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8 September 2017

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From the Head's Desk

MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER

Fight to the end

Amidst the excitement and the subsequent arrival of spring, it is almost as if the third term has started unnoticed. Nonetheless, it is great to be back at school. The weather is really ‘hotting up’ and the forecast for summer is that we can expect higher than usual rainfall with slightly warmer than usual summer days. 

The third term is a "funny" term. The Grade 8's can’t wait for the year to end so that they are no longer the juniors in the school; the Grade 9's can’t wait to sink their teeth into the subjects that they have selected for matric; while the Grade 10's need to consolidate their presence in the school and start putting their hands up for some of the higher leadership positions. Some of the Grade 11's will be elected as leaders or will be called to a higher office which, on its own, is an exciting time for them. For the Matrics, it is about getting through their last 22 school days of high school with the confidence to tackle their final exams head on. We wish them everything of the best as they prepare for these exams.

As a school and a management team, this term is a busy one where we focus on finishing the year stronger than where we started. This focus is coupled with a vast amount of time spent on strategic planning for the start of 2018. It is imperative that our boys don’t see the end of the year as an opportunity to drop their guard or fall into a mindset of ‘putting things off until next year’. You are only as good as what you did yesterday and we need to approach our day-to-day business with the mindset that there is always room for improvement. We need to continue fighting the good fight right until the very end and continue giving our utmost best to everything we tackle.

Our 1st team soccer boys have had a great start to their season. Not only were they unbeaten at the DHS Soccer Festival in July but they followed this up with a fantastic win at the St David's Soccer Tournament at the beginning of the holiday. It is the second time we have reached the final but this is the first time that we have won this renowned tournament. We also need to acknowledge the achievements of our level three swimmers who embarked on their inaugural tour of the US. They came second in the Urban swim meeting and posted a new unofficial Rose Pitonoff course record. Our boys have returned enriched by the experience and eager to put the lessons learnt into action. We wish the swimmers well this season as we look to stamp our authority on swimming in Gauteng.

This term we welcome Miss Goetsimang Ramatsho to the staff as our new Lab Assistant. We also welcome Mr Michael Boyd who will be covering Mrs De Reuck’s post while she is away on maternity leave. In October, Mr Dave Lincoln will take up his position as Head of Sport in the College.

We have received a few resignations which is not out of the ordinary at this stage of the year. We congratulate Mr Rauri Maarman on his appointment as Deputy Headmaster at Dominican Convent. Mr Patrick Du Plooy and Mr Frank McCoy from the Science department have also tended their resignations and will leave our employment at the end of the year. Mr Unathi September has indicated that he will be studying full time next year and therefore will not be available to teach in 2018. We have already made an offer to a suitable replacement for him in the Business Studies department.

In closing, I look forward to seeing our parents and boys at the Bennies Bash this evening. The line-up of artists are currently amongst the best in South Africa. Please come down and support this fundraising event. 

Wishing our boys and staff a fabulous third term.




Religion

REFLECTION

Faith like a Rock

Peter is the perfect example of a man whose faith was as strong as a rock. Although he did have his challenges, and denied Jesus three times, as well as losing faith when walking to Jesus on the lake, he never gave up. He believed in Jesus, he listened to Jesus; he tried again after every failure..read more

 

SEPTEMBER MASS SCHEDULE

Click here to view the Mass schedule for this month.

ALPHA COURSE


COMMUNITY HOURS

All boys at St Benedict’s are encouraged and expected to be involved in some form of Community Service and Outreach initiative. The school makes every effort to develop and instill a value of serving others in each of our boy’s hearts.

As members of a Catholic community we have a responsibility to come to the aid of our neighbour. Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God... read more.

Academics

SCIENCE EXTRA LESSONS

All extra lessons in term 3 are voluntary.  
Learners are expected to attend with their own specific queries. 
They are run for 1 hour after school ends.  If no-one has arrived within 15 minutes of the end of school, the lesson will not happen.  If you anticipate being late please let the teacher know so that they will wait for you.
If these times do not suit please make an appointment to see your teacher at a mutually convenient time.

