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Newsletter 18 October 2018

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This Week's Conversation

HOW TO RAISE LOGICAL THINKERS AND WHY IT MATTERS - JENNY PONTE

Learning how to think logically and apply reasoning to real-life situations is an essential skill. While some people appear to be born logical thinkers, others need to learn to how to apply logical reasoning to everyday situations.

As children grow up and are faced with real-world problems, they need to be equipped with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to face those problems. They need to be able to think outside the box.  Children need to be encouraged to think for themselves and attempt to find creative solutions, instead of relying on teachers and parents to “rescue” them by solving their problems for them.  They need to acquire the skills that will enable them to tackle the problem themselves.
Children are wonderful imitators and if they see the significant adults in their lives using logical reasoning, they will begin to do the same. There are several ways in which this can be encouraged;

Playing games which rely on strategy (eg battleships), doing puzzles that require logical reasoning ( Sudoku) and brain teasers can be introduced to quite young children. They are fun and allow children the opportunity to practice and develop their logical reasoning skills.

Children (and adults) who have good reasoning skills find Maths an easy subject. Maths is logical, and while children may be able to initially memorise and recall facts, at some point they will have to use reasoning and logic to solve Maths problems successfully.

Encourage your children to play some of the many games that require strategy and reasoning. It’s a vital skill for anyone living in the 21st Century.

Religion

REFLECTION - VICKI BOLTON

This year we have been focusing on the beatitudes at school and in particular at the moment “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy”.  
 
I would like to look at God's unconditional mercy towards us, His children.  We receive this mercy through His love and healing.  Christ “is mercy in person: encountering Christ means encountering God’s mercy.”  Pope Francis said “God gets involved with our misery, he draws close to our wounds and he heals them with his hands; he became man in order to have hands with which to heal us. Jesus’ work is personal: man committed the sin, one Man came to heal it.”
 
Last week I attended the funeral of my uncle, who had frontal lobe dementia and was prone to loud angry outbursts.  One of his close friends was sharing with us how one day he was speaking to my uncle and he was saying that he was not able to forgive himself from mistakes in his past.  My cousin who is now staying in the UK came to visit him in December, after not seeing him for a few years and the first thing my uncle did was to apologise to him and they had quite a breakthrough.  After that encounter, my uncle had a peace about him which you could see in his eyes and he no longer had any more outbursts.
 
This is such a huge lesson for me, God's mercy is freely available to us but we need to be open to him and allow Him to heal us. 

Some ways to be merciful are
Have mercy on ourselves, forgive ourselves for mistakes 
Stop habits that annoy others
Avoid saying “I told you so”, no need to rub salt in their wounds.
Offer help to someone 
Don’t bring up old failings

WHO TEACHES THE SOUL IF NOT GOD? - VICKI BOLTON

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

A very big congratulations to the Grade 3 boys who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday.  It was a very special occasion and a big thank you to all who contributed to it being such a special day. It was such an honor to see the boys receive Our Lord for the first time and it was an important reminder to me that it is how we should always receive communion; with excitement and gratitude




 

PIOUS LISTS

During the month of November, we celebrate the commemoration of all the faithfully departed (All Souls Day).  There will be pious lists available at the front office, should you request prayers to be said for your loved ones.  Simply write down their names on this list and they will be offered up at every Mass celebrated at the school for the month of November.  If you wish to make a voluntary donation, this would be greatly appreciated.  (This money is used to train young men entering the priesthood).
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May God bless you as we head into this midterm break.

CONDOLENCES:

Our prayers and sympathy go out to those in the St Benedict's community who have lost loved ones:
Saheer Padayachi and family on the loss of his Grandfather
Jason Simes and family on the loss of his Grandmother
Callum Walker  and family on the loss of his Great Grandmother
Rylie Morrison and family on the loss of his Grandfather

Academic

AFRIKAANS AND ISIZULU AT ST BENEDICT'S:

For the purpose of clarity, the key points from the St Benedict's Language Policy with reference to Afrikaans and isiZulu as First Additional languages:

  • English  remains the medium of instruction which is taught at Home Language level throughout the boys' career at St Benedict's.

  • All boys in Grade 1 to 4 receive instruction in both Afrikaans and IsiZulu at First Additional Language level. Both languages are afforded equal status and contact time.

  • At the end of the Grade 4 year, boys are required to select Afrikaans OR IsiZulu  as their First Additional Language which will be taken through to Grade 12.

  • From Grade 5 there will be no third language subject.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION - CHRISTA MELAIA:

Think back to when you started learning to drive. You had to coordinate the clutch, break and accelerator as well as taking control of the gear lever. To add to this you had to do it all without taking your eyes off the road. This was not an easy task!

You may have heard of Executive function. Think of a CEO of a company who manages all aspects of it. Executive function is a set of mental processes that help us with planning, organising, strategising, paying attention to, remembering details, managing time and space. So often you may get frustrated with your child because he seems to be lacking in one or more of these areas. The good news is that Executive function is like learning to drive a car. We practice over and over again until it becomes second nature. So if your child battles with one of these areas, find ways to assist him, and then give him the time to practice until it becomes easy! 

a set of mental processes that help us with planning, organising, strategising, paying attention to, remembering details, managing time and space. So often you may get frustrated with your child because he seems to be lacking in one or more of these areas. The good news is that Executive function is like learning to drive a car. We practice over and over again until it becomes second nature. So if your child battles with one of these areas, find ways to assist him, and then give him the time to practice until it becomes easy! 

Culture

INFORMAL MUSIC EVENING

This event will be held on 12 November at the College Hall, and we look forward to a wonderful celebration of the achievements of boys who have been working hard throughout the year, learning to play an individual instrument. Details to follow.

