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Kuswag Skool deputy principal bids farewell

Chris Hofmeyr plans to spend time helping the community and pursuing his photography hobby during his retirement.

CHRIS Hofmeyr, the high school deputy principal of Kuswag Skool, bids farewell as he heads into retirement after 30 years at the school.

Hofmeyr’s journey at Kuswag began in 1994 when he joined as the head of department, before being promoted to the role of deputy principal in 2007. Prior to this, he taught at Richards Bay High School from 1988 until the middle of 1994. Interestingly, Hofmeyr’s connection with Kuswag Skool runs deep as he was one of the first learners at the school when it opened its doors in 1970.

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Over the years, he pursued further education to enhance his teaching career, completing a Higher Diploma in Education, a Diploma in Educational Management in 1991, and a Bachelor of Education Honours degree in 2006 from the University of Zululand at the Umlazi campus.

Despite his family’s background in the legal profession, Hofmeyr chose the path of education, driven by a desire to make a difference.

“I saw the way children were struggling, so I decided to make a difference. It’s also more than just the children; it’s helping society as a whole and trying to reinforce the pillars of society,” he said.

Reflecting on his time at the school, Hofmeyr acknowledged the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic but expressed his enjoyment of every moment spent at the school. “My parting message to past and present learners and teachers is to stay grounded, be the best you can be and remember that no challenge is ever too big to overcome,” he said.

As he embarks on retirement, Hofmeyr envisions a future filled with activities he is passionate about. He plans to become more involved with older individuals by reading for them, providing management training for schools and offering consultancy services for house plans. Additionally, he intends to pursue his interests in the ocean, travel, birdwatching and photography. “I also still want to make a difference in the community, so I plan to join Tidy Towns to help restore the area,” said Hofmeyr.

He added that he is leaving the school in the capable hands of acting deputy principal Sariana Smit.


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