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03 August 2018

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From the Head's Desk

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTY HEADMASTER

Benefits of Camp

The last week has been camp season at St Benedict’s. The Grade 12 boys were away on retreat, the Grade 11’s on Leadership Camp in the Magaliesberg and the Grade 10’s at Outward Bound in Parys. The Grade 8 and 9 boys attended school bound Space and PBL Camps. And so I found myself (whilst observing a group of boys abseiling off a cliff in the Parys area) asking myself what benefits there were to going on a school camp. 

Improved social skills are one of the bonuses of attending a camp. Boys need to interact with each other in different settings and different environments to help improve their social skills. Spending 8 hours a day at school is one thing but eating meals together, traveling together and sharing accommodation together teaches boys the worth of working together and to treat others with respect. They will learn this in spades during the course of the Outward Bound week.

One of the most important life lessons is the ability to interact with others well. In a family this can be taught to a degree but experience in big groups for extended periods of time is a great way to learn and practice these skills. He learns how to work with others, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance and develop decision-making skills, thereby nurturing independence and confidence.

A family normally has a set way to do things. Breaking out of that family environment for a short period of time teaches him about the diversity of others and gives him an insight into how to do some things differently. Someone once said that the main purpose of a parent is to equip our children to leave home. Who knows, having to fend for himself in a safe, organised environment for a couple of days may also give him a much better appreciation for his home and family.

It is always good to have new, positive experiences. School Camps offer this. It important for everyone to do new things and learn new skills – it’s all about growing up. New environment, new foods, new friends, new teachers, new activities etc, etc. The Grade 10 and 11 boys will most certainly get this. Obstacle course to rock climbing, rafting to a night time adventure race.

The kind of encouragement and attention he will receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening like camping outside alone) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something a try. The boys get a chance to explore areas and fields that are not available in normal school. This not only helps them to become enriched with new things but also helps them to gain self-confidence.


Lastly, camps are designed and structured in such a way that they promote fun and enjoyment which every boy needs after repeated days of (potentially excruciating?) learning at schools. We don’t expect the boys to learn throughout the year. Fun breaks in between help them rejuvenate and bring renewed energy to school which they have at the beginning of a new term.



INCREASE IN CAR JAMMING IN THE AREA

Schools are being targeted by opportunist criminals who use remotes to jam locking devices. While many of the schools have security structures in place, parents are asked to please be a little more vigilant when locking their cars at school.

Before walking away from your car, please ensure the doors are locked.

Religion

REFLECTION

Faith, Hope and Charity (Love)

Having being Mandela’s one hundredth birthday, I began to think of charitable works and the act of giving to others. I then heard the Gospel reading for the Sixteenth ...read more

Academics

ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT PLANNERS

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

Sports

FROM THE SPORTS DESK

We wish the 1st Soccer & u15A soccer teams well at the St David's Challenge Cup (fixtures on the App).
Congratulations to Massimo Di Benedetto on being awarded his u15 Eastern District Colours.
We wish our 1st XI cricketers and coaches well on their St George's (Zimbabwe) tour (27 Aug - 3 Sept).
Wishing our rowers well on their Aug Camp (26-31 Aug).
Special mention to Ryan Carolin, Bakang Sebitlaone and Mr Thato Mokoena, as they embark on their trip to the Czech Republic for the Junior World Rowing Championships. 
We encourage all Athletes to attend the 3-day clinic with Mrs Geraldine Pillay (29-31 Aug) - see Sports Calendar.
A reminder of the Aquatics training/clinic (see calendar).

The first week of Term 3 sees us return to Soccer, Tennis and Athletics fixtures (Inter High Athletics: Saturday, 15 September) - please see the Sports Calendar for details


SWIMMING TRIALS

Enter by clicking on the poster or via the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/CLrDC8IntKtfc8sk1

SWIMMING AND POLO TRAINING AUGUST HOLIDAYS

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 away. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 August 10:00 - 13:00 daily at the indoor pool.

Swimming / polo fitness with Coach David Upman and Pieters De Kock 10:00 - 11:30 Polo skill with various coaches 11:45 - 13:00

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

GO BENNIES!

GOLF DAY

DATES FOR JULY 2018

Access  the SBC App for the SBC Sports Calendar, or click here to view calender online

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 David Lincoln (Head of Sports) for any further information and assistance.

lincolnd@stbenedicts.co.za

Culture

PIPE BAND DINNER


EXTRA-COST INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The Music Department offers extra-cost individual instrumental tuition, with highly qualified staff, in the following instruments:  piano, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, bagpipes, violin, cello, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, drum kit and pipe band snare drum.  If the instrument that your son is interested in is not listed, please contact Mrs Chalmers (email below) to discuss lesson options. 

