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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 in the marketing department usually writes the blog posts, typically based on talks with staff at Highbury, and with the intention to be both useful and inspiring to our parents.

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Building Grit

Added on 06/10/2017

How to build resilience in your children when they are running on low

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Roland Lacock talks Parenting

Added on 04/09/2017

Roland shares seven observations about how parents can help their children, based on 20 years in...

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Tennis is our Passion and our Life

Added on 17/07/2017

Did you know that our Tennis coaches at Highbury have played and coached at Wimbledon?

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Straw Wars!

Added on 04/07/2017

Say 'NO' to straws - even for milkshakes...

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Why Tradition Matters at Highbury

Added on 04/07/2017

Belinda Willows reflects on the 'changing of the guard' at Highbury and how our...

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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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Added on 31/08/2016

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

Imagine the excitement when Mrs Nqobile Adigun told her Art, Design and Technology Grade 6 classes that they would be building racing cars to compete in an Inter-Schools Racing Competition sponsored by Jaguar!

The Jaguar Primary School Challenge has been running in the UK (home to Jaguar) for many years and Highbury is proud to be part of the very first occasion that it is being run outside of the UK. The programme aims to stimulate young minds in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and our Highbury boys have been enthralled.

The process began at the start of the third term. The boys were grouped into teams of four and given roles like design, manufacturing, graphics and management. Each team worked through the design and manufacturing process in a way that made them feel like engineers at Jaguar Cars! They learnt to use 2D CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) techniques to make the cars and then used CO2 compressed gas for propulsion to be able to race their cars. Each team of boys was also responsible for making a graphic pit display and 10-page portfolio of the process they went through in designing their car.

The inaugural Jaguar Primary School Challenge took place on Tuesday 30th August right here at Highbury. Our Centenary Hall became a racing centre with black and white real Jaguar cars parked in the middle of the hall flanked by a racing track, podium and race displays.  The boys had a start button that triggers a puncture pin and then wow... their cars raced down the 25-metre track at speeds of about 45km an hour! Professionals from the car industry judged the displays and every team did their best to earn points to get them on to the winners' podium.

The day ended with a celebratory prize giving in which Eden College won first place overall, our Highbury Break Thru team won 'Fastest Car' and 'Best Engineered Car' and our Speed Demons team won 'Best Additional Challenge'.  What a superb learning experience for our Grade 6 boys - thank you Jaguar and well-done boys!


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