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Clifton Calling

Our weekly newsletter that summarises and features some of the events and activities that take place at our school each week.

RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF TURBULANCE

RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF TURBULANCE

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.

COVID AND SCHOOL SPORT

COVID AND SCHOOL SPORT

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.

THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN EDUCATING BOYS

THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN EDUCATING BOYS

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.

The Emotional Life of Boys: One Size Does Not Fit All

The Emotional Life of Boys: One Size Does Not Fit All

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.

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.

THURSDAYS IN BLACK

THURSDAYS IN BLACK

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.

BOYS AND READING

BOYS AND READING

“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

THE FUTURE?  IT’S SCARY.  IT’S EXCITING!

THE FUTURE? IT’S SCARY. IT’S EXCITING!

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?