St Benedict's, like other Boys' Schools, stresses the importance of participation in school sport and the various cultural activities. This is regarded as educationally important in that team-work can accomplish what no amount of individual talent or dedication can. It is our interaction with others that develops many of the Christian values - such as a concern for other people – that we as a school hold dear.
We believe that without the lessons taught by school sport and cultural activities, our boys would be receiving a poorer education. We stand therefore for a broad and balanced education - and have moved increasingly to complementing top academic facilities and academic endeavour with top sporting and cultural facilities and excellent coaching.
Participation in a School Sport or Drama or the Pipe Band or First Aid is compulsory at the College because we believe that these activities form an integral part of a boys’ education. Not only is participation important in its own right, promoting physical and mental health, but also because it underscores the values for which all good schools stand: honesty, loyalty, team-work and consideration for others. School activities take preference over any outside sport participation.
The compulsory primary summer sports are:
Aquatics (Swimming and Water polo)
The compulsory primary winter sports are:
Tennis (First Team, consisting of 7 tennis players, are exempt from participation in Rugby and Hockey)
Boys may also opt to be part of the College Pipe Band during summer and winter months.
On condition that a boy participates in one of the sports indicated above, he may, in addition, opt to participate in a range of secondary activities: Athletics, Chess, Cross-Country, Golf, Air Pistol Shooting, Soccer and Squash.