Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 62
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.
2. Music Centre concerts
5. Our students on Channel TV speaking about our College so well!
6. Survived bootcamp with Matt
7.Good news about Rachel - all to be revealed next week
8.Great take up for Women2Win!
9. The evenings are drawing out
10. John promising to shave his beard... watch this space!
Licence to Thrill Results
During the first term of 2015-16 academic year we started an initiative under the title “Licence to Thrill” this was to provide you with an opportunity to individually or as a team make suggestions to keep the buzz in our busy lives at the College. We have received your suggestions under the following categories
1. Keeping the morale high
2. Keeping staff/student healthy
3. Make the work place fun
4. Improve the sense of worth and value for all
5. Showing appreciation of doing a job well done
Next week we will announce the date where we put a decision on which one of the projects are to be taken forward to some of our key stakeholders.
Here is the process:
- The decision making process will be in an open forum format. Where we invite our students to join us to help make a decision
- Proposers will be presenting their proposal in a Dragon’s Den Style to a panel of CLT and governors
- The panel will have a vote to award to each proposal based on their merit. (this is 1-10 similar to what Strictly judges would do.
- Audience have a green or red card to hold up (similar to the apprentice programme) they can add or deduct 10 points if the majority is supportive or dismissive of the idea.
- Projects that receive 80-100 votes will be funded as following:
- 80-90 will get up to £300 funding
- 90-100 will get up to £500 funding.
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
Click here to complete the Marketing Request Form: http://form.jotformeu.com/form/52743824060351
Another week has flashed past...
The highlight for the week for me was the Connecting for Good Growth event organised by PWC at St James. The agenda was shaped around how we can help drive the right economic growth for the Channel Islands. This takes effort and focus from the Government, the Regulator and Industry working as a collaborative community.
It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm between private and public organisations with an aim to improve services on island.
Well done to our students who helped film the event and to the staff who supported them.
Tomorrow we will hold another course that is put on directly from the feedback receved from the public. Women2Win which will provide a bespoke skills based programme to support and encourage more female participation in the States of Guernsey election in April 2016.
My thanks to all colleagues who will be helping with the delivery of this programme and to those that have helped me set up rooms and other resources.
This week we had the College Management Development Programme, in the Green Room at the PRCPA. The delivery of bite size sessions and Action Learning sets were well attended and Arnie’s enthusiasm and acronyms were well used! We also got up to speed with a check on the progress on our College’s Corporate Services review. I look forward to sharing with you the outcome of this activity in February.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
CEO and Principal
Over the past few months the Corporate Services at the College has been engaged in a service review. Each key function within this area has been reviewed by the person responsible for the area, against an agreed template, to identify current strengths and possible areas for improvement. The review also includes on-line and physical visits to other colleges with similar services, and a peer review, in which another service head carries out a shorter but independent review. We also have external review for IT services and External consultancy on the College Finance reporting processes being carried out concurrently. The services being reviewed are:
Caretaking headed by Jeff Le P
Exams headed by Sam Roberts
Front of House Services headed by Laura le Maitre
HR (in conjunction with SED) Headed by John Norman
IT (in conjunction with SED and ITU and Aspire2B) Headed by Jason Smith
Finance (in conjunction with SED and Offshore accounts) Headed by John Norman
MIS Headed by Nicola le Feuvre
Performing Arts Centre Headed by Kerry L
Technicians and Estates Headed by Tony Jephcott
As part of the review, all staff and students will be asked for their opinions on the various services that you use. Further details on how you can get involved will be shared with you next week. Your views are really valued in this process and I hope that you will make time available to take part fully.
The findings of the reviews will be collated and presented to the Board of Governors on 26 February.
There are 6 Knowledge Café Style meetings for staff and students organised at each campus over the coming 2 weeks. During these meetings key themes emerging from these service reviews will be put forward for further comments. Be sure to take part to have your voice heard. Details of these meetings:
Monday 8 February 12-12:45 Staff Room Coutanchez Staff
Wednesday 10 February 12:30 – 13:15 Staff Room LOC Staff
Thursday 11 February 12.00 – 12:45 Staff Room Delancey Staff
Monday 15 February, 12.00 – 12:30, Refectory Coutanchez – STUDENTS
Tuesday 16 February 12.30 – 13:00 Refectory LOC – STUDENTS
Wednesday 17 February 12.00 – 12:30 Refectory Delancey - STUDENTS
Services including HR, IT and Finance that are being reviewed in conjunction with SED team may require a longer period of time to ensure due regard is given considering the complexity of these areas. A project plan is being agreed and details will be shared in due course.
