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21 July 2017

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From the Head's Desk



In sport, there are only two things that happen at the end of a game: you either WIN or you LEARN.

One of the hardest things in life is to reflect deliberately on your experiences. No two days on the sport field are the same. The external factors and uncontrollable variables change constantly. You can be top of the scoreboard one day and be rubbed out the next day. Just compare the last two cricket test matches between the Proteas and England. During the first test match the Proteas were refereed to as the “VROTEAS”; come the second test they became “World Beaters”. What changed?

A true test of the potential to be great is the resilience factor displayed. You are only truly tested when things are not going your way. When you are winning, everything smells like roses. The referee makes the best calls, the players make the correct decisions and the coach is the best thing that has ever happened to the team. However, if you lose, then the whole world is against you. 

The reality is that it is only you standing in the way of  your success. As a part of a team you can rely on your team mates to assist, motivate and strengthen you. As an individual, YOU have to bounce back; YOU have to choose your response to adversity.

I have often seen how a boy gives up when he achieves a ‘C’ on a test or is not selected for an ‘A’ side. This is sometimes fueled by parents and seven unidentified individuals who agree that the boy was hard done by. The worst part is that parents allow the boy to throw in the towel, instead of encouraging him to take up the challenge, owning up to the lesson and working harder. This cultivates resilience.

If it means so much to you to achieve a higher mark or make a better team, then what will walking away do for your chances? NOTHING! Any coach and teacher will agree that he or she will do whatever it takes for a boy who wants to work hard and be better and grow as a person. 

I believe that in today's times when sport competes with technology and academic pressure and society demands instant gratification, resilience is all important as it will be what defines an individual's success. We need individuals to fight for what they want. As a player, you should have enough self-respect to be resilient. Giving up should never be an option. 

As a parent, teach your son that when he commits to something, it should be a 100% commitment all the time, not only when things are going well. Encourage boys to play for self-growth and contribute to their school in a positive way. Teach them to keep fighting, contributing and growing no matter what. Teach them to bounce back when faced with disappointment. We, as coaches and parents, should be an example to the boys by not giving up ourselves.  




Living the Parables

Sunday’s Gospel is taken from Matthew 13. The parables used by Jesus in these scripture readings are simple lessons with significant meaning. The sower whose seed was contaminated by an enemy, the mustard seed that has the huge potential to grow into a tree and the yeast that leavens the dough, focus on the potential for good to prevail over evil. Goodness grows when encouraged and motivated by the right reasons. This week we experienced beautiful examples of how good deeds can enrich the life of the giver and the receiver in the outreach programme..read more



Click here to view the Mass schedule for this month.



All boys at St Benedict’s are encouraged and expected to be involved in some form of Community Service and Outreach initiative. The school makes every effort to develop and instill a value of serving others in each of our boy’s hearts.

As members of a Catholic community we have a responsibility to come to the aid of our neighbour. Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God... read more.



Dear Grade 9 Parents,

Please click on the below link to submit the Preliminary Subject Choices for your son by no later than the 29th September 2017.


Please note that the final subject choice deadline is 13 October 2017.


The Grade 9 IT workshop will take place on the first weekend of the third term on Friday, 8 September and Saturday, 9 September. If you have already registered for the camp, you do not need to do so again. Alternatively, please use the link bit.ly/G9ITCamp to register.

Click here to view the letter.



The monthly planners are now being uploaded. click here to view.



The St Benedict's first team soccer travelled to Durban High School for a soccer festival which was very interesting and the first ever tour for our first team soccer. We played 6 games in total competing with four teams from Durban and the two from Johannesburg. It was a great experience for the boys and  coaches that went on tour in order to prepare for our fixtures back  home and for the two upcoming tournaments at St Davids and St Peters. The final stats are:

1. Game 1 vs Westville 0-0
2. Game 2 vs DHS  won 3-1
3. Game 3 vs Northwood 0-0
4. Game 4 vs St Dunstans won 2-1
5. Game 5 vs Maritzburg College won 7-0
6. Game 6 vs Waterstone 2-2

Our boys played 6 games:
Scored 14 goals
Conceded 4 goals
Won 3 and drew 3

Goal Scorers:
Alessandro Volo- 3
Cameron Kaindl- 3
Michele Betone- 2
Manqoba Mngomezulu- 2
Kingsley Osei-Fofie- 1 
Nkurube Mateme- 1
Reabetswe Masedi- 1

Awards of the festival:
Best Team 
Best Defenders- Michele Betone and Daniel Ouma
Best Midd- field- Reabetswe Masedi
Best Goalkeepers- Dean Dagostino and Jacob Groenewald
Hatrick-Alessandro Volo
Coaches of the festival- Mr Pietro Volo and Mr Richard Kubeka.

We won the festival by being the only team not to lose a game.


August holidays Swimming and Polo training clinic open to all Preparatory, College swimmers and polo players. 

All are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Compulsory for all team swimmers and polo players unless you are away. 

7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 August 10:00 - 13:00 daily at the indoor pool.

