When you have made a difference

During her 47 years with the WA Education Department Mary Margetts worked at Mullewa Junior High School, South Fremantle Senior High School, Melville SHS, Rockingham SHS and Willetton SHS before being appointed principal of North Lake Senior Campus in 2007.

At a farewell function to mark her retirement, held on campus in week three, Mary said North Lake was a special place to work, “It’s as close to heaven on earth that you will find,” she said, “The students feel supported and have the chance to turn their dreams into goals and reality.”


Speakers Sue Cuneo (DET regional executive director) Armando Giglia (WASSEA president) and Mary’s North Lake colleagues John Watters and Greg Hartmann noted that she is someone who has made a difference during her long career. They emphasised her compassion, dignity, warmth and ability to keep things simple.

Mary said retiring had been a difficult decision. “It’s hard to let go,” she said, “My message to the staff at North Lake is that I love what you do and am proud of what you do.”

What the students said…

You were amazing and I was very inspired by you. And North Lake was blessed to have such a wonderful person like you. You’ll be forever in my heart. I wish you the very best in your retirement. (Sui)

O I still love her she was so adorable. (Christine)

North Lake Senior Campus is the place where my life changed. Words can not fully express how grateful I am from the principal of the school Ms Mary Margetts and all my teachers who are supportive, caring and patient. (Former IEC student)

If there were a Nobel Prize for the Best Principal, I’m sure you would get it Ms Mary Margetts! Thank you for being such an amazing person and a true inspiration! You have left ever lasting memories. (Faiz)

Fittingly, catering at the function was expertly handled by North Lake Hospitality students and staff.