“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
What does the future hold? There are many levels to this question. What does the future hold for the world – in a time of pandemics, crashing oil prices, missions to Mars and arguments about who should be the next James Bond? What does the future hold for South Africa – as I write this, on a dying laptop, in a hot office during load shedding, still getting notifications on my phone about the latest local series on Netflix?
We are pleased to report that our systems and protocols related to a safe return to school for our staff and boys are all in place. A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone into this process and Clifton aims to exceed the compliancy expectations put in place by the Department of Education.
To help us with our strategic thinking during this time of lockdown, we have engaged with Grant Ashfield of “Leadership Works”, who has previously led the management team through the work of Patrick Lencioni and the advantages of a healthy and smart organization (“The Advantage”, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, “The Ideal Team Player”). Amongst other things, Grant challenges us to think of a new “rallying cry”.
‘Begin with the End in Mind’ is habit no. 2 of Stephen Covey’s International best-selling book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. This poses a serious paradox with regards to our current situation. How can we possibly navigate our way to success, if we can’t currently see the end of Covid-19? There is however some respite if we apply some of the principles in Covey’s book.