Mr Tim O’Connor became Auckland Grammar School’s eleventh Headmaster at the start of Term Four, 2012.
Educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Mr O’Connor went on to obtain a Diploma of Teaching at Palmerston North Teachers’ College and graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Education. He later undertook post-graduate studies in Improving Schools and the Art of Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
After commencing secondary teaching in 1990, Mr O’Connor was appointed Deputy Principal at Nelson College in 2000. Then in 2002, at the age of 34, he was appointed Rector of Palmerston North Boys’ High School.
During his 10 years as Rector at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Mr O’Connor was active in many areas related to boys’ education, including the Association of Boys’ Schools New Zealand, the Secondary Schools Principals’ Association and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. He was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2007 and in the same year was made a Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader.
Mr O’Connor has represented Manawatu in hockey, umpired international games (both in New Zealand and overseas) and has coached extensively.
He and his wife Anne have three children, the eldest of whom is in Form 5 at the school.
Mr O’Connor’s philosophy on boys’ education and the importance of academic rigour and achievement complemented by extensive co-curricular opportunities, matches that of the School. As someone who thrives on competition and is driven to succeed, he follows in the long line of highly regarded Headmasters who have led Auckland Grammar School before him.