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 07/02/2017


A good pre-primary education covers four main areas of development for your child - the social, the emotional, the cognitive and the physical. It is widely accepted that children today are less physically active and therefore less physically developed, due to our modern lifestyles that include a lot of time spent in car seats, prams and screen time. Here at Weavers' Nest, we've seen that the physical area of child development specifically needs a boost these days. 

About five years ago, Cecily Fraser, Head of Early Childhood Development at Highbury, identified and purchased a programme from Australia called 'Smart Start with Perceptual Motor Program' in order to give our Weavers' Nest children the extra physical development boost they need.  Mrs Fraser worked with Jean Burrows, an Occupational Therapist at the Learning and Development Centre at Highbury, to adapt and implement the Australian programme in a dedicated room within Weavers' Nest. All equipment was custom made for Weavers' Nest based on the program specifications, and then added to over the years. 

Today, our Indoor Perceptual Motor Movement (IPMM) programme at Weavers’ Nest is really something unique and special. The exercises begin in Grade 000 (age 3, turning 4) with fun floor sessions which involve learning the core movements such as pencil rolls, crawling, different types of walking (for example tiptoe versus dinosaur walking) in order to strengthen their large muscle groups. Then in Grade 00 (age 4, turning 5) the children are then ready to use the Indoor Perceptual Motor Movement Room. This bright engaging room is set up with five stations, each dedicated to a different type of development: (1) Hand-eye co-ordination, (2) Fitness, (3) Balance, (4) Locomotion and (5) Eye tracking. There is an adult at each station, so Weavers' Nest uses teachers, interns and teacher assistants to have all hands on deck! Grade 00 children use the room at least twice a week and the whole set-up is changed every two weeks. Each station has a card that describes how it should be performed and extended, once the child is capable. Sometimes similar activities are done outdoors too, for more space to move. 

Since introducing our IPPMM programme at Weavers' Nest, our teachers have been delighted by lovely success stories of development as they are enabled to strengthen their little bodies. The goal is preventative rather than curative: one wants to avoid the need for remediation later and to develop our children into students who are successful long term. In fact, we have seen such benefits that we are expanding the programme this year to include our Grade R boys.

Watch our video on our Highbury Facebook page to see our Grade 00 children in action in a typical session: such great early childhood development... and great fun!

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