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.

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 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.