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The Olympian

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Mr. Siueni Filimone will be representing Tonga in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will participate in the 100 meter dash. The entry mark for the 100m is 10.16 of which is far behind Siueni’s 10.6 seconds personal best in the Oceania games held in Fiji last month.

“This is a great highlight of my career and the Olympic Games means that this is a new height that God has taken me” Mr Filimone told Tupou College news. This is a new height for Tupou College Athletics Academy as well and as the young students who wants to pursue their talents.

“For those to follow in my footsteps there is no limit to a God gifted talent and all they have to do is to work hard and give it their best.

Siueni is the second person from Tupou College to be an Olympian. Filipo Muller in 2004 was part of the Tongan Team but under an Olympic Invitation.

FULL NAME Siueni FILIMONE
DATE OF BIRTH August 19, 1994 (Age 21)
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT 1.73 m /5′ 8” — 69 kg / 152 lbs
EVENTS Athletics Men’s 100m

To Siueni,

We the staff of Tupou College and the people of Tonga wish you the best of Luck. Although you will be amongst thousands competing just for 3 spots we wish you a happy and a safe trip. May you be blessed always.

A Semi Final Defeat

Teukolisi 'Atiola and the boys in Blue

It was just a few days ago that our Senior Team was defeated by Tonga College in a very suspense close game. The score was 21 to 17.

According to Sinipata ‘Uhila the Head Coach for the boys in Blue, Tonga College rightfully deserves the win as there were many handling errors especially when the ball was near the try line. “We practiced all week long to perfect our mistakes from our previous games but that did not stop us from forcing errors which confused us and the spectators. Whether the boys where switched on or not, at the end of the day it is what the scoreboard says that counts.”

This defeat means it is the end of the season for us while Tonga College and ‘Apifo’ou College will move on to the final Playoff.

It is without no doubt that we will never forget this year as we all wanted the win to mark our 150th Anniversary so perhaps we will learn from our basic mistakes which could have been the factor that cost us the game.

The boys however did everything they could but the defense line of the Tonga College was strong at the middle of the game and a full Credit goes to their captain

There was a big turn out to the Teufaiva Park to see these two great rugby schools competing for the only spot left of the 2016 season finale.

The school boys from both schools sang their hearts out to show their support but as the saying goes “there could only be one winner.”

Congratulation to the boys from the Funga Manamo’ui and may God bless you all in your preparation to the Finals with ‘Apifo’ou College. Go Lions.

photos from Teufaiva Park: Intercollegiate RUgby Semi Finals 2016

photos from Teufaiva Park: Intercollegiate RUgby Semi Finals 2016

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Teukolisi 'Atiola and the boys in Blue

Teukolisi ‘Atiola and the boys in Blue

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A night of Thanksgiving for the 150 Celebration

On Sunday night the 10th of July, a traditional thanksgiving programe was held to mark all the hard work that was done towards the celebration of the 150 Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the college. This is an on-going tradition of the College of which we praise and send all the Glory to God.

The Chairperson apologized for having this late thanksgiving night, it was because this is the first Sunday the college is back from the school holidays.

It was truly a night of thanksgiving. We were blessed by the presence of Ex-students whom gave memorable speeches of which the audience thoroughly enjoyed and learned from.

Sione ‘Ofahengaue, the father of “Willie O”, was the representative of the Ex-students from Australia, Talia’uli Liava’a was the representative from US, Ma’ake Faka’osifolau spoke on the behalf of the PTA and the Superintended Minister of Wellington, New Zealand Rev Tevita Finau  gave a speech on behalf of the Ex-students of New Zealand.

There were many visitors from abroad and locally that attended and they were also treated to some of the choir’s and the Band’s Music.

The night was concluded with an important message that all the glory belongs to God and may his Blessing continue to shower upon us allDSC06421 DSC06428 DSC06432 DSC06442 DSC06452 DSC06455 DSC06462.

Sunday 14th February

Although the official celebration for the 150 Sesquicentennial of the College will be in June (SUTT/FWC Church Conference), the Principal and the staff of Tupou College who are residing at the Campus decided just to mark the importance of the date by holding a Sunday service that was broadcasted around the country. The President of the Church mentioned in his encouraging words to the school on his first Sunday Sermon, he will be very careful not to touch on the date and so did the school Principal. On the Principal’s birthday wish to Rev Siupeli Taliai, the principal said that he will leave everything for him when he comes in June and the celebration will be proper.

