Judy Allen Award

Each year, a member of the School community is presented with the prestigious Judy Allen Award. It is awarded to members of the community who have made an outstanding contribution to the School.

This special Award has been named in honour of Judy Allen, an active member of the Kilvington community whose passion and enthusiasm for the School has been reflected in her involvement in a wide range of roles, including student, parent, staff member and Board member, just to name a few.

The Award recipient receives a framed certificate, and his or her name is included on the Honour Board in Dalton Hall.

The constitution for the Judy Allen Award can be obtained by contacting the PFA at pfa@kilvington.vic.edu.au

To download the Judy Allen Award nomination form, please click here.

2014 – Pat Lehman

This year’s most worthy winner is a much loved member of Kilvington staff. Pat Lehman is one of the first members of staff to arrive at School in the morning, and one of the last to leave.  And this has been the case for 15 years.

She is a great teacher, taking pride in encouraging each student to do their best.  Pat has taught Year 7 Humanities, English and Maths, and Food Technology to Years 8 – 10 students. Her name is synonymous with the Night of Notables, the Year 7 Lorne camp and Barrett House.

Without question her love of and care for students is exemplary, which has made her an absolutely outstanding Barrett House Dean for the last 9 years – she is rarely seen without wearing red.  Such is her support, she is known to pick up and drive students to locations over the school holidays if needed.

She has held the position of Year 7 Connections and Transition Coordinator, and Coordinator of Production Costumes. Her support of Co-curricular activities is outstanding with participation in the K24 Challenge as a Staff team member, and support of student Debating and Aerobic competitions.

Students, staff, parents and Board members all sing her praises. We love you Pat!

2013 – Ann Cleghorn

This year’s recipient is synonymous with Kilvington.  Ann Cleghorn, a much loved staff member, spent 13 years as a student of the School, and following her teacher training has worked at Kilvington for 28 years. She has excelled in the role of teacher extraordinaire, Head of Mathematics, House Dean, Dean of Operations, Daily Organiser, Acting Head of Senior School, Production Coordinator and Coordinator of Houses amongst others.

Her capacity to care for students, staff and parents is second to none.  No matter if one of her students is participating in a co-curricular activity at night or at 6.00 in the morning, weekends or holidays, Ann is ever-present and offering support.  She is remarkable, and is also renowned for her delicious chocolate cakes!

A Kilvington staff member whose commitment to the School over the decades has been simply outstanding, and this year she joins her mother as a worthy winner of the Judy Allen Award (Joan Cleghorn 2011 Judy Allen Award winner).

2012 – Val O’Bryan

This year’s most worthy winner is a Kilvington staff member, Val O’Bryan. When a staff member is nominated it must be for ‘exceptional service’ over and above what could be reasonably expected in their professional position or for consistently ‘excellent service’ over a number of years to the satisfaction of the Award Committee. Val is the former Director of 10 years of the Early Learning Centre. Beginning in 2001, she began transforming the ELC from a two class 30 children centre, to a five class 90 children centre of ELC excellence with long waiting lists. Tragically Val had to resign due to ill health early this year.

Val worked tirelessly, including many nights and weekends to create a play-based centre of excellence for children and families in the ELC. Her love of students, passion for learning and ability to mould a team of educators has been exemplary. Due to her efforts the ELC became an incredibly friendly and happy place, brought about by her professionalism, warmth, care and vibrant spirit. Under her leadership, parent surveys indicated a 95% satisfaction rating which is an absolutely outstanding achievement.

2011- Joan Cleghorn

For many years Joan worked tirelessly with the PFA, organising fetes and was Treasurer for 3 years. Joan also audited the PFA books for 35 years. Joan helped to establish the Past Mothers Association with a previous Judy Allen award winner, Jean Harley. Her commitment to the School is unwavering and she has only missed one Celebration Night/Speech Night since 1964. Someone very close to Joan, her beloved daughter Ann, summed up her service to the School in this way. “My Mum quietly helps everyone and anyone all the time, no job is ever too small or big for her to offer assistance”. We thank Joan for the outstanding service she has given to Kilvington over many years and acknowledge her as a very worthy winner of the 2011 Judy Allen Award.

Past recipients

  • 2013 – Ann Cleghorn
  • 2012 – Val O’Bryan
  • 2011 – Joan Cleghorn
  • 2010 – Nicky Henderson & Gaye Wymond
  • 2009 – Andrew Armstrong (posthumously awarded)
  • 2008 – Jean Harley