Headmaster’s Newsletter 06 February 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

I have always enjoyed the above words by Maya Angelou. On many platforms, I have stated how EQ (emotional quotient) is as important for us at Clifton, as the “traditional” IQ. Put bluntly, IQ will get one hired for a job one day, but EQ will get one promoted. The importance of: empathy, kindness, self-awareness, the ability to self-regulate, motivation and other social skills, are constantly reinforced in our children on a daily basis…skills needed for life.

The following article from The New York Times is a more than interesting one which looks at how we as parents (and teachers) can help our children (young and older) cope with conflict, as well as the difference between conflict and bullying. Please click the image below;

It is with sadness that I report that Mrs Jan Menear has tended her resignation as from 1 March 2019. Having been at Clifton for the past 13 years (both as a parent and as a staff member), Jan leaves us to take up a post as Epworthian Liaison Officer at Epworth Schools in Pietermaritzburg. We wish her well.

Speaking of past pupils, it was more than gratifying seeing David Miller (class of 2002), chosen as the Captain of the South Africa Protea T20 Team which played against Pakistan this past week. A proud moment indeed.

Another proud moment, is our hosting of our first (completed) swimming Gala at Clifton Notties…when one considers that the inaugural Gala was halted by a massive hailstorm last year! Our newly installed electronic scoreboard was an added attraction at the Gala.

I wish to remind everyone of the 20km/h speed-limit on campus. Adhering to the speed limit is vital on our school campus. I appreciate your co-operation in this regard.

I wish you a happy week ahead.

Kind regards.