Guernsey College of FE Weekly Newsletter Issue 59

Welcome to ENGAGE

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


Big image


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. Generosity of the spirit from colleagues in raising funds for Jonah

2. Healthy options at the refectory

3. The sun is shining today!

4. A few weather forecasters have mentioned SNOW!!

5. Denise has started with us - welcome Denise!

6. My Library Management System is working again - Thanks Jason & Saboohi

7.Jane D's daughter's plaster cast will be off soon - hooray!

8.John Norman's promise to shave that beard!

9. New flooring in the ladies toilets at Coutanchez!

10. Laura is keeping to her new years resolutions... mostly!

Big image

Licence to Thrill Results

During the first term of 2015-16 academic year we started an initiative under the title “Licence to Thrill” this was to provide you with an opportunity to individually or as a team make suggestions to keep the buzz in our busy lives at the College. We have received your suggestions under the following categories

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

Next week we will announce the date where we put a decision on which one of the projects are to be taken forward to some of our key stakeholders.

Here is the process:

  • The decision making process will be in an open forum format. Where we invite our students to join us to help make a decision
  • Proposers will be presenting their proposal in a Dragon’s Den Style to a panel of CLT and governors
  • The panel will have a vote to award to each proposal based on their merit. (this is 1-10 similar to what Strictly judges would do.
  • Audience have a green or red card to hold up (similar to the apprentice programme) they can add or deduct 10 points if the majority is supportive or dismissive of the idea.
  • Projects that receive 80-100 votes will be funded as following:
  • 80-90 will get up to £300 funding
  • 90-100 will get up to £500 funding.


Please send your nominations to future@gcfe.net no later than 31 January 2016 for the next round of prize draws.

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


Welcome back and a very happy new year to you all. In the last issue of engage for 2015 I said that I will aim to improve my performance by doing one thing better each month. This month I will work on being more visible to our students and give them better opportunity to share with me how they feel about the College and what they would like to see improve. I need your help to do so. If you would like a special visit to your class, want to send a few of your class reps to speak with me or have any ideas on how to make sure our students are aware of this please let me know. You can ask for a visit to your class by contacting Laura. There will be notices on the digital signage at each campus letting our students know when I am going to be around each of the campuses for a drop in or a quick chat too. They can also write to me by emailing future@gcfe.net please be sure to pass this information on to them, thank you.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your kind messages and generous donations for Jonah Gillingham. Most of you know that I had no travel plans and was looking forward to a relatively lazy period over Christmas with my most activity being walking the many beautiful beaches in Guernsey. As I was preparing myself to pause and reflect on the spirit of Christmas, it occurred to me that I might be able to do something more meaningful than just enjoying the lovely Island of Guernsey and the good life that I am fortunate to enjoy during this festive period. For me as a non-Christian who celebrates the festivities in respect of the occasion rather than as a religious festival, Christmas is a time to renew our commitment to peace: peace in our personal lives, peace in our communities, peace in the world. It is a time of hope: hope for a new beginning, hope for a better way of life, hope for a brighter future. Knowing Johan Gillingham as a hardworking student at our College and the struggles he faces with the health challenges he had inspired me to seek an event challenging enough to inspire people to donate generously to raise funds for Jonah’s treatment. Something that I class fitting well in the category of bringing hope for a brighter future. If you are interested in donating to this cause please see Laura.

For me the cycling trip across Atlas Mountains, barren deserts and planes of Morocco was a perfect way to set me on my new year’s resolution. To make sure that I maintain a positive regard for diversity and do my best at all time to be open minded and accepting of variety and difference. I start 2016 with renewed vows of determination, motivation and perseverance. I know these are the qualities that I wish for Jonah on his journey to recovery and I wish him well and best of luck and I am sure you join me in these sentiments.

I hope 2016 is a productive and positive year for all of us at CFE.


CEO and Principal

College news: The week that was!


The ladies toilets at Coutanchez have been out of order this week, as new floor is laid. Thank you for your patience whilst these works have been taking place.

Please remember that, starting this Monday, the Delancey Fire Alarms will be tested every Monday between 7 and 8am.

There is no need to leave the buildings, the alarm will sound for no more than 30 seconds. If, however, the alarm continues to sound - please leave the buildings and muster at the Assembly point on the park.

News from LSS

I am pleased to announce that we were successful in employing a third Progress Coach before the Christmas break. Young Harry Turner has joined us and has picked up a caseload of workers this week. Most members of staff at Delancey met Harry when he started working with us last term as a Learner Support Assistant. He is very much looking forward to getting around the other campuses this week to introduce himself, please make him feel welcome.

New Year – New You

I’m sure that many of you have committed yourself to making positive changes this year. If you’re keen to boost your self-esteem and want to get in shape whilst doing so, then why not come and take part at our very own college Bootcamp here at Delancey Campus.

An early bird session has been introduced to stamp out any excuses that you may have – 7:45 – 08:30AM all staff / all students / all abilities welcome.

A second session will follow this – 9:00 – 9:45AM – again all staff / all students / all abilities welcome.

Myself and Harry will be leading these sessions and look forward to seeing you this Wednesday J

New Year – use Drop-Ins

As you are all aware the LSS team started drop in study sessions last term. The bottom line is – these are not being utilised. I’m sure there are many learners that would benefit from some 1:1 support - assignment structure, writing skills, clarification, workload management etc. Jane Torode is leading these sessions in the library of all 3 campuses on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday @ LOC 15:30-17:00

  • Wednesday @ Cout 15:30-17:00

  • Thursday @ Delancey 15:30-17:00

If the dates and times aren’t suitable for your learners needs then please let me know as there may be some flexibility. Please utilise these sessions and copy Jane Torode into a comment on ProMon so that she is aware of which learners should be in attendance.

