Sunday & Monday

Sunday 15 July

On Sunday 15 July, the Newington touring party joined Tupou College at the Sunday chapel service, which was hosted by Rev. Feleti Atiola, the principal of Tupou College, Toloa. The Chapel service was a great experience for all the boys as we got to experience life as a Toloa boy at church. The Choir sung beautiful songs acknowledging the presence of god, and the Brass Band accompanied the College in the singing of hymns. On Sundays the Tongan community isn’t allowed to do any sort of work or sports; this is a chance for everyone to socialise and spend time with their families. To be able to do any sort of work or sports you need written permission from the King. All the Toloa boys wore their white gown and traditional skirt.

 

One of our favourite parts of the day – besides the lovely singing of all the Toloa boys – was the huge feast which we received at lunch. At the lunch, we met important people in the Tongan community, and this was a great chance to learn more about the way of life in Tonga. The tables were laden with masses of food, and we all enjoyed the delicious feast of pig, fruit, omelettes, yam salad, garden salad, yams and corned beef.

 

Leading into the evening, we had the privilege of attending the Tupou College Polotu service, which is a religious celebration filled with amazing music and speeches. We enjoyed a few touching speeches which were made including Mr Quince who spoke about how thankful he is for Dr Mulford for keeping the connection with our two schools strong and lively, and also about the opportunities for our boys to experience in Tonga. Callum Stewart made a really nice and heart-warming speech on behalf of the boys and said that the welcome in to Tonga was really comforting.

 

Today was an amazing opportunity for us to experience the Tongan culture, and we feel very lucky to have experienced this.

 

– Callum Latham & Connor McManus

 

 

 

Monday 16 July

On Monday the 16th of July, the Newington touring party had the pleasure to attend the Tongan classes. After a short assembly, the boys paired up with a Toloa boy and headed straight for the books. Throughout the day it was clearly evident that every Newington boy was welcomed and treated as though they were part of the Toloa family. The boys felt like they truly mattered to the Tongan people, as their generosity and caring nature truely shined through throughout the day.

 

During these classes, the boys were able to socialise with many of the Tongan boys, learning much about their culture as well as making new friends. During the short breaks, boys were practically pulled apart by Tongans wanting them to come to their classes. Lunch came after 4 periods had finished, and the boys were bombarded with food offerings from Toloa boys. Many questions came during the last 3 periods, and both our boys and the Toloa boys were happy to answer anything that was thrown at them.

 

After school, the boys went back to the dorm and got fired up for the big rugby game. All the rugby boys got on the field and the chanting started. Despite all of our efforts, the Toloa boys finished on top by 7 to 0 in what was a thrilling game between the two brother schools. Another game with mixed teams was also played, evoking lots of fun and friendly rivalry between the two schools.

 

– Rory Fletcher and Aaron Mueller

Tongan Time…..

On Friday the 13th, day two in Tonga, we had another fully packed day. We attended  Tupou College’s School assembly where we were officially welcomed. We had the privilege of marching alongside our Tongan brothers from the dorms to the hall and then listening to their fantastic brass band perform. After listening to the brass band we had speeches and prayers from staff and students from the school, which was followed by the whole school signing hymns in different harmonies and then also in unison.

After breakfast we got ready to go out to the city of Nuku’alofa. Once we got to the city we went to the markets, which were full of different carvings and and other handicrafts. Once we finished in the markets we went to the t-shirt shop and then we had a delicious Tongan lunch… beef burgers. Old Boys Teu Atiola & Mai Tolu were also with our group.

We then visited Head of The ONU Tongan Branch, Steve Finau at the house that was built by his Newington Classmates. We learnt many different stories about his interesting life and about Newington men helping each other out, were given a lesson in Tongan History and Steve shared his life story – including one about his Grandfather being amngst the first intake of Tongan Boys at Newington in 1896! After this we went to the blow holes. We spent about 20 minutes at the blow holes learning the way Tongans call in the waves by whistling and watching the waves roll in.

Once we got back to Tupou College, we got ready to go to the beach. Once we got to the magnificent ‘Oholei beach we spent a couple of hours playing touch footy on the beach and going for a swim. Then once it got dark it was time for dinner at the resort on the beach which only served traditional Tongan food. They had many different types of fish, yam salad, full roasted pig and many different types of salads and potatoes. This was all accompanied by some good live music. Once everyone had finished their fantastic food we went and saw a fire show in a cave. It was incredible. The performers were putting fire on their tongues and on their feet, which was amazing to watch.

We woke up on Saturday and were lucky enough to receive a big breakfast by our Tongan aunties that wake up at 4am to prepare our lovely food for us. After our big breakfast we cleaned and then got onto our big bus and drove down town with our amazing driver Willy to watch our Tongan brothers play there rugby league games. Up first were the under 17s, these boys were strong and and made some good hits against there opponents. Our Tongan brothers played really well against the top of the table and cane out the other side with a strong and close win. Up next we’re our under 15 boys playing there league game. These boys started well with some strong carries and some good hits as well. They came through with some points not to far in. Not long after there first try came there second and quickly they were up 12-0 at half time. The boys got a bit tired in the second half and let in a try for the other team to come back at them. Luckily the hooter went and the game was over with a good win for our brothers at Tupou college as they showed determination and courage to get through and win 12-6. After these games finished we hopped back onto the bus with willy and drove back to Tupou where we relaxed for a bit and helped out with some farming and the BBQ for tonight’s big feast with all of our brothers.

