Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 71
UCU NEWSLETTER EASTER 2016
I have been asked by a number of you for an update from UCU following the publication of holiday guidelines in the last 2 issues of engage, the college calendar for 2016-17, the staff survey, and also in relation to the pay rise from September 2015.
UCU have been working together with members of the College Leadership Team and also representatives from HR at Education to resolve a number of issues both in relation to academic and corporate services staff. There are regular union meetings that take place where any issues can be discussed and if you have something that you have been unable to resolve by working with your line manager / faculty director / director of resources / vice principal then UCU representatives will do their best to help.
Following the restructure the College is keen to look at more flexible ways of operating that might meet the needs of all our learners. This in some cases may result in staff working outside of what we consider to be term time for the majority of our regular students. Annual leave has not changed and remains at 47 days with up to 5 discretionary days which can be accrued. For the majority of staff with full time students there will fundamentally be no change with holidays being taken when full time students or apprentices are also on holiday.
There has been a clarification in relation to term time leave whereby staff can take up to 5 days leave during term time “From this academic year 2015-16, all staff will be entitled to take up to 5 days leave in term time in any one academic year. With prior agreement this may be more and will be at the discretion of the Principal to agree.”
The published calendar has caused some concern as it no longer identifies holiday periods and we would welcome your feedback as to how this might be improved so this can relayed to CLT and if possible the necessary changes made.
There has been a request to book holidays in SAP, 2016-17 is being treated as a transitional year as many processes and procedures need to be revised in order to take account of new working patterns, sickness arrangements and existing contractual rights, once these have been formalised and ratified then staff should be able to record this information.
The existing contract mentions the workload document and meetings have taken place to formalise the constitution of this group and review workload remissions. Please feel free to let us know of any considerations that you think should be included.
There has been significant progress on sick leave and the employer has now aligned us with all other public sector employees (with the exception of teachers) whereby if you are ill during a holiday period, and on the production of a valid sick note, and having informed your line manager then any leave lost through certificated illness can be claimed back and taken at a later date.
There is acceptance that the contract states we are meant to work 36 hours, and also recognition that staff work considerably over this on a regular basis. In the case of other established staff then this would result in overtime payments or TOIL. There is no TOIL policy applicable to lecturers and the CLT, HR and UCU are keen to see this drafted and ratified so it can be communicated with all staff – We would welcome your feedback as to how you would like to see this working in practice.
Pay – As you are aware we are due a pay rise backdated to September 2015, unfortunately the employer and staff representatives have not been able to reach agreement on the uplift, this matter will now be referred to conciliation and you will be updated on the outcome of this process.
Staff survey – there have been a number of requests for you to take part in the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCFEstaffsurvey if you have not already done so please can you ensure you complete this before the deadline 8/4/16, it is vital that you have your say and we can make things better for you.
Have a well-earned holiday
From all of your UCU Branch Committee”
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. Cakes (thank you Phil & Matt!)
3. Dan's Red Shirt & Red Shoes :)
4. Disneyworld for some...!
5. It's a sunny day
6. Cakes in the Library today!
7. Eileen's very cute granddaughter
8. Britain's got talent back on the telly
9. Game of Throne's season 6 starting in 2 weeks!
10. The chatter, cheers & laughter of the little children who came in to the kitchen and restaurant yesterday - a joy to hear in College :)
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
My best wishes for a restful and enjoyable end of term break. It has been an exciting and challenging term which together we have worked through. The last term of this academic year will focus on reflection. Reflection of the way we have performed under the new set up at our college and through a variety of processes and procedures that were transformed, introduced new or simply modified to meet the needs of our students and those we serve better. We will be reviewing to see if these have worked as well as we hoped and use the evidence we have gathered to back up our judgment and keep the cycle of plan, do, review going. I would like to thank you all for your help, support, professionalism and dedication that are the key ingredients of an organisation that has world class potential.
In an attempt to improve the tourism in Guernsey I have been singing the praises of the beautiful Island of Guernsey and the Bailiwick to the extent that member of the Famili Family are convinced I work for the Guernsey Tourist Board! One thing is certain. There is no place like home and I cannot wait to come back and see you all.
