John Weeks has officially begun his tenure as the headmaster of Scots All Saints College.
Mr Weeks - the former head of Knox Grammar School in Sydney - assumed his role as headmaster from July 1, taking over from the school's first headmaster David Gates.
His original role was to work on the transition of staff through the merge between The Scots School and All Saints' College, but after Mr Gates announced that he would step down as headmaster, he was soon approached to replace him.
During his time at Knox, Mr Weeks oversaw a major rebuilding program and the introduction of Positive Education Schools Australia, a national body promoting the research and application of positive psychology for student wellbeing.
He was also the founding head of the Hunter Valley Grammar School near Maitland, before a stint at the Illawarra Grammar School in Wollongong before moving to Knox.
And when he was in the NSW Department of Education, he was at schools in Grenfell, Springwood and Young.
"I've spent most of my time in co-education and before that I was 13 years at NSW Department of Education," Mr Weeks explained.
"When I finished my third term at Knox - and you only three terms at schools like that - my wife and I started an education consultancy company. We decided that we would look at developing that company and working with different schools right across the country.
"We got involved in the merger of the two schools here in Bathurst and my original role was to work on the transition from the staffing perspective and the translocation of staff, students and resources from one site to another and the other site and back again.
"My wife is also working with the past student associations of both schools to build the archives and museum of both schools, so the heritage of both schools are retained."
It was then when Mr Gates announced he would not continue as headmaster of Scots All Saints College from July 1.
"We thought if we got a newbie [in to replace Mr Gates] who didn't know the situation, we were going to lose momentum and that was a concern because it was a critical point in development," Mr Weeks said.
"The board approached me and said, 'Would you fill the role, because you know so much about the school, you have an understanding of what has happened and where we're going'.
"So they shot an invitation to me and I said, 'I'd be delighted. It's a very fascinating project. We'll put the consultancy on the back burner and I'll put all my attention into this project'."
Mr Weeks is excited for his new role and while he said it's not a unique situation - two schools from the same town merging to form a new school - it doesn't happen very often.
"I think it's going to be a very wonderful school for the region," he said.
He's already seen the introduction of two positive psychology programs - Bounce Back and You Can Do It - which are award-winning Australian programs.
He is also planning to introduce a professional learning development centre - which will give teachers a chance to reflect on their practices - as well as an innovative lab will on the All Saints campus.
With all these additions to Scots All Saints College, it's likely to make the school one of the leading schools in the Central West.
And outside of school, he's been involved with both Rotary and sport.
He was involved with the Rotary Club of Young (1988-1989) and the Rotary Club of East Maitland (1990-1997) and was a Maitland cricket coach (1994-1996) and secretary (1994-1996), as well as a Thirroul cricket coach (1996-2000).