Enjoyment of his own school days led the new rector of Timaru Boys' High School to the position.
Previously deputy principal of Avondale College in Auckland, Nick McIvor has replaced the retiring Kevin O'Sullivan.
Mr McIvor's wife, Clair, is a primary teacher, and they have two primary school-age children.
Originally from Southland, Mr McIvor attended James Hargest College in Invercargill, then gained an honours degree in history at Canterbury University before attending Waikato University for his teacher training qualification.
He plans to guide TBHS forward, "by nurturing the qualities and characteristics [of TBHS] which have been ongoing, and the valued sources of success, while looking for new ways to improve opportunities for boys here".
Through his experience in the education sector, he is receptive to new ways of meeting the needs of the boys in the community.
His teaching career started at Forest View High School in Tokoroa, before he moved on to Auckland Grammar School.
While many people spend their OE working in restaurants or bars, Mr McIvor stuck to his passion.
He taught at Derby Grammar School in England before returning three years later to Auckland Grammar. He has been deputy at Avondale since 2006.
He talks of Auckland as a "massive sprawl" but Timaru is not totally new to Mr McIvor; his memories of Caroline Bay and the carnival go back to childhood visits here.
"Beach, icecream, activities, circus atmosphere, pomp and ceremony and a fun focal point."
Mr McIvor sees himself as a steward of TBHS and is looking forward to exploring South Canterbury more fully and making new connections.
- The Timaru Herald