EDITION 33 14 November 2019
College Principal “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” - Ecclesiastes 3 v 1 A sense of ‘quietness’ has descended on the school as the Grade 7 boys and the entire College write examinations. This is an important time when academics is the focus and boys are given an opportunity to show what they have learnt over the course of the year.
These words from an email which did the rounds some time ago fit in with the message of love given by the Reverend Meyer earlier this week and also with the times that we live in. *Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
In the College we have come to the end of our sports season with our last water polo fixtures being *Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks played last weekend against Kearsney. Some of the up to you in awe, because that little person soon will boys will still be involved with pre-season skills and grow up and leave your side. conditioning for next year. *Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to Last week we enjoyed the final Clifton Club of the you, because that is the only treasure you can give year. This was a sold-out event which was with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The live music performed by the band was wonderful and at *Remember, to say, "I love you" to your spouse and times rather nostalgic. A big thank you to the your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and Parents@Clifton committee for all their hard work in an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep making these evenings the success that they are. inside of you. On Monday we held our annual Remembrance Day Service. This is usually held outdoors, however *Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment owing to the weather, the service was held in the for someday that person will not be there again. Sutcliffe Theatre this year. Attended by Grades 7-9 Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time boys, it was a moving ceremony and highlighted the to share the precious thoughts in your mind. loss of civilian and military lives in the Fist World War. A stark reminder of lessons that should have AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured been learned since the ‘War to end all Wars’. The by the number of breaths we take, but by the Reverend Chris Meyer’s message about love was moments that take our breath away. most appropriate and is something we must not Enjoy the weekend! forget in the times in which we are living. Thank you to Messrs Nel and McCabe for the organization of this ceremony. During this busy time, we are also looking forward to some ‘rites of passage’ events as we come to the end of the 2019 academic year. The Carol Service on Wednesday 27 November is for Grades 4 to 11. The Prize Giving and Speech Night take place on Friday 29 November for the College, and Monday 2 December for the Prep. These are both evening functions and more information will be sent out at a GERRY GOEDEKE later stage. COLLEGE PRINCIPAL
Meander Weather permitting, Messrs Ravenscroft and White will be at the Prep cricket matches being played against Merchiston. Mr Mezher will be with his cricket team for their match. Mrs Achmad will be at the Grade 2 cricket matches for selected cricketers at Durban North College.
The Grade 8 boys performed their practical Drama examinations this week in the Sutcliffe Theatre. The ‘Red Ants’ and Grade 1 boys were the perfect audience for the Children’s Theatre productions of ‘Fairy Tales’. The Grade 8 performers had loads of fun and thoroughly enjoyed having such a happy and responsive audience joining them!
LEFT: Mr Knowles enjoyed a visit from the Grade R ‘Baker-Baker’ and Birthday Boy who dropped by his office to share a sweet treat with him.
The Grade R boys have been learning about dinosaurs and got to be Palaeontologists this week, carefully digging up some dinosaur fossils. Wow! What have you uncovered there?
Some of our boys were lucky enough to see the victorious Springbok team during their parade through Durban last week. The Grade 2 boys stopped in at the Blue Waters Hotel after their excursion to the Pinetown Gym, while Grade 5 boys, Tom Twiss and Ross Ferguson were in the crowds along the street. They were interviewed and featured on national TV giving their opinions of the team!
Yahya Ballim (Grade 6) has been selected as a member of the 2019 KZN U14A Chess Youth Squad. He will be participating in the South African Junior Chess Championships in Johannesburg in January 2020. Well done, Yahya! This is a fantastic achievement and we wish you well for the Championships.
In Grade R isiZulu is taught using fun songs, rhymes and dances. Being a boys’ school, our staff adapt teaching methods to suit the way boys learn. Using music and movement is always a hit with the boys!
Well done to the Prep and College Orchestra’s who performed live on air at the East Coast Radio studio last week. They played beautifully and are to be commended on the way they carried themselves and represented our school. Unfortunately the live broadcast was interrupted by technical problems at the studio, however listeners and the DJ’s and staff who were there loved the performances. Well done to our Clifton Music Department!
ONE BOX FILLED ALREADY! A REMINDER: The ECR Toy Story collection is ongoing. Toys donated should be brand new and preferably chosen by your son. (Please donâ€™t wrap them as they will need to be sorted at the collection point). The boys may leave them with their teachers until we get a new box from East Coast Radio.
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