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Newsletter 19 May 2017

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FOUNDERS DAY - LORRAINE PEEL

Today, all staff and boys as well as parents and alumni came together to celebrate Founder’s Day. As we enjoyed the events of the day we learnt more about St Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the missionary order that started our school in 1958.

Eugene de Mazenod was born in France on the 1 August 1782 and became a priest in 1811. He was always eager to find new ways to reach out to the youth. He wanted to bring them to the love and practice of their faith. He realised that priests in the parish could do so much more to reawaken people’s dedication to their faith. So Father de Mazenod began a new religious order of priests called the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Their purpose was to go to the people who had never heard about Jesus and spread his word. In 1837, Father de Mazenod became the Bishop of Marseilles, in France. He was known for his loyalty and love for the church and was also a gifted organiser and educator. The great work of Bishop de Mazenod started, and continues today through the Oblate Missionaries around the world. The Church declared him a saint on the 3rd of December 1995. St Eugene de Mazenod passed away at the age of 79 but left his Oblates with a final testament, “Among yourselves - charity, charity, charity: in the world-zeal for souls.”

Religion

REFLECTION - HILARY ESTERHUIZEN

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic Education. It starts the week before Catholic Schools Sunday 21 May and ends the following Friday. Schools have the option as to which week they prefer. St Benedict’s chose the latter option, so as to be able to include our Mass and celebrations for our founder Eugene de Mazenod.

The theme for this year is: “Walking forward together.” It is taken from the book of the Prophet Micah, “Do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)

One of the major objectives of CSW is to raise public awareness of the strengths of Catholic Schools and to highlight the significant contribution that Catholic Education makes to our communities and nation. CSW is an opportunity to share with the broader community the great things that take place in our schools every day. This week is designed to be a lively celebration for all - students, staff, families, priests and parishioners.

OUR JUNIOR PREP ARRANGEMENTS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK:

FOUNDER’S DAY
FRIDAY 19 MAY
Today was a joyous occasion as we celebrated the School’s 59th birthday with Mass, inter-house soccer games, fun activities and treats for the boys. We also enjoyed having our Alumni sharing the celebration and reconnecting with their school.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SUNDAY
SUNDAY 21 MAY
To acknowledge the value of our Catholic Schools, boys are encouraged to wear their winter uniform to church. Our First Holy Communicants will be presented at St Terese’s Church and receive a special blessing.
SPIRITUAL WALK
MONDAY 22 MAY
Boys will be taken on a walk to develop an appreciation of the religious symbols of our school and pride for all that our school stands for.
CAN COLLECTION
TUESDAY 23 MAY
Boys are encouraged to contribute to the pyramid of canned food in our foyer. This collection will form part of our Outreach Project and the food will be donated to a worthy cause. Boys may start bringing cans from the start of the week.
TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
WEDNESDAY 24 MAY
On this day we honour our staff and express appreciation for their dedication, hard work and caring. We encourage you to sit together with your son and write a personal note to your son’s teacher/s.
HATS OFF TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
THURSDAY 25 MAY
Boys may wear any hat to school.
CSW ASSEMBLY
FRIDAY 26 MAY
Our assembly will include singing our theme song “ Step by Step, Walking Forward Together”, celebrating all that makes us a proudly Catholic School and a treat for the boys.

A PRAYERFUL WALK TO SCHOENSTATT SHRINE

As part of our Catholic Schools' Week celebrations, St Benedict's has organised a prayerful walk to Schoenstatt Shrine on Wednesday, 24 May. We will walk to the shrine whilst praying the Rosary. When we reach the shrine we will spend some time in silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr Thabo will then address the pilgrims before we return to school continuing to pray the Rosary. The whole process should take about an hour.

We have invited our sister schools to come along and would love the St Benedict's boys, staff and parents to join us in this prayerful Pilgrimage. We will be leaving from the wayside cross in front of the College admin block at 14:30.

Academics

FIDGET SPINNERS - CHRISTA MELAIA

Boys are often kinesthetic learners, they need to have the freedom to move and often change position in order for them to remain focused on the task at hand. We acknowledge that some boys, especially those with sensory integration difficulties, do need something to fidget with. Items that are recommended for fidgeting for focus could be a pipe cleaner or even a piece of Prestik. These items are of low interest and do not distract from the task requiring completion. We have noticed that many of our boys are bringing fidget spinners to school. These are problematic as boys focus all their attention on it, they are over stimulating. It is also often very distracting for the his peers sitting close by. We do not recommend fidget spinners in the classroom and these should be regarded as a toy and kept for playing with after school. Please visit this website /link for an interesting article about the fidget spinners.

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Culture

LET THE CHILDREN SING

On Tuesday 16 May. the Junior Prep Choir attended the Let the Children Sing choir festival hosted by St John's. This festival is a highlight of our choir year. The boys love attending the festival and listening to all the choirs.  The boys sang wonderfully, singing My Brother and Being a Spider with excitement and energy. 

They loved participating in the massed choir item and particularly loved the end when all the parents and teachers joined in with the Click Song. The boys had a lovely time and we look forward to our next event later this term.



 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The Music Department is excited to announce that we will be presenting our first whole school concert on 14 June 2017: "A Medley of Music - A Concert featuring our Bands and Choirs".  Please diarise this date now - further information will follow soon. 

