Ross says goodbye to school after nine-month stay

MOVING ON: Outgoing Bordertown Primary School principal Ross McHutcheon has been at the school since the start of term two, but will return home to Queensland.
MOVING ON: Outgoing Bordertown Primary School principal Ross McHutcheon has been at the school since the start of term two, but will return home to Queensland.

Bordertown Primary School principal Ross McHutcheon has made the tough decision not to return to the school next year.

Mr McHutcheon first took over the role at the start of term 2 this year, after completing one term as principal in the APY Lands.

A Queensland native, he always knew after one year working in South Australia that he would return to the sunshine state, but the memories he has made in the Tatiara will stick with him for the rest of his life.

"The deal was ever going to only be until the end of the year because I have a house on the Sunshine Coast, that is also an Airbnb, but it's been sitting empty for all of the year - I can't let it sit empty," Mr McHutcheon said.

He felt incredibly fortunate for the "great" community and school that had welcomed him with open arms.

"The kids are especially a great group of kids - they're really friendly," Mr McHutcheon said.

"The parents and the staff are so friendly also - the entire community is very supportive of what happens here (school)."

He said a number of the parents attend school assemblies consistently to see their children receive certificates and awards.

"I will be sorry to go, I really will be, but I have to return back to Queensland," Mr McHutcheon said.

Since arriving in Bordertown, he has embedded himself into the local community, joining the Rotary Club of Bordertown which he rated one of his many highlights.

"I was invited to join the Rotary club and that has been a fantastic group of like-minded people who are interested in the community and raising funds for Rotary International, so I certainly enjoyed that," Mr McHutcheon said.

"The kids to me have really been the highlight - they are very welcoming, positive and they will always come and talk to you about stuff, it might not seem like much but they are such a welcoming group."

The news quickly reached the students, with many of the younger students trying to convince him to stay at the school.

Despite moving back to Queensland, Mr McHutcheon said he would love to come back to the area at some stage in the future.

"I have made some good friends here and you keep those friends, and certainly with Rotary, it is a family," Mr McHutcheon said.

With an exciting experience completed, another soon awaits as he moves back to his home state to work on his house.

Mr McHutcheon thanked everyone for making his short tenure as principal one to remember.

He gave special thanks to the staff members at Bordertown Primary School who have been fantastic throughout the school year.

Jason Saxby, who is currently the principal of Risdon Park Primary School, will take over as principal of the high school next year.