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Newsletter 3 August 2018

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This Week's Conversation

LEARNING IS A JOURNEY - CHRISTA MELAIA

Learning is a journey which takes us to places we have never been before. As humans, we have the privilege to think and as we think we continue to learn and develop. The knowledge and life experiences which our boys acquire at school are only a part of their learning journey. Although school life is divided into terms and years we need to acknowledge that each boy is on his own journey traveling at his own pace. We should not focus on the endpoint but rather embrace each step and cherish each moment.

As we come to the end of the second term it is only fitting to take a moment to reflect back on the time spent at school. The boys certainly had many exciting experiences beyond the classroom. We look back at our first soccer day, where every boy got the opportunity to take part in a match with his teammates. The Soccer World Cup hosted by Russia added some memorable moments to the term and the boys learnt more about our global village. 

We cannot not mention the highlight of our term, The Pirates of the Curry Bean concert.   Our boys thoroughly enjoyed learning the songs and words, dressing up and performing. All art lessons were inspired by the stories of infamous pirates.

Remember that downtime is also an important element of learning. Take the time to explore your surroundings; even if you aren’t going away, be a tourist in your own city. Enjoy the long August break with your boys. May you travel safely and return for another action-packed term at the Bennies JP.

Religion

REFLECTION - CEANNE SHAM

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY (LOVE)

Having being Mandela’s one-hundredth birthday, I began to think of charitable works and the act of giving to others. I then heard the Gospel reading for the Sixteenth Sunday of the year (Ordinary Time), and this quote from the reading really stuck out for me: “He saw a great crowd and had compassion on them…” Mark 6: 30-34. What made this quote stand out for me was that Jesus did not simply look at the crowd, and send them away; although He wanted alone time with His apostles, He embraced them, and began teaching them many things. In other words, Jesus had empathy. He did not feel sorry for the crowd and send them away, He felt pity for them, and tried improving their situation by teaching them and feeding them. Jesus teaches about compassion, love and servant-leadership. He shows that although He is a King, He is humble enough to serve His disciples. Jesus is the definition of love, and we should teach our boys that the best man to follow and imitate is Jesus. Following His example will make our boys grow into humble, compassionate, loving, courageous, strong, committed, respectful, kind and successful gentlemen; who know how to stand up for what is right and treat others the way they wish to be treated. To be successful, is not in how much you earn or how many valuable material objects you have gathered over the years; it is how much you do for others, taking the time to make a positive difference in lives of others. The best gift we have as humans, is the gift of giving “so let each one give as his purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7. Kindness is certainly not for the weak, and acts of kindness is what nourishes love, and it is through love that we transform, and improve into a better version of ourselves. Through love, we become more Christ-like, for God is love. A challenge I present is for you to try see others through the eyes of Christ, try treating them with empathy and not sympathy,  add value to their life, through acts of kindness. 

Let us teach our boys about empathy and about love, for the two go hand-in-hand. Next time you see someone, perhaps a person who you struggle to treat with compassion or love, give them a gift, a gift of hope, faith or charity. It is through these deeds that we create a community where everyone is paying it forward.  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17.
 
To conclude, I leave you with this quote to reflect upon:“And these three remain: faith, hope and charity (love), but the greatest of these is charity (love).” Corinthians 13:13

Let us pray: 
Act of Charity 
O my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon for all whom 
I have injured. Amen. 

WHO TEACHES THE SOUL IF NOT GOD? - VICKI BOLTON

As we draw to the end of a very busy term let us thank God for all the blessings we have, for the community we are part of and the friends and family that support us.

CHAPLAIN’S CHAT
We were very blessed to have Fr Thabo come and visit us last Friday for his Chaplain’s Chat with the Grade R boys, so we took the opportunity to sing happy birthday and wish him a blessed year ahead.

MANDELA DAY
The sandwiches made by the Gr R boys were delivered to the community at St Huberts Catholic Church in Alexandra which is the Joseph Gerard Home for the Aged and the Nursery School as well.  You could see the joy in their faces on receiving our contributions.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS
There was First Friday Mass this morning where we wished Mr Curtis well on his future endeavours and he received a blessing from Fr Thabo.  We will continue to keep him in our prayers.

