Highbury’s history comes to life

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 11th day of the 11th month in 2015 represented a historic day for Highbury Preparatory School in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, 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,” explained head Brendan Carroll.

“We are extremely thankful to Sandy Woods and Amanda McVeigh, two Grade 7 mums, who were the
catalyst for this project,” added Carroll. They were ably assisted by other parents, parents of alums, curators from local museums, Highbury staff and external suppliers.

Hilton College’s Iain McMillan, great-grandson of the original founder of Highbury, cut the ribbon to mark theofficial opening of the museum. The McMillan family founded Highbury in 1903, and three generations led and grew the school over the next eight decades.

The small museum, filled with interactive activities, was created to preserve, entice, teach and intrigue, and to allow the school’s history to live on.

To coincide with the museum’s opening, pupils from the coeducational pre-primary unit Weavers’ Nest to Grade 7 painted poppies made from recycled plastic bottles. 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.

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