The following is a Public Announcement from the Roads Section:

Repair works on the retaining wall at Shy Road commenced yesterday, Tuesday 14 August 2018, with the Roads Section installing additional safety measures directly below the affected area and demolishing the affected part of the retaining wall.

The extent of the repairs is greater than what was originally anticipated and it is estimated that Shy Road will remain closed for the next two weeks to allow the full works to be completed.

Due to loose material also being temporarily stored on the Road and, for safety reasons, the Road will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles until it has been deemed safe to use.

The Roads Section has received some concerned phone calls but would like to reassure everyone that works are being carried out in a controlled manner.

The public is thanked for their co-operation and will be kept updated.

15 August 2018

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) has recognised the importance of Information Technology (IT) to St Helena and the rest of the world in the 21st Century and as such have introduced Core Skills IT Courses to prepare the community for the arrival of the submarine cable, due to be in service in 2020.

The basic IT training courses currently on offer are as follows:

General Education – Core Skills Level Accredited
British Computing Society e-Safety Level 1 1 Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
Get Connected! Certificate


Get Connected!

‘Get Connected!’ is a new course for beginner computer users, even if you’re not sure how to turn on your computer. You will learn how to become comfortable and confident in using email, browsing the internet, and keeping in touch with friends and family online. This course is taught face-to-face in the SHCC IT Suite, and your tutor will work with you to help you ‘get connected’. There are no tests and no homework, except to practice what you have learned.

BCS e-Safety Level 1

The British Computing Society (BCS) e-safety qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge and understanding they need to protect themselves online. It helps all learners by giving them greater confidence in using the internet safely. BCS e-Safety examines the potential risks associated with being online, how to protect yourself and your personal information online, as well as how to behave responsibly and within the law whilst using the internet.

BCS e-Safety consists of comprehensive teaching materials including presentations, lesson plans, assignments, and homework tasks. At the end of the course, a 30-minute online test leads to a qualification validated by BCS with a certificate issued to successful students.

Chairperson of the Education Committee, Cllr Christine Scipio-O’Dean, said:

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the IT training opportunities at the St Helena Community College. You will not only gain new skills, you will also contribute to a more prosperous future for St Helena.”

For those already comfortable using computers, but still wanting to build skills, the next step may be the ECDL qualification. Alternatively, you may also wish to check out the Microsoft Imagine Academy courses offered in the Professional Studies section of the SHCC.

A poster detailing all IT Courses on offer at the SHCC can be found here.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #ITCourses #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone

15 August 2018

The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 8 August 2018.

The Charities (Amendment) Bill was approved. This Bill amends the Charities Ordinance 2005 to require charitable organisations that deal primarily with vulnerable adults to develop and maintain a safeguarding policy. The Bill was approved for forwarding to Executive Council with the recommendation that it be printed, published and debated at a formal meeting of Legislative Council.

Approval was given to a Disabled Facilities Policy on home adaptions based on assessed needs for those with a disability. The Safeguarding Directorate will produce detailed procedures for implementing this Policy. Once completed, the public can request a copy from the Safeguarding Directorate or the Occupational Therapist.

Agreement was given for Corporate Finance to work with the Safeguarding Directorate to review the Service Level Agreement with SHAPE.

The Social Security Review Working Group gave an interim update on their review of the Social Security Ordinance. Principles were set out as to what vulnerable groups the Social Security system should ensure are protected. A review of the existing system against the principles was presented alongside a list of potential options for change.

Behavioural Specialist, Jeaninne Law, was introduced to the Committee.

The SCDC comprises of voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. Non-voting members are the Director of Safeguarding and the Government Economist. The Committee Secretary is Nicole Plato.

#StHelena #SCDC #MeetingSummary

15 August 2018

Dark Skies Lighting Consultant, James Paterson, will arrive on St Helena this coming Saturday, 18 August 2018.  During his time on-Island, James will be assisting with the public consultation process for introducing Dark Skies legislation and will be able to explain the details and requirements for this.

The Dark Skies legislation and Lighting Management Plan will mitigate light pollution in order to preserve and sustain the natural environment of St Helena. Introducing Dark Skies legislation will enable St Helena to apply for International Dark Sky Status with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

A series of public meetings will be held on the following dates to provide more information on the benefits of achieving International Dark Sky Status and what the legislation will mean for you.  It is also hoped that a member of the St Helena Astronomy Club will attend some of these meetings to give a brief introduction to stargazing on St Helena. All meetings will start at 7pm.

Date Venue
Monday, 20 August HTH Community Centre
Wednesday, 22 August Kingshurst Community Centre, St Paul’s
Thursday, 23 August Harford Community Centre, Longwood
Friday, 24 August St Michael’s Church, Ruperts
Tuesday, 28 August Sandy Bay Community Centre
Wednesday, 29 August Blue Hill Community Centre
Thursday, 30 August Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood
Friday, 31 August Jamestown Community Centre

Electrical contractors and wholesalers are invited to meet with James outside of the public consultation sessions.  A meeting with electricians has been included in the programme for Thursday, 23 August, commencing at 9.30am at the Conference Room in the Canister and a meeting with wholesalers will take place on Tuesday, 28 August, commencing at 9.30am in the Conference Room at the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Castle.