FINAL MATRIC TIMETABLE (NSC EXAMS) 2017

Please click on the link below to download the final NSC timetable for 2017.

Download here

PRELIMINARY SUBJECT CHOICE

Dear Grade 9 Parents,

Please click on the below link to submit the Preliminary Subject Choices for your son by no later than the 29th September 2017.

https://goo.gl/forms/VQpopcg7s2iWdW4n1 

Please note that the final subject choice deadline is 13 October 2017.

GRADE 9 IT WORKSHOP - RESCHEDULED

The Grade 9 IT workshop will take place on the first weekend of the third term on Friday, 8 September and Saturday, 9 September. If you have already registered for the camp, you do not need to do so again. Alternatively, please use the link bit.ly/G9ITCamp to register.

Click here to view the letter.

 

ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT PLANNERS

The monthly planners are now being uploaded. click here to view.

Sports

CRICKET TOUR

We played our first game over 40 overs against Trinity. Trinity won the toss and chose to bat going on to score 173/7; Connor Burt taking 3/28 in 5 overs and Dylan Day 1/12 in 4 overs. We went on to bat and were 20/4 down after 7 overs, it took courage from our batters to put up a fight chasing down the total. We ended on 177/8 with Kuval Mangali making 88 and Connor Burt 28. We won by two wickets.

The second game was a time cricket match against Waterstone, they won the toss and chose to bat scoring 295/9 in 65 overs with Kuval Mangali taking 3/37 in 11 overs and Joshua Langman 2/55 in 10 overs. We went on to bat and scored 222/9 in our 55 overs with Dylan Hoofman scoring 77 and Andrew Barron 24. The match was drawn.

Our third 20-over match was played against NorthCliff. We lost the toss and were put to bat. We scored 126/8 with Dylan Day scoring 39 and Andrew Barron 26. We went on to bowl and our opponents proved worthy of the task, scoring 128/1 in 14.2 with Andrew Pingo 1/25 in 3 overs. The boys had a lot of fun and it was an incredible experience. Lessons were learnt on how to approach the game, how to cope under pressure, to be patient and stay focused till the last ball is bowled.

SWIMMING TOUR

A number of boys from our swimming team had the opportunity to tour the United Sates during the August holidays; giving them exposure to some of the best colleges, coaching and racing available in America. Starting off in NYC, the boys competed in a 17-mile open water swim from Manhattan to Coney island and broke the swim record and received an NYPD and Coast guard salute and escort. The team where hosted by a number of colleges for campus tours, including Yale, Kutztown, Catholic University and the University of Miami. They also had thr opportunity to train at the US Naval academy and a number of other prestigious clubs and high school programs in Washington, Baltimore, NYC, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Key Largo. They completed the tour scoring the highest team score at the Key West gala.

We look forward to growing the relationships with US colleges giving our boys options to be recruited after school. 

Team names:

De Groot,Wian
Le Roux,  Clayton 
Grabe, Tyron
Graham, Trent
Johnston, Connor
Markatselis, Stefanos
Petersen, Bradley
Smith, Andrew
Taylor, Matthew
Wood, Keagan
Yao, Kevin
Giuricich, Enrico

SOCCER

In August school holidays the St Benedict's 1st team soccer team won the St David's Soccer Tournament. It is the second time the team has reached the final but is the first time that they have won this renowned tournament.  Congratulations to the boys and their coaches Mr Volo and Mr Kubeka on this magnificent achievement. 

CONGRATULATIONS

 Joshua Langman joined Wasps club rugby and this week made the final 22 man GLRU Rooibokke squad.

PRIVATE CRICKET COACHING

Parents can also sign their son up for individual private cricket coaching by completing the on-line application form.

The on-line form can be found by going onto the College home page; and then click onto the PAYMENTS tab, which will automatically bring up the application booking form.

Please feel free to contact Mr Craig Norris (MIC Cricket) for any further information and assistance.

norrisc@stbenedicts.co.za or Cell Number:  084- 584 1545.

