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18 October 2018

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From the Head's Desk

MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER

Lessons learnt from nature

Whether we look at the animal kingdom or the natural environment itself, there are many life lessons that can be learnt from nature. Animals in the wild understand that there is a pecking order and that survival depends on what is learnt from the other animals. Failure to adhere to these life lessons could have detrimental effects on the longevity of that specific animal. It is for this reason that many animals live in large groups. No matter their size or where they feature on the food chain: security in numbers is crucial to survival. 

In the elephant kingdom, for example, the herd is led by an older female called the matriarch. Herds can consists of up to 100 elephants who are directed and cared for by the senior. However, there comes a time when one of the junior elephants needs to ‘step up’ and take over from the matriarch. When the time is right, the matriarch passes on her knowledge to the younger elephant about where to find food and water. This way she ensures that the new leader can take good care of the herd.

Having said farewell to the matrics last week, I feel like that group leader who has handed over these young men to a higher order or calling. Around 97% of our matrics will go onto tertiary education, where they will learn new skills which will contribute to the betterment of the economy in the years to come. Our wonderful complement of staff have given the boys the necessary tools in order to cope with the academic rigours of university. We have had a wonderful matric group this year and we hope that they all achieve fantastic results in their finals. Good luck men.

Now that the old guard are preparing for their final examinations of secondary education, the new leaders and grade 11 cohort need to take up their positions as the ‘matriarchs’ of the school. These young men need to work together in raising the bar and look to set new heights for the college to reach. Each individual has a role to play in steering St Benedict’s College forward as a leading school in Gauteng. Determination, commitment and perseverance are important skills that each individual needs to harness in order for us to overcome the obstacles in our way and to improve the road that the alumni have paved before us. We have the utmost confidence in the new leaders, and in the class of 2019 and we wish them everything of the best as our new role models for the college. Below is a quote by Soledad O’Brien that aptly sums up this challenge:

“I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?”


2019 LEADERSHIP BODY

Congratulations to the leadership body of 2019. We are certain they will be an asset to the school and rise to the challenge of leadership.

Ryan Carolin
Byron Date Line
Tiaan de Klerk (Head of O'Leary)
Cameron Fletcher (Head of Religion)
Sinovuyo Halana
Jack Herbert
Brandon Janse Van Vuuren (Head of Allard)
John-Paul Kibuuka
Daniel Kilian (Head of Erasme )
Bradley Leipsig
Julio Martins
Charlton Monakali (Head of Boarding and Head of Mazenod)
Rosario Moz
Chileshe Mukuka
Keegan O’Reilly (Headboy)
Joshua Oliveira
Lorenzo Smargiasso
Andrew Smith
Byron van Rooyen

2019 OUTWARD BOUND

If your son is going to be in grade 10 in 2019 please download the following letter regarding the Outward Bound experience and complete the reply slip by clicking here.

Download pdf here

Religion

REFLECTION

Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy

This year we have been focusing on the beatitudes at school and in particular at the moment “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy”.  
 
I would like to look at God's unconditional mercy towards us, His children.  We receive this mercy through His love and healing.  Christ “is mercy in person: encountering Christ means...read more

Academics

TEXTBOOK & STATIONERY LISTS FOR 2019

Click here to view the 2019 textbook & stationery lists

NOVEMBER EXAM SCHEDULE

The November timetable has been published and shared with the boys. Please follow the link below to view the timetable.

Click here to view the schedule

ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT PLANNERS

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:
Gmail
Drive 
Chrome 
Calendar
Docs
Sheets 
Slides
Classroom
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. 

EXTRA LESSONS

Sport

SWIMMING 

click here or mail upmand@stbenedicts.co.za to register

DATES FOR OCTOBER 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

DRAMA


ART EXHIBITION

The exhibition will open at 18:00 on 24 October at the Cricket Centre. Entry is free and all are welcome. A variety of artworks from Grade 9- 12 learners will be on display. We encourage you all to participate in two Bennies Community Art Projects happening on the night, at R10 per entry, with the opportunity to go into a draw for some great prizes. We will also be voting for the Best Artwork in each Grade, so please come and support your favourite artist! Refreshments will be on sale.

A reminder to Grade 8 and 9 learners that attendance is compulsory.


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

QUIZMAS

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

HOLY ROSARY - ST BENEDICT’S BUS LINK

 

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 Headmaster - "Lessons learnt from nature", 2019 Leadership body, 2019 Outward Bound
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy", 
  • Academics
    Exam Schedule, Assessment Planners, B.Y.O.D, Extra Lessons
  • Sport
    Swimming, Cricket Coaching      
  • Culture
    Drama, Art Exhibition, Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Quizmas, Lunch Packs, Bus Link, BDirect, News submission form
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