Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 64

Welcome to ENGAGE

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


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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. It's nearly half term!

2. The days are getting longer

3. The chickens outside the admin office

4.Valentines Day

5.Our fab H & Catering students at the Achievement Awards

6. Chinese New Year of the Monkey

7. The PopUp Shop


9. The students manning the pop up shop!

10. All of the deserving winners at the Achievement Awards Ceremony

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

Another week of rewarding hard work!

This week we saw our Hospitality & catering students helping out with the Awards for Achievement dinner, the pop up shop in town showcasing what our students can make and sell. All your hard work in supporting them in their chosen pathways is very much appreciated and we hope that you can see the results in the way they grow and flourish.

At last nights Awards for achievement one of the cathegories was unsung heros. As they were reading out the nominations I was thinking how many unsung heros do we have at our own college? How many of our colleagues you know who go byond the call of duty to make a difference in the life of our College, our contribution to our community and to one another? This inspired me to extend our PRIDE prize to an annual GCFE unsung hero award. If you know someone who fits the bill email future@gcfe.net and nominate them for this award. We will collect your nomination and the winner will be announced in July. Deadline for submission is 27 May 2016.

I will be speaking at the British Islands & Mediterranean Region , Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (BIMR CWP) Conference this weekend. A great honour and privilege to be involved in this event. As I am sure you all similarly believe in the role education has in transforming lives I will be focusing on the role of Women Education and Economic Development.

Lastly 14 February 2014, I was offered the post of CEO and Principal at the College of FE. It was ironic for it to be on the day that is celebrated for love and affection. It has been true that I did fall in love with Guernsey at first sight but more than anything the love and passion I feel for the work we do has been the driving force behind weathering the challenges we face. This is a quick note to say Happy Valentines day to one and all. May your heart be always filled with love.

Have a good weekend.

Saboohi Famili

CEO and Principal

College news: The week that was!

News from CSSD

ITU and JT would like to work on the network connection to Les Ozouets Campus at some point in the half term.

This would cause around 2-3 hours of downtime affecting ICT services for Schools Music, SHARE, Youth Service and the Performing Arts Centre.

The date and time has yet to be agreed. Ideally it should minimise disruption, so I’d be very grateful if you could advise of particularly good or bad times.

Please respond to nick.whalley@gov.gg with any thoughts regarding timing/dates.

A further timetable will be issued shortly.

news from BIC Faculty

From our December 2015 exam series for our Level 4 qualification International Diploma in Financial Administration (IDFA), our students achieved a 97% pass rate with 60% achieving merit and distinction grades.

News from CASI Faculty

What a week in Hospitality and Catering - an amazing week doing work experience at Sueco. All the students worked hard for very long hours. Each student completed over 22 hours over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and some worked another 9 hours last evening.

Sonia and Hazel, the support assistants both worked in the kitchens as well, with Steve Bacon, Ryan Sperry and Julie Hyde. The hours were long but most students were so scared that they would miss something that they carried on working through without breaks. Paul Wilson from Sueco was delighted with the students help and said that the work would not have been completed without them all.

Helen in Retail has been working with different groups throughout the college at our OSA Pop up shop this week. This morning the Le Murier students were in to give a helping hand (photo). The shop has a Valentine theme with many different cards and gift ideas produced by different areas of the College

The Level 3’s in Creative and Digital Arts students have begun filming a promotional video today for the Victorian Walled Garden at Saumarez Park. The group of year 1 students have been there with Charlie Towers and Kirsty Bougourd to film the start of the tomato growing process. The group will be back at various time of the season to update their footage.

Performing Arts students have been working on their own production of Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’. It is a fantastic murder mystery comedy set in and around Chortleby Village. The play is being held on the 20th February from 7.30pm. Contact vanessam@gcfe.net if you would like to join in the fun and get some tickets.

Year 1’s also have a production called the The Country Wife. This is on Wednesday 17th February and Friday 19th February. Also beginning at 7.30pm

Hair and Beauty are once again open for business. The wide range of treatments available to book are below.

