Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 55


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Welcome to ENGAGE

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

Santa's Tea Party - Fundraising for Jonah

You may have noticed some boxes in your staff rooms - please donate any party food (biscuits etc) or selection boxes that can be given as gifts towards the charity fundraiser being held on 13 November. Jonah is currently in the UK in hospital and his family need to raise £300,000 for his care to be continued. Please give generously if you can. There is also a justgiving page here if you would like to donate: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/jonah-gillingham


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. Exciting programme for staff development on the 3rd December featuring Martin Compton as keynote speaker.

2. Inspection is here. At long last. We have waited long enough.

3. Amy Murray, Rachel and Tamara for their wonderfully positive attitude that cheers everyone up.

4. Gillian's Wedding Anniversary - Happy Anniversary!

5. Sally has a week off - have a great week Sally!

6. Caroline has been to the first of many Christmas parties!

7. Tracy found a Werthers original in her drawer! :)

8. Off to Southampton Christmas Shopping!

9. I'm a Celebrity is back!

10. The young Rotary chefs looked like they were having fun this morning!

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

Coming soon to a Classroom near you – Validation Visit!

It has been a long time coming since we expected the call and the promise of a validation. The time has come for us to showcase the best of what we have and seek advice and support in how we can improve on areas that needs attention.

We have received notice of our Inspection at the College of FE. It will commence on 7 December and end on 11 December 2015. All aspects of College life will go through a rigorous review to enable inspectors to complete their report. The validation will follow the Education Scotland `How good is our college framework’ and will be validating our own self-evaluation report. Both of these documents can be found in MYCFE. I was pleased to see so many of you attending the “Week 1 – We’ve got guests” briefing sessions that I conducted this week. There are more opportunities for you to keep up to date with our plans and how things are progressing, what support is available to you to ensure you are able to be the best you can be when our guests arrive.


Every Monday for the next 3 weeks you will receive “we’ve got guests” newsletter via email. All relevant information will also be available to you on MyCFE, Inspection Tab. There are key matters we would like you to ensure you have in hand and these are outlined in our Action Plan, again available on MyCFE so be sure that you engage in the process to show our College and our hard work and our best efforts so the Inspectors can get the essence of our College.

We have had excellent coverage at the AoC event with 4 members of staff attending this annual event. All coming back with many ideas and buzzing with what they have picked up. We look forward to them sharing their experience.

We were delighted to receive a letter recently, from the Ambassador of Mexico who wished to visit the College, and the Island. This has been arranged for the 8th December. He is keen to give a speech to our students which we will tell you all about asap. He is also visiting Highlands College in Jersey.

Have a great weekend.


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Investing in our most valuable asset - YOU!

Licence to Thrill!

Do you have an idea on how to keep the College the best place to work in? Do you have suggestions on how to acknowledge and recognise the superb job that we do in serving our community and supporting our learners? If you do keep reading…

Licence to Thrill will provide you with an opportunity to individually or as a team make suggestions to keep the buzz in our busy lives at the College. Your suggestions should cover one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Keeping the morale high

  2. Keeping staff/student healthy

  3. Make the work place fun

  4. Improve the sense of worth and value for all

  5. Showing appreciation of doing a job well done

The entries can be made by completing this form.

Deadline is Monday 30 November 2015. Decisions about which we will take forward will be made during the first week of December where shortlisted ideas will be presented in a dragon’s den fashion to a panel of staff (across the board), students and members of the board of governors. Funding up to £500 is available to support the implementation of the project.

Students and other staff will also be involved in making a decision as to which project will get funding. Details of the selection will be shared with you shortly.

College news: The week that was!

