The Education Committee would like to advise that all Primary Schools will be closed on Monday, 20 November 2017.  This closure is a mark of respect for the passing of Mrs Alice Phillips.

Prince Andrew School, the St Helena Community College and the management and administration sections of the Education & Employment Directorate will open as normal.

The Education Directorate would like to thank parents and guardians for their understanding and support for this closure, recognising the lifelong contribution made by Mrs Phillips to the young people of St Helena as a Teacher, Headteacher and Education Officer.

#StHelena #PrimarySchools


15 November 2017




Executive Council will meet on Friday, 17 November 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda item:

  • Increase in the Minimum Income Standard for the second up-rating of Income Related Benefits and Basic Island Pension 2017

 This paper (ExCo Memo) will be available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memo should contact the Secretary to Elected Members, Anita Legg at the Castle on tel: 22590 or via email:

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas, Lawson Henry and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto. Acting Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, will attend Friday’s meeting while Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, is on overseas business.


#StHelena #ExCoMeeting


15 November 2017

Edna Johnson originally from South Africa recently arrived at St Helena to take up the role of Crown Counsel (Civil) in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Edna has been appointed on a two-year contract and her main duty will require her to undertake any civil law matters such as property, planning and employment.

Edna said:

“I decided to take up this role as it is incredibly interesting and diverse – plus the opportunity to live on an island for two years helped with my decision. By working in this post I hope to master my brief and expand my knowledge of law. This will be the third jurisdiction I have worked in, so it is all very exciting.”

 Edna was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2007 and two years later as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Edna has worked in private practice in South Africa and as an in-house solicitor for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and a local authority.  She was the solicitor for a professional association in London before coming to St Helena. Edna also has a Master’s in Business & Commercial law by the Liverpool John Moores University.

Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto, said:

“In the last 18 months we have had an increase in litigation and requests for advice on civil matters.  Therefore, having in-house expertise in this area of law was a necessity. On behalf of the team, I extend to Edna a warm welcome to Chambers.”

 #StHelena #CrownCounselCivil  #NewAppointment


15 November 2017

It has been brought to the attention of the Education & Employment Directorate that there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of dog waste found on Francis Plain.

This is presenting a serious health & safety risk to staff, students and the general public who use this area.

Dog owners are advised that dogs are not permitted to roam on Francis Plain at any time. In the event that dogs should roam or waste on the plain, owners are asked to take responsibility and clean up any mess made by their dog.

The public is thanked in advance for their co-operation.

#StHelena #FrancisPlain #DogWaste


14 November 2017

The Social & Community Development Committee met on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, to discuss a number of issues.

A paper on fees & charges was brought before the Committee. As this had implications for at least one other Council Committee it was agreed that a cross-committee discussion would be arranged. The fees & charges for review include: Liquor Licences, Gaming Machines, Companies Registry Work, Trade Marks, Patents and Archives Research.

An increase of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) was considered and the Committee was pleased to endorse proposals so that the matter could be referred to the next meeting of Executive Council for approval. The Committee also noted that it is proposed in future to have a twice-yearly assessment of the MIS.

A proposal for the Welfare of Children (Children’s Residential Home) Regulations was considered and approved. This will now enable the draft regulations to be submitted to Executive Council for approval. Currently, the Welfare of Children’s Ordinance deals with the requirements that a privately run Children’s Home must comply with, but there are no specific provisions for a Children’s Home run by the Safeguarding Directorate. The Safeguarding Directorate is anxious that action be taken to fill this gap in the legislation.

The Safeguarding Directorate continues to support a large number of people in the community and in residential care. Children Services are developing policy and practice to support Fostering Services on St Helena and there will be public engagement around fostering in the New Year. The team are also currently working alongside the Police to consider how an early help and preventive youth service can be provided to support the young people living on St Helena.

Adult Services are in the process of reviewing all the needs of people living in the various residential establishments to ensure that we have the correct staff and support in place to care and support these people. The directorate is currently developing accredited training and development pathways for all staff.

Among other matters, the Committee noted that the public meetings on the Marriage Bill, the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Welfare of Children (Employment of Children) (Amendment) Ordinance had been completed. The feedback will be collated and a decision on next steps will be decided.

The Social & Community Development Committee comprises Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. The non-voting member is the Director of Safeguarding. The Committee’s Secretary is Miss Nicole Plato.