All Level 2 Beauty treatments – currently excluding Facials and waxing

Monday: 9.30-11.45 & 1.15-4.00

(Manicure and Pedicure ONLY)

Monday Evening: 6.00-8.00

(Manicure/Pedicure/*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)

Wednesday: 10.30-1.00 (Manicure & Pedicure ONLY)

& 2.30-4.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)

Thursday: 10.30-12.45 (*Lash & brow tinting/Brow shaping with tweezers/*False eyelashes/Makeup)

*Patch test required at least 48hours prior to tinting or false lashes

LEVEL 3 treatments:

Tuesday 1.15 – 4.00 Massage

Thursday Evening 5.15 – 7.45 – Face and Body Electrical

News from Enterprise Agency

This week the Enterprise team have been running a cross College retail shop in town. We have been kindly provided with a space in the OSA pop-up shop for two weeks this February and this week we have been selling a range of fun and unique valentines gifts all made by students at the College.

We have had delicious cupcakes from Elisha in Business Studies, jams, chocolates and chutney made by the catering students, heart healthy flapjacks made by the sport students and a wonderful range of innovative gifts such as “Hug in a Mug, “Cake in a Jar” and “Lollipop Trees” all provided by the Childcare students.

Alongside these we have also had handmade cards and gift made by Access, handmade candles from a group of Business studies students and original jewellery by one of the childcare students - so all in all a fantastic range of products and a wonderful reflection of the talents and professionalism of our students.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our first ever College wide retail shop, either through the lovely items you have made or through your time and support. The shop has looked great and people have been really impressed by the range and quality of the items on sale. While the awful weather at the start of the week has meant we have been quieter than we would have liked, it is still really rewarding to see the College working together and presenting such positive examples of our student’s work to the community.

Next week we will be using the shop as a gallery to showcase the work of the students from Creative and Digital Arts so, if you haven’t had the chance to come and visit us this week it would be lovey to see you sometime next week. We will be open from 12pm till 4pm.


As you’re all aware, on Tuesday 2nd February the Learner Support Team completed a day’s training on Decider Skills. For those of you that are not aware of Decider Skills please have a look at the attached document.

I will be putting a training manual (A4) and handbook (A5) in all staff rooms across all campuses. These are not to keep, instead please photocopy any skills that you might want to use/practise with your learners and return them to the staff room so that other members of staff can make full use of them.

The Decider Skills strategies are being used in a cross college approach by the LSS Team. If you have learners working with a Progress Coach or LSA then it would be beneficial for you to look through and understanding how these strategies are helping our learners. It will also give you the opportunity to reinforce these strategies with our learners.


This month saw the second of five new Creative Writing competitions, sponsored by AO Hall. This is the competition’s second year after the success of the inaugural competition and the publication of our 2015 / 2016 anthology, which can be picked up for free on all three of our campuses.

The challenge for the second competition was to produce a Paradelle - "an absurd mix of the dead easy and the nearly impossible!" invented by American Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. A tough challenge which many students from across college rose to, making the judge’s decision incredibly difficult. The winning entries were from Gracie Corbin, John Morris and Zach Rault and are included below.

Picture below from left to right: John Morris, Gracie Corbin, Alison Ozanne from sponsor AO Hall , and Zachary Rault. Our huge congratulations to these well deserved winners! Here is a link to the next competition - `Narative from an Image' http://tinyurl.com/j3rf9qz

