New Crossways Lutheran School principal Tony Peters says he is excited to start the next chapter in his career, as he makes a return to Ceduna.
Mr Peters replaces outgoing principal Craig Kupke as the 2020 school year begins, arriving from his job as prinicpal at St John's Lutheran School in Eudunda.
The new role sees Mr Peters return to Crossways after more than a decade, following a teaching stint at the school that lasted from 1994 to 2003.
He said he enjoyed his previous time in Ceduna and was struck by the differences and improvements to the school in the interim.
"I found Ceduna to be fantastic, we had both children while living here and my wife Jane, who is a visual artist, thrived in this community," he said.
"The school has been given a tremendous facelift within classrooms and learning spaces, with new technology implemented, and externally it looks like a brilliant school.
"The early learning centre that started last year is a fantastic addition to Crossways."
In between his two Ceduna stints, Mr Peters was a teacher and later a principal throughout schools in Victoria and South Australia, with roles in Horsham, Nhill, Mildura and Tarrington, before moving to Eudunda.
He has been a school principal since 2007.
Mr Peters said his aim was to continue the growth of Crossways.
"My focus for 2020 is to encourage all students to do their very best, particularly in literacy and numeracy," he said.
"I want to continue the fantastic teaching and learning that has taken place over a number of years.
"Another focus is on student wellbeing, plus embracing the community we have in Ceduna."
Mr Peters said he was looking forward to working hard to enhance the community spirit within the school.
"My job in the first few weeks and months is to listen to stories and to get a hold of a culture here," he said.
"I'm all about embracing the community.
"My role will be to encourage people to come into the school and be part of the Crossways community - that's parents and other community members, all coming in and sharing in the fantastic teaching and learning."