However, the Principal delivered the most touching sermon he has ever given. His key verse was taken from Luke 4:13a “… He left him for a while” and his theme was “You look towards Jesus”. He encouraged both staff and student to overcome obstacles by living a good life for Satan and God are constantly fighting over individual lives and we as humans determines who would win. It is whom we give in to will win the battle.

Lord Tangi Vaonukonuka and Tu’i ‘Afitu attended the sermon. Friends from abroad and overseas attended. Our friend from Newington College, Staff and students marked the day with their presence. However the preparation for the 150 Celebration is underway and everyone here in the campus is looking forward to this very special occasion.

Polokalama Fakaangaanga

Ko e si'i kainga 'ofa mei Utah Salt Lake City

Ko e Polokalama Fakaangaanga ki he Katoanga 150
Falaite 17 Sune 2016 (Maamaloa)
9:00am         Kamata ‘o e Lesisita ‘o e kau Ako Tutuku

Tokonaki 18 Sune 2016 (Maamaloa)
3:00pm        Fononga ki Palasi mo e Hala ‘o e Siasi
‘Aho 1: Sapate 19 Sune 2016 (Toloa)
     KATOA KI TOLOA – FAKAFE’ILOAKI
1:00pm       Pō lotu Fafe’iloaki kau Ako Tutuku mo e Konifelenisi 93
4:00pm       Ma’u me’atokoni talitali ‘o e kau Ako tutuku mo e Konifelenisi 93
Fakafeohi ‘a e kau Ako Tutuku

‘Aho 2: Tusite 20 Sune 2016 (Toloa)
Ko e Ako’anga mo ‘ene ngāue
6:00 am     Lotu ‘ā ‘i he ngaahi nofo’anga (Falemohe)
8:00am      Ko e laka fakafale ‘a e kau ako tutuku ki he ngaahi ki he lotu     kamata ‘o e ‘aho
8:30am     Ko e lotu kamata mo e ngaahi tu’utu’uni ‘o e ‘aho
‘A’ahi ki he ngaahi ngaue kuo lava mo e ngaahi ouau lotu fakatāpui
Ngaahi lokiako mo e ngaahi va’a ako fo’ou
Ngaahi falemohe
Falelotu
Ngoue mo e Faama
Ngaahi va’a ako fo’ou
1:00pm    Ma’u me’atokoni ho’atā
(Ko e ngaahi vala fakafamili mo e kau ako lolotonga)
3:00pm   Ko e ngaahi faka’ali’ali mei he ako lolotonga
(Ko e ngaahi ngaue kuo lava)
7:00pm   Ko e Hala Fononga mei he kuohili (Documentary)
Ko e ngaahi lea Manatu Melie
‘Aho 3:   Tusite 21 Sune 2016 (Nuku’alofa)
Ko e laka fakato’uako mo e Taliui
8:00am   Tuku pale ‘i Mala’ekula
9:00am   Laka fakato’uako mei Mala’ekula ki he falelotu Senituli
10:00am Taliui ‘o e kau ako tutuku
12:00pm Ma’u me’atokoni ho’ata mo e Konifelenisi
(Ngaahi Vala mei Tokelau)
2:00pm   Polokalama Konifelenisi
5:00pm   Ma’u me’atokoni efiafi mo e Konifelenisi
7:00pm   Ko e Halafononga ki he kaha’u
Ko e fakataulama ‘a e kau ako tutuku
(Ngaahi fasi mei he Kolisi Newington)

‘Aho 4: Pulelulu 22 Sune 2016 (Nuku’alofa)
Folofola Malanga Tupou IV
(Fakamanatu 150 ‘o e Kolisi Ko Tupou mo hono huufi ‘o e     Konifelenisi 93)
9:00am    Talitali e kau fakaafe, kau Ako Tutuku mo e Konifelenisi 93
10:00am  Folofola Malanga fakamanatu 150 mo e huufi e Konifelenisi 93
12:00pm  Taumafa Ho’atā
(Talitali ‘a e Palesiteni Lahi Ako Tutuku – Tama Pilinisi     Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala mo e Konifelenisi.)

