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Newsletter 20 July 2018

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This Week's Conversation

“OUR BOYS, THEIR FUTURE, LEARNING TO LEAD” - MARION MACKINNON HEADMISTRESS

This was the theme of the recent IBSC conference that I was so fortunate to attend in Australia. It captures the essence of what all teachers of boys endeavor to achieve - to prepare young men for the future and equip them to become effective leaders. The IBSC is an international organisation championing boys’ education, and the conference featured thought-provoking keynote speakers on how we can nurture the leadership potential in each of our boys on their journey to manhood and the demands of the workplace.

A powerful message for me, was the notion that Leadership is not about badges and titles, and is not limited to the chosen few who get formally selected as captains and leaders. True leadership is about stepping up and being that person who influences others for good and the betterment of a group. This ‘group’ may range from the smallest unit such as a friendship circle or project group; to larger groups like a class, team or club; to even bigger organisations and ultimately the global community. As philosopher John Maxwell has written, “The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow.” We can all aspire to this definition of leadership, and all boys therefore have leadership potential and  the opportunity to shine as positive influencers.

Before we teach our boys leadership of others, we need to teach them leadership of self, which is the formation of good character. It is this character-building that forms the foundation of positive leaders and men of integrity. It has been said that true character can be measured by what one would do if no one was looking! Trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, caring, fairness and citizenship, are some of the pillars of good character. These attributes are entrenched in our  St Benedict's School Values and integrated into all aspects of school life. Character matters because leaders of the future need to also think with their heart to make the world a better place.

We are passionate about educating boys in the way they learn best,  watch this video produced by IBSC,  Why a School for Boys?

Religion

REFLECTION - VICKI BOLTON

PRAY AND WORK

On the 11 July we celebrated the Feast of our patron and the father of monastic life St Benedict. I was reflecting on the beautiful mosaic in the entrance to the Junior Prep and was focusing on the motto ‘Pray and Work’ or in Latin ‘Ora et labora’. I was struck by how relevant these words still are to all of us today.

We all work, whether it be as a parent or a professional.  Work is often discussed with negative connotations linked to it and the conversation centres around how stressful it is or what demands are put on us.  We need to take a step back and see that in the bible God worked to create life (Genesis 2:3), Jesus worked (John 5:16) and Adam was sent to work in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15).  God created us to work and in working serve others.

We should make our work a  prayer to God using the talents and passions which He has given us.  We should use these opportunities to reach out to those people who we come into contact with that we may never see again.  

St Josemaria Escriva said, “Understand this well, there is something holy, something devine hidden in the most ordinary situations and it is up to each of you to discover it.”

Let us look for moments in ordinary lives to make a difference.

WHO TEACHES THE SOUL IF NOT GOD? - VICKI BOLTON

FEAST OF ST BENEDICT
Last week we celebrated the Feast of St Benedict and it was a time to discuss the importance of prayer in our lives as well as rules and why they help us.

FIRST CONFESSIONS
On Monday the First Holy Communion boys will be making their First Confessions, please keep them in your prayers as this is a very special time for them to turn to God asking for forgiveness and healing

CHAPLAIN’S CHAT
Our Grade R boys will be having their chat with Fr Thabo next week Friday.  It is always an exciting time for them to interact with our Chaplain.

MANDELA DAY
It has been such a wonderful week seeing the generosity of our community and including the boys in reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves. We extend our thanks to our Bennies parents for supporting these initiatives and making a real difference in the lives of so many. We have received letters of thanks from the organisations we supported.





Academic

HOLIDAY HOMEWORK - CHRISTA MELAIA

Holidays are around the corner and after a long and busy term, the boys are looking forward to it. Many parents worry that they may experience an academic slump during this time. We need to be mindful of the fact that holidays are actually an important part of school. Boys need downtime and the time to explore their environment in their own creative way. Allow your son to have nothing to do this holiday, this encourages him to be creative and invent his own games. Even if you aren't going away, be a tourist in your own city. There are many museums and wildlife places to explore. Find teachable moments each day. Lastly, READ, this isn't homework or a chore but simply a part of everyday life with huge benefits and fun. Enjoy a book together!