New Year – Further Development

The LSS team have been given a great opportunity to develop their skills in working with our learners. Unfortunately the training is only available to us during term time. I would therefore request that teaching staff prepare for, plan for and deliver lessons on Tuesday 2nd February without the support of LSA’s. Please note that LSA staff will be keen to work alongside you pre and post 2nd February to ensure that our learners are supported in the best way possible.

New year – New Change

Another initiative that LSS started last year was the introduction of Breakfast clubs. Although initially intake was good we found a very steep decline half way through the year. As a result we are going to re-evaluate how this ‘club’ runs and aim to run a similar initiative after February half term. Those of you that attended, please feel free to send me any positive or negative feedback you may have.


The ICT department have been celebrating Christmas again in January.

For the Orthodox church Christmas falls on 7th January, as they use the older version of the Julian calendar. It is therefore 7th January that is the Christmas public holiday in many countries such as, Kazakhstan, Russia and the Middle East .

So happy Christmas yet again!

Bob Childs recently became a Level 1 Google Certified Educator. He has therefore in Google speak "taken a first step in implementing Google Apps for Education into his teaching practice in order to enhance teaching and learning". Martine Ellis led the way, and it is good to see Bob and others now following this route ( even if Bob says he is still firmly a Microsoft fan...)

Big image

News from Louise and Staff Development News

We are delighted to welcome Denise Warr to the College team. Denise is working me as Executive Assistant, but also takes an important role in the College as Event Co-Ordinator, as well as some annual events, this role does include organising staff development events for the College. Denise is based at LOC but is mobile and will be out and about in campuses soon. You can read a brief bio from Denise below.

HR Documents - please can you ensure that all payroll, police check and recruitment paperwork is taken to the Hub at Sir Charles Frossard House, not to the Education Department in the Grange.

Whilst the HR Team are based at the Grange, the HR Hub are based centrally at Sir Charles Frossard House.

Leaving documents in the wrong location could lead to payroll problems etc. Thank you.

Teaching & Learning Focus 1

6.1.16 IPAD Tinker Time LOC, 107 with Martine

13.1.16 IPAD Tinker Time DEL, D7 with Martine

20.1.16 IPAD Tinker Time CTZ, 103 with Martine

27.1.16 Intro to Google Apps for Education CTZ, 103 with Martine

03.2.16 Intro to Google Apps for Education, LOC, 107 with Martine

10.2.16 Intro to Google Apps for Education, DEL, D7 with Martine

17.2.16 Intro to Google Classroom, CTZ, 103 with Martine

Targets, Focus 2

6.1.16 Supporting student progress, DEL, D5, Nicola & Jeanette

13.1.16 Supporting Student progress, CTZ, 202, Nicola & Jeanette

20.1.16 Supporting Student Progress, LOC, L103, Nicola & Jeanette

Meet Denise...

I have recently joined the COFE as Event Co-Ordinator & Executive Assistant to Louise Misselke.

I have worked for the States of Guernsey for 13 years as a Finance Manager in many different departments, prior to that my roles were primarily in the Banking Industry.

My new role at the College is a complete career change for me and I am looking forward to facing new challenges.

News from CASI Faculty

Everyone in Faculty A had a good Christmas break and are looking forward to 2016!

This week students in Performing Arts are gearing up towards the dance show on 21st January. If you would like to go along tickets are available from the box office and at guernseytickets.gg.

Salon services have resumed in Hair and Beauty. The Beauty salons are open on a Thursday evening between 5.15 – 8.00 and now also open on a Monday evening between 6 and 8pm for manicures, makeup and lash/brow treatments

The students in Creative + have returned excited to begin as they have lots of live briefs to complete in the next term. This week they have begun their pre-production meetings to start to plan their projects.

Finally Hospitality and Catering have been busy with the third years make hand raised pork pies and suet puddings!

News from CHPSS Faculty

Child Care Year 2

There is excitement and a sense of achievement in Child Care this week as the students have completed personal statements and there are even inklings of offers coming through for University places.

The students have particularly asked to express their thanks to Sara and Phil who have spent extra time with those who require to sit the entry test for numeracy and literacy for university places. They are grateful for their help and support and would like to recognise they value the help they have had.

Thank you to Sara and Phil and well done to the Child Care students.

Health and Social Care

Again the feedback from the placements for the Health and Social Care Year 1 students is coming in and there are some brilliant comments on our students such as

“She was a joy to have around ….another great advertisement for the College”.

Once again well done to the students but also a big thank you to the employers who managed to accommodate 24 full time students for placements over the last 7 weeks of last term. The learners are now in preparation for their new placements which start next week.

And finally…………… the team would like to wish Kayleigh a Happy Birthday for the end of December, as it was a big birthday Happy 30th Kayleigh!

News from ICE Faculty

Steve Powell from EcoHomes and Warwick Newton from Norman Piette came in this morning to give a presentation on the future of sustainable building on the island to some of the Construction Apprentices. See photo.


  • Congratulations to Yuan, our Mandarin teacher, who got married in the holidays!
  • New interactive T & L screen in workshop classroom. Thanks to Jeanette, Rod and Graeme. Becoming a real interactive T & L area for the advanced benefit of the learners.
  • Fantastic praise of Martine's teaching on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training on Twitter - well done Martine! :)
  • Take 20 mins to watch this very thought provoking TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom



New faster microwave in the staff room (Coutanchez)


Body Massage Treatments

£10.00 Back Massage

£15.00 Full Body Massage

Appointment Times

Thursday Evening from 7 Jan – 5.15pm onward

Tuesday & Thursday at 1.15pm until 4pm as follows

05 Jan. 07 Jan

12 Jan. 14 Jan

Please contact the beauty salon reception on 749944

or email salon@gcfe.net



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.