The student newsletter for all College students

January 2015

It wasn't me, it was my brain

Do you ever feel that your parents and lecturers come from a different planet from you? That sometimes they just don’t get you or understand your priorities in life. It's as if they were never teenagers themselves.

Recently, my friend and foundation lecturer, Melissa Guille recommended a book to me called ‘Blame my Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed’ by Nicola Morgan. I was hooked by the time I’d finished the first few sentences, which read:

‘All parents were once perfect teenagers. Model humans. Never drank, smoked, swore or lay in bed all morning. They were completely in control of all their hormones. In fact, they probably never had had any hormones at all. They were calm, always smiling and incredibly polite to everyone around them.

All parents also have amnesia. That’s why they think the above paragraph is true.’

I’m sure there are some days when you've just looked at a lecturer, boss or parent and thought 'They have absolutely no idea what’s it like for us!'

If you read the book, you'll see why teenagers want to stay in bed in the mornings, why risk taking is so appealing and why depression, anxiety and worry is common for adolescences

Now, I need to be careful here or I’ll get into lots of trouble! This article is not about giving you permission to stay in bed, snap at people or make the wrong choices. My aim is to give you a very quick insight in to the workings of your brain at this stage in your life and to help you understand why you might just feel like you are on a different wavelength to us oldies.

Did you know that your emotional brain is not fully developed until your mid-twenties?

This means that you might find it difficult to work out what emotion people are showing you, which might cause you to misread non-verbal cues. For example, when a parent or lecturer shows concern, you might misinterpret this as them nagging or telling you off.

Obviously, this is going to get your back up and make you cross, this may lead you to reacting emotionally. An argument might follow, especially when adults forget to use their mature brain too.

Now you have this information, next time someone questions you and you want to react, you can take a moment to stop and think ‘How do I respond here? What is the real message he/she is trying to get across?’

I hope it will also reassure you that arguing with parents in your teenage years is somewhat normal and that eventually you will see eye to eye and get along with them again. In the meantime, remember – it’s just your brain trying to make you react, if you can remain calm then the situation doesn’t need to escalate in to a row.

But for now, please don’t be too hard on us. We really do have your best interests at heart. It just that sometimes we need reminding about the amazing teenage brain too!

Sarah Lees

Student Services Manager

Meet the student governor

Congratulations to Christopher Gavey for becoming the new Student Governor for the College. The Board of Governors are very much looking forward to welcoming Chris to the team in the New Year.

Many thanks to Grace and Jack for their part in the election. All three were extremely worthy candidates.

Student Council Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 4-5pm

La Route du Coutanchez

St Peter Port

Calling all student reps. The 3rd student council meeting is being held at Coutanchez this month. Check emails for agenda.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Getting crafty

At the end of last term the Foundation Care students were busy creating a Contemporary Nail Art Xmas Tree. The girls created some fantastic Xmas designs which they painted freehand onto plastic nails. The finished product was all their own work and looked fantastic. Well done Teal, Donna, Shannel and Casey.

Julie Chalker

Beauty Lecturer

AH Hall Literacy Competition - Win a tablet

THE PARADELLE: "an absurd mix of the dead easy and the nearly impossible"

"The paradelle is one of the more demanding French fixed forms, first appearing in the langue d'oc love poetry of the eleventh century” or so Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, would have us believe. It was actually invented by Collins himself to ridicule strict poetic forms such as the sonnet or the villanelle.

Welcome to our second Creative Writing Challenge. Your chance to win an android tablet.

Firstly, well done to Reece, Scott and Sades who won our 101 Word Short Story competition. The level of entries was incredibly high and the difficulty of selecting the winners was unenviable. All three were well deserved winners and the quality of their work was praised by our sponsors, AO Hall. Now we are all set to do it again! This time: The Paradelle.

The challenge this month is to write a Paradelle. It can be on any subject and there are no strict rules on metre, rhythm and rhyme. See emails for full details.

The competition is open to all full time students. Please send your entries to phile@gcfe.net Closing date for entries is Friday 23rd Jan. Three winners will be announced in the next edition of Enrich.

Phil Emberton

Literacy Lecturer

Introducing the Six Book Challenge

Everyone is a reader, it’s just some people haven’t picked up the right book yet! Give yourself a chance to become the reader you’ve always wanted to be (and to pick up the amazing first prize of a weekend in London for two) by taking part in the Six Book Challenge this term.

