Junior Preparatory |
‘It is six o’clock in the morning and you find yourself on the pool deck for your morning warm-up. You think to yourself, “why am I even here? Why did I wake up so early?” But then you realise that you cannot imagine your life without swimming - the hard training sessions, the dedicated coaches, the walk behind the blocks for your first race, the mini heart attack that you get when you hear the first whistle, your parents cheering you on, and that final moment when you look up at the board and see your new best time. This is the moment when you realise that all your hard work, all your intense training, and all those early mornings, were worth it.’
Swimming at St Benedict’s is about hard work, dedication, and passion, but most of all it is about enjoying your time in the water. Here at St Benedict’s we understand the importance of swimming in a child’s life, from water safety to the love of being in the water.
During Integrated day we focused on providing the boys with the best coaching to improve their fitness and conditioning, their stroke technique, and their overall well-being. We motivate the boys and encourage them to enjoy the sport.
In the first term our swimming season kicks off with our Inter house gala, followed by a variety of swimming galas throughout the year. We train hard at early morning and afternoon practices in order to prepare for the Inter Primary, Inter Catholic and Prestige galas.
I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated and inspirational swimming team and look forward to another successful and enjoyable season ahead.
Yours in Swimming
Mrs N. Piotis
Grade 5,6 and 7
Grade 3 and 4
All A team swimmers
All B/C team swimmers
Early morning training is compulsory for all team swimmers.
The training session will be offered to Grade 3 – 7 boys and will start on Monday 23rd January 2017
Boys must please bring their full school uniform to all morning training sessions. The boys will be giving sufficient time to change and get ready for their school day.
The arrangement for the grade 3 swimming boys, will be for their parents to drop them off at the indoor pool at 06:00. The boys will be walked across to the Junior Preparatory School directly after training by their coach.
Grade 3 to Grade 7
Afternoon training is compulsory for all team swimmers.
The arrangement for the grade 3 swimming boys, will be for their parents to pick them up at the indoor pool straight after the training session at 16:00 on Thursday. The boys will be walked by their coach from the Junior Preparatory School to the indoor pool after their extra school activities at 15:00 on Tuesday.
Blue and Red St Benedict’s PT kit - Blue and Red St Benedict’s PT shirt, Blue and Red PT shorts, short white socks and trainers.
The PT kit must also be worn by all swimmers when they arrive at the respective weekly school swimming galas. No other dress code will pertain to these training sessions and activities.
New St Benedict's swimming costume, swimming cap and goggles
St Benedict’s Preparatory School swimming has earned a respectable reputation over the last number of years. We are very proud of all our swimmers who obtained second place in our main Prestige gala in November 2016. Swimming is one of our main sporting codes during the summer seasons of term 1 and term 3. The swimming season runs from the preceding term 3 year to term 1 of the following year.
Our committed and enthusiastic swimming boys will be guided to train hard to ensure that their level of fitness is of high standard during the summer season.
St Benedict’s Preparatory School will be entering an A and B/C team into the respective traditional School swimming gala leagues which will be held on Friday afternoons.
It will be compulsory for all St Benedict’s boys from Grade 4 – 7 to participate in all four swimming strokes during the School swimming trials. If a boy is sick, injured or cannot participate due to any medical reason whatsoever, a proper letter signed by the parent and explaining the child’s condition must be emailed or handed in as a hard copy to Mrs. Piotis the day before the swimming trials. It will be compulsory for Grade 3 boys to participate in at least 3 swimming strokes during the School swimming trials.
It will be compulsory for all A and B/C team swimming boys to attend all early morning and afternoon swimming training sessions to be eligible for the St Benedict’s swimming team selection. Register will be taken at each and every morning and afternoon swimming training session. Club swimming training sessions will not count as a School training session, but we do however encourage boys to attend additional and private swimming training, especially if you are participating in the A swimming team.
It will be compulsory for all boys from Grade 5 – 7 who are interested in playing Water polo to attend the Monday early morning swimming practice. The boys that are selected for the swimming team also need to commit to the Preparatory School swimming programme which includes attendance of all scheduled swimming galas.
All St Benedict’s boys who have not been selected for any of the swimming teams are welcome and encouraged to attend the Tuesday afternoon training sessions in which they will be able to record better swimming times and improve their strokes.
Our prestigious St Benedict’s inter – house gala will be taking place in term 3 after the first part of the swimming season. There will be a junior gala (Grade3-Grade 5) and a senior (Grade 6 – Grade 7) inter – house gala. All swimmers and some volunteers will be invited to swim the gala.
Swimming Team Selection
All the swimming teams are selected on merit. The boys who obtain the fastest swimming times per stroke will qualify to represent the School swimming teams (A, B & C) at the Independent School galas on Friday afternoons.
A boy who only qualifies to participate in one swimming stroke/relay race for his team at a respective swimming gala whether relay, Inter Schools or Individual gala will still be expected to commit, contribute and participate for his respective School team.
The swimming Ladder list will be updated weekly and posted on the Sports notice boards outside the sports office and the Junior Preparatory School.
Official Swimming times will only be recorded by the Preparatory Sports staff and the swimming organiser at the weekly scheduled swimming galas as well as the early morning and integrated day swimming sessions if needed.
The early morning and afternoon swimming training sessions will be utilised by the swimming coaches to focus on correcting the boys’ swimming techniques and improving their fitness levels as well as recording the updated swimming times.
Private Swimming Coaching Opportunities
The Preparatory School boys will be incorporated into the outside private swimming training programme offered by David Upman. Please note that receiving private swimming training is in no way required for consideration into any of the school swimming teams. Swimming coaching and training will still be available to all Preparatory school boys and will be offered as part of the weekly sports programme by the Preparatory School sports Staff. The details of the school’s swimming programme appears in the sports brochure. Should you wish to join the private swimming coaching offered by Mr Upman at St Benedict’s, please contact him directly on upmandD@stbenedicts.co.za