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Newsletter 16 November 2018

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This Week's Conversation


Creativity is one of the 4 C-words which describe the skills necessary for future employment. When I read stories by Roald Dahl and JK Rowling I cannot help but wonder where these two authors got their ideas from! How powerful was their imagination? One cannot be faulted for thinking that creativity is a talent often expressed in art and music when it is actually a skill that can be taught and developed. A skill that is vital for science and even maths. Creativity is developed by encouraging children to do what comes naturally; asking many questions, daydreaming, inventing, experimenting and improvising. 

With the long holiday ahead of us here is a homework list for creativity development:

Create a Concoction lab. Raid the cupboard for expired flour, powders, creams etc. Have some containers, spoons and funnels available.
Reuse. Collect boxes and empty containers. Add sellotape, glue and paint to the mix.

Bob the Builder. Have a box with old electronics as well as some wires, bulbs and batteries. Boys will love taking old things apart and also making new things.
Board game twist. Reinvent some old favourites. Can your son invent new rules for Chinese checkers, monopoly etc?

Beautiful Boredom. When last did you chase your child outside with nothing to do? How long until a stick becomes a Star Wars Saber? Some boredom is an effective way of encouraging children to become creative.

One of the Habits of Mind is to Respond with Wonderment and Awe. Always encourage your boys to marvel and to be intrigued. To feel enthusiastic and passionate about learning, inquiring and mastering.




Most of us are very familiar with the David and Goliath story. It is often told to emphasise the point that superiority in size or stature doesn’t automatically result in a victory. This interpretation slightly distracts us from one of the dominant themes that runs through the Bible: God is a winner, and winning is of God. David’s own words testify to this in 1 Samuel 17: 46:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Paul touches on this same theme in Colossians 2:15  when writing  about the glory of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, the crucified Lord:

‘And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’

In other words, Jesus took on the powers of evil and darkness and he showed them flames. He absolutely thrashed them.

God is a winner; and the call to living an authentic Christian life is a call to victory.

It is however important to note that Jesus’ victory is achieved by and through the cross. You see, winning is not for free! Winning comes at the cost of hard work and sacrifice. Thomas Aquinas defined laziness as the fear of hard work. And it really is rooted in fear! We must consider the sad truth that many prefer laziness over victory, Sacrifice is no joke. Hard work makes demands over you, it lays a claim to your time, your energy, your emotions, your mind, your heart and your soul. Faced with these stakes, many prefer to cower away into a comfortable, sleep-filled and lazy life. Jesus didn’t win by dodging death, He won by facing it and entering into it head on so as to defeat it from within, at its very core. Just when satan thought he had triumphed, Christ rose from the dead, crushing the devil together with his entire army.

Unfortunately, you and I are living in a culture that values and promotes a peculiar strain of laziness and arrogance. We’re constantly looking for ways to avoid having to do anything. We’re forever ducking and diving, constantly foregoing responsibility. Added to this, we’re taught to hide this fear of earning success behind a mask of pretentious arrogance. In this circumstance, how I look and what people think of me tends to be more important than the truth of who I am and where I am, relevant to my goals. By contrast, a humble person gives little concern to what he looks like in the eyes of the crowd. Both Jesus and David rejected the jeering under-estimations of the crowds and firmly fixed their focus on the love that the Father has for them and the power he has to deliver them from any of their enemies. Those who are humble and hard working don’t have time to play status games. Like Christ they are too busy pursuing excellence to be bothered by illusions of grandeur.



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).


It has become a tradition for the Grade 3’s to hand over their school sandals to children less fortunate, before they leave the Junior Prep, as they will no longer wear these in Grade 4. At the end of their prize-giving event on Monday 03 December they will receive a cable tie and will be invited to connect their pair of shoes and place in the collection box in the foyer. They may come to school barefoot or wearing slops on the last day of school. This is a voluntary gesture and boys from other grades who may have outgrown their shoes may also contribute to the collection with their parents’  permission. Other shoes may also be added to the collection.


At the end of each year we have traditionally collected the boys’ leftover stationery to donate to needy schools. We thank you for supporting this voluntary initiative. If you would prefer to keep the leftover stationery please notify the class teacher.