#StHelena #Social&CommunityDevelopment #SCDC

14 November 2017

The St Helena Fisheries Corporation (SHFC) has reported that the temperature controls on their refrigerated container have been tampered with. The container was full of frozen fish worth a considerable amount of money.

This incident occurred between the afternoon of Sunday, 12 November, and the morning of Monday, 13 November 2017.

As a result of this incident, the Environmental Health Section will now need to conduct tests on the fish before it can be sold. At this stage it is unknown if the fish will be suitable to be sold.

The public is advised that anyone found trespassing on the SHFC’s property, or tampering with their equipment may face prosecution.

If you have any information regarding the tampering of the SHFC’s container, please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626.

 #StHelena #StHelenaFisheriesCorporation


14 November 2017


Remedial works on the Jamestown Swimming Pool are advancing, with the new complex filter room and pipework installation nearing completion.

Restoration works, undertaken by the St Helena National Trust to the Heritage wall abutting the Swimming Pool, are now complete.

New paving and edging works to the pool are well underway, together with remedial work necessary to the pool itself before applying new decorative coatings.

Dependent on weather conditions, the completion of resealing and painting works will take place during the next three weeks, enabling the pool to be refilled.

Negotiations are currently taking place to enable an overseas Design Engineer to visit the Island to complete the installation, commissioning, testing, and training required to operate the pool and its new equipment.

It is anticipated that the Jamestown Swimming Pool will be reopened for the holiday period.

#StHelena #JamestownSwimmingPool #Update

14 November 2017


St Helena Airport will begin a monthly commercial air service between St Helena and Ascension Island this Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Airlink’s Embraer E190 aircraft is scheduled to depart St Helena at 2.30pm on Saturday, arriving at Ascension at 4.30pm. The aircraft will remain overnight on Ascension to allow the crew to rest before their return journey on Sunday at 9.15am.

The early departure time on Sunday, 19 November, is to allow crew training to take place on St Helena before the flight leaves for Johannesburg at 2.30pm. In future, the departure time from Ascension will be 11.15am.

Governor Lisa, in her role of Governor of Ascension, will be travelling on the first flight. She will meet with Saints and councillors on Ascension and will return the next day.

Following Saturday’s flight, the service between St Helena and Ascension will operate on the second Saturday of each month, with the return journey the following day.

Airport Contracts Manager, Alan Shaw, said:

“This is the start of the regular scheduled air service to Ascension which will provide added connectivity between St Helena and Ascension with the outside world allowing more frequent contact than previously available.”

Ascension Island Administrator, Marc Holland, said:

“This will be an exciting day for Ascension and St Helena. The start of the inter-Island air service will ensure that the close family and economic links between our Islands are preserved.”

Tickets can be purchased via the Ascension Island Government website:

#StHelena #AscensionIsland #CommercialAirService #FirstFlight

14 November 2017

The Head of the Falklands & Southern Oceans Department OTD FCO, Ms Katie McMillan, arrived on-Island on Saturday, 11 November 2017, for a week-long visit.

Katie has a busy schedule and will meet with key Government Officials including – Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Phillips, Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Acting Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto – amongst others.

During her stay, Katie hopes to partake in some recreational activities including a boat tour around the Island, a visit to the St Helena Distillery, and a dive trip with Sub-Tropic Scuba.

Katie is scheduled to depart St Helena on Sunday, 19 November.

#StHelena #FCO #Visit

14 November 2017

Christian von der Ropp (see photo attached) from A Human Right, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing free basic internet and phone access to developing countries, will be visiting St Helena between Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 November 2017.

Christian has been working with St Helena Government for some time and has passionately championed the need for St Helena to have access to a marine cable, undertaking all of his work for the Island at no cost.

Now that the MOU has been signed with SAEX to deliver the Submarine Cable Project, Christian is visiting the Island to meet key stakeholders and to also facilitate various workshops. 

A public event will be held at the Museum of St Helena on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, at 5pm and members of the public are invited to come along to hear Christian explain more about the project.

Christian works for Megaport, a leader in global Software Defined Networking and provider of cloud connectivity where he is responsible for business development across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

In his voluntary role at A Human Right, Christian has been working on projects to bring Internet connectivity into underserved and unserved regions, including to St Helena which seeks to connect to a planned transatlantic submarine cable.

Christian‘s focus lies on infrastructure including submarine cables and non-geostationary satellite constellations, Internet Exchange Point and the Internet peering landscape as well as innovative next-generation technologies.

#StHelena #AHumanRight #ImprovedAccess #DigitalStrategy


13 November 2017