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07 September 2018

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From the Head's Desk


Hard work reaps its rewards

Welcome back. Following our four-week holiday, I am sure that you, the parents, are pleased to see your sons heading back to school. However, I am not too sure that these same sentiments are expressed by your boys. No matter how long a holiday is, it often feels as if it was just ‘not long enough’. Be that as it may, it is what it is and we now have to play the cards that we have been dealt.

The third term is an exciting term for many reasons. Firstly; following a fairly lengthy winter, we are all keen to shed our winter clothing for some lighter yet more comfortable apparel. Spring tends to bring with it new beginnings and there is no better place to look than in nature where the trees and all our vegetation starts to blossom. The pollution that generally sits over the city during winter lifts during the summer months and blows away. Just like a heavy weight sitting on our shoulders, our troubles also seem to ease somewhat with the onset of summer.

Secondly; the matrics only have 25 more school days left. While these may be nervous times for some, for the majority of our boys it is an opportunity to hone their skills, sharpen their brains and make use of the abundance of knowledge that our fantastic staff possess. This time of year should be used to complete some past papers and have them checked by their teachers. This skill is a vital one if our boys want to raise their marks from anything between 5 and 15 percentage in the final exams. Good luck boys. Your journey at St Benedict’s has now reached a T-junction in the road, your decision is either to turn left and head off to higher education, or turn right and enter into the private sector where you will start contributing to the growth of our economy. Either way, I have full confidence in your abilities and I have no doubt that you will be successful no matter which path you choose to follow.

Thirdly; with the matrics being exempt from playing sport from the end of September, this opens new doors of opportunities for boys willing to make the first team in their chosen summer sport. The one thing that these new hopefuls need to understand and that is: reputation is one thing but it is the hard work that you put into the training that pays dividends. Too often I see boys make a first team and then take his foot off the pedal because he now feels entitled. Making a first team is just a starting point and you need to work even harder to maintain your place in the team. In fact, the boys should be looking for higher honours since making a first team opens doors for provincial selection and thereafter possibly a National call-up. Dream big boys.

On behalf of my management team and staff, we wish all our boys an extremely successful third term and always remember that life is all about the 90% perspiration that you put into everything you does, the remaining 10% is your natural ability. So I say to you boys: roll up your sleeves, pull up your socks and let’s give of our best at all times. Bennies going places!

New staff member

It gives us great pleasure in welcoming Mr Zwelinkosi Ntombela to St Benedict's College. Mr Ntombela has replaced Mrs Angelova in the science department and we look forward to the contributions that he will make to this department over the course of the next few years



The Cross

In April 2014, Pope Francis recalled in a homily that ‘The Cross is the mystery of the love of God who humbles himself. There is no Christianity without the Cross. There is no way for us to abandon sin unaided. Christ humbles himself to save us.The heart of God’s salvation is his Son, who took upon himself our sins, our pride, our self-reliance, our vanity, our desire to be like God ...read more





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Sport-staff have put in a great deal of effort at various 'August Camps':
Athletics, Aquatics (swimming & water polo), Basketball, Cricket, Rowing - well done to all the boys who attended the vac-sessions and tours. We look forward to the season ahead.
All results can be viewed on the SBC App. There should be no excuse for boys/parents not being aware of fixtures, practice schedules, Integrated Day times, or results. This continues to be the chief communication tool regarding life at SBC.

Congrats to the following Water Polo players on their C/Gauteng Squad selection:
U18: K. O’Reilly and A. Kok
U16: A. Braun 
U15: C. Meerholtz and N. Correia 
U14: J Cubitt and A. Wehmeyer

Athletics: we are urging all boys to support the College Athletics team this Saturday (St David's), and at the Inter High on 15th September in Pretoria. Boys are to be at St David's no later than 07:30, dressed in SBC Athletics kit.

We welcome Doug Smit to our cricket-coaching staff. Details on the website regarding private coaching will soon be updated.

