Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 29

Welcome to ENGAGE

Welcome to this weeks issue of ENGAGE. Thank you for your support. Keep talking.

If you have an article for ENGAGE please send it to Laura Le Maitre LauraL@gcfe.net by Wednesday at 12.00 midday.


The College's training Restaurant and Kitchens, were this week given a 5* rating from the Environment Dept. Well done to all of the team!

Upwards and onwards

I hope you have been able to take time to read the second draft proposal for the reorganisation of the College. As explained at the All Staff Briefing held on 5 March at 4pm, which was also filmed and can be watched when available next week, this is still very much a draft proposal. It has not received any feedback from the Board of Governors or indeed the Board of Education. Your input in this process is enabling us to build a proposal that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our community and our aspirations for growth.

Over this months’ performance assessment meetings (PAMs), programme managers will look at what is identified for growth areas whilst we review the performance of our provision to date. I look forward to receiving your feedback on the proposal by 20 March 2015. Please put the date for the next all staff breifing in your diary (27 March). I hope to be able to finalise our plans and take them to the Board of Education for their approval in early April. Your input and professional feedback is of great value. If you would like to seek HR support and explore the impact of the draft proposal on the role you play at the College you can book a time with SMT or with HR through Laura Le Maitre.

Job descriptions will be available from end of day on Monday on MyCFE.

Upwards and onwards.

Saboohi Famili

Chief Executive and Principal


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LOC News

IOD Bursary Launch

There was an excellent turn out at this event, kindly hosted by Carey Olsen. The IOD explained the benefits of the bursary and how to apply. The students watched videos of 3 past winners describing how the IOD bursary had helped them and all noted it wasn’t just about the money, but it was the networking opportunities and the work experience which really benefited them. All those applying for the bursary will be supported by Phil Emberton to prepare their application form – sessions will be held at LOC on Tuesdays at 4.30 and Delancey on Wednesdays at 9am, starting week commencing 16 March.


The Performing Arts students would like to welcome you to the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts for their annual musical HONK!

HONK! is a warm hearted family musical based on the much-loved Hans Christian Anderson tale – The Ugly Duckling. This high-energy musical comedy tells the story of Ugly, the duckling who is born into ridicule and loneliness because he is different.

From the moment Ugly breaks out of his unusually large egg, his father and siblings will have nothing to do with him. Even the love of his loyal mother is not enough to keep Ugly in the farmyard. Lured away by the ever-hungry and treacherous Cat, Ugly embarks on a perilous journey to find happiness, love, and the beauty of his true self.

With its exuberant music and steady stream of hilarious characters, HONK! is suitable for all ages and is sure to delight every member of your family.


Wednesday 11 March at 7.00pm

Thursday 12 March 7.00pm

Friday 13 March at 7.00pm

Saturday 14 March at 7.00pm

Sunday 15 March at 2.30pm

Venue: The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts

Tickets: £8 for adults and £4 children and students

Bookings: 01481 749 999/ www.guernseytickets.gg


Our Hairdressing apprentices are looking for hair models for advanced cutting and restyles every Wednesday throughout March. This will be free of charge, please contact Claire Monti clairem@gcfe.net

HE Fair

This year’s HE Fair is being held on Tuesday 10 March 2pm-5.30pm at the Grammar School. A good opportunity for your students to see what HE is available both on and off island.

GTA and GCFE joint management course

Alison and Chris Edwards from the GTA welcomed a new cohort of Level 5 CMI Diploma students to LOC this week. This joint course has run a number of times before and by running the course as a joint enterprise means that we achieve viable cohorts which is of a real benefit to the students.


Alison, as a Covey facilitator, was part of a group working with 'Covey' and 'Service Guernsey' ambassadors to develop a comprehensive learning package which incorporates Service Guernsey ideology for the States of Guernsey colleagues.

Camera workshop with Simon & Charlie

Come along to the camera workshop on Thursday, D7, Delancey, please book your please with me janel@gcfe.net

Jane Le Poidevin

Assistant Principal

Coutanchez News

Working with an initiative through the Education department, the engineering team are developing an interactive webpage using “blendspace” to give those in their last year of school the opportunity to bring themselves up to speed with their maths and science before enrolling on the BTEC L3 programme in Manufacturing Engineering.

The message to the year 11 school leavers and their careers tutors is….Before you are offered a place on BTEC Level 3 Engineering course at the College of Further Education which is due to start in September, this is an opportunity to prepare yourself for the programme. However it should be noted that a place on the course is subject to him achieving the appropriate GCSE’s grades. The minimum requirement is a total of 4 grades at least one of which must be in mathematics.

As a way of helping students prepare for this course we have prepared some resources for students to access on a website called “Blendspace”.

To view this work cut and paste the browser below:


The team see this method as perhaps away of delivering some of the induction learning on line before they start the programme. We would value any constructive feedback from colleagues and hope that this work will inspire other teams to look at doing something similar.

Many thanks John Semenowicz “disseminating good practice whatever the weather”

Steve Bacon did a radio interview this week, you can listen again here from 10.10 onwards http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jmw6r#auto

We introduced new e-mail branding this week - thank you to everyone for changing your signatures so quickly, if you haven't done so yet, please follow the instructions as per Laura's email. Many thanks.

Louise Misselke



It has been a time for welcoming new faces at Delancey recently.

Simon Hammerton has joined us from agency in the Sports dept until the summer. Simon has slotted seamlessly into the team and is a very welcome addition. We are developing a Grimsby to Guernsey translation guide to further support his integration into college life!