Gracie Corbin Flashback

Everything had changed

Everything had changed

I thought I was dreaming

I thought I was dreaming

Dreaming was everything

I thought I had changed

The night before was when I fell

The night before was when I fell

Nothing was the same

Nothing was the same

Was the night I fell

When the same was nothing before

I didn’t like being this way

I didn’t like being this way

I feel horrible inside

I feel horrible inside

I like being horrible

I didn’t feel this way inside

Everything didn’t feel the same

Nothing like I had before

Inside when I fell this way

Dreaming being changed was horrible

I thought I was the night

I was

The Forgotten Desert

A man stands on the edge of a glimmering desert

A man stands on the edge of a glimmering desert

Gazing at the ruins of his broken city

Gazing at the ruins of his broken city

A broken man at the desert of a city

His glimmering edge Stands gazing of the ruins

Walking though the sand of a lost land

Walking though the sand of a lost land

Hoping to find riches and relics

Hoping to find riches and relics

Walking though lost riches and relics

Hoping to find the land of sand

Deep inside an ancient tomb

Deep inside an ancient tomb

Torch in hand and a sword in other

Torch in hand and a sword in other

In a tomb inside an ancient hand

And torch in other sword

Inside of a deep tomb stands glimmering ruins

A torch and his ancient sword hoping

Through the desert of riches in an edge

A city of land gazing at the hand

And the broken man lost in sand

Walking to find other relics

Hungry like the wolf

Running like the howling wind

Running like the howling wind

My senses on fire like hot coals

My senses on fire like hot coals

Howling, like the running wind

Fire like senses on my hot coals

Night in the city moon is ablaze

Night in the city moon is ablaze

The shaking ground beneath my feet

The shaking ground beneath my feet

City ablaze in the moon night is

The feet shaking, my ground beneath

Feeling the hunger inside

Feeling the hunger inside

A smell like a sound

A smell like a sound

Hunger feeling the inside

A sound like a smell

My hunger is feeling the fire

Howling like hot coals

The running wind shaking

Like senses on my feet

Like a moon ablaze in the night city like a smell

Feeling the sound, is inside

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DIVERSITY FOR ALL (a new weekly section in Engage)!

‘At this time of the year, it is very easy to become focussed on portfolios and exam revision. This part of Engage will offer you the opportunity to reflect on all aspects of Diversity including differentiation ideas and up-skilling your knowledge on learning difficulties.’

This week I received an interesting Tweet about Deaf Awareness, entitled ‘Face me when you talk’.


We hope these snippets of information will help you in your roles at the college.

The Access team


Providing Quality Learning

Simone Whyte, Principal forward planning officer from the States of Guernsey, talked to the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology students about the regeneration of The Bridge, St Sampsons to support their Masterplanning module. See pic below LtoR shows: Simone Whyte, Principal Planning Officer, George Nichols, Antoinette Martin and Miles Pengelley.

Putting Students First

Spectators witnessed some of the finest kart racing at the latest round of the winter championships. A near record Senior Max entry of 13 drivers included our engineering student Ben Roussel. Ben thrilled the crowd with a fine display of control and perfect overtaking manoeuvres. This was Ben’s first race and he coped extremely well with the wet and slippery conditions. Well done Ben and his tutor Andy Thacker (photo below).

Inspiring People

The Commerce and Employment Department are hoping to introduce a scheme this year that measures the impact of tradespeople visiting Guernsey for work. The impact of the so-called “white van man” culture of tradespeople visiting and working on island is currently unknown. This is of interest to our construction team who work tirelessly at maintaining professionalism in the industry through education and training. How could we get involved in this initiative and protect local traders?? See full article here

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Two of my favourite moodboard tools are Morpholio Board and Pinterest.

Morpholio Board [http://www.morpholioapps.com/board/] allows users to effortlessly layout, collage and illustrate with a series of photos, images, sketches and annotations to generate beautiful and informative boards that are easy to share. Morpholio Board is one of a suite of tools by Morpholio Apps and is available for free, for iPad, in the app store. Becky from Beauty is experimenting with this app at the moment (well done Becky!) You can find out about other Morpholio apps here: http://www.morpholioapps.com/ (some of these apps could be of interest to engineering, carpentry, built environment and other areas).

Pinterest [https://uk.pinterest.com/] is a “pin board” tool, but is typically used for saving inspiring images, links and articles to refer back to at a later date. Users might have a number of different boards covering different topics (eg art, cookery, sport, holidays etc). Pinterest is more of a repository and source of inspiration, whereas Morpholio Board is a way of showcasing inspiration as an attractive document which can be shared digitally or printed. With Pinterest there is also an emphasis on following boards and pinners, sharing/re-pinning pins and commenting (so there’s a social media element). Pinterest has an iPad app, but you can just as easily use the web-based version. You need a free account to use Pinterest.

