Celebrated annually on the second Monday in March, Commonwealth Day is an opportunity for member nations of the Commonwealth to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.
The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day, falling on Monday 10 March 2014, is ‘Team Commonwealth’ which expresses the spirit of friendship and motivation towards the shared goals and values that exist between Commonwealth members.
This year, St Helena’s participation in Commonwealth Day will be led by Legislative Council Members. A group comprising Members of the Social and Community Development and Education Committees has been working together in preparation for the day’s activities.
Planned activities will focus on the theme of ‘Team Work’ and will involve Legislative Council Members and some 26 schoolchildren from the Primary Schools and Prince Andrew School. The group will be taken around the Island on various site visits which demonstrate teamwork. The sites will include the Spruce Projects at Harford and St Paul’s Primary Schools, work at the Horse Point Landfill Site and Millennium Forest, Bradley’s Motor Cross track, the Airport site at Prosperous Bay Plain, and SHAPE Recycling Plant at Donkey Plain.
Other activities will include the traditional Commonwealth Day Assembly at Prince Andrew School where HE Governor Capes will read Her Majesty the Queen’s Message to the Commonwealth. It is also planned for two video conferences to take place between the St Helena Youth Parliament and Welsh Youth Parliament, and for Councillors to discuss issues with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Delegation who visited the Island in August 2013.
Leader of the Commonwealth Day Working Group, Councillor Les Baldwin said:
“St Helena, as a member of the Commonwealth along with all other Commonwealth Nations, will inevitably share common goals and ambitions. It is important that we take part in Commonwealth Day celebrations, as this underlines our allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and her endeavours to ensure high standards throughout the Commonwealth.”
3 March 2014