Northwood Annual Toastmasters Graduation Dinner

On Monday 16th September ,the annual Toastmasters Graduation Dinner was held in the AV room at Northwood School. It was an interesting and well-attended evening that showcased the grade 11 talent.

Pupils participated in 3 categories: prepared speech,evaluation and impromptu speeches.

At the end of the evening 3 winners were chosen in each category and every participant graduated with an internationally recognized Toastmaster certificate.

The winners in each category were as follows- Impromptu: 1st- S’boniso Sangweni, 2nd-Keegan Moodley, 3rd- Phehello Makgoe.

Evaluations: 1st -Jamie Pillay,2nd- Garryn Stephens, 3rd- Yurav Bechoo

Prepared speech: 1st-Phehello Makgoe, 2nd-Minenhle Mchunu, 3rd -Mayuran Chettiar.

These winners go through to the semi-finals to be held in October.

Congratulations and well done to all participants.


Cricket vs Howick 14/09/13

U14A Northwood 318/0   S Capel 53 no., S Carim 52 no. , J Edy  55 no. , A Chiradza 51 no. , M Gwala 38 no.

Howick 83 all out  : N.Naidoo 3 for 13 , A Chiradza 3/20 .

Northwood won by 235 runs .


U15A Northwood 296 all out : K Jooste 61 , K Rawling 34

Howick 136 all out : D Mariaty 3for 18 , J Paritoshi 4 for 24 .

Northwood won by 160 runs.


1st Howick 102 all out . K Rawling 3 for 25 , Y Ramsurrup 3 for 31

Northwood 103 for 3 D Krummeck .

Northwood won by 7 wickets .


Northwood Cyclists Bring Their Best at the Spur Mongoose Series

Well done to all the boys who competed in the final of the Spur Mongoose series on Saturday, especially to Cayde Muldoon who placed 2nd in the Sub Junior division.

Overall Northwood had a total of 69 entries into the races over the series, being the most entries from a single high school. Because of this achievement Northwood won a cash prize of R2500 as well as R2000 in Spur vouchers.

The Northwood Team has also been selected to represent KZN at the national finals to be held in Magaliesberg from the 20-22 September.  Well done and good luck boys.

Northwood Crowned Indoor Hockey Champions 2013!

The Northwood 1st hockey team defended their indoor crown with a nail biting 4-3 victory over Westville in the final of the KZN Indoor League.

Northwood showed immense character to come from a 3-1 deficit with ten minutes remaining in the game to grab the winner in the last three minutes.

Northwood started as the stronger of the two teams when they played some brilliant passing hockey in the first ten minutes but only managed to capitalise once through Steve McManus.

Westville responded to the goal and took charge of the remainder of the half and after two good goals took a 2-1 lead into the half time break.

Westville came out firing in the second half and extended their lead to 3-1through a well worked penalty corner.

This spurred the Northwood team into action and Greg Wright provided the punch needed when he turned over the ball and showed some individual brilliance to eliminate two Westville defenders and setup Steve McManus with an easy tap in goal.

Northwood continued to pile on the pressure and were eventually rewarded a penalty corner when the skilful Matthew de Sousa was fouled badly. Tylo Remke showed composure to score the resulting penalty corner.

“Future Perfect” Plans in place for Northwood to go Digital in 2014

Teaching goes digital with ebooks, tablets.

By Leanne Jansen, The Mercury

Pupils at Northwood School in Durban North are to be among the first in the country to have digital versions of their textbooks.

From next year, the boys will be able to watch physics experiments come to life and complete their maths assignments on e-books downloaded on tablets, by logging on to the school’s wi-fi every morning.

For headmaster Paul McAvoy, who was appointed earlier this year, introducing e-books is the fulfillment of a promise to incorporate more technology in the classroom.

McAvoy explained that teachers would display the contents of the e-books using their projector or touch screen smart boards, and could add their content to the original.

“At R70 for a one-year licence (for the e-book), it is substantially cheaper than the hard copy, which would cost R137,” McAvoy said.

“There’ll be no more excuses from the boys such as ‘My friend has my book’, ‘I’ve lost my notes’ or ‘I was absent when you gave us that’.

“We also get around the problem of publishers not having stock.”

In the science laboratory, hands shot up when Grade 10 pupils were asked whether they would like to lighten their school bags.

Science teacher Sharon Reddy said that after the touch screen smart board had been introduced into her classroom, more of the boys had scored distinctions because they were able to see concepts take on colour and shape.

“Having the curriculum move and live instead of being static in a textbook makes a huge difference in the ways they understand concepts,” she said.

However, McAvoy has also considered the possible problems with rolling out e-books in every grade.

“It will be optional,” he said.

“Boys who want to use the tablets will be able to, those who choose not to or cannot afford to won’t.

“But there are savings in terms of textbook costs.

“Teachers will also have to have proper control measures to check that the tablets aren’t used to send e-mails or play games during class time.”

– The Mercury

Softball Results 6 September 2013

The U16 softball team played against Glenwood on Friday 6/9. We had a shaky start but Cole Pretorius stepped up to take over the pitching. After the 1st frame we were 6 runs all and things were looking good. Unfortunately after some umpiring discrepancies not in our advantage, we lost the game 10 runs to 11. Heads up boys!

The U19 softball team took on DHS in the late match of the day. The 1st frame didn’t go our way and we had to play catch-up. With Kyle Pillay pitching, a couple of great catches from Jethro Broughton, Brandon Gartrell and Hugh Cunningham and some great batting, things were going our way. We ended the 2nd frame 8-7 up. We weren’t however able to keep up the momentum and we lost it in the 3rd frame with 9 runs to 13.

Northwood 1st Soccer Team Score Comprehensive Victory Over Hilton

An own goal early in the first half opened what was going to be comprehensive victory. Northwood definitely brought their A game for this fixture. A brace by Godfrey Nkabinde, another by Ntobeko Sibisi and a goal by Joshua Janse van Rensburg, made a clinical performance into a route. Hilton were always struggling to get their rhythm thanks to the amount of pressure that they were put under. Final score, Northwood 6 – Hilton 1