Waste Management Services (WMS) continued their Landscape Bulky Waste Programme during June and July 2018, remediating and improving the landscape of bulky waste in the Jamestown area. This included the removal of three end-of-life vehicles (with a further two planned for when the weather is more favourable), bulky waste from near West Rocks and several vehicle batteries, old drums and other visible bulky waste on land adjacent to Porteous House.

Waste Management Services Supervisor, Anthony Henry, said:

“Continuation of our Landscape Bulky Waste Programme demonstrates our commitment to our mission statement, ‘working in partnership with customers for a cleaner and greener St Helena’. I would like to thank those members of the public that engaged with the WMS team in identifying bulky waste so we could visibly improve the landscape in the Jamestown area.”

The public is reminded that Horse Point Landfill Site remains open 24/7 for the disposal of bulky waste. Please consider recycling as much waste as possible in the Public Recycling Facility prior to any disposal into the bulky waste cell.

#StHelena #WMS #BulkyWaste #Jamestown




26 July 2018

The first sitting of the seventh meeting of Legislative Council will take place on Friday, 27 July 2018, at 10am, in the Council Chamber. The meeting is expected to continue on Monday, 30 July, and will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

The Order Paper contains seven Sessional Papers including the Appropriation Bill 2018/19 and the St Helena Government – Estimates of Recurrent Expenditure and Revenue and Capital Expenditure.

Six Questions and three Motions including the Appropriation Bill 2018/19 and a revised Code of Conduct for Members of Legislative Council will also be debated in the House.

The meeting will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate, giving each Elected Member the opportunity to raise various Island issues.

A copy of the Appropriation Bill 2018/19 is available on the SHG website at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/. The Annual Estimates 2018/19 can also be found online at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/finance/

The Order Paper can be viewed here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/order-papers/.

#StHelena #LegislativeCouncil #FormalLegCo #OrderPaper




25 July 2018


The Sea Rescue Service has recently recruited three new auxiliary personnel who will become active members of the current team once they have passed the training requirements.

Training sessions are carried out once a week with the new personnel having taken part in two sessions so far. They have participated in Pre-Sea Training as well as a Swim Test. This initial training is essential before they can operate onboard any rescue vessel.

The training covers Safety Induction including information about the location of safety appliances onboard as well as equipment required to be carried on the vessel, and instruction on the use of such appliances and equipment. Familiarisation training in carrying out routine and emergency procedures is also essential.






Deputy Sea Rescue Manager, Craig Scipio, said:

“The new recruits have shown great enthusiasm so far and I hope they remain committed towards completing the training. We look forward to them becoming active crew members of the St Helena Sea Rescue Service.”

#StHelena #SeaRescueService #AuxiliaryTraining



25 July 2018

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), under the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Programme (AOTTP), has funded a Tuna Tagging Programme, focused on the waters of St Helena, between July 2018 and June 2019.

The programme, which is worth around £150,000 to the Island economy, will be delivered by the Environmental Management Division’s (EMD) Marine Conservation Section, with support from members of the inshore and offshore fishing fleets.

The programme is being delivered on behalf of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK and will look to deploy 5,600 tags on a variety of tuna species including, Yellowfin, Bigeye and Skipjack. Conventional (dart) tags will make up most of the releases, with some satellite and internal data storage tags also deployed.

The overall objective of this programme is to contribute to the food security and economic growth of St Helena and Atlantic coastal states by ensuring sustainable management of their tropical tuna resources.

The recaptured tags will be used to calculate key population parameters in support of stock assessments, which include:

  • growth rates
  • natural mortality
  • exploitation rates
  • migration and stock structure

Marine Conservation Officer, Rhys Hobbs, said:

“This is a great opportunity to continue and expand the current tagging programme we are currently carrying out under the Blue Belt Programme. The support of the local fishing industry has been crucial in assisting with the tag deployment and recapture and I hope that will continue. The programme is a great way for us to learn more about the fish, their behaviour, and how St Helena can continue to fish sustainably.”

Fish Ecologist (Cefas), Serena Wright, added:

This tagging programme will help to ensure the sustainable management of tuna resources in St Helena waters. In addition to better understanding St Helena’s tuna stocks, this programme of work offers a great opportunity for St Helena to be seen as an international leader in tuna research. To make this project achievable the continuing support from the local community will be key.”

To make this work possible, the Marine Section needs your help. If you catch a tuna with a yellow/orange tag attached, please note the location where the fish was caught and the fork length. Additionally, if the fish has a red tag, please keep the whole fish and the market rate will be paid.

A £10 reward will be paid for returned tags (£5 after 500 rewards have been paid). A small proportion of the tagged tuna will have additional tags (satellite or internal electronic tags) which provide more detailed information about the tuna’s behaviour. £100 will be paid for internal or satellite tags returned.

#StHelena #MarineSection #TunaTagging # ICCAT #AOTTP #Cefas





24 July 2018

Dietician Gina Giebner  established the first Nutrition & Dietetics Service for the Health Directorate on St Helena in April 2017. It seems like a good time now to look back at what has been achieved in that time, and explore if a Dietician on the Island can benefit the health of the community.

