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21 September 2018

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From the Head's Desk


School Conflict 

Last week a 24 year old teacher was stabbed to death by a pupil at a school in Zeerust. He was stabbed by a 17 year old Grade 10 pupil. The stabbing follows an incident on Wednesday at Eldorado Park Secondary School where a 15 year old Grade 8 pupil pulled a gun on a teacher. These two incidents have sent shock waves through the teaching profession of South Africa.

And the reason for stabbing the teacher? The pupil in question was reprimanded during the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) after he had jumped the queue on Wednesday. No surprise, in March this year the same pupil was given a warning for coming to school in possession of dagga. But these are not isolated incidents. School violence has been very prevalent in news headlines over recent weeks.

For the period January to April of 2018, the attacks on teachers varies and includes threats, insults, sexual abuse, criminal assault, and robbery. The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) on Sunday 16 September expressed serious concern over provincial statistics which reveal over 60 attacks on teachers in Gauteng during the first quarter of this year.

In South Africa, where crime and violence is a common feature, the high levels of violence in schools reflect a complicated combination of past history and recent stresses on individuals, schools, and broader communities. National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa, executive director, Basil Manuel said social media had simply elevated the incidents of violence into our living rooms. “Our children’s lives are peppered with violence, either in the homes or on the streets. As a nation, we have simply not dealt with our violent past and the impact of societal violence on our children.”

“Even if we installed state of the art security in our schools, we will not win the war against the scourge of school violence unless parents and communities come on board and take responsibility for instilling a sense of what is right and wrong in their children,” Mthandeni Dlungwana, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education said. The MEC further added that schools should not be the only place where children were taught morals and discipline as this should begin at home.

Not that this level of violence has come into St Benedict’s College. And thank goodness for that. But let’s not believe that we are immune to the woes of society and that this sort of “playground violence” will not make its way into our school. Heaven knows how dangerous complacency can be in this regard. And so what can we do as parents to ensure that our own children never fall victim to (perpetrating) this sort of violence.

When parents teach their kids to take responsibility for their decisions and actions, they help them develop into conscientious human beings and responsible citizens of the community. Without accountability, teenagers blame others, refuse to follow rules they find unfair, and find ways to justify their behavior regardless of the impact on others.

Here are some ways to instill accountability in your teenagers:

Demonstrate personal responsibility - Role modeling is the most effective tool parents have for teaching their teens anything.

Create a culture of accountability in your family - If you want an accountable teen, then each member of your family must be responsible for their own actions and behaviours.

Establish boundaries - You must provide your children clear and firm rules and expectations, so that they are aware of the consequences of their actions. Your teen must know that if they choose to break the rules, there will be a consequence for that choice.

Be involved in their life - Teens with involved parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as drugs, crime and sex.

Refrain from rescuing your teen - It is so painful for us, as parents, to watch our children go through difficult circumstances, and we typically want to jump in and fix things. This is one of the worst things you can do as a parent.

Allow natural consequences - You must let your teen be responsible for the good and bad decisions they have made.

Praise them when they demonstrate responsibility - Positive reinforcement of any actions your teen takes to show responsibility will encourage them to continue the behavior.

Anti- Bullying and Anti-Racism at St Benedict’s

As as school we commit to working towards the elimination of racism, discrimination, and prejudice in our corporate conduct and in the conduct of all members of the school community, but most particularly our staff and boys. We aspire to model just and fair practices amongst our staff and pupils and offer opportunities for training and education in anti-racism practices as well as increasing awareness of an appreciations for the racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity of ours school.

Similarly, we strive to work together as staff and pupils to act against bullying. We acknowledged  that bullying is unacceptable behaviour which cannot be tolerated. We work towards the fostering of a blame-free environment so that no-one is labelled as a bully or a victim.

We have created on our school App two platforms where parents, staff and pupils can report incidents of racism and bullying. These tools are put in place to ensure that staff work together to act against racism and bullying by; recognising the behaviour, preventative measures, dealing with complaints and empowering all members of our school community to be assertive and less vulnerable.

