Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 58

Welcome to ENGAGE

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


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Winners of the Pride Prize Draw will be announced on Friday 11 December 2015. Thank you for your nominations. Next Prize draw will be for nominations made by end of January 2016.

Winners of the Pride Prize Draw December 2015

  • Monica and Jeanette
  • Noel Kanjere
  • Irene Osken

These were chosen out of a hat by Larry Granger, supervised by Louise Misselke - thanks to them! Winners can pick up their prizes from Coutanchez Reception from Monday onwards.

Well done all. Nomination for January are open now till end of January 2016. Prize draw first week of February.


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. Lots of chocs and cakes being shared around

2. School Nativity plays – very entertaining!

3. INSET Day was great

4. Star Wars

5. Clean staff room - thank you

6. Little pots of flowers - thank you!

7. Oranges and Biscuits in the Admin office

8. Staff party tonight - bring it on!

9. Dan's Superman Santa hat!

10. Christmas music in the entrance

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

A week of reflection and assessment

Our thanks to the Education Department for organising the College's validation and the Aspire2B Ed-Tech review. Both of these processes will help us on our journey to excellence and assist us in our planning. We look forward to their confirmed report in due course.

We were also delighted to have Gomez Pickering, Mexican Ambassador to the UK, visiting the Island, and our College specifically. We look forward to forging a memorandum of understanding to initiate exploration of what academic exchange programme it might be possible between Mexico and Guernsey.

Our thanks to Emma Titterington for superb coordination of the event and also to all colleagues from States of Guernsey who helped the College with the welcome and hosting of his excellency and Evelyn Vera-Barreto the Education Attache'

You have been amazing and inspirational this week. Everyone coped fantastically well with all the disturbances caused by our visitors this week. I hope you found the professional discussions and opportunities to discuss your practice fulfilling. Very well done everyone and a very big thank you to you all.

I do look forward to a fun Christmas do tonight (not that I would fit in any clothing after consuming gigantic amount of cake and biscuits courtesy of fabulous bakers in the office followed by a relaxing weekend that no doubt will have a focus on more cakes. My excuse is ... It is Christmas (well almost!)

Have fun!


College news: The week that was!

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Work experience certificate received this week - well done to all involved. Detailed info to follow.

From the V.P...

New staff development programme will be available next week for next half term. The staff development programme has been designed around your feedback from both the OTL processes for improvement from your teams development plans and also from general feedback through the Staffdev@gcfe.net

We will be offering CPD focused on developing excellent Practice from both a learning and teaching perspective and also developing excellent customer service. The programme will be in Engage next week so watch this space

End of term arrangements. Friday next week is a normal day and we have identified on the Calendar that classes can finish at 3pm. The carol concert is open to all and will commence at 13.30 till approx. 14.45.

There will be an all staff get together at 15.30 in PRPCA foyer to mark the end of the first term.

News from LSS

What an amazing end to week with over 370 students taking part in the Enrichment day today. Walking around you can see lots of students really enjoying the wide range of activities planned. Huge thanks to the LSS team who have gone above and beyond in co-ordinating the event, and a special mention to Lindsey who has been here 2 weeks and has jumped straight in to make the enrichment event fantastic!

LSS continues to develop with some support sessions for tutors being planned for the new year more on this in Engage next week. The Learner voice survey has now been analysed and team feedback will be out soon. Students are responding positively to the first half of term.

Carol Service will be in LOC hall next Friday at 13.30. All students and staff are encouraged to wear Christmas Jumpers – we will be fund raising by donation in support of our Creative student Jonah Gillingham.

News from CSS

A busy week for Corporate services teams this week, and thanks to those who took part in the Validation meetings, I know this was a useful process to show how all our corporate services teams contribute significantly to the experience of our students. We have David Coleman from Ardent Health and Safety visiting us next week. David will be conducting a Health and Safety audit from Wednesday morning until Thursday afternoon. We will be arranging meetings for groups of staff to talk to him and he will also be walking around our buildings and learning spaces. This process will help us to continue to plan and develop our health and safety. Thanks to Rod and Team for cleaning out the mothballed area at LOC for the Engineering team to use for BTEC motorsports unit, great work.