Wishing you and your family a restful holiday, safe travels and may you stay blessed. 

Academic

HOLIDAY READING

There are so many creative ways to make reading fun through the holidays such as reading joke books, reading to a pet or finding a really odd place to read a book. Join our August Holiday Selfie Challenge and let your son take a selfie of himself and his favorite book in a very unusual place. See how imaginative he can be and post the photo on the Bennies Twitter page: @BenniesJP using the hashtag #BenniesBookSelfie and I will share your fun photo. 

Culture

PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN

I am sure you all agree, our production of Pirates of the Curry Bean was quite spectacular. Congratulations to our performers, staff and parents whose combined efforts staged a magical show. A special shout-out goes to our music and stage directors Mrs Louise De Sousa and Mrs Lorraine Peel who brought out the very best in the boys providing opportunities to gain confidence, use their imagination, work in groups and experience a wonderful sense of achievement and enjoyment.


 





 

INFORMAL MUSIC CONCERT

We were entertained with an exceptionally high standard of music as our instrumentalists performed to a very appreciative audience. Our musicians need to be commended on their commitment to keep practising and it was a pleasure to see their pride and sense of achievement. Well done!

Sport

FROM THE COACHING FIELD  - WARREN WAKEFIELD

A big shout out to all the boys, staff and parents who attended our Fun Inter-House Sports Day. It was great to see so many families out and about on the day supporting their sons, nephews and grandsons:) I am honoured to be a part of the Bennies family. 

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,  game-play basics involving rules and teamwork.

GRADE 2 HARD BALL CRICKET COACHING - TERM 3
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.This will commence as of Friday 14th September. Boys will be collected from the JP foyer at 13:15 by the Prep School coaches and accompanied across the road. 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.  It is not necessary to have the full cricket kit, but if boys have their own bats they are encouraged to bring them. In 2019, if your son wishes to take up cricket, then it is advised that the full cricket kit i.e. pads, helmet, ball box and bat be purchased.

In the first week of Term 3, 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
Well done to all the soccer boys who played against St. Peter’s this past Wednesday. We are looking forward to another productive 3rd Term ahead involving hockey, swimming and cricket.

SWIMMING TRAINING - AUGUST HOLIDAYS:
August holidays Swimming Training Clinic will be open to all Grade 3 swimmers.
All are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Compulsory for all team swimmers unless you are away.
 
6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 August 10:00 - 13:00 daily at the indoor pool.
Swimming fitness with Coach David Upman and Pieters De Kock 10:00 - 11:30.
 
Please direct any questions or confirmations of attendance to David Upman:  upmand@stbenedicts.co.za

General

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.

UBUBELE

NLC Registration number:  00257/01
A fabulous Friday afternoon to all our wonderful Ububele members!
So our first 2018 draw last night kicked off to a fabulous fillies finale with the three members crossing the finishing line as follows:-
ATTENDANCE PRIZE OF R2,000:  MRS MARJ POVALL
SECOND PRIZE OF R5,000:           MRS LILIAN PILLAY
MAIN PRIZE OF R10,000:               MRS JANET CHALMERS
Congratulations and happy spending to you all!  We look forward to our next draw taking place next term on Thursday 11th October!  In the meantime, we encourage each one of you to please bring some more members on board to join this worthy cause!

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.

ST BENEDICT'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER

Tickets for the Bennies 60th Celebratory Dinner are now available online, an event not to be missed.

