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Newsletter 2 November 2018

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A few weeks ago I attended a workshop on Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Dr Wendy Duncan who is a child psychiatrist and specialises in anxiety. This article will be based on her lecture and includes what normal anxiety is, what disordered anxiety is, and what signs of anxiety we should be looking for in children. 
Anxiety can be a serious learning barrier for many children. It is, however, also a normal and necessary emotion as it allows our bodies to go into flight, freeze or flight mode in the face of danger. Children go through stages of stranger shyness, separation anxiety, fear of things such as lightning, the dark or imaginary creatures and even death. These are all normal anxieties which occur at certain ages. School and performance anxiety is also normal between the ages of 6 and 12 years but should be monitored closely in case they become excessive.

There are some anxieties that are abnormal though. It is up to you as parents, and us as teachers, to decide whether or not an  anxiety is developmental and normal for their age or if they could be considered to be disordered anxiety.

What is disordered anxiety? What are the warning signs we should be looking for?
Disordered anxiety is when a child is excessively fearful about any and everything. Parents should take note of any fear that is prolonged in duration,  and is extreme in intensity. If a child is anticipating that something bad will happen and if they are excessively avoiding tasks or school - this could be considered a concerning.

Associated conditions which affect anxiety are ADHD, depression, auditory processing, OCD, sensory integration and tourettes. However, it is important to remember that the cause for anxiety is not nearly as important as the treatment.

If you are seeing signs of anxiety in your child that concern you; please speak to his class teacher. It is important that we work as a team and determine the source and severity of the anxiety in order to assist your child in being more relaxed and successful in the classroom.

Here are a few tips which you could use to help your children:
Prepare them in advance for any change.
Teach them that it is normal to worry as it helps to be prepared, but not all the time.
Give them a safe time and space to discuss their worries, whether they do it with you or someone else they can trust.
Teach them to separate themselves from their anxiety by allowing them to draw what their worry looks like (i.e. as a monster) and then name it. When they are feeling scared or concerned they can tell their monster to go away (this approach belongs to an educational psychologist named Dalit Segal)




As Catholics, November is the month we remember all our dearly departed.

We a start the month by celebrating All Saints; Day. All Saints' Day is a solemn, holy day; celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Catholic Church, that is, all those who have in heaven. These saints could either be those recognised by the Church,or not.

All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honouring and remembering the faithfully departed. The Church celebrates this day every year on the 2 November, and should not be confused with All Saints Day.

According to the Catholic Church , the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of grace and are in communion with God, goes to heaven. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are condemned. The third place is purgatory, this is where most people, free of mortal sin but still in a state of venial sin, land up. Purgatory is a place where souls are cleansed and perfected before they can enter into heaven. Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

All Souls' Day is a day Catholics offer prayers for those in purgatory. Reverend Donohoe said, "All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are related, but they are two separate celebrations. On All Saints' Day, there's a call to live as saints, to remind us how we're supposed to live. On All Souls' Day, we're talking about all souls and asking God's mercy for them.
Let us pray:
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Through the mercy of God, may they rest in peace. Amen



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).


Our prayers and sympathy go out to those in the St Benedict's community who have lost loved ones:
Rylie Morrison and family on the loss of his Grandfather



Nuts about Numbers! This was the focus of our staff development sessions over the past two weeks. Teachers engaged in many different ways to make Maths fun in the classroom. Games where boys are encouraged to think about numbers and identify patterns are often played in the classrooms. Play truly is a good way of drilling number work. I encourage you to join in the learning by playing games at home that reinforces number work. A simple pack of cards or dice can be used for adding, multiplying and subtracting numbers. Bingo is great for younger boys who are learning to recognise numbers. For more ideas, approach your sons' teacher who will willingly share some games with you. It's all about 'Making Maths a joyful encounter everyday.'





