Northwood Announces New Headmaster

Northwood School welcomes the appointment of Paul McAvoy as principal of Durban North’s only boys’ high school.

Paul McAvoy, who joined Northwood as a deputy principal last year, studied teaching in Pretoria and Johannesburg and holds an Honours Degree in education, specialising in educational management. He’s an avid sportsman and is a national selector for chess in South Africa.

Speaking about his appointment in this sought-after position, McAvoy said, “Northwood is a school with a proud history stretching back more than six decades. To be tasked with providing direction for such an institution is an honour.

“I intend to use my experience to take the traditions of the school and provide a progressive approach that gives Northwood a leading-edge advantage in terms of technological innovation balanced with traditional values,” said McAvoy.

McAvoy has been teaching for almost two decades, with 15 of those years being mostly in management positions in co-educational high schools in Johannesburg.
“My last appointment was as deputy principal at Rand Park High School in 2008, where I carried many whole-school responsibilities. This provided me with excellent experience for the exciting challenges that lie before me.”

McAvoy praised the support of the Durban North community for the school and said he looked forward to Northwood’s mix of community school and centre of academic, sporting and cultural excellence.
The Northwood School Board of Governors issued a statement on McAvoy’s appointment.

It reads:

‘After the completion of an extensive and thorough selection process the Northwood Board of Governors is privileged to be in a position to congratulate Mr Paul McAvoy in being appointed as principal of Northwood School.  Mr McAvoy is a proven educator, has extensive leadership experience, is a role model to our young men representing the values we believe in, and carries a balance in all that he stewards. He is passionate in all he does. We wish him every support for the significant role he is to perform as principal to Northwood in the school’s exciting journey ahead! The board would also like to record its sincere gratitude to the dedicated staff of the KZN department of education  who have assisted and guided the board to the conclusion of this process. thank you.’

Article Courtesy of Northglen News, Lauren Anthony.

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