Friday 9 August 2024

Bridget, Former Head Girl

When your mother, your aunts and your cousins are all Nga Tawa old girls, it’s almost destiny that you too will one day step inside the green gates.

That’s how it was for me – enrolled the day I was born, and entertained throughout my childhood with many a tale of Nga Tawa.

I'm a girl who likes to have a go at everything. I’m quite competitive. When I decide to do something, I give it my best.

At Nga Tawa, I 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, I took up hockey and made the 2nd X1. But it’s triathlon where I found my niche, as a member of the school team achieving some impressive results at competitions.

I was Head Girl in my final year of school and joint Dux. I was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to Auckland University and a $35,000 scholarship to Otago University where I'm currently studying Health Science.

I remember what it was like having someone look out for me when I first started at Nga Tawa. I was 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!

"I loved boarding so much. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t want to go home!"

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