Everyone has these images implanted in their heads of what a boarding school will be like. Some picture the classic Hogwarts and others picture something completely different.
Nga Tawa has exceeded all my expectations of a boarding school and has been one of the most rewarding and best decisions I have made. When I started Nga Tawa in 2016 as a year nine, I had no idea what it would be like. I was scared and intimidated due to being away from home and I had never heard of Marton before which made it even more daunting. The boarding life at Nga Tawa instantly felt like home as everyone was included and treated like family. I cannot lie and say I was not homesick at the start, however, I was instantly taken under the wing of my boarding matron who did everything possible to make me feel at home.
Boarding is something not everyone experiences and honestly if you are allowed to go to Nga Tawa, do it. I know at most schools they say that you will make friends for life, but living with some of your absolute best friends is the coolest thing ever. The laughs I have had in boarding are unforgettable. There is never a dull moment and everyone is so caring and inclusive.
A valuable lesson Nga Tawa has taught me is how to deal with conflict and disagreements. Living with 23 other girls 24/7 can be a rollercoaster of a ride. Nga Tawa has taught me how to overcome and deal with these issues. The skills I have gained from Nga Tawa will forever help me through the ups and downs of life. Nga Tawa has given me another family and I will forever be extremely grateful for the people I have met.
And, in true Nga Tawa fashion I will leave you with a whakatauki:
“ Ehara taku toa i te toa, takitahi engari he toa takimano.”
“My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective.”