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New opportunities . . . Ready to take on a new school year is Lumsden school's new principal Callum Tytler. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lumsden School’s deputy principal has stepped up to take the top role at the school.

Callum Tytler had been acting principal while Andrew Watson took a year’s leave during 2020.

Partway through the year, Mr Watson resigned.

Mr Tytler said he was passionate about the job and excited about growing in the role.

“It was something I thought would only be temporary, but I ended up falling in love with the job.”

The position presented new challenges and plenty of opportunities to learn, which was exciting, he said.

“This year I will be building on skills I started developing last year and expand my knowledge.”

Aspects he enjoyed of the new position included connecting with the staff members, children and parents within the community.

“It really is a wonderful school and everyone is friendly.

“The staff are amazing and they always have the children’s best interest at heart.”

The school had 85 pupils and 10 staff members.

Mr Tytler acknowledged the support and professional development he had received from mentors and advisers, including Mr Watson.

“There has been a lot of people I have been able to call up if I need advice about the job, so that has been awesome.”

As schools restarted last week he was busy.

“The kids have been excited to come back to school, so it has been wonderful to catch up with them and hear about their adventures over the holidays.”