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Newsletter 01 March 2019
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Sport teaches life skills that we as parents cannot teach our children, encompassing more than just the benefit of physical activity. Increases in self-esteem and mental alertness make school sports and games necessary for every school age boy. Games and sports are an integral part of a boy’s school life. 

Friendships are grown and tested both on and off the sports field. Time management is a vital skill that all children need to learn when trying to juggle their academic and sporting commitments. Boys should study hard to be successful in their academics but they should also play games and sports to enjoy the health and vigour of life.

Respect for the members of their team is a lesson our boys learn out on the sports field and on the water every single day. They realise that it is not luck that gets you into the team, but hard work and commitment and they quickly learn to respect the members of the team who work hard at their game. 

Self-discipline, probably the most difficult of all skills to instill in young people and in ‘doing the right thing even when nobody's watching’, is easily developed in children who participate in sport. They quickly learn that if they leave their kit at home or equipment behind, they not only let themselves down, but the whole team. 

We have all heard the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. The importance of play or sports for boys has become even more relevant in our current times and schools have a prominent part to play in it. The extended school hours compared to a few decades ago, plus the lack of adequate sports facilities for most children near their homes, have put the responsibility on schools to take a lead in providing this essential component of growing up. The benefits of playing sport are many and it leads to balanced mental and physical growth. It teaches the children life skills like teamwork, leadership and patience. It inculcates discipline and playing within the rules. It builds sportsmanship, which is to play within the spirit of the game and to win with humility and lose with dignity and grace. All of which are necessary to grow into a successful adult.

Playing and excelling in sport teaches our boys the importance of hard work, perseverance, learning from failure and the importance of grasping opportunities.
It results in improvement in self-esteem for certain boys who may not necessarily have talents that are aligned with other interests; builds confidence, which may result in an improved academic performance. It also serves as the best ice-breaker for new students, helping them to become part of the group a little faster.
Rest assured parents, that while your boys are active on the school playing field, interacting with their school friends, they are developing into well rounded, balanced young gentlemen who will, one day, fulfill responsible roles in society. 



Please consult the sports planner for details regarding venues and times


Communication is always a fundamental element to that of a school; nowadays, particularly with the busy lives experienced by both boys and parents alike, communicative convenience is paramount so that we may all be better organised each and every day. At the moment, in the Preparatory School, the following are used for communicative purposes:

A fortnightly newsletter is published via the school’s website and parents receive an email notification when the newsletter is updated; considering that there is a waning in a newsletter’s effectiveness, we are, like many other schools, reconsidering the publishing thereof and may look to phase the newsletter out entirely. 
The Sports Planner is published to the website and School app weekly.

The school app is increasingly popular. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to download it as soon as possible. Use this link: http://stbenedicts.eventapp.com.au to download the app. The code to activate the app is StBen317; most of our communication is sent through the school app; we try our utmost to avoid email unless it is a lengthy necessity. 

On social media, please be sure to follow us on:

* Facebook : stbenedictscollegebedfordview
* Twitter: @BenniesZA@stbenprep
* Instagram: the_bennies_army

Parents are also invited to view and make use of the Google calendar which is available at http://www.stbenedicts.co.za/Calendar.


Peak hour at St Benedict’s is directly before and after school. Please ensure that while you are dropping off or picking up your son, you are parked in a designated parking bay. This allows for easy traffic flow and also keeps our boys safer as they are not standing in the middle of the road loading their bags into the car. 



St Benedict’s Cubs were awarded the District’s “Cub Pack of the Year” at the BP celebrations held on the 24th February.

Well done to cubs, scouters and their families for all their hard work and commitment to making our pack such a success”