Head's Address - July 2023

July 17 2023

Opinion article

Join us in celebrating the end of another incredible academic year as our Headmaster addresses the community.

 

From embracing challenges to witnessing exceptional talent, we've had an amazing journey together. Stay updated with our monthly recap videos - This Month at CLIP - and get ready for the exciting opportunities the next year holds. CLIP is dedicated to providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment. Save the date: September 9th for CLIP Community Day, a special event celebrating our wonderful community. Now, it's time to recharge. Have a restful summer and we can't wait to see you soon!

Head's Address - July 2023

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