Cultural Activities At St Benedict’s College

Cultural activities at St Benedict’s are varied and rich and encourage the development of well-rounded young men. We support the development of talent and provide boys the space to express themselves artistically. Boys are encouraged to participate in Public Speaking, Debating, Drama, Pipe Band, Chess and Music.

A Variety Of Cultural Activities

Oratory Activities

Public Speaking and Debating, develop boys’ confidence and their ability to express their ideas on a range of important topics of social interest. Boys participate in Model UN Debating and the South African Guild of Public Speaking.

A strong emphasis on music

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.

– Sarah Dessen

Musically, boys are able to choose to learn to play a variety of instruments – Piano, Cello, Violin, Flute, Drums, Saxophone are primary examples. In addition to individual music lessons offered, boys are able to participate in the Marimba Band, Ensembles, a Rock Band and Choir. Music facilities are excellent and cater for individual practicing requirements. Boys participate in eisteddfods and external examinations through The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. St Benedict’s has been leading the way in offering Bagpipes and Highland Drumming as matric music instruments, working closely with the Scottish Qualifications Authority in curriculum development and implementation. Our Pipeband has been as the South African Champions and the Champion of Champions.

A variety of Music extra lessons are offered at Bennies.

Opportunities for young thespians

The Drama Department encourages boys to write and produce their own plays. Plays are workshopped and staged annually in preparation for the internal One Act Play Festival, FEDA and the bi-annual Major Production staged in collaboration with our sister schools.

Culture Captains

  • Head of Drama – Reece Livingston
  • Head of Debating – Alex Bezuidenhout
  • Head of Music – Angelo Bastos
  • Head of Media Centre – Uchechukwu Ejike
  • Pipe Band Captain – Nkululeko Thwala