Highbury’s history brought to life

2015-11-17 06:00
The three Highbury Preparatory mums who drove The Highburian project (from left) Amanda McVeign, Sandy Woods and Jenna Weyer outside the museum at the official opening. Photos: supplied

The three Highbury Preparatory mums who drove The Highburian project (from left) Amanda McVeign, Sandy Woods and Jenna Weyer outside the museum at the official opening. Photos: supplied

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THE 11th day of the 11th month represented a historic day for Highbury Preparatory School as their museum, The Highburian, opened its doors.

“This inspiring space preserves Highbury’s 112 years of history and is a tangible and interactive memory of those who have walked through our halls,” said headmaster Brendan Carroll.

“We are extremely thankful to the incredible vision and passion of Sandy Woods and Amanda McVeigh, two Grade 7 mums, who were the catalyst to this project. Their vision has come to life and The Highburian will be enjoyed by boys, old boys, staff, visitors and parents for decades to come.”

A notable aspect of this project was the power of teamwork. From the group of Grade 7 moms, to old boy moms, to curators from local museums, to Highbury staff, to suppliers and to those who volunteered their time so generously, the Highbury family are thankful.

Iain McMillian from Hilton College, great-grandson of the original founder, took the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening. The McMillan family founded Highbury in 1903 and three generations led and grew the school over the next eight decades.

To coincide with the museum’s opening, pupils from Weavers’ Nest to Grade 7 painted poppies made from recycled plastic bottles. This stunning project led by Grade 7 parent, Jenna Weyer, is a first for the school. The poppies were “planted” around the Highbury chapel near the school’s entrance and serve as a visual reminder of the brave Highbury old boys who fought and died in the world wars.

“This day will be remembered in Highbury’s history for years to come,” explained Bianca Woolley, marketing manager.
“The Highburian will be open to the community by appointment, please contact the school on marketing@hps.co.za for further details.” - Supplied.

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