Headmaster’s Newsletter 29 March 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

This term has certainly seen much happiness come in various forms…be it in the classrooms, sports fields or in the choir/Orchestra…or in building a fort somewhere in Top Woods.

The final two weeks of the Term have been memorable of a number of reasons. What a true delight the Grade 6 and 7 Production of “King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table” was capturing the energy, fun and wonderful wit of our children…but also our Director, Ms Nicolene Badenhorst and Drama teacher. Thank you to Ms Cathryn Calitz, who has lead our Band in accompanying the Production. Please see collage of photos on Page 3

Our Junior and Senior Musical recitals in the past few days have again emphasized the talent that exists in our School.

Fitting then, that Ms Nicolene Badenhorst’s article entitled “Put your children on stage” was published a few days ago in the Independent Education Magazine (Autumn 2019) edition. This is the premier and flagship magazine for independent Education. I am proud of her!

The link is https://www.isasa.org/books/autumn2019/50

The past few days have also seen our children “digging deep” on the sports fields. I have been proud on every occasion our children have gone out to swim, bat, smash a serve or whatever shot has been hit…the gutsy performances and more than competitive spirit is for me, the most important factor. The age-old adage: “It is not over until it is over,” has been proved so many times this term, and our First X1 Rugby Team win against St Andrews Prep (Grahamstown) First X1 a few days ago, proves that. The superb results and overall position of our teams at the Inter Prep Swimming Gala are also testimony to the spirit that prevails amongst our children…and staff!

I wish our 1st Open Girls’ Hockey Team (playing in the Wykeham Collegiate Hockey Festival this weekend) and our 1st X1 Boys’ Rugby Team (playing in the St John’s Easter Rugby Festival in Johannesburg) well. They are teams with much potential…and even bigger hearts.

I thanks Ms Kim Collyer as she concludes her time as the locum teacher in Grade 6. A passionate teacher, with much energy, she has impacted the lives of our Grade 6s in a short space of time. I thank her for her commitment to Clifton Notties. She is “not lost” to us, though, as she continues in her role as a facilitator to a number of our children from next term.

It is with much excitement (and the culmination of many months of work) that our new website went “live” yesterday. We are proud of it! The link is https://www.cliftonnotties.org.za


Mrs Naomi Holdt is an Educational psychologist, renowned speaker and trainer. Her workshop for parents, entitled, “Bulletproofing your child” (learning how to build resilience in your child in order to cope in today’s world) has been well received in recent months. She has presented this workshop at a number of schools in the Midlands. I am delighted that Naomi will be presenting this workshop for our parents (and other visiting parents) on 6 May at 6pm in our Chapel. A cost of R100 per person will include the workshop and refreshments…for details of the workshop, watch social media and other digital platforms in the days and weeks ahead.

All that is left to do, is to wish each of you a special time with your respective families these holidays. Travel safely.

I wish you all a blessed Easter.

Kind Regards,