I was very much a country bumpkin when I came to Nga Tawa. I had lived on a farm and gone to a casual co-ed school with big classrooms, so I needed a bit of an academic push.
At the start, I was quiet and not very good at putting myself out there. Actually, I was really scared coming to a school with a motto that says: ‘Exceed all expectations’. I wondered what on earth I had got myself into!
Having some older girls looking out for me under The Big Sister system really helped me to fit into life here. I’m happier being in a small school because success is really celebrated. I’m also a bit of a procrastinator, so the structure and organisation has been good for me.
Even though I’m a daygirl – it feels like I live at this school! I’m into athletics, swimming, road cycling, football, cross-country, equestrian, and this year I finished in the Top 20 of the Under 16 Triathlon Nationals. My programme is really busy and I don’t have time for much else. But I’ve discovered that exceeding my expectations is actually possible!
Nga Tawa has been a big step up for me, mentally and physically. I’ve never been a natural academic, but with really good teachers in my junior years, supported by extra tuition when I need it, I think I’ve come a long way.
I’ve also grown up in more ways than one – I used to be 5’ 5’’ tall and now I’m six feet!