Should you require any support using these, or other apps, please email me. I also share a number of educational apps on my Twitter feed, so if you are on Twitter, please give me a follow @MartineGuernsey.


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Social Committee news...

You will not want to miss this event!! Test your knowledge against colleagues and have a yummy curry to boot

When & what? Friday 1st April, Quiz n' Curry Night

50 seats available - teams of 5

First come, first served.

£5 per head (£2.50 for food and £2.50 for charity).

Bring your own drinks!

prize: a meal in the College Restaurant!

Contact: Phil E to book - phile@gcfe.net

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Last week we launched a `BIG thing'! This is an approach to accelerating our Progress to Excellent and developing us as an organisation. Importantly it’s a way that everyone has a chance to develop new skills, work with different people and personally make a BIG difference to the College.

This approach has lots of research behind it but essentially the aims of this approach is to enable innovation and creativity from the roots up, also the approach often enables projects to be sustainable and realise better results.

As you know, one of the key aims of our restructure was to create opportunity. Well the BIG projects are just that. You have the chance of working as part of a Business Improvement Project with a definite start time and a definite end point – using your ideas, skill, expertise and enthusiasm to make some changes for the better. You can get involved whatever role you have in the College, be it Lecturer, Technician, LSA, Caretaker, Manager, Support Staff and so on …. All are welcome.

There are a number of BIG projects identified as part of our Quality Improvement plan which has been updated and can be found here http://www.mycfe.gg/staff/perfman/SitePages/Home.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fstaff%2Fperfman%2FShared%20Documents%2FPAM%20folders%2FQIP%20review&FolderCTID=0x012000FA07D04AEC8C0546957956AB1B9D1B3F&View=%7B2CC47DF8%2DDA3B%2D4794%2D9668%2D19D99EFB4D1D%7D

There are also some BIG projects which have self-formed – these have been ideas generated by practitioners. Indeed you might be reading this and thinking I know what could make a huge difference. Well let me know, let’s see if we can have another BIG project to support you on the way.

The BIG projects identified so far are as follows:-

  • English and Maths continuation project

  • Target Setting Students

  • Self-Evaluation development

  • Equality and Diversity

  • ILT

  • Learning Environment and Professional standards for learning

  • Plagiarism – a self-forming group

  • PLC for people on fractional posts a self-forming group

You may have seen an email yesterday about the Equality and Diversity Project work – well if you interested come along to the meeting and find out more and see if you would like to be involved.

In the next few weeks we will be inviting you to meetings about the other projects above or giving you an update on the work already taken place if you would like to join. Let me know if you have any ideas or want any more information about anything above.



  • Rod! - Helpful as always!!



* When are we getting our oven fixed we are missing our roast dinners!

Les Ozouets

* Students queuing for a printer in corridor outside staff working area. Please can this be made staff-only?

It is very encouraging to hear that students are now favouring the manage print devices, a trend that we’re also seeing at other sites.

Whilst we appreciate the current demand is causing some inconvenience at the present time, more managed print devices will soon be added on all sites that will spread the load. It’s worth noting too that once you’ve printed to a managed print queue your printing can be collected from any of the managed print devices. At Les Ozouets Campus there is another device in the library that can also be utilised.

The nature of this systems provides devices that can be used by anyone, anywhere.


Les Ozouets

How many college sweatshirts have been sold? How many remain unsold? Only a small amount left - please see reception to purchase.

What is the purpose of the expensive new plastic/glass panel in the reception area? As previously advised - we are now just awaiting signage for these areas. Posters went up last week asking for suggestions from staff/students on what they would like to see in the areas. Good responses and ideas so far and a schedule / plan happening ready to start next week.

The first-aid room – has this idea been abandoned? The project has not been abandoned, we have now had a water supply installed, but the room still needs to be re-painted and furniture installed. Due to staff being committed to other projects, this is due to be completed over the half-term break

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.