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16 November 2018

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From the Head's Desk


The Greatest Burden..

As our kids grow up we evolve in our role as parents, educators and coaches, you will not deal with a moody Grade 10 the same way as you would with a grade 2. But one thing remains constant: “we are our children’s learning models.” 

Our attitudes towards education and support of our boy in any sphere at school can inspire them and show them how to conduct themselves in society. We are sometimes astounded to see his reaction on the field when things get tough or hear about the way he acted or what he said in class, but don't see there is a correlation between us reacting to the incident on the highway where we lost our cool or when we bad mouthed the school and the teacher at Friday’s braai.   

There has been a trend at schools of overzealous and sometimes inappropriate spectatorship, comments and support at school events and it's time to be proactive in addressing and reversing this trend. At the last Heads of Gauteng Boys Schools meeting the point was raised that this is not an isolated case, but that all schools are dealing with this at present. The Gauteng Boys Schools Coalition has decided to address this.  

“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”

The above quote came from Carl Jung, the famed Swiss psychologist. He would have had a field day if he ever saw the parents of kids playing sports today.
During the course of this year we have noticed a disturbing trend in the way our teachers, coaches and support staff are being treated by some of our parents. We regard the partnership between the parent body and the school as critically important in the health of your child. If your boy is to reach his full potential it becomes essential that there is open and civil support and communication between home and school.

The school provides clear channels of communication on our website which our parents can use in order to voice their concerns.  We also published a parents charter, guiding parent on how to support the school and your boy during his time at St Benedict’s. We strive (and I admit we do not always get it right) to create an environment which is conducive to good relationships between all parties. Bad Mouthing coaches, teachers, administrators, referees or policies in front of your boy, whether at home, on the sidelines or on WhatsApp groups or social media does not build positive relationships. We need to all row in the same boat, but more importantly row in the same direction.  

In closing here are some questions that come from a book by the former Headmaster of Eton, Tony Little, titled: An intelligent Person’s guide to Education.

Do I believe my child is almost perfect?
Do I like rules and regulations until my child breaks them?
Am I happy gossiping about the school to anyone who will listen, but reluctant to talk to the Head?
Do I go in at the deep end when someone criticises my child?
Am I an expert because I went to my school myself?

If You answered “yes” to the questions posed, then perhaps you should reassess mainstream schooling and your attitude towards St Benedict’s. If however you can answer yes to the following questions your son will enjoy his time at School

Am I prepared to work with the school and pull my weight?
Am I prepared to strike a balance between being a “helicopter parent” and a “ghost” 
Can I support my child and support the school through difficult times?
Can I suppress my frustrated ambitions and let my child be himself?
Will I deflect rumour and find out the fact from the school?

One of our neighbouring schools shared this with their Parent body. Some very relevant points.

 Set the example
Praise and support good play – both teams
No negative comments towards officials tolerated
No negative comments, criticism or hostile shouting tolerated
Remain in designated areas alongside field
No coaching from sidelines
Coach’s selection is final. No discussions
 Lead by example
Positively reinforce efforts of players
Teach value of respect for officials and opposition
Teach sportsmanship and fair play
Instill discipline and work ethic that rewards dedication
Atmosphere of enjoyment for learning to occur
Treat all players with equal attention
Enjoyment and learn skills
Applaud good play – own and opposition teams
Respect officials, opponents and coaches
Fair, play by rules and show good sportsmanship
Committed to practice by being on time & not missing practice/matches
Work hard – for self & team
Commitment to team mates

“Education...is painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning,...  by praise, but above all -- by example.”
-- John Ruskin

I believe 96% of our parents are positive about the school and their sons education.  My appeal to you is participate in a positive and affirming manner. Let's keep it civil. Where criticism is justified we will take it on board and respond and adjust accordingly.

I trust that you will take this newsletter article in the spirit in which it was written and that as a community, we can work together in the best interest of your son and the school. 


Thank you to the boys for supporting the Christmas Outreach Drive's Civvies Day.
We raised a total of R3530.70 for our annual Outreach Programme.


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




Most of us are very familiar with the David and Goliath story. It is often told to emphasise the point that superiority in size or stature doesn’t automatically result in a victory. This interpretation slightly distracts us from one of the dominant themes that runs through the Bible ...read more



The following activities are planned during the first two weeks of January 2019:

06 – 11 January:  Rowing Camp (all age groups)
15 – 18 January:  Grade 8 Camp (Compulsory for all Grade 8 boys and College Leaders) at Parnassus Farm
16 – 18 January:  Grade 9 Cultural/Arts programme and Summer Sports programme at school
16 – 18 January:  Grades 10 and 11 English, Afrikaans, Mathematics and Science workshops at school
16 – 18 January:  Grade 12 IT PAT and Grade 12 ORT
21 January:    Compulsory Gr 8 Parents Meeting (18:30 - 19:30 - College Hall)
23 January:    Compulsory Gr 9 Parents Meeting (17:45 - 18:45 - College Hall)
23 January:    Compulsory Gr 10 Parents Meeting (19:00 - 20:00 - College Hall)
29 January:    Compulsory Gr 11 Parents Meeting (18:00 - 19:00 -  College Hall)                                                                                                                                                5 February:    Compulsory Gr 12 Parents Meeting (18:00 - 19:00 - College Hall)

Although the first full academic day takes place on  Monday, 21 January 2019, all boys are expected to be involved in the activities scheduled above. All College boys must attend the College Assembly which takes place in the School Hall at 07:30 on Monday, 21 January 2019. Thereafter they will be allocated to their 2019 classes.Boys need not bring all their books to school on the first day: an examination pad and basic stationery will be adequate.  


Click here to view the 2019 textbook & stationery lists


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


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




2019 Sports Tours and Festivals

Please download the below documents to view the details of next years Sports Tours & Festivals


See below documents for some helpful information and easy recipes from our sponsor

 Sporty Diet

Futurelife Granola


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


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


Congratulations to the St Benedict's Rowing department on their winning the SA School Team Sport awards. As we celebrate being recognized as the School Sports Team of the Year, we acknowledge the contributions made by the boys, coaches, parents and administrators over the last thirty years that have made possible our twenty-five year run as South African Rowing Champions. 


Bennies old boy (Matric 2011) Ari Karvelas made his 1st class Debut the past weekend for Gauteng Lions against North West. He also achieved fantastic bowling figures of 6 for 71 in 15.3 overs a long with a tidy 19 runs with the bat. We are extremely proud of Ari and wish him all the best for the future.

Bennies old Boy (Matric 2017) Aron Visser was awarded Benoni Northerns Club Sportsman of the year award. Pictured with him is Mark Robey MIC Cricket who won the same award in 2007. The School and cricket department is extremely proud of the young man and wish him all the best for the future.


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 2019 are: 
R2120.00 per term for 10, 30-minute lessons
R3180.00 per term for 10, 45-minute lessons 
R4240.00 per term for 10, 60-minute lessons  

Should your son be interested in learning an instrument in 2019, please click on the following link to access our Application Form

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







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 - "The Greatest Burden", Christmas Outreach Drive, 2019 Outward Bound
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "Victory" 
  • Academics
    January 2019, Exam Schedule, Assessment Planners, Extra Lessons
  • Sport
    From The Sports Desk, Futrelife Nutrition, Swimming, Rowing, Cricket,Cricket Coaching      
  • Culture
    Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Lunch Packs, Bus Link, BDirect, News submission form







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