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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 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.

Happy reading!


Joseph McKenzie reflects on his Highbury days

Added on 11/03/2019

At our 2019 Open Day, Kearsney Prefect Joseph Mckenzie joined us as a guest speaker to describe how...

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Life in the Library

Added on 01/03/2019

Our librarian, Lisa van Bronkhorst, wrote a wonderful article for our 2018 School Magazine about...

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Boy-centric Creative Writing: C-POW!

Added on 21/11/2018

Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to say they hate writing. That's why Highbury is...

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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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Added on 04/07/2017


This letter was written by our Acting Head of School, Belinda Willows, to our Old Highburians at the end of the second term. The message is equally relevant to our current Highbury families and so we have included it in our blog as an ongoing reminder of why traditions matter at Highbury.

"It has been my privilege and my pleasure to lead Highbury over the last six months as Acting Head of School. It is in these corridors, classrooms and playing fields that magical childhood memories are made by barefooted, happy boys. It is a place where each young boy is encouraged to become everything God meant him to be when He thought of him first.  Surrounded by a strong management team, who have enjoyed the incredible support of the Board and along with a team of passionate educators, we can say with confidence, that we have achieved all that we set out to do in this first semester. Highbury is well-positioned in the company of South Africa's leading prep schools, to welcome our new headmaster, Mr Roland Lacock.

The arrival of the new guard promises to imbue our Highbury families with a sense of excitement and anticipation for all that is fresh and new, yet ever sure that the old guard will be recognized for the invaluable institutional memory they hold - a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes, folk memory, traditions, legacies which have shaped Highbury from Granny McMillan through to today. It is these traditions which remain through time, weaving the common thread through all the stories, which keep the Highbury Story one manuscript.

Tradition can come in many forms from guarding our abundance of space and expansive playing fields from parent parking pleas, to the annual pruning of Granny's huge tree under whose shade she sat and read to her charges over 100 years ago. These are the visible traditions along with the everyday pride the boys take in their uniforms, their manners and etiquette.  Not to mention the 'hidden traditions' which remain unspoken but which breathe life into the sense of brotherhood.  Traditional days like Founders Day and Remembrance Day and others remind the current Highbury boys that they are a part of a history that is not only about the past because it also shapes who they are today and what each of them will become. We relish the start of new traditions too, but we value and treasure the old ones. Recently the Harvard Business Review, speaking on why institutional memory matters, encouraged organizations to employ a 'chief memory officer' to safe-guard that which sets them apart - the "too good to be forgotten" 

Highbury’s positioning statement 'Knowing Boys' speaks of Highbury Preparatory traditionally knowing how boys learn best, play best and love best. Since 1903. We have recently added the 'Since 1903' statement to our positioning, as increasingly we recognize what a vital differentiator this is, in a time in which education is becoming increasingly commercialized and new private schools seem to be on the rise.  

In the book 'Make a Difference in your Life and the Lives of Others' by Frank Sonnenberg, he explores the seven reasons that traditions are important:

  • Tradition contributes a sense of comfort and belonging.
  • Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless.
  • Tradition provides a forum to showcase role models and celebrate the things that really matter in life.
  • Tradition offers a chance to say "thank you" for the contribution that someone has made.
  • Tradition enables us to showcase the principles of our Founding Fathers, celebrate diversity, and unite as a country.
  • Tradition serves as an avenue for creating lasting memories.
  • Tradition offers an excellent context for meaningful pause and reflection.

Tradition is a cornerstone of our school. It reinforces our ethos and is what makes us belong. It showcases the founding principles of our founders enhancing the depth of understanding around so much of what goes towards making up the Highbury legacy. It allows us to remain relevant, looking forward with expectation whilst wearing the Highbury badge on our heart with pride 'Never Behind'."