ACEL fetes inspirational leaders

Anula Primary School principal Kerry Hudson (pictured left) and Wulagi Primary School principal Susan Kilgour, have been honoured with leadership awards from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

The ACEL Leadership Award is one of several reserved for education leaders who have made a significant contribution to education, educational leadership, and the improvement of student and organisational outcomes.


The first-time winners of the coveted prize had to satisfy a range of criteria, including high level leadership capabilities, a commitment to educational achievement, and an acknowledgement of excellence in leadership by colleagues, students and the community.

Susan Kilgour said to receive an award for doing what she loves is “astonishing and heart-warming”.
“I think a good leader is one who inspires and empowers others,” she said. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to listen to Wulagi community voices, and to lead a school by honouring those voices.


“Collaboration is the nucleus of my leadership style, and that includes relationships based on trust, a spirit of generosity, and harnessing collective skills.”
Kerry Hudson said she was “delighted” to receive this award, and felt “very valued by her school community”.
“The award is recognition of my vision for the school, and my unwavering commitment to the Anula School community,” she said.
“I am an instructional leader who believes every child can achieve if they are immersed in a caring culture that values quality teaching and learning, and in an environment of high expectations.”


Appointed as the school’s principal after several years of leadership changes, Kerry Hudson believes the school now has greater stability and commitment to its shared vision.


Susan Kilgour counsel’s novice teachers to “listen deeply” and Kerry Hudson to “put children at the core of everything you do”.
The awards presentation was held at the Darwin Convention Centre on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

Last updated: 16 October 2017