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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 and Camilla in the marketing department write 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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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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What makes Grade R at Highbury unique?

Added on 26/09/2016

Having my own twins in Grade R this year, I have experienced first-hand what a unique, boy-centric...

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Highbury Boys Love Trees

Added on 23/09/2016

Did you know that every 1000kg of paper that gets recycled saves 17 trees?

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Design, Make and Race! A First in South Africa right here at Highbury

Added on 31/08/2016

Imagine the excitement when Mrs Nqobile Adigun told her Art, Design and Technology Grade 6 classes...

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Added on 26/09/2016


Written by Bianca Woolley, based on conversations with Belinda Willows, Jane Leppan and Judy Keeley.

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 over 60 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.

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!

We have a last few spaces available for Grade R 2017 - email us on to find out more.