Clifton College – Boarding Facility
As part of an effort to become more competitive, Clifton has build and opened a boarding establishment. They can now expand their horizons from being a local community based school to to attracting boys from further away to their college. They have ±50 students in the BE at present and are growing.
Still very much in their infancy, Clifton is only 20 years old. It is a numbers game and the BE will have a positive impact on that in the short term but attracting quality players and retaining them them is all about funding.
Menlopark – Athletics Track
Menlo’s brand spanking new 8-lane athletics track looks so awesome. The athletes recorded a win for the Pretoria school in the Top 15 event at Noordheuwel and there is confidence that the u19 relay teams that contain several rugby players can beat Affies for the first time in many years.
The blue tartan track has been described as “the best marketing tool” – everyone visiting the school is very impressed and the applications by u13 athletes slash rugby players to be part of Menlo in 2025 are flooding in.
Paul Roos’ quest to find a new rector begins
Following closely on the heels of the announcement that Paarl Gim has a new headmaster, comes news that fellow Winelands’ powerhouse, Paul Roos’ likeable leader Andre van Staden will reach the compulsory retirement age of 65 later this year. Andre took over the reins from Jannie van der Westhuizen in 2017 after being the head of Pearson in Gqeberha before that. So the process to identify top candidates for this highly sort after position is underway.