We suggest you bring familiar bedding and other items that will help you feel comfortable. Bring only as many clothes as you may need for a week. There is a laundry service as well as washing facilities at school, so a lot of clothes aren’t necessary and can be difficult to store.
One of the things students learn at boarding school is how to get on with others. You may room with a friend or you may have the opportunity to get to know someone you wouldn’t normally spend time with. Year 12 and 13 students have single study bedrooms.
There are many people at Nga Tawa to help you if you are struggling at any time. Each student has a Dean, a Mentor and, in boarding, a Boarding Manager all there to help you. There is also the Nurse, the Counsellor, Peer Mediators, Peer Supporters, Teachers, the Director of Wellbeing, Deputy Principals and the Principal. As well, there are your sports and equestrian coaches and the school Prefects.
There are a variety of trips and activities planned each weekend. Once each term is a longer trip; somewhere like Taupo, New Plymouth, Napier or Wellington. Several times a term there is a visit to the Plaza in Palmerston North and Friday or Saturday movies are popular. Students sign up for the trips they are keen to go on. Any trip that is anticipated to cost over $50 has parental approval first.
Students are classified as boarders and are allocated a bed (for students in Years 9-11) or a room (for Years 12-13) exclusively for their use. Students have access to facilities on the same terms as full boarders. Students board for two nights each week and these nights are selected and fixed at the beginning of each term. Students return to their home on the non-boarding nights before 5.00pm.
Weekly Boarding at Nga Tawa means you spend from 8am Monday until 5pm on Friday at school. Shuttles, when available, can be utilised for transportation to and from school.
To be a weekly boarder you need to live within a 60 minute drive by car from Nga Tawa. Co-curricular commitments, sport competitions, performing arts events that are scheduled during the weekend still need to be attended by weekly boarders. Transport to and from events, is the responsibility of your family responsibility. eg. Tennis, Netball competitions and Equestrian competitions are weekend events. Equestrian families need to consider the care of your daughter’s horse if you are a weekly boarder. This can be managed by taking the horse home for the weekend or coming to school for a short time on Saturday and Sunday to maintain the horse. Access to school in the weekend will only be for calendared special school events e.g. Swimming Sports.
Full Boarding is as it indicates, students spend seven days a week at school. It is their home away from home. However, students' can request weekend leave and there is often one EXEAT weekend each term which are compulsory weekends girls must go home or stay with a friend. A lot of of our Equestrian students full board so that they can care for their horse/pony.