Edition 6: 27 February 2020

A Message from the Deputy Principal of the Foundation Phase

Dear Clifton Family

The past seven weeks have been busy yet fruitful. My thanks to all FP parents, teachers and boys for what has been achieved so far. As always Clifton has been a very exciting and action-packed place for the boys!

I have recently been visiting the Grades 1 to 3 classrooms and observing all the great teaching and learning taking place. The boys are being kept very busy and are equally excited about their ever-increasing knowledge. I am continually impressed with the boy’s positive learning attitudes and how much they are willing to help and support each other. Teachers will give them challenging activities and they will constantly try their best and never give up. There is always a positive ‘buzz’ in the classrooms and the boys want to talk about their learning and share their achievements. One thing is for sure; your son’s never have the chance to get bored at Clifton!

A glimpse into Gr R…

Play forms a big part of the curriculum in Grade R. The benefit of play for learning at this age simply cannot be discounted. It is always a delight to watch the Red Ants at play. This truly energises the soul! On one end of the ‘astro’, you have soccer being played with the space being transformed into a stadium. On the other end, you can find boys in the sandpit or playing basketball. What an awesome sight to behold!

At the end of last year I moved out of my office to make room for a Fantasy Area for Grade R, which thus far has been the best move ever. The Fantasy Area provides an opportunity for deep learning and social skill building through imaginative play.

The boys have thoroughly enjoyed using the space and all the new fantasy furniture purchased. This is so in line with Albert Einstein’s eloquent statement: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.” 

An Interesting Fact about play…

According to Fromberg and Gullo (1992), play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination and thinking skills. Frost (1992) concurred, stating that “play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination, intelligence, language, social skills and perceptual-motor abilities in young children” (p. 48).

I am looking forward to the entire phase maintaining this positive attitude to learning. I am confident that the boys will take every opportunity to develop and grow their strong wonderful minds, and what better environment for them to do this in than at Clifton!

Yours faithfully


Clifton News Bits

Clifton congratulates…

Jack Spence who competed in the Troutbeck ATU Triathlon Africa Cup in Zimbabwe last weekend. Jack placed second in the Junior Elite Men’s U19 race. An excellent achievement, Jack!

Ollie Rey who won the KZN U10 Mini Tennis Tournament at Westridge in February.

Rishabh Nathwani, who has made the eThekwini Primary School Under 13 District Tennis Team and will be taking part in the KwaZulu-Natal Inter-regional Trials from 28 February – 1 March.

The following College boys who won their sections in the Ethekweni Tennis Trials:

U19: Thomas Rey, Calum Jestin and Karan Varyani

U15: William Hermelin

Dwala Mkuzo is also through to play in the KZN trials and Ysusf Habib has been selected as a non-travelling reserve. They will be playing in the KZN Schools Inter-Regional Tournament, from 6 – 8 March.

Well done to the Clifton gents who competed in the KZN Junior Lifesaving Championships held on Sunday 2 February.

The results were as follows:


  • George Edward 41 points and winner of the title of U19 Competitor of the Championship
  • James Matthews: 39 points
  • Scott Cliff: 37 points
  • Matthew Doyle: 36 points
  • Conna Steadman: 34 points
  • William Pearse: 30 points
  • Brent Pearson: 9 points


  • Luke Achmad: 25 points
  • Matthew Reinders: 23 points


  • Matthew Coetzer: 59 points and winner of the title of U15 Competitor of the Championship
  • Kristian Muller 31 points


The KZN Senior Lifesaving Championships was held on Sunday 23 February. This is actually an event for men 19 years and older, however, our Junior men competed, and their results are as follows:

Competitor of the Championship: George Edward

  • George Edward: 26 points
  • James Matthews: 12 points
  • Matthew Doyle: 11 points
  • Conna Steadman: 9 points
  • Brent Pearson: 9 points
  • William Pearse 8 points
  • Scott Cliff: 2 points

Clifton congrats to the following water polo players who have been selected for the SA teams for the EU Nations U17 and for CANA taking place in Zimbabwe.

U18 Team for the African Qualification tournament (qualifier for the U18 WC vs Zimbabwe and Egypt)

Simon Taylor
Reserves: James Parry and Noah Ditz

U17 EU Nations

Chad Uys
Reserve: Jack Aylward

CANA – Zimbabwe U15

Reserve: Jedd Poovan

CANA – Zimbabwe U14

Oliver Ditz
Ross Strauss
Reserve: Reece Rezac

 Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to compete at the U18 Currie Cup National Tournament for these teams:


Blake Saayman
Simon Taylor
James Parry
Noah Ditz
Jack Aylward
Chad Uys


Riley Hardwick

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council for 2020!

We wish our 1st XI and their coaching staff who are on tour at St Alban’s all the best for the Independent Schools Cricket Festival. Keep up the great play, gents!



The Grade 6 Outreach Club enjoyed a visit from KZN Valley Dogs. The boys collected dog, cat and chicken food to donate to this organization. The KZNVD staff go into the Inanda Valley every Sunday to help to feed the animals living in the poor communities of the valley. They also help with sterilization projects and an array of other things! Greyhounds JJ and King came along to visit us as well as little Munchkin. The boys thoroughly enjoyed having them here and racing the dogs across the field!

The Grade 1 boys developed their phonological awareness skills by playing with noodle phones. It’s such fun to speak in code!

Clifton Old Boys

We were very grateful to have a visit from Cameron Maingard (Deputy Head Boy and proxime accessit Dux 2015), who popped in to speak to the Clifton College Accounting boys about the  BCom Acc degree, life at university and the Board 1 exam. He is travelling overseas shortly – leaving next week – so we were very lucky to catch him before he left!

Thanks for joining us, Cameron!


Clifton Classifieds


Please call Amy Mezher on 064 687 5934 or email:  amymez6@gmail.com if you are looking for a reliable House Sitter or Baby Sitter.

Tersia Brenna has eighteen years of experience in supervising and teaching children from 3 months olds to 5year-olds.  She also has experience with autistic and ADHD children. She is available to au pair, assist with homework and holiday care Monday to Friday and weekends from the 15 December onwards.  Please contact her on 063 535 1952.


Live in full-time maid required in the Morningside area, preferably in her 30’s, well-spoken and presentable. Must have cooking skills.

Au Pair with solid experience looking after children, honest and dependable for ad hoc au pair work.

Please contact Greg on 083 775 6992



Clifton Classified advertising is open to current parents and staff of Clifton. The cost per advert is R100, which will be debited to your son’s school account.

For bookings, email: marketing@cliftonschool.co.za