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Newsletter 2 June 2017

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This Week's Conversation

GROWING INDEPENDENT THINKERS - CHRISTA MELAIA

One of the most important skills that you can develop in a child is the ability to think independently. Independent thinking can be defined as the process of being able to think on your own, without someone else guiding you. You use your own values and beliefs when thinking independently. Young children rely on their parents to interpret the world for them, but as they grow older they form their own value systems which guide their thinking.

When children go to school they need to be able to problem solve and develop their own ideas. All children are capable of learning new skills and growing their knowledge base, but the ability to reason, and sort through information, comes with the skill of independent thinking.

Encourage your child to talk about his decisions or choices. Allow him to explain and assess the positives and negatives of a situation. Let your child experiment and allow him to explain the outcomes. Allow children to play with others and disagree. Don't intervene. When conflict arises it is the perfect learning opportunity. He will have a safe place to challenge another person’s values or ideas; to problem solve and defend his own choices.

Challenge your children to be more creative. Allow them to think differently or out the box. Give them the gift of boredom. When away from the distractions of our busy lives, possibly in the garden, boredom forces creativity and imaginative play. 
Children who are independent thinkers often have good levels of confidence and self belief. They tend to be persistent and self motivated. Are these not attributes we all want for our children?

“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” Ann Landers. 

Religion

REFLECTION - C SHAM

Take Courage

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He spoke to His disciples and told them that they must preach the Good News to all nations. When Jesus did that He was calling us too, to spread the Good News. We do that by living good Christian lives. Jesus Ascended 40 days after Easter, and returned to His Father in heaven.

On Ascension Day, Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go therefore and and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19.
As genuine Christians we should not shy away from being proud of our faith, and leave the transmission of our faith exclusively to specialists (teachers, priests- the religious, missionaries). We need to take courage and to spread the Word, through the way we live our lives, and treat others. 

As Christians we are encouraged to bring others closer to God, this can be done subtly through our actions; by loving and treating everyone with respect. Every sincere Christian  would like all people to enter into an intimate relationship with God. We can do this by leading/being the example, being the ‘light in the world’, and lighting the way for others. Our light comes from Jesus who is the light of the world. 

So, Take Courage! Spread the faith through your actions. Show your boys how to become a light in an often very dim world. Teach them about love and compassion, and remind them that it takes courage to stand up for what is right; especially when others around them are influencing them to do wrong. Most importantly, love. Though loving God, yourself and others all of this is possible. 

OUTREACH

Thank you for your generous contributions to our ever-growing pyramid of canned food. We will be distributing the food at the end of next week, so let's see if we can get our can collection to grow a little taller.

Academics

Shimi Kang states in her book "The Dolphin Way" that down time is vital for the well-being of our children. Our lives are very busy. Many children attend a variety of extra lessons and therapies in the afternoons. We need to be mindful of the fact that children also need to spend time relaxing and recharging on a daily basis. We should not overload our children with busy afternoons after they have spent a productive morning at school. Often this overloading can lead to anxiety and low levels of motivation.

At times some boys may need a little extra assistance on their learning journey. At the Junior Prep there are many support structures in place for boys who need extra assistance. This support all takes place as part of his school morning, allowing the afternoons to be used for sport, cultural activities and most importantly, down time. If you are in any way concerned about your son and his learning, talk to his class teacher so that if necessary, a  school based support plan can be put in place. 

Culture

A MEDLEY OF MUSIC - 14 JUNE 2017

The Music Department is excited to announce that we will be presenting our first whole school concert: "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

They boys have enjoyed participating in basic rugby skills and we now switch over to soccer skills. All afternoon sessions will remain the same. During the soccer season boys will receive letters for Saturday or Friday matches on the Monday prior to the game. Please ensure that these letters are always returned by the Wednesday. Boys who commit to play must attend the game, but if for some reason they is unable to, please always contact Coach Alan. His contact details are on the letters issued for games. Looking forward to a fun filled season.

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

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.

FINAL ORDERS FOR HOUSE T SHIRTS

We will be placing orders for the House-Coloured T shirts with our supplier next week so if you have not yet placed your order, please ensure this is done on Monday so that your son has his shirt for Sports Day. We will not be able to process late orders before Sports Day.

KARATE KIT COLLECTION

Our Goshukan Karate Club at Bennies is running an outreach project offering Karate classes to underprivileged children. We have supported this initiative by donating water bottles from our charity collection and appeal to you to donate any Karate suits, belts and gloves to support this project. These may be handed in at Reception.

HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA 2017, BOSTON USA

The Head of the Charles Rowing Regatta (Boston, Massachusetts) is the largest and one of the most prestigious rowing regattas on the International Rowing Calendar. This year the regatta takes place on 21 and 22 October and St Benedict's will be sending a squad of 18 oarsmen, along with two coaches and a tour manager, to the event. In order to try and help alleviate the impact of the cost of the tour on our parents, we will be holding a Parkers Comedy Evening at Monte Casino on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. We would like to invite all our Bennies friends and families (unfortunately no U18’s) to join us for an evening of laughter and fun. The line-up for the evening includes; Vittorio Leonardi, Hannes Brummer, Prins and Chris Forrest.

Tickets are limited but can be bought directly on the St Benedict’s Website home page by clicking on the “Events” tab. Each ticket bought will give you one free entry into a lucky draw.  A cash bar and food menu will be available, so we hope to see you all there!

Dates to Diarise

Monday 5 June No Robotics
Thursday  8 June  Wellness Evening (Venue TBA) 
Friday  9 June  Gr  2 Outing to Honeydew Mazes 
Saturday 10 June Gr 1 & 2 Soccer at Sacred Heart 
Wednesday 14 June  Medley of Music 
Thursday 15 June  Gr 1 Outing to the Planetarium 
Friday 16 June  YOUTH DAY - No School 
Sunday  18 June  Father's Day 
Wednesday  21 June  Gr 1 & 2 Soccer at St Dunstan's 
Thursday  22 June  Gr R Outing to Lori Park 
Friday 23 June  School Close Normal Time 
Saturday - Sunday 24 June - 2 July  MIDTERM 
Monday 3 July  School Starts 
Monday 3 July  Winter Sports Photos 

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

RYLIE MORRISON successfully completed level A2 of Kumon mathematics Programme
AIDAN CARTER Came 3rd in SA JKA Karate Competition. He received his South African Colours.
COLBY LUNDBERG achieved Kumon Advanced Student Honour Roll status in Kumon Mathematics Programme.
ASHER DOBROWSKY received a trophy for taking part in the F200 Go-Kart race. He came 17th our of 20 boys. 
MOHNISH CHUNILAL received two trophies for Maths and English for achieving above grade level.

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A  Bjon Gouws
Consistent effort in class.
  Slade van Wyngaardt Excellent speech on the invention of the cellphone.
1B  Tye-Joshua Daniel
Enthusiastic participation in Maths activities.
  Blake Ferreira An enthusiastic approach to learning.
1C Ngebo Tshabalala
Excellent effort in all his tasks.
  Cruz Erasmus Great improvement in his reading.
1D Kale Toole
Presenting an informative speech on who invented the first plane.
  Benjamin Deftereos Good effort in sentence writing.
2E Jian Lee
Always putting his best effort in all his tasks.
  Sean Nance-kivell Diligent and conscientious attitude towards his tasks.
2F  Cristiano Nortje
An excellent Cowboy story.
  Christopher Williams Beautiful 'ocean' sentences in English.
2G Bradley Anderson
For his imaginative story written about the Wild West.
  Mohnish Chunilal Determination and excellent work ethic in mathematics.
2H  Themba Vilakazi
Excellent rainbow sums.
  Brando Sun Excellent effort in his story sums.
3I Tinotenda Chasumba
Fantastic work with rounding off.
  Connor Sears Continuous good effort in all his work.
3J Jonathan Ridgard
Understanding the concept of rounding off.
  Mathew Callow Working conscientiously with all tasks.
3K Christian Ekwenze
Excellent rounding off in Maths.
  Luke Machin Good phonic work.
3L Daniel Unigwe
Neat careful and accurate work.
  Filippo Cinti Excellent effort in improving his reading.

MONITORS

3I
James MacDonald
  Aidan North
3J Calvin van Niekerk
  Alessio Sewraj
3K Jayden Date Line
  Reatlehile Musundwa
3L Lesego Mbilen
  Carter Nortje

30 STARS

1A Daniel Hann
3L Jarred Cheketri
3I Connor Sears
2E Hugo De Freitas
3I Dylan Kench 

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK



Grade R: Our visit to Holy Rosary School.

    Grade 1: Exploring the Solar System.



Grade 2: WANTED, WANTED, WANTED!!!
 Grade 3: Enjoying the rugby season.

Final Word from the Head

A big word of thanks from our staff who were made to feel very special last Wednesday on Teacher Appreciation Day.  The personal notes from the heart meant so much to us all.  "A teacher affects eternity: she can never tell where here influence stops". 

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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