Following the presentation to the Board, we will share the review results with all staff and students, so you know what the results are, and how they might contribute to service improvements within the College.
We aim to have the corporate services review, its impact on the College and the shape and form it takes for the next academic year finalised by the end of this term. Get involved and have your say. You can email email@example.com with your comments. A section under College review on MyCFE will be created where you can find further information about the process and what has been done to date.
College news: The week that was!
news from the enterprise academy
This week in the Enterprise Academy Simon, Charlie, Hollie, Brad, Imogen and Nicole from Creative and Digital Arts filmed an event organised by PWC and the States as a joint venture. It revolved around a keynote speaker from the US, Ed Glazer who spoke about how cities have created success for themselves (he wrote a book called “Triumph of the City”).
Students found the early start challenging! But were able to operate the cameras, sound equipment and interacted with the audience in a professional way and feedback from the organisers was very positive.
Jon and the Student Enterprise Managers have been working hard to set up the OSA Pop Up Shop in Smith Street. The college is taking over the shop for 2 weeks in February. The first week, between the 8th and 12th February, will be retail where the College will sell various products made and put together by the students. The second week, between the 15th and 19th February, will be an art gallery displaying and selling work produced by the Creative and Digital Arts area.
If you have any ideas for the shop you would like to put forward Jon and the team would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
news from CHPSS Faculty
The L2 sports students are working in primary schools next week arranging sporting events for the young pupils. Watch this space for photographs of the event in next week’s Engage, Stefan is going to be out there capturing the activities for their portfolio’s and sharing the m in next week’s bullet-in.
Continuing with news from L2 Sport, they have been working particularly hard this week and deserve the congratulations from Jen in Literacy for their fantastic start to the New Year in the skills classes.
Well Done and Good Luck with the schools activities !
GCFA in Close Encounter
GCFA faced up against top of the league St Brendan's College in the British Colleges League only 1 week after losing 7-1 to the same opposition.
This game was to be a much closer affair. With the first half being a very close encounter without any real clear chances in open play for either side in the first 45 minutes as the GCFA managed to prevent their opposition from creating any kind of chances on goal. Having said this, St Brendan's were awarded a penalty just before half time after the referee judged that Jacob Fallaize had handled the ball in the penalty area. In fact, the ball clearly did strike Fallaize on the arm, however, there was some debate as to whether Fallaize was in fact fouled before the ball struck his arm and that he had no intention of handling the ball. But the referee awarded the spot kick which was struck firmly into the top right hand corner where Dante Walker managed to dive across and get both hands on the ball to make a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-0.
The second half was much the same, with chances few and far between in the first 15 minutes. However, St Brendan's finally broke the deadlock after 60 minutes following a GCFA free kick. St Brendan's defended the free kick well and then launched a swift counter attack down the left hand side finding their number 9, Bailey, who carried the ball all of 50 yards before slotting the ball into the near post past Walker in the GCFA net. Disappointing for GCFA to concede the first goal in what was such a tight game it was looking like that might be the only goal of the game.
However, GCFA started to push for an equaliser but were still finding it hard to create any clear cut chances. There was a strong appeal for a penalty as Seb Smeed went on a strong run into the opposition box but the referee waved away the claims. This was a big turning point in the game as shortly after St Brendan's doubled their lead after a long punt forward was not dealt with by the GCFA defence. With goalkeeper Walker off his line Bailey struck a wonderful volley from 35 yards to lob the keeper and it looked like game over.
St Brendan's had another couple of chances to really kill the game off, hitting the post with one and forcing an outstanding save from Walker to keep the score at 2-0.
This almost gave GCFA a lifeline as Jamie Blackham pulled one back to make it 2-1. Blackham received the ball in the opposition penalty area and managed to work a bit of space to unleash a right footed shot into the bottom corner of the net. GCFA were then looking for an equaliser in the last 5 minutes and had another very strong call for a penalty. Tyler McKane made his way into the box and went past his man on the outside, the defender made a desperate lunging challenge but made no contact with the ball and seemed to catch McKane on the ankles. McKane went to ground under the force of the challenge but the referee was not convinced, awarding a goal kick.
