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Elle, Year 13

When I lived in Bangkok I went to a co-ed school with 1700 kids and 40 in a classroom. It was a 50-minute drive with my Dad to get to school each day, and to play netball I had to get up at 5.30 in the morning to make practice at 6.30 – five days a week!

My Mum asked me if I wanted to come to Nga Tawa. I said yes because I love horses and I heard the education is very good here.

I arrived here in Term 3 of Year 9, which was hard for me because I was quiet with not very good English and everyone had already made friends.

Nga Tawa is really different to how I imagined a boarding school would be. I thought it would be cold and scary, but it’s not like that at all. The teachers and girls are warm and friendly, everyone is so positive, and I’ve made lots of friends. And I think the uniform is really cool – it reminds me of Harry Potter!

Back home it’s all study study study, but here I’m experiencing a lot of new activities outside of study and we are encouraged to try new things. I’m now competing at dressage and have won a couple of classes at shows.

I’m Deputy Head of Humanities and Culture this year, I’m also on the Student Council and I take speech and drama. I help our International students settle in – even if it means giving them some tough love when it comes to being homesick. I tell them I totally know what it’s like but soon they’ll be too busy to miss home at all.

I love being at Nga Tawa. Even though I come from overseas, I’ve never felt that I don’t belong here.

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Nga Tawa Diocesan School,
164 Calico Line, Marton 4787
PBag 1101,
Marton 4741 New Zealand
Tel: +64 (06) 327 6429
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