Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 14 August 2019


“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality of that which guarantees all the others.”


Dear Parents

By the time you read this, it will be mid-term break and the end of August is in sight. The year is  speeding by.

Today sees our Senior Primary Inter- House Athletics competition take place. The children have been  practising hard for the past weeks, with some wonderful results already seen in the pre-events of
recent days. I wonder if this is the year for a parents/staff/pupils race? My running spikes are ready!

On the top bank, overlooking the main Oval is a “new edition” to the campus…a wooden “Clifton  selfie – frame” donated generously by a group of parents. I encourage many photos to be taken…and shared far and wide! I remain grateful for the support we receive on all fronts from our parents.

At our Monday Assembly, Mrs Kate Bain from ‘Partners for Possibility’, gratefully received the books donated by our children for Mandela Day.

Mrs Bain stressed the vital impact sharing one’s resources with those less privileged can have.

Once again, my sincere thanks to all our parents who so generously donated to this worthwhile cause.

As featured on our Facebook page, a number of our children have excelled on numerous instruments in the Music Eisteddfod held in Pietermaritzburg in recent weeks. I am proud of our children, wholly involved in all that Clifton Notties offers: in the classroom, sports-fields or cultural arena. It is about well- rounded children finding their passion and interest in a fast-changing world. It is also about equipping them with the emotional skills needed to cope in this world of ours. That is the crux: talent and ability is one thing, having the skills to see the talent/passion/ability realised and managed, is a whole other reality.

The following article is an informative one on a topic which resonates with me: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ). As has often been reflected in these newsletters and elsewhere, these so-called “softer skills” are as vital to our children as it is to teach the academic curriculum and its associated skills. I have heard it said on many an occasion: IQ will get you the job, while EQ will more than likely get you the promotion. The article focuses on building social and emotional intelligence in children and how to teach connection and civility. The link to this article is: https://www.heysigmund.com/building-social-emotional-intelligence-connection-civility/

We wish Ms Louise Jelliman well as she celebrates her marriage to Clarissa this mid-term break. Our best wishes are extended to them both on this special day.

Safe travels for our Grade 6s venturing on the Wild Coast Hike with Mom or Dad. Special moments to be treasured indeed.

All that is left to do, is to wish you a special mid-term break with your respective families.

Kind regards.