Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 54


Welcome to ENGAGE

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

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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. The Level 3 Engineering students have finished their assignment

2. Joe is off to Finland on Holiday

3. Student passing reception is having a baby in 3 weeks

4. another student is happy because it is pay day

5. The weather means it will be great surf this weekend

6. Carmen the Opera was brill

7. Dingbats in the Train the Trainer session!

8.Girls night's out - cocktails for Caroline, Black Forest Gateaux for Laura

9. Congratulations to Nicola's daughter who passed her driving test !

10. Nicola's good friend is coming over for the weekend from England!

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

Blustery weekend on the way!

This week, most of our Managers from across the College, both curriculum and corporate support services took part in half a day management development programme. Those who were not able to attend will take part in a buddying scheme to make sure they benefit from what was shared and knowledge that was gained. The feedback from the sessions has been positive and we will be planning our approach moving forward based on your views. I would like to thank you all who take your own professional development seriously and recognise the importance of this and how it impacts on the services we provide.

Over next week I will be representing the College at the Association of Colleges annual exhibition and conference. Recognising the importance of keeping abreast with the bigger picture, we have been successful in securing a second complementary ticket that will be used to enable members of the College leadership team to also take part on varying days. You can see the programme for this event on this link. http://www.aoc-create.co.uk/event/collegehe2015/#programme

I was delighted to see the Access Students’ Remembrance performance this week. A big thank you to all staff and students for bringing the story of Molly to life so beautifully. The sights and sounds of the Island under Occupation from the Germans were very real. The play was well received, students were brilliant and indeed showcased the hardship of war and the devastations it brings very poignantly. More than anything the key message of hope resilience and perseverance came across very well in the play. My thanks to Margaret Hughes from Education Department and Larry Granger from Board of Governors as well as members of the Channel Islands Occupation Society, and also friends of the Priaulx Libary who took the time to come and support our students.

Last, but not least, I would like to remind you that for any issues related to IT problems the best way of resolving these is to use the IT helpdesk to report them with the details of the issue. Our small but perfectly formed, helpful, knowledgeable and skilled IT services team are always keen to do their best to resolve any IT problems there are. Please don’t use the Drab boards to report IT problems. This will only delay the response that you need and is not an effective way of addressing the problems. More than anything it is demoralising where comments are non-specific and won’t enable any positive action to be taken in order to address the issues. So please be specific with the problems you have and help our IT support services team to be able to resolve your problems efficiently.

Finally a quick reminder for nomination for the PRIDE prize and suggestions for Licence to Thrill initiatives that are due by the end of the month. I look forward to your ideas and suggestions and I am pleased that the fruit baskets part of the“Healthy workforce”, “Healthy College” initiative are being well received. We have had extremely positive feedback from the mindfulness sessions too and will continue to work on addressing issues that were highlighted in the people survey that was carried out last year in order to make our college the best workplace in Guernsey. If you have ideas be sure to speak up.

The College version of the VSE document is on MyCFE: http://www.mycfe.gg/staff/handbook/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/staff/handbook/Staff%20Handbook/VSE%20Framework%20for%20Schools%20and%20CFE%2020151105.pdf&action=default

I wish you a very restful weekend.


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Investing in our most valuable asset - YOU!

Licence to Thrill!

Do you have an idea on how to keep the College the best place to work in? Do you have suggestions on how to acknowledge and recognise the superb job that we do in serving our community and supporting our learners? If you do keep reading…

Licence to Thrill will provide you with an opportunity to individually or as a team make suggestions to keep the buzz in our busy lives at the College. Your suggestions should cover one or more of the following objectives:

  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

The entries can be made by completing this form.


Deadline is Monday 30 November 2015. Decisions about which we will take forward will be made during the first week of December where shortlisted ideas will be presented in a dragon’s den fashion to a panel of staff (across the board), students and members of the board of governors. Funding up to £500 is available to support the implementation of the project.

