Prin­ci­pal’s home on Gram­mar art tour

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - HUGH COLLINS

Auck­land Gram­mar School’s head­mas­ter is giv­ing the pub­lic a rare op­por­tu­nity to step in­side his home.

Tim O’Con­nor’s Clive Rd home will be one of 10 stops on the Auck­land Gram­mar School Art House Tour on Novem­ber 12.

The home was the res­i­dence of pre­vi­ous Gram­mar head­mas­ter John Mor­ris be­fore O’Con­nor stepped into the role in 2012.

The tour is a first for the school and takes the place of the Gram­mar Art Expo of pre­vi­ous years.

O’Con­nor says the Ep­som school is now ex­press­ing it­self cre­atively in ways it once didn’t. The tour, as well as a cook­book re­leased last year, wouldn’t have pre­vi­ously been part of the per­cep­tion of the school.

‘‘Those sorts of things are not the tra­di­tional do­main of a school like Gram­mar ... I think the good thing about Gram­mar is it’s not ac­tu­ally afraid to em­brace new things and to progress in a va­ri­ety of ways given the di­ver­sity of our school pop­u­la­tion and our par­ent com­mu­nity.’’

The tour is about putting art into real life sit­u­a­tions, he says.

‘‘Look­ing at the range of art­work that’s go­ing to be on dis­play in the homes you know there’s some­thing for every­one in terms of taste.

‘‘We’re go­ing to be chal­lenged by some of the art as well.’’

Pro­ceeds from the tour will be al­lo­cated to the school’s Aca­demic En­dow­ment Fund and to the Art and Mu­sic Pro­grammes at Gram­mar.

This al­lows the school to sup­port teach­ers in a va­ri­ety of ways, O’Con­nor says.

‘‘I think we do have an is­sue in terms of teacher salaries and now house prices in Auck­land. For Auck­land teach­ers to be able to have a sus­tain­able fu­ture here is pretty tough.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle deed that we can do to sup­port the con­cept of at­tract­ing and keep­ing good teach­ers.’’

O’Con­nor says putting his home on dis­play was about ex­press­ing sup­port for the con­cept and putting his money where his mouth is.

First sold to Auck­land Gram­mar in the 1960s, the home was built in 1904 and was orig­i­nally part of the Clifton Es­tate.

This in­cluded Firth’s Cas­tle which still stands on Cas­tle Drive to­day.

The Auck­land Gram­mar School Art House Tour kicks off at 10am on Novem­ber 12.

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