BENNIES DAY

       Tickets will be available on our event page

Dates to Diarise

Friday 3 Aug School Close at 11:45
Tuesday 4 Sep  School Starts - Term 3 
Friday 7 Sep  First Friday Mass
Wednesday 12 Sep  Gr 3 Amazing Race 
Thursday 13 Sep  Gr 1 Outing to the Planetarium 
Friday 14 Sep  Barefoot Day 
Saturday 15 Sep  Gr R experience morning for all future Gr R boys and their parents 09:00 - 11:00
Wednesday  19 Sep  Gr 2 Nutty Scientists
Thursday 20 Sep  CSO Choir Festival 
Wednesday 26 Sep Gr 2 Bennies Book Bistro 
Friday 28 Sep  FHC Second Confessions 

Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A Sebastian Coumbaros Perseverance in all his tasks.
  Diego Volo Enthusiastic participation in the concert.
1B  Bradley Nortman Working independently.
  Rowan McAslin Solving story sums with confidence.
1C Luca Sewraj A concerted effort and willingness to try in all his tasks.
  Liam O'Connor Concerted effort and improvement in his writing and presentation of his work.
1D Jiho Lee Wrote good independent sentences.
  Joshua Rodrigues Trying his best to plan his work carefully.
2E Ruben Koegelenberg Fantastic effort with his directed drawing picture and conscientious attitude.
  Thato Zenzile Producing a lovely research booklet on the Great White Shark.
2F  Xavi Ribeiro Outstanding rainbow sums.
  Akani Masondo Wonderful measuring and capacity work.
2G Cameron Chapman Accurate number pattern work.
  Thando Mchunu Fascinating research booklet on the great white shark.
2H  Brendan Erasmus Excellent work in capacity.
  Damian Koegelenberg Excellent work on his Pirate presentation.
3I Milan Franco Continued good effort in all his work.
  Alyan Khan A pleasing improvement in the presentation of his work.
3J Vincenzo Korras Showing enthusiasm and positivity towards all tasks.
  Carter Thurlow Accurate doubling and halving sums.
3K Kai Whelan An interesting and well-presented speech on Enoch Sontonga.
Bantubonke Mdletse Building good Verledetyd sentences.
3L Daniel de Dominicis Trying so hard to keep up with all his work during concert time.
  Emanuele Joseph Consistent effort throughout the term.

MONITORS

3I
Davidson Ekwenzi
  Ronan Mdakane
3J Michael Dos Santos
  Matthew Nicholas
3K Cuan Naidoo
  Cristiano Nortje
3L Jian Lee
  Aston de Agrela

30 STARS

1C Kai Martin 1D Adam Scott-Hayward
2E Nicholas  Read 2E Darren Munorwei
1A Uddhava Swanepoel  1A  Saheer Padayachi 
1A Ricky De Freitas  1A  Kaycey Records 
3J Santiago Fernandes  3J  Matthew Nicholas 
3J Diego Mendonca  3J  Cameron Thomas 
3J Callum Walker  1B Tyler Lloyd 
1B Callum Stagman  1B Josh Eames 
1B Domenic Janse Van Rensburg  1B Gabriel Ribeiro 
1B Kgosi Pooe 1B Jayden Hobson 
1C Liam O'Connor  1C Ryan Sander 
1C Zibusiso Zwane  1C Cruz Barros 
2H Damian Koegelenberg  2H Gwabini Zungu 
2H Colby Lundberg  2G Declan Smith 
2G Enrique Da Encarncao  2G Tiago Marques 
2G Thandolwethu Mchunu  2H Cruz Erasmus 
2H Declan Reynolds  2F Cayden Beukes 
2F Connor Kojetin  3J Callum Brudvig
3J Devon Liebenberg  2F Callum Sherratt 
2F Callum Hertenberger     

60 STARS

3L Dale Esterhuizen         3K Cristiano Nortje
1D Nikolas Mavrodaris     

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK

Grade R: We love our country SA!

    Grade 1: We enjoy playing bingo while learning our reading words. 

Grade 2: We loved creating our pirate artwork.  Grade 3: Playing bingo to learn our Thrass words.

Final Word from the Head

Looking back on the term, we have so much for which to be proud and grateful, and I thank our staff and parents for their many contributions, and to the boys for rewarding us with their enthusiasm to learn. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday and some family fun with the reading selfie challenge. Remember to tweet your selfie to @BenniesJP using the hashtag #BenniesBookSelfie

MARION MACKINNON

 
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