Culture

PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN

We are in the final week of rehearsals and you can look forward to a real treat as the boys will dazzle you with their performance.  You will be receiving notification of arrangements for your specific grade but please note these general arrangements to ensure the smooth running of the show:
* Please ensure that boys arrive by the stipulated time.
* Boys to be dropped off at the main school entrance, please do not walk your son in if you are not watching the performance that night. 
* Only ticket holders will be permitted to enter the building. (This is in the interest of safety as well as respecting the performers and audience)
* The main doors will be locked during the performance.
* Boys to be collected from their classrooms after the performance - time to be confirmed.
* Audience to remain seated and may not stand in the aisles and doorways.
* A professional video will be taken of the concert.

There are still limited seats available online should you wish to book further tickets.

JUNIOR PREP INFORMAL MUSIC CONCERT

This term’s Junior Prep Informal Music concert will be held in the College Hall, (please park in the College grounds, entrance in Harcus Road) on Monday 30 July at 17:30.  Any boy who is taking instrumental lessons, either at St Benedict’s, or with another teacher, is welcome to participate in the concert.  Boys who wish to participate in the concert should write their name on the sign-up list which is on the noticeboard outside Mrs De Sousa’s classroom. 
We invite everyone who is interested in hearing the wonderful musical talent in the school to come along to the concert.  Should you have any queries, please contact me on chalmersj@stbenedicts.co.za

Sport

FROM THE COACHING FIELD  - WARREN WAKEFIELD

Many people may only view success as the win/ loss ratio. Whereas success is so much more, it is the ability to enjoy the process of competition while maintaining a healthy mindset towards oneself and others. - Warren Wakefield

A ‘SNAP SHOT’ OF OUR  FOCUS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grade R - 2 
Basketball and movement skills - Current skills in focus: running, gross motor coordination, agility, speedwork, core strength, passing, bouncing, dribbling and evasion skills.

SPORTS DAY - 21ST JULY
Our annual Sports Day takes place on this Saturday 21 July on the main rugby field at the College. Please enter through Harcus Road. The Kings Road gate will be open after the event to ease the traffic flow out of the school. All boys from Grade R to 3 have been practicing their athletic skills and are expected to attend. We ask that your son meets at his House banner by 7:40. Boys are to wear their sport kit; blue shorts, tracksuit top and pants and their House coloured T-shirt. It is essential that boys wear the school cap, and use sun screen. White trainers and short white socks to be worn. As the day warms up boys may remove their tracksuits.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR SONS’ TRACKSUIT TOP AND PANTS ARE CLEARLY MARKED.

The day starts promptly at 8:00 with a march past led by our Pipe Band. We encourage Parents to come along and support the boys, and family members are most welcome to attend. There will be refreshments on sale. The event is expected to end at approximately 11:30. 

GRADE 2 CRICKET COACHING
As part of our initiative to prepare the Grade 2’s to transition from mini-cricket to hard ball cricket which is played in Grade 3, they will have an option to attend cricket coaching at the College fields and indoor nets on Friday afternoons. Boys will be collected from the JP foyer at 13:15 by the Prep School coaches and accompanied across the road. It is not necessary to have cricket kit, but if boys have their own bats they are encouraged to bring them. Please note that boys will not return to the JP and must be collected at 14:30 at the Prep School Field at the top of the ramp leading off the gym parking. The commencement of the first session date will be announced via the Bennies App and will be on the reply slip.

In the upcoming few weeks boys will receive a reply slip, these must be handed in before commencing cricket practice. Boys will only be permitted to attend if a reply slip has been received.

GRADE 3 SPORT:
The soccer season is off to a great start with a massive group of boys participating. Having played our first few fixtures, against CBC Boksburg and St. David’s, I can confirm that the boys are having lots of fun and flying the Bennies flag high! Well done boys!

SWIMMING - Dynamo Club

We as Dynamo like to get involved in giving back to the community and in the spirit of Mandela day, thought it a great idea to do something on Saturday 21 July to both give back, have fun and leave with a swimming skill!

Please join our starts clinic on Saturday morning 8 - 9 am where we will be focusing on what makes a good start and some small changes you can make to improve your power off the blocks as well as your underwater distance/breakout. The clinic will be FREE!  All we ask is that you bring along an item/items of clothing that you no longer wear to donate to some underprivileged farm workers and their children in Limpopo.

