GOROKAN Public School principal Jesmond Zammit said he is "still pinching myself" about being selected as one of three Australians chosen to travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a program to strengthen their leadership skills.
"It's an amazing opportunity and I haven't come to terms with it just yet, but I'm sure it will sink in slowly," said Mr Zammit, who has been principal at Gorokan for six years.
"It was amazing to get the call I'd been successful because I know how hotly contested this opportunity is. For me to have been successful was such a great achievement."
The scholarship is valued at $16,000 and Mr Zammit will complete the Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership program, which starts on June 22 and runs for six days.
He found out about the program after a staff member emailed him a link to the application.
"It was uncanny how some of my professional learning goals matched with the course objectives," Mr Zammit said.
"I have a big focus on building equity... in terms of opportunities for kids who come from challenging social backgrounds."
Mr Zammit said he was looking forward to studying in another country to broaden his perspective and to developing an international network of like-minded colleagues.
"If you don't keep learning you're not going to be the most effective leader you can be," he said.
"There's so much more to learn every time you connect with a different person.
"The more learning I can do to make me a better leader the better I'm going to be for it and so will the students."