Wed 01 Apr @ 7.15pm – Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – ROH (Opera)

Tue 14 Apr @ 7.00pm – Maxine Peake as Hamlet – NT Encore

Thu 16 Apr @ 7.00pm – NT Live The Hard Problem

Thu 30 Apr @ 7.00pm – NT Encore The View from the Bridge

Tue 05 May @ 7.15pm – La Fille Mal Gardée – ROH (Ballet)

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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