After the starts clinic from 9 - 10 am the Dynamo swimmers will be teaching children from the Joburg children's home learn to swim, as a basic life skill and some stroke work for the children who are water safe. This is a great opportunity to give back by teaching swimming to children who are not fortunate enough to be part of a swim club. Please could I ask for parent volunteers willing to provide or assist with hot chocolate and maybe a like snack (chips or hot dogs) to contact Lisa Hinckley:  hincks@mweb.co.za

     

 

General

CAR-JAMMING

Unfortunately, we had an incident of car-jamming this week, and therefore urge you to be extra vigilant about ensuring that your car is locked and following with a manual check to be doubly sure. 

DATES TO DIARISE NOT RETURNING TO THE JUNIOR PREPARATORY SCHOOL IN 2019?

In order to plan adequately for 2019, I would like to remind you that should your son not be returning to St Benedict's Preparatory School in 2019, a term’s notice is required. This notice needs to be in writing and addressed to the Junior Preparatory Headmistress and emailed to the Junior Preparatory Admission Secretary, Melanie Schnelle, at schnellem@stbenedicts.co.za by 3 August 2018. 

Please note that this includes Grade 3 boys who will be moving to another school from the start of their Grade 4 year in 2019.

GRADE 3 FUNDRAISING

The 60th Anniversary soccer balls which were sold at our Soccer morning were a big hit. We have ordered more and these are now available from Mrs Haji at R100 a ball. The balls will also be on sale at Sports Day on Saturday 21 July.

Thank you to those who have ordered cards and calendars. If you would like to view your son's artwork, it is available in his classroom. The boys have created beautiful artworks, these will be used to print a personalised blank card and a 2019 calendar. The art makes a beautiful card which you can use for family and friends.  Orders need to be in by 3 August so that they can be printed during the holidays. Examples of the final product are on display in the foyer.

Thank you in advance for supporting all our initiatives. All money raised through Grade 3 fundraising is used to purchase items which will enhance the school, creating more fun experiences for our boys. 

UBUBELE

Membership for UBUBELE is still open. We are in the process of registering with the National Lotteries Board, as part of a statutory requirement. We are in the final stages of the application and will hopefully receive our accreditation in the next few weeks. 

The dates for the draws will be announced as soon as the registration is confirmed. We truly appreciate the support of our current members and would like to encourage all interested parents and families to join and show their support for our boys.

It is with thanks and appreciation to the contributions of the St Benedict’s community that we are able make a difference in the lived experience of many of our boys who are in need of assistance. 

The assistance given reaches wide and is varied. Through this crowd funding platform we are able to assist boys from the Junior Preparatory School right through to the College. Support is given in all aspects of our school life and in all areas where help is needed. 

Membership can be obtained by signing up using the following link:
https://www.stbenedicts.co.za/BelieveinBennies/Ububele/tabid/748/Default.aspx

Please feel free to contact Dr Oerson or Mrs Dubrovo for more information.

SAVE THE DATE - ST BENEDICT'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER

Dates to Diarise

 PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE DIARISED OUR SPORTS DAY AS THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TERM AND A COMPULSORY SCHOOL DAY FOR ALL BOYS - SATURDAY 21 JULY
Saturday 21 July SPORTS DAY - meet at main School Campus by 7:40
Monday 23 July  1st Confessions 
Tuesday 24 July Book Buddies
Friday 27 July Pirates of the Curry Bean - Matinee Show
Monday 30 July Music Concert - College Hall
Tuesday 31 July Book Buddies
Tuesday 31 July Pirates of the Curry Bean Concert
Wednesday 1 Aug Pirates of the Curry Bean Concert
Thursday 2 Aug Pirates of the Curry Bean Concert
Friday 3 Aug 1st Friday Mass
Friday 3 Aug School Close at 11:45

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

CONNOR KOJETIN attained the grade of Orange Belt from the JKA Karate Association.
LUKE CORBETT received 4 gold medals and a certificate at the Men's Artistic Gymnastics.
GIANCARLO RACCANELLO received 3 medals at the Eastern Gauteng Winter Swimming Champs.

