The Arts at Clifton

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.’

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 Clifton Music School offers individual tuition in a wide range of brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments as well as in piano and voice. Subject music is also available in the Senior Preparatory School and the College. 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.


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 ‘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.