News from BIC Faculty

On Tuesday 17 November three Business Administration students and one IT student attended a Women’s Development Forum event held at Les Cotils. The event was focusing on women entrepreneurship and had speakers from different areas talking about their personal experience. This was followed by a question and answer session about the pros and cons of setting up their own businesses. The main point which came out of the forum was that if you have the passion and belief in yourself you can do it! Running your own business is hard work but it can pay off in the end in job satisfaction and/or monetary rewards. The students came away inspired and full of enthusiasm hopefully we may have a future Sheryl Sandberg amongst our midst!

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Inset Day - 3rd December `Celebrating our Practice'

Inset day 3 Dec, this will be a dedicated event to celebrating our practice. As the lesson observation schedule comes to a close, it’s a great opportunity to share practice. The day will include a market place to swap ideas and share, if you feel you would like to have a 5 minute slot to a small group or a sharing slot whether it be a resource or something you have tried in your practice, let me know. We have some workshops on a variety of topics including ILT, supporting learners, using relaxation in the classroom, and a fun dance workshop plus lots more. I am delighted to announce that we will also be having a special guest coming to take part in the day and provide a keynote session for us all. See below, biog of Martin Compton.

The day starts at 8.45 welcome and refreshments and will finish just after 3pm. Lunch is provided. This day will count as 6 hours of CPD towards your personal record, and I hope will be a very inspiring and exciting day.

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Martin Compton is a Senior Lecturer in the Educational Development Unit at the University of Greenwich. He also works as a Freelance Educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust and is a Teaching Fellow of the University of Westminster. He once taught history to students who ranged from the utterly enthused through the utterly exasperating but spent many a happy hour trying out his teaching and learning experiments on them. As a teacher trainer his professional passion is finding and sharing ‘free and easy’ cloud based tools that engage teachers and, in turn, their students. His personal passions are for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and his kids, though not necessarily in that order. Neither of these passions come cheap which may explain why he so enthusiastically seeks out free apps and tools for teaching and learning. He has been teaching since 1992, which seems to him like moments ago until he thinks about how much technology has changed in that time. Gone, but not forgotten, are the banding machines, carefully written and coloured-in OHP transparencies and massive TVs with doors on them. It does make him think that teachers do need to do their best to keep up with educational (and other) technology and further reinforces his notion that the easier the tools are the more likely teachers are to use them.

Enterprise Academy

On Tuesday as part of our new Enterprise and Innovation Academy students from Creative + and Performing Arts worked together to deliver a project in support of the States "Service Guernsey" event at Beau Sejour.

We set up a live film studio in the concourse at Beau Sejour where conference participants could be interviewed to gather their thoughts and opinions about the event and the delivery of Service Guernsey. The Creative + students took charge of the camera and sound aspect of the event with Performing Arts providing two interviewers to talk to the conference participants and draw out their thoughts and opinions.

The studio looked great on the day and really professional – a huge thank you to Simon Ellis for the great job he did setting up and ensuring everything came together technically. A special mention must also go to Gillian McCartney who was fantastic at encouraging people to get involved and be interviewed. The students who worked on this project for the day were enthusiastic and professional in their approach. They worked really well as a team and made excellent use of their skills to make sure we delivered an outstanding event for our clients. In the end we interviewed about 17 people in the studio - which is a fantastic result and well above our expectations – so a big well done goes to Harvey Ephgrave and Chris Towers from Creative + and to David Lane and Harry Giubileo from Performing Arts.

A word from the VP...

Coaches: your Coaches team for this year are happy to be contacted should you want to iscuss an area of your practice. Please use them to sound out your ideas, discuss what might work or why something hasn’t worked yet. They all have or are working towards the sector recognised qualification in T&L coaching. A real source of support for us all.

May I take this opportunity to thank our Lesson Observation team for the last 3 weeks. I hear that the schedule is almost complete and that they have been honoured to see some excellent practice. Thanks also to everyone of you who have really showcased your practice and demonstrated what you do every day for our students. We will use the INSET day to tell you more about the lesson Observations this year.

Please see https://www.scribd.com/doc/290541489/Coaching-v-Mentoring for more Coaching V Mentoring info!

