New principal keen to keep learning



New school . . . Principal Callum Tytler goes out and about among his new charges at Rosebank School in Balclutha. PHOTO: NICK BROOK

Rosebank School has begun a new chapter this year with a new principal.

Callum Tytler, who was born and bred in Gore, said he was pleased to be close to his roots for the 20th year of his teaching career.

‘‘Rosebank is a fantastic school. Pauline Simpson did great work here and the Care [Care, achievement, responsibility and environment] value set aligns perfectly with my own outlook.’’

Mr Tytler graduated from Dunedin Teachers College — where he also met his wife — in 2002 and moved to Rotorua to specialise in primary school years 4 to 8.

‘‘By the late ’90s I’d tried a few different things and seemed to be noticing a lot of enthusiastic talk about teaching — plus there was some family history. Mum was a teacher for decades.

‘‘I really like classroom teaching. I’ve taken on additional administrative and faculty roles, but then I’d hand them back and return my full focus to the kids in the class.’’

Mr Tytler spent 16 years teaching in Rotorua.

He has two adult sons and two grandchildren, one of whom is now aged 5 and starting school.

In 2018, having been on the lookout for an opportunity to return home and be closer to family, he moved back to the mainland and assumed deputy and full principal positions at Lumsden and Waihola Schools, moving to Clutha to become part of the community.

‘‘I felt a connection with the school board straight away and it’s very moving to have people like that put their faith in me.

‘‘What’s struck me so far is what a dedicated team of professionals we have here.

‘‘I came in every day the week before term and met every one of the staff in here prepping.

‘‘It’s obvious they genuinely care about what they do, and the acting principal Sarah Reid went above and beyond in supporting me into the role.’’

An outdoors and aviation enthusiast particularly interested in kayaking, gliding and model aircraft, Mr Tytler said the most positive aspect of a teaching position was ‘‘making a positive difference and planting seeds’’ that inspired young people and led them to success.

‘‘We want to help children be their best, and we understand success is different for every child.’’

Rosebank’s new principal said the job was about facilitating and working with people, including the 234 pupils.

He has a postgraduate degree and intended to work towards an educational leadership qualification, believing lifelong learning was an important way for teachers to grow and understand the learners in their care.

And his goals for Rosebank?

‘‘Ask me about my goals a year from now.

‘‘I have to take my time listening and learning, and working out how to give Rosebank my best.’’