Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 20

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The Creative+ students had a CSI Code Red on Monday morning when the Y1 L3 students were witness to a grim scene.

The police had already cordoned off the gory scene, removed by ambulance the body of a woodcutter, and forensics were going about their business with grim yet patient determination. Quite a start up activity.

Detectives had arrested and were about to question 3 suspects. A woman and her grand-daughter, and a satellite installer Mr Wolf.

Our students, professional to a fault, quickly organised a temporary media centre and supported the Police in photographing the scene & taking the mug shots, filming the Police interrogations, and making recordings for radio. The students, entrepreneurs one and all then invoiced the police for their endeavours.

Producers of this frightful media event were:

Mark Cook, Gillian McCartney & Charlie Towers

Grandmother was played by Eileen Havard, Grand-daughter by Y2 L3 student Karly Besnard and Mr Wolf by Y2 L3 student Corrie-Lee Rogers.

The Woodman’s family has been informed

Watch our Crime Watch special to be broadcast by GCTV early in the spring

Oh and don’t try and send files titled ‘murder’ to the new college printers!

Access staff and students held their annual Christmas social at the Guernsey Island Bowl on Thursday evening. The very popular event brings together past and present students and as the photos show they had another fantastic evening of bowling, food and Christmas jumpers.

A message of awareness was being raised at Thursday’s late night shopping in St Peter Port this week. The Health & Social Care Level 3 students undertook their Health Promotion assessment by providing alternatives to mulled wine for the Chrsitmas shoppers. Ros Rix oversaw the event and carried out the assessment of the students whilst they engaged with shoppers and helped to educate them into alcohol awareness and alternatives to drinking during the Holiday period. The students were yet again a credit to the College.

Jenny Murphy from the Guernsey Sports Commission came in to College to talk to level 3 Sports students about the up-coming Guernsey Youth Games and their roles in delivering a variety of sports to the year 5 and 6 students. The students will help to coach and prepare the children for the games that take place in June 2015. In addition, Jenny also provided invaluable insight into the careers opportunities available at the GSC.

The Football Academy played a tough game in poor conditions in Bristol this week as part of their British Colleges League campaign. The final score was a 3-2 loss. Tony Vance (Director of Football) said “in a game we should have won, despite the disappointment, it shows how far the academy has progressed in comparison to last season’s results.”

Kye Ogier from Foundation Trades has been successful in securing a 6 week (one day a week) work experience with a local building company, starting in January. They are currently undertaking a project to build 5 new houses on a small site in St. Sampsons. Kye will be given the opportunity to work alongside both the Brickwork and Carpentry teams on this site. This is a great achievement for Kye who is hard working and conscientious and has shown very positive progression throughout his time at college. Good Luck Kye.

And….. Congratulations to Jane Torode who has been appointed as a Learning Support Assistant Level 2. First glance may appear to show little change to Jane’s role in the college but this is a key role in supporting learners to succeed and over the coming weeks Jane will be developing procedures and processes in line with the LSA level 2 remit to further enhance the support we have at the college. Her positive approach and professionalism is appreciated by both staff and students and we are excited about her stepping into this post.

Jeff Stuart

Acting Assistant Principal


Specsavers’ Visit

Martine’s Administration students visited Specsavers this week to tour their offices and find out about the important role administration plays in such a huge organisation.

Interesting Mirco-teach topics

The AET cohort have had their 2nd round of micro teaches this week – we had an eclectic mix of topics, including “Community response planning for an Ebola outbreak”, “Foraging”, “Origami” and “Aseptic Technique”. This course truly broadens your horizons….

Hidden Artistic Talents

Foundation students have been busy creating a Contemporary Nail Art Christmas Tree, see photographs below. Some fantastic Christmassy designs painted freehand onto plastic nails. Well done Teal, Donna, Shannel and Casey

Economics made interesting

Our Level 5 Management & Leadership students had another speaker this week from the States of Guernsey. Liz Laine, Policy Analyst, talked about the Guernsey economy past, present and future – how our economy works, managing the public purse and the challenges of managing this with an ‘aging population’. She was an excellent speaker, incredibly knowledgeable and made what could have been a dry topic interesting, informative and understandable!

SSD Successes

Our first SSD Pathways course has come to an end this week – this 5 week course was aimed at supporting people back into the workplace, building up their IT, administration and customer service skills, along with supporting them with CV writing, interview skills and confidence building. Anne and Jana received excellent feedback from the students, who didn’t want to leave! Some of the cohort have already secured employment. We hope to run another course in the Spring term.