Students and other staff will also be involved in making a decision as to which project will get funding. Details of the selection will be shared with you shortly.

College news: The week that was!

News from LSS

CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL TO THE PHIL AND JESS... on the birth of their beautiful daughter on November 6th at 19:50, weighing in at 6lbs 7 - we can't wait to meet her!

A note from Tristan: I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff and students who gave up their time to support the Access students at their performance of ‘Molly’s Story’ today. The show was a huge success and reflected the hard work of students and staff coming together to pay tribute to this worthwhile cause.

We will of course be performing again next year a different remembrance performance and hope to see you there again. Fantastic photo below.

A note from Phil:

Dear All

This week we launched the first competition of our Creative Writing Competition (picture above) 2015/16. This is the competition’s second year, again sponsored by AO Hall. There are copies of the inaugural competition anthology placed around the campuses.

The competition, and all future competitions (there are five in total), are open to all learners at the college. Those learners who are studying English will be afforded the opportunity to complete an entry in their timetabled English class. https://www.scribd.com/doc/289566240/101-Word is the PowerPoint, used to in our timetabled delivery, which contains are the information and guidance needed to take part.

There are three prizes to be won, each of them a Kindle Fire (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Display-Wi-Fi-GB-Special/dp/B00Y3TM6CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444808277&sr=8-1&keywords=kindle+fire).

A response to a comment on last week's `Drab': Rachel G updates... with regard to the `drab' note re laptop loans in last weeks Engage...

"if they could be returned by 4 that would be good otherwise staff have to take responsibility to lock them away safely and return in the morning to be charged if anyone requires them, also there are usually pc’s available in the library if the staff book them, thank you".

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News from BIC Faculty

CITV came into College on Monday, to chat with ICT students about how they felt working in Guernsey, or returning to Guernsey after gaining further qualifications off-Island. There was some lively conversations based around `should I stay or should I go now' to which the students gave their perspective. The consensus was that they felt they need to travel, and get work experience versus getting a job locally and putting something back into the local community. Thanks to everyone that took part, it was quite a rush preparation as the notice given that the filming was to take place was very short!

If you missed this, you can watch it here by clicking the link below, from 09:16.


You can also see our ICT students on the College Facebook page by following this link:


Bob Childs from ICT was fortunate enough to attend the Jersey Tech Fair last weekend. This was a huge high profile event to promote IT related industries in Jersey's island economy, in the same way as Digital Guernsey is working over here. This IT focus for the economy, and the need for a workforce with IT skills also led to the TV appearance of some of our students later in the week. Having Bob in attendance, as a great ambassador for the College will enable us, as a college to be at the forefront of this process. As well as having the opportunity to talk to people in a number of IT organisations at the fair with a cross island focus, Bob was also able to meet up with some old friends from his Army days in the 501st legion.

The Business department are holding an open evening on Thursday 19 November at LOC for potential students between 17.30 -19.00 for further details contact fionag@gcfe.net

Guernsey Chamber of Commerce: The business seminar

DATE: 10 November 2015

TITLE: Delivering Beyond Expectation. Ensuring what you deliver to your customers exceeds what you promise.

Nine of our BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Year 2, Caleb, Charlie, Scarlet, Matthew, Chris, Saraya, Annie, Adele and Stephanie, attended the Business Seminar organised by the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce at Les Cotils. The event was sponsored by Bridge Dental Practice and Price Bailey Chartered Accountants. Our participation was facilitated by Jonathan Snow the Enterprise and Innovation Academy Manager and Barry cash the Director of Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar was an eye opener for our students as budding entrepreneurs who working their own ideas of a small business in a programme run jointly the Enterprise Academy and the Business School.

