The new year brought a new principal to Cannington School.
Hamish Brown took up the reins at the rural school at the beginning of term one and is enjoying the community and relationship with parents and students.
A former teacher at Gleniti School, Mr Brown said he was adjusting to teaching at the small school, which has only 22 students and two teachers.
There are two classes, grouped from years zero to three and four to eight.
Although the classes are small, he said he looks at it as an advantage, allowing them to give individual attention to the students' needs.
His goal is for the school is to have a bright future. "I just want to keep it future-focused. Producing positive and well-adjusted pupils when they leave, and not afraid to take risks and chase their dreams."
Originally from Ashburton, Mr Brown also taught at Waihi School for eight years and Watlington Intermediate before that.
During his own primary school years, Mr Brown said he could remember enjoying sport, and athletics day was always a highlight.
In his spare time he plays senior hockey for Cambridge and when he gets the chance participates in stage shows. His last performance was in Chicago.
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