That’s how it was for Bridget Bone – enrolled the day she was born, and entertained throughout her childhood with many a tale of Nga Tawa.
Bridget is a girl who likes to have a go at everything. “I’m quite competitive,” she says. “When I decide to do something, I give it my best.”
At Nga Tawa, she had a go at most sports. First it was rowing – after being inspired by the Evers Swindell sisters – then tennis, badminton, and netball. In Year 12, she took up hockey and was quickly promoted to the 2nd X1. But it’s triathlon where she really shone, as a member of the school team achieving some impressive results at competitions.
Bridget was Head Girl in her final year of school and joint Dux. She won a $20,000 scholarship to Auckland University and a $35,000 scholarship to Otago University where she is currently studying Health Science.
“I remember so well what it was like having someone look out for me when I first started at Nga Tawa. I gained so much from Nga Tawa and was so thankful for the opportunity to do the same for our younger students.”
“I loved boarding so much. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t want to go home!”
(Yes, she actually said that.)
“Just like squeezing an orange, I'm able to say I squeezed every last opportunity out of Nga Tawa!”