. promoting policies and practices that are free of discrimination 

. principles of equity for all races in the organizations policies and procedures;




The Mercy of God upon us

In the Gospel account of Matthew (25:35-40), Jesus teaches about the works of mercy and He calls us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison. These works of mercy are charitable actions by...read more


Thank you to our Parents, Staff and Boys that participated in Catholic Institute of Education's Leave Your Print Campaign.  St Benedict's raised a credible amount of R6789.40

College: R1335.40
Prep :R2134.00
Junior Prep : R3320.00



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

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for 2019 - Grade 7, 8 and 9 Parents 

A reminder to that next year the Grade 8, 9 and 10 boys will need to bring a device to school to be able to integrate technology into their lessons. St Benedict's has chosen to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) where boys may choose to bring any device (including a laptop) that can run Google products.  As a minimum, boys will need to be able to install the following Google Products on their device:
Annotation tool such as Kami or PDF to make notes
Attached are two letters that have been sent to parents on 6 June 2018 and 18 September 2018.

6 June                    18 September

A number of parents have indicated that they wish to purchase the Google Chromebook but are hesitant to purchase a product they have not interacted with physically. We will have a number of school-owned Google Chromebooks available for parents to "test drive" in the Senior Computer Laboratory on Thursday, 27 September 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00. Please email Mrs Kench at kenchd@stbenedicts.co.za to confirm your attendance. 


From the 24th to 28th August the isiZulu department travelled to KwaZulu Natal  with 10 boys and 2 staff members. It was the department's first tour at Bennies. It was an educational and fun tour. The boys learnt Zulu traditional lifestyle such as dance, music and the history of the Zulu people and South Africans in general. 




All grade 11 boys and parents are requested to meet on Thursday the 4th of October 2018 in the College Hall at 18:30. This informational meeting will guide the boys in their decision making into university as well as pave a way forward for grade 12 in 2019. Attendance is compulsory. Mr Sershin Naicker, who is the student Liaison Officer at Wits University, will be available for any questions that may need asking.



Wednesday, 26th September sees the final Athletics fixture and final soccer fixture for the season:
The Inter-Catholic Athletics Meeting starts at 09:00 at the Germiston Stadium;
Our "1st Team Soccer" will play Jeppe at 17:30 on the SBC 'A' field.
It promises to be a great atmosphere with the game ending under lights.

The match will be streamed live, and any College boys interested in learning about the 'filming process' are encouraged to meet at Cafe58 at 16:30, Wednesday 26/9.

All match-times/venues can be found on the SBC App. Download it today (password StBen317).

Please click here to view and download the SBC Sports Participation Policy for 2018/2019


We would like to congratulate the following boys for making the Ekurhuleni Team

Nathan Ukunda 
James Craig 
Liam Hayward
Pari Kleiman
David Aniemeke 

David Craig 
Oliver Cilengi 

We would also like to wish David Craig and Oliver Cilengi all the best this weekend as they attend u15 National Team selection camp this coming weekend.  


Heritage Cricket Festival, 2018. Potchefstroom

We traveled to Potch on Friday, 31 August. The weather was great, and boys were excited to play. The boys showed a lot of character and applied some aggression in their game vs KHS, with a superb opening batting partnership (94) from Benjamin Briede and Daniel McDonald; Di Gaspero and Knowles also with a stand-out partnership. With the ball the bowlers stuck to their guns and didn't give much room, restricting them to a modest 162 for 9. Pick of the bowlers was was Andrew Creamer with figures of 2 for 8 in 4. 

The Friday night saw all the teams having a braai hosted at Potch Boys High pavilion, where the boys had time to mingle with opposition and make new friends from the other schools. A good time was had by all.