Matthew, one of the students who attended summarised the day as follows:

‘The Business Seminar sponsored by The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, was a day packed with 45-minute and hour-long speeches from various business representatives and in various industries. The day started off with a long speech about how one individual started off in business and how he encountered problems with his hotel booking agency but was able to overcome each problem and then change the direction of the business as a result, leading to a very successful career. Another speech focused on Public Relations with advice from somebody who had been in PR for 20 years. Later in the afternoon there was a panel of four people. Each represented a different businesses, an IT company, a drinks/function business, a coach company and a leading supermarket. They all had started their own businesses in different ways. They each told their stories on their careers including problems they had encountered and advice for new start up entrepreneurs. It was very engaging and there was also the opportunity to speak to business professionals for advice and this could also help for generating interest from employers for individuals seeking employment.

The key lessons they learnt from the seminar included the fact that any idea can be turned into a profitable business venture as long as you are prepared to take risks, show customers that what you are offering is of value to them and are prepared to change when you meet challenges. Another point was that any result in business is a gain. There are no failures but opportunities. Every failure you experience is an opportunity to reflect, reinvent and do things differently.

Adele had this to say.

I found that the seminar we attended yesterday very useful experience. I think it was nice to see a number of business people in one room. The talks given had a wide variety of pertinent content that was relevant to our small business start-up projects. It was good to learn from other people’s experiences of failure and success. Also we got to meet different people from different businesses areas. I felt very included even though we are younger and went there from the college, I think we got treated the same as everyone else which was nice. Just a note for a future seminar – more food please!!!

News from CASI Faculty

In Hospitality and Catering Julie Hyde went to Beau Sejour last Friday for the Homelife Show. The students were all amazing, and the staff had really good feedback from the show organisers .

On Wednesday night, the 11th of November, they had their first restaurant service and had 18 guests from the Smallholders Association who had a set meal that included a lot of their own produce. Once again there was really good feedback and Julie is very proud.

All apprentice and full timers also did their Fire training this week. They learnt a valuable set of skills to help protect themselves and others. (see photo)

In Performing Arts on Thursday this week, students took part in an amazing morning of workshops and performances with Splendid Productions from the UK. It was a truly inspiring experience for both staff and students. In the afternoon the second year Theatre in Education company ‘Edge’ previewed their show about alcohol awareness. They go on a tour of the local secondary schools on Monday finishing the week with a performance at the PRCPA at 6pm next Friday.

Creative + today welcome a film & video lecturer from Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). He will spend the day with the Level 3 students giving a presentation, UCAS support, a story telling workshop and also one to one interviews for students planning on furthering their education.

MIND have also been in filming in the studio at Delancey this week with Charlie. MIND’s new ambassadors Jeremy Frith, David Warr and Bollie Smille came in to record their personal stories for a campaign to improve awareness of mental health issues in the island

Hair and Beauty are looking forward to their new hair lecturer starting next week.

Opening times for the salon are Thursday evenings between 5.15 and 7.45 for beauty treatments and the hairdresser that is now open Wednesday mornings and Thursday all day. Call 749944 to book an appointment.

News from ICE Faculty

Andrew Kilby says: Pearson have published BTEC first and national results from last year across all vocational areas (data from all UK centres) which makes interesting reading. https://www.scribd.com/doc/289568782/BTEC-Nationals-Results-2015

This week we welcome Wayne Peapell to the college who will be delivering horticulture provision at the Prison – interesting story about Wayne and his fund raising here http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Wayne-s-cycle-challenge-help-combat-disease/story-13462082-detail/story.html.

Trowel Trades students visited Saumarez Park this week to complete their setting out exam task – see pictures.

A shout out from the Motor Vehicle section who are looking for more clutch faults to repair– get in touch with Rob or Ian in you could use their help.

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News from CHPSS Faculty

Congratulations to Sally and Ashly who were engaged during the half term break. Lots of love and best wishes from all of us. XXXX

Congratulations also to Chloe Le Tissier - a member of the Senior badminton team, who won her two matches last weekend!


