Welcome to
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 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.

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

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What makes Grade R at Highbury unique?

Added on 24/05/2018

Grade R is Highbury's biggest point of entry - what a boycentric and fun year it is!

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MySchool at Highbury: Motivating Boys to Help our Community

Added on 04/05/2018

Read about how your MySchool funds were used at Highbury over 2017 to help our community

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10 Traits of Highly Effective Families

Added on 27/02/2018

Our Highbury LAD Centre therapists share some parenting ideas and inspiration, based on a podcast...

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A Journey of Remembrance

Added on 09/11/2017

Highbury places memorial crosses at the graves of our Old Boys who gave their lives in World War 1

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Highbury has a new Twin!

Added on 23/10/2017

Highbury and Inchanga Primary School are excited to announce the start of a new twinning programme...

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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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Added on 10/10/2016


Juliette Basner joined Highbury as our Catering Manager in January 2016 and she is a ray of sunshine here, all year through! She is a warm, friendly person who is continually optimistic, very hands-on and has a 'can-do' attitude that makes her a pleasure to work with. No request is too big or too small for her: she will go out of her way to find the healthiest rooibos-based fruit juice for our little Grade 0000 prospective children, while also agreeing to cater a three-course dinner for 200 people for our Parents' Association End of Year Party.

Juliette grew up in Escourt and vividly remembers getting her first cookbook at the age of thirteen. She became the Thursday-night macaroni cheese chef for her family and they loved it, and she loved it, and her passion for cooking was born. Juliette's love of cooking is clear when she tells you her holiday plans... to go and stay with her parents and "relax and cook for them!"

She worked and studied first at the Royal Durban, which at the time was the only 5-star hotel in Durban, and completed her 3-year Chef qualification there. She has since had a varied career which has included opening and running 'Christopher's Restaurant' in Pietermaritzburg for four years (which won Best Restaurant in KZN in 2000), running a private catering and novelty cakes business, opening and running the Varsity College Durban North campus canteen and tuck shop for over 1000 students, and being Catering Manager at Michealhouse for five years, until 2015. Along the way, Juliette has continued to develop her skills too and she completed further qualifications in Food and Beverage Management, Accommodation Services and Hospitality Reception.

Juliette says she has had a warm welcome into the Highbury family. Comparing her Highbury versus Michaelhouse experiences, Juliette loves managing five staff rather than 34, as it means that she can be more involved in every aspect of the cooking and have time to actively guide and manage each of her team. She says the cooking feels personal, rather than mass-produced, although she misses the open buffet set-up at Michaelhouse, which enabled her to have a lot more interaction with the boys.

Being her first year at Highbury, Juliette says she has kept the catering about 80% the same as before. Highbury favourites like chocolate brownies and quiches, crunchies at Aftercare, and Chicken & Butternut or Chicken & Broccoli Bake for lunches are all here to stay! That said, Juliette has lots of new ideas and is excited to continually improve Highbury's catering. Juliette also manages the Cap 'n Chino, our social hub come coffee shop on campus - parents and staff alike enjoy regular cappuccino kickstarts or delicious toasted sarmies with the boys at pick-up time.

For anyone wanting to sample a typical hot lunch provided at Highbury, the Chicken & Vegetable Bakes sold frozen from the Cap 'n Chino are the same as are served in our Dining Hall - take one home and give it a try!