Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 06 February 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…”

Viktor E. Frankl

It was a proud moment last night, as I watched our 1st X1 Cricket Team play a day/night match against Merchiston’s 1st X1 team. Losing on the last ball made for a nail-biting finish to an exciting game. It is a significant result on many levels. Playing with “heart and grit” our boys did exactly what Viktor Frankl refers to in choosing the right attitude. It is this choice of the appropriate attitude, in any context, that we strive to instill in ourselves and our Clifton children.

Inviting the various Senior Primary classes and tutor groups for lunch with me on our verandah over the year, is a “tradition” I love. Yesterday’s lunch was with the Grade 4S class. What a special time …one is intentionally sitting down and eating (no rushing), as well as talking and listening. There was lots to hear and I was once again reminded how wonderfully spontaneous children are, what wisdom there is in a little mind, and how one must cherish “childhood” …it is not around for long.