I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to school and trust that all of our new families are settling in well.
The Standard Four and Seven classes recently attended very successful Building Balanced Lives camps at Tantebane. I would like to thank all of the parents who assisted with the transportation of the pupils to the ranch and back. The rest of the school will have their opportunity to participate in the programme at the end of this term. Our Standard Six classes are currently at the Bush Pigs Enviro Centre in South Africa.
For the first three weeks the focus is on Inter-house Athletics, Soccer, Netball and Hockey. Attendance at the Inter-house Athletics practices is compulsory. Please consult the calendar for specific dates. The full extra-mural timetable starts on the 3rd June.
Our Annual Cultural Weekend takes place this coming weekend (24-25 May). You are reminded that there will be no school for pupils from Reception to Standard 6 on Friday 24th May. Feel free to attend the concerts on the Friday and Saturday evening – details to follow.
We have had numerous complaints from our neighbouring residents about the congestion that is caused by parents and taxi operators using the cul-de-sac next to the school to drop off pupils. We request that ALL parents and taxi drivers use the drive through facility. This facility was made available to ensure the safety of our pupils and for the convenience of our parents. We ask that you adhere to our request and if required please inform your taxi operator of this arrangement.
Clifton Cares Club
We have been implementing our Clifton Cares programme over the past few terms. This has been very successful with the pupils participating in a range of activities. We would now like to involve the parents and friends of the school. If you have a Facebook account feel free to join the club. Search for Clifton Cares Club and join in with the fun. Feel free to post some good news stories or anything positive that you would like to share.
The weather over the past few days has reminded us that Francistown does have winter. Unfortunately the cold weather seems to bring in some very strange uniform combinations. You are reminded of the following:
· No long sleeved vests under the white PE shirt
· Tracksuit pants may not be worn without the tracksuit top
· The Clifton jersey may be worn under the tracksuit top, but may not be worn alone with the tracksuit bottom
· The Clifton hat is part of the uniform
· Clifton caps may only be worn for sports activities
· Track shoes that are worn with the tracksuits must be predominantly white
We pride ourselves at Clifton on how smart we look.
This is an ongoing concern of ours. We are still finding a large number of unmarked items of clothing. At the end of last term we had sixty-seven hats without names in them. I remind parents that such items are sent to the PTA Shop and are sold as second-hand clothing. Should your child’s clothing be misplaced and it is clearly marked, then it can be collected from the Lost Property area on the Std. 1 verandah between the following times:
Before school – 7:00am to 7:15am
Breaktime - 10:00am to 10:15am
After school – 12:30pm to 1:30pm
A P2 fine is payable for each item of clothing claimed.
There are always occasions when a child inadvertently takes another child’s item of clothing home. We ask that parents return any items of clothing that do not belong to them.
Please remember that the Clifton School Rucksack and Book Bags are compulsory items. These are now in stock at the PTA shop (The old Uniform Shop). The shop is open on Monday between 12:30 and 1:00pm and Friday between 7:00 and 7:30 am.
We have a very busy term ahead of us with a number of school events on the calendar. We look forward to your ongoing support at these functions.
K. J. Hambidge