Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 57

Welcome to ENGAGE

If you have any articles for the next issue please email this to LauraL@gcfe.net


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Winners of the Pride Prize Draw will be announced on Friday 11 December 2015. Thank you for your nominations. Next Prize draw will be for nominations made by end of January 2016.

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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. Pride Prize nominations so inspiring.
  2. Beautiful Christmas decorations.
  3. Inspection is here!
  4. It's Friday! (again!)
  5. Mexican ambassador talk for our students!
  6. Good coffee at Coutanchez! Yum!
  7. Fruits... really appreciate them.
  8. As an insomniac there is only 2 more sleeps till Christmas for me!
  9. Christmas party is a week away!
  10. Learnt some moves for Christmas Party!

Marketing Request Form

A big thanks to Trish for all the work she has been doing for the College with various areas, please see links Trish to the Chamber of Commerce website to which Trish has added our Open Day adverts http://www.guernseychamber.com/member-events/

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.

Click here to complete the Marketing Request Form: http://form.jotformeu.com/form/52743824060351

Who's Who!

We are looking to put a Who’s Who section on My CFE in the near future which I am sure you will find helpful. In order to help us have this publication produced you are all asked to complete this short form with information about yourself that we can then edit and use to produce the College’s Who’ Who document. http://form.jotformeu.com/form/52463061053345

A truly inspiring week!

What a fantastic week this week was. It started with the inspiring Power of Voice Seminar, the brainchild of a few local women who want to see more diversity in the States of Guernsey. I was privileged to be involved in organising and am delighted that the College will be involved in shaping a programme of skills training and support for those who are interested in the political affairs of our Island.

The week ended with the buzz created from the amazing Staff Development day on Thursday. Well done to everyone who has helped with the planning, organising and delivering the inspiring and exciting sessions at our Staff Development day. The feedback has been amazingly positive and your hard work has well and truly paid off. It was great to see so many examples of excellent practice shared. Martin Compton from University of Greenwich was impressed with the positive and enthusiastic atmosphere of our College and he commented on how much he enjoyed exchanging ideas with those of you who managed to speak with him. You can find Martin’s presentation on 30apps in 30mins and his keynote speech on the following links: http://tiny.cc/gcfe and http://tiny.cc/gcfe3

As you are aware your little cyclamen flower pots that were ordered for the Training Day didn’t make it to the Island on time due to disruptions to the Ferry service. You can pick your plants up from the receptions at each campus today. Well done for showing what a flourishing, talented and dedicated team we have. I look forward to hearing your takeaways from the training day. You can still share your photos, comments and your takeaways by tweeting with #CFEway.

The beautiful Christmas trees that have been put up in all campuses have inspired us to announce a competition for our students. We would like them to decorate a Christmas tree and the winners with the best tree will get a gift of Amazon or M&S vouchers. So, please announce this to your students and let’s see what they come up with. The prize will look at creativity and innovation and interpretation of the spirit of Christmas. For more details please get in touch with Jane Fears who came up with this brainchild.

Next week we will be welcoming a full house of guests. As well as the HMI inspectors we will be welcoming His Excellency Diego Gómez Pickering, the Mexican Ambassador to the UK who will be making a brief visit to Guernsey. I was delighted when Ambassador Pickering contacted me to arrange a special visit to the College in recognition of 2015 being ‘The Year of Mexico’. The fact that our efforts to forge global and international links are paying off is very rewarding. We hope to strengthen academic relationships and collaboration with educational institutions in all corners of the world on our journey to excellence. This will enable us to exchange ideas and to share experiences and traditions. We have benefited from the Guernsey-China relationships immensely and I hope that this Guernsey –Mexico relationship flourish with opportunities for our staff and students.

The feedback form for staff who will be interviewed or observed can be found here or paper copies at each Reception area https://form.jotform.com/53372112679962

You can use this form to feedback to us when you interact with one of our inspectors next week.

I wish you a restful weekend ahead of a week of playing host to our many guests.


College news: The week that was!

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Inset Day - 3rd December `Celebrating our Practice'

Louise says: what an amazing day this was! Thank you for all the contributions and sharing of good practice. The enthusiasm was catching and the buzz around the Campus amazing! Thanks to all who took part in this fantastic day.

News from CASI Faculty

This week Hair and Beauty’s students have been on a visit to Feel Unique, where they met with the Lancôme and Bare minerals consultants for a makeup and new technique demonstration. The visit also allowed the students to view the shop and ask any questions they had on the various different brands of makeup. Next week the Level 2 beauty students for Christmas party makeup techniques and new immerging trends within makeup.

Remember that the Beauty salons are open on a Thursday evening between 5.15 – 8.00 and now with the new first year beauty students the Salon is also open on a Monday evening 6 – 8pm for manicures, makeup and lash/brow treatments

There has been great success in Creative + this week as Vienna Bostrom De la Mare and Freja Marquis came first and second place in the Functional Skills creative writing competition. They are both on Level 1 and are very happy with their achievements.

In Hospitality and Catering the 3rd years have spent the week learning about making fresh puff pastry. The first years have also been busy making a delicious kedgeree and cod en papillote

And finally Performing Arts students had a fantastic week in London taking part in a challenging Lion King dance workshop, a physical theatre session, a Shakespeare acting master-class and a singing lesson with the musical director of Matilda. They walked an average of 12,000 steps a day visiting The Globe, The National Theatre and The Horne Sections in Soho. They also went to see the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Matilda, The Play That Goes Wrong, Warhorse and Henry V by The RSC! The photography competition was superb with some great entries on twitter #palondon15

Alongside the inspection next week there is also an Ed Tech review being held in the college by a company called Aspire2Be. Aspire2Be are education consultants and are really keen to engage with the staff as much as possible. If you would like to have some time with them contact Jane le Poidevin on janel@gcfe.net.