#StHelena #DarkSkies #PublicConsultation #Tourism #Stargazing

14 August 2018

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) has made changes to their Apprenticeship Scheme which will come into force on 1 September 2018.

The aim of the changes is to strengthen the capacity of the scheme to deliver consistent workforce development for St Helena, while helping to ensure that individual apprenticeships are linked to clear, measureable and achievable outcomes.

From September, in all but exceptional cases, apprenticeships will be expected to conform to one of the established Apprenticeship Pathways, each of which specifies the required qualification outcomes for a particular career route. In developing these pathways, SHCC has looked at training opportunities that are currently available on-Island.

Director of Education & Employment, Shirley Wahler, said:

“Apprenticeships are a great way for people to get started in the world of work. Many famous people, from Leonardo da Vinci to Jamie Oliver, started their careers as apprentices. Not all apprentices will become famous, of course, but every apprentice has the opportunity to gain confidence and new skills.”

Apprenticeship Pathways have been planned at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (see framework attached). These pathways, though comprehensive at this time, are not restrictive. As new needs and training opportunities are identified, SHCC will expand the pathway options as necessary. One goal of setting up the pathways is to encourage young people to think more broadly about their options by setting out clear guidance and a range of opportunities from which they may choose.

Another key aspect of this work is to introduce common standards and a degree of consistency and rigour to the expectation of the Apprenticeship Scheme. It is not however a ‘one size fits all’ approach, for example within the Level 2 Pathways, different career areas will have different required outcomes for English and Maths. These variations reflect the needs of the chosen career path and are common in apprenticeship schemes.

Although the majority of individuals applying for apprenticeship places will already have achieved Level 1 qualifications in English, Maths and ICT, where they have not, those qualifications will form part of the requirement for successful completion. For Level 2 Pathways, a specific apprenticeship may require Level 2 qualifications in one or more of these areas. Where a Level 2 qualification is required, it will form part of the training plan for that apprenticeship.

Level 3 Pathways have clear entry requirements attached, as might be expected for more advanced qualifications. There is scope for discretion in administering these guidelines and specific apprenticeship programmes can certainly take into consideration particular circumstances and factors. All apprenticeship programmes can be tailored to reflect any Special Education Needs or disabilities of potential apprentices.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #ApprenticeshipScheme #ApprenticeshipPathways #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone

14 August 2018

St Helena Government is aware that St Helena residents and importers are concerned about the price adjustments to freight costs on each call of the MV Helena.

These price adjustments are driven by three factors, each of which has an effect on the overall cost of freight on each voyage. The key drivers are:

  • Bulk Fuel Costs (BAF)
  • Currency Adjustment (exchange rates) (CAF)
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The Bunker Adjustment Factor, or BAF, refers to a floating part of the sea freight charges which represents additions due to oil prices. In this case, the rates are adjusted per the changes to bunker fuel prices in Cape Town.

The Currency Adjustment Factor, or CAF, refers to a similar floating part of the sea freight charge which represents changes to the applicable currency rates.

It should be noted that the BAF and CAF can reduce as well as increase the overall cost of freight, as they are based solely on the fluctuations of international bunker fuel and currency markets. CPI increases to base freight rates are calculated from the UK CPI rate issued by the Office of National Statistics.

Bulk Fuel Costs and Currency Adjustments are managed voyage by voyage and the CPI is applied annually. Since the MV Helena’s first voyage in February 2018, Bulk Fuel costs have increased by 19.3% and Currency rates by 9%.

All shipping liner services have similar costing mechanisms in place which are driven by these factors.

The public should also note that whereas previously the RMS freight service was subsidised, the MV Helena service is a purely commercial enterprise and receives no subsidy.

#StHelena #FreightIncreases #MVHelena


14 August 2018

Kalem Henry from Pilling Primary School is the proud winner of the 2018 Jean Beadon Art Competition.

The late Jean Beadon, a lady with a passion for art, lived on St Helena many years ago. She wanted to encourage children to develop their art skills, so she set up a Trust that would sponsor a Jean Beadon Art Competition every year. All Year 6 pupils in the Island’s three primary schools worked toward the Jean Beadon Art Competition during their Art lessons.

Judges, Joyce Duncan and Isha Harris, reported that all pupils did really well. The work produced was very creative, showing good use of colour. In some pieces the judges could see the study of different techniques being used well. Both judges are thanked for their support to the competition.

Picking up second place was Kiera Brown, with Allannah Krige taking third place, both from Harford Primary School.

