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Newsletter 15 June 2017

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This Week's Conversation

LESSONS FROM A COMRADES RUNNER

Over 17 000 runners participated in this year’s Comrades Ultra Marathon, and each one has his own story; his reason to run and his unique definition of success. These runners know that the gold medals are for the elite athletes and very likely out of their reach, but they still run.  Why?

It’s all about how we interpret ‘success’. If we view success as achieving the ultimate goal, which is probably unreachable, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Success is about achieving goals, but let’s keep them realistic. Each year, the Comrades Marathon celebrates thousands of personal success stories; running for the first time; just completing the race; improving a previous time; honouring someone or proving something.  

Whatever the reason for running we know it takes hours and hours of training and perseverance. We hear of runners who are tempted to give up when the going gets tough, especially when training on a cold Winter's morning; and many do give up. Those who keep going are said to have what is referred to as ‘grit’ and this does not only apply to runners.   In Angela Duckworth’s book, ‘Grit’, she shows that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent or luck, but a blend of passion and perseverance. The good news is that ‘grit’ can develop and grow since it is not dependent on inherent qualities; rather it is believing that putting in extra effort and time leads to higher achievement. This growth mind-set motivates us to take on challenges and persevere to achieve success. It has been found that the common characteristic in successful people, including children, is perseverance, but it needs an igniter, and that is passion. This is why ordinary people achieve extra-ordinary things.

This week we invited Mr Ronals Shibiri to address the boys and talk about his personal Comrades Marathon story following his successful ‘up run’ this year, earning a silver medal for his time of 7:01:39 in the 50-59 age category. He has continued to improve his time and inspired the boys with his message of ‘working hard and not giving up’. Mr Shibiri is based at the Junior Prep as one of our 24/7 security guards and we encourage you to acknowledge his achievement with a thumbs-up when you drive past. We will be presenting him with a Marathon Runners’ sports watch at our next assembly.

We can inspire our boys to achieve success through setting achievable goals and developing an attitude of perseverance. The secret is to praise hard work and effort and remind boys that their abilities are malleable. It not necessarily the boys who are naturally smart or sporty who ultimately achieve great things, but the ones with true grit.

Religion

REFLECTION - GRANT HANOUCH

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

On Sunday, 18 June we celebrate the implementation of the Eucharist and are reminded that our Lord is truly, physically present in every tabernacle in the world. Our Lord Himself passed this teaching onto His Apostles and it has always been a challenging yet fundamental teaching of the Church. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the role that the Eucharist plays in our own lives.

The Venerable Fulton Sheen shared a story about a young Chinese girl and her love for Our Lord.  The Chinese government were persecuting Christians during the Boxer Rebellion. They sent soldiers to destroy Catholic Churches. A little girl was praying in the back of one of these Churches when the soldiers came. They desecrated the church and arrested the priest. Finally, they broke into the tabernacle and threw the Eucharist all over the floor. There were 32 hosts.The priest was placed under house arrest in the rectory. That night, he watched as the little girl slipped past the soldier outside the rectory and sneaked into the Church. She knelt before one of the hosts on the floor, and made a holy hour. Then she bent down and consumed the Eucharist by licking Him off the floor.She did this every night for 32 nights. On the 32nd night, after she had consumed the final host, she accidentally made a small noise. It was enough to wake up the rectory guard. The priest watched from his bedroom, where he was being held prisoner, as the guard martyred the little girl by beating her to death with the butt of his rifle.We don't know her name. We don't know anything about her, other than that we should all pray to be more like her. She understood who she was adoring in those 32 holy hours and made sure she was properly prepared. She felt honoured to be able to lick our Lord off the floor to be able to receive Him. The Venerable Fulton Sheen spent a Holy Hour in front of our Lord every day after hearing this story.
 
Let us ask our Blessed Mother to pray for us to develop a love for Our Lord in the Eucharist so that He may come into our hearts and ignite them with His love so that we are able to love others with His heart. 

THE AMAZING GOOD YOU CAN DO WITH A BREAD TAG AND BOTTLE TOPS.

Did you know the bread tags or bottle tops you throw away every day could help someone in need? 15kg of bread tags or 150kg of bottle tops could be enough to donate one wheelchair to a disabled child. Here at Bennies we have joined the Tops and Tags initiative where plastic bottle tops such as those from milk bottles and cool drinks and bread tags are recycled in exchange for wheelchairs.

Generous donations maximize our impact and allow us help our charities that we have joined up with to receive customised wheelchairs. Our goal is to donate one wheelchair by the end of the term. Thank you for partnering with us in this initiative, we have already collected over 20kg of bottle tops in just over a week. Well done boys! Please see the donation box in the foyer for the collection point of Tops and Tags. 

