Dear Parents, Staff and Boys
I trust that you enjoyed half term and that this short break provided an opportunity to rest and re-energise for the remainder of the first term. We also enter the second week of Lent.
LENT: A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO FASTING
Lenten fasts have a tendency to be orientated towards things like giving up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus' healing touch this Lent. Below are some suggestions you may want to consider.
* Fast from anger and hatred. Give your family an extra does of love each day.
* Fast from judging others. Before making judgments recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.
* Fast from discouragement. Hold on to Jesus' promise that he has a perfect plan for your life (Jer.29:11).
* Fast from complaining. When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little
moments of joy Jesus has given you.
* Fast from resentment or bitterness. Work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.
* Fast from spending too much money. Try and reduce your spending by ten percent and give these savings to the poor.
THE WEEK AHEAD
||Prep Schools rugby festival
||Prep Schools rugby festival
Little Eden fete
||Grade 6 retreat
High school information evening for Grade 7 parents and boys
||Grade 4 Mass
Inter-house swimming gala
||Inter-house athletics at Germiston stadium
LITTLE EDEN FETE
This takes place tomorrow at Little Eden. A sincere thank you for the many donations of cakes and money. Your support is greatly appreciated and please do support the fete if you are able.
VINTAGE CLOTHING COLLECTION.
Thank you for the overwhelming response we have received to this fundraising initiative. So far 114 bags have been collected, weighing 1020kgs. If you haven't yet sent in your bag please do so as soon as possible. The final day for collection will be the 20th March.
PREP SCHOOL RUGBY FESTIVAL
St Benedict’s will be hosting the 6th Prep Schools’ rugby festival today and tomorrow. This event was launched by a magnificent introductory dinner last night. What a tremendous privilege it was for the boys to meet and hear from rugby legends such as John Mitchell, Victor Matfield, Butch James, Francois Hougaard and Alwyn Hollenbach.
This festival, totalling 24 teams, attracts under 13 teams from schools in North West Province, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Western Cape and, of course, a number of local schools as well as two of the Golden Lions development teams. It is the biggest of its kind in South Africa and we invite all parents to attend and join in the excitement of the rugby, the food stalls, the children’s play area and the beer tent. Entrance is free.
I believe that we are in for a fantastic week end of rugby. For their vision and commitment to this task, the months of hard work, planning and preparation, I wish to extend a most sincere word of thanks to Mr Badenhorst, the Prep School sports staff and the parents’ committee. In addition we wish to acknowledge and thank our main sponsors, namely, KIA motors, Insurance Zone and ADDvance for their support. Without the support of the sponsors, this event would simply not be possible.
Best wishes to all players and especially the two teams from St Benedict’s that will be participating!
Please see the school website for more details www.stbenedicts.co.za
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENING FOR GRADE 7 PARENTS AND BOYS
A reminder of the information evening on Monday, 5 March at 18:00 in the College Hall. This evening, which will be presented by the high school staff, is for Grade 7 boys as well as their parents. Please make every effort to attend.
INTER HOUSE GALA
The Grade 3 to 7 boys will attend and participate in the inter-house swimming gala to be held on 7 March in the indoor pool at St Benedict’s. The gala will commence at 10:30 and will be completed by the end of the normal school day. Please note the following:·
* Normal lessons and arrangements will be in place up to first break.
* As the gala will stretch over second break, an additional snack and juice are advisable.
Please pack these in a disposable container.
* Parents and supporters are most welcome.
* Please see sports newsletter for full details.
INTER HOUSE ATHLETICS
The Grade 3 to 7 boys will be attending and participating in the inter house athletics on Thursday, 8 March at Germiston stadium. Please note the following:· Parents are kindly requested to transport boys to and from
Germiston stadium on this day.
* Boys must please be at the stadium by no later than 7h15. We expect the programme to be concluded by 13h00.
* After care boys will be transported by school bus back to St Benedict’s at the conclusion of the programme.
* Boys should be dressed in the usual sports uniform.
* Please ensure that your son is wearing a hat and sun cream.
* Please provide a packed lunch with additional water and juice on this day.
* Parents are most welcome to attend and support this event.
* Further details are available in the sports newsletter.
CAR SECURITY STICKERS
Each family will be issued with two 24/7 security stickers today. Please stick these on the inside of your car’s windscreen (preferably on the left hand side). Displaying these stickers will prevent you from having to ‘sign in’ when entering the school grounds on the Harcus Road campus.
The St Benedict’s Open Day takes place on 17 March, from 09:00 to 12:00. Each boy received a yellow advert today. Please display this on the inside of your rear window. During the course of the next two weeks, we’ll be out in the roadway and awarding a sweet to the driver and occupants of cars that display the advert. Please assist us by advertising this event.
To the following boys who have been elected as the next set of class monitors : Jia Gao, Massimo Morassutti, Pedro Nogueira, Keagan Poppesqou, Gianfranco Catinella, Tiago Azevedo, Shaylin Simadari, Matthew Punnett, Alexander Francis, Roberto Coelho, Rho Luppnow, Dylan Thompson, Aidan Richards, Antonio Criscuolo, Simon Da Costa, Alessio Grimaldi, Dante Mitri.
To ANDREW SMITH (5K) who swam in the CGA Level 2 Swimming Championships and won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal and to KEAGAN WOOD (5W) who won 1 bronze medal. Well done !
LOST AND FOUND
Pari Kleitman has lost his Kookabura cricket bag containing his bat, pads and helmet. Daniel Da Costa has lost a bag containing casual clothes (orange shorts, printed grey T-shirt and an Adidas Cap).
Please hand these items in to Mrs Stoltz if you find them.
MERITS OF THE WEEK
||For his excellent behaviour and friendly and loving nature.
||JASON LE ROUX
||For always trying so hard.
||For outstanding work ethic in all subjects.
||For a stunning English Cycle test result.
||TIAAN DE KLERK
||For catching up his work after the tennis tour, a true Bennies boy.
||For a great start to Grade 5. Very impressed.
||For diligent work and for being an enthusiastic pupil. A pleasure to teach.
||SIMON VAN GAALEN
||For working extremely hard and diligent in the Maths class. Keep it up.
||For working so hard and for his excellent manners and good behaviour.
||For his warm, loving manner. You are a pleasure to teach.
||For a good effort in his Afrikaans speech.
||For his lovely manners, his gentle nature and being a pleasure to teach.
||For working so hard and being a true Bennies boy.
||For his excellent achievements in his cycle tests this term.
||For excellent work in Maths and Science
||DANIEL DA COSTA
||For an outstanding History cycle test result.
Best wishes for the week ahead