Your coaches are:

Creative + Helen

Hair, Beauty, Hospitality & Catering Stefan

Business, Finance and Management - Tristan

Administration, ICT - Kayleigh

Adult Education and Flexi Learning - Cathy
Construction - Jon

Engineering - Stefan

Sport & Public services - Tim

health & social Care - Tristan

Skills and LSS - Tim

Early years - Tristan

Access - Jenn

Inspection support - please don’t forget your Coaches team are ready and willing, there is also an opportunity to book in for 1:1 session next week with Collegehelp : Arnie Skelton. Please let Laura know.

News from CASI Faculty

Hair and Beauty have got a date for your diary this week….

The Beauty students are holding a Pamper Evening on Tuesday 15th December from 5 -8 pm They are offering a 15 minute mini treatment, a mani-pedi, facial or massage for just £5.00! Raffle tickets will also be on sale at just £1.00 per ticket and the prizes include luxury hair & beauty treatments, a variety of products and lots more! Tickets are now available from reception or email juliec@gcfe.net if you would like to go along in the evening.

Students in Hospitality and Catering this week have been looking at fish this week. The week began with a lesson in filleting a plaice and ended with the students cooking a variety of tasty fish meals.

In Performing Arts this week The second year performing arts student theatre company (Edge) performed in five secondary schools to lots of year 7 pupils. Their play ‘Swig’, about the dangers of alcohol in childhood was well received. Their final performance is a public performance at The PRCPA on Friday night from 6-6.45pm. It would be great to have your support so please come along and bring your children (suitable for ages 10-13). The performance is free.

The first years have done their Classical Theatre monologue assessment on Tuesday and have been preparing for the London trip next week. Kaspars did a perfect a single pirouette and has been awarded the student of the week for his effort and positivity in all his sessions.

Creative + had a very positive parents evening with lots of good feedback from both parents and students on the course.

On Tuesday students also collaborated with the Performing Arts for the Service Guernsey event that was held at Beau Sejour. This was a very successful day where Harvey Ephgrave and Chris Towers were tasked with setting up and filming feedback of the event with the performing arts students interviewing. Everyone was extremely professional and the whole day was a great experience for everyone. (See Enterprise Engage for further details)

Finally the Level 2’s had a great visit to Candie Museum to see the Wildlife Exhibition and gain some valuable inspiration for future projects.

News from ICE Faculty

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year Awards will take place next Wednesday 25th November at 12.30pm in the restaurant at the Coutanchez site. Each winning apprentice will receive a trophy and a £100 tool voucher. The Guernsey Motor Trades Association Members that are sponsoring the awards will be there to present the trophies.


A review of the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has taken place. Please take note of the updated guidance below, this applies to all staff and students;

  • Safety boots must be worn in the workshops.

  • The workshops should not be used as a shortcut to access other areas – please use the main entrance.

  • Any students, staff or technicians using workshops as a short cut will be challenged.

  • No shorts are to be worn in the workshops.

  • Any activity involving drilling/grinding will require safety glasses.

  • Any activity involving sustained loud noise will require ear defenders.

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News from CHPSS Faculty

Year 1 Health and Social Care

Settings have been in touch with Charlie to sing the praises of the current L3 Year 1 students and their positive and professional attitude

Year 2 Health and Social Care

Two student from year 2 Health and Social Care Krystal Batiste and Jess Ogier were interviewed by Radio Guernsey as part of the Growing up in Guernsey on line initiative. Organised by the HUB and PWC it was open to everyone on the Island and was focusing on issues that students and our children face in the present technological age. Issues such as Cyber Bulling Sexting, Gaming and awareness of safety. Charlie Froome fed back to the Faculty regarding the initiative and the Faculty are looking forward to a presentation in the department to staff and students by Adam Burroughs.

Thank you Martine

Thank you Martine for your input into the Health and Early Years Team Meeting this week and the IPad training.