GCFE - Angus McKay Sports Coach Lecturer reported:

The Guernsey College Football Academy clearly demonstrated how much progress they have made so far this season in only their sixth match. They did so quite emphatically, taking a 1-0 lead early on in this tight encounter with the Grammar school. Robbie Legg was played in with a neat through ball from midfield and precisely slotted the ball home giving goalkeeper Jordan Kelly no chance, 1-0. GCFA then had a couple of chances to double their lead, with Zach Masterton-Pipet making a great run down the right flank, only for his attempted pull back to Robbie Legg to be intercepted by Louis Graham – had the ball made it to Legg, he surely would have doubled the lead with a tap into an empty net from 8 yards out as Jordan Kelly had left his goal vacant in an attempt to close down Masterton-Pipet. Legg then did get a shot away moments later, this time Masterton-Pipet did find him with a ball cut back from the right flank, however, Legg couldn’t quite connect as he had hoped to and Kelly made a fine save in the Grammar school goal.

GCFA would then pay for their missed opportunities as the Grammar school managed to grab and equaliser to make it 1-1. Tidy play from Martin Savident down the right flank set up an easy chance for Jack Medhurst to finish from close range. It looked like the score would remain 1-1 as half time approached, however, with the final piece of action before the half time whistle, grammar scored again. Chris De Carteret heading home from close range following an in swinging corner from the left hand side. GCFA only had time to take the kick off before the half time whistle was blown.

In the second half the game was very even, GCFA creating a few half chances with Robbie Legg going close on a number of occasions and Zach Masterton-Pipet also went close with a thunderbolt long range effort. But Grammar then deliverd a killer blow 10 minutes from time, as they were awarded another corner, Reece Le Brun initially made a punch to clear the ball away, however, after some penalty box pinball, the ball finally fell at the feet of a grammar school player who had just enough time to get a shot away from inside the 6 yard box and make the score 3-1.

GCFA battled hard until the end but were unable to claw back from the 3-1 deficit, a much improved performance and result from the 8-1 defeat they suffered earlier in the season against the same opposition.

Well done keep up the pressure!!


Matt Sawbridge took a team of basketballers to the Grammar school for a fixture on Wednesday afternoon also. The team were a mixture of sport students, Access students and IT students with Matt taking on the role of coach. The team put on an excellent show, putting the very competitive Grammar team through their paces leading the GCFE Basketballers to a 4 point win with a final score of 48 - 44!

Congratulations to the College Team!

Health and Early Years

L3 Health and Social Care students were in placement this week when ITV dropped in to get some footage of preschools and to discuss the proposal for funding for pre-school places that has recently been discussed in the states The students were Tori Chammings

Georgina Moulline, Lucy Robinson


Early Years

Child Care student Eloise Ballay Year 1 won a youth award in the recent Community Awards for her work as a volunteer.

In addition, Jane D attended the Yr 11 presentation evening (as a parent) last evening and reports back that it was a great event with La Mare students achieving high grades across the board. The previous head boy, who is now attending our Sports course, gave a fantastic speech and praised the College, and La Mare de Carteret. Many thanks must go to Paula, Kayleigh and Sally for attending the event and celebrating the student's successes.

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ITL Update

Over the past few weeks I have become aware of some fantastic examples of staff using ILT in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Here are a few:

  • Sara P (maths) finding and using some exciting maths apps on the department’s iPads.

  • Dan H (IT) recording presentations on the iPad and sharing the video via Google Drive.

  • Ali B (beauty) recording a false lash demonstration with a Go Pro and sharing the video with students via Google Drive. She has also been using Kahoot.

  • Access team – using iPads for taking and sharing photo evidence.

  • Helen G (beauty/retail) sharing photos with her students, taken on the iPad, via Google Drive.

  • Steve R (plumbing) using Chromebooks with his students, despite a few technical issues beyond his control (we are working on this!)

  • Brian R (carpentry) embracing QR codes and YouTube.

  • Creative+ team - basing their resources in the cloud and sharing them widely.

  • Vanessa M (performing arts) blogging and using Google Classroom.

  • Sally W (sport) giving Google Classroom a test run.

