Echline Primary School headteacher Jim McColgan said his final goodbyes to pupils and staff last Friday after serving 15 years at the school.
Mr McColgan (56), was appointed to the headteacher’s role back in 1997, his fourth such role in a career spanning more than 30 years.
To mark the occasion, a series of events were staged within school and concluded with senior pupils staging a show for him.
Mr McColgan said he was sad to step away from teaching but added he knew it was “the right time to go ”.
He said: “I have really enjoyed my past 15 years at Echline but I knew within myself that now was the time to go. I did not want to continue and in say a year start to become grumpy”
Mr McColgan added: “The school will remain special to me as it is a great school and very dynamic. I want to thank the staff, pupils and parents who have all been very supportive to me over the years.”
On the achievements the school has gained during his tenure, Mr McColgan was extremely proud of the links with the Chogoria School in Kenya, their Green Flag environmental awards and their recent British Council International School award.
He added that upon his retiral, he hopes to add more holidays, now outwith school holidays periords to his wish list, while cycling, keeping fit and fishing are also up there. He may also allow himself one or two late nights out as well as following his local football team Falkirk FC.
While stepping down as a headteacher, Mr McColgan said he would still be interested in assisting in educational matters if called upon.
Mr McColgan’s tenure continues up until midnight on August 11 when new headteacher Dorothy Crawford, who arrives from South Morningside Primary School, takes over the role.