Ngaahi fakame’ite ‘o e ‘aho
5:00pm   Ma’u me’atokoni efiafi
7:00pm   Faka’ali’ali Musika Kolisi ko Tupou, Ako Newington mo e kau hiva ‘a e ngaahi ako

‘Aho 5: Tu’apulelulu 23 Sune 2016 (Toloa)
Ko hono fakaola ‘o e fale fakamanatu 150 pea mo e Tohi Hisitolia  Kolisi ko Tupou ‘e Tupou IV

8:30am   Fakanofonofo ‘o e kau fakaafe mo e kau ako tutuku
9:00am   Huufi ‘o e fale fakamanatu mo hono tapuaki’i ‘o e tohi hisitolia ‘o e  Kolisi ko Tupou
11:00am Ha’ele ‘a’ahi ki he ngāue ‘i he vaotātā
12:00pm Taumafa ho’atā
Talitali ‘a e Kolisi ko Tupou mo e ‘api ko Toloa
(Ngaahi vala ‘o e kau ngāue lolotonga mo e kau ako tutuku mei muli)
3:00pm  Foki ‘a e Konifelenisi ki Nuku’alofa
5:00pm  Ma’u me’atokoni efiafi
7:00pm  Fakataha Konifelenisi

‘Aho 6: Falaite 24 Sune 2016 (Nuku’alofa)
Ko e fakakakato mo e talamonū fakaako tutuku
9:00am   Polokalama Konifelenisi
12:00pm Ma’u me’atokoni ho’atā Konifelenisi
3:00pm   Polokalama ‘akapulu ‘a e Kolisi ko Tupou mo e kau ‘a’ahi mei  Newington
Polokalama ‘a e Konifelenisi
5:00pm  Ma’u me’atokoni efiafi Konifelenisi
7:00pm  Ko e pōlotu fakama’opo’opo ‘o e katoanga 150

Kau ako tutuku:
Hoko atu ‘a e polokalama fakafeohi mo e ‘a’ahi ‘i he Kolisi Ko Tupou

Ground Breaking for the 150 Building

Na’e lava lelei hono tanu pou e fale fakamanatu ‘a e ta’u 150 ‘a e Kolisi Ko Tupou ‘i he ‘aho Monite ko hono 1 ‘o Sune. Na’e me’a e Tangata’eiki Palesiteni “ko e langa fakahisitolia ‘eni he kelekele fakahisitolia. Ko e mahu’inga ‘o e Tanu pou ‘o e ‘aho ni ko hono fakatoka ‘oe ngaahi makatu’unga ‘o e fale pea ‘oku fakatoka ki ai pea mo e Laumalie Ma’oni’oni.”

Na’a ne toe me’a foki ki he fekau ‘o e ‘aho – ‘a ia ko e langa ‘oku fai ‘oku ‘ikai ko ha fale ke fai ai ha sani tungua, ka ko e fale ke toe faka’ofo’ofa ange ai ‘a e teu tangata, ko e fale ke tokonaki ha Tangata Kolisi Ko Tupou lelei ‘a ia ‘e ‘aonga ki he Pule’anga, Siasi mo e Famili.

Kuo kamata e ngaue mahu’inga ni pea ‘oku fai e langa ‘e he kautaha ko e Southseas Developer. Ko hono tu’u’anga ko e feitu’u ne tu’u ai e falelotu motu’a ‘o e Kolisi ‘i he vaha’a ‘o e falefakamanatu ‘o Tungi Mailefihi pea mo e fale fakamanatu ‘o Fatafehi Tu’i-Pelehake.

Ko e fale ni ko e fale fungavaka he ‘oku ‘i ai e fiema’u ke e’a hake ki ‘olunga he ko e fale ni te ne fakama’opo’opo mai e kau taki ‘o e ‘api ko Toloa pea ‘e fai mei ai hono fakalele e Kolisi motu’a taha ‘o e  Pasifiki, ‘a e Kolisi ne fuofua ako’i e nofo fakasivilaise fakalotu mo e fakaako.
‘Oku kei fai pe hono fakakaukau’i e Huafa ‘o e falefakamanatu ni ka kuo mahino mai pe ko e Huafa ‘e ‘ai ki he Fale ni te tau polepole mo fiefia kotoa ai.

Na’e ‘i he Katoanga ni ‘a e Palesiteni ‘o e Siasi, Lord Tangi ‘o Vaonukonuka (Sekelitali Lahi e Kautaha Kolisi Tutuku), Tuitu’u Tokotaha (Sea ‘o e Komiti Ngaue), Hon Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa (Tauhi Pa’anga Lahi e Kolisi Tutuku), Tomasi Naite Fakahua (Sekelitali e Komiti Ngaue), ‘Ungatea Taufatofua (Talekita ‘o e Kautaha Langa) mo e toenga ‘o e kau Kolisi Tutuku, Puleako mo e kaungaue ‘o e Kolisi mo e fanauako lolotonga.

