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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 30/03/2017


From the letter to Staff, Parents, Old Boys' and Friends of Highbury from Mr Brendan Stewart, Chairman of the Highbury Board.

There is no question that appointing the right person to head up this fine school with over a century of tradition and stellar achievements behind it, was critically important to its future. The role of Head of School demands natural leadership, vigour, compassion, strong Christian values and a clear vision of the future of education. We believe that we have found these qualities and more in Mr Roland Lacock and it is our great pleasure that he has accepted the position of Headmaster of Highbury Preparatory School, a role that only five people have held since the school's inception in 1903.

Mr Lacock, who leaves Uplands Preparatory School in White River, Mpumalanga, joins Highbury with effect from 1 July 2017, accompanied by his wife Lindy and their three daughters. While 41-year-old Mr Lacock's career has taken him abroad to the Middle East where he gained invaluable experience in boys' education, he returns to KwaZulu-Natal, the province of his youth and formative years, as Headmaster. He was schooled at Merchiston and Maritzburg College, and then chose to dedicate his life to teaching. He studied a Higher Diploma in Education at Edgewood College, a Bachelor of Arts at UNISA and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Open University in the UK. Returning to his home school of Merchiston and then Cowan House to teach, he was later appointed Acting Principal at Glenelg Boys' School in Abu Dhabi before returning home to South Africa to take up the role of Deputy Headmaster at Uplands Preparatory School.

In addition to his reputation as a professional executive keenly involved in strategic planning and advancing education through technology, Mr Lacock has coached rugby, cricket, hockey, athletics and swimming. "It is a great privilege to be appointed by the Board as the next Headmaster of Highbury Preparatory School," he says. "I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity of working with and leading the team of dedicated staff, getting to know the Highbury boys and building a healthy relationship with all the stakeholders. Highbury has a wonderful reputation of academic, cultural and sporting excellence and I look forward to being part of this prestigious school’s story."

We would like to thank the members of the School Head Selection Panel who generously gave of their time and energy throughout this selection process. We would like to extend our deep gratitude to Belinda Willows for her excellent stewardship of the school over this transition, and for the term to come. "I am so excited by the news of Roland’s appointment," Belinda says. "He is highly respected amongst the education community. With a strong team already in place, his added leadership at the highest level will set Highbury up for a great future."

Highbury Preparatory now enters what we believe will be one of the most exciting eras in its illustrious history. Lead by a Headmaster who is focused, passionate about education and goal-driven, the school is set to grow a new generation of young men not only secure in their early grounding but confident to pursue their future goals and dreams.