Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 11 October 2019


Dear Parents/Guardian

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar’s words are more than apt and remind me of the (growing) popular notion that one’s “IQ (intelligence quotient) will get one the job, while one’s EQ (emotional/attitudinal quotient) will get one the promotion.” As you would have seen in the D6 message from me, our Grade 1- 7 children have the opportunity of participating in an EQ (research) programme later this Quarter with our on-site Educational Psychologist, Mrs Megan Osler. This is a valuable exercise.

The Quarter has started with the customary flurry, with this week seeing our Grade 7 Marimba Band on a mini tour in the Midlands area, while some of our musicians have participated in the popular “Denim and Strings” concert at the Wykeham Collegiate earlier this week. The full sporting programme kicks off with gusto this weekend too. Much action awaits!

You may have seen much excavation work happening as additional drainage pipes are being laid , leading water past the Davies’ Field (at the bottom of the School). My thanks are extended to Mr Ian Cribbins (a parent) and his TLB crew for all their advice and work in this regard. We are also in the process of upgrading the uneven paving around the fountain and reception area as well as around the Bell (in the Main Quad).

It is with a sadness that I/we have to bid farewell to my PA, Mrs Colleen Bosse, who retires at the end of this year. Colleen has given 17-and-a-half loyal and passionate years’ service to Clifton Notties. In addition, Mrs Annie Falconer, Head of our Special Needs Department, retires at the end of the year after 8 dedicated years too. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience that each of these ladies brings.

The following article is a fascinating one. Written by Terry Heick, it explains how 21st Century thinking is “just different”…and so it is. I encourage you to read it. The link is: https://www.teachthought.com/critical-thinking/how-21st-century-thinking-is-different/

I wish you a good week ahead.
Kind regards.