Wulagi head steps down
Principal of Wulagi Primary School, Susan Kilgour, is retiring after an illustrious teaching career. After qualifying as a teacher in 1969, the one-time assistant seal and dolphin trainer started her teaching career in mid-70s South Australia.
She arrived in the Territory in mid-2010 to “have a look”, and decided “the Territory was the place for me to be”.
“I worked for six months as a senior teacher at Girraween Primary School before becoming assistant principal of Wanguri Primary School in 2011, and later, acting principal,” she said.
“I began working as principal at Wulagi Primary School in 2012, an independent public school where the emphasis is on sustainability, student wellbeing, excellence in academia and community connectedness.
“I have led a school that places great emphasis on raising literacy and numeracy standards, always working with Wulagi staff and the community to nurture a productive learning climate.
“I would like to thank my colleagues, the families of students, but most of all the children, for the experience and the opportunities you’ve given me over the years; it has been an absolute privilege.
“I want to be part of a society where all our children learn and thrive and can access education. In health, education and participation, we need to minimise the inequities from birth.”
Susan Kilgour’s advice to new teachers is to “listen to what children say about their learning”.
“View their behaviour and engagement as a diagnostic to your work as a teacher,” she said. “Look at it through kind eyes, with a spirit of generosity, and unconditional positive regard.”
After her official retirement on 31 December this year she will remain in the Territory working with her local community. She intends spending time with family, locally and interstate.