Headmaster’s Newsletter 13 March 2019


Dear Parents/Guardian

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

This past weekend certainly saw “music speak” at the Collaboration of Choirs’ Festival at Michaelhouse where Clifton performed alongside The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Michaelhouse and Maritzburg Girls’ High choirs respectively. An honour indeed. I was very proud of our children…always a daunting moment stepping onto a large stage for the first time and facing a sea of faces. My congratulations to Ms Cathryn Calitz, our music teacher, who prepared our children beautifully. Congratulations and thanks too, to Mrs Karen Mckenzie (a Board member and former parent) who was instrumental (pun not intended) in “making the concert happen”.

This week sees the final week of our traditional Summer sports, with the last of the cricket matches being played this weekend. We are already “kicking into gear” with Rugby and Hockey conditioning and training stepping up a notch in the days and weeks ahead.

A reminder that the booking of time-slots for parent/teacher meetings needs to be happening, as well as the booking for seats for our Grade 6 + 7 Production, King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table. Tickets for the latter, are to be done through Mrs Cheryl Coetzer, our School Secretary.

Our annual Easter Service will take place on Friday 29 March in the Chapel. Details to follow.

Our revamped website (interestingly, the world-wide-web (www.) is 30 years old this week) is in its completion phase, with the mock-up of the website ready this Friday. I am excited about its launch which will be the end of this Term.

Last night, “project leaders”, PA members and the organisers of the J2C event, met at the Pavilion for a briefing and fine-tuning of the event. The organisers and original creators of the event completed the customary day 5 dry-run to Clifton Notties and were certainly grateful for the refreshments and warm welcome received by us all. My thanks to Mrs Clare Watt-Pringle for initiating and organizing this meeting.

Please note that the “Drop and Go” zone at the JP parking area is NOT a long-term parking area. It is for exactly as the name suggests.

I came across the following short article which reflects on the (obvious) benefits and links of being barefoot and the development of the brain. The link is:

Shed those shoes: Being barefoot benefits brain development and more!

Have a good week ahead!

Kind regards.