Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 49
STAFF DEVELOPMENT THIS WEEK
Sessions this week:
Data What Data - Delancey
Smartboards aka Old School iPads - Loc L101
Pro Monitor Risk Indicators - LOC
PLC2 - all 3 campuses
Data what Data - LOC
Pro Monitor Risk Indicators - Delancey
for future reference all sessions will be held in the following locations on the following days:
Thursdays:- LOC Flexi Centre, Coutanchez Room 102, Delancey Room D7
Wednesdays:- LOC Room 107, Coutanchez Room 103
Fridays:- LOC Flexi Centre, Coutanchez Room 103, Delancey Room 108
RECRUITMENT - Team Leader Child Care
Secondment opportunity: Team Leader Child Care
The next piece of the jigsaw in terms of the management team in the Faculty of Care, Health, Public Services and Sport is now being advertised as a secondment opportunity for those with the interest and experience who may wish to join Faculty Leadership Team. Job description and application form here:
Application deadline 8th October
Short list Friday 9th October
Interview Wednesday 14th October
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.
Click here to complete the Marketing Request Form: http://form.jotformeu.com/form/52743824060351
Another busy week at the College
My thanks to you all for keeping up the good work. I am glad to see that many of the initiatives and changes that were introduced are beginning to take shape and become common practice. We are working hard on ensuring that we tweak and address those that still need some attention over the coming weeks. Be sure to inform us if you are aware of matters that are not quite right.
My special thanks to those of you who had to deal with the disturbance caused as a result of flooding at Delancey. I am pleased that the impact on our learners has been minimised by your good work and that the remedial work is underway.
We are very close to having our HR and Finance systems reflecting a true picture of our new staffing structure. This will enable us to manage the use of our resources much more effectively. I would like to thank the HR and Finance teams at the Education Department who have supported the College during this transition period and look forward to attending the next Performance Assessment Monitoring meeting next month with the College Leadership Team.
We are keen to find ways that we can acknowledge your sterling efforts in living with PRIDE at our College. To this end we are considering creating a PRIDE nomination process for a monthly prize draw. This is to recognise our colleagues who demonstrate the PRIDE values at the College:- Putting students first, Rewarding relationships, Inspiring people, Delivering excellent service and exceeding expectations. If you have any views on how we can recognise your efforts through the PRIDE nomination and PRIDE PRIZE DRAW be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will collate your views and share with you the details of this initiative next week.
Our thanks to Jon Taylor who supported the College during the curriculum review over the last academic year. Jon has been instrumental in the success of many events and engagement activities the college was involved with and helped the college greatly in considering a new identity and brand. Jon will not continue his support during this academic year. The College Leadership Team would like to thank Jon for his dedication to the College over the last year and wish him well for the future.
We will be reviewing the resources we have at the College for our marketing and communication strategy. In the meanwhile if you have an event or in need of production of any marketing material for your courses please get in touch with your Curriculum Support Assistant with the details. Please make sure all press releases and all press adverts are passed by me by emailing the details to Laura Le Maitre before commissioning any work.
I wish you a restful weekend.
Chief Executive and Principal
College news: The week that was!
News from Corporate Support Services
There have been a couple of unscheduled events this week which have caused some disruption to our provision. We returned on Monday to find a large part of the Russell building flooded which has resulted in the closure of the IT room D22, the student toilets and the hall on the lower floor and the print room in the upper floor. Mark and Tony’s teams did a brilliant job to minimise the damage caused and quickly isolated the areas to make them safe. Unfortunately these rooms will be out of action for some time, though the work to reinstate them has already begun.
Jason’s team have set up an alternative IT room in D31 in the Rosaire Building and classes scheduled for D22 have been transferred to D31.
We also had an IT service disruption during the week which had a varying degree of effect to the services that people could access. The IT support team managed to restore most services within an hour.
Thanks to everyone who helped to resolve these issues and to those who showed great patience whilst this was facilitated.
Please pop along to Delancey Reception and give a warm welcome to Jan Vile, our new receptionist starting at the Delancey Campus on Monday.
Colleagues and staff will be pleased to know, following a request from a colleague, that Carole will have a fully stocked stationery cupboard from Monday and Delancey too will also be stocking more stationery. Remember that students can buy most of their stationery requirements from us.
