Headmaster’s eNews – 10 July 2020


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Dear Parents/Guardians

These short and incisive words always strike me and remind me of the eternal truth in them. I have seen many moments and acts of kindness in the days as we have returned to a “different” Clifton in Term 3. Unplanned, spontaneous moments: at the screening zones, the many friendly greetings from behind a mask, the wave of a hand from a distance, the helping of a child who is a little “lost or upset”. This is Clifton. External things may have changed…but its heart beats on.

I want to thank my PA, Mrs Linsey Wynne, for her weekly inspirational “letters from lockdown” (aka #bravehearts@home). In between the myriad of letters from me trying to explain the ever-changing education Covid-19 landscape, it was always more than heartening to receive a weekly inspirational letter crammed full with creative photos of our bravehearts (teachers, children and parents) in action.

Lockdown also saw our former music teacher, Ms Cathryn Calitz become Mrs Bentley. We congratulate her on her marriage to Mr Keegan Bentley. It is also under her mentorship that three of our Grade 7 pupils not only continued with online music lessons, as did others, but also completed their online Trinity exams in June. Harry Latter – Grade 3 saxophone, Madison Watt-Pringle – Grade 3 piano & Grade 2 Flute and Kerrin Wynne – Grade 4 piano. We are proud of their commitment and perseverance despite the difficult circumstances and still to come through with “flying colors”.