HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Clifton was founded in 1984 as an independent co-educational school. The school is situated on 5 hectares of land to the North of Francistown's city centre.
With a balanced enrolment of boys and girls, it offers realistic class sizes from Reception to Standard 7, allowing a measure of individual attention. It is multicultural in nature, and is supported by both Batswana citizens and expatriates.
The school is governed by a Board of Governors elected annually by the Debenture holders and supported by an active Parent Teacher Association.
Clifton welcomes children from all faiths, but has a strong Christian ethic. It aims to develop its pupils according to their individual abilities so that they become responsible and self-confident young people. Through the curriculum followed, they are adequately prepared for secondary school and for life. In the strong belief that social interaction and development are of prime importance, the school lays stress on good manners and consideration for others. Pupils are also encouraged to accept difficulty and challenge as a necessary step toward reaching their full potential. As parents play a vital role in the education of their children, the school encourages positive and meaningful communication between parents and staff.
English is the language medium of the school, as well as being the main language taught. Batswana children study Setswana, and non-citizen pupils have the option of studying French or Afrikaans as a second language, and Conversational Setswana as an extramural activity. Mathematics, Science/Environmental Science, History/Geography/Social Studies, Media Studies (Computers, Information Literacy, Library Studies), Life Skills, Art/Design Technology/Craft, Music - Singing/Marimba/Recorder/ Percussion also form part of the curriculum. The school caters for Special Needs and English Second Language Teaching. Focus is on the development of the whole child with emphasis on the development of multiple intelligences and life skills with a broad cross-curricular bent.
Excursions to places of interest and into the magnificent wild life areas of Botswana and neighbouring countries are an integral part of school life.
Interaction with children from other schools provides stimulation and enrichment for our older pupils, with programmes like the Cultural weekend. Personal Growth and Life Skills are further enhanced through Building Balanced Lives camps, which run from Reception to Standard 7, Adventure Unlimited for Standard 6, and the Preparation for High School Programme for Standard 7.
The school has excellent facilities including a superb hall, library, computer centre, resource room, science laboratory, and art room in addition to well-equipped classrooms. All children are assessed prior to admission to ensure they are placed in the correct class.
The school has one all-purpose field, a 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, two tennis courts and a sports pavilion. The sports coached are swimming, tennis, cricket, softball for girls, athletics, cross-country, netball, hockey, soccer and squash (at nearby courts). Exercise for Life in the form of Water Aerobics and Traditional Dance lessons is also offered. Healthy competition is encouraged in all sports, with pupils being expected to play hard and fair, but to be gracious in defeat and humble in victory.
To complete a well-rounded education, Clifton also offers a wide range of cultural activities, appropriate to each age group. Activities offered include Chess, Mmele, Art and Craft Clubs, Book Club, Christian Fellowship Groups, Setswana Club, Recorder and Marimba Groups, Senior and Junior Choir, Computer Club, Quiz Club, Environmental Club, Outreach and Conversational Setswana. Each adds an opportunity for fulfillment and success - necessary ingredients for healthy development. Senior Primary and Junior Primary stage productions, music concerts, assemblies and other functions are regular features of the school year.
Pupils are expected to participate in at least one sport, and one cultural activity. However they may do more if they wish. All pupils participate in swimming.
It is not possible to create the full impression of the school within the space of this prospectus. You are most welcome to visit Clifton to see for yourself what we offer, and to experience the positive and happy spirit that pervades the school. For further information, please contact:
Private Bag F 48, Francistown, Botswana
Telephone: + 267 2413979 Fax: +267 2416241
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.cliftonschool.net