  • Michelle S (sport) researching tools to enable ‘any time, any place’ learning.

  • Anne S (admin) learning to blog.

  • Tim Le T (carpentry) regularly using Chromebooks and aiming for a mostly paperless classroom.

If I have not mentioned you, please email me, I’d like to keep a record of all of these great examples. By sharing them here, hopefully we can inspire and motivate each other.

In other news, I am collaborating with Amy and Rachel on a new Tech for Learning website, the aim of which is to share ILT resources and ideas with you. Here is the link to this site – please bookmark it: https://sites.google.com/a/gcfe.net/tech-for-learning/

You will need to log in to access the site using your College email address (not just your username) and password. If you have any difficulties doing this, log a job with IT. There are options to subscribe to the website and we recommend that you do, so you are notified of updates by email. This website is built on Google Sites – a free product you have access to. If anyone needs support creating something similar, please contact me.

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  • Fruit in the staff room - thank you!
  • Laura & Monica's crochet poppies raised over £100 for the British Legion!
  • Rob for organising CIV to include our students (as above)
  • An email from Jon Buckland to Saboohi - extending his thanks and appreciation for the excellent delivery provided by Lucy M of a Dealing with Difficult Customers course to Education Admin staff - thank you and well done to Lucy!
  • Sam would like to thank everyone for all their kind thoughts, wishes and support during her recent bad news.
  • Mindfulness course was great! I would encourage anyone to do it if they feel work/life sometimes gets them down. Please can we have a re-visit session with Nicky in about 12 weeks time - I think this would be very beneficial to us all? Thanks to the College for giving us the opportunity and please pass on thanks to Nicky - she's made a difference. Amanda, Catering Dept.


Fruit in the staff room - thank you!

Les Ozouets

Fruit in the staff room - thank you!



  • Employ specific staff for cover duties
  • The interior of the milk fridge is disgusting!


  • Could we create a College Motto? Such as Blanchelande have `outstanding - understanding' and Capelles School have `Helping Children Progress and Succeed'.

  • When is the Medical Room at LOC going to be finished? - the water services have just been put in, we need to purchase first aid equipment, a suitable bed. This is in hand and the room will be open as soon as possible. In addition, the room at Coutanchez, has had the water services added, once the flooring has been refitted, and the furniture bought, this room too will be open.

And suddenly, before you knew it, you are staring down the barrel of another Christmas...

With October half-term in our sights, it is time to look further ahead and get our Christmas Party organised!

The essentials are:

Friday 11th December @ St Pierre Park

7PM - late

Black Tie

Buffet Menu https://www.scribd.com/doc/285366647/Party-Buffet-Menu-2015

£30pp (covering DJ costs)

Raffle & DJC

Please make your desire to attend known to your campus reception staff who will be happy to add you to our list and take payment. This year, payment can be made in stages or in full. Again, your campus receptionist will be happy to take your money. We need a deposit of £10 per person by Friday 6th November.

One of your Staff Social Committee members (Dan Hunter, Rachel Guilbert, Helen Glenn, Hazel Anderson-Relf, Jane Fears, Jeff Stuart, Charlotte Froome, Kim Abbots and Fiona Martin) will able to available your campus so please ask them for information should you require.

I hope to see as many of you there as possible - let's make this a great night!


(On behalf of your Staff Social Committee)

forthcoming events at the PRCPA

House for rent:

St Martins House comprising:

• 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite) separate shower and bathroom

on 1st floor.

• Lounge / diner with fire place

• Large kitchen, utility room and


• External: 2 small storage lock


• Feature conservatory with small cellar/ storage. Gated and secure (electronic) parking for

2-3 cars. Patio, easily maintained garden & rockery.

• Close to all local amenities.

• All main services.

Available at £2100.00 per month. (Negotiable)

Lease available for 12 month periods (Renewable)

This property is not suitable for smokers. Pets by arrangement.

Contact: Elizabeth Went 01481 231199