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Obituary – Trevor Poultney

Trevor Poultney

Auckland Grammar School acknowledges the recent passing of Mr Trevor Poultney, a 25-year master, who served the School from 1970 to 1999.

Mr Poultney taught English and Social Sciences, and was appointed Head of Social Studies in 1974 and elected President of the National Social Studies Teachers’ Association the same year.

After teaching in London for 2 years he returned to Auckland Grammar School and appointed Head of English in 1988, at a time the English block was officially opened and a new English curriculum was being introduced. As he concluded his tenure as Head of English he led a number of key initiatives as the Director of the Library.

Mr Poultney accepted governance responsibilities as the staff representative on the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1994. His interactions and contributions were respected.

Outside of the classroom Mr Poultney furthered his interests in the humanities to co-edit The Chronicle from 1985 to 1998. This was a significant undertaking with Mr Kirby over an extended period, producing archival material for students, staff and old boys for over a decade.

In a sporting sense Mr Poultney coached cricket and rugby, the latter for two decades. He also helped with squash and led the photography club.

Mr Poultney contributed extensively to the life of Auckland Grammar School. As a master, his dedication to the School and its students were well-respected. As a colleague his work ethic was acknowledged alongside his expertise. His contributions and approach were recognized with a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 1976 and the Headmaster’s Council Staff Scholarship in 1994.

The Auckland Grammar School community extends its sympathies to Louise and their family.