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What is the purpose of History?

What is the purpose of History?

By Mr Shaun McCabe

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

– George Santayana

Today, history forms a huge component of human knowledge in general, alongside cultural and scientific knowledge, both of which overlap with history. Historians place a great emphasis on primary sources; people writing based on events they or their immediate friends actually experienced, rather than secondary sources, writing merely based on hearsay.

Also important are comparisons between primary sources. Without comparisons, it can be difficult to validate historical claims.

VUCA – An old idea for a new crisis

VUCA – An old idea for a new crisis

By Mr Shaun McCabe
“Strategic leadership is accidental, being in the right place at the right time. But if opportunity is essential, so is preparation.” [1]
When the US Army War College in the late-1980s was developing thinking in a post-Cold War era that reflected the more Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, I don’t believe that they could have factored in the current global situation we find ourselves in.

Joyce delivers on his vow to parents

Joyce delivers on his vow to parents

Thirteen-year-old Joyce Lokosu has won a bursary to Clifton School in Durban fulfilling a vow he made to his parents when he was at Addington Primary.
Joyce was in Grade 2 when he visited Clifton on an organised tour with some of his classmates and was so impressed by what he saw that he told his mother and father he would attend the school one day and they wouldn’t have to pay any fees!

MATRIC VALEDICTORY CEREMONY 2020

MATRIC VALEDICTORY CEREMONY 2020

A young man’s journey in life needs structure, guideposts and moments of reflection and inspiration. At Clifton, key events and milestones intentionally contribute to the building of young men of significance.
Rooted in this journey are the relationships and partnerships with family, teachers, coaches, peers and mentors. This passage to manhood celebrates passion, courage, humility, engagement, care and integrity. Our young men leave Clifton with a sense of self, service and purpose.

On Saturday we celebrated the matric class of 2020 as they completed their formal school days by ringing the bell at Founders’ House and signing out as pupils of Clifton. It was a memorable and emotional morning for the boys, their friends and their parents as they bade farewells and sang the school war cry along with the Grade 8 and 11 boys. This rite of passage is one of many that we celebrate at Clifton as we journey with our boys to manhood.

Best wishes for your finals, gents! Prodesse Quam Conspici.

PARENTING TIPS FROM PAUL BUSHELL

PARENTING TIPS FROM PAUL BUSHELL

I know that asking for help can be difficult. I offer a non-judging, confidential and professional service,” Paul explains. With international and local experience, he offers an empathetic service for a variety of psychological needs, including depression, anxiety, adjustment, identity and marriage counselling.

He is also a specialist facilitator for personal and group development, covering parenting, design thinking, creativity, conflict resolution and problem-solving.
With a strong background and interest in business psychology, Paul is able to offer psychometric assessments to guide your child in choosing the right subjects and courses.

THE CLIFTON GAIL TEUNISSEN SCHOLARSHIP

THE CLIFTON GAIL TEUNISSEN SCHOLARSHIP

When Clifton College opened in 2002, a decision was taken to provide a scholarship to a learner from Addington Primary School. Awarded annually, the Gail Teunissen Scholarship has since become a remarkable success story, positively affecting not only the lives of its recipients but the lives of their families and communities.