STAFF at Port Fairy Consolidated Primary School won't have to bother taking their new boss for a guided tour of the school when he starts duties next term.
The school has appointed Mark Chapman, a Port Fairy resident and former teacher at the school, as its new principal.
"I taught at the school for 13 years and all my children went to Consolidated so it does feel like I'm coming home," Mr Chapman said.
"I'm over the moon about the opportunity to become principal at the school and I'm really looking forward to it."
Since his last teaching stint at Port Fairy Consolidated Primary School, Mr Chapman has worked in a variety of roles.
They include work at Brophy Family and Youth Services and at Allansford Primary School as principal a position he held for the past three years.
Mr Chapman said he had gained valuable experience since last teaching in Port Fairy.
"I have learnt a lot professionally, especially in the last three years as principal, which I'm sure will help me with my new role.
"Being away allows me to come in with fresh eyes, and I now also have a lot of connections within the Warrnambool education network that I can draw on."
Mr Chapman said he hoped to further strengthen the school's strong ties with the Port Fairy community and St Patrick's Primary School.
"I have already spoken to Sue Paulka from St Patrick's, who is an outstanding operator, and we are both committed to working together for the children of the town," Mr Chapman said.
"And the community links through areas such as art and sustainability have been built up between the school and the community and I'm sure that will continue."
Mr Chapman replaces Lindy Sharp as principal, with Ms Sharp now principal at East Warrnambool Primary School.
Jennifer Douglas has been acting principal of Port Fairy Consolidated for the first two terms this year.