 

The groundbreaking Ceremony for the Memorable Building for 150 years Celebration was conducted on the 1st of June. The President of the Church, Rev Dr. ‘Ahio and the Secretary General of the Tupou College Ex-Students, officially marked the beginning of what is said to be a historical Construction on a historical ground. “Today’s ceremony is not just marking of the laying of the iron foundation but it is also laying of the spiritual foundation” says the President of the Church. “It is a building where it will help College Leaders and Staff to prepare well-disciplined young men for the future of Tonga.

The Construction work is under the direction of the South-Seas Developer. The Memorable Building is located where the Old Church used to be, between the Memorable Building of His Majesty Tungi Mailefihi and the Memorable Building of His Majesty Fatafehi Tu’i-Pelehake.
This is going to be a Story-House building of which it will help the Principals and the Administration Staff to oversee the operation of the oldest school in the Pacific.

A name for this building is yet to be decided, however as mentioned by the Secretary General “whatever name it may be given, it will make everyone happy and proud of the work that we are starting today”

Tour to Newington College 2013

Traditional Dance on Founders Day

Traditional Dance on Founders Day

From 27 June until 22 July, our friends and family from our brother school in Tonga, Tupou College were here to help us celebrate our Sesquicentenary.

We tried our best to match the hospitality that has been shown to us over the last three years when we have been guests at Tupou College during our Service Learning and U15 Rugby tours. We have enjoyed immense generosity and care from our Tongan host families.

During their stay, the Tupou touring party were looked after by the Tongan community in Sydney, Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne and by many Newington families and staff members who, with open arms, took them into their homes and hosted them during their stay. In return, the Tupou College brass band and choir performed at many community fundraising events and almost literally “blew the roof off” at many of the Sesquicentenary celebrations.

Within the first week, the Tupou College first XV team and coaches, accompanied by Mr Quince and Mr Gill, went to an exclusive NSW Waratahs training session. The following week all 90 Tupou staff and students were given free tickets to see Newington versus Trinity College’s AJ Rae Curtain Raiser game at ANZ Stadium. This was a new experience and all of the touring party loved it.

Tupou College also played a number of games against the College’s own team as well as Sydney Grammar’s First XV. We thank Sydney Grammar for hosting Tupou College and for generously gifting the team a set of balls, cones and drink bottles.

Tupou College’s First XV defeated Newington’s 3rd XV 53-0 in a tough encounter. Tupou College played in jerseys donated by Randwick Rugby club and it was quite awesome to see the Tongan Haka performed on the Johnson Oval before the match.

Sunday 14 July saw Tupou College formally welcomed as part of a combined Boarders’ Chapel and Welcoming Chapel Service and they filled three hundred seat venue with an extraordinary rich sound with the performances by their Brass Band, Choir and Staff Choir. The service was a collaborative effort by Rev. David Williams and Rev. Dr Fisi’ihoi Mone. This was followed by a huge feast for in excess of 300 people in Centenary Hall, hosted by Newington.

Following the Chapel service Newington families and teachers provided billets for 90 students and teachers in their homes for the first week of term. Many great memories were created for our friends from Tupou College.

This is best summed up by Terri and Alister McConnell, one of the billet families.

“As a family we all enjoyed sharing as much as we could around Sydney and our local area, we only wish the time spent together could have been longer! On our last night together when Feleti asked to say “a speech” there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including Feleti. They are such beautiful people! It is hard to believe how much he touched our hearts in the few days we were together.”

On Tuesday 16 July, Tupou College’s Marching Band opened our Founders Day celebrations at 8am and could be heard all the way down Stanmore Road. Rev. Dr Fisi’ihoi Mone gave a speech and Tupou Choir and brass band performed during the Thanksgiving service. Following our assembly the Marching Band performed an exceptionally choreographed medley of well-known songs on Johnson Oval. The repertoire included music from the Lion King, The Boy from Oz and Rocky. It had the whole school smiling, clapping and talking about it for days afterwards.

On Wednesday Tupou College toured Sydney Harbour followed by an impromptu performance on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to a pleasantly surprised and very appreciative audience. This was followed by a lunch donated by the Papapetros family café Marketa in Town Hall Arcade as they went into rehearsal at The Sydney Town Hall for Founders Concert that evening.

