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POLICE REPORT – 10 May 2018


Drink Driving

The Norfolk Island Police Force wish to remind drivers that getting behind the wheel when you have been drinking alcohol puts yourself and all other road users at increased risk of being involved in a serious collision.


So far in 2018 we have seen a significant increase in the number of drink driving offences in comparison to previous years.


If you are the holder of a full drivers licence your blood alcohol concentration to drive a motor vehicle on Norfolk Island needs to be below 0.05%, if you decide to have a few drinks over the course of an evening and drive home, it is highly likely that you will be over the legal limit. If you are caught and convicted, you could lose your licence, face hefty fines or possibly go to jail.


As a general rule if an adult consumes 2 standard drinks of alcohol in their first hour their blood alcohol concentration will be raised to 0.05% and 1 standard drink per hour thereafter will maintain that level.


So the next question you’ll probably be asking is what constitutes a standard drink.


Remember if you are the holder of a Learner or Provisional drivers licence you are required to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.00%.


There is no way to speed up the rate your body processes alcohol. Whilst small amounts leave your body through urine, sweat and breath, your liver breaks down most of the alcohol and a healthy liver will break down less than one standard drink an hour.


Coffee, showers, water or food do not speed up this process. The only thing that will sober you up is time.


So if you were to have 10 schooners of full strength beer over a 6 hour period, you would have consumed the equivalent of 15 standard drinks. The average person will return to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.00% approximately 11 hours after their last drink.


So if you are planning on having a few drinks, make alternative arrangement to get home or simply walk, don’t get behind the wheel of a car or hop on your motorbike.


Driving Near Horses

Horses are large powerful animals but they can easily panic and bolt if startled. By following some basic advice, you can help avoid an accident involving horses on the road.

- Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary
- Look out for riders' signals to slow down or stop
- Watch out for sudden movements, horses can be easily frightened and unpredictable
- Don't sound your horn or rev your engine
- Pass wide and slow when overtaking; giving the horse plenty of room. 
- Don’t accelerate rapidly once you have passed them.


Business Liaison

Fishy is Looking forward to making her way around to businesses and having a friendly chat to update the Key holder Register. 

This is a great way for our community to have all relevant information available should the Police ever need to make contact owners/managers.

Please feel free to contact Fishy as the new administrative / community liaison officer at the Norfolk Island Police station if you have any queries, otherwise she looks forward to touching base with everyone.

 

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice


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Principal's Report 4 May 2018


Welcome back to students and staff, Term 2 is a very busy term with a lot of wonderful opportunities on offer for students at NICS. We welcome Jaimie Mongta who has joined the K-6 staff, and we will be farewelling Mike Dickson at the end of week 4 who will be replaced by Emily Rayner until the position is advertised and filled.


Congratulations to our Principal, Brett, and his wife, Bri, who welcome a little girl, Finleigh, into their family; a new little sister for Jos and Eli. Brett and family return to the island on Monday. 

Arki Nobbs has been selected as a solo vocalist for Southern Stars which will be held at the WIN stadium in Wollongong. He is also through to the third round of auditions for a soloist position in School Spectacular. Leading up to this audition, he has had a chest infection but we are hoping he is well enough on Thursday to audition. 

Year 12 HSC students all have access now to their HSC Examination timetables. The countdown has well and truly started for them. 

Some of the activities occurring in Term 2 are our Athletics Carnival in Week 4; a financial literacy workshop, the Love Bites program that focuses on Respectful Relationships; NAPLAN; Year 9 Language Camp; Norfolk Culture Day; Bounty Ball; Country Music Concert; reports and Parent/Teacher interviews. Also like previous years our school will be tending for interested person/s to take our school photos for 2018. More information will be available in next week’s Norfolk Islander. 