Christmas Mass Times

Please click here for our Christmas Mass Times



We encourage all parents to attend these events as each boy will receive a certificate recognising his achievement in a particular area of learning. This is in line with our philosophy to acknowledge and celebrate the individual effort of each boy as well the top three Academic Achievements in each class. All events take place on Monday 3 December. Please take note of times:

Grade 1: 8:00 Boys may go home straight after the event. Choir members will be asked to stay on to sing at the Grade 2 event.
Grade 2: 9:30 All boys may go home after the event.
Grade 3: 18:00 Cocktail party followed by the awards ceremony. 


As part of the Life Skills component of the Grade 3 curriculum, the boys took part in our Annual International Food Day. It gave the boys the opportunity to make and sell products to the Grade 1 and 2 boys. The boys had so much fun creating and making items of a given country. All profits made by the boys will be donated to our chosen charity, St. Francis Children’s Home.



On Monday our boys had the opportunity to perform at our termly Informal Music Concert. Both the boys and their music teachers must be commended on the progress that they have made. Well done boys.



The JP choir are preparing for their last performance at our annual Gr 1 and Gr 2 Prize Givings on the morning of Monday 3 December. In preparation for this, the choir will continue to meet every Wednesday morning at 07:10 for their choir practice until the end of the term. Thank you for your support.


The Music Department offers extra cost instrumental lessons in the following instruments:
Piano/Recorder/Flute/Saxophone/Clarinet/Bagpipes/Violin/Cello/Electric Guitar/Bass Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Voice/Drum Kit/Pipe Band Snare Drum 
2019 charges
i)   R 2120.00 per term for 10, 30 minute lessons
ii)  R 3180.00 per term for 10, 45 minute lessons              
ii)  R 4240.00 per term for 10, 60 minute lessons
Should your son be interested in learning an instrument in 2019, please click on the following link to access our Application Form




The Grade 3 Sports programme is aligned with the Prep School Sports Department and follows a different structure to that in the Junior Prep. It is therefore essential that at least one parent attends the meeting to familarise themselves with the new format, fixtures and communication to ensure a more smooth transition for your son.
The meeting will take place from 18:00-19:00 in the JP Hall on 28 November 2018.


Gr R- 1: Field hockey skills - dribbling the ball, stopping and passing, evasion skills. Game-play basics.
Swimming: Learn to Swim and stroke correction
Gr 2: Splash Polo - Treading water, throwing and catching, swimming with the ball, game-play basics.

The events will start promptly at 7:30 and end approximately at the latest 9:30.
This is a great opportunity for boys and their male role models ( either a dad, grandfather or uncle or significantly older male role model ) to come together and have fun surrounding the exciting Mini-cricket Game format.
A debrief on the Game Layout will be held on the mornings of the respective events ( Grade 1 cricket boys - 24 November & Grade 2 cricket boys - 1 December )

Due to a quick start to the 2019 cricket fixture calendar, there will be cricket trials taking place after school on Tuesday 27 November from 12:20 - 14:20. Boys will be transported from the JP to the Prep Fields. 

Boys will not need the full cricket kit for now. If your son is intent on taking up cricket for the 2019 Grade 3 season it is  recommended that the full kit please be purchased. If your son is unable to attend the first cricket trials, he will have another opportunity in January 2019 to attend another set of trials.


Grade 3 Cricket Trials: Monday 26 November - more details to follow on the St Benedict's App.
Well done to all cricket, tennis and swimming boys on their achievements this term!



From Monday 19 November, all classes will close at 12:10. Boys will be supervised at the shade cloth till 12:30 and those not collected by then will return to their class where they can be collected.  From 13:10 boys will wait at the office entrance. If you are not able to collect your son early please inform the class teacher and those boys will stay in the classroom until 13:10.
The extra-mural programme has now ended, unless otherwise advised by private clubs.

Dates to Diarise

Fri 16 Nov  Last Day of Extra Murals 
Sat 17 Nov  Mini Cricket at St Benedict's 
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 
Wed  28 Nov  Gr 3 2019 - Sport Meeting (18:00) 
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.


