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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Modern-day Parenting

Added on 25/10/2019

Mrs Kirsten Baldocchi, Clinical Psychologist, discusses the recent shifts in parenting.

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Boarding in the 60s - Memories from Peter Bolton (Class of 1968)

Added on 25/09/2019

"I will always say with a smile that my time as a boarder at Highbury were some of the...

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Growing a Growth Mindset - Michelle Jones

Added on 02/08/2019

Michelle Jones compares a Growth Mindset to gaming.

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Why Character is More Important Than Ability

Added on 02/08/2019

Tim Jarvis speaks about "No, your child is not gifted"

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Aspects of the Reggio Emilia Approach - Jill Sachs

Added on 02/08/2019

The Reggio Emilia approach has changed the way we think, teach and learn at Weavers' Nest

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Dear Books. Thanks for Everything. Love Me xx

Added on 01/08/2019

Lisa van Bronckhorst takes a trip down memory lane and reminisces about how books have changed her...

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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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Added on 01/03/2019


Written by Lisa van Bronckhorst, Librarian

As I walk in, I hear the end of a joke being read aloud and the giggles that erupt afterwards.  From another corner, the sounds of a heated debate about dinosaurs reach me, fingers pointing to different parts of a book lying open on the floor, trying to find just the thing they need to win their battle of words.  More battles are taking place around the chess boards.  Some are epic, some are quick, some become team sports because of the gang of onlookers they draw, each spectator wanting to contribute just a little to the outcome.  I don't hear the readers.  They catch my eye because they sit along the couch, in companionable silence, each in their own world, and yet, together.  Another table has a group finishing their homework, trading stories about the cricket matches that were the reason it wasn't done, lifting their feet for a younger boy to crawl under the table to fetch the Lego pieces that scattered as his painstakingly constructed fighter jet crashed. 

 As I send boys back to their classrooms and the room is suddenly still, I remember the old adage that libraries are supposed to be quiet, studious places.  I am so pleased that Highbury's library is so full of life.  In trying to keep up with the fast-paced world that we are part of, our library is constantly adapting to suit the needs of our boys.  Books are one of many different types of media that are consumed daily and tools like the green screen allow them to become creators of media instead of only consumers. 

Events like World Read Aloud Day, World Water Day, World Cup Soccer Day, Poetry Week and Heritage Day, all combine to keep the library alive and relevant.  A love of books and reading is the foundation of the library and along with curiosity, creativity and thinking critically, they are the essential skills we aim to develop.  E.B.White said, "Always look out for the presence of wonder."  The greatest success of the library this year is that it has continued to foster a sense of wonder in our boys, often thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Gumede in finding exactly the right book, whether it be about venus fly traps or fish from Malawi.  I look forward to another year full of wonder and life in the library.