The head of junior school at The Scots School Albury has been named as one of the best in the country.
Matthew Boundy is a finalist in the 2019 Australian Education Awards for primary school principal of the year - non-government category.
And the accolades don't stop there for the private school, also being named as a finalist in the regional school of the year and boarding school of the year categories.
Mr Boundy, who has only been head of the primary school since the start of the year, said although the other two awards were self nominated, he was picked by the panel of selectors.
"It is a bit surprising actually," he said.
"It has been a really steep learning curve for me in terms of fitting in, getting to know Albury and the school.
"But it has been really positive in terms of the connecting in with the staff here and leadership team to support me in developing the school to the next stage of its journey.
"The whole school staff and community have been very welcoming and this is more of a reflection on that then me in particular."
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Head of teaching Alison Mitchell said it was the second year the school has been a finalist for the regional school category.
But said to be recognised for the boarding side of things was a "great accomplishment".
"The way students board has changed and it is great to see we can adapt to that," Ms Mitchell said.
"We have more flexible boarding options say for students who have a late or early class they can board one night here and there during the week.
"It definitely has changed from the traditional full term boarding.
"But I think this has a lot to do with the changing landscape of farming in the region."
Ms Mitchell said to be named finalists "goes to show what we are doing here is working".
"We have been putting a lot of energy into our boarding space so it is nice to be recognised," she said.
The school put in its own submissions for the awards which are then compared with hundreds of entries from across the country.
Any individual or school operating in the Australian K-12 education industry is eligible to submit a nomination.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Friday, August 16.
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