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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.

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

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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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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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Added on 07/02/2017

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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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