Have a wonderful break
First of all I’d like to thank all of you who were involved with this year’s Careers Show, in particular Joe Raleigh and Rod Tostevin and his team of technicians, and everyone who was involved in the organisation of stands and preparation of resources for the event; setting up and/or taking down stands; on duty during the day; or who assisted in any other way. The Careers show is a great showcase for the College and this year we’ve had some really good feedback.
We’ve had a busy end of term – thank you to everyone who took part in Enrichment Day on Wednesday, either if you were helping with the students or taking part in meetings for staff. We hope you found it a positive experience.
Finally, I hope that those of you who are off for the holidays have a well-earned break and those who will be working are able to enjoy the relative peace and quiet!
Very best wishes
Putting students first : Heather Froome: engaging a disillusioned, disenchanted learner to embrace literacy after several years of finding the subject a complete barrier. The learner is now reading a book a week and writing reviews. Her work will be in the next edition of Enrich
Mike Rowe for working with the students on the Enrichment event to ensure they are tracked for their assessment for the Health Promotion Unit
Alice Coggins – takes her pastoral care of her students very seriously, often dedicating a lot of her own personal time to ensuring they are getting the support they need to achieve
“The Enrichment Team” (Jon S, Charlie F and Lindsey H)
I saw first-hand the immense process that goes into Enrichment day in order that students have a variety of options when taking part – this took a lot of effort!
Rewarding relationships: Jon Snow & Charlotte Froome: Organising and providing a varied and developmental programme of enrichment activities by mobilising external partners to work with our learners. This has built very positive links for future opportunities across the College.
the relationship with Guernsey Football Academy and team working between the Sport and Guernsey Football teams, and the Governing board contributions to an Academy for the Island
Laura Le Maitre -Laura always seems to help people if things are getting tough and are finding things difficult – she always tries to keep morale up :)
Inspiring people: Phil Emberton: putting together and delivering an excellent quiz night. Despite his lack of microphone, lack of variety in crisp selections and lack of accuracy in the answers and lack of voice the next day it was an excellent night for all. If persuaded…..he may even do another one!
Matt Sawbridge for working with the 3X FD team (other attendees are also welcome) and inspiring them to continue to attend and work out at the “Early” Wednesday morning boot camp
Martine Ellis - inspiring colleagues to give tech a go to improve their T&L, for example supported the H&EY team to set up their google classroom, Karen noted that formative assessment is much easier/quicker via Google Classroom and the quality of final assignments is improving
Bob Childs - for such great assistance, knowledge and helpfulness assisting Lucy with course delivery
Delivering excellent service: Joe Raleigh: masterminding the Careers Show and coordinating another successful year for the college to showcase itself against and alongside the industry sectors.
Catering team – superb restaurant service, raising our profile with external events and work experience at the Awards of Achievement and the CI Chef of the Year events
Technicians for supporting teams in putting on an excellent show at the Careers show
Rod Tostevin - he makes the Careers Show setting up seem effortless, and seems to know exactly what is needed by all. Always unperturbed and on top of things.
Exceeding expectations: Ryan Sperry: going above and beyond to get all the food for the Staff quiz night sponsored and therefore doubling the profits made for the fundraising for charity! And also to the whole catering team that facilitated the food on the night.
Gillian McCartney – planned a flawless Creative trip for our Level 3 students, cheerfully and positively goes about her work and always exceeds my expectations of a curriculum assistant
Health and Social Care/ Sports students for exceeding their own expectations and leading on a number of the sessions for the Health and Wellbeing Enrichment
Robin Robilliard he is fantastic, helpful and lovely - despite being a Spurs fan ;)
BIG PROJECT! The Health & Wellbeing Group...
The Health & Wellbeing Group
Healthy Eating, Smoking bans, Bike to Work Schemes, Relaxation, Mindset, Healthy Hearts, Boot Camp, De-stress, Detox!!!!!!!!!!
As we move towards developing a healthier workplace environment for staff and students there are lots of initiatives and ideas floating around and as a result we need to get a co-ordinated, strategic approach to changing hearts and minds for a healthier college for us.