The tennis 'Information Evening' takes place in the College Box Theatre at 18:30 on Monday, 10 September. All are welcome.


Simon Van Gaalen represented South Africa at the World muzzle loader championships in Austria during August.
He participated in three events and achieved the following.
3rd place in Pistol 25m
4th place in Free rifle  100m
5th place in Free rifle 50m
Congratulations on a fantastic performance.


St George’s T20 competition. 

Our preparation started in May this year with early morning training sessions and strenuous gym workouts. Our trip started with a warm-up game against St Albans College the morning before our flight to Zimbabwe. This proved to be a comfortable win for us, with Luke Holland blasting a magnificent hundred. 

St Benedict’s College 1st XI VS St Albans College 1st XI
St Albans 148-3(20) 
St Benedict’s 151-2(17.3)
L Holland 103* 
St Benedict’s won by 8 wickets

We departed that evening, Tuesday 28 August, and after a short flight we were in Harare. 
Four months of hard work work in the winter paid off, the boys looked sharp and ready for action. We arrived late that evening, sorted the boys in their dorms and got some rest before another two warm-up games. 
On Wednesday we played against St John’s (Zimbabwe) and Hellenic (Zimbabwe). The boys proved again how talented they were - beating both of our opposition convincingly. 

St Benedict’s 1st XI vs St Johns 1st XI (Harare) 
St John’s 146-7
M Oosthuizen 3-8(2) 
St Benedict’s 150-4(18.2) 
W Saxby 50* 
T de Klerk 53*
St Benedict’s won by 6 wickets

St Benedict’s vs Hellenic Academy (Harare) 
St Benedict’s 186-2
R O’Donoghue 53*
D Day 42
Hellenic Academy 111-9
M Oosthuizen 3-20(4)
J Langman 2-7(2) 
St Benedict’s won by 75 runs

On Thursday we planned to have a rest day and head out to a shopping centre and watch a movie. The boys needed a day away from the cricket field and it was exactly that, a rest day.
St George’s has always hosted a magnificent festival, well organized with competitive cricket. We knew we had to be at our best if we were going to compete against the other teams. 

Day 1 of the competition proved to be another magic day for the faithful XI. We beat our opponents convincingly, and managed to get a bonus point along the way. 

St Benedict’s College 1st XI VS Gateway College 1st XI
Gateway 60-9(20) 
J Langman 3-3(2) 
St Benedict’s 64-0(5.4) 
T de Klerk 38*
W Saxby 18* 
St Benedict’s won by 10 wickets

St Benedict’s college 1st XI vs Peterhouse College 1st XI 
Peterhouse 148-9
K Saxby 2-28(4) 
St Benedict’s 149-6(17.2)
L Holland 32
St Benedict’s won by 4 wickets

Day 2 of the competition we knew would be challenging. We knew  that we needed to stay hydrated and get good nutrition. Last year we had lost focus because of bad nutrition and insufficient hydration in scorching temperatures. 
We played against the hosts St George’s in the morning and won convincingly again. The last game of the day brought us up against St Johns (Harare) again. We were told before the game we wouldn’t finish and the second half would have to be played in the morning. We decided that if we batted first we would be in a commanding position. Tiaan de Klerk won the toss and we batted, setting St Johns 181. 
They went in to bat and ended on 62-1(8). Game on!  We knew that we would have to bowl well in the morning to win the game. 

St Benedict’s college 1st XI vs St George’s College 1st XI 
St Benedict’s 185-7(20)
K Saxby 67*
L Holland 33
St George’s 106 all out
L Holland 3-18(4) 
T Kyle 3-14(4) 
St Benedict’s won by 79 runs

Day three - we woke up to what looked to be the warmest day of the 5 days in Zimbabwe. The boys put up a fantastic bowling display, specifically Wayde Saxby and we bowled St Johns  Harare out for 147 and claimed a much needed bowling point. It was spoken about in our team chat - and the boys did it. This was our competition to win! 