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A Saheer Padayachi Trying his best to plan his work carefully.
  Uddhava Swanepeol Excellent effort in reading and spelling
1B  Callum Stagman Accurate sequencing and story telling.
  Cayden Rosser A conscientious approach to all his tasks.
1C Zibusiso Zwane Always working neatly and diligently, and always trying his best.
  Diego Viret Good understanding of place value with tens and units.
1D Leandro Pereira Writing very good sentences.
  Jayden Blake Doing his best in all activities.
2E Ethan Abrahams A valuable contribution to class discussions.
  Logan Surtees A pleasing improvement in letter formations and spelling.
2F  Grathon Peterson Excellent rainbow sums.
  Ngcebo Tshabalala Wonderful learned spelling results.
2G Matthew van Niekerk Enthusiasm when accurately completing rainbow sums.
  Christopher Geddes Determined efforts when completing rainbow sums.
2H  Thomas Scrooby Excellent rainbow sums.
  Benjamin Platt Great improvement in his number bonds.
3I Aidan Sherratt Impressive multiplication with carrying.
  Davide Patrizi A lovely speech on Johnny Clegg.
3J Luciano Adonis Accurate multiplication soldier sums.
  Santiago Fernandes Showing kindness towards others in class.
3K Ethan Garcia An interesting research project on South Africa using technology.
Luke Rugg An improvement in concentration and presentation of his work.
3L Diego Ramos Sustained effort in all his work.
  Joshua Venter Quick and accurate multiplication.

MONITORS

3I
Cameron Taggart
  Reece Botha
3J Christopher Williams
  Luciano Adonis
3K Jasper Pang
  Quinton Ncwana
3L Mnotho Nhassengo
  Luke Corbett

30 STARS

1B Robert Buchanan 1B Lorenzo Brites
2G Eielul Araia 2G Cole McNeilage
2G Tye-Joshua Daniels  3K  Oratile Moloantoa 
1B Zuriel Dos Santos  3I  Brando Sun 
3I Milan Franco  3I  Aidan Sherratt 
2G Kagiso Mofokeng  1C  Kurt Ressell 
3L Kieron Iswarlall  3L  Daniel de Dominicis 
3K  Diego Damilano  3K  Hubert Plettenbacher 
1C Luca Sewraj  1B  Cauden Rosser 
3L Cristiano Correia  3I  Alyan Khan 
2F Ettore Sturino  2G  Jason Hove 
1B Zuriel Dos Santos  1B  Blake Jones 
1B Dylan Jarman  3L  Rylie Morrison 
1B Santiago Vieira  1C  Nathan Benade 
1C  Michael Swartz  1D  Jayden Blake 
1D Padraig Janse van Rensburg  3K  Rocco Rodrigues 
3K Luke Rugg  2E  Ethan Ford 
2F Dylan Botha  2F  Alec Vosloo 
3I Liam Hoffmann  3J  Tiago Marques 
3J Sean Nace-Kivell  3J  Jarred Wood 
3J Michael Dos Santos  3J  Santiago Dos Santos 
3J Mohnish Chunilal  3J  Vaughn Swanepoel 
2H Aaron Magua  2H  Daniel Hann 
1A Steven Huang    

60 STARS

3L Dale Esterhuizen 3K Cristiano Nortje

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK

Grade R: Enjoyed making potato print for the letter "P".

    Grade 1: A sneak peek of Gr 1B in concert practice.

Grade 2: Learning how to measure capacity.  Grade 3: Learning about symmetry using mirrors.

Final Word from the Head

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Sports Day tomorrow, bright and early ready for a day of fun, sportsmanship and a chance for the boys to give it their best shot. 

MARION MACKINNON

 
IN THIS ISSUE
  • This Week's Message
    Our Boys, Their Future, Learning to Lead
  • Religion
    Reflection, Who Teaches the Soul If Not God?
  • Academics
    A Valuable Lesson
  • Culture
    Pirates of the Curry Bean, JP Informal Music Concert
  • Sport
    From The Coaching Field, Snap-Shot, Swimming
  • General
    Car Jamming, Dates to Diarise, Grade 3 Fundraising, Ububele, Special Request, Save The Date
  • Dates to Diarise
    Please make note of these important dates.
  • Congratulations
    Star of the Week, Monitors, 30 Stars
  • A Peek into the Week
    See what the Grade R's, 1's, 2's and 3's got up to this past week.







 

 

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