Today, Monday 12 August, is the United Nations ‘International Youth Day’. The theme for this year is ‘transforming education’. To commerate the day, the St Helena Safe Haven Project, forming part of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate, have organised an awareness raising campaign.

The Campaign will include an assembly for Year 9 and 10 students of Prince Andrew School and a fun day to commerate the day held in September 2019. Further details will be announced soon.

Notes to Editor

12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth, particularly the youth of St Helena.

There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. According to the SHG Statistics Office, the number of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 on St Helena are:

Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in February 2016 (2016 Population & Housing Census)
  Male Female Total
All residents 163 142 305
St Helenians 155 129 284


Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in 2019 (estimated, excluding migration)
  Male Female Total
All residents 147 137 284
St Helenians 132 122 254


#StHelena #UnitedNations #InternationalYouthDay



12 August 2019


As part of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s ‘CARE’: Caring And Respecting Everyone Campaign, an open-door recruitment will be held at the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC) from 11.30am-3pm on Friday, 16 August 2019.

The event will allow interested persons to talk with directorate staff, learn more about working in Social Care, and explore a typical day in the life of a Carer. Interviews will take place on the same day.

If you are unable to attend the open-door recruitment event but would like to make an appointment to discuss career opportunities in Social Care, please contact Lisa Thomas at Brick House on tel: (00 290) 22713.

The next open-door recruitment day will be held at the CCC on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Notes to Editor

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate has various vacancies across residential services supporting older people, services for adults with additional needs, and sheltered housing services. The CARE Campaign aims to recruit local carers for the residential services, and for individuals requiring support in maintaining a degree of independence and quality of life.

#StHelena # Children&Adults #SocialCare #CARE #CCC


12 August 2019



 The Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Directorate (ENRP) and the Infrastructure & Transport Directorate (ITD) advises clients to please call the Receptionist, prior to their visit, to make an appointment to see the Officer of their choice.

This will avoid any disappointment when a client arrives at the Office and is told that the Officer they wish to see is unavailable either because they are attending site visits, attending meetings or engaged in important field work.

The Receptionists are Emma Piek and Rea Williams. They may be contacted via:

Scotland Office on tel: 24724 or via email:

Essex House on tel: 22270 or via email:

The ENRP and I&T Directorates thank you for your cooperation.

12 August 2019

The Education & Employment Directorate is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Jean Beadon Art Award for the Primary Sector is Raylisha Piek from St Paul’s Primary School. Congratulations are extended to Raylisha for this achievement.

In 2nd place was Allie Fowler from St Paul’s Primary School and in 3rd place was Santina Stevens from Pilling Primary School.

The following children were highly commended: Blake O’Connor and Ty Young of St Paul’s Primary School, Ella-Mae Joshua and Katelyn Benjamin of Pilling Primary School and Bobbi Clingham of Harford Primary School.

This year judging was carried out by Mrs Joyce Duncan, Mrs Isha Harris and Miss Keisha Peters, all of whom have artistic talents. Special thanks are extended to the judges for their support to this competition.

All children were presented with their certificates and prizes during their Schools’ End of Year Prize Presentations. Art Folders were on display for all to view during each Schools’ Open Day.

The late Mrs Jean Beadon was particularly interested in the work of young people and set up a Trust to ensure the encouragement and development of artistic talents continues. The Jean Beadon Trust presents opportunities for children in the Year 6 class of the Primary Schools and in Prince Andrew School to win prizes for their art. The Education Directorate thanks members of the Trust for their continued support.

Thanks are also extended to all Year 6 pupils for their participation and teachers for their support and coaching. All awardees and participants are wished every success as they continue to enhance and develop their artistic talents in Prince Andrew School.

#StHelena #Education #PrimarySchools #JeanBeadon #Art #OpenDays

12 August 2019

The three primary schools – St Pauls (SPPS), Pilling (PPS) and Harford (HPS) – participated in their annual end of year Sports Tournament on Monday, 5 August 2019. This year pupils participated in Cricket and Rounders tournaments.

Cricket Competition

The Cricket competition was held in the Prince Andrew School Hall for the first time this year. It was felt that playing indoors would make the game more interesting and more competitive. Overall the game was played in high spirits with some outstanding performances. Captain for PPS, Blaze Baldwin, picked up the Player of the Tournament with 26 runs (batting), two wickets for 23 (bowling) a catch and a run out. Outstanding fielding and catching went to Sheldon Phillips from PPS who had two catches and used the correct techniques when fielding. The person who made the most runs was Toure’ Osborne with 37 runs consisting of five sixes and a four.

Match results were as follows:

PPS 122 for 7 (15 overs) vs SPPS 80 all out
HPS 91 for 8 (15 overs) vs PPS 93 for 1 (7.3 overs)
SPPS 128 for 3 (15 overs) vs HPS 31 all out

The overall results were:

1st place – PPS (6 points)

2nd place – SPPS (4 points)

3rd place – HPS (2 points)

Rounders Tournament

The Primary Schools’ Rounders Tournament took place on Francis Plain. All pupils played very well and represented their school proudly. They displayed great team spirit and sportsmanship. All matches consisted of two innings of 20 good balls. Katelyn Benjamin of PPS took the awards for being the Player of the Tournament and for the most catches. Raylisha Piek achieved the award for Most Rounders. The matches were very competitive and the final scores were very close.

