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Executive Headmaster's Newsletter

2017/06/06 01:55:28 PM

 


St Benedict’s App

We live in a world where our cell phones and tablets are an extension of who we are. Increasingly, our boys, parents and staff are digital natives - using their devices to create, communicate and consume information. Apps are the “next generation” method of communication between parents, student and schools.

We are, therefore, excited to launch a new school information app to help you stay in touch with what is happening at St Benedict’s.  

The St Benedict’s app is not intended to replace the school website but is an easier way to stay in contact and communicate; to access a schedule of upcoming events and to receive urgent alerts. As alerts sent through the app are free-of-charge, we will increasingly be using the app to communicate with our boys and parents and I would like to encourage all boys and parents to ensure that they have downloaded the app onto their handheld devices.

The app is available as an IOS App (for iPhones and iPads) and as an Android App for all other Android devices. It can also be accessed via a web browser.
Use this link: http://stbenedicts.eventapp.com.au/ to download the app, or you can simply go to the App Store or Google Play Store and search for St Benedict’s.
It is strongly recommended that first-time users make use of the step-by-step guide to the app.

The Code to activate the app is StBen317

Google Calendar

Parents and boys are invited to view and make use of our new Google calendar which is available at 
 
http://www.stbenedicts.co.za/Calendar
 
The calendar contains a wide range of “sub-calendars” which can be activated or deactivated by the user. If you click on the drop-down arrow next to the Agenda view  (top right of the calendar), a list of all the available calendars will be displayed. You can then activate or deactivate the calendars you want to or don't want to see by checking or unchecking the box next to the calendar name. 
 
If you have a Gmail account and the Google Calendar app, you are also able to click on any particular event to add it to your personal calendar. 

2018 Academic Year

The 2018 Academic Year has been added to the school’s Google (General) calendar. 
 
The 2018 calendar is in line with the 2018 ISASA calendar with the exception of the Term 1 midterm break. 

Please note that St Benedict’s will close for the Term 1 midterm break at 12:00 on Thursday, 22 February and will reopen Tuesday, 27 February 2018. This is a week earlier than the ISASA calendar where the midterm runs from 1 - 6 March. This decision has been communicated to our sister schools who have indicated that they will support this shift.

60th Jubilee Celebrations

2018 is a momentous year for St Benedict’s as the school celebrates its 60th anniversary. The theme for the year - “Accomplished by His Grace” - is a quote from St Eugene de Mazenod, the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
 
The anniversary coincides with a number of other important celebrations: Rowing, Hockey and the Pipe Band will celebrate their 30th anniversary years and it will be 20 years since our boys started playing Rugby. Additional functions which we are planning to host are a conference on Diversity and Transformation; the U15 Independent Schools Rugby Festival, our Preparatory Rugby Festival, the Bennies Bash and a Diamond Jubilee Dinner and Dance.    
 
We have already commenced planning for these functions and I would like to call on parents to  volunteer to become involved in the sub-committees. Obviously, a celebration of this magnitude needs as many hands on deck as possible. 
  
Parents who are prepared to offer their assistance in this regard, are asked to email me directly at oosthuysena@stbenedicts.co.za , indicating where or how you would like to be of assistance. 
 
In conclusion, I would like to wish our Preparatory and College boys the very best for the upcoming midyear examinations. 

Kind regards
AC Oosthuysen

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