Tamara has been working on tweaking the new logo to make it more fit for purpose/simpler - the previous version didn't work in all formats, and it was confusing having so many different versions of the logo. Tamara has simplified this and its ready for distribution. Please can all staff replace old logos with the new logo on all documents, and if you need any help please contact Tamara. Guidelines, together with templates will follow in due course. Laura will send out the new logos asap to all staff.
News from BICS Faculty
Last Thursday saw Guernsey’s Digital Greenhouse host a free coding taster session as part of National Coding Week. The event was held at the Guernsey Training Agency's offices in St Peter Port and all attendee spots were booked out just days after the initial date was released.
Our very own ICT lecturer, Dan Hunter, ran the two hour session and guided learners through their first steps coding web pages.
Feedback was excellent and judging by the twitter buzz, Guernsey was placed firmly on the map in coding circles.
News from LSS
The Access students were involved in the annual Macmillan Support Cake Sale last week.
The students baked cakes and ran the stall to raise as much money as possible for the worthy cause.
Cakes were kindly donated from Waitrose, M&S and The Co-Op.
A big thank you to all staff and students who helped to support this event and raise a fantastic £104.86
Students will be taking part in the Collas Crill Moot and also a consultation focus group session for Your Schools Your Choice. The session will be aimed at getting the views of a cross section of students on the changes that are proposed to secondary and post 16 education
News from CASI Faculty
Congratulations this week to students in Hospitality and Catering who all passed their Level 2 Hygiene course. It was also all go in the kitchen where first and third years combined classes and worked together to produce an amazing array of rolls and bread.
Steve and the team are impressed about how the students this year have all remained intrinsically motivated in the course and look forward to next week.
Blue sky happiness
Quotes from students & staff
"Making so many new friends”
“Heh, way better than school”
“The staff are so really, really nice”
“Great catching up with friends”
“2+2=banana - embedding both maths and english”
“I’m so excited, don’t know the destination yet I can feel how great this journey is going to be”
“Be nice - such great advice”
“Creativity is subtraction”
“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started”
“I feel like my brain is being stretched like a pizza dough - in a good way"
This week the second year performing arts students have welcomed guest speakers from The Grammar School, The Drug and Alcohol Strategy, Action For Children and The Improbables Theatre Company in preparation for their theatre in education project. First years have been exploring more skills and have cemented as a group. Quote of the week came from Jared who emailed “The main thing I have learned from the past couple of weeks, is that all of the lecturers here are interested in what you do and only want you to do well and want you to succeed”.
Enterprise and Innovation Academy
There are lots of possible projects bubbling along at the moment in the Enterprise and Innovation Academy. The beginning of the new term is a good time to start thinking about projects that might be a good learning experience for the students so if you have any ideas that you would like to discuss with Jon then email him on email@example.com.
Hair and Beauty
It’s been a busy week in the salon now they are open for business with their new opening times of Thursday evenings between 5.15 and 7.45 for beauty treatments and the hairdresser that is now open Wednesday mornings and Thursday all day. Call 749944 to book an appointment.
News from ICE Faculty
NEW GCFE logo takes centre stage with a major international company
Lincoln Electric have 45 manufacturing locations in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices. Their UK team is base in Sheffield and they deliver Lincoln’s products and services including educational resources across the UK.
Guernsey College of FE is proud to be part of the company’s marketing and advertising of educational material. The link to the brochure is here https://www.scribd.com/doc/283439342/01-10-15-LincolnElectricA4-16-Brochure see the final page of their brochure. I think our logo looks pretty cool amongst some of the major UK colleges that deliver welding programmes.
50th Charted Institution of Architectural Technologists Anniversary Luncheon and Awards
Andrew Kilby represented the college HE provision last week in London at The Savoy Hotel and enjoyed networking with other UK establishments.
We welcomed our new intake for 15/16 with 12 students, we are pleased to see this course back in the commercial offer.
… are pleased to report a buoyant enrolment this year with 15 new level 3 apprentices.
Walking and learning…
Thanks go to staff for embracing learning walks and showcasing good practice in the vocational workshops and theory sessions, it is good to see professionals in action in the learning environment. Now Steve, about that bike…
News from CHPSS Faculty
The GCFA have travelled to Jersey for the first two matches in the Channel Island Schools League against Victoria and Hautlieu schools Thursday and Friday this week. We wish them every success in this year's league!