The group will consist of staff and also student representatives – but the aim is not to form a group of non-smoking, tee–total, cross-training, smoothie drinking superhumans (although they are welcome). If there is to be a smoking ban then smokers need to be represented, if there is to be a change in refectory menu then sausage rolls need a voice!!!
We need a cross section of staff from all areas of the college.
If you are interested in being part of a group that looks at how we move this forward then please can you contact Jeff S – an initial meeting will be held on Thursday 7th April 4.30pm in the Coutanchez Library.
College news: The week that was!
news from corporate services
REMINDER – Next week!
During the upcoming Easter break RM will be upgrading the 14 of our servers that support the CC4 environment that we operate in every day.
They will be upgrading the servers from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 as well as upgrading and improving the toolset that manages CC4.
The engineers will be on site from 11th April to 15th April (first week) and we have been informed that CC4 will be completely offline for the 5 day period.
Some external access to E-Mail and Citrix may be possible at times but the service will be subject to disruption at any time.
News from LSS
It is very sad that we are losing Amy today as she ventures off to pastures new at the GTA. Amy - thank you for all your hard work, you have been a fantastic addition to the team and we all wish you the very best of luck in the future.
This term in their Friday afternoon lessons, the Access students have been busy making items to sell in the OSA Pop up shop, at the top of Smith Street in St Peter Port.
They produced greetings cards, sunglasses cases, printed aprons, iPad bags, pencil pots and lots of seashell themed home furnishings.
From Tuesday to Friday of last week, the students, supported by staff, opened the doors of the OSA shop and sold the items they have made. As well as working inside the shop they were encouraged to go out into the High Street and talk to the public about the shop and the charity that they are supporting and fundraising for, Access-Ability. This is a charity that provides experiences and opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities by providing financial support.
All the students played a part in the shop’s amazing success and the final total raised during the four days was a fantastic £258.76! Congratulations to all the students who took part in this event and the staff supporting them.
******************************** URGENT REQUEST ***********************
At the end of May we will be running the Pop up shop again and URGENTLY require USED POSTAGE STAMPS and old CDs/DVDs (without cases) to transform into more fabulous craft items!
If you have any of these could you please drop them in to Jan at reception at Delancey campus? Many thanks for your help with this.
nEWS FROM BIC
GOOD NEWS...Business Admin student, Madison Seaman has been offered a full time position at JTC trust company, she will be starting with them on 11 July. This is a direct result of her work experience there.
Date: Saturday 9th April 2016
Time: 8.30 - 12.00
No road closures- and bikes to follow traffic and red lights
Student marshals at every 1.5 miles
Objective: Raise money for the first BTEC Business Education trip to London, with the aim of raising £1000 towards to overall trip
Why: BTEC Business hasn’t had a trip for over six years and with the motivation of the learners and enthusiasm of the department we want to organise the first trip for this year’s cohort. The trip will include a guided tour of the financial district, a presentation at the Bank of England, cover of our flights, accommodation etc.
Mark Naftel 725111Traffic officers to see us off at the start – parking suspension area – 10 hour bay on a Saturday morning
Distance: Bicycle 23.3 km, 1 h 14 min - S Quay, Guernsey to Route de la Lague, Guernsey
Adventure cycles are giving us 10 bikes to use and donating 10 T-shirts for the students.
The Co-Op are donating water for various points along the route.
KPMG are giving 10 goodie bags
Adventure Cycle are giving 3 helmets as prizes.
news from enterprise academy
On Wednesday the College held its first ever Health Enrichment day. This was an event arranged by the Enterprise team in partnership with the Student Reps, Curriculum teams, Health Educators and private providers from across the Island.
24 Health related activities were offered to the students on the day ranging from Boxercise classes to Mocktail making with students selecting 6 half hour sessions to participate in across the morning. The activities were broadly divided into four areas – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Diet and Healthy Decisions.
This was the first time we have tried to deliver an Enrichment day of this scale and ambition but the support and enthusiasm for the event from the community and the various providers assured us that this was going to be a really engaging and worthwhile experience for the students who took part. One of the outstanding features of the event was the way it developed into a truly collaborative effort between the College and the wider community.