Sport

GRADE 1 & 2 - CHRISTA MELAIA

The focus of our afternoon sessions has remained Rugby. The boys will continue with rugby practice until the second week of June when we will switch to soccer. The boys did however enjoy their Inter house soccer games today.

GRADE 3 SPORT

Please refer to the Sports Newsletter which appears on our Junior Prep main page website under the under the heading 'Latest News'

General

NEW BENNIES HOUSE T SHIRTS

Final date to place your order for the house-coloured T-shirt is Wednesday 31 May. This is an official uniform item with the Bennies badge and will be worn at Sports Day and other inter-house events. The same shirt is worn in the Prep School and the purpose is to build house-spirit from an early age.

Dates to Diarise

Friday 19 - 27 May Catholic Schools Week
Sunday 21 May Catholic Schools Sunday
Tuesday 23 May  Canned food collection 
Wednesday 24 May Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday 25 May Ascension Thursday Mass
  25 May Hats of to Catholic Schools 
Tuesday 30 May Grade R visit to HRS

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A  Declan Smith Enthusiastic approach to learning.
  Matthew Stanier Excellent word-building skills.
1B  Grathon Peterson Excellent effort in reading.
  Alex Lagapoulos Outstanding number work.
1C Liam Atcheson A positive approach and working steadily with enthusiasm.
  Aidan Carter Working conscientiously with all tasks.
1D Didi Tloubatla Improvement in listening to all instructions.
  Thomas Scrooby Diligent work doing subtractions.
2E Rafael Dos Santos A super bubble map about Cowboys.
  Jasper Pang Working so well in all his tasks.
2F  Michael van Esch Always trying his best in everything he does.
  Kavin Kassie Being a diligent Bennies Boy.
2G Andrew Hickman Persevering in his spray and rainbow sums.
  Xander Singh Enthusiasm for learning and science.
2H  Aidan Sheratt Excellent and accurate spray sums.
  Carter Thurlow Excellent doubling spray sums.
3I Jaiqi Zhao Outstanding participation in Zulu.
  Marcio Alves Nunes Outstanding work with addition and subtraction.
3J Alessandro Villanella Attempting to read a new Afrikaans story "Wie steel die koek" with enthusiasm.
  Zhi-Han Xiang Solving all addition and subtraction calculations accurately.
3K Mathew Gebremichael Entertaining Superhero holiday news.
  Tiago Bartolo Positive Attitude
3L Asher Debrowsky  Excellent effort in all his work this term.
  Christopher Sparke Quick and accurate calculation skills.

MONITORS

3I
Mbilo Dumiso
  Jordan Smith
3J Ryan Atrache
  Angelo Santana
3K Dylan Bosnjak
  Hayden Fish
3L Mitchell Dries
  Jayden Sham

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK



Grade R: Slipper and pyjamas day was such fun.

    Grade 1: Learning about subtractions in groups.



Grade 2: Reading our first Afrikaans reader "Ek is Neels"
 Grade 3: Exploring healthy eating with the food pyramid.

Final Word from the Head

Thank you to parents and alumni who shared in our celebrations today. The boys enjoyed their soccer games and other fun inter-house activities, and we congratulate the winning soccer teams: Grade 1: Mazenod, Grade 2: O'Leary, Grade 3: Mazenod, and Allard  won the Grade R basketball shootout. Wishing you a good week ahead and we thank you in advance for supporting the various Catholic Schools Week initiatives.

Twitter handle: @BenniesJP  and visit our Facebook page   

MARION MACKINNON

 

Dante Volo

Dante Volo

Dates to Diarise

Wednesday 3 May Term 2 Commences
Friday 5 May  1st Friday Mass 

5 May  Reach For A Dream Speaker at assembly
Sunday 7 May Alumni Homecoming Mass 08:30 College Chapel (See details on event poster)
Monday 8 May  Extra Murals Start
Tuesday 9 May  Parent Wellness Evening - Bullying Talk (See details on event poster)
Thursday 11 May Mothers' Day Mass (See details on event poster)
Friday  12 May  Slippers Day - remember to purchase your wrist band
Tuesday 16 May  'Let The Children Sing' Choir Festival
Friday 19 May  Founders Day Mass 
  19 May  School close at 12:00 - No Supervision due to staff function
Friday  19 - 27 May Catholic Schools Week
Sunday  21 May  Catholic Schools Sunday 
Wednesday 24 May Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday  25 May  Ascension Thursday Mass 
Tuesday  30 May  Grade R visit to HRS 

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Dates to Diarise

Wednesday 3 May Term 2 Commences
Friday 5 May  1st Friday Mass 

5 May  Reach For A Dream Speaker at assembly
Sunday 7 May Alumni Homecoming Mass 08:30 College Chapel (See details on event poster)
Monday 8 May  Extra Murals Start
Tuesday 9 May  Parent Wellness Evening - Bullying Talk (See details on event poster)
Thursday 11 May Mothers' Day Mass (See details on event poster)
Friday  12 May  Slippers Day - remember to purchase your wrist band
Tuesday 16 May  'Let The Children Sing' Choir Festival
Friday 19 May  Founders Day Mass 
  19 May  School close at 12:00 - No Supervision due to staff function
Friday  19 - 27 May Catholic Schools Week
Sunday  21 May  Catholic Schools Sunday 
Wednesday 24 May Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday  25 May  Ascension Thursday Mass 
Tuesday  30 May  Grade R visit to HRS 

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

 
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