Nga Tawa: A Centennial History

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The Wellington Diocesan School for Girls, 1891-1991

Michelle Whitmore worked for eighteen months collating material, conducting interviews and filing information and photographs in what we now refer to as the archives room. Her next assignment was the writing of this very informative, entertaining recall of the school’s first one hundred years. The compiling of the Old Girls’ Register has been the ongoing responsibility of the Association’s Executive and would have been much easier if Old Girls would stop changing their names!

From the first days in Shannon to the present day, Nga Tawa has grown to become one of the most highly respected schools in New Zealand. One of its great strengths is the absolute support shown by the wider school family. This atmosphere encourages dedication from the staff and commitment from the girls. I do not know who wrote the school prayer, but whoever did can be well pleased that after one hundred years Nga Tawa continues to follow the philosophy of that prayer. In these changing times the Chapel remains at the heart of the school and it is not coincidence that Nga Tawa Old Girls are self reliant, show a high degree of integrity and care for others.

– Claire C. Anderson, Chairman, Board of Trustees

Published in 1991.

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Michelle Whitmore


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