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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 Ola ‘o e Sivi Hiva Fakata’u e Kolisi Ko Tupou ki he 2012

Na’e lava lelei e katonga sivi hiva e ako lolotonga ‘i he po’uli hifo ‘o e Tu’apulelulu ko hono 11 ‘o Sepitema 2012. Ko e taha ‘eni ha sivi hiva ma’olunga ‘aupito ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi sivi hiva ‘o e ngaahi ta’u he kuohili.

Ko e Hou’eiki Fakalangilangi, ko e Palesiteni ‘o e Siasi Rev’d Dr. ‘Ahio. Na’e me’a ‘i he katoanga ni foki mo Lord Vaonukonuka pea mo e Tu’i ‘Afitu, Talafekau Lahi ‘o ‘Aositelelia, Talekita Ako ‘o e ngaahi ako ‘o e Siasi ‘o Sisu Kalaisi ‘o e ngaahi ‘aho kimui ni pea mo e  kau tauhi fanau mo e Kolisi Tutuku pea pehe foki mo e ngaahi maheni ‘o e Kolisi Lolotonga. Kau Matapule mo e kau ngaue ‘a e Kolisi Fefine pea mo e Ako Ma’olunga ko Tupou.

Na’e mahu’inga e sivi hiva e ta’u ni he na’e fakakaveinga ia “Ko e Kuonga fo’ou ‘o Tupou VI

Na’e fakahoko e Sivi Hiva ‘i he takai lalahi ‘e Ua. Ko e ‘uluaki takai ko e Himi tu’utu’uni “Ko  e Hufia ‘o Tupou mo Tonga”. Ko e fasi ‘o e Himi na’e to’o mai ia mei he taha ‘o e ngaahi himi ‘a S.Gasangbuch pea ko e fa’u na’e fai pe ia ‘e Mafi To-ki Felenite. Ko e ‘Anitema Tu’utu’uni ko e fa’u pe ia pea fakafasi ‘e MTKF pea na’e ui ia ko e “Fakafeta’i kia Sihova he ‘oku lelei ia”

Ko e takai hono ua na’e fa’u ‘aki ia e ngaahi hiva fili. Ngaahi ‘anitema mei a Geroge Frederick Handel, John Steiner pea mo Alfred Wheeler.

Ko e kau faisivi na’e kole pe ki he Komiti Hiva ‘a e Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga, Rev Lopeti Taufa (Palesiteni malolo), Rev Tekilati Palavi (Faifekau malolo), Sione Vailanu pea mo Tevita Fifita.

Ko e tokoni fakame’alea ne fai ia he tau malu’i fonua ‘a Tonga – Tonga Royal Brass Band.

Ko e Ola:

  1. Fale Faka’ofo’ofa mo Maau Taha Ko e kau hiva ‘a e Sione Tomasi mo Halotiuti ko e pale $200
  2. Ko e ikuna e Himi Tu’utu’uni  Ko e kau hiva ‘a Woodgate mo ‘Alofaina ko e pale $200
  3. Ko e ikuna ‘o e ‘Anitema Tu’utu’uni ko e kau Hiva ‘a Sau Faupula mo John Wesley ko e pale $200
  4. Ko e ikuna ‘o e ‘Anitema Fili ko e kau hiva mei Sione Tomasi mo Halotiuiti Ko e pale $200
  5. Ko e faihiva lelei taha na’e ma’u ia he faihiva ‘a Sau Faupula mo Uesili ko Lelea Tu’itupou Vai, ko e pale pa’anga $200 mo e $100 pea mo e ipu ‘a George Tu’ipulotu.
  6. Ko e 5 fakakatoa na’e ma’u ia ‘e Kauta’e’iloa mo ‘Aho’eitu ko e pale $200 mei he kautaha Kolisi Tutuku mei ‘Aositelelia
  7. Ko e 4 na’e ma’u ia ‘e Tevita Tonga mo Roger Page Ko e pale pa’anga ‘e 300 mei he kautaha Kolisi Tutuku ‘a ‘Aositelelia
  8. Ko e 3 Ko e kauhiva ‘a Sione Tomasi mo Halotiuti mo e pale pa’anga ‘e  $400 mei he Kautaha Kolisi Tutuku ‘a ‘Aositelelia
  9. Ko e 2 ko e Kau hiva ‘a Woodgate mo ‘Alofaina mo e pale $500 mei he Kautaha Kolisi Tutuku ‘a ‘Aositelelia pea mo e ipu ‘a Cecil Gribble
  10. Ko e ikuna ‘o e katoanga sivi hiva ‘o e 2012 ko e kau hiva ‘a Sau Faupula mo Uesili ko e Pale pa’anga $1000 mei he Kautaha Kolisi Tutuku ‘a ‘Aositelelia pea mo e ipu ‘a Pilinisi Uelingitoni Ngu

Na’e fakahoko ha ki’i fakamamalohi he hiliange e sivi hiva. Ko e po ne ‘alotamaki ‘aupito kae fakatatau ki he lau ‘a e Kolisi Tutuku ko e taha pe ‘eni ha po ‘oku ‘uha ma’upe. ka na’e ‘ikai ta’ofi e fu’u kakai tokolahi ke nau a’u atu ai ki he falekai e Kolisi ke ma’u ai ha ki’i me’’e toki matuku atu e kakai ‘o fakafuofua ki he 2:00 hengihengi.



Tupou College Annual House Choral Competition

On the 14th of September this coming Thursday, will be the Tupou College Annual House Competition. This competition comprises of 5 main choirs which are John Thomas and Harold Wood Combined House Choir,  Tevita Tonga and Roger Page Combined House Choir, Kau Ta’e’iloa and ‘Aho’eitu Combined House Choir, Sau Faupula and John Wesley Combined House Choir and lastly are ‘Alofaina and Woodgate Combined House Choir.

Tupou College is fortunate enough as from last year to have the experience of Siaosi Kupu a.k.a MAFI TO-KI FELENITE from Sydney Australia to come and help our Conductors Rev Minoa Fifita, Rev Kilifi Tonga, Viliami Fifita, ‘Aloveita Tongamana and ‘Elone Niu to upgrade the level of the competition to a stage which is internationally recognized by musicians such as the head of Music from Newington College who visited us in 2010.

If you are a Music lover you are most welcome to come to the College where it all started. Come and enjoy the sound of the Gospel being sung by the young boys of the College. it is a  guarantee that you will not hear anything like this anywhere else around the world. The harmony and the togetherness of Tongan boys is the sound of the Pacific and it would not be found anywhere else, only in Tupou College.

The competition will consists of a compulsory anthem written and composed by MAFI TO-KI FELENITE, a Tongan Hymn written by MAFI TO-KI FELENITE and a selected anthem by well known composers such as Handel, Stainer and Wheeler which will be sung in the English Language.

The Competition will start at 7:30pm in the College Chapel – The Dr James Eagan Moulton Chapel.

Hope to see you there

A Conductor