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2 November 2018

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From the Head's Desk


Golf and Life

For years I was a very active road runner and squash player. In fact I used to turn my nose up at people who said they were golfers. “The game is too slow for me” or “I don’t have time to spend 6 hours on the course” were things I often said to people who told me they played. Then a couple of years ago middle age and my sports injuries started to catch up to me. The gym had some appeal but not much after a few months. And so my clever wife suggested that I try golf. Imagine my luck. My wife actually advocating that I play golf! Don’t be jealous the golf husbands. And so off I went and bought a set of clubs, joined a club and began to play (badly). But oh what fun. And boy oh boy has it taught me a few truths about the game, many of which can be applied to life.

Golf reminds you of your mortality. Like life, a round of golf begins in easy optimism, progresses through a lengthy middle period in which hope and despair are mingled, deteriorates into regret, confusion, and resignation, and comes abruptly to an end. Teeing off on the tenth hole, I usually find myself feeling pretty much the way I did when I turned thirty-five: Hey, what happened to the first nine? Then: Oh, well, maybe I’ll birdie in. Being reminded of one’s mortality is good for one’s game. If you knew you were going to live forever, how hard do you think you would work on your putting?

Golf keeps you interested in being alive. Harry Vardon once wrote, “I have sometimes heard good golfers sigh regretfully, after holing out on the eighteenth green, that in the best of circumstances as to health and duration of life they cannot hope for more than another twenty, or thirty, or forty years of golf, and they are then very inclined to be a little bitter about the good years of their youth that they ‘wasted’ at some other less fascinating sport.” You don’t hear people talking like that about their jobs, except, perhaps, inversely.

Golf is a literate game. Reading about golf provides plentiful opportunities for genial self-deception. The flaws in your swing recede as you imagine the clashes of titans. As always, your enjoyment is heightened by the certainty that, if you had come to the final nine with a lead that big, you wouldn’t have let victory slip through your fingers, unlike Palmer or Spieth. Then a remark of Hogan’s reminds you of a grip change your pro recommended last year—a grip change that felt peculiar the one time you tried it but that might be your ticket (you now see clearly) to the Senior Tour. Then a description of the sixteenth at Cypress Point transports you to the part of your mind where your children are grown, your spouse is merciful, and you have all the money in the world.

Many of golf’s best moments occur off the course. There are the cool drinks on the patio when your round is over. There is the midnight inspiration that sends you tiptoeing into the backyard in your pajamas with a pitching wedge and a sleeve of balls. There are the equipment catalogs that make you feel like a kid with an inside track to Santa Claus. And there is the pile of golf books and magazines that teeters next to your chair, ready to return you to your favorite frame of mind whenever it’s too cold, too dark, or too wet to play.

Golf is a game of good and bad luck. It is played on purpose under circumstances that ensure superior skills alone will not always determine the victor. A ball sliced out of bounds may hit a tree and ricochet back to the middle of the fairway. A perfectly struck drive may land on a sprinkler head and carom out of bounds. In an attractively thought-provoking way, golf is frequently unfair. The player who drains a 60-foot putt to close out a match knows that his victorious stroke was the sum of a thousand offsetting errors and accidents that could easily have added up in a different way. Perhaps as a result, golfers tend to be more gracious in defeat and less pompous in victory than other athletes. (I’ve heard this, anyway.)

Golf is continually challenging. I used to play frequently with a low-handicap player and long-time student of the game named. During one round, he was having trouble with his driver, and on the second tee he said to me in exasperation, “I can’t remember how I take the club back.” Every golfer knows that situation. One day, your swing is there; the next day (or hole), it’s not. No matter how good your game may seem at any particular moment, there’s always some part in need of tinkering, and you always know that the parts which now seem sound may suddenly disintegrate. This prospect of arbitrary, undeserved disaster causes strange behavior. Nick Faldo doesn’t trim his fingernails once a tournament has begun. Tom Watson carries an odd number of coins.

Golf confers no necessary advantage on extreme youth. The average age of recent major tournament winners is thirty, a time of life by which professional football players are viewed either as has-beens or as medical anomalies. It’s not unusual for pros in their forties to compete successfully with players half their age. When Raymond Floyd turned fifty, in 1992, he seemed capable of dominating both the regular and the senior professional tours. Phil Mickelson didn’t win his first major until he was thirty-three. Youth means less in golf than it does in other sports because golf is as much a mental game as a physical one. It rewards experience, poise, and strategic resourcefulness, just as life does, and it isn’t dominated by adolescent thugs.

If you walk and play fairly quickly, golf provides real exercise—not aerobic exercise, usually, but a mildly elevated level of metabolic activity. Golf doesn’t ruin your knees the way running and tennis do, and the time you spend playing golf is time you can’t also spend sitting in front of the TV eating coffee ice cream. Mark Twain famously dismissed golf as “a good walk spoiled,” but it’s actually a walk improved, since golf, unlike mere walking, gives you something challenging to think about, as well as something interesting to do with your hands. Golf is a walk with a purpose.

