I still think about the day I started at Nga Tawa.
Even though I knew what boarding would be like from listening to my older sisters, I was a bit lost on that first night because most of my friends were daygirls. I’ve always been quite confident and a bit loud, so once I had met the new girls in my year group, we spent the first night going room to room introducing ourselves, making friends as fast as we could!
I’m loving getting to know my year group. We went on a two-day one-night marae trip and were told when we arrived there was no Internet. I can tell you we weren’t very excited about that! But it turned out to be the best thing because it brought our whole group together to talk and laugh. I’ve made stronger connections in one year here than I did over 8 years at primary school. In Term One we would actually plan weekends where we’d all stay in and spend hours in the EC playing games like hide-n-seek.
I was Head Girl at my old school, but I wasn’t sure how well I would do at Nga Tawa. It’s been pretty amazing so far. I was second in my year group academically and I’ve just finished playing a lead role in the school play.
I think I’d quite like to be a prefect one day, maybe even head scholar.