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The Highbury Blog

The core purpose of this Blog is to share our understanding of what ‘Knowing Boys’ means in the teaching and learning context at Highbury. Bianca and Camilla in the marketing department write the blog posts, typically based on talks with staff at Highbury, and with the intention to be both useful and inspiring to our parents.

Our blog also includes an Eco-Blog section, which tracks our progress and accomplishments as an Eco-School.

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Announcing Highbury's new Headmaster - Mr Roland Lacock

Added on 30/03/2017

It is our great pleasure to announce that Mr Roland Lacock will be the new Headmaster of Highbury...

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Sia Rees - Get Connected

Added on 14/03/2017

Couselling Psychologist Dr Sia Rees talks about connecting with your children the old fashioned way.

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Instilling a Culture of Honour in Boys

Added on 14/03/2017

Highbury's Culture of Honour is explained by David Burns as: "Laying a foundation for our...

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Remembering our Roots

Added on 06/03/2017

Iain McMillan, descendant of Highbury's founder, shares a vivid description of Highbury's...

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A Physical Boost for the Modern Child

Added on 07/02/2017

What happens in our Indoor Perceptual Motor Movement Room at Weavers' Nest?

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Running for Rhinos: How Boys Thrive on a Challenge

Added on 14/10/2016

We are so incredibly proud of our nineteen Grade 7 boys, all talented runners, who completed the...

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Who makes those delicious Highbury Quiches? Meet Juliette

Added on 10/10/2016

Juliette Basner joined Highbury as our Catering Manager in January 2016 and she is a ray of...

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What makes Grade R at Highbury unique?

Added on 26/09/2016

Having my own twins in Grade R this year, I have experienced first-hand what a unique, boy-centric...

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Highbury Boys Love Trees

Added on 23/09/2016

Did you know that every 1000kg of paper that gets recycled saves 17 trees?

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Design, Make and Race! A First in South Africa right here at Highbury

Added on 31/08/2016

Imagine the excitement when Mrs Nqobile Adigun told her Art, Design and Technology Grade 6 classes...

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Added on 23/09/2016


At Highbury we are blessed with 11 hectares of park-like grounds, full of beautiful old trees. Our boys love to climb the trees, sit in their shade and swing from their branches. We all love trees and we want to protect them - that's why we get excited about recycling newspapers at Highbury - because every 1000kg of paper that gets recycled saves 17 trees!


Highbury has run a newspaper recycling programme for more than 10 years now and Des Dunstone estimates that we have saved over 1000 trees in that time. It all began with Highbury taking part in a competition organised by Mpact. After the competition ended we created a new inter-class competition to keep our boys motivated to recycle newspaper every week and have been doing it ever since.


How does it work? Grade R to 3 boys all bring newspaper from home for recycling on a Wednesday morning. Grades 1-3 take part in the competition, which involves weighing the newspapers by class each week and keeping a record of it. The boys also have to separate cardboard versus newspaper and carry it to the recycling bins behind the Cap 'n Chino each week. Then at the end of the term, Des tallies it all up and the boys in the winning class each get a chocolate! One of our moms has also organised that there will be a year-end prize - a beautiful little wire tree for each boy in the winning class as well as big class trophy tree. Mpact are still involved as they collect our newspapers from Highbury when our depot is full and they pay us 10c per kilogram which goes into our Enviro Fund.


In 2016 so far, we saved 9 trees in the first term, 21 trees in the second term and now 24 trees in the third term. Well done boys and thank you to our parents for helping us to entrench one of Highbury's core values: that of responsible citizenship and care for the environment.

Term 3 Recycling

1st Place
Grade 3 Wilson
718 kg
2nd Place
Grade 1 Osborn
284 kg
3rd Place
Grade 3 Jones
79 kg
Total Term 3 Recycling

1432 kg

Number of trees saved
24 trees!