Hour of Code

Dan Hunter offered his time to deliver coding sessions to various learners. The Business Studies students took him up on his offer! He introduced basic coding to a large group of students. The learners were engaged and had fun programming their own code to Angry Birds and Frozen. The group said that they would never play their computer games again without thinking about the coding behind it, and many are hoping Dan will come back and deliver a follow up next term. Photos below.


I am delighted to report that we have appointed a Performing Arts Lecturer, Vanessa Mee, who will start with us after the February half term. Alan Ogier will be leaving us next Friday as he goes back to a 9-5! Alan will be replaced by Tirivangani Chaza, Tiri for short, joining us from Croydon College, who we hope can start after the Christmas break.


Thank you to those who have completed the training needs questionnaire, for those who haven’t please do so here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8XBXFZX

It looks as though there is a training need around the use of ProMonitor and ProSolution as well as some Outlook Calendar and MyCFE and this will be planned to take place in January.

Jane Le Poidevin

Assistant Principal


Friday, Dec. 19th 2014 at 1pm

Delancey Campus

Annual Christmas Carol Service for staff and students


Friday, Dec. 19th 2014 at 3pm

Les Ozouets Road

Saint Peter Port

Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts

Festive treats included

Lucky Sarah-Jane with a beautiful Christmas bouquet sent to her by her group of ESOL students.

Christmas Jumper Day!

We raised money across the Campuses for Les Bourgs Hospice by wearing Festive Jumpers and other Festive accessories, here we have Rob sporting a fab Christmas Pudding hat and Jeff with some rather fab Snowman Beeny Boppers!

Rockin' around the Christmas Tree!

On Saturday the 20th of December the Performing Arts students will be wrapping up warm, putting on their best Christmas jumpers and heading into town to perform some much loved Christmas songs for the shoppers.

On Thursday the 11th the students were catching the late night shoppers outside New Look from 7 to 8pm and on Saturday the 18th we will be right in the middle of the hustle and bustle performing outside Boots between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

So, of you fancy getting a healthy dose of Christmas cheer (and possibly even singing along to some of your favourites) then come on down and enjoy the show!


Next week you all have a chance to be adventurous and take a step into the unknown, by participating in the Library Secret Santa! Come and take your chances by picking up a mystery book, with only a few clues as to whether it’s going to be your new favourite read or the most terrible book you’ll ever pick up. It’s also a chance for staff and students to get in training for the Six Book Challenge, starting in January. Refunds are not available!

Coutanchez Library re-vamp!

The Coutanchez library has been beautified and improved with the addition of some bright new sofas and chairs
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GIVE A GIFT OF LEARNING THIS CHRISTMAS...Vacancies from January 2015

Daytime Courses: Number of sessions

Monday: Computers for Senior Citizens: Parts 1 and 2 8

Tuesday: Don’t think – Stitch! 8

And Sew On 8

Wednesday: Day by Day with Victor Hugo – Gregory Stevens-Cox 8

Friday: Friday morning Cookery Demonstration 1

Saturday am: Hard Landscaping 6

Saturday: VHF Radio Telephony 1 day

Saturday: Diesel Engines 1 day

Saturday: The Improving Gardener (March) 8

Evening Courses: Number of sessions

Monday: Guernsey Driving Theory Test 2

BSL102 Sign Language 10

Local Pilotage 10

Tuesday: Effective Public Speaking 5

RYA Essential Navigation 8

Making More of Your Mac: Parts 1 & 3 5

John F Kennedy – Aspects of Assassination 5

Wednesday: Singing for the Terrified 10

Tai Chi Foundation – 1 hour sessions 9

Sewing and Alterations 8

French Pilotage 8

Operation Market Garden - A Bridge too far 1944 4

The start of the Western Front – Marne & Ypres 4

Thursday Wine Appreciation 8

Please call regarding the following courses:

• Plant Propagation (April)

• Computers for Senior Citizens (May)

• Bridge (January)

• Mandarin (January)

If you would like to enrol on one of these course or give a “Gift of Learning” call

Adult Education at the College of Further Education, Route des Coutanchez, St Peter

Port, GY1 2TT.

Adult Education opening hours: 8.30-13.00. Telephone: 737585 fax: 746720 or email


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Students & staff in Future Chefs for our super Christmas Lunch on Thursday... it would seem the Chef was just learning... ;)

This board works faster than the help desk... why?


Progress Coach response time is 37 seconds!


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Still no lights in outer wood store or in gents (above the loos) - in hand.

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With all the notice boards on site, why are posters bieng put on painted walls?


Would be great to have more light in the Car Park during Winter evenings - We are in the process of installing a bright LED light in the middle section, this will provide much needed light in the car park.

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