NICS School Captains represent the student body at the 2018 community ANZAC service… 

On 25th April each year we celebrate ANZAC Day. This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice; to pause, reflect and remember the significant contribution made by the people of Norfolk Island. This year we had four of our Year 10 History students assist in serving the gunfire breakfast to our veterans. A huge thank-you to Aiden Evans, Sam Cribb, Cameron Rogers and Nic Johnson for their fabulous efforts! In addition, our junior and senior leaders attended the mid-morning service at the All Saints Church at Kingston. This year our school was represented by Jade Umlauft, Liam Christian-Bailey, Nakeira Douran, Mauatua Christian – Reynolds, Hannah Bigg, Karla Finch, Tilly Menzies-Thompson and James Bigg. Our captains were present for the ceremony and laid two wreaths on behalf of Norfolk Island Central School. They all did the school proud! Particular thanks to all of the parents for making their children available for this important event and a huge THANK-YOU to Tilly Menzies-Thompson for making the wreaths. 

ANZAC Day Ceremony at NICS 

Fine e’a beautiful ilen, all yorlye come see. 
Se famous now f d simplicity 
Cos h’yu, bird sing whoal day, en em cattle roam free 
En wi nawa far from d song of d sea 



The above section from the poem ‘Uklan’ by Ena Ette Christian was beautifully read by school Vice- Captain, James Bigg, and marked one of the uniquely Norfolk moments in the NICS ANZAC Day Ceremony, which was held on Tuesday 1st May. Students K-12 were joined by distinguished guests, Terence Grube and Warren Finch from the Norfolk Island RSL Sub-Branch, Mrs Robin Adams, Mayor of Norfolk Island, and this year, we were incredibly privileged to be joined by Korean War veterans. Our school captains Jade Umlauft, Liam Christian-Bailey, Nakeira Douran, Mauatua Christian – Reynolds, Hannah Bigg, Karla Finch, Tilly Menzies-Thompson and James Bigg ran the ceremony that included a stirring speech from Tilly and an amazing version of ‘In Flanders Fields’ read by Hannah Bigg. This year included the reading of the roll of “the fallen”, which was capably read by Tilly. Wreaths were placed on our memorial by Mauatua Christian – Reynolds and Karla Finch on behalf of the student body; Mrs Thompson and Ms Peterson on behalf of the Department, Mirabelle Creek and Maycee Deszecsar on behalf of the Cadets; Hannah Bigg on behalf of Mayor Robin Adams; and Warren Finch on behalf of service personnel. Students paid their respects to the fallen in a moment of reflective silence after the Last Post. The ceremony finished with God Save the Queen and the Pitcairn Anthem led by Terence Grube. This ceremony was a wonderful example of the strong links between the student body at NICS and service personnel. Many of our students have a connection to those who have previously served or are currently serving. The Ceremony marked a time during which students could commemorate the fallen and reflect on the truly remarkable contribution of the service men and women of Norfolk Island. NICS would sincerely like to thank Mayor Robin Adams, Terence Grube, Warren Finch, all our wonderful veterans and the RSL for their continued support of the school. 

Lest We Forget 

 
Year 11/12 Debating team's success North Coast Region 
Congratulations to our Year 11/12 team for their first round victory against Grafton High School on Wednesday. The topic was "That schools should implement compulsory drug tests for students" and we were the affirmative. 

The experience of our debaters shone through in their approach to the topic. Their model was that drug testing would be implemented immediately from Year 6 as a well-being strategy, not a punitive measure. This threw the other team as they were expecting a debate about student expulsion and criminal records. Our team sustained this focus throughout the debate and were rewarded for it.

Jemima Quintal excelled in her first debate at this level as first speaker and was competently supported by Ella Langusch at second speaker. Joni King stepped up for this debate, as none of our speakers had experience at third. Her performance in organising the arguments and presenting the team's rebuttal was again mentioned by the adjudicator. Brancker South has followed on from where he left off in 2016 and contributed brilliantly as Team Adviser. This was definitely a "team" effort.

Year 11/12 Team's next debate is next Wednesday against Nambucca Heads.  

