Dear boys, parents and staff
Winters Sports Awards
Congratulations to the following award recipients who were recognised at this morning's Winter Colours Assembly:
| Merit Awards
Ching Tong, Brendon
Patrizi, Gian Luca
Van Der Walt, Tyron
Van Rensburg, Bevan
De Barros, Tiago
De Bastos, Nelson
Van Der Linde, Keegan
|De Jesus, Daniel
De Freitas, Christopher
|| Pingo, Christopher
|| Burks, Ciaran
|De Lange, Michael
|| Callanan, Gareth
As a result of this morning's awards, the following boys received their Honours Blazers:
Michael de Lange
We commend them on this outstanding achievement!
Midyear Examinations and Prelims
Midyear and Prelim Examinations commenced across the College this morning. Boys and parents are reminded of the following procedures:
- Boys who miss an exam due to illness are required to present a Doctor's certificate. Parents are requested to phone the school first thing on the morning of the exam.
- Boys may not use cell phones at all during the exam for any reason. Phones must be switched off and placed on the floor next to the candidate.
- All stationery must be housed in a clear plastic bag. No closed containers or bags may be taken into a venue.
Group Accident Insurance Policy
From the start of the 2012 academic year, we have had a Group Accident Insurance Policy in place at St Benedict's. The intention behind the introduction of this policy was to attempt to assist parents with medical expenses should their son be seriously injured at school or while representing St Benedict's. The policy is available for download here: Policy Schedule - FASA 2011-01777 - St. Benedict's College.pdf
The policy is subject to a R500.00 excess. Unfortunately, the school is not in a financial position to afford both the premiums and the excess payable for claims. Parents are requested not to submit claims when their costs are below R500.00. In the event of costs being below R500.00, parents should pay the costs themselves or submit the claim to their own medical aid.
Parents are reminded that a full term's notice is required if they should they be removing their son from St Benedict's at the end of the 2012. Please ensure that notice is given by the first Friday of Term 3 i.e. Friday, 14 September 2012.
The Grade 8 to 11 Midyear Exam Timetable and the Grade 12 Prelim Exam timetable are available for download at the following links:
Bennies is on Facebook
We have established a Facebook page for St Benedict’s - www.facebook.com/stbenedictscollegebedfordview. We urge boys and parents to “like” the page so that all our recent posts will appear on their news feed and to comment, interact and post responsibly on the Facebook page.
Exams Friday 3 August
1st Friday Mass will be held on the 3rd of August from 07h30 - 08h30. Please note the exams being written that day will be delayed by 1 hour.
Grade 9 Subject Choice
Requirements for taking Physical Science in Grade 10
St Benedict’s College has a long and proud academic tradition that results in excellent matric results and high university exemption rates. Each year, our target is to achieve a 100% university entry pass. Our success in the academic sphere is largely due to our desire to act in the best academic interests of each individual boy.
One of the first and possibly the most important step in ensuring that boys achieve the best possible results in the National Senior Certificate is to ensure that each boy gets a full three years of instruction in his optional subjects in the FET phase i.e. grade 10 - 12.
Physical Science is a necessity to individuals who will be looking at entering the fields of Pure and Applied Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Actuarial Science and other highly academic subjects. Boys who simply enjoy the subject and who are obtaining good marks through consistent effort may also find the subject to be beneficial to them.
However, historically, and in all schools, Physical Science is the single most “dropped” optional subject in Grade 10 and 11. Boys who do not achieve a level 5 (60 – 69%) in the GET phase – whether it be the result of a lack of discipline; issues in and around work ethic or a lack of aptitude - are more likely to find Physical Science a trial and a distraction from achieving their best from an over-all point of view (e.g. getting the necessary points to go to a tertiary institution). These boys often take the subject and find themselves in an awkward position later on when they realise that the content difficulty outweighs the perceived benefits of Physical Science. In effect, Physical Science becomes a “door-closer”.
Although it is within the rights of the individual to make subject changes in the FET phase, it does have massive consequences for the boy, the teachers involved in taking in a “new” student and the school as a whole.
A few of these are:
- The time and effort that the boy has put in to struggling with a subject that he ultimately does not continue with could have been used to improve his results in another area.
- The boy who moves to a new subject will have to use even more time and energy catching up in the new subject.
- The demands placed on the teacher to assist the boy are often unrealistic.
- The changes that may need to be made to the timetable can affect and disrupt an entire grade.
- Staffing and keeping class sizes to the optimum become logistical nightmares. Many other schools have faced this dilemma, and more and more are insisting on learners achieving a minimum level in order to take Physical Science as a subject.
For these and many other reasons, the following “entrance requirements” will apply to Grade 9 boys who wish to take Physical Science as a subject in 2013:
- A boy may only take Physical Science in Grade 10 from Grade 9 in St Benedict’s if he obtains a minimum of a 55% on his moderated final Grade 9 examination marks and must be accepted into Core Maths
- Pupils entering St Benedict’s from other schools will be assessed on an individual basis, and this may involve writing the St Benedict’s examination or a portion of the examination.
- Individual cases will be looked at upon written request in the event of extenuating circumstances, for example illness (with a doctor’s note) or personal trauma. In these cases the boy’s moderated term 2 examination marks - along with his performance in other formal assessments - may be looked at.
