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 24/05/2018


At Highbury Preparatory School, we know boys and we celebrate all that it means to be a boy. Here are five ways that Grade R at Highbury is able to bring out the best in boys:

1.       We have experienced teachers with a passion to teach boys. Our three Grade R teachers have 45 years of teaching experience between them. They know how to establish positive, trusting relationships with the boys in their class, because relationships are critical to a boy’s learning. They know how to be both forthright and caring and they have learnt to love the exuberant energy of Grade R boys!

2.       We use Kinaesthetic and Sensory teaching methods because boys are hard-wired to learn more easily through action than words. Boys' strengths are different to those of girls. Boys are more active and visual by nature and a boy-centric curriculum engages both their bodies and their minds. Active boys may be at a disadvantage in a typical co-ed classroom that favours verbal and auditory learning. At Highbury, our teachers plan physical activity into classroom time and include lots of action like educational games that use exciting props.

3.       We have a structured programme to facilitate ‘play with a purpose’.
  Our goal for Grade R in Highbury is to get our boys ready to learn quickly in Grade 1, not to teach Grade 1 content in Grade R. In this way, we allow our boys to grow and mature at their own developmental pace. Highbury Grade R boys have a smooth transition into Grade 1, as they are familiar with the school and their friends in their grade. Grade Rs enjoy two play times within their day, so there is plenty of time for social and emotional growth and to discover new friendships.

4.       We offer early intervention for Learning Support. Grade R is an important year to identify boys who would benefit from the small classes and extra support offered by our Learning Support Centre that caters from Grade 1 to 4. Remedial intervention at Highbury is typically short-term with the purpose of addressing learning needs and mainstreaming our boys again by Grade 5. Our LAD Centre also offers private therapists for 1-on-1 support.

5.       We provide a strong ethical foundation for boys. Highbury is a Christian school and we teach our boys Christian morals and values. Attending Chapel starts in Grade R and our beautiful stone Chapel building becomes a special place for them over their time at Highbury - many Highbury Old Boys come back to get married here.  We also have a Culture of Honour, based on the work of Stephen Covey, and this underpins every facet of school life.

Primary school is of primary importance. Research shows the crucial years for learning are the early years and that academic performance is set between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Here at Highbury we strive to enable every boy to fulfil his potential, while having a lot of active fun along the way!