The star in the North

Principal Mary Margetts with Year 12 students Merenaite Aiafi, Kyle Hosking, Amy Cunniffe and Nick Stanculovich. Picture: Martin Kennealey d420238
Principal Mary Margetts with Year 12 students Merenaite Aiafi, Kyle Hosking, Amy Cunniffe and Nick Stanculovich. Picture: Martin Kennealey d420238

Ms Margetts took over the role in 2007 following time at South Fremantle Senior High School, Melville SHS, Rockingham SHS and a number of other local schools in a career that began in 1973.

She was recently recognised for more than 40 years in the education industry, handed a fellowship by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders at the organisation’s awards presentation in Leederville.

Despite her experience, she said North Lake’s diverse mix of students made for a unique challenge.

‘(When I joined) we found we had a group of students with limited schooling or who had drifted away from schooling,’ she said.

‘We needed courses to engage them and either help them get ready for and make a success of Year 11 and 12.

‘We also needed to widen the choices for our students and coming together (with other local schools) has helped students access a wider variety of courses.’

Today North Lake has certificate courses in music, art, business and trades, has worked closely with the University of South Queensland and in 2013 became a Beacon Foundation school, enhancing relationships with businesses.

But Ms Margetts said there was still work still left to do.

‘We will continue to be a safety net for those who have missed out on education opportunities, are unhappy with their current schooling or, after leaving school and moving into a workplace, have realised their goals have changed,’ she said.

‘Hearing the success stories of our students is what energises our teachers and me.’