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Newsletter 12 April 2017

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From the Head's Desk


No need to hit the panic button! 

It is hard to believe that the end of term has sprung upon us so soon. It has been a rather busy, yet rewarding term in many aspects. However, as human beings we tend to focus too much on the negative and allow it to cloud our minds. Secondary Education isn’t about one result or a single achievement, it is a collection of all the lessons learnt along the way. Understanding the bigger picture and seeing the wood from the trees is really what Secondary Education is about.
A lot of lessons are learnt through our victories but many more lessons are learnt through our losses. I, for one, hate losing. I have always been fiercely competitive and alway...read more.



The Message of Easter.

Someone I know likes to say “it gets darkest before dawn” when she gives advice to others. My own interpretation of this phrase is that - Just when hope seems lost, because of the darkness of our realities, dawn is just a few moments away to renew that hope. The phrase also brings to mind the words of Psalm 30:5b: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. My reason for looking at these two profound phrases is informed by my reflection on the life of St Benedict’s College throughout the first term of 2017...read more


Click here to view the Mass schedule for this month.


Please click here to view the Easter week timetable for Malvern Parish


All boys at St Benedict’s are encouraged and expected to be involved in some form of Community Service and Outreach initiative. The school makes every effort to develop and instil a value of serving others in each of our boy’s hearts.

As members of a Catholic community we have a responsibility to come to the aid of our neighbour. Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God... read more.



Space Camp Medal Winners
Congratulations to the boys who excelled at Space Camp and posted the best results for their activities.


Dear Grade 10 parents

Please fill in the below form and have your child return the reply slip.



Please click here to view the Science extra lesson schedule. 


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



Simon van Gaalen, Gr.10, competed in the national black powder shooting championships on 8 April 2017 as well as the international postal shoot for 2017. Simon competed in both junior and senior events and achieved the following outstanding results;

25M single shot pistol: Gold medal

50M Free muzzle loading rifle:5th place

100M Free muzzle loading rifle: Gold medal

50M Military rifle: 66/100 score

100M Military rifle: Bronze medal

25M single shot pistol team event: Gold medal

50M Free muzzle loading rifle team event: 2nd place

100M Free muzzle loading rifle team event: 2nd place

100M Military rifle team event: Gold medal.


I would like to thank all our rugby parents for their unwavering support to this difficult start to the season. Results have most certainly not gone our way. As coaches and staff, we are working hard to remedy the results and hope to see better fixtures after the short holiday.
I would like to wish all the boys safe travels and implore them to keep working hard over the holidays. Now is not the time to sit back and relax. Get out on the road and do some training. Do not let your fitness levels drop. Remember: it is not the sole responsibility of the coach to make you fit. Take up the challenge and come back fitter and stronger. 

All the best for the sides that will be touring and playing in various festivals over the holidays:

u/14 traveling down to Clifton for the IRSF, 27 April -1 May.
u/15 traveling down to St Andrews Grahams Town for the ISRF, 27 April-1 May.
u/16 that are currently competing at Hilton for the IRSF, 9-13 April.
1st XV that will play at the St Stithians Easter festival.

Here are the times of the games at the Festival. Hope to see you there supporting the boys.

Time Field Thursday 13/4/17
09:45 Baytopp St Andrews vs St Davids
11:00 Baytopp St Benedict’s vs Maritzburg College
12:15 Baytopp St Albans vs DHS
13:30 Baytopp Graeme College vs St Stithians
14:45 Baytopp SACS vs Michaelhouse
16:00 Baytopp Grey PE vs Westville

Saturday 15/4/17
09:45 Baytopp St Albans vs Westville
11:00 Baytopp Graeme College vs St Davids
12:15 Baytopp SACS vs DHS
13:30 Baytopp St Andrews vs St Benedict’s
14:45 Baytopp Grey PE vs Maritzburg College
16:00 Baytopp Old Stithian Association 7’s vs Michaelhouse Old Boys 7’s
16:30 Baytopp Michaelhouse vs St Stithians

Monday 17/4/17
08:45 Baytopp Graeme College vs St Albans
10:00 Baytopp Westville vs St Benedict’s
11:15 Baytopp Michaelhouse vs St Davids
12:30 Baytopp St Stithians vs Maritzburg College
13:45 Baytopp SACS vs St Andrews
15:00 Baytopp Grey PE vs DHS.

Have a blessed Easter and a wonderful break.

I leave you with the following from 1 Corinthians 9; verses 24 - 27:

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we are imperishable. Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”




The English department hosted a Literary Evening on Thursday, 6 April. It was a celebration of the most accomplished Public Speakers, Slam Poets and Writers in the College. The evening was most entertaining and featured speeches, poems and essays of high quality.

The winners are:
Best Junior Speaker – Hugo Marques
Best Senior Speaker – James Barger

Slam Poetry First Place – Jason Shaw
Slam Poetry Second Place – Cameron Fletcher
Slam Poetry Third Place – Lorenzo Smargiasso

Best Junior Writer – Matt Oosthuizen
Best Senior Writer – Dominic da Costa


The music department offers private instrumental tuition in piano, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, bagpipes, violin, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, drum kit and Pipeband snare drum.

The termly cost of these lessons is:

  • R1850.00 per term for 10 x 30 minute lessons              
    R2775.00 per term for 10 x 45 minute lessons            
    R3700.00 per term for 10 x 60 minute lessons

Should your son be interested in learning one of these instruments please contact Mrs Jenny Stoltz (stoltzj@stbenedicts.co.za) for further information.



Due to increased volumes of traffic on the roads, as well as an earlier start to the school day, we have picked up a problem with the school buses collecting the boys in the mornings arriving back at school either as the first bell sounds or shortly after the bell has rung. To alleviate this problem we are, unfortunately, going to have to adjust the pickup times. We will experiment with moving the times 10 minutes earlier than what they are now and see if the situation improves and, if not, we will have to relook at them again. With this in mind the new times from term two will be as follows as follows:  

Benoni 06h00
Boksburg 06h20
Germiston 06h30
Alberton 06h00
Glenvista 06h15

The Edenvale / Modderfontein / Greenstone route will remain unchanged at this stage. We again request that the boys be dropped at the collection point 5 minutes before that time as the buses cannot be delayed.
 Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.


Ross O'Donoghue Photography

Matric Dance Special Package
(available before the dance)

R100 - 1xA4 (In Bennies frame)

Photos can also be bought online and delivered to the school, however, the special is only available before the night. 

Payments can be made to Mrs Dubrovo in College reception.



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.


Dave Jeffrey

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  • Head's Desk
    This week's message from the Headmaster - "Dont hit the panic button"
  • Religion
    Read this week's reflection entitled "The message of Easter". 
  • Academics
    Space camp, Grade 10 Letter, Science extra lessons, Assessment Planners. 
  • Sports
  • Culture
     English literary evening,Extra-Cost Instrumental Music Lessons
  • General
    Matric Dance Photography, Bus run,News submission form





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