Fathma a business award finalist


Fathma Mauger has been named a Northern Territory finalist for the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Award.

The Larrakeyah Primary School principal, who was also named a Territory finalist in 2017, is this year competing in the Public Sector and Academia category.

“I had to satisfy criteria to do with leadership, communication, achievements, performance of the school, the business model of the school, inclusion and diversity,” she said.

“I submitted an online application addressing many questions, and attended a 45-minute interview with two judges before being selected as a finalist.”

The contender said witnessing the success of students she has taught is an ongoing source of delight.

“Students I taught are now teachers, lawyers, engineers, electricians; they have pursued a range of vocations.

“But building the capacity of staff, seeing them take opportunities to develop and become better teachers and leaders, and helping move a school from good to great, are also wonderful parts of my journey.

“Winning in this category would mean education is recognised as a serious business, and that the school follows a sound business model in preparing our students for the workforce.”

Fathma Mauger has guided the school to become one of the first six independent public schools in the Territory, established the school as an accredited Cambridge International School, developed a sister school relationship in Malaysia, and implemented the school’s Chinese language program by partnering with CDU’s Confucius Institute.

The award winners will be announced on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at Skycity Darwin.

Fathma Mauger

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