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News from Corporate Services - IT Dept

From IT Support:

For the past 18 years all of the College’s e-mail and public facing internet services have been provided by a local independent business ISP, part of a company known locally as Microtech Computers (AKA Cloudfloor DNS). The company has provided us with a very high level of technical support and solutions over the years as well as the critical internet service. Recently we were saddened to hear that following the departure of the company’s founder/director, Paul Smith, the Guernsey office and operation would be closed down at fairly short notice. In order to protect our vital external services we had to move very quickly to move these services to a new internet feed. I’m pleased to say that this transition is now complete and going forward will provide us with greater flexibility and capacity to further improve our external services and continued adoption of cloud technologies

Working from Home?

If you haven’t used CC4 Anywhere in a while we recommend you give it a fresh look. Over the summer we replaced the front end of the system and it now provides a much slicker experience. It now also has much more internet bandwidth allocated so why not give it a go, you can access the service anywhere at http://login.gcfe.net , mobile devices may require the Citrix Receiver App available from the Android or IOS app stores.

In other news:

Both Delancey and Les Coutanchez Campus are now operating on the new JT MPLS wan network. This should hopefully improve performance between sites and now means that these sites effectively have their own dedicated internet feeds. We have one site left to migrate, Les Ozouets Campus and this site in particular has probably been in the greatest need of the change. I’m pleased to say that after an enormous amount of background work by JT, XMA and ITU they are now ready to throw the switch. This work is currently scheduled for 5pm on Tuesday 15th December, the change is not expected to be disruptive but there may be a brief break in connection. A further notice will be sent out when we have more information. This is a very positive step for the Campus which we hope will significantly improve network performance at the site.


Whilst our staffing remains very thin on the ground we are having to deal with an enormous backlog of calls and tasks. Please continue to log your calls on the support helpdesk http://helpdesk.gcfe.net and we will do our best to attend to your issue as quickly as possible. Your patience is as always appreciated.

News from CHPSS Faculty

We have received excellent feedback from the prison on our children in custody training course. Massive thanks to Paula Grady and Kathryn Fusenich who delivered it with me.

We welcome Mike Rowe to the team in HSC who brings over 30 years teaching experience with him and provides us with a male presence in the team. We’re all thrilled to have him.

It has been a tough couple of weeks for our team with a lot of staff sickness and much cover taking place but as ever they approach it with positivity, passion and amazing resilience and Paula and I feel very lucky to work with them all - a shout out to them would be amazing! Thank you team!

ILT Update

Here is a link to the ILT strategy update presentation for Thurs and resources from my training session/workshop on Google Apps for Education:

Presentation: https://goo.gl/lhvFv4 (me and Jane Le P)

Training resources on GAfE: https://goo.gl/uNuytM (presentation) https://goo.gl/WNpaJJ (handout)

Many thanks


PS I am working on a series of ‘how to’ screencasts – can you embed video in engage

PPS If you are looking for a slightly prettier (and FREE) platform for Engage, what about this…. https://slate.adobe.com/cp/TtzB9/

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  • Saboohi on the radio! Well done - we loved hearing about your life!
  • Saboohi's new coffee machine
  • Fiona's biscuits!
  • Craig for fixing the coffee crisis!
  • IT Team - for everything!
  • Tamara - for the wonderful new FAB Boards!
  • Love the new tidy Board - much neater!


  • Don't agree - thankful for INSET Day - a day to catch up!
  • Loving the fruit in the staff room - yum yum!
  • Very proud of Vienna and Freja on Creative + Level 1 who came 1st and 2nd in the Creative Writing Competition!
  • Tristan helped Jacob make his first cuppa! It was delicious - well done Jacob and thank you.



INSET mid week in the middle of term really disrupts learning


Student council meeting being cancelled at the last minute.



  • Sites and apps from INSET blocked by filter - please put in a helpdesk and these will be unblocked. Thank you.
  • Please can we turn the heating down a bit - this is being looked at - thank you.
  • Please can we have the choices back in the refectory there is nothing to eat properly - more bacon!! - please refer to the latest edition of ENRICH where you will read about the new healthier options available.


Raffle tickets are now on sale at Receptions at LOC, Delancey and Coutanchez £1 per strip – Please take the opportunity to buy tickets before the staff Christmas Party next Friday evening at St Pierre Park. All proceeds are going to Autism Guernsey.

Prizes so far donated are:

  • Bumblebee Voucher to value of £50

  • Crate of Rocquettes Cider

  • Swarovski Voucher to the value of £100 (?)

  • Bottles of champagne x 2 +/-

  • GCFE Beauty Voucher

  • Catherine Best voucher to the value of £40

  • Indian Cottage voucher to the value of £20

  • Beeton’s Chip Shop voucher (Value to be confirmed)

  • Cobo Butchers voucher to the value of £10

  • Mini Hamper from Tapenade

  • 4 lots of ‘Green Fees’ at La Grande Mare Golf Club to the value of £196

  • Meal for 2 at La Piazza Restaurant

  • Forest Stores Hamper

  • Clarins Perfume from Day Salon

  • Intersport – prize donated but yet to be confirmed

  • Pair of sun glasses from Specsavers Market Street



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.

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