Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 08 May 2019


Dear Parents/Guardian

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein

These words are more than apt no matter what the context…and, as we vote today, it is doubly relevant. I trust that your voting experience has been an easy and uneventful one.

I particularly enjoyed the presentations by Mrs Naomi Holdt this past Monday. Having presented a workshop/presentation to our staff in the afternoon, the evening parent/staff workshop entitled: “Bullet-proofing your child,” was equally well received. Challenges in being a 21st century parent (and teacher) there are aplenty, and Naomi’s hard-hitting and practical approach in identifying the skills needed, were encouraging and reassuring. Her presentations were video recorded and Naomi has indicated that she will make them available for you to view. I will ensure that they are made available via a link in one of the upcoming newsletters.

As indicated in the Sports’ News later in this newsletter, a record number of our boys and girls have been selected to represent their respective uMgungundlovu/Midlands teams in hockey and rugby. In addition to these achievements, a number of our children have also been selected to represent KZN squash. I am hugely proud of our children…and coaches. With a number of our children away on trips (or ill), appropriate photographs haven’t been able to be taken – they will be reflected in next week’s newsletter.

I am looking forward to our Grade 7 Marimba Band and Senior Primary Choir performances at the Michaelhouse Music Festival this weekend. It promises to be a veritable feast of cultural treats!

From sport and culture to …dogs. I came across this article on the role of dogs at a school. Few can argue that there are a relatively large number of dogs at Clifton! The article by Sean Coughlan explores the role of (a) dog(s) at a school, quoting Sir Anthony Seldon, the Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University who says that “The quickest and biggest hit that we can make to improve mental health in our schools and to make them feel safe for children, is to have at least one dog in every single school…”

I am hesitant to say it, but the phrase “going to the dogs” is one I am happy to have associated with Clifton Notties!
The link to the article is: https://www.bbc.com/news/education-47655600

Have a good week ahead!

Kind regards.