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The School’s Headmaster

Tim O’Connor became the 11th Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School in 2012. Educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Tim gained his 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.

Tim began secondary teaching in 1990, and was appointed Deputy Principal of Nelson College in 2000.

In 2002, Tim was appointed Rector of Palmerston North Boys’ High School and 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.

Tim’s philosophy on boys’ education and the importance of academic rigour and achievement complemented by extensive co-curricular opportunities, matches that of the School.

Tim follows in the long line of highly regarded Headmasters who have led Auckland Grammar School before him, including John Morris ONZM and the late Sir John Graham.

Please click here to read the Headmaster’s address in full from the 2023 Prizegiving Assembly.