Culture

EXTRA-COST INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The music department offers private instrumental tuition in piano, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, bagpipes, violin, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, drum kit and Pipeband snare drum.

The termly cost of these lessons is:

  • R1850.00 per term for 10 x 30 minute lessons              
    R2775.00 per term for 10 x 45 minute lessons            
    R3700.00 per term for 10 x 60 minute lessons

Should your son be interested in learning one of these instruments please contact Mrs Jenny Stoltz (stoltzj@stbenedicts.co.za) for further information.

General                       

BLOOD DRIVE

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - MATINEE

NOT RETURNING IN 2018?

In order to plan adequately for 2018, I would like to draw to your attention that should your son not be returning to St Benedict's College and/or boarding house in 2018, a term’s notice is required. This notice needs to be in writing and addressed to the College Headmaster and emailed to the College Secretary, carrozzoc@stbenedicts.co.za

Should the College not receive a letter of intent before 4 August 2017, parents will be liable for a term's fees.

SBC APP

Have you downloaded the St Benedict's App?

Available on GooglePlay / Apple store.
Login code is stben317, don't forget to register! 

. Get the latest news at your fingertips
. Report your boy as late or absent at a click of a button
. Get your weather reports and sports fixtures.
. Extra curriculum information and event info
. Connect with your sons' teacher on "App Users" or other parents
. Load money onto tuckshop cards
  and much much more

BENNIES BASH 2017

 

HCAT DRIVE

Our Main rugby sponsor Landrover is running an incredible charity drive, "Hope Crosses Any Terrain". They collect goods for redistribution to impoverished communities to assist during the cold winter months. click here to view details.

i-Collect FUNDRAISER

The Preparatory school has for many years run a very successful fundraising project collecting textiles for recycling. The College Sports Department has decided to use this fundraising initiative to raise funds for ongoing projects. The initiative gives you an opportunity to clear out your wardrobes and raise funds at the same time.  There are also chances to win prizes for the most kilograms handed in.
 
This is how it works:
 
1. Each boy in the College will receive a white bag that can be filled with the following:
 
Second hand clothing
Shoes, belts and handbags
Linen, towels and curtains
Soft toys

Remember NO books or hard toys, sharp or broken items.  Also no uniform items with school badges on them.
 
2. Each bag has a unique number, which is registered against your son’s name.
 
3. Once the bag is full, look for the i-Collect bin which is located in the gym parking lot.
Drop the bag in the bin.
 
4. Additional bags are available from Michelle Kleer from the Preparatory School reception. 
The more bags you fill the better your chance of winning.
 
5. The first lucky draw will take place on Friday, 4 August 2017.
Cash prizes:
 
1st Prize: R700.00
2nd Prize: R500.00
3rd Prize: R250.00

If you cannot find anything to fill a bag, please return it to Mrs Kleer or Mrs Dubrovo 


NEWS SUBMISSION FORM

Many great St Benedict’s stories go untold and uncelebrated because it is inconvenient and time-consuming for boys, staff and parents to sit down and put pen to paper. In order to make it as easy as possible for you to submit an article, our Marketing Department has created a News Submission Form that makes the process really quick and easy. We invite our boys, staff, parents and alumni to submit your latest news of school events, achievements and awards using the form. The Marketing Department will review your submission and forward it to the relevant forum for publication, be it the press, our weekly newsletters, our Facebook page and other social media platforms or Clamour, our online magazine. Please click here to find the news submission form.

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

Dave Jeffrey


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IN THIS ISSUE
  • Head's Desk
    This week's message from the Headmaster - "Fight to the end"
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Faith Like A Rock". Mass schedule, Community hours, ALPHA Course
  • Academics
    Science Extra Lessons, Matric Timetable, Subject choice, Grade 9 IT Workshop, Assessment Planners. 
  • Sports
    Cricket tour, Swimming Tour, Soccer, Congratulations, Cricket coaching      
  • Culture
    Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Blood Drive, Matinee, Not Returning in 2018, SBC APP, Bennies Bash, HCat Drive, i-Collect, News submission form
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