Level 3 1st year Sport students supported the annual Healthy Hearts Day at Beau Sejour on Sunday last week. Gerry Le Roy, the organiser said "On behalf of the Cardiac Action Group please can I thank all the students who helped at Healthy Hearts Day on Sunday 27th September at Beau Sejour. The Students were really helpful, they arrived in plenty of time for their session, interacted well with the Public and were very happy to work on their own. I would particularly like to thank Lewis and Ryan for their help on the `Alcohol, Know your Limits’ stand, they worked all morning on their own demonstrating the activities I had shown them at College and serving Non – Alcoholic Cocktails".
Marguerite Talmage has asked me to thank Josh and Declan for their enthusiasm and hard work on the Edible Guernsey Stand.
The Level 3 2nd year Sport students got to grips with organising a major sports event by supporting the Guernsey Badminton Open day on Sunday. Working with development officer Matt Haynes and sport lecturer Kathy Stuart they got to grips with the important roles and responsibilities involved when organising such important public events, whilst giving the game a go themselves. Christian Le Ray played one visitor into submission and after an hour of play she signed up to become a member of the Guernsey Badminton Association! All of the students involved helped with demonstrations, visitor interactions and Yonex shop sales.
The sport department welcomed Steve Melbourne, Rugby Development Officer up at Delancey Park this week to help prepare our Level 3 sport students for their upcoming coaching responsibilities. Steve is an extremely experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational coach and the group learnt a great deal whilst having a great time!
News from Health and Early Years
Hello to Kayleigh Baddeley who joined the Health and Early Years Team this week from Canterbury College. Kayleigh’s background is linked to Sociology and Criminology. The team and the students are thrilled to welcome her to the College and to have a full teaching team in place.
Fiona has been out there displaying her talents for joining in health and fitness activities, as she took part in the triathlon over the weekend. Well done again Fiona, you set us all a fine example!
The last couple of weeks has seen the return of the part time child care courses to the department, including a welcome return to the two groups of L3 Child Care learners and a warm welcome to the new learners in the Year 1 group. Also the Teaching Assistants came into College in increased numbers this week, as not only the normal mixed school groups enrolled, but also a specific bespoke group was also enrolled for Les Voies teaching assistants, the sessions will be taught at the school after this first week.
This week also saw the return of the Foundation Degree students after the summer break. They will have a visit from the Lead Manager of the Early Years Degree Programme at Brighton University, Linda Hurley on Wednesday. Linda is visiting the College to give a keynote lecture and to contribute to the programme but also to oversee the progress of the programme as it begins its second year of study. We look forward to meeting with Linda again.
The full time students have had a quiet week this week as they get back into their studies with just a couple of notes of interest; L2 Health and Social Care students paid a visit to the Health Promotion Unit with Melissa to access the resources for their units of study.
Finally, but importantly the Child Care year one students pooled their resources to contribute to the local shoebox appeal for refugees. They collected socks, toys, crayons and other recommended items from the given list for a girl aged 5 to 6 years. They decorated the box as well. The activity generated a lot of discussion about the refugee situation - it is so hard to imagine being in that position, but a purposeful way to try and get some kind of understanding for our students.
Well done to them!
The V.P's week...
The first round of staff development sessions happened this week. Whilst we are looking at even better ways to communicate this plan to you all – please be aware that if you accept the diary event – we will be planning for you to be there. This is the first time we have used an outlook calendar in this way and we recognise there are teething problems ... but would be very grateful if you can only accept the invitation, if you intend to be present. There is a PLC on Thursday, with a new coaching team with coaches for each PLC.
Please also use the firstname.lastname@example.org email to request items to be on the rolling programme of sessions you might find helpful.
For other staff development requests the forms are available on MyCFE.
Learning Walks that have taken place this week have been fabulous and we thank you so much! We have seen some very inspiring and innovative embedding of literacy and numeracy and many students understanding how their targets are helping them. I hope the process was useful for you too, we know we have some excellent practice in our College.
With regard to registers and enrolment - Sally has been working really hard to get his right for our students and staff this week. May I take this opportunity to say a special thank you to you Sally for trying so hard to resolve so many register and enrolment issues this week. Its work in progress so please keep being patient as we have the final push to get all the registers sorted.