The challenge is simple: read six books in five months. “Books” can be traditional novels, magazines, newspapers, poems, written websites or audiobooks. If you sign up you’ll be given a reading diary to note down each book once you’ve read it. At the end, you get a certificate signed by the Challenge Ambassadors (big name authors) and the chance to be entered into the prize draw.

If you’d like to know more, you can speak to Rachel in the library, or take a look at the Six Book Challenge website, where you can get chatting to other participants, or search for your next read.

Not sure whether it’s for you? Take a look here at some of the inspiring stories from other participants who never thought they’d be readers.

Rachel Gilbert

College Librarian

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Girls from the Yr 11 Health and Social Care Links course admiring the cakes they made as part of the Creative Activities units!

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STIQ Day 14th January 2015

STIQ Day has been launched to get people thinking about their sexual health and encourage more people to get regular sexual health checks.

This year STIQ Day takes place on 14th January, a date chosen because many common STIs such as Chlamydia can take two weeks to be detectable. If your festive season included unprotected sex then you should be thinking about getting tested now. Also with just one month to go before Valentine’s Day anyone hoping to enjoy the celebrations to the full should do so knowing that they are infection free and will not be putting someone else’s sexual health in danger.

More and more people in the UK are catching STIs and each year the infection rate is rising. Regardless of how old you are, if you're gay or straight, if you've had one partner or 100 - just one unprotected sexual encounter could have put you at risk of catching an STI.

Information taken from www.stiq.co.uk/home.stiq

For information about the sexual health Clinic in Guernsey go to www.gov.gg/sexualhealthunit

Ronez Quarry

Every year the trowel trades apprentices go out to Ronez stone quarry to cut, prepare and bring back granite stone for practical work in the GCFE workshop. This year’s level 2 students have just returned from their 4 week experience.

This is a great experience for the learners as they get a guided trip around the quarry, seeing the journey the stone makes from the drilling for the blasting, to the digging out of the boulders, which are then broken down to a size that can be lifted on to the trucks that take the stone back up the quarry to the massive crushers that break the stone down to the required sizes, from large show and walling units down to 6mm and dust.

Ronez give the apprentices a number of large boulders which they have to drill and split to workable sizes. Once broken down to the required sizes the apprentices dress the stone to shape and size so that it can be used to construct walling. This is all done in a purpose built dressing shed which Ronez kindly allow GCFE to have on their quarry site.

Student statements:

“I thought the trip to the quarry was very interesting. It was good going into the quarry itself and getting an insight into where the stone comes from and how it is excavated.”

Tom Hearne.

“The quarry was a very good experience. The work force there have a genuine interest to help develop GCFE students’ knowledge in the local stone and natural materials and how every day building materials such as stone dust are crushed etc. As a student I am very thankful to Ronez as they made this trip possible. The trip and the work we did has widened my knowledge of stone and I am very grateful.”

Adam Groom

Programme Manager Construction

Quick Quiz - just for fun (answers at bottom of the page)

1. According to the proverb, when should you not count your chickens?

2. How many years are there in a millennium?

3. Which of the following European cities is not a capital city?
a. Paris
b. Hamburg
c. London
d. Madrid

4. Which river flows through the city of Cairo?

5. What colour is an emerald?

6. How many holes are there in a ten pin bowling ball?

7. In cockney rhyming slang, what does 'Apples and Pears' mean?

8. What relation was Anne Hathaway to William Shakespeare?

9. What are a sombrero and a deerstalker examples of?

10. In a leap year, how many days does February have?

Raising money for Access-Ability

Well done to the Access Students in their success with their Christmas Fayre, which was due to be held at the Market Square but owing to adverse weather conditions in the run up to Christmas the stall was set up at Delancey Campus.

They students raised £161.32 for Access-Ability Charity.

Sue Clack

Programme Manager Access

College Rugby Team

Whole hearted is the only way to describe the the College of FE rugby squad. From first time players to seasoned Rugby Academy players the boys from the college of FE squad did themselves and the college proud.

Having lost heavily in our first 15’s game in November the squad as a whole where far from confident going into Tuesdays 7’s mini tournament. However, their apprehension was soon laid to rest with a very close 12 – 10 loss to the Elizabeth College A. It was during the second game against the Elizabeth College B team that the College of FE boys found their feet and scored some impressive tries in a very encouraging win over the Elizabeth College B team.

