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The Arts at Clifton

At Clifton, we recognise the importance of encouraging participation in and appreciation for the arts. To this end, a wide variety of opportunities in the arts exist for each boy to find a niche for self-expression and a chance to explore his creativity.

Our Music Department offers individual tuition in a wide range of brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments as well as in piano and voice. Our choir and our musicians perform regularly on a variety of stages.

Boys who are interested in theatre are given numerous opportunities to perform in our school
productions as well as in the inter-house festivals. Our school productions include the staging of the annual junior play for Grade 8 and 9 boys, the senior play for boys in Grades 10, 11 and 12 and a production for our more adventurous thespians.

Led by dedicated members of staff, who are able to bring their expertise and instill their passion into the activities, each boy’s potential is developed to its full. This also allows for the best to excel; and, indeed, we have seen our College Choir achieve international accolades, our public speakers represent South Africa and a photographer awarded a global prize.

The arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. That is why, in any country, the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’

 

Clubs and Societies

Clifton boys are able to choose from a variety of clubs and societies that take place as part of the formal school curriculum and in the co-curricular programme. In this way, they are able to experience new challenges and extend their interests in activities that lie well beyond the bounds of the classroom.

Clifton boys may choose one or more of the following:

  • Dramatics/Theatrical Productions
  • Music
  • Chamber Choir
  • Marimba Ensemble
  • College Choir
  • College Orchestra
  • College Art
  • Quizzes and Olympiads
  • Prep Choir
  • Prep Orchestra
  • Photography Society
  • Prep Art Club
  • Spoken Word Society
  • Film Academy
  • Debating
  • Public Speaking

The Clifton Film Academy

The Clifton Film Academy produced a video to kick off our annual ‘Cultural Daze’ week entitled “Culture Shock”. Acted, voiced, filmed and edited by the boys, it showcases the hard work and commitment that goes into the wide variety of cultural activities on offer at our school.

Film Academy Covid Challenge

The students in the Film Academy were all invited to produce their own short horror films during the COV9D 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, so awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Original concept
  • Makeup
  • Production Design
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Design & Editing
  • Film Editing
  • Directing
  • Best Film

The only constraint was length: the films had to be between 15 and 30 seconds. Several films were either too long or too short so they were not considered for the overall prize (Best Film), but they were considered for all of the technical categories.

Well done to everyone who took part – it takes a lot of time to plan, film and edit a short film and you all produced films of which you can be proud.

Yashwant Naidoo

Winner of the category: ORIGINAL CONCEPT and PRODUCTION DESIGN

ALEXANDER CHRISTIE-REARDON

Winner of the category:  CINEMATOGRAPHY and DIRECTING

DYLAN MCROBBIE

Winner in the category:  SOUND DESIGN AND EDITING