Lesson charges for 2018 are: 
R2000.00 per term for 10, 30-minute lessons
R3000.00 per term for 10, 45-minute lessons 
R4000.00 per term for 10, 60-minute lessons  

Should your son be interested in learning an instrument, please ​click​ ​on the following link:  https://www.stbenedicts.co.za/college/Culture/Music/ExtraCurricularMusicTuition/tabid/783/Default.aspx

Should you have any queries, please contact the Head of Music, Janet Chalmers on chalmersj@stbenedicts.co.za

General                       

UBUBELE 

Our first 2018 draw kicked off to a fabulous fillies finale with the three members crossing the finishing line as follows:

ATTENDANCE PRIZE OF R2,000:  MRS MARJ POVALL
SECOND PRIZE OF R5,000:           MRS LILIAN PILLAY
MAIN PRIZE OF R10,000:               MRS JANET CHALMERS

Congratulations and happy spending to you all!  We look forward to our next draw taking place next term on Thursday 11th October!  If you are interested in joining the Ububele initiative click here

LUNCH PACKS 


Tired of the long cues at the Tuck Shop? Well, why don't you order and pay for your pre-packed Lunch Packs on line. Then, at break time just collect your order from Café 58 (College) or the Prep (Prep school only) Tuck-Shop. Quick, no ques,no fuss.

Click here to view online order system

For more information please contact Kerry at Café 58: 011 450 1439 or eleyk@stbenedicts.co.za

Lunch box 1

Sandwich - 2 Fillings
Powerade
Fruit - Apple
Simba Chips

 Lunch box 2

W/W Roll - 2 fillings
Juice
Low Fat Yoghurt
Cheddars

Lunch box 3

Tramezzini or Wrap
Cheddars
Juice

Lunch box 4

Chicken or Pulled Pork in Pita
Grapes
Ice Tea

Lunch box 5

Chicken Drumsticks
Green Salad
Flavoured Water
Yoghurt

Lunch box 6

Tuna Pasta Salad
Oatmeal Cookies
Flavoured Water

Lunch box 7

Create your own :

Tramazzini/Wrap       max 2 fillings
Burger                       Max 1 topping
Frank Roll
Sandwich                 max 2 fillings
Whole Wheat Roll    max 2 fillings
Muffins
Yoghurt
Fruit
Chocolate
Sweets
Chips
Peanuts
Biltong
Buddy
Ice Tea
Flavoured Water
Juice
Cheddars
Chicken Drumsticks (2)
Green Salad
Crackers with Cheese Wedges
Tuna Pasta Salad
Pineapple Wedges
Oatmeal Cookies
Chicken or Pulled Pork in Pita

BENNIES DAY

Join us for a day of Family Fun!

11:00 -18:00 

Tickets available online under our events tab

HOLY ROSARY - ST BENEDICT’S BUS LINK

St Benedict’s has introduced a morning-only bus service which transports boys from Holy Rosary to St Benedict’s each weekday morning and allows parents to avoid the traffic congestion between the two schools. 

The service is able to accommodate a maximum of 22 boys and is offered at a cost of R800 per term. The service includes the supervision of a Junior Preparatory classroom assistant who will not only monitor the behaviour of the boys during transit but will also walk the Junior Preparatory boys across to their classrooms each morning. This duty is over-and-above the assistant’s normal duties and the costs thereof are included in the termly fee.

Boys are collected from the Holy Rosary parking lot that adjoins the Bishop Shanahan Hall at Shanahan Park. The bus departs from the parking lot at precisely 06:50.

Parents who wish to make use of the service, should download the application form and return it to Juanita van der Watt in the Finance Department. 

Click here to download application

 

WELLNESS

GALA DINNER

BDIRECT

 

Click here to read more about BDirect and it's discount for our Bennies parents!

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.

NEWS SUBMISSION ON OUR APP

You can now submit your news story to us using our mobile app!


TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

Dave Jeffrey

 



 

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Test Drive Experience

 

To each and every one who donated blood at yesterday's Drive - THANK YOU!!!  Our awesome blood reps managed to round up donors to constitute the sum total of 96 UNITS!!!

Hopefully next year's drives will meet our first prize target figure of 100-120 units in the pursuit of helping those in need!
To each and every one who donated blood at yesterday's Drive - THANK YOU!!!  Our awesome blood reps managed to round up donors to constitute the sum total of 96 UNITS!!!

Hopefully next year's drives will meet our first prize target figure of 100-120 units in the pursuit of helping those in need!
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Head's Desk
    This week's message from the Deputy Headmaster - "Benefits of camp"
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Faith, Hope and Charity (Love)"
  • Academics
    Assessment Planners
  • Sports
    Swimming and Waterpolo clinic, Cricket Coaching      
  • Culture
    Pipe Band Dinner, Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Lunch Packs, Ububele, Bennies day, Bus Link, Dinner Invitation, BDirect, News submission form
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