He’s a Scotsman, a keen chess player, an educator and for almost two decades, Paul McAvoy has dedicated his life to teaching.
McAvoy was recently appointed deputy principal of Northwood School, a position he has held at Rand Park High for a number of years. His new appointment is one he is relishing.
“Northwood is a school of strong traditions and it is blessed with immense resources, both in terms of facilities and human capital. It is my goal to ensure that the school reaches its maximum potential in as many areas as possible,” he said.
After a brief dalliance with law, McAvoy studied teaching in Pretoria and Johannesburg and holds an honours degree in education, specialising in educational management.
Paul, an avid sportsman, husband to Vivien, father of Logan, said at school, he tried to compete in as many sports as he could but chess was his forté. Paul holds SA school colours for chess and has also been a national selector for South Africa.
When asked whether he was looking forward to his new post at Northwood, he replied ‘without a doubt’.
“There is a fantastic feeling of community within Durban North and surrounds, something I became aware of during holidays and other trips to the area, this, together with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a school which has already achieved so much, makes Northwood a place that any educator would want to be,” he said.
Paul McAvoy has commenced in October as deputy principal of Northwood School.