To give you a flavour of the scale of the event we had sessions from:
- Student groups from Sport, Health and Social Care and Performing Arts who planned and delivered session for their peers as part of their curriculum
- Charities like the Hub, the Red Cross and the Hampton Trust
- Health Educators, The Health Promotion unit and our very own Alex Kosmas
- The Arts Commission – who ran a brilliant colouring for happiness session
- Kings Health Club - who ran three fantastic classes from their programme
- The OGH, who ran the extremely popular Mocktail class.
In addition the event was supported by Specsavers, The Dandelion Project, The Sports Commission, The Youth Commission, Cimandis, Beau Sejour, Toni and Guy and Doyle Motors.
One of the really fantastic features of the day was the sessions run by our own students. The event challenged them to take their learning out of the classroom environment and to apply it to a real-life event, with all of the challenges and problem solving and thinking on your feet that working on a this type of event requires. Despite the low turnout of students at the enrichment day our student providers delivered fantastic sessions and were focussed and professional throughout.
While there are too many to name individually a special thank you goes to all the Sports, Health and Social care and Performing Arts students who put so much into delivering such great activities.
Overall this was a fantastic enrichment day and the feedback from the student who attended has been mostly very positive. While it is a pity that so many of our full time students missed out on the opportunity to take part over 100 students have been given the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives and this is an invaluable gift.
news from chpss faculty
Mike Rowe and level 3 year 1 students did an amazing job planning and delivering health promotion activities as part of the enrichment day this also contributes to their health promotion unit. Activities promoting the importance of sexual health, risks of smoking alcohol were amongst the activities.
Well done to all of those who took part!
Also on the Enrichment Day...
Sport Level 3 2nd year sports students successfully delivered a variety of activities as part of the enrichment day this week. They were put to the test to deal with bad weather and uncertain numbers but they all showed how far they’ve developed as professional and competent young sports leaders managing whatever came their way! Well done to them.
Sport Level 3 1st years had a great time managing their Careers Day stall on Tuesday. They worked different shifts to provide a 500m row a thon challenge, offered various health tests and a fun sport related quiz encouraging passers by to engage with the qualifications on offer as part of the Sport Department. Overall a great day!
All of our Level 3 sports students completed a 10km run on Monday morning to kick start the week as part of their Fitness Project assignment. They’ve designed and completed a 6 week training programme that led to the event on Monday. We had Rory Chamberlain across the line first with an impressive time of 45.40mins. Overall a great event!
Sports Level 2 students have been out on placements this week at various places including the GFA, St Michael and Mary Primary School and 3 of the Secondary schools supporting staff and gaining a better understanding of working in the Sport and PE teaching.
Also Level 2 Sports students ran a 1 hour team treadmill challenge for Sports Relief and covered a total of 17.4km between the team of 4 Who were Daniel Martin, Luke Young, Jack Welsh and Natalia Chandler.
News from CASI Faculty
In Hospitality and Catering this week Notre Dame school came in who were completing a school history project on the Medieval period. The first year hospitality students made a broth, bread and roasted chicken with the youngsters who returned to school with the food for a medieval banquet! It was a very enjoyable experience for all involved.
Careers Day was great and Steve decorated a wedding cake whilst Julie made novelty items!
Finally don’t forget the new menu starts on the first week back
In Creative and Digital Arts ex student Justin Le Tissier came to speak to the students. Justin was Student of the Year at the college in 1996 and then went to LIPA to study Theatre Design. He now owns bathroom design company Luxioso and gave the students an inspirational talk on the formal elements of his work as well as visual language and design.
Hair and Beauty also had a great Careers Day at Beau Sejour with many enquiries on both full time and apprenticeships courses.
It is Ali Blacks last day today as she is leaving to have her baby and we will be welcoming Jennie Jones into the department.
