Consider for a moment, the ancient explorers setting off into the unknown without charts and simply sturdy ships, willing crews and a reliance on some nautical instruments and the just stars; that they were able to weather the worst and map the new world. It strikes me that we now are facing a similar situation globally, where in a world now consumed by socio-economic crisis and uncertainty, many organisations and institutions are being challenged at every level.
The Clifton Sports department put together a great physical education program during the lockdown, allowing the Clifton gentlemen to keep active during these tough times. I recently had the opportunity to chat with our hard-working sports staff about some of their challenges and successes.
Written by Shaun McCabe: Director of The Arts at Clifton College
The annual Clifton and Durban Girls’ College musical collaboration is a delightful celebration of the talents of our youngsters and a testimony to the amount of time and effort that they and their respective music tutors spend working together. It also got me to thinking about the role the arts play in the life of boys.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) has gained a favourable space alongside IQ as findings continue to reveal connections to overall well-being and positive developmental outcomes. The EQ dialogue can now be found at all stages in the lifespan as theories and resources have emerged to “download” emotional competence. And it starts early.
EQ education can be a worthy endeavour, especially given that the core of EQ is self and other awareness. The challenge becomes evident when we consider the diverse expression of the emotional life of individuals. While we all have emotions and feelings, they can feel and present differently. Importantly, because of their underlying meaning, emotions and motivation are personal and unique.
As part of the gender-based violence awareness campaign, a black flag will be raised at Clifton on Thursday 6 August, signalling our school’s stand against gender-based violence. The flag will fly for the month of August.
The Head Boy and a Prep School boy raised the flag early this morning and an assembly was held later on. The black flag temporarily replaces the Clifton flag.
“Encouraging boys to read—particularly as they get older—remains a challenge. In spite of the popular belief that this task falls into language teachers’ domain, it is an important issue for every teacher because research shows that reading affects a boy’s success across the curriculum. All boys’ schools, librarians, and teachers should address this challenge. The purpose of libraries in boys’ schools, impact of teacher librarians, and the example set by other teachers and adult role models play a starring role.” – IBSC