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Nga Tawa Diocesan School
Nga Tawa is a Year 9-13 Integrated, Anglican Girls' Boarding School situated in the heart of the rural Rangitikei.
All students, regardless of ability, are encouraged to work towards their potential, leave the school knowing that they have achieved their very best, and be enthused with a life-long love of learning. This is achieved through positive and respectful relationships, close monitoring of classroom progress, regular reporting, set prep times, staff committed to delivering the best possible learning experiences, flexible programming, the setting of high standards, and the celebration of each other's success.
Academic Mentors and House Deans provide valuable guidance and support for students at every year level. They are experienced teachers who closely work alongside the Boarding Managers. This network of pastoral and academic support has proven to be a successful strategy for students as they progress through the school and is a key element in contributing to students' all-round development.
Therefore Nga Tawa has earned the reputation of providing a high quality education for young women. The school has achieved very strong academic results in external examinations (its NCEA pass rates have been between 97% and 100% for Levels 1 to 3).
Nga Tawa offers an extensive range of cultural opportunities for students. Music is extremely popular with over one student in three playing a musical instrument. Students range in ability from beginners at to students achieving diplomas. The School Choir is recognized nationally and regionally, and an Arts Coordinator oversees the continued development of Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts.
A Year 10 Exchange Programme with four Australian schools was initiated early in 2003. This provides an opportunity for Year 10 students to experience life and education in another country and they return after a term away more confident and ready to embrace greater responsibility.
Equestrian facilities at Nga Tawa have been developed over many decades. Nga Tawa is one of only two New Zealand secondary schools specialising in Equestrian onsite. The School's facilities are impressive, with Equine Studies the drawcard for students intending to further their studies at Massey University, Palmerston North. Nga Tawa's Equestrian Academy also attracts many international students who wish to pursue an Equine Studies Degree, drawing riders from such countries as Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The Academy features three riding arenas and stables for over 80 horses and sits just adjacent to the canter track, taking riders through to picturesque paddocks. The Academy also offers a large horse transporter to ensure riders have opportunities to compete regularly at a range of events.
Where possible sports coaching at Nga Tawa is paid for by the Diocesan Board to ensure that the provision of well qualified coaches in a variety of sporting codes. Students are continually encouraged to participate in a range of sporting activities to ensure a balanced lifestyle with their school commitments. There are many national titles achieved. Every student has a personal fitness programme and participates in at least one sport each season.
Because of its affiliation to the Diocese the school atmosphere emphasises Christian standards, values and observances. A caring Christian community has been fostered and maintained and Nga Tawa is proud of its family atmosphere, evident at all key school fixtures. Extended families are invited to a variety of events on the school calendar, from Athletics and Swimming Sports to House Drama, House Music, Soirées, Dinners and Chapel Services.
While all students are encouraged individually to aim for personal excellence, the underlying aim of our school is to provide challenging, educational opportunities which develop lifelong learners who will embrace responsibility and are confidently equipped for the life beyond secondary school. Our aim is to develop global citizens.