The Salon is open as usual after the holidays and here are a list of the treatments available
Level 2 Beauty treatments
Manicure (Luxury treatments available)
Pedicure (Luxury treatments available)
Waxing (Legs, Bikini, Underarm, Lip, Chin & Brow)
Lash & Brow tinting, False eyelashes, Brow shaping
Makeup (Day, Evening and Special occasion looks)
Monday 1.30-4.00 – All Level 2
Monday 5.15-8.00pm –All Level 2
Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00 – All Level 2
Wednesday 10.30 -1.00 – Manicure / Pedicure and Facial only
Wednesday 2.30 – 4.45 – All Level 2
Thursday 10.30 – 12.45 – All Level 2
Thursday 2.15 – 4.30 – All Level 2
Level 3 Beauty treatments
Facial electrical (lifting/ firming/ deep cleansing/ drain & detox /deep exfoliation)
Body Electrical (lifting / firming / detox / anti cellulite)
Electrolysis (permanent hair removal on small areas)
Swedish Body Massage
Aroma therapy Massage
Indian Head Massage - coming soon
Tuesdays 9.15 – 12.00 – All Level 3 (except Indian Head Massage)
Wednesday 10.30 – 12.45 – All Level 3 (except Indian Head Massage)
Thursday 1.00 – 4.00 – All Massage ONLY
Thursday 5.15 – 8.00 – All Level 3 (except Indian Head Massage)
Friday 10.30 – 1.00 – All Level 3
Tech for Learning
Use Tech, Save Time... A Challenge
I firmly believe that there’s no point in using technology simply to tick boxes. It needs to make SOMEONE’S life better – usually your learners’ lives (in terms of their learning experience), but actually, sometimes it’s yours. I’m all about making teachers’ working lives easier.
I’m going to prove it to you by issuing a challenge – I challenge you to learn some keyboard shortcuts. Using shortcuts will save you seconds (I know, I know, that’s not much, but over the course of a year, it adds up). According to this very reliable (?) source, if you live in America and use keyboard shortcuts, you can save 8 days a year.
Below you’ll see a list of my favourite PC keyboard shortcuts. Pick one you don’t use, write it on a post-it note and try and use it for a week. Then remove the post-it note. If this works for you, you could choose a different one every week. If that works, why not get your students to have a go?
- CTRL + C: select some text or an image, CTRL + C to copy it to your clipboard, then CTRL + V to paste it.
- CTRL + X: the same as CTRL + C but a “cut” rather than a copy (you are moving the text rather than copying it). Follow with CTRL + V to paste.
- CTRL + T: this will open a new tab in your internet browser.
- CTRL + W: this will close a tab in your browser. CTRL + W is incredibly helpful when assessing student work. I click on a link to a student Google Doc and it opens in a new tab. When I am finished reviewing student work, CTRL + W saves me from clicking the x on the tab and returns me to the list of student work. Stop clicking on the x on the tab, practice CTRL + W instead.
- SPACEBAR: hit the spacebar while on a website and you’ll jump/scroll down the page.
- SHIFT + SPACEBAR: allows you to jump/scroll up a webpage.
- CTRL: hold down the CTRL key when you click on a link and the destination URL will open in a new tab. This is particularly helpful when reading an article with links to additional resources. Hold down the CTRL key and click on the links within an article. The additional articles will open in separate tabs, allowing you to continue reading the original document. When selecting files, holding down the CTRL key allows you to choose more than one file at a time.
- CTRL + Z: undo.
If you're on a Mac, here is a great list of keyboard shortcuts for you.
Please let me know how you get on.
April Fool's Day Quiz!
- Mike R worked so hard to support HSC student to carry out enrichment activities.
- HSC Students Level 3 yr1 Health promotion activities
- Fab comments-Specsaver Ladies couldn’t believe how polite our students were at the enrichment day :)
- Ryan for being so helpful - thank you!
- Rod & technicians for setting up and taking down the Careers Show so efficiently
- Bob Childs for sharing good practice and resources - thank you!
- Amy! for Everything! Such a positive influence - and so sad to see you go!
- I am enjoying my degree course with Tracy
- Everyone who took part in the careers show - what a great showcase for the College :)
- Katie for settling in so well in the madhouse!
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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.