The following pupils’ work was Highly Commended:

St Paul’s Primary School – Kaelyn Thomas, Katelyn Lawrence and Alayah Pidgley

Harford Primary School – Bianca Thomas

Pilling Primary School – Abbe Thomas, Nina Bennett and Ziara Thomas

Speaking to Kalem about this achievement, he said:

“For the whole week I wanted to know who the winner was. I had this feeling that the winner was from Pilling Primary School. My teacher already knew who the winner was, but she wouldn’t tell me. I was hoping that it was going to be me and when I heard my name I saw Miss George, my Art Teacher, jump up, so I jumped up too. I feel very proud to have won this competition.”

Art Teacher, Miss Sandra George, added:

“This was a proud moment for Kalem, myself, and our school, as it has been a while since Pilling won first place. It was nice to see the skills and techniques taught put into practice for him to finish top in this year’s competition.”

All pupils and their teachers are congratulated for their achievements in the 2018 Jean Beadon Art Competition.

#StHelena #Education #PrimarySchools #JeanBeadonArtCompetition

14 August 2018


The following is a Public Announcement from the Building Inspectors of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD):

The draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 is out for public consultation until Tuesday, 21 August 2018. This document is significantly important to all contractors, architects/draftsmen, stakeholders and importers on St Helena.

ENRD Building Inspectors are available for one-to-one meetings and/or small group sittings with members of the public via drop-in sessions to the Building Inspectors’ Office at Essex House on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 12.30pm to discuss the document.

Copies of the draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 are available at the Public Library, Customer Services Centre, Essex House, Prince Andrew School and both hard and electronic copies are available upon request. The document, along with the current St Helena Building Regulations 2001, and a summary of the draft, is also available on the SHG website, under the Public Consultations section of the Publications page:

14 August 2018

Recipients who were awarded Certificates & Badges of Honour earlier this year were presented with their Badges of Honour, by Governor Lisa Honan in the Governor’s Office, the Castle, on Thursday, 9 August 2018.

The Badges of Honour were presented on Thursday having not arrived on-Island in time to be presented along with the certificates at the Queen’s Birthday Garden Party in June.

HE Governor Lisa Honan commented:

“It was a proud day for me to be able to present these awards which were for long service on the RMS and in the health service and for bravery. These awards are richly deserved and St Helena owes a debt of gratitude to the people receiving them.”

Recipients of Certificates and Badges of Honour were:

In recognition of 20+ years’ continuous service on the RMS St Helena until the ship was decommissioned in February 2018

Captain Andrew Greentree, Captain Adam Williams, Jacqueline Joshua, Timothy Francis, Cyril Joshua, Jeffrey Augustus, Ethel Benjamin, Patricia Osborne and Alan Buckley

Long service (37 years) and outstanding achievement on the RMS

David Yon

20+ years’ service on the RMS

Chedric Jonas, Patrick Peters, Patricia Reynolds and Daniel Stroud.

In recognition of loyal and valuable services in the nursing profession

Wendy Herne

Governor Lisa also presented bronze medals from the Royal Humane Society for performing an act of bravery on Ascension Island in 2017 to Dean Gonsalves, Craig Scipio and Paul Scipio.

#StHelena #Awards #BadgesofHonour


13 August 2018

Social Care Officer for Children’s Services, Donna Harris, will depart the Island on Saturday, 25 August 2018, to study a three-year degree in Social Work at the University of Portsmouth.

Donna said:

“Three years ago, during my appraisal, I was encouraged to start my journey to become a qualified Social Worker. I am proud that I have secured an unconditional placement offer from Portsmouth University to complete my BSc Social Work degree, following in the steps of our very own first local Social Worker, April Lawrence. My university placement was possible having gained qualifications in City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 certificate in Children & Young People’s Workforce, and Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health & Social Care.”

 Donna’s course will consist of primarily academic studies in the first year and work placements in her second and third year. During her first year of study, Donna will be taught by experts at the forefront of research, who are fully informed on developments within social work and, among other aspects of the course, will learn to develop her knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to people who need it most, practice profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment in the Centre for Simulation in Health and Care (CSH&C), develop communication, engagement, theoretical and analytical skills and learn to apply these using professional judgement and expertise.

Donna will then undergo work placements in various areas of social care, including: care for children & families, residential care for people with disabilities, community mental health teams, hospital social work departments, youth offending teams, advocacy agencies, drug & alcohol treatment centres and homelessness projects.

Director of Safeguarding, Stephanie Jones, added:

“This is a good news story both for the Safeguarding Directorate and for Donna personally. It demonstrates the ongoing commitment from the Directorate to succession planning for local posts and is also a tribute to the hard work that Donna has demonstrated over the past three years to be able to gain a place on the Social Work degree. We wish Donna every success and look forward to her return as a qualified Social Worker to strengthen social services on St Helena.”

 Donna concluded:

 “I am excited and feel very privileged that SHG has invested in having another local qualified Social Worker, and also to start this new venture with my partner Rory Hudson, who has also invested in accompanying me to personally develop his career as an on-Island Mental Health Support Worker.”

#StHelena #Safeguarding #SocialWork #Portsmouth #University


13 August 2018