Day 1
Played against KHS (40 OVERS)

Batted 1st and scored 282/9(40)
Liam Knowles 74
Daniel McDonald 58
Marco Di Gaspero 47

KHS scored 162/9(40)

Andrew Creamer 2/8(4)
Jayde Breen 1/14(3)
Uwais Saloojee 1/19(5)
Marco Di Gaspero 1/17(4)
Ross Morley Jepson 2/11(5)



We played a 50 over match; the pitch was not easy to play on as it was slow and not rolled properly; we managed to use the conditions to our advantage with the ball. We could have restricted our opposition to less runs than what they got after a great bowling spell by young Muhammed Mia (7/33) but ended up giving away 30 extra more runs on the field with lack of awareness towards the end of the their innings. With the bat it was only Jared Meerholz who looked like he wanted to spend time at the crease while everyone around him kept heading back to the hut. With no recognised partnerships we found ourselves 44 runs short.

Played against Goudveld (50 OVERS)

Goudveld 179/10 (36.5)

Muhammed Mia 7/33(8.5)
Jayde Breen 1/25(4)
Daniel McDonald 1/14(4)

Bennies 135/10 (34)

Jared Meerholz 48
Alessandro Di Stefano 2
Daniel McDonald 10
Benjamin Briede 5

Bennies lost by 44 runs


Day 3: Marais Viljoen in a T20 match; opposition won the toss and elected to bat 1st on a flat track. They scored runs comfortably but our bowlers did their best to restrict them to a total of 158/5 (20) with Andrew Creamer being the top bowler 2/31(4). With the bat the boys showed some guts and we ended up 32 runs short. Notable performances with the bat were from Daniel McDonald (53) and Marco Di Gaspero (25).

Marais Viljoen 158/5(20)

Andrew Creamer 2/31(4)

Bennies 126/7(20)

Daniel McDonald 53
Marco Di Gaspero 25

Bennies lost by 32 runs.

Overall it was a great experience for the boys especially our 4 grade 9 boys who travelled with and stood their ground against much older boys. While the senior boys which are grade 10's and two Grade 11's led the way and made a wonderful tour and great experience for the youngsters. Great behaviour overall by our boys with good manners and respect shown to the opponents, teachers and umpires and mostly respected each other as a team and the game of cricket, which they played in good spirit.

Thanks to Coach Dwayne Araujo who travelled with me and gave his time and energy to help develop the young boys for the future. 

Richard Kubeka - coach.



It was a privilege to have Proteas T20 Wicket Keeper Mangaliso Mosehle at Bennies this week. He worked with some of our Keepers and spoke to our 1st team about cricket and life around cricket. We greatly appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge with us.



Golf Championships

The first round of the St Benedict’s College school golf championship was held this weekend at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golf club.

There were twelve boys and seven staff who entered. Conditions were slightly challenging as a fairly strong wind was gusting from different directions and the greens had recently been sand dressed.

Despite these difficult conditions Ross Morley-Jepson shot a very credible 75 followed by Hirsch, Hirsch and Kyle all on 78. Other junior less experienced players found the course too tough and some heavy scores were submitted.

We look forward to the second round in two weeks time.


Golf Day


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


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


The Music Department is proud to present "A Celebration of Music" in the College Hall on Tuesday 2 October at 18:30.  The concert will showcase our soloists and some of our ensembles, and we look forward to welcoming you to this event.  There is no charge, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
An email with further details will be sent to the parents of boys in the ensembles that will be performing.
Should you have any queries, please contact Mrs 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.

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
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


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



It is with regret that we inform you that this event will no longer be taking place.



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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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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!
  • Head's Desk
    This week's message from the Deputy Headmaster - "School Conflict", Anti-Bullying and Anti-Racism at St Benedict's
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "The Mercy of God Upon Us", Leave Your Print
  • Academics
    Assessment Planners, B.Y.O.D, isiZulu Tour, Extra Lessons, Grade 11 Parents Evening
  • Sport
    From The Sports Desk, Basketball, Cricket, Golf, Cricket Coaching      
  • Culture
    Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons, Celebration of Music
  • General
    Lunch Packs, Bus Link, Dinner Invitation, BDirect, News submission form






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