Nga Tawa Diocesan School
, also known as the Wellington Diocesan School for Girls
, is an integrated, Anglican
girls’ boarding school
situated in the heart of the Rangitikei. It is found just outside the township of Marton in New Zealand
The school was founded near Shannon in 1891, by Mary Taylor. She named her school Nga Tawa because of the tawa trees
that grew nearby. In 1909, the school relocated from Shannon to Calico Line, where it stands today. The original buildings were burnt to the ground in 1924. Today, the school has roughly 250 pupils, most of whom are boarders. The school also accepts a small number of international students.
The boarding facilities at Nga Tawa are unique. In years 9 to 11 (13 to 15 years old) the students live in 'Main Block'. Here they are housed in rooms of two to six. Every year group has their own common room. In years 11 and 12 (15–17 years of age) the boarders live in 'Marshall House' in individual rooms. Year 13 (17–18 years of age) live in cottages that house five to eight students. These cottages give the boarders a chance to develop independence in a flatting type situation.
Nga Tawa's students participate in a wide variety of sports and performs well across a range of sporting disciplines. The Sports Department is highly motivated to achieve sporting excellence. It has an Equestrian Centre with stabling for up to 80 horses. It has a dressage arena, a full-sized showjumping
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