NICS students travel to Fiji to represent Norfolk Island

On Saturday, nine NICS students started their journey to Lautoka, Fiji to compete in the 2018 ITF OTF West Pacific Regional Championships. The students involved are:

U12’s: Aly Miller and Tony Martinovich 

U14’s Hannah Wright and Kyran Randall 

U16’s Tiana Randall, Brianna Tavener, Sam Cribb, Cameron Rogers and Croyden Snell 

The tournament has been significantly impacted by the rain, but our NICS kids are still representing our school and our island beautifully!  Hannah, Sam, Croyden and Cameron all had sound first round victories, while Tony and Aly played strongly, teaming up with kids from other nations to compete in a team’s round robin tournament. Tiana, Brianna and Kyran all performed strongly in their singles matches; Brianna and Tiana are teaming up in doubles, while Kyran and his partner have had a great start to the doubles draw. A full report on results of our kids next week! 

We wish all of our kids and manager Danny Nobbs all the best!! 
 
NICS represented at National Championships 
We also extend our well wishes to our PE teacher and Secondary Sports Co-ordinator, Melissa Pulsford, as she leads the NSW tennis team in their quest to defend their title at the National Championships. Melissa has been working incredibly hard with a team of girls and boys from across NSW, and we wish her all the best as they compete against the other states and territories of Australia. A full report will be included next week. 
Regards
Sally Thompson
Acting Principal 

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Police Report 4 May 2018


Wet Weather and Road Safety

As we start to get a bit more rain, we’d like to remind motorists to please drive to the conditions.

  • Taking a few kilometres off your speed will ensure you have sufficient distance to stop should an unexpected incident or obstacle appear in front of you.
  • Remember to check your vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy – having sufficient tread on your tyres to disperse water becomes essential.
  • It also makes good sense to turn your headlights on a little earlier given the reduced visibility in the rain. Other drivers can sometimes get distracted in focusing on the rain, so having your headlights on provides a little more insurance that you will be observed in the oncoming traffic.
  • Keep your wipers clean and top up your windscreen washer water so that when you use your wipers, you have a clear windscreen to see through.

Changing to a Norfolk Island Licence

For any new residents on Norfolk Island, welcome!  However you may not know that once you decide to live here in paradise, you will need a Norfolk Island driver’s licence.

Once you have been a resident of Norfolk Island for a period of 3 months, your recognised licence from another jurisdiction ceases to be recognised and you are then driving unlicenced. Not only is this an offence, but your insurance company may deny your claim for compensation following a motor vehicle accident. As an unlicenced driver, you are committing further offences if your blood alcohol is above 0 percent.

If you are a Provisional or Learner licence holder from another jurisdiction, you cannot use this licence to drive on Norfolk Island and you are required to apply for a Norfolk Island licence. After holding a Norfolk Island Learner’s licence for 3 months, you may apply for your Norfolk Island Provisional Licence.


So, if you have been here for more than 3 months and you are still relying on your existing licence, please drop into the station and we’ll help you apply to transfer your licence to a Norfolk Island licence.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report - 28 April 2018


Minding your Business

We are pleased to announce that we have now started and given the role of Business Liaison to our Administration Officer Deb “Fishy” Steven to work closely with businesses to ensure business owners and workers know how to keep themselves and their businesses safe.

Fishy will be speaking with business owners and staff to update the Norfolk Island Keyholder Register which assists us in contacting the nominated person should they be required to attend after hours. She will also be speaking with businesses about any security matters of concern.

Whilst security should be adapted to suit the individual needs of your business, our general advice is to:

•        Install (and use) adequate external security doors, screens and locks.

•        Record details of the assets of your business and mark them for identification purposes.

•        Install a securely anchored safe, keeping it locked when not in use and limit access to keys and the combination to a small number of trusted persons only.

•        Establish secure cash handling and banking procedures (and follow them).

•        Develop clear policies that reduce the risk of internal and external fraud.

•        Keep Police phone numbers nearby and contact us in the event of an emergency or crime.


Smoko with the Popo

At 10am on Thursday 3 May, Officers will be sitting down with members of the local community for our next “Coffee with a Cop” event. This will be held at the Wrap & Roll Cafe.


Coffee with a Cop is a worldwide police initiative to invite members of the public to share a coffee with their local police to discuss issues, raise questions or just get to know a little more about the activities and role of your police force. So come down on Thursday to share a coffee with us.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

Please 'contact us' for more information.



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