Sport

FROM THE COACHING FIELD  - WARREN WAKEFIELD 

“Our values decide our character. Our character decides our value.”  - Kerr, James. Legacy 

Just spend enough time on media like that of YouTube or mainstream professional sport channels and you can find a lot wrong with the way athletes respond to one another whilst in competition. At Bennies, we choose honour, respect, integrity and teamwork. We are set on developing young men of impeccable character with solid values. We are equipping boys for life beyond a sporting field, a life where they can bring value to society around them.

A ‘SNAP SHOT’ OF OUR  FOCUS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

GRADE R- 2: Field hockey skills - dribbling the ball, stopping and passing, evasion skills. SWIMMING: Learn to Swim and stroke correction Swimming for Grades R- 2 in Physical Education have commenced this week. Please ensure that your son has his swimming kit for his P.E. session: Navy Speedo, cycling shorts, or sunsuit to be packed in the school drawstring bag.
GRADE 3 SPORT:Well done to all the hockey boys on their games against St. Stithian’s this past weekend!

General

PHOTOS

Group, FHC, Cubs and Winter Sport photos can be ordered from the office until 2 November - R30 each

STATIONERY 2019

A reminder that the R1700 for all boys entering Grades 1 -3 in 2019 needs to be paid by 5 November
Boys entering Grade 4 in 2019 will receive information in November with regard to stationery.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

Our Second Hand Uniform Shop is open each morning except Friday from 7:15 till 8:00 at the Prep School. It is worth a visit as only good quality clothing is stocked at very reasonable prices. We still  have a large collection of unmarked lost property in excellent condition which will be moved to the second-hand shop. Please be sure that your sons' clothing is clearly marked as it will then be returned to him should he misplace it.

THE BIRDS AND BEES PARENTING TALK

Many parents feel ill equipped to have 'The Talk' with their children and have approached the school for some direction about when is the right time and how to go about it. Because it is so important to have the conversation with your children before they learn from their peers, our Positive Parenting Talk will cover the topic, and provide the opportunity to have your questions answered.  We invite you to join the conversation, particularly if you are a Grade 3 Parent,  on 26 October at the Junior Prep.

Dates to Diarise

Fri - Mon 19 - 22 Oct MIDTERM 
Wed 24 Oct  Gr 3 IBT English 
Thurs 25 Oct  Gr 3 IBT Maths 
Sat  27 Oct  Mini Cricket at Bishop Bavin. 
Tues 30 Oct  Gr 1 Chaplain's Chat 
Thurs 1 Nov  Gr 2 Chaplain's Chat 
Fri 2 Nov  First Friday Mass 
Fri 2 Nov  Gr 3 International Food Day 
Sat 3 Nov  Mini Cricket at St Dunstan's 
Fri 9 Nov  Speech & Drama Awards 
Sat 10 Nov Mini Cricket at Bedfordview Primary
Please see our Website calendar for future dates.

Congratulations

MASSIMO CARRILHO received a trophy and medal for Best Team Spirit award from BCC Bedfordview.
MIGUEL REGAL received a trophy for The Golden Glove award from BCC Bedfordview
LUKE CORBETT received 3 gold and 1 bronze medal, as well as a trophy for his participation in the Men's Artistic Level 4 2018 South African Gymnastics Games.

STARS OF THE WEEK

1A Bogosi Makgoro Taking such pride in his work.
1B  Matteo Patrizi Fabulous work ethic.
1C Kyle Cameron Good understanding of the value of money and excellent money calculations.
1D Leandro Pereira Improved fluency in Reading.
2E Joshua Chalmers Doing his best to complete his tasks.
2F  Alec Vosloo Amazing applied spelling.
2G Enrique Da Encarnacao Accurately completing multiplication story sums.
2H  Tyler Beck Always working so diligently.
3I Jordan Ramsarup Impressive work with division problem-solving.
3J Devon Liebenberg Accurately answering his reading comprehension on the Grand Canyon.
3K Ethan Jarman A big improvement in the presentation of his work and handwriting.
3L Aston de Agrela Excellent division with remainders.

MONITORS

3I
Jayden Aucamp
  Mothei Mutloane
3J Callum Walker
  Yankho Nkosi
3K Luke Ebersey
  Rocco Rodrigues
3L Kavin Kassie
  Cristiano Correia

30 STARS

1C Richie Johnston 2F Clayton Shone
2F Benjamin Deftereos  2F  Mohammed Dawoodjee 
2F Ngcebo Tshabalala  2F  Grathon Peterson 
3J Luciano Adonis  1A  Savva Zacharias 
2G Cameron Chapman  2G  Matthew Van Niekerk 

60 STARS

3K Asad Martinus 1D James Magor
1D Cooper Boast 3K Jasper Pang
1A James Sykes 1A Bagosi Makgoro 
1A  Diego Da Costa  1A Diego Volo 

A PEEK INTO THE WEEK

Grade R: We had so much fun wax dripping our dinosaurs.

    Grade 1: Learning about the value of money.

Grade 2: Starting our germination experiments.  Grade 3: Researching information for our Wonder of the
World projects.

Final Word from the Head

I hope our boys have enjoyed the first half of the term, because we all learn better when we are enthused and engaged. Wherever you may be over this half term, we wish you happiness with your family and a safe return on Tuesday 23 October. 

MARION MACKINNON

THE BIRDS AND BEES PARENTING TALK.
Many parents feel ill equipped to have 'The Talk' with their children and have approached the school for some direction about when is the right time and how to go about it. Because it is so important to have the conversation with your children before they learn from their peers, our Positive Parenting Talk will cover the topic, and provide the opportunity to have your questions answered.  We invite you to join the conversation, particularly if you are a Grade 3 Parent,  on 26 October at the Junior Prep.

 
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