– Jack Singleton & Jack Callanan

Settling in…

Malo e lelei from Tonga!

We arrived at Tonga’s International Airport at 1:20am; tired, but eager to get started on this amazing experience. Upon arriving at the airport and claiming our baggage, we were greeted by the Principal of Tupou College as well as a number of boys and staff, who presented us with floral leys. After a short bus ride to Tupou College, we settled in to our accommodation.

We awoke this morning excited for our first full day of the tour. After a delicious breakfast prepared by the Tongan women, we went back to our dormitory to get ready for the day’s activities. We started the day with a tour of the Tupou College campus and farm, which was amazing. We were lucky enough to be shown around by Mai Tolu (ON 2017) and Sione, who explained to us how the farm and school operated. We walked through the expansive farm, which is where all the food consumed by the College is grown, and then into the rainforest, where we were able to see different native plants and animals.

After lunch, we went down to the farm to weed the soil and work on the crops. This was a great experience for all of us, as we were paired with a Tupou boy who taught us how to work on the farm, as well as the opportunity to get to know the Tupou boys.

In the evening, we had another delicious meal prepared by the generous and kind Tongan community.

Our first full day in Tonga has been an amazing experience and we’re all looking forward to the experiences to come over the next week.

– Ben Wainman & Callum Stewart

Thank you Newington!

 

Dear All,

Thank you to everyone that made the effort to contribute to and help load the Cyclone Relief Container for our friends and family at Tupou College.

It is currently in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and will arrive by the 14th of May. I am sure your donations will be much appreciated and well utilised.

Life has now returned to a regular routine at Tupou College.

Kind regards

Cameron Quince

 

 

Tupou College Cyclone Relief Container Appeal

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The clean-up continues following Cyclone Gita. As per usual, our Tongan community remains stoic but our support will be well received.

We are launching the Tupou College Cyclone Relief Container appeal. This initiative has been extremely successful in the past and we are now in the process of filling the 12th container since 2010. The appeal essentially consists of donations from the community, that are sent to Tupou College to help improve the lives of the students and community members.

Boys can drop off donations in the designated cupboard in Fletcher House Locker Room.  For more information or to arrange drop-off of larger donations directly to the container please email Cameron Quince at: cquince@newington.nsw.edu.au

Kind regards

Cameron Quince

Please note: we are now accepting financial donations to support this appeal, please click HERE and choose “Tupou College Cyclone Appeal” in the drop down options.
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Highest Priority: Cyclone Relief Resources

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Tupou College’s staff houses and classrooms suffered wind and water damage during the cyclone. As a result they require:

First Aid Kits

Roofing  Thank you BLUESCOPE STEEL for providing this material!

 

Roofing screws

https://www.bunnings.com.au/buildex-m6-x-50mm-climaseal-hex-head-higrip-with-seal-roof-zip-screws-1000-box_p2408333

https://www.bunnings.com.au/zenith-12-11-x-65mm-galvanised-hex-head-with-seal-roofing-screws-500-box_p2420701

Silicone Sealant

https://www.bunnings.com.au/selleys-roof-gutter-300g-speed-seal-silicone_p1230090

Caulking Guns

https://www.bunnings.com.au/abc-heavy-duty-caulking-gun_p1660083

Paint

Antibacterial/ Anti-mould gloss or semi gloss white paint

Insect Spray

Flooding has encouraged mosquitoes. Dengue is a potential ongoing issue in the future. Surface spray, personal spray and any other deterrents such as mosquito coils will be useful.

Lawn Mowers x 3

https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-160cc-18in-4-stroke-push-mower_p3381285

https://www.bunnings.com.au/masport-470-2-n-1-mulch-catch-petrol-lawn-mower_p3381258

Line Trimmers

https://www.bunnings.com.au/victa-swift-start-25-4cc-bent-split-shaft-trimmer_p3381330

https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-one-25-4cc-easy-start-line-trimmer_p3381158

Electric and Petrol Chainsaws

WASHING MACHINE (x 3)

Extension Ladders

Food

Tupou College is self-sufficient in relation to supplying food for the 800+ students on a daily basis. Farm crops were decimated during the cyclone and even root crops have suffered. Many items will not now reach maturity. Food donations that will help the nutritional shortfalls include the following.

It would be most helpful if these are donated in cases/ boxes/ shrink-wrapped (eg. 12 cans) that can be easily stacked on pallets.

  • Canned fish (tuna, mackerel or similar)
  • Canned corn beef
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned Baked beans/spaghetti
  • Dry Rice
  • Dry Flour
  • Sugar
  • Dry pasta

Commercial Kitchen Equipment

  • Large to very large (stove top) boilers for catering events

    Electrical Goods

Mains electricity