Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 72

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Welcome to ENGAGE

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



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. Caroline's Birthday

2. Caroline's Birthday Brownies

3. Bank Holiday Monday

4. Tales of trips to Florida & Italy over half term

5. Cupcakes!

6. Elections over and exciting time ahead for new candidates

7. Snow in the UK

8. Women2Win candidates doing so well in the Election

9. Sally because she is on hols next week :)

10. Holiday chocolates & sweets being shared around College - thank you!

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 marketing@gcfe.net

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 very warm welcome back to those of you who managed to take some time out during the Easter Break. Those of us who didn’t, have been busy with various updates, maintenance and general catch up as well as day to day work. I certainly benefited from the quieter time. I hope you are all refreshed and energised and ready for the challenges of our last term.

I cannot believe that it is already the last term of this academic year. I wish you a productive, fulfilling and enjoyable term and look forward to catching up with you in person soon, and certainly at the All Staff Briefing on 4 May at 8:30 at Performing Arts Centre. I hope to be able to share with you some of the work that has been carried out in the background on the review of the College Corporate Support Services and our plans for future.

The results of the election have been announced. We wish all new and returning people deputy-elects the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them to our college where we can share with them our ambitious plans for the future. We have received many messages from successful candidates taking up the offer of a visit to our College. I would like to extend my thanks to all who supported the Women2Win programme that evidently has supported addressing the gender gap in the assembly. It has been great to see this initiative through and we wish all deputies good luck in endeavours to serve this community in the next political term.

Our commiseration to those deputies who did not get elected. I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the outgoing Education Minister Deputy Robert Sillars and member of the Board of Education Deputy Mike Hadley. We benefited from their wisdom, counsel and guidance over their term of office and we wish them the very best of luck for their future.

This week I had the privilege of attending the Strategy and Innovation Summit in London. A fascinating and insightful 2 day seminar that provided me with much food for thought as well as reassurance that in our approach to bring about sustainable cultural change we are progressing well. I have been invited to speak and represent the College at next year’s summit on our journey and will look forward to share with you some of the findings from the summit in due course.

I also have a chance to visit London School of Communication Arts today, Friday - more on that in next week’s engage.

The School of Communication Arts is a social enterprise, supported by over 100 agencies. Some agencies donate money to fund scholarships. Some donate time, by sending their staff down to the school to mentor in our studio. Some do both, and much more. The result is that about a third of our 36 students benefit from industry funded scholarships, and we have a network of over 700 teachers. On a typical day (if there is such a thing at SCA!) about half a dozen industry professionals visit our studio to mentor our students.

The curriculum is delivered through a sequence of briefs. Students work on about fifty briefs during their time in the studio (September to July). Many of these are live briefs.

After a year of hard work, our students are ready for employment, they have a great portfolio and an enviable network of industry professionals. Instead of a dissertation, we end the year with an event called Portfolio Day, where we invite our network of agencies to come and see our students’ work and make job or placement offers. Almost all students get about six months of placements from Portfolio Day, except those who go straight into employment. About 80% of our students get a job at a Top 100 agency within six months of completing the course.

Finally, I would like to call upon your support yet again. I will be taking part in the 30 rides in 30 days charity bike ride next month. If you are interested in sponsoring my efforts for fundraising for Les Bourgs Hospice please get in touch with Laura. If you are also taking part good luck with the rides and the fundraising.

Many thanks and welcome back again!

Saboohi Famili

Chief Executive & Principal

Leave Arrangements for Academic Staff: Please find a document outlining the leave arrangements for Academic Staff here: http://tinyurl.com/zhppjra


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.

Anne Setters & Lucy Mallet - for their continued support given to Jana during her phased return, and their total dedication to the Course despite the ongoing pressures.

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 ;)

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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!

From the Vice Principal

Our Teaching and Learning Coaches are kindly looking at the possibility of running coaching sessions on a Wednesday morning between 9-10am - further details to follow in next week’s Engage. These will be for the benefit of our lecturing staff, so please do get to a session if you can.

News from LSS

World Book Night 2016

Rachel was honoured to be accepted as a giver for World Book Night this year, and was lucky to receive no less than three different titles to give out to staff and students at the College. Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne and Too Good To Be True by Ann Cleeves were all available for free and to keep. She took the opportunity to talk about the benefits of reading and was surprised and pleased by how excited reluctant readers all around College were to receive a book of their choice. She is hoping to hear feedback from readers in the coming weeks and months.

LILAC 2016 Presentation

On Tuesday Rachel was invited to present about the LILAC 2016 conference to the Guernsey Schools Library Service. She discussed practical activities to boost information literacy in lessons, and also issues of advocacy and communicating impact which were covered at the conference. The SLS librarians and assistants asked lots of good questions and fed back that they had picked up several useful tips for their own practice going forward. It was an excellent opportunity to spread good practice and build on the growing professional links between the College and SLS.

news from chpss faculty

Adam Pace has been selected to represent the college at the Regional World Skills Fitness trainer completion on May 17th . As part of his Level 2 Sport course Adam is doing a fitness project as after scoring highest on his exam he was entered as the Guernsey College entry to the World Skills completion. Adam has to undertake as part of the process a further examination and record a video outlining what make him a good fitness instructor. He has been selected as one of only 5 student to be put through to the next round in the south west region. The next phase of the completion will involve Adam being observed doing a Gym induction with a client he will be rated on his Knowledge and his professionalism. If Adam is successful he will go on to represent the college at this UK Semi Final.