The second time around against the Elizabeth College A team wasn’t as successful with EC winning comfortably. Elizabeth Colleges rugby experience showed as they took advantage of some tired players and sloppy defence. However, the moment of the tournament came in the second game against the Elizabeth College B team when the College of FE boys scored in the far left corner. What began from an Elizabeth attack in the College of FE’s own half ended up as an outstanding 7’s try. With Stuart Keltie the two try hero from earlier picking up the ball and sneaking down the blindside before offloading to a rampaging Nic Batiste. With a dummy switch, (which Nic had no idea he had done) the ball travelled across the pitch to Oliver Alabaster who scored in the opposite corner. A wonderful try that drew a round of applause from a very impressive crowd in attendance.

The last try of our mini tournament was a credit to the College of FE’s for the endeavour and enthusiasm displayed throughout.

Both teams where a credit to their institution and throughout the afternoon demonstrated the values that Rugby aspires to build in everyone who plays the game.

Even more encouraging was the offer from Elizabeth College to support an application for the College of FE squad to join the Victoria College Jersey Rugby 7’s tournament.

It is fair to say that none of this would have been possible without the support of Steve Melbourne, Guernsey’s Rugby Development Officer. Along with Matt Chammings, both referred all four games allowing each coach the opportunity to support their teams.

Thank you both.

Tom Eisenhuth

Sports Lecturer

Health Event

The Health and Social Care L3 yr2 held a Health Event on Thursday 11th December during late night shopping. This is to change the attitude towards drinking over the Christmas period.

We gave out mulled apple juice as a healthy non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, in addition to this we handed out a recipe for the mulled apple juice we made and also a non-alcoholic cocktail called drivers punch.

We also offered information in the form of leaflets, posters and games. Despite the wet and windy weather, we were there for four hours and our stall was successful in informing people of the dangers of too much alcohol over Christmas.

Blaise Hockey

Aimee Coleman

Health and Social Care Students

Cracking Carol Service

Thanks to Rev Mike for a carol service that went with a bang! Congratulations to the 9 lucky students who each won £5

Top extra-curricular activities to improve your CV

Looking for your first job can be difficult...

...as everyone knows the dreaded cliché “you can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job”. But fear not! There are ways of bulking up your CV with some great experience to make you as employable as can possibly be…without yet being employed.

Become a Student Rep

This is a great way to get yourself noticed amongst the senior staff in the College as well as gaining invaluable experience in a position of responsibility. Depending on your College’s policies, you may need to be elected into these positions requiring you to network amongst your peers to persuade them that you are the best person to represent them, by displaying your excellent communication skills as well as approachable nature.

Join a sports team

Playing for a sports team displays more than just your level of fitness. Teamwork and dedication are valued in all job roles, and being part of a sports team will require these skills by the bucket load. You’ll also develop a healthy taste for competition.


Whether working at your local charity shop, helping out at the animal shelter or fundraising for your selected cause, volunteering shows you are an all-round good citizen, and are willing to commit your own valuable time to something other than personal gain. Aren’t you lovely!

As well as being a good egg, you will gain some priceless experience working as part of a large organisation, and will be given responsibility from the start

Drama, music & the performing arts

The main skill that you will develop in the performing arts department is confidence. It takes a lot of guts to get on stage in front of a crowd of people and act/dance/sing your heart out, and just a supporting part in a production can help bring even the shyest of wallflowers out of their shell.

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The College under took its first competitive fixture of Handball this week beating the 6th Form 7-0. After only completing 6 weeks of handball in their practical team sports Unit the students looked an accomplished side who had played for a period of time together. The next fixture to be played with Elizabeth College.

2 Goals each for Chamberlin, Veillard and Le Ray and a Goal from Lepp topped off an outstanding performance by the students.


Tom Veillard

Alex Setters

Janick Radford

Chris Hackeson

Theo Lepp

Dante Walker

Rory Chamberlin

Chis Le Ray

Answers to the quiz

1. Before they are hatched 2. 1000 3. B 4. Nile 5. Can be any colour but most commonly green 6. Three 7. The stairs 8. His wife 9. A hat 10. 29