New Deputy Headmaster for 2016

Dear Parents and Friends of Cordwalles

After an exhaustive selection process it gives me great pleasure to announce the appoinment of Mr Duncan Greaves as the new Deputy Headmaster of Cordwalles for 2016.

Born in Estcourt in 1979, Duncan grew up on a farm near Giant’s Castle, which developed in him a love of the outdoors. After completing his schooling at Estcourt High School, where he was captain of cricket and vice-captain of hockey, Duncan spent 2 years travelling and working in the UK and America. After this, he joined Cordwalles, working as a boarder master and intern beween 2002 & 2005 while completing his B-Ed through UNISA. From 2006 – 2012, Duncan and his wife, Kirsten, taught in independent schools in the UK and used the extensive school holidays to travel and participate in volunteer work. Duncan held various management roles in the UK, culminating in his appointment as Head of the Middle School at Chafyn Grove School. In 2012, Duncan and his family returned to South Africa where he joind Clifton School in Durban as Deputy Principal in the Prep School.

Duncan has been Head of Academics, overseeing changes in the academic curriculum, as well as Head of Mathematics where he was responsible for the establishment of a new mathematics programme,

His educational philosophy is grounded in a constructivist approach, where differentiation should be at the heart of learning. Duncan believes we need to give our boys opportunities to foster 21st century learning skills, but not at the expense of traditional core values based around a Christian ethos. In addition, he believes that educational leadership is about creating a positive, child-centred environment that enables every boy to reach his full potential.

A keen sportsman. Duncan has played and coached provincial schools’ hockey, men’s provincial hockey and country districts hockey. He has also played club cricket.

He is married to Kirsten who is an old girl of St John’s Diocesan College and is also a teacher. With their 2 very energetic boys, Joshua (5) and Zach (3), they look forward to returning to their roots in the Midlands and being closer to family.

We look forward to welcoming Duncan, Kirsten, Joshua and Zach to the Cordwalles community and trust that they have many prosperous years at this school.

Kind regards

Lance Veenstra

Deputy Headmasterdun

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