Mount Hutt College principal John Schreurs has resigned.
He will finish up at the end of term one after nine years at the helm.
Mr Schreurs, who turned 60 last month, said there was no-one reason for his resignation, but “the job required a lot of energy and enthusiasm” and it was just time for him to hand over the reins.
It was also a good time for the school to look at a new principal, he said.
“The record of work the teachers are doing is in good heart, and now is a good time.”
He had ideas about what his future may hold, and would not rule out going back into the classroom to teach math, which he had a passion for.
His resignation, announced last Thursday, came as a surprise to many and the Board of Trustees acknowledged his value as a “respected member of our community, and much-liked” by those within the school, in its announcement to staff and the wider school community.
“The board would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge John’s unequivocal commitment to the role of principal and thank him for the positive influence he has had within our school.
“We will miss John’s professionalism, empathy and insight. We respect his decision and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”
Mr Schreurs will remain on study leave during term two and three to help guide the acting principal, the board and the wider college as required.
The board were formalising the process of his replacement with an acting principal expected to be appointed for next term.