Have a good weekend, Louise
Amanda Rickards for raising over £260 for McMillan at her Afternoon tea, well done Amanda! :)
Amanda Brown - thank you for being so helpful with the Petty cash - much appreciated!
Charlotte Froome - thank you for being so efficient
College hoodies are fab! Please encourage your colleagues and students to buy these at each College reception.
All the staff dev emails last week, please can they be clearer re. what they are for and who they are for i.e. what is C & G meeting, ITL meeting - needs more explanation? - we are trying to produce targeted email group lists for future staff events. We are also trying to put together a glossary of terms and will provide this asap.
Staff Health Check - Oct 7th at LOC (08:30 - 10:00)
Members of the Chest and Heart unit will be coming to LOC campus on Wednesday for the opportunity for staff to get a free health check. They are able to analyse body composition and provide feedback on your general health.
The assessment is carried out completely discretely and results will not be shared with anyone.
This is a great opportunity to take up an MOT and identify solutions for any health concerns you may have.
Please contact me if you wish to book an appointment time. Jeff
TRI-ULTIMATE ... how did we get on?!
Three college teams took part in the Tri-Ultimate at Pembroke last Sunday, embracing the challenge of a 960m sea swim across Pembroke Bay, a 20.6 mile cycle down to the Imperial Hotel before returning to Pembroke and a half marathon which shuttled back and forth twice between Pembroke and Port Grat.
High winds meant a late cancellation of the swimming event but this did not deter hardy engineer and Welshman Paul Davies from wading into the two-foot waves. Still existing on the euphoria and pale ale from the night before (some thugs from Wales rammed and battered some thugs from England in an organised event that is somehow legal and shockingly called a sport), Paul strode for the shoreline in his sprayed-on wetsuit and orange hat before completing the event (960 metres) in little over 20 minutes. His accomplishment meant that his team were the only team, out of all the competitors on that day, to complete the Triathlon, making them unofficial champions.
The wind seemed to increase as the competitors readied themselves for the cycle ride. Joe Raleigh (who, like the star he is, had his own bike personalised with his surname) appeared fresh (sweating) from celebrating his birthday the previous night/early morning sporting a costume that fascinated and amused in equal measure. The official line was that he was Bane from Batman. Questions from the crowd queried whether he was on his way home from a sex party. Having already cycled 3 miles to the event (and later cycling 3 miles home), Joe set off along with Steve Repton and Dan Hunter along the west coast to the Imperial Hotel. Wind assisted on the way there meant facing the teeth of the wind of the return but all completing in under 1 hour 30 minutes, saddle sore, wind burned and, in Joe’s case, with a griddle full of flies.
Dan Hunter, taking part in both cycle and running event, had just 7 minutes to dump his bike, get changed and refuel. The speed of this achievement was remarkable as he lined up on the start line looking incredibly fresh and with fists and cheeks stuffed with food. Fatigue did not prevent him from coming home first out of the college’s 3 entrants for this event. Pacing himself by chasing a woman in pink (who later turned out to be 4 separate individuals), Phil Emberton completed his first half marathon whilst special mention was reserved for Fiona Martin, who crossed the finish line to scenes of wild celebration. In none less than the Tri-Ultimate e-mail itself, Fiona was singled out for special praise:
TRI-ULTIMATE Hero: We were so impressed by Fiona Martin, who stepped up to take on and finish the whole run, to fill in for team members who couldn't attend. Well done!
Overall, the teams have raised over £130 (not mentioning their sign-up fee). It was a great effort by all of those who gave up their Sunday and a wonderful sense of camaraderie and achievement salved the aches and pains on Monday.
Next up is the Swimarathon on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Hazel on email@example.com.
And for those of you who are enjoy your social events a little less sporty, don’t forget the Friday night Staff Social at Café Emilia next Friday (9th October).
Don't forget to come to the next staff social at 7pm Café Emilia, £3 pp.
Please let Jeff know if you can come along
drinks... nibbles and great company what more could you want from a night out!
On behalf of
The Staff Social Committee
Jane De la Mare, Hazel Anderson-Relf, Rachel Guilbert, Fiona Martin, Jeff Stuart, Kim Abbotts, Charlotte Froome, Dan Hunter, Helen Glenn,