This was to be the final action of the game with the final whistle coming shortly after.
Walker, Poynder (Martel 45), Fallaize, Blinston, Le Brun, Masterton-Pipet, Martin, Dodds, Smeed, McKane (c), Blackham
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news from BIC Faculty
Last Friday, Dan Hunter and Rachel Guilbert took time out of their busy college schedules (.ie. they went in their lunchtime!) to pay a visit to The Digital Greenhouse, the States of Guernsey funded initiative dedicated to growing Guernsey’s digital and creative sectors in collaboration with business, government and the community.
Implementation Director at the Digital Greenhouse Mike Culverwell gave the pair a personal tour of the premises which have been fitted out using local suppliers with the aim of creating a fresh and exciting venue that is both flexible and able to deliver an inspirational facility so as to provide a focus for creativity and innovation
Both Dan and Rachel agreed that the workspace does indeed provide an versatile and inspirational working environment.
The Digital Greenhouse is hosting a number exciting events in the near future, including the Global Games Jam that takes place this weekend. A number of college students have already signed up for a weekend where participants get together and create games in one weekend in hundreds of locations worldwide.
This visit continues to build on the strong relationship that the ICT team have with the local IT industry, where college alumni making up the largest network of IT professionals in the Bailiwick.
For further information please visit :
News from CASI Faculty
The Future Chefs restaurant in Hospitality and Catering received a great accolade this week as the most disabled friendly restaurant in the island by DisableGo! The college’s restaurant has been registered for 3 years with this website that helps disabled people look for venues that are accessible for them and this was their first visit. Everyone was very excited to receive such a great recommendation.
In Creative and Digital Arts this week Andrew Carey and Emma Boden-Heaume came to talk to the Level 3 Year 2 students. They were keen to hear feedback from the students on a possible internship scheme they would like to start up. It was a productive session and the students were able to provide some interesting ideas to both Andrew and Emma. We look forward to seeing how this develops.
Performing Arts had their first year parents evening this week. It was a great success and gave parents the opportunity to speak one to one with all the tutors. Vanessa has also been to La Mare and Grammar this week pitching the dance courses to prospective students. The visits were a success and students seemed interested in learning more about what courses Performing Arts offers.
Hair and Beauty are once again open for business in order that their students gain valuable industry salon experience. The wide range of treatments available to book are below.
All Level 2 Beauty treatments – currently excluding Facials and waxing
Monday: 9.30-11.45 & 1.15-4.00
(Manicure and Pedicure ONLY)
Monday Evening: 6.00-8.00
(Manicure/Pedicure/*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
Wednesday: 10.30-1.00 (Manicure & Pedicure ONLY)
& 2.30-4.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
Thursday: 10.30-12.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)
*Patch test required at least 48hours prior to tinting or false lashes
LEVEL 2 - SPECIAL OFFER/ JANUARY SALE – OPEN TO ALL STAFF, FRIENDS AND FAMILY – All treatments except those offered on a Monday evening HALF PRICE! (offer available for the remainder of January)
LEVEL 3 treatments:
Tuesday 1.15 – 4.00 Massage only – HALF PRICE SPECIAL OFFER
Thursday Evening 5.15 – 7.45 – Face and Body Electrical (offer not available)
If you fancy trying a new ILT tool next week I can highly recommend Blendspace (now owned by TES). I met the co-founder of Blendspace at Bett last week, and, whilst I had used Blendspace in the past, I'd forgotten how quick and easy it is to use. And it's free (TES funds it!)
Creating a Blendspace enables you to bring together a number of digital resources such as TES resources, YouTube videos, documents, images and links all in one place. You can search for and review resources directly from the Blendspace platform. Once you have assembled your Blendspace (picking from TES, You Tube, Google Drive, Dropbox, your own hard drive and many more) it can be shared in various places with just a few clicks. Learners looking at your Blendspace don't need to sign up for a Blendspace account unless they wish to comment on the resources you share. Teachers need a login but Blendspace integrates seamlessly with Google so you can just log in with your College credentials (the same applies to learners of course).
I can see lots of ways to use this tool. So far I have used it as a digital handout for sessions, however, I intend to use it to flip future sessions.
If you'd like to see an example of a , here's one I created earlier for my initial teacher training group induction.