News from BIC Faculty

It has been a very busy week for the Business students who have enjoyed two interesting visiting speakers.

Mr. Diego Gómez Pickering, appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland last December 2013 came to visit the BTEC Business Level 3 groups. Ambassador Gómez Pickering gave an engaging and informative talk on the development of Mexico in the 21st Century. Students were excited to hear about potential scholarships to Mexico and the potential development of an exchange programme between students.

Channel ITV videoed the event and the students were interviewed by Guernsey Press - http://guernseypress.com/news/2015/12/09/mexico-can-learn-from-local-finance-sector/

They also had a visit from KPMG who came in to deliver a talk to BTEC Business Level 3 year 1 students to launch the Management Shadowing for the second consecutive year. A number of students have signed up to Management Shadowing. Watch this space to see who is selected!

The team is also delighted that two students have been successful in securing jobs at KPMG from BTEC Business Level 3 year 2

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News from CASI Faculty

What has happened this week in your Faculty areas….and the other small matter of a full college inspection!

This week Julie and Steve from Hospitality and Catering have been thinking about the restaurant menu for the New Year. Here is a selection of what will be on offer in next January and February.

Future Chefs Restaurant

Cream of leek and potato soup

Egg Florentine served with sauce Mornay

Spicy King prawns with garlic butter sauce

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Classic coq au vin,

Roasted, herb crusted rack of lamb with redcurrant jus, lemon and basil oil

Grilled suprėme of salmon – pea, parsley and lemon risotto

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Compôte of fresh fruit with vanilla pannacotta

Chocolate tart – salted caramel ice cream

A selection of local and continental cheese – apple chutney




£16.00 per head

The students have been working towards their Pastry unit this week and cooked a variety of different pastry products.

In Retail Level 2 Beauty learners have been putting together some Christmas gift sets for our Sothys Skin and Make-up products. They are discounted by 25% so some great Christmas present ideas or stocking fillers!! You can purchase the sets from the Beauty reception desk.

Hair and Beauty students had another brilliant and enriching visit to Feel Unique to visit the Estee Lauder consultant. The students picked up new application techniques and learnt about different makeup products on the market.

All Staff reminder: PAMPER EVENING Please come along to the annual pamper evening, you will need to purchase your £5 Pamper Evening ticket for Tuesday 15 December 5-8pm, your ticket includes a 15-20 minute treatment of your choice – mini mani/pedi/facial/massage. Also please purchase a raffle ticket or two, it’s a fantastic raffle with lots of prizes, tickets priced at just £1 – all available through the Beauty department, please contact juliec@gcfe.net, alib@gcfe.net or heleng@gcfe.net for tickets or further information. It’s always a great evening with a cake sale too and its raising money for student enrichment. We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of relaxation.

Finally In Creative + the Bailiff unveiled Mark Cook’s donkey in Market Square. This is a very exciting moment for Mark and the creative team. (see picture)

News from CHPSS Faculty

Jo Hardill worked on her Zumba with the sports students this week

We were lucky to have Phil Midgley come into our sessions this week, to help the students become aware of the qualities an instructor needs to take a session. He has 5 and ½ years’ experience in teaching different types of Zumba sessions to a wide variety of people and ages. Eventually the students will all be taking an exercise session as part of their sports course. This helped them to gain from the experience a qualified exercise instructor and to get tips on how to take a session.

Level 1 Health and Social Care students visit Jubilee Care Home (see pic below)

The Level 1 Health and Social Care students had a lovely morning practicing their communication skills, with the service users at Jubilee House on Wednesday. It was part of their Communicating with Adults Unit. The staff and volunteers where very impressed with the preparation the students had done beforehand and the confidence the group showed in their interactions with everyone.

Welcome to Mike

After cancelled ferries and a number of hic cups “Mike is in the Building” Mike Rowe is here and settling into the Health and social Care Team. He walked straight into the Validation week, and like the pro he is, we are looking forward to working with him.

