The new school year at Winton School was marked with a special ceremony.
A powhiri welcomed new principal Steve Wadsworth, new deputy principal Mike Thompson and 25 new students and their families to the school for the new year.
After a karanga by senior students, speeches and songs from the whole school, Mr Wadsworth told the gathering he was happy to be there.
"I am proud, pleased and excited to be the new principal of Winton Primary School," he said.
"This ceremony symbolises the coming together of strangers but not for much longer because we're all looking forward to becoming a part of this learning community as we strive to achieve common goals under a shared vision."
Mr Wadsworth said he was happy to begin his new role and to establish positive relationships.
"Already everyone has made us feel very welcome," he said.
He comes south after seven years as principal at Pahoia School in Tauranga, but has southern connections with his wife originally from Southland and him with a period as teaching principal at Isla Bank School in Southland in 2001-2002.
"I came south for family reasons and to enjoy a new challenge after 10 years at Pahoia."
Winton School's past principal Andrew Smith is now the new principal at Windsor North Primary School in Invercargill.
"Along with the staff, students and the board, Andrew's left Winton School in a fantastic position.
"It's got a very good reputation," Mr Wadsworth said.
Winton School's new deputy principal, Mike Thompson, also moved south from Tauranga, and has links here after originally coming from Mossburn.
- The Southland Times
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