- Why Tara
In their own words, our boarders have shared their experiences of boarding life at Tara and what they enjoy most. Published in The Land 29 April, 2021.
Families from rural areas of NSW have been an integral part of the Tara Anglican School for Girls community sine 1987.
Tara partners with families from NSW's Far West, Central Plains, Southern Highlands and New England regions.
Ensuring the continuation of this strong link between Tara and country families is a priority.
Rural girls can take advantage of the Tara experience no matter where they live.
Sally is from Scone in the Hunter Valley and has been boarding at Tara since the beginning of Year 7 last year.
"I feel that boarders in general bring a certain lively spirit to the Tara community," she said.
"For me especially, I think that I have brought a lot of insight, and stories some people have called once-in-a-lifetime experiences, to Tara.
I enjoy the sense of community and belonging I have felt from day one.
It made the transition from my education at a tiny rural primary school to the big city so much easier, knowing I had and will always have a sisterhood here if I ever need it.
Boarding provides the opportunity to experience leadership positions, such as Student Representative Council, that have helped me grow and discover my love of serving the Tara community."
Year 9 student Charli is from the Southern Highlands and has been boarding at Tara since 2019.
She enjoys socialising with students from all year groups.
"My favourite experience is the opportunity to try different sports such as softball, basketball, netball and touch football," she said.
Jet, who's in Year 10, is from a small community called The Marra, west of Dubbo, and has been a boarder since 2017, when she was in Year 6.
"Being a boarder gives the school more a sense of community," she said.
"While I have been boarding at Tara, I have learnt from other students with more experience. Being a boarder has its benefits especially when it leads to sport.
"I have experienced so much more than I would have if I were not at Tara.
"I've enjoyed nights with friends in the boarding house where we have watched movies, played cards or just ordered some Domino's for the first time. I love learning in this home."
The Tara admissions team will be at the Dubbo and Narrabri Boarding Schools Expo.