Decider Life Skills Presentation

Melissa attended The Decider Life Skills presentation on Friday 13th November on behalf of the team.

Michelle Ayres and Carol Vivyan (cognitive behavioural psychotherapists) have developed a skills training programme to promote the mental health and well-being of the community.

These skills can be used by the whole community to support mental wellbeing. They are currently piloting the work in a local school to help embed this knowledge and practice the skills at a young age to help children grow up with the life 'tool's they need.

The next training day is 1 December 9.30-3.45, it is free, and open to anyone that is interested.


GCFA are looking forward to their first away fixture next week against DLS in Jersey!!

Good Luck

L2 Sports Students

Have sat their first Anatomy and Physiology exam this week. Good luck although after all the hard work we are hopeful J

New from the AOC Conference...


I was fortunate enough to attend the AoC (Association of Colleges) Annual Conference and Exhibition this week. It was a brilliant opportunity to network and find out how other colleges are supporting their learners. A particular highlight was attending a breakout session run by NUS (National Union for Students) – Changing paradigms for student engagement and learner voice: Students driving change in education. NUS spoke about the importance of learner voice and focussed on what other colleges throughout the country were doing to ensure that learners have their say. This session provided clarity and confirmation that we are heading the right direction with regards to learner voice and student reps. Having now established a working relationship with organisations such as NUS and The Student Engagement Partnership, we can ensure that we are following the best possible practise’s and seek out information and training when it’s needed. If anybody is interested in hearing more please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


This provided us with a great opportunity to network with other colleges, share good practice and get lots of new ideas, as well as validating our current practice.

The conference celebrated the achievements of colleges and students during what is a very difficult time for UK colleges. If you’re not aware, the Government is carrying out ‘Area Reviews’ and this is a critical time for colleges with more funding cuts highly likely in the Spending Review due to take place next week.

Skills Minister Nick Boles gave a controversial speech warning colleges that the FE sector would not be insulated from further cuts, stating that colleges needed to be ‘stronger as institutions, more sustainable and more able to manage the impact of shrinking budgets’. The minister accused FE of letting private training providers ‘ steal their lunch’ when it came to apprentice provision, sparking much debate…

Other session attended were on Blended Learning, Improving students interest in STEM and the commercial imperative in colleges.


This week I represented the Guernsey College at the AoC Conference and I would like to share this experience with you. I attended talks on Labour Market Intelligence and finance as well as discussions on how to increase the number of apprenticeships. I am digesting this information and thinking about how we can translate this to a Guernsey context. The inspirational talks by Lord Ian Blair ( Ex London Met) and Lucy Adams (ex BBC) about leadership in difficult times have given me a number of ‘takeaways’ that I would happily share with others.

One of my
focuses in discussions with the stallholders was the development of a
dashboard. This would enable us to bring all the information that we need to do
our jobs efficiently and effectively without having to go to many different
sites. I know this is something many of you are asking for and we are well on
our journey to developing a solution and this visit was invaluable to me.

Other food for thought included Pitman training, funding for overseas placements for staff and students, alumni surveys, ideas for running events and alumni donations
which I will be cascading to the relevant staff.

Finally, If any of you remember the conveyor belt in the generation game. I now
have numerous leaflets and business cards, 10 bags, 6
USBs, 4 Powerpacks, 5 mugs, a stress ball, an object i can’t identify (please
help me - see below!)
and last but not least a cuddly toy and all in just 24 hours!

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Friday, Nov. 20th, 6pm


The second year performing arts student theatre company (Edge) performed in five secondary schools this week to lots of year 7 pupils. Their play ‘Swig’, about the dangers of alcohol in childhood was well received. Their final performance is a public performance at The PRCPA on Friday night from 6-6.45pm. It would be great to have your support so please come along and bring your children (suitable for ages 10-13). The performance is free.