If you decide to give Blendspace a try, please let me know. I'd love to hear how you are using it.
Today we are launching a BIG thing! This is an approach to accelerating our Progress to Excellent and developing us as an organisation. Importantly it’s a way that everyone has a chance to develop new skills, work with different people and personally make a BIG difference to the College.
This approach has lots of research behind it but essentially the aims of this approach is to enable innovation and creativity from the roots up, also the approach often enables projects to be sustainable and realise better results.
As you know, one of the key aims of our restructure was to create opportunity. Well the BIG projects are just that. You have the chance of working as part of a Business Improvement Project with a definite start time and a definite end point – using your ideas, skill, expertise and enthusiasm to make some changes for the better. You can get involved whatever role you have in the College, be it Lecturer, Technician, LSA, Caretaker, Manager, Support Staff and so on …. All are welcome.
There are a number of BIG projects identified as part of our Quality Improvement plan which has been updated and can be found here http://www.mycfe.gg/staff/perfman/SitePages/Home.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fstaff%2Fperfman%2FShared%20Documents%2FPAM%20folders%2FQIP%20review&FolderCTID=0x012000FA07D04AEC8C0546957956AB1B9D1B3F&View=%7B2CC47DF8%2DDA3B%2D4794%2D9668%2D19D99EFB4D1D%7D
There are also some BIG projects which have self-formed – these have been ideas generated by practitioners. Indeed you might be reading this and thinking I know what could make a huge difference. Well let me know, let’s see if we can have another BIG project to support you on the way.
The BIG projects identified so far are as follows:-
English and Maths continuation project
Target Setting Students
Equality and Diversity
Learning Environment and Professional standards for learning
Plagiarism – a self-forming group
PLC for people on fractional posts a self-forming group
You may have seen an email yesterday about the Equality and Diversity Project work – well if you interested come along to the meeting and find out more and see if you would like to be involved.
In the next few weeks we will be inviting you to meetings about the other projects above or giving you an update on the work already taken place if you would like to join. Let me know if you have any ideas or want any more information about anything above.
Well, as you know Nicola and Sally have been working really hard to ensure that our MIS is as accurate as possible. We are heading into a very busy period for the MIS team. Some major pieces of work are just about to happen – these include working on all the data we need for outcome agreement, the work around post 16 admissions and getting the system set up ready to plan for next year. This work requires concentrated effort and is time limited.
Therefore, in order to ensure the MIS team continue to provide you with a good service, we would like to pilot a new way of trying to support you with any issues you have in relation to Pro-Solution or Pro Monitor.
These could be things like students not on registers, timetables not being quite right, queries about mark book not working for students or even how do you set up a new course.
We would like you to email Sally with your query – Sally and Nicola will then review the issues daily and let you know how quickly they can sort it. They will rank each issue into 4 different categories, as follows;
This can be sorted straight away and Sally will aim to do this in the day you request it and let you know it’s been done
Sally and Nicola need a bit of time – because it’s a bit more complex and some things need to happen in the ‘power room’ if you like, to enable this to happen. Sally will email you and give you an estimate of time this will take and let you know when this is done.
The team need a lot of time to sort this problem and its part of a bigger piece of work to ensure that the setup of Pro solution is right - it may be at least a couple of weeks before they can get back to you. Sally will let you know that this is a category 3
We need Compass to help us and it may be a lot longer. Sally will let you know this is a category 4
This is a pilot project to see if this helps you as the users and the MIS team deal with issues in the most efficient way. Your feedback will be very useful as we go forward.
So in a nutshell from next week any issues about Pro sol or Pro Mon – please email Sally email@example.com and let her know – we will then get back to you to let you know how long it will be before we can sort this problem out.
Thanks so much for your support in this new trial way of working
Nicola, Sally and Louise
plc NEXT WEEK
Hi there its PLC time your coach will be in touch to confirm the location of your PLC on 4 Feb.
Here is a link to the PLC groups as a reminder. Hope you enjoy your time talking teaching and learning. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xibKW8l2H9fASjqocx2yfwfcYR0MR_-26eCx4s38ScY/edit
Can you help?
One of our amazing young learners is very poorly with Leukemia. Like many others with the condition he just needs a hero.
If you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register (you’ll stay on it until you turn 60). They will send you a spit kit in the post so that you can give a quick saliva sample.
Some lucky people get the chance to save a life!
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.