First week back - very busy - will have full report on all activities in this area next week!

News from CASI Faculty

Fantastic news in Hair and Beauty this week as Hair dressing student Sabrina Stoddart got through to the final of a national hairdressing competition!

During the Spring break NVQ level 2 hairdressing apprentices Sabrina Stoddart and Emily Holmes took part in the ‘Regional Wella Xposure 2016 Hairdressing’ competition held At Bristol City College after they gained a place by taking part in a National hairdressing photo-shoot competition. Sabrina was awarded a place in the National Finals which will be held at the Wella studios in central London on June the 8th.

For the regional finals each student had to have previously cut and coloured their models hair and then on the day dress the hair and present their models with make-up and appropriate fashion clothing.

Mark Rayment tutor for the NVQ level 2 group said “ “The standard of the competition was of very high standard, so even though Emily didn’t get through to the finals having the opportunity to see the level of work that is being produced on the mainland will stand both students in good stead for future competitions - and it is fantastic that we have a finalist at such a prestigious competition”

Hospitality and Catering have also achieved national success this week by getting two of our second year students Julia Quevatre and Rebecca Williams through to the regional finals of the Young Seafood Chef Of The Year! This is a fantastic achievement for the department.

This week’s trade test with Steve was on Offal. This was successfully completed by Steve with some excellent dishes on display.

The first years also successfully ran their new menu on Wednesday night and Thursday Lunch. This new menu was enjoyed by all and don’t forget The Future Chef restaurant is open for business Wednesday evenings and Thursday lunchtime

In Creative and Digital Arts work has started straight away to prepare the Level 2’s for their exams that start next week.

In Level 3 Richard Burgess and Vincent Luscombe worked as runners with the BBC this week in their evening broadcast of the election results. This was exciting experience for both students and the feedback from the BBC on both of their performances was excellent.

Jack Honeybill from the Town Centre Partnership popped into Performing Arts to meet and hold auditions for students who are keen to get their busking licences over the summer meaning they are able to perform in various different areas of St Peter Port throughout the summer months. This will offer a different element to town life for the cruise ship passengers coming off their boat or on Seafront Sunday. Jack was very impressed with the standard of students who auditioned and as a result some students have been selected to perform as buskers. This was the first year of workshop like this but everyone hopes that it might be an initiative that could work yearly.

Tech for Learning

Flipped Learning - It's Better Than Dieting posted 27 Apr 2016, 04:32 by Martine Ellis

One of the most buzziest of education buzz phrases at the moment is "flipped learning". It's a great phrase actually. Incidentally, it's also a proven, highly effective pedagogical model. But, as is the case with many excellent things, it's widely misunderstood. With the charm, wit and occasional sarcasm you've come to expect of me, I'd like to try and dispel some of the myths surrounding flipped learning.

The most common, over-simplified, definition of flipped learning is "schoolwork at home, homework at school" (supplement the word school for college and bingo, we have the FE equivalent). There is a bit more to it than that. Moreover, a "flipped classroom" and "flipped learning" are not the same thing. Ideally, a flipped classroom will lead to flipped learning, however, just like dieting and weight loss, it's not always the case.

Technology has created a world where if learners want information and knowledge, as long as they are equipped with digital literacy skills and internet access, they can find it. Imagine for a moment, you are a history teacher. Why would you give a lecture on the Battle of Hastings when your students have the internet in their pockets and can Google it?

What they need teachers for, is supporting and coaching them in applying their new-found knowledge. Think back to your teacher training days - remember Bloom's Taxonomy? The knowledge stuff is at the bottom of the hierarchy - it's only as you move up that you deal with application of knowledge, along with analysis, evaluation and creation.

With a flipped classroom, learners are given tools to seek out knowledge (eg reading material, links, videos, podcasts etc) before a session. Direct instruction/content delivery is moved from the group learning space into the individual learning space.

When learners arrive in the classroom their time is spent learning to apply their new knowledge (as well as getting support from their teacher and perhaps peers on areas of the pre-session material that they did not understand). This might be through group work, practicals, written work etc. The flipped classroom is a dynamic, self-paced, learning space, where a teacher coaches, facilitates and supplies one-to-one support.

Where does technology come into this? Well, you cannot normally talk about flipped learning without mentioning tech. But not because you have to be a tech expert to flip learning. You don't. You could flip your classroom without technology but honestly, I suspect it would be quite dull and certainly not inclusive (it's difficult to meet the varied needs of learners by just supplying paper-based reading material). This would negatively affect the success of the model. Technology, therefore, is a tool that can enhance flipped learning.

So why not try flipping a couple of sessions? If you'd like support in this, please email me - I am keen to help martinee@gcfe.net.

CIGPE Event Large Gates & Barriers

Wednesday, May 11th, 12:45pm

Les Ozouets Road

Saint Peter Port

To register your interest and confirm student attendance please contact John Semenowicz



‘ Can you help? We require clean, large, clear plastic bottles for the community and college garden at Delancey. Please send them FAO Tristan room D1 at Delancey’

Supporting the local Charity GO

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For events happening at the PRCPA please click below...

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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.


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.