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News, information and perspectives on Clifton and the education of boys.

The Clifton ‘Transformation Wall’

The Clifton ‘Transformation Wall’

By Mrs Noku Dlamini
Director of Transformation: College

The sanctity of birds is frequently related to their ability to fly close to the heavens and get wisdom from a different perspective. That is why I was so thrilled when Gifford “Giffy” Duminy proposed birds as our symbol of transformation at Clifton. That is what being transformed is about, being able to take on multi perspectives and be empathetic.

From Stage to Screen – a Clifton COVID adventure

From Stage to Screen – a Clifton COVID adventure

By Nichola and Ivan Boniaszczuk

Alongside many tragedies caused by the pandemic, the closing of theatres and the shackling of The Arts for so long, has been a cause of much heartache. Just as the livelihoods of so many professional performers were unravelling, our own young performers were missing out on vital parts of their development. How does one promote performance when one cannot have an audience or even performers in close proximity for extended periods? The ancient Greek actors famously wore masks but… it is fair to say, of an entirely different sort!

‘Master Harold’… and the boys

‘Master Harold’… and the boys

By Phoebe Jordaan-Schoeman

The lights came on, the speakers buzzed, the stage wall received paint, costumes were dusted off, props precisely placed – the rehearsal of lines echoing on the empty walls of the auditorium…For the first time in more than a year, the curtains of the Sutcliffe theatre opened on 13 May for one evening of theatre.

This year’s annual production was of Athol Fugard’s autobiographical play, “‘Master Harold’ … and the boys”. The audience was transported to a tearoom in St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth in the 1950s where they witnessed the defining moment in Hally’s life.

Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day 2021

At the conclusion of the Human Rights Day assembly on Friday, the College boys signed the Clifton Discrimination Proclamation that was formulated by the Transformation and Diversity team.
Afterwards, the proclamation plaque was unveiled in the Mitchell Square by Mr Knowles and Head Boy, George Tattari. Mrs Dlamini referred to the journey of transformation and diversity at Clifton and congratulated the boys for their bravery and commitment to the process.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLIFTON CLASS OF 2020!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLIFTON CLASS OF 2020!

Exceptional Matric Results for the class of 2020   Congratulations! The Clifton Class of 2020 has done it again! 100% pass rate and 94% bachelor passes. A great set of results from a committed and determined group of young men who were ready for the challenge....

Why boys’ schools need women in positions of authority

Why boys’ schools need women in positions of authority

By Mr Shaun McCabe

There are currently some 29 female leaders in countries or self-ruling territories. Of the 25 monarchies, there are reigning Queens in at least two countries: Denmark and the United Kingdom – and the latter is represented by female Governor Generals in 4 of the other 15 countries in which she is also Queen. There are 13 female Presidents. There are also female Prime Ministers. The point I am trying to make with this digression really concerns itself – in its simplest form – with the concept of female leadership as role-models to a new generation of young people.

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!

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.