Tupou College had prepared a standout performance for the second half of Founders Concert. Dressed all in white, they performed a brass piece, and a choral number before singing in the combined schools, campuses and staff choir in the finale piece: Parry’s I Was Glad.

The students at Wyvern Campus and our sister school MLC Burwood were the next to meet our Tupou College friends. During lunch, the brass band entertained MLC staff and students and this was reciprocated with a sausage sizzle for the boys.

On their last days at Newington, the Tupou College First XV were coached by Director of Rugby, Tim Rapp and Manu Sutherland from the Wallabies Gold Squad and Brad Gill, Newington First XV Coach. Tupou College were presented with a new scrum sled by Randwick Rugby, Trinity Grammar School and Newington College Rugby Association afterward.

On their final official day at Newington the Tupou Choir visited our Lindfield campus where they filled up on a sweet food, played touch-football and handball and played a big part in the Chapel Service delivered by Rev. Peter Morphew.

The final farewell ceremony on Johnson Oval led by the Newington College Cadet Unit saw the Marching Band perform for the last time. Rev. Dr Fisi’ihoi Mone’s gave an empowering, emotional, and heartfelt farewell speech that in the true Tongan spirit showed their gratitude and humility. Tupou College also gifted Newington College two extraordinary traditional Tongan Tapa’s that marked Newington’s Sesquicentenary along with gifts for the Cafeteria staff, the Headmaster and Mr Quince.

This tour would not have been possible without the support of Ken Grover from Gulliver Sport Travel who organised all travel arrangements at cost price to accommodate our touring party.

Written by

Cameron Quince

Head of Fletcher House, Tupou College Tour Co-ordinator

Newington College

Amy Yang

Online Media Officer

Newington College

 

 

Ko e ‘aho fakamanatu ‘o e ta’u 147

Being 147 is a very long time for someone to live and as our days a numbered so is the very life of Tupou College. Tupou College is a living name and a living persona for it lives amongst us . It lives in the lives of Ex-Students, in the lives of Ex-teachers, in the lives of parents and in the lives of the current student. One would also say that it lives in the lives of those who knows the name and also in the lives of those who are willing to enter the college. Tupou College being 147 years old still lives amongst us, as if we still remember its usefulness like if it were just yesterday. This year on the 16th of February the College celebrated its 147th anniversary. The Reverend Lopeti Taufa (FWC Ex-President) was the Minister who gave the words for the sermon. His sermon was on the Books of the Hebrews 12: 1 & 2. He gave his sermon a theme “Tupou College in this 147 years”. Lopeti reminded us the rightful duties of Teachers, students, parents and Ex-students and also reminded the College the expectation of the society and the church. The turnout was most spectacular as we had visitors from all around the world. The guest of honor was HRH PILINISI TUPOUTO’A ‘ULUKALALA. (The President of the Ex-Student Association) Mr. Tevita Ma’u (Ex student from Nafualu) attended the thanksgiving service by reading the 1st hymn of the sermon. Rev Longinusi Tu’ipulotu (Acting Principal) read the lesson from the Psalm. Tangiketatau Sailosi (Ex-Student from Australia) read the books of Exodus 17: 8-16. Paula Sunia Bloomfield an Ex – Student and Ex Minister of Education for the Tongan Government read the books of the Hebrews 12: 1-3. ‘Aisake Eke an Ex-student and a Parliamentarian read the gospel from Mathew 13: 52-53. Dr. ‘Ahio the Free Wesleyan Church President gave the prayer of blessing for the 147 years of college. The Hymn number 2: 624 was read by Haniteli Fine an Ex-Student and ‘Isileli Eke the 2013 head-prefect read the last hymn. To the mat of Helen: The college had prepared a ma’ulu’ulu, mako and dances as to provide entertainment while the guest of honour and the distinguish guest have their lunch but due to inconveniencies the college had to cancel all entertainment. Lunch was provided by the students of the college. It had to be the largest food gathering this year for every student of the school prepared 5 trays of ‘ready to eat’ food and just imagine how much food was collected by the 1000 plus students of this year. The Faikava was held throughout the day and into the night. The Head prefect also gave the College a gift of which it made a lot of people happy. His family would have been proud of what they did for everyone that was on the ‘The Mat of Helen’ that day was surely blessed by the gifts they gave. It was a day not to be forgotten for everyone filled with the music of the Band, and the pretty speeches that was said.