The match results were:

SPPS (13) vs PPS (9)
PPS (9 ½ ) vs HPS (9)
SPPS (12 ½ ) vs HPS (8)

Pilling and Harford then did a play-off for 2nd and 3rd positions.

Overall results were:

1st place – SPPS

2nd place – PPS

3rd place – HPS

Thanks are extended to Mr Scott Crowie and Mr Andrew Yon for organising and umpiring the Cricket and Mrs Christine Caswell and Mrs Barbara Osborne for umpiring the Rounders.

A thank you also to parents for the support and encouragement given to the children. Well done and thank you to all staff and pupils. You made your school proud in the way that you showed good sportsmanship and participated in the tournament.

#StHelena #Education #Sports #Rounders #Cricket #PrimarySector


12 August 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Emergency Planning Department:

The Emergency Planning Department would like to advise the public that it is forecast that St Helena will continue to experience increase wind speeds of 40-45 knots with gusts up to 60 knots from today through to Monday, 12 August 2019.

Wind conditions will vary around the Island and should subside on Tuesday, 13 August.

All boat owners are advised to ensure their moorings are secured in these heavy wind conditions.


9 August 2019


The following is a Public Announcement from the Police Directorate:

The Saint Helena Police Directorate is appealing for information relating to the ongoing police investigation regarding the theft of a purse from the General Hospital in Jamestown which occurred on Thursday, 11 July 2019.

The purse is described as a black Prada branded purse with gold lettering spelling out “PRADA” on the front.

Police are keen to speak to anyone with any information of this incident, regardless of how minor they consider their information to be.  Please contact the Investigating Officer, Police Constable James Venning, on Tel: 22626 or email: Alternatively, you can speak to a Police Officer of your choice or leave a message with the on duty Police Controllers.

The community is thanked for their continued assistance.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AppealForInformation

9 August 2019


Public Guardian for St Helena and Ascension Island, Gavin (Jack) Thomas, undertook an official visit to the Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales (OPG) in the UK on 9 and 10 July 2019.

These visits gave Gavin the opportunity to meet with a wide range of managers and staff dealing with deputyship orders and Lasting Power of Attorneys. Some of the key areas covered during this two-day visit included: joint working with legal services and the courts, supervision arrangements for Deputies, oversight of Lasting Power of Attorney, management of complaints, enforcement work, and strategic development.

Gavin said:

I would like to thank all staff at OPG in the UK for taking the time to meet with me, also to Business Manager, Sarah Chapman, who was instrumental in arranging and preparing both visits in Birmingham and Nottingham. I really appreciate that staff shared their knowledge and insight about their roles and responsibilities within OPG. I can now utilise this experience and support the development and sustainability of the necessary systems and processes required to continue establishing the Office of the Public Guardian for St Helena and Ascension Island.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the role of the Public Guardian, the benefits of registering Lasting Power of Attorney, or the appointment of Deputies should contact Gavin on telephone number: (00 290) 22713 or via email:

#StHelena #AscensionIsland #PublicGuardian #LPA #OPG

9 August 2018

The following is a public announcement from Port Control:

The MV Helena arrived at St Helena from Cape Town today, Friday, 9 August 2019.

The public is advised that due to unfavourable weather conditions, the MV Helena is unable to dock alongside of Rupert’s Jetty and, as a result, all cargo operations will take place in James Bay.

Whilst the ship is docked in James Bay, the whole of Lower Rupert’s, including the beach area, will remain open to the public.

Port Control would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.


9 August 2019

Teacher Trainees, Christy Bedwell and Robyn Yon-Bowers, have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education in Education Studies (Primary) accredited by the Open University.

Course Leader and Teacher Training Advisor, Garry Cameron, said:

“It was an absolute pleasure working and learning with Christy and Robyn. They worked very hard to assimilate and accommodate some complex concepts. The sociology assignments were particularly challenging but facilitated some excellent professional discussions along with a great deal of humour! Congratulations on achieving a distinction in the more difficult module. I am very proud of Christy and Robyn and wish them every success as they progress to the next accredited programme of study – Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning.” 

The course involved studying child psychology and childhood studies which covered a range of educational theory, central to effective teaching and learning. The standard of the award is at first year university-level study and means that both Christy and Robyn have completed one year of a degree programme.

This course is usually a full time study programme carried out over nine months. The two trainees spent two days a week in school with a final two week placement.

Christy commented:

“The journey so far has been a memorable experience. I can say without a doubt that the module studies have further opened up my heart and mind about education and the importance of childhood. It feels amazing to have achieved at such a high standard, gaining a Certificate of Higher Education in Education Studies (Primary) accredited by the Open University. I am grateful to have been supported by Robyn who has encouraged and supported me along the way and also Garry Cameron who could not have been a better Teacher Training Advisor. I am now really eager to work towards the rest of my qualifications to become a St Helenian qualified teacher.”

Robyn said:

“I am over the moon with my results. It was not easy, but with the support of our Teacher Trainer it was a pleasant experience, with some laughs and also nearly some cries. This achievement has given me great motivation to continue my journey into becoming a locally qualified teacher on St Helena. I would like to say a huge Thank You to Garry Cameron for all that he has done, our results are a reflection of his determination for us. To Christy, Thank You for all of your support along the way – it was great having you alongside me. Lastly I want to thank all colleagues, family, and friends, who helped to make this journey a successful one.”

#StHelena #Education #TeacherTrainess #CertificateOfHigherEducation

9 August 2019