Just like Doctors or Nurses, Dieticians must be registered with a professional body to be allowed to practice, which comes with an enforceable obligation to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, and to provide scientifically sound, ethical and evidence-based practice. A four year degree is necessary to qualify.

On St Helena, Gina’s work covers four general areas:

Weight loss and Healthy Living

Many people are aware of Gina’s work to help people lose weight and improve their general health. Gina facilitates the ‘Saint Slimmers’ weight loss groups in Longwood and Half Tree Hollow.

Gina has also produced a popular leaflet called ‘Gina’s Kitchen’, with healthy recipes based on what’s available locally, and easy ideas to make traditional Saint meals healthier. In regular radio appearances she discusses a range of health issues.

Specialist Clinical Work

This is perhaps an area of dietetics that many people on the Island are not yet aware of, but it’s actually one of the most important parts of a Dietician’s work, both in the community and in the hospital.

Over the course of her first 12 months, Gina treated 328 individual people in her clinics or on home visits, of which 262 needed follow-up consultations to ensure they are supported and able to manage and improve their various health conditions.

Treatment for conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or food allergies is mostly based on dietetic intervention, and almost all patients experience improvements following the right advice.

Specialist dietetic advice is also a very important part in the treatment of a wide range of serious medical conditions such as cancers, lung problems, kidney failure, or after bowel surgery. Many patients suffering from these and other diseases can drastically improve their conditions and quality of life with the right advice on diet and medicine management.

Gina is very involved in diabetes support. ‘Carbohydrate counting’ is an essential skill for diabetics, which Gina has taught to many people as part of her support strategy. In pregnancy related diabetes too, the right diet advice is crucial to avoid complications.

Also, many adults and children under 16 on St Helena are overweight, but Gina also discovered that many children are underweight and suffer from anaemia. Gina works with doctors, local mums and the school nurse to improve iron intake and ensure the children are growing well, and in a healthy weight range.

Education and Training

Healthcare professionals such as Doctors, Carers, Nurses and Health Care Assistants benefit from teaching sessions on a great range of nutrition related topics, and from resources such as guidelines and patient information leaflets.

Gina also provides teaching on healthy eating and wellbeing to school teachers and students, and ‘wellbeing at work’ sessions in a variety of work places.

Public Health Involvement

As the Island’s nutrition expert, Gina supports wider public health initiatives such as Cancer Awareness or the new ‘Saints Together’ campaign.

She also provided information to help government make food related policy decisions, for example updating the ‘shopping basket’ or advising on which foods and drinks are likely to create health problems.

It certainly has been a busy year, but, as the above shows, also a productive one.

Gina can be contacted via tel: 22500 or email: georgina.giebner@sainthelena.gov.sh


24 July 2018


A St Helena Government (SHG) -wide programme – ‘Workforce Wellbeing’ – will start in each of SHG’s Directorates from Wednesday, 1 August 2018.

The programme, which started first within the Health Directorate from 1 June 2018, is designed so that it is easy to be ‘owned’ and co-ordinated by each Directorate. It aims to support and encourage staff members to enhance their health and wellbeing.

The programme will be tailored by each Directorate’s staff members, to suit their staff working patterns, locations and the kind of opportunities their staff want to include. A major focus of the programme is to help staff get started with their own actions particularly on diet, weight, and physical activity as the major factors to prevent and reduce risk of type-two diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers. In future there will be scope to also include wider health issues such as good mental health.

The Workforce Wellbeing Programme started out with three main opportunities that were suggested by staff members to appeal to different parts of the workforce:

  • ‘Personal MOT’ sessions which are offered to staff, giving them a chance to have their own ‘engine and bodywork’ checked out. These are short bookable sessions with a series of health checks and advice and support on simple measures they can personally take to address any underlying issues
  • A weekly opportunity for staff to take part with their colleagues in an organised activity to get them moving, such as a group walk. The emphasis is on fun activities to encourage a broad range of people to take part at their own pace, at a level comfortable for them and also activities that are easier to fit into lunch or official break time
  • Each Directorate will set their own team challenges focused on a lifestyle health they have chosen that they want to tackle in a fun and competitive way

Chairman of the Public Health Committee, Councillor Derek Thomas, said:

“Our Government workforce includes a large proportion of our community members and so this programme has potential to encourage and support a sizeable number of people to improve their health. I am pleased that the programme has been designed with input from community members and each part of the workforce will have opportunities relevant to themselves. I encourage our community members and SHG staff to make the most of the opportunities available.”

Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, added:

“The health and wellbeing of all our employees is extremely important, we want to ensure that staff members are supported to make lifestyle choices which will enable them to lead healthy lives. The Workforce Wellbeing Programme offers an opportunity for employees to look after their health and the activity opportunity can both motivate and support individuals to participate at their own level.”

#StHelena #WorkforceWellbeing #HealthyStaff




24 July 2018

As another school year draws to a close, each of the Island’s three primary schools – Harford, Pilling and St Paul’s – will soon be hosting their annual Open Days.