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Access and Level 1 Winner


I slowly stroll around over the soft ground. My legs sink in but I don’t mind because I love the garden. I love the feel of the green grass on my bare feet and how it brushes against my crinkly legs. As I look up the sky turns grey and gloomy so I crawl under a bush, pushing aside the brambles, twigs and leaves that are in my way. Heavy raindrops fall like darts from the sky. I pull myself into a plant pot, seeking shelter. Although, it doesn’t really matter because a tortoise carries its shelter on its back.

Vienna Bostrom-De La Mare

Level 2 Winner


I sit alone in the dark. I cast out, feeling the cold embrace of the wind, waiting for my dance partner. I feel a slight tug. Suddenly the dance has begun. I pray I can land a perfect score. I feel the tension. My partner is strong. The cold wind sapping every ounce of strength I can muster, I fear I cannot continue. I arch my back, straining against the harsh unforgiving wind. My partner thrashes about. I feel she is finally tiring. With a final tug I pull her from the sea. I have won. The dance is over.

Zachary Tyler Rault

Level 3+Winner


I don’t like the look of the gowned one. That mask is so disconcerting. Helpless, I let out what I hope is a silent scream. I scan the room. It’s clear by the faces staring down at me that I was loud and clear. I blaspheme again, but offer no apology. I push – well, I believe they’re yelling that. I think I’ll leave now; pain is quite overrated. Oh god, this event needs cancelling.

“Almost,” I hear them yell.

The most beautiful creation lay in my arms, a pink one. Blessed, immersed in a blanket of tranquillity, pain disengaged.

Marie Vohmann

News from ICE Faculty

This week all staff need to be very proud of how they represented their individual vocational areas during inspection. Thank you to all staff for all the additional hard work and effort that went into this week, it has been duly noted and appreciated.

Engineering staff held a follow up parents’ evening this week as engagement with parents in the first event was poor. We had a fantastic turn out, thank you to Fiona for arranging this and to staff for completing an additional late night in what was a very busy week.

This week also saw a visit from the Mexican ambassador to our Construction and Engineering workshops, where he chatted with staff and students - see photos.

We were delighted to welcome Zef Eisenberg to the college, look out for the article in Guernsey Press. He viewed his CNC machine in action and took time out to chat with staff and students. See photos.



  • TV and Radio coverage was excellent! from the Mexican Ambassador's Visit to College
  • linoit.com!!! - brilliant
  • loving Michael Buble (Mickey Bubbles!) xmas CD playing - Chrimbo is on the way and nice cheery start to busy/hectic week ! :)
  • The Tinsel on the notice board!
  • Christmas Tree in Foyer


  • Students @ LOC - letting mature person pass in doorway saying `after you sir'


  • Thanks to Rod Tostevin for making us a voice box!
  • Rod is Fab!
  • Fab, we have a voicebox
  • Notice board in staff-room fixed onto wall at last!
  • New College sign over door


* Not being observed by anyone from the Inspection team!



Sales of College sweatshirts appear to be painfully slow. Can we expect a January sale?


Raffle tickets are now on sale at Receptions at LOC, Delancey and Coutanchez £1 per strip – Please take the opportunity to buy tickets before the staff Christmas Party next Friday evening at St Pierre Park. All proceeds are going to Autism Guernsey.

Prizes so far donated are:

  • Bumblebee Voucher to value of £50

  • Crate of Rocquettes Cider

  • Swarovski Voucher to the value of £100 (?)

  • Bottles of champagne x 2 +/-

  • GCFE Beauty Voucher

  • Catherine Best voucher to the value of £40

  • Indian Cottage voucher to the value of £20

  • Beeton’s Chip Shop voucher (Value to be confirmed)

  • Cobo Butchers voucher to the value of £10

  • Mini Hamper from Tapenade

  • 4 lots of ‘Green Fees’ at La Grande Mare Golf Club to the value of £196

  • Meal for 2 at La Piazza Restaurant

  • Forest Stores Hamper

  • Clarins Perfume from Day Salon

  • Intersport – prize donated but yet to be confirmed

  • Pair of sun glasses from Specsavers Market Street


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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.

forthcoming events at the PRCPA