Golf provides an organizing principle for travel. Mere idle globe-trotting doesn’t appeal to me; I like a trip to have a purpose. For that reason, I enjoy traveling with children. Having kids along forces you to do things you really enjoy (buying ice cream, visiting a dungeon museum, taste-testing foreign candy) and to skip things you really don’t (going to plays, touring the wine country, looking at statues). When children are not available, golf can serve a similar function. Rather than tramping aimlessly around Scotland, tramp around Scotland checking off names on your life list of  famous courses.

Still, what is finally fascinating and appealing about golf is not its similarity to life but its differences from it. Unlike life, golf has rules, internationally recognized governing bodies, and a clearly defined purpose. When people say that golf is like life -- or, in extreme cases, that golf is life -- what they really mean is that they wish life were more golflike than it actually is. Golf is life simplified and improved. In the end, the game is really just a game. Its tragedies are ephemeral, its victories are artificial, and the pro overcharges for balls.

Hmmm. Like life after all.


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Eternal Life… 

As Catholics, November is the month we remember all our dearly departed. 
We a start the month by celebrating All Saints’ Day. All Saints' Day is a solemn, holy day; celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Catholic Church, that is, all those who...read more



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

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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. 




Redemption for St Benedict’s at Inanda Hoop Classic Challenge 

St Benedict’s College 1st team Basketball were crowned the winners of the 2nd edition of the Inanda Hoops Classic Challenge hosted by St David’s Marists Inanda this past weekend. After falling to Micheal Mount Waldorf in the final of the inaugural event last year they came back to go a perfect 8-0 on route to the championship. 

 In the group stages they had comfortable wins over St Stithians (52-42) St David’s (64-54) KES (45-37) Bishop Bavin (75-24) and development team Alex Academy (51-28). The team began to peak going into the knock out stages of the competition; they produced a 61-44 win over the defending champions Micheal Mount in the quarter finals on the back of a stealer 22 point 67% shooting performance from Mpho Msomi and Nathan Ukunda dishing out 8 assists. The 66-44 semi-final win against Sacred Heart saw a balanced scoring attack from the Bennies boys with Pari Kleitman top scoring with 14 points, James Craig chipping in 8 points and David Craig, Nathan Ukunda and David Aneimeke each contributing 7points. 

The final was a spectacular affair with Captain and tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Pari Kleitman scoring 22 points on 67% shooting while dishing out 5 assists and picking up 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Tournament All Star Nathan Ukunda produced 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists to go with his 13 points which included a thunderous dunk to cap off a 6-0 run towards the end of the 2nd quarter to give St Benedict’s momentum going into the 2nd half.  David Aneimeke and David Craig gave great support coming off the bench in the final; Aneimeke contributed 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist, while 6’7ft u15 National team player Craig grabbed a team high 8 rebounds along with 7 points and 2 assists. 


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We are extremely proud of our cricketers that got selected in various Easterns cricket teams.

U19 Khaya Majola Coca Cola team
Luke Holland 
Kyle Saxby 

Wayde Saxby
Troy Kyle 

U17 Momentum Team
Thabiso Khumalo 

Tiaan De Klerk 

U15 Momentum Team
Ryan Maxl 

Khaya Sithole 


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 Annual St Benedict’s College Visual Art Exhibition was held in the Cricket Centre last Wednesday, 24 October.  The boys must be commended on the high standard of their work, and for putting together an excellent exhibition. Well done to all of you and thank you for your hard work!
It is exciting to see so many of our boys attending, and also enthusiastically discussing and viewing the works on display. It is clear that our boys value and understand the importance of being visually literate in an age where images are so prevalent and so powerful in shaping our minds, our perspective and our society.
Awards for Best Art Practical Students were presented to the following learners:
Grade 8 -Le Roux De Klerk
Grade 9 - Luke Harvey
Grade 10  - James Ma
Grade 11 -Bevan Munks
Grade 12 - Mathew Muller.
These awards are not necessarily presented to the learner with the highest Art marks. Rather, they are awarded to the learner in each grade who has demonstrated a positive attitude, authentic and independent thought process, creative problem solving skills, critical thinking, an excellent work ethic and a visible commitment to the Practical Component.
College boys were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite artworks in each grade. 
The result of the STUDENT VOTE are as follows:
Grade 8 – David Guo
Grade 9 – Runyararo Nenguwo and Mohlomi Diaho
Grade 10 – James Ma 
Grade 11 – Cade Joseph
Grade 12 – Wian De Groot
The winners of the lucky draw for participation in the Community Arts Project are:
Tshepo Lekolokoe, Bennet Ma and Taona Mhwandagara.  


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




We will no longer be offering pre-packed lunch boxes.





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


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 Headmaster - "Golf and Life", 2019 Outward Bound
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Eternal Life" 
  • Academics
    Exam Schedule, Assessment Planners, B.Y.O.D, Extra Lessons
  • Sport
    Basketball, Swimming, Cricket,Cricket Coaching      
  • Culture
    Visual Arts, Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Lunch Packs, Bus Link, BDirect, News submission form







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