Like many girls presented with the prospect of boarding school, Emma wasn’t convinced that leaving the comforts of home in Christchurch to spend five years at boarding school was such a good idea.
That all changed through a chance encounter with Nga Tawa girls when the school horse truck headed south to attend Springston Trophy. Emma got a strong sense of the friendships and fun they were having.
“Right then and there I asked Mum if I could go,” she says.
Now in Year 10, Emma is fully immersing herself in life at Nga Tawa. She does performing arts, is a Scholar and a keen sportswoman, but it’s the time she gets to spend down at the yards with her horse Puzzle that she loves most about Nga Tawa.
“It’s been absolutely awesome since she has been here.”
Emma has her sights set on earning Excellence Endorsed in NCEA and becoming a prefect in Year 13.
“It’s cool to be a leader here and I look up to the older girls.”
A few of her friends from Pony Club in Christchurch have now come to Nga Tawa.
“I just said to them, if you’re thinking about coming to Nga Tawa I recommend you do because it’s the best time you’ll ever have.”