St Benedict’s college 1st XI VS St Johns College 1st XI (Zim) 
St Benedict’s 189-8
T de Klerk 47(18) 
K Saxby 44*(27) 
St John’s 147-10(20) 
W Saxby 4-18(4) 
St Benedict’s won by 42 runs (bonus point)

We had won the last game before the final teams were decided. St Johns (JHB) on 10 points, St Andrews (GHT) on 10 points and us 7 points with one more game to play. A win would afford us 4 points and we would be guaranteed a spot in the final. Another magic performance from the boys and our dream had come true. Captain fantastic Tiaan De Klerk blasted his way to 49 and got out in the 5th over to kick start us. Wayde chipped in with runs again, and two crucial wickets. We claimed a final spot in the St George’s T20 competition against our JHB friends St Johns who managed to get through by net run rate ahead of St Andrews (GHT) by 0,000009%. Wow! 

St Benedict’s college 1st XI VS Falcon college 1st XI (T20) 
St Benedict’s 181-6(20) 
W Saxby 52
T de Klerk 49
Falcon college 163-4(20) 
W Saxby 2-31(4) 
St Benedict’s won by 18 runs 

The atmosphere at the Finals was electric. There was a packed house on a perfect day for cricket. We batted first and scored 172 in our twenty overs. Chris Bosman-Jansen, Wayde Saxby and Kyle Saxby produced key bating performances. We were concerned however that we were a few runs short.  After the start we had we should have got close to 200. But we had runs on the board and were confident we could defend it. 
St Johns got off to a good start, but lost two wickets at the start which made us always feel like the game was in the balance. Esterhuizen who had blasted a hundred on the Saturday for St Johns was in and we knew we had to bowl him out, or he could easily knock off the runs. Fast forward St Johns 5 down, 153 on the board needing 29 runs off 12 balls. We were quite confident. Esterhuizen changed gears and smashed 19 off the second last over of the game. Step up, Kyle Saxby to bowl the last. 
One - dot - one - one - one, 5 to win off the last ball, Esterhuizen on strike. One down the ground - we were champions at St George’s! Emotions abounded, many were very pleased for us - we did it. What an achievement, the highest one of my 11 years of coaching. 

I would like to thank Mr Robey for his time and his energy. The value he adds to the camp is priceless. I would like to thank our parents for their ongoing support of my vision and drive with their boys. Our appreciation is extended to Pick n Pay who sponsored kit and who hosted a braai on the Friday for us while we were in Zim. And lastly, I wish to thank the boys who were unbelievably phenomenal during the week and the past 4 months. Thank you for trusting our process and playing the way you did. Remember pressure is the privilege of champions. 

St Benedict’s College 1st XI VS St Johns College 1st XI (T20) 
St Benedict’s College 172-7
K Saxby 38(29)
W Saxby 38(35) 
St. John’s college 168-6
K Saxby 2-21(4) 
St Benedict’s college wins by 4 runs


Thato Mokoena has been selected as the men’s single sculler coach for the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in October this year.

This is an amazing achievement, and St Benedict’s is exceptionally proud of you.

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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.





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



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.

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

Lunch box 1

Sandwich - 2 Fillings
Fruit - Apple
Simba Chips

 Lunch box 2

W/W Roll - 2 fillings
Low Fat Yoghurt

Lunch box 3

Tramezzini or Wrap

Lunch box 4

Chicken or Pulled Pork in Pita
Ice Tea

Lunch box 5

Chicken Drumsticks
Green Salad
Flavoured Water

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
Ice Tea
Flavoured Water
Chicken Drumsticks (2)
Green Salad
Crackers with Cheese Wedges
Tuna Pasta Salad
Pineapple Wedges
Oatmeal Cookies
Chicken or Pulled Pork in Pita


Join us for a day of Family Fun!

11:00 -18:00 

Tickets available online under our events tab or at the gate on the day!


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






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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.


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


Dave Jeffrey



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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!
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