Northwood Knighting Ceremony 2015

This morning, Monday 26 of January, our 2015 matrics marked the milestone of becoming a Knight.  Parents were asked to attended the ceremony to bear witness to this event, and fathers or family representatives were invited to pin the Knights badge onto their son’s blazer as school looked on.  The morning’s guest speaker, Stefan Botha, who was also Head Boy in 1998 encouraged the new Knights to embrace the brotherhood and friendships formed in school, and to make this year their own.

Letter to the Northglen News Thanking Northwood – 2014 Deputy Prefect

Dear Northglen News Editor

May I use our local community newspaper to thank my many Durban North teachers at the schools of Chelsea Prep and Northwood through my schooling years:

Dear Mr. Nel and Mrs Neale (former Chelsea Headmistress) (and their staff at both Chelsea campuses) and Mr Paul McAvoy (and his staff at Northwood) and Mr Tony Jordan (former Northwood Headmaster).

As I finish my long schooling career and reflect on the past 13 years, I realize how privileged I have been to attend your schools, and so thank each one of you for all the many opportunities you have given me to grow.

I thank you for the knowledge and many skills you have taught and given me.

I participated in as many activities as I could, and these helped me to grow into the person I am today.

You have prepared me for the next big step as I pursue a new chapter of my life (B. Acc) at Stellenbosch University.

I look forward to 2015, but I will also miss my schooling days here in wonderful Durban North very much.  I made unforgettable memories during my schooling career and will cherish the happy times I spent at school forever.

From sport to culture, to leadership and friendships, I will miss every aspect that your school offered me. I look forward to carrying on the legacy of my schools as an Old Boy and will wear my uniform proudly on Old Boys Days to come.

I bid you one final farewell and thank you for everything.

Nathan van Wyk (Northwood Deputy Head Prefect 2014)



Northwood Does Us Proud At SA Junior Chess Tournament

The SA Junior Chess Tournament inter provincial team event finished recently.  The results of our boys who played for KZN were as follows:

James Meadows               U20A     Board 4                 Points 4.5/7        Board position 3rd

Kyran Appannah              U18A     Board 3                  Points 3/7           Board position 5th

Ukyle Bezuidenhout        U18A     Board 5                  Points 3.5/7        Board position 4th

Kshanik Dayaram             U16A     Board 8                 Points 5.5/7        Board position 1st

In terms of team performances, the KZN U16A team won their age group, while the U18A placed 5th and the U20A 6th in each of theirs.

Congratulations to all the participants!


Northwood’s Matrics Continue To Excel

Northwood has consistently produced excellent Matric results, since its establishment as Northlands Boys’ High some 66 years ago, and through the amalgamation with Beachwood Boys’ High to create a single North Durban school 25 years ago.

2014 was no exception, with Northwood’s top Matric students leading the way. Kashir Gopal, our 2014 Dux, performed outstandingly to place third in KZN, the highest-placed learner out of all of the province’s boys’ high schools. Kashir continued the tradition of top performances by Northwood boys, with one of our boys making the top 20 in 2011, and three making the top 20 in 2012 (two of whom were in the top 10).

 The 2014 Matric year was a particularly challenging one, as it was the first year of a new curriculum, and this resulted in lower marks both nationally and provincially. Despite this, seven Northwood boys achieved 7 or more A symbols, the second-highest number of “straight As” among KZN boys’ high schools. Of our successful Matriculants, 93% achieved Bachelor’s or Diploma passes, with nearly 10% of these boys achieving 5 or more A symbols.

Northwood congratulates its 2014 Matrics on their excellent achievements, and looks forward to maintaining our position of academic leadership in 2015.