Swimming / polo fitness with Coach Andrei 10:00 - 11:30 Polo skill with various coaches 11:45 - 13:00

Please direct any questions or confirmations of attendance to David Upman:  upmand@stbenedicts.co.za


Winter Cricket Skills Training Camp

The cricket section in the College have started their out-of-season training programme and are practising as follows

On Tuesdays, the Seniors train from  15:15 - 17:00
On Thursdays, the Juniors train from 15:15 - 17:00

There will be one afternoon of training each week for both of the above groups until the end of the second term in August.

If any boy would like a more hands on approach on an individual one on one basis, then you are encouraged to sign up for individual Private Coaching. Details are below.

Please can you register your name with Mr Craig Norris (MIC Cricket in the College): norrisc@stbenedicts.co.za

Private Cricket Coaching

Parents can also sign their son up for individual private cricket coaching by completing the on-line application form.

The on-line form can be found by going onto the College home page; and then click onto the PAYMENTS tab, which will automatically bring up the application booking form.

Please feel free to contact Mr Craig Norris (MIC Cricket) for any further information and assistance.

norrisc@stbenedicts.co.za or Cell Number:  084- 584 1545.


Congratulations to Nicolas Alves for obtaining a Bronze medal for Kata in the KSA opens.


Congratulations to Alessandro Volo and Michele Bertone who have been selected to represent the Easterns District Team.


Cogratulations to Ayanda Tomile and Jordan Mbuyamba with their selection for the U/18 Golden Lions Academy Side.

Congratulations to Jordan being awarded man of The Match Against the Free State. Jordan also scored two tries in the game to seal the win for the Lions team.

Well done to Coach Lynch coach of the Lions u19 Welpies side who were unbeaten at their Provincial Week.  The boys are playing outstanding rugby.



Well done to Anthony Evans and the Pipe Band team for putting together a fantastic Gathering. A special thanks to all the staff who came out in support. It was fantastic to see so many new faces at the gathering. Our boys performed extremely well. The results are as follows:

Novice Juvenile Band

2nd in March Set
2nd in MSR
2nd overall
2nd in Drum Corps

Juvenile Band

1st in Medley
1st in MSR
1st overall
1st in Drum Corps

In the regional category our Juvenile Band was placed second behind Jeppe while our Drum Corps was placed first. Good luck to the Pipe Band at SA Champs on the 29th of July at Benoni High School.


The music department offers private instrumental tuition in piano, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, bagpipes, violin, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, drum kit and Pipeband snare drum.

The termly cost of these lessons is:

  • R1850.00 per term for 10 x 30 minute lessons              
    R2775.00 per term for 10 x 45 minute lessons            
    R3700.00 per term for 10 x 60 minute lessons

Should your son be interested in learning one of these instruments please contact Mrs Jenny Stoltz (stoltzj@stbenedicts.co.za) for further information.




In order to plan adequately for 2018, I would like to draw to your attention that should your son not be returning to St Benedict's College and/or boarding house in 2018, a term’s notice is required. This notice needs to be in writing and addressed to the College Headmaster and emailed to the College Secretary, carrozzoc@stbenedicts.co.za

Should the College not receive a letter of intent before 4 August 2017, parents will be liable for a term's fees.


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Our Main rugby sponsor Landrover is running an incredible charity drive, "Hope Crosses Any Terrain". They collect goods for redistribution to impoverished communities to assist during the cold winter months. click here to view details.


The Preparatory school has for many years run a very successful fundraising project collecting textiles for recycling. The College Sports Department has decided to use this fundraising initiative to raise funds for ongoing projects. The initiative gives you an opportunity to clear out your wardrobes and raise funds at the same time.  There are also chances to win prizes for the most kilograms handed in.
This is how it works:
1. Each boy in the College will receive a white bag that can be filled with the following:
Second hand clothing
Shoes, belts and handbags
Linen, towels and curtains
Soft toys

Remember NO books or hard toys, sharp or broken items.  Also no uniform items with school badges on them.
2. Each bag has a unique number, which is registered against your son’s name.
3. Once the bag is full, look for the i-Collect bin which is located in the gym parking lot.
Drop the bag in the bin.
4. Additional bags are available from Michelle Kleer from the Preparatory School reception. 
The more bags you fill the better your chance of winning.
5. The first lucky draw will take place on Friday, 4 August 2017.
Cash prizes:
1st Prize: R700.00
2nd Prize: R500.00
3rd Prize: R250.00

If you cannot find anything to fill a bag, please return it to Mrs Kleer or Mrs Dubrovo 


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.


Dave Jeffrey

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  • Head's Desk
    This week's message from the Deputy Headmaster - "Resilience"
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Living the Parables". Mass schedule, Community hours, ALPHA Course
  • Academics
    Subject choice, Grade 9 IT Workshop, Assessment Planners. 
  • Sports
    Soccer Tour, Swimming and Polo Clinic, Cricket coaching, Congratulations      
  • Culture
    Pipeband, Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Matinee, Not Returning in 2018, SBC APP, Bennies Bash, HCAT Drive, i-Collect, News submission form






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