Academics

MID YEAR REPORT 22 JUNE

Your son’s  Mid year report will be emailed to you on 22 June 2017. Please take the time to go through this report with him and praise him for his achievements. We ask that if you have not received your son’s report by Thursday evening, that you contact us early on Friday morning as school will be closed for the mid term break from 13:10 on Friday 23 June. 

Culture

NEA EISTEDDFOD (MUSIC)

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) Eisteddfod provides boys, who are learning instruments, with the opportunity to perform in a non-threatening environment, with feedback being provided by well-qualified adjudicators.  It is not a competition and performers are awarded a certificate reflecting their achievement:  Diploma; Gold; Silver or Bronze.  The cost per entry is R175.00. We will be hosting a week of the Eisteddfod (for Music), the provisional dates of which are Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 September.  If you would like your son to take part in the Music Eisteddfod, please reply by clicking the link below.

 https://goo.gl/forms/miuIlJDMZynvUqBI3  

 If you have already replied to the email that was sent to parents of boys learning at St Benedict's, there is no need to reply again. Should you have any queries, please contact me on chalmersj@stbenedicts.co.za

Sport

GRADE 1 & 2 - CHRISTA MELAIA

On Wednesday 21 June some of our Grade 1 and 2 soccer boys will be participating in the St Dunstan’s Winter Sport Festival. We wish them luck for a fun filled day. Please note that boys are chosen on a rotational basis for games. We will be planning more fixtures so that all boys are given the opportunity to play in a game.

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

TEAM PHOTOS 3 JULY

Winter Sport team photographs will be taken on Monday 3 July (straight after the mid term break) Please ensure that your son is at school so that he can be in his team photograph. Boys in Grade 1 and 2 to wear full track suit with white trainers, and Grade 3 boys will need to pack the correct kit for their relevant sport. Individual photographs will be taken of boys who were absent on photo day earlier in the year.

Dates to Diarise

Friday 16 June  YOUTH DAY - No School 
Sunday  18 June  Fathers' 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 
Friday 7 July  1st Friday Mass 08:30 

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

LUCA MION received a silver medal from the BKI South African Nations Championship for Kumite and also qualified to receive his BKI style National colours.

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A  Colby Lundberg Working hard on his spelling skills.
  Luke Knight Excellent bubble map on Bonds 7.
1B  Favour Ikegwuonu Good effort in sentence writing.
  Tiago Marques Fantastic effort in all his work this term.
1C Mario Rodrigues Beautiful and well-presented work.
  Samuel Philipson Consistent good effort with his tasks this week.
1D Kyle Selawe Great effort in reading.
  Ivan Schrittwiese Diligent approach to all tasks.
2E Michael Dos Santos Well prepared and entertaining speech about "Michael the Outlaw". 
  Luke Ebersey Beautifully presented artwork.
2F  Krish Vaswani Being a true example of a hard working Bennies Boy.
  Oratile Moloantoa Being a diligent and hard working boy.
2G Ethan Garcia Excellent effort in his Afrikaans Klanke activity.
  Connor Whitaker Enthusiasm for reading challenging books.
2H  Milan Franca Great improvement in time activities.
  Santiago Hill Excellent use of punctuation.
3I Leo de Villiers A creative story on "If I were an Insect" for a day".
  Jordan Smith Outstanding work in Multiplication.
3J Calvin van Niekerk Understanding the concept of vertical multiplication.
  Connor Dewart Reading with enthusiasm and enjoyment.
3K Luca Mion Goeie Afrikaans sinne
  Logan Blundell-Gibson Excellent multiplication.
3L Mitchell Dries Presenting an excellent Afrikaans poem.
  Gianluca Ferretti Accurate work in Addition with carrying.

MONITORS

3I
Jacob Brews
  Marcio Alves Nunes
3J Jonathan Ridgard
  Botang Mokoala
3K Antonio Velho
  Tiago Bartolo
3L Aditya Singh
  Emmanuel Zongololo

30 STARS

3L Andrew Nixon 3L Liam Hoy 
3I Owen Davis 1D Daniel Mai
3I Leo de Villiers
3L Emmanuel Zongololo
2E Davide Boscia 3L Davide Boscia
3L Samuel Walsh 2H Rocco Rodrigues 
1A Cristiano Thomaz 1A Zhi Ming Zhu

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK



Grade R: Exploring the sense of sight....using binoculars 
 to find "Wild animals in the garden".

    Grade 1:Reading with their book buddies.



Grade 2: We had an adventurous, fun time at the
Honeydew Mazes.
 Grade 3: Learning how to use a balance scale.

Final Word from the Head

All boys need a male role model who champions them and makes them feel awesome.  This week especially we celebrate those special people who take on that calling to make children feel valued, knowing someone is crazy about them; whether it be a dad or a father figure we salute you and share this video from the heart of our boys. Happy Fathers’ Day.  Click here to view a lovely fathers day video from our boys 

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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