This terms Junior Prep Informal Music concert will be held in the Marimba Room, next to the College Hall, (please park in the College grounds, entrance in Harcus Road) on Monday 12 November 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 Sousas 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



“A winning organization is an environment of personal and professional development, in which each individual takes responsibility and shares ownership.” -Kerr, James. Legacy 

The above statement reflects that of an organisation which we would hope that every Bennies boy is a part of one day. If your son is not going to attend a match,he still needs to hand the reply slip to Mrs Haji. We are to embrace a culture of RSVP’ing to events within due notice and not handing slips in late, please ensure your son hands his reply slip in on time. On the other hand, if you have RSVP’d that your son will be at an event, please endeavour to keep your word and if in the case of an emergency you will not be able to attend then please Email Warren Wakefield at wakefieldw@stbenedicts.co.za. 

The general precedence of school events is given to School over that of any club event - and boys are expected to show commitment and loyalty to St Benedict's teams. We are currently working on a Junior Prep Sporting Policy that will be released as of January 2019 which will outline such attendance priorities. We, as always, appreciate and welcome your ongoing partnership as part of the Bennies Family.


Gr R- 2: Field hockey skills - dribbling the ball, stopping and passing, evasion skills.
SWIMMING: Learn to Swim and stroke correction

Our P.E. lessons are fun and innovative! In collaboration with the Head of Bennies Hockey - Mark Sanders. The Grade 2 JP boys are seen here getting coaching tips from one of SA’s best hockey coaches!

Gr 2 Splash polo starts next week in P.E. Some awesome action shots are to follow in our next newsletter edition!

Grade 1 Dads And Lads Cricket Morning: Saturday 24th November
Grade 2 Dads And Lads Cricket Morning: Saturday 1st December

The events will start promptly at 7:30 and end by 9:00 .
This is a great opportunity for boys and their male role models ( either a dad, grandfather or uncle or significantly adult male role model ) to come together and have fun surrounding the exciting Mini-cricket game format.
Men who have never played Mini-cricket / cricket are not to be discouraged as the format is easy to learn and a whole lot of fun will be had!
A explanation of the game layout will be held on the mornings of the respective events ( Grade 1 cricket boys - 24th November & Grade 2 cricket boys - 1st December )

Well done to all cricket and swimming boys on their participation in various matches across this week! Keep raising the Bennies flag high!



In response to some parents expressing a need to equip themselves better to guide their children to follow their instincts with regards to strangers and danger, we have invited Rob Crawford to address parents and provide a forum for discussion. The meeting will take place in the JP Hall.


The boys always look forward to this outing and need to take a packed lunch in a disposal package on the day. See Dates to Diarise for each grade's date. Please note that buses are expected back at the school at around 13:20, but we will update you on the app should there be  traffic congestion.


Stationery payments for all boys entering Gr 1 - 3 in 2019 are due on 5 November 2018. Please ensure that your payment of R1700.00 is correctly referenced with your son’s surname, initial and current class. 


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.


Please note that from 19 November, the Junior Prep will be closing at 12:10 each day to accommodate parents and align with the Prep School early closing during exam time.

Dates to Diarise

Sat 3 Nov  Mini Cricket at St Dunstan's (07:30) 
Fri 9 Nov  Confident Kids Awards 
Sat 10 Nov Mini Cricket at Bedfordview Primary
Mon 12 Nov  Grade R Boys Book Breakfast
  12 Nov  Grade 3 Orientation Day 
  12 Nov  JP Informal Music Concert 
Tues 13 Nov  Grade 1 Boys Book Breakfast 
  13 Nov  Stranger Awareness Talk (18:00) 
Wed  14 Nov  Grade 3 Boys Book Breakfast 
  14 Nov  Grade 2 Outing to the Pantomime 
Thurs  15 Nov  Grade 2  Boys Book Breakfast
  15 Nov  Grade 1 Outing to the Pantomime 
Fri 16 Nov  Grade 3 Outing to the Pantomime 
  16 Nov  Last Day of Extra Murals 
Mon 19 Nov School Closes at 12:10 Until End of Term
Mon & Tues  19 & 20 Nov  Karate Grading
Thurs & Fri 22 & 23 Nov Grade 3 Camp

22 & 23 Nov  Grade R Concert 
Sat 24 Nov  Dads & Lads Cricket 
Mon 26 Nov  Gr 3/4 Parents Evening 

26 Nov Grade R Circus Outing 
Sat 1 Dec  Dads & Lads Cricket 
Mon  3 Dec  Grade 1 Prize Giving (08:00 - 09:00) 
  3 Dec  Grade 2 Prize Giving (09:30 - 10:30) 
  3 Dec Grade 3 Prize Giving (18:00 - 19:00) 
Tues 4 Dec  School Close at 11:45 
Please see our Website calendar for future dates.