Mohammed Iqbal is also with us from agency this week and has made a huge impact. Quite literally the most cheerful, positive and affable chap on the planet. Mohammed is working with the Health & Early Years team to support preparation, delivery and assessment across the programme. We have yet to find a pile of marking big enough to dampen his spirits!!

We have also had successful processes of recruitment for both Literacy and Health & Early Years. We have various start dates for our new colleagues and I will update when we see the whites of their eyes! it is a huge relief to be able to say that we have new staff joining these areas after the difficulties in recruitment that have been faced and we are very excited by the calibre of staff that we have been able to appoint.

A group of Access students took part in this year’s Everest Challenge , Le Murier’s annual fundraising event for the school’s residential education programme.

The students were involved with both climbing and belaying and helped to raise £87 for the event. (photos below)

The Football Academy had a tough game on Wednesday this week when they squared off against Yeovil and unfortunately came up short losing 2-1. The last scheduled game of the season in the UK takes place next week taking on Strode College. The Football Academy season report to follow in the coming weeks.

Phil has been driving forward the excellent Literacy competition this week in conjunction with AO Hall.

AO Hall Literacy Competition - Win a tablet

THE PARADELLE: "an absurd mix of the dead easy and the nearly impossible"

"The paradelle is one of the more demanding French fixed forms, first appearing in the langue d'oc love poetry of the eleventh century” or so Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, would have us believe. It was actually invented by Collins himself to ridicule strict poetic forms such as the sonnet or the villanelle.

Welcome to our second Creative Writing Challenge. Your chance to win an android tablet.

Firstly, well done to Reece, Scott and Sades who won our 101 Word Short Story competition. The level of entries was incredibly high and the difficulty of selecting the winners was unenviable. All three were well deserved winners and the quality of their work was praised by our sponsors, AO Hall. Now we are all set to do it again! This time: The Paradelle.

The challenge this month is to write a Paradelle. It can be on any subject and there are no strict rules on metre, rhythm and rhyme.

Jeff Stuart

Acting Assistant Principal

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Hot Off The Press: New Quick Reads At All Campus Libraries!

The newest crop of Quick Reads have arrived in the library – short sharp shots of fiction and non-fiction by some big names in the world of writing. Pick up a copy of any of the following at all three campus libraries:

Learn how befriending a cat turned around the life of a homeless man in Street Cat Bob by James Bowen.

Find out the truth about a mysterious man in Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah.

Be haunted by the wounded soldier Rob Stone in Out Of The Dark by Adele Geras.

Follow Nell as she makes the most of being stood up in Paris in Paris for Two One by Jojo Moyes.

Be entertained by two women’s revenge on the man who is leading them both on in Red For Revenge by Fanny Blake.

Discover how Pat could be talking to his pal Joe the day before his funeral in Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle.

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Rob Robilliard - thanks for your quick diagnosis and fixing!

Tamara - thanks for all your help with the photocopying ready for the all staff briefing

Denise Warr for all her help with the financial input into the college review

Rachel Blondel for just being a star as always

Richard Sweet, Electrical student for providing us with a delicious cake!

Phil for the delicious cupcakes!!

The girls on Reception for being so wonderful and always cheerful!

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Ideas and questions


Can the tv in reception have a more effective use? How about the college notices?


What if the Education doesnt give us the financial growth we are expecting? The proposed plan (draft) is taking into account growth for 3,000 hours, this is flexibly resourced and can be adjusted accordingly. This would not impact on the main features of the proposal.

Can the College purchase some plaigarism software?

We are looking in to Turnitin as a product for our level 3 and above students and I have requested a quote. Any system would need to be part of our online platform for learning and assessment. Once quotes have been received I will discuss with SMT to see about how feasible this would be.

Own the change, shape the future support, Business support staff:

There is 1 further session (for now) on ‘Working together to offer our customers an excellent service’ I hope that all business support staff will attend one of the following sessions within their normal working times. Maria French.

9 March 11.00am - 1.30pm - TBA

Please book a place through Laura at laural@gcfe.net

WANTED FOR: Fundraising Fete in aid of Guernsey Mind

Monday, March 16th, 10am

Les Ozouets Campus

Donation of any BOTTLES welcomed - please send to Martine's room - anything NOT ALCOHOLIC. Bubble Bath, shampoo, fruit juice etc.
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Wed 04 Mar @ 7.00pm – RSC Live Love’s Labour’s Won Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar @ 7.00pm – BTEC Student musical HONK!

Sun 15 Mar Matinee @ 2.30pm – BTEC Student musical HONK!

Tue 17 Mar @ 7.15pm – Swan Lake – ROH (Ballet)

Thu 26 Mar @ 7.00pm – NT Encore Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Wed 01 Apr @ 7.15pm – Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – ROH (Opera)

Tue 14 Apr @ 7.00pm – Maxine Peake as Hamlet – NT Encore

Thu 16 Apr @ 7.00pm – NT Live The Hard Problem

Thu 30 Apr @ 7.00pm – NT Encore The View from the Bridge

Tue 05 May @ 7.15pm – La Fille Mal Gardée – ROH (Ballet)

Tickets available from www.guernseytickets.gg or the Box Office on 749999

Please contact Kerry if you wish to steward for any of these events.

Need Admin help and support?

Need to finish typing up that document? Need help preparing a report or spreadsheet? Require a mailshot to all of your students? Make use of the College's newly established enthusiastic & energetic Admin Support Team, use this email adminsupport@gcfe.net