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ITL Update

This week I am pleased to share an interesting learning opportunity called The 12 Apps of Christmas (thanks to Rachel G for finding it). It’s an online course requiring just 10 minutes commitment a day (and it does not really matter if you miss a day – you can catch up). Every day, for 12 days, an educational app will be shared with hints and tips on how you can use it with your learners. This free course starts on 1 December 2015. I’m in – are you? Find out more here: https://goo.gl/k3FJz3. Another good reason for participating is that (hopefully) it will be a good example of how a short course can be delivered completely online. I understand they are using the Blackboard platform for this.

Since sharing some examples of great ILT use last week, I have been made aware of more: Andy T (Engineering) has been making great use of Chromebooks and Mark R (Hairdressing) and Tracey F (Health and Social Care) have been experimenting with Google Classroom (please contact me if you’d like some support with this). Please keep me posted about your ILT activities and let me know if you need any help.

Last but not least, Carol Parish from ClickView came over to do some training this week. I will be honest, last time I looked at ClickView I was not that impressed. However, it’s had a massive overhaul. It’s now web-based and contains loads of video resources. It’s also possible to create a montage of clips with text. Their video editing platform is really simple if you want to upload and edit your own videos. As not many people were able to attend the session, Amy and I will be working on some resources to share with you.


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  • The link between pro-solution and pro-monitor. Switch between students from the registers to learner comments with ease - FAB!
  • I love Sally Cutler!
  • Noel is fab!


Ships don't sink because of the water around them.

Ships sink because of the water that gets in them

Don't let outside influence weigh you down - stay afloat! (we loved this quote so much we stole it for our Thought of the Week!)

IT seeing to catering department problems promptly. Thank you

Mathew’s operation from IT gone very well. Speedy recovery to Matthew

Getting beautiful thank you cards from principal. Feeling valued. Ditto re Birthday cards. Thank you.

Inspection briefings. Clear, upbeat, inspiring. Bring it on.

Sally, Laura and Caroline for their superb work getting the survey to our stakeholders out on time. Well done

Les Ozouets



  1. College Stone at gate needs re gold leafing and put back up - the stone was removed due to a couple of cars hitting it at night time, plans are in place for the stone to be re-gold-leafed, put back in place, and a solar powered light to make it visible at night time.

  2. Workshops – sinks always dirty never used to be like this. We are sorry that this has become the case, the sinks will be given a thorough clean and kept clean in the future.


Coutanchez - please can all staff ensure that out of office are put on if you are going on leave, thank you.

  • Could we get the path in the car park pressure washed they are mossy and slippery. This will be done this weekend, and will include pathways and steps.
  • Gold fish bowl should be put back to a dry route to workshops as designed. SF- not sure about this one can you explain or see if worthwhile?

This would be difficult to change now, we do appreciate that people have to walk from one building to another in the rain, however, this is the same situation at our other sites

And suddenly, before you knew it, you are staring down the barrel of another Christmas...

With October half-term in our sights, it is time to look further ahead and get our Christmas Party organised!

The essentials are:

Friday 11th December @ St Pierre Park

7PM - late

Black Tie

Buffet Menu https://www.scribd.com/doc/285366647/Party-Buffet-Menu-2015

£30pp (covering DJ costs)

Raffle & DJC

Please make your desire to attend known to your campus reception staff who will be happy to add you to our list and take payment. This year, payment can be made in stages or in full. Again, your campus receptionist will be happy to take your money. We need a deposit of £10 per person by Friday 6th November.

One of your Staff Social Committee members (Dan Hunter, Rachel Guilbert, Helen Glenn, Hazel Anderson-Relf, Jane Fears, Jeff Stuart, Charlotte Froome, Kim Abbots and Fiona Martin) will able to available your campus so please ask them for information should you require.

I hope to see as many of you there as possible - let's make this a great night!


(On behalf of your Staff Social Committee)

forthcoming events at the PRCPA