In the wake of an extremely successful launch last year, we have decided to once again host an IT Showcase at St Benedict's. We are hoping that the showcase will continue to grow and attract top IT candidates from all around Johannesburg. The showcase will take place on 27 September and we are looking for sponsors for prizes and small items for goodie bags.
Last year, the St Benedict's parents were most generous with their prizes and they were most appreciated by our IT department and the recipients.
Please visit the following link: St Benedict's IT Showcase for more information.
Grade 12 Physical Science – Preliminary Examination Revision Packs
Please note that Revision Packs for each topic being examined in the Grade 12 Physical Science Preliminary Examinations have been made available on the Pupil Data drive at school and on the St Benedict’s Moodle. These packs are compiled from past Prelim papers and include memoranda.
Past Maths Papers
Please kindly note the past examination Maths papers have been placed on the S drive for the learners to access.
Junior Extra Accounting Lessons
Mr Edwards is available for extra lessons at the following time:
- Tuesday 24 July 2012 – 10:30am-12pm in the Accounting classroom.
Matric Dance Photos
Matric Dance photographs may be ordered directly from the photographer by visiting his website at www.richardodonoghue.co.za. Photographs include individual and group photographs as well as photos of the venue.
Grade 12 Soweto Trip
The Grade 12 trip to Soweto will take place this year on the 11 and 13 of September. Boys must report to the car park in the front of the Ravens Sports Centre at the Gym at 7:30am so the buses can leave at 7:45am. Three teachers will accompany each group of boys. Boys may wear civvies and bring food and something to drink on the bus. The boys have been divided into two groups; while the one group is on Retreat the other group will go to Soweto for the day.
- Group A: 12B, 12E, 12F up to Jorge
- Group B; 12F from Martell, 12M, 12J
- Soweto trip:
- 11 Sept - Group B
- 13 Sept - Group A (Group A will go to Parnassus on Monday and Group B will go on Wednesday. Group B have Science on the Monday and g to Soweto on the Tuesday. Group A have Science on the Friday and go to Soweto on the Thursday).
In the past we have visited a squatter camp/informal settlement. Matriculants are encouraged to bring second hand clothes, old toys/books or food items to give to those less fortunate than yourselves.Please use the buddy system and make sure your friends are on the bus when leaving a certain point. You will be visiting the following places and will return to school at about 2:30pm.
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
- Vista University (now UJ Soweto Campus)
- Bara Taxi rank
- The new Orlando Football Stadium
- The Mandela homes
- Follow the route of the 1976 student protesters
- The Hector Peterson Memorial
- The Oppenheimer Tower and Memorial Gardens
- Housing in Soweto
- Changes since 1994
- How the Apartheid laws changed the ‘built’ landscape in South Africa
- Freedom Square (Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication)
- The Orlando power station and cooling towers (with murals)
- Regina Mundi Church
- Lunch at Sakhumzi’s on the famous Vilakazi street
Your guide, Liz Block, worked in Soweto for twenty-five years - first at Soweto College of Education, training Geography teachers, and thereafter at the then- Vista University in the Department of Geographical Sciences. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding Soweto and her information is peppered with anecdotes from her experiences there.
Rugby Golf Day
Thank you to all the sponsors,parents, moms who supported us throughout the day, players for the golf day played at Germiston yesterday. This event was a huge success and enjoyed by all.
Cricket Quiz Evening
Assumption Convent - Fun Day
Soccer vs CBC Boksburg
- SBC 14A lost 2-3
- SBC 15A won 6-4
- SBC 16A won 6-2
- SBC 1st won 9-0
Sports Fixtures Ahead
- 27 July vs St Stithian’s (H)
- 14 September vs St David’s (A)
- 25 September vs Jeppe (H)
- 28 September vs St John’s (A)
- East Area trials U15 at Edenvale High 20 & 27 July and 3 August
- East Area trials U18 at St Benedict's College 20 & 27 July and 3 August
- 29-31 August: 1ST Team cricket camp at the College
- 4-6 September, Potch Cricket Squad camp at the College
- 7-9 September: Cricket tour to Potchefstroom Boys Heritage Festival
- 1-10 September: 1st Team cricket tour to Zimbabwe
- 21-23 September: U14A Cricket Festival at Trinity House
A reminder that the rowing camp will take place at Loch Vaal from 31 August until 7 September 2012. Parents must please confirm their son's attendance with Miss Anderson if they have not already done so.
Please note the following important points:-
- Pre-Season waterpolo training, for all age groups, will commence next week (week commencing 16 July 2012).
- Waterpolo Training Camp will be run during the August holidays, for all age groups.
- Our Waterpolo teams will be participating in various Tournaments in September.
- Eastern Gauteng Trials will be held in September.5) SA Schools Waterpolo Championships will be held in Port Elizabeth, from 10 – 14 December.
- Training Schedules have been handed out to waterpolo players this week.
- Fixtures for the 3rd Term are being finalised and will be handed out as soon as they are ready.
Due to exams, the next newsletter will be published at the end of the term
To God be the Glory
A C Oosthuysen