MNOTHO NHASSENGO was awarded a trophy for being Player of the Year for BCC Football Club.
BRADLEY ANDERSON was awarded several medals at our shooting clubs annual year end shoot - Junior Division  ( Under 18s), Gold Medal in .22 Rifle, Gold Medal in Handgun and Silver medal in Rifle (200m).
CLAYTON SHONE was awarded a medal for a Cycling race at the USN Cup in Modderfontein.
LUKE CORBETT was awarded medals for the SA Champion in Gymnastics Games.
AKANI MASONDO was awarded a trophy for the Best Goalkeeper at the Corinthians U8 Soccer Club.
GIANCARLO RACCANELLO received 9 medals and broke 4 records in the KZN Seagulls Winter Champ Gala. He also completed the Sun City 1500m Open Water Swim.
RYLIE MORRISON received a gold medal at the Action Cricket. His team won the league.
JAMES SYKES received his Prep Test Certificate for piano.
TIMOTHY BARBEAU participated in the Waterborn Junior League Gala and was placed 3rd in Butterfly, Individual Medley, Backstroke and Freestyle.
Participation and achievement certificates and trophies from BCC was awarded to:


1A Rowan Kee Consistently striving to do his best.
  Diego Da Costa Quick and accurate number bonds and counting patterns.
1B  Lorenzo Brites Excellent effort in learning his bonds.
  Callum Stagman Lovely expressive reading.
1C Lex Nortje Always giving of his best and producing work of high standard.
  Lehuruse Sibidi Good understanding of grouping and sharing sums.
1D James Magor A responsible approach to all his tasks.
  Tyler Wood Reading with fluency and enthusiasm.
2E Matthew Stanier Excellent creative sentences.
  Ruben Koegelenberg  Enthusiastic participation in our visit to Ryan's Nursery.
2F  Tyler Backos Outstanding improvement in all learning areas.
  Benjamin Deftereos Sharing his outstanding knowledge of plants and seeds.
2G Tiago Marques An improvement when writing sentences in the correct tense.
  Enrique Da Encarnacao Accurate multiplication story sums.
2H  Emiliano van Heerden Excellent work with money.
  Tyron Maroun Excellent repeated addition story sums.
3I Ben Riccardi An entertaining speech on Big Ben.
  Xander Singh Continued good effort in all his work.
3J Rafael Dos Santos Accuracy in division.
  Joshua Paravano Writing a great post visiting the Burj Khalifa on his "Facebook" page. 
3K Cristiano Nortje Interesting speech on The Terracotta Army.
  Quinton Ncwana Taking pride in his work. 
3L Daniel de Dominicis Exceptional use of Google slides in his speech about Petra.
  Hugo de Freitas Accurate division calculations. 


Tavongaishe Kadzomba
  Jordan Loyd
3J Devon Liebenberg
  Vaughn Swanepoel
3K Cuan Naidoo
  Hubert Plettenbacher
3L Evan Sheasby
  Joshua Venter


2E Kale Toole 1C Kyle Cameron
2F Xavier Ribeiro 2H Benjamin Platt
2G Samuel Philipson 1C Dante Dietrich
1C Diego Viret 3J Vincenzo Korras
3J Daniel Macneil 3J Matteo Patmore
2E Mark Zeng     


1D Jiho Lee 3K Ethan Garcia
1A Callym Thurlow 1A Rowan Kee
1D Dominic Esteves


Grade R: Volcano construction in the sandpit.

    Grade 1: Making bird feeders at Adventure Nature Club.

Grade 2: Today our seedlings were born.  Grade 3: Should we visit the Northern Lights - We use a 
PMI map to decide.

Final Word from the Head

Today, being All Souls Day, we remember and honour our departed loved ones and pray for their eternal rest. Our First Friday Mass was dedicated to celebrate their lives, especially our brothers Darren and Darwyn, and this morning a plaque was placed at our Garden of Remembrance and blessed by Father Thabo. 


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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