DARREN OSBORN passed his piano Grade Prep Test.
CRISTIANO NORTJE received a certificate from the National Eisteddfod for Piano Own Choice - Solo Grade 3.
COOPER BOAST received a medal from Jeppe Soccer Club for Outstanding Participation in Football.
DOMENIC JANSE VAN RENSBURG received a medal from Jeppe Soccer Club for Outstanding Participation in Football.
PADRAIG JANSE VAN RENSBURG received a medal and trophy from Jeppe Soccer Club for Player's Player.
KELLAN PULFORD received a medal and a trophy from Jeppe Soccer Club for Most Improved Player.
MATTEO ERASMUS competed in the Goju Kai South African Nationals in Stellenbosch. He won gold for individual Kata and bronze for Unison Kata.
AKANI MASONDO received a medal for Outstanding Participation in Soccer.
DOMENIC ESTEVES, CARTER THURLOW and CALLYM THURLOW received a medal for participation in the Kids 94.7 Cycle Challenge.
BRAYDEN COMPTON received a trophy from Olympia FC for Most Improved Player
DEVON LIEBENBERG, CALLUM WALKER and RYLIE MORRISON was chosen for the U10 Little League Easterns Inter Provincial Tournament Cricket Squad for 2019.
AIDAN SHERRATT received a trophy from Olympia FC for U9 Player of the Year.
MATTEO ERASMUS was awarded Ekurhuleni Colour for Unison Kata & Kumite. He won silver in both divisions.
DALE ESTERHUIZEN received the Chess trophy for the most points in Chess this them.


1A Noah Brannigan Consistent effort in Reading.
  Giuliano De Dominicis Perseverance and a positive attitude.
1B  Riley van der Merwe Excellent sentence writing.
  Zuriel dos Santos Good understanding of grouping and sharing.
1C Troy Whelan Being a responsible and well behaved Bennies Boy.
  Nicholas Van Niekerk Reading with fluency and good comprehension.
1D Darren Osborn Excellent effort in sentence writing.
  Adam Scott-Hayward Good use of past tense in written sentences.
2E Brandon Findlay Excellent use of spelling.
  Jared Ramsay Always working quietly and conscientiously.
2F  Xavier Ribeiro Wonderful money calculations.
  Callum Hertenberger Perseverance and diligence throughout the year.
2G Joao Sequeira Excellent comprehension skills.
  Mario Rodrigues Perseverance in Afrikaans.
2H  Daniel Mai Excellent use of punctuation.
  Cristiano Thomaz An excellent Grasshopper and Ant story.
3I Matteo Erasmus Fluent and expressive Afrikaans reading.
  Reece Botha Creating beautiful firework salt art.
3J Jarred Wood Working carefully and neatly when writing in pen.
  Santiago Dos Santos Reading with great expression and fluency.
3K Luke Rugg Reading "Buks se bad" beautifully in Afrikaans.
  Matthew Buyskes Quick and accurate clock work.
3L Krish Vaswani Excellent data handling.
  Kieron Iswarlall Imaginative and well-structured sentences in his written work.


Cameron Taggart
  Alyan Khan
3J Santiago Dos Santos
  Callum Brudvig
3K James Wang
  Oratile Moloantoa
3L Emanuele Joseph
  Cameron du Plessis


2G Joao Sequeira 2G Matthew van Niekerk
2G Bokang Dikole 2G Alessio Santana
2H Brandan Erasmus 2F Tyler Backos


2H Daniel Mai 1D Miguel Regal
1B Kellan Pulford 2E Logan Surtees
1D Trishan Marie  2H  Henry Wang 
2G Kagiso Mofokeng  2G  Cole McNeilage 


Grade R: We made very creative and colourful balancing parrots.

    Grade 1: We just loved our Boys Book Breakfast.

Grade 2: We loved watching our Grass Heads grow.  Grade 3: We celebrated Remembrance Day on Monday.

Final Word from the Head

This term we have been talking a lot about PERSEVERANCE - developing the drive to push through when faced with challenges. We can’t avoid difficulties but we can give children skills to put in their best effort rather than giving up. So let your son explain Perseverance to you, and look out for opportunities to acknowledge where he has persevered, and help him recognise the feeling of pride and achievement. This will pave the way to become a resilient and optimistic adult, and the good news is that this can be nurtured in all children.
Wishing you a good week ahead teaching your son to love challenges.


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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