Wellington Point State High School's new principal says listening to the community will be his priority as he starts in the role this month.
Ross McNichol has taken the reigns as the school year comes to a close.
It's full steam ahead for Mr McNichol who is taking the time to get to know students and staff to prepare for the year ahead.
Originally from Mackay, Mr McNichol has previously worked at schools in Ipswich and Logan and said he was up for the challenge at Wellington Point.
"Right now I'm just listening to the stories from staff, students and parents to make decisions in the best interests of the community," he said.
"I like to collaborate strongly with a wide group of people so I can make, in my mind, the best decisions for them."
While teaching English and physical education, Mr McNichol became a head of department before picking up deputy and acting principal roles.
He said it had already been a busy couple of weeks since he started on November 8.
"School events just keep ticking by. We've had year 12 formal and graduation, (and) the year 11 end of year cruise, so there's lots going on as we come to the end of the year."
Mr Nichol was looking to use his experience at previous schools and the guidance of students to help them recover from the mental stresses of COVID.
"I think at the moment our young people are experiencing a bit of a mental health crisis across the globe, and to me, the way to combat that is a sense of belonging and connectedness, weather that's in your family, to a sporting club, scouts, and also school," he said.
"I will be looking to build upon the foundations here so that kids feel safe and respected."
He has already created a fitness boot camp for students from years 7-9 to help them build relationships and learn values through activities like boxing, core workouts and cardio every Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and getting to know the students so I can set them up for a successful future."