Each school will start the day with their Entertainment & Prize Presentation for parents, guardians, and invited guests.

Following this, the schools will be open to the public at the following times:

Harford Primary School  Friday, 27 July 12-3pm and 3.30-5.30pm
St Paul’s Primary School Wednesday, 1 August 1.30-3pm and 4-6pm
Pilling Primary School Friday, 3 August  1.30-3pm and 4-6pm

All are encouraged to attend the Open Days to see the primary schools in action and to view the children’s work.

#StHelena #Education #PrimarySchools #OpenDays



24 July 2018

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) can now offer students a wide range of online courses and qualifications via their partnership with Coursera.

Coursera is an online education provider that offers online courses, popularly known as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, from top universities around the world. Currently it has 150 university partners from 29 countries. These partners include Stanford, Duke, Penn, Princeton, Michigan, Peking, and HEC Paris. Coursera has also started partnering with companies like IBM, Google, and PwC.

Coursera is the most popular MOOC provider in the world based on the number of students (over 30 million learners) and has an active catalogue of over 2,700 online courses.

SHCC’s Acting Student Services Co-Ordinator, Cherilee Thomas-Johnson, said:

“I am extremely excited about the opportunities which Coursera makes possible. Through this programme, our students are able to access MOOCs from some of the world’s leading universities. The possibilities are endless with Coursera, regardless of your interest and/or career, you will definitely find a course that suits you. I hope this programme will encourage the student community to engage more in online education.”

Working with universities and other organisations, Coursera offers online courses, specialisations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and others.

Some of the benefits of studying online via Coursera include:

  • Speedier Learning – Research shows that online students achieve same or better learning results in about half the time as those on traditional courses
  • More Active, Engaged and Motivated – Learners thrive when working with coursework that is challenging but within their capacity to master
  • Tangible Skill Building – An improved attitude towards learning
  • Better Teaching Quality – Courses are taught by experts, with various multimedia and cutting-edge technology, and are usually better organised than traditional courses

A poster with further details on what Coursera has to offer can be found here.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #Coursera #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone



23 July 2018


The draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 will be out for public consultation from tomorrow, Tuesday 24 July, up until Tuesday, 21 August 2018. This document is significantly important to all contractors, architects/draftsmen, stakeholders and importers on St Helena.

Throughout the 28-day consultation period, the Building Inspectors of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate will be available for one-to-one meetings and/or small group sittings with members of the public via drop-in sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 12.30pm to discuss the document.

Drop-in sessions will take place at the Building Inspectors’ Office at Essex House. Those who are unable to visit the office can make an appointment and be visited by the Building Inspectors outside of these hours.

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 is also available on the SHG website, under the Public Consultations section of the Publications page: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications

Anyone wishing to make any comments on the document may do so in writing to the Building Inspectors, Environment & Natural Resources Directorate, Essex House, Jamestown, or via email: nico-ellick@enrd.gov.sh or
cliff-richards@enrd.gov.sh before Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

#StHelena #ENRD #BuildingRegulations #Draft #PublicConsultation

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23 July 2018


The monthly meeting of the Education Committee was held on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, and the following is a summary of the main items discussed:

Primary Advisor, Mrs Julia Drozdowskij, presented an overview of the areas of work completed. These included the first cohort of teaching staff nearing completion of the Cambridge Certificate in Educational Leadership, improvement and consistency in teaching across the primary sector with the benefit of the ICT system and connectivity, and the rising standards in English and Maths with the implementation of new assessment schemes.

She also shared suggestions on ways forward that would enable continuity including continuous professional development of staff, with all teachers to undergo training in Educational Leadership utilising the Cambridge model, the sharing of good practise as well as precision teaching to match the needs of pupils.

Strategic Priorities for Education for 2019/20 were agreed, and will be prioritised by Legislative Council. These are:

  • Improving student attainment and achievement at all levels, particularly in the key areas of literacy and numeracy
  • Working to ensure that schools are welcoming and inclusive learning environments that provide opportunities for all students to achieve
  • Continued support for the training and upskilling of new and serving teaching staff to support better teaching and learning in schools
  • Working through the St Helena Community College (SHCC) to provide opportunities for training and development to meet the needs of the community and the developing economy of St Helena
  • Supporting overseas scholarships to help develop the future professionals and leaders of St Helena

The existing SHCC Charging Policy was also reviewed and charges for new courses were approved. Changes approved by the Committee will be effective immediately and available on request from the SHCC.

Members supported making SHCC courses accessible to persons residing on Ascension Island, with the condition that the cost of courses on offer will be payable in full (unsubsidised).

The Education & Employment Directorate is responsible for ensuring that equality and diversity is portrayed and respected, with all treated fairly and equally in the school system. An Equality & Diversity Policy is to be implemented in all Island schools with immediate effect.

Copies of the Equality & Diversity Policy will be made available at the Education Learning Centre in Jamestown and both hard and electronic copies are available upon request to any member of the Education Committee.

#StHelena #EducationCommittee #MeetingSummary



23 July 2018