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Bishop Grandin House - our boarding house facility - was originally the "Community House" built to house the Oblate priests and brothers who ran the school in its earliest years and who comprised almost the entire school staff. In 2005 the decision was made to convert the house into boarding facilities and in 2006 history was made with the admission of our first 20 boarders. Bishop Grandin House was born.
Bishop Grandin was a French Oblate missionary to Canada who did much to spread the faith among the Inuit in the late 19th Century. He was active in Canada about the same time that the early Oblates were active in Southern Africa. It is also significant that three of the Oblates who were among the first teachers at St Benedict's in the 1950's and 1960's were missionaries from Canada.
The house has now developed into a fully-fledged boarding establishment, catering for 86 boys, and is rapidly taking its rightful place as the backbone of the school. The hostel offers both Weekly and Termly Boarding for boys from Grades 7-12. Every effort is made to create a caring environment where each boy has the opportunity to realise his full potential within the class as well as on the sports fields. Boys in boarding develop a sense of independence within an environment of structure and discipline. Attendance at weekly Mass is compulsory and the termly boarders attend Mass at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Malvern on Sundays.
The boarding environment takes both parents and sons out of the traffic and allows for a far greater involvement in the whole life of the College. Fewer distractions mean that the boys can concentrate on the business of building a worthwhile school career. The diversity and mix of ideas leads to a greater tolerance and understanding of others whilst living together on a daily basis encourages a generosity of spirit and the fostering of friendships which last for lifetime.
In conclusion, your son's “Bennies” experience will be greatly enhanced through the hostel and all it has to offer. From wonderful fare to facilities rivalling those of any school in to the country, coupled with caring staff, boarding is fast becoming the educational option of choice.
To arrange for an appointment or to view the hostel facilities prospective parents are invited to contact Mr Toby Craig at email@example.com
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Mr Toby Craig - Housemaster
Frank Masiya - Catering Manager
Mrs Sandy Kohler - Nursing Sister
Mr Sam Mathye (Grade 6 & 7)
Mr Gary Davies (Grade 8)
Mr Malcolm Chadwick (Grade 9)
Mr Storme Burger (Grade 10)
Mr Darryn Roff (Grade 11)