Our weekly newsletter that summarises and features some of the events and activities that take place at our school each week.
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”.
A Mother’s Day Message from our FP Staff A Mother's Day Message from our FP Staff...
We regularly receive news of young Connor Buck (Grade 11) as he continues to rise through the ranks in the swimming world. Swimming South Africa has just released the SA National rankings as at the end of the truncated season and as can be seen, Connor has had a good year – evidenced by his excellent rankings. Well done, young man. Your dedication and commitment to your sport are wonderful to see.
‘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.
FILM ACADEMY COVID CHALLENGE
The students in the Film Academy were all invited to produce their own short horror films during the COVID 19 lockdown. Much like the annual Clifton Film Festival – the “Ogres” – we recognize all of the effort and skill that goes into making short films.
Dear Members of the Clifton Community,
As a country and community, as well as a school community, we have faced various unique challenges as we confront the implications of the coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown. We have had to deal with the very real and practical challenges of closing the school in March, getting the online system up and running effectively, as well as coping with the practical and emotional issues around the lockdown in the community and home environment.
Staff and boys began with the Clifton Online Programme this week.
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?
Mrs Megan de Beyer launched her new book “How to Raise a Man: The modern mother’s guide to parenting her teenage son” at a book launch in the Sutcliffe Theatre on Monday night. The launch took the form of an interview with Jane Linley-Thomas of East Coast Radio, and whilst the interview, and Megan’s responses were aimed at mothers, there was certainly much that was useful for the dads in the audience – even dads of “ex-teenage” sons like myself!