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

Clifton donate cricket kit

Clifton donate cricket kit

By Mrs Feroza Asmall

“Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu” – “I am because you are”. This is how we describe the meaning of Ubuntu. It speaks to the fact that we are all connected, and that one can only grow and progress through the growth and progression of others.

A few months ago, I had to buy my son new cricket shoes as he had outgrown the shoes that I bought him not even a few months before! I looked at his shoes – the old ones- and I thought these are still like new and can be used by someone else that can fit into them.

Life is not always a bed of roses

Life is not always a bed of roses

By Mr Jason Brown
Preparatory School Principal

There is a danger in education, and life, where we can get fixated on the outcomes, rather than the process. There are many anecdotes referencing the ‘journey being more important than the destination. I might argue this point having travelled from Johannesburg to Durban in the 1970s in a VW ‘Volksiebus’ with 2 adults, 5 siblings, 1 cat and 2 dogs – one of which was decidedly flatulent.

A Boys’ School Construct offering Holistic Education

A Boys’ School Construct offering Holistic Education

By Mr Praveshen Iyer
Deputy Principal: College Co-curricular

A boys’ school by conviction, Clifton provides an educational environment that is designed to facilitate learning and assist in developing young men of character who share an uncompromising belief in the power of family values.”
(Knowles D, 2021).

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.