Fathma a step closer to prestigious award

Larrakeyah Primary School principal, Fathma Mauger, is a finalist in the Public Sector and Academia section of the Telstra Business Women’s Award.

The Darwin-based educator was shortlisted after satisfying criteria focusing on leadership, communication, the business model and performance of the organisation, inclusion, diversity and achievements.

She was named a finalist after completing a written application, and a 45-minute interview with two judges.

Beginning at Parap Primary School in 1986, Fathma believes highlights of her 32-year Territory teaching career have been watching students evolve and reach their goals, witnessing the professional development of staff, and improving the quality of schools at which she has worked.

“Students I taught in primary school are now teachers, lawyers, engineers and electricians, or have moved into a variety of other careers,” she said. “Also, building the capacity of staff, and seeing them take opportunities to grow and develop as better teachers is a real thrill, as was moving Larrakeyah Primary School from a standard of good, to great.

“My major accomplishments at Larrakeyah Primary School include establishing the school as one of the first six independent public schools in the Territory, becoming the first Territory government school to become an accredited Cambridge International School, and placing the school in an international context by forming a Singaporean sister school alliance, and a partnership with CDU’s Confucius Institute.”

Fathma Mauger was nominated for the Principal of the Year Award in the 2015 Teaching in the Territory Awards.

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Friday 20 October, beginning 7pm at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Last updated: 28 November 2017