Headmaster - Mr Tim O'Connor

Headmaster - Mr Tim O'Connor

Mr Tim O'Connor became the eleventh Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School at the start of Term 4, 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 of Nelson College in 2000.

In 2002, he was appointed Rector of Palmerston North Boys' High School. During his 10 years there, 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.

In 2007, he was awarded both a Woolf Fisher Fellowship and was also 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 a recent leaver of Auckland Grammar School (class of 2011) and is currently studying at Victoria University.

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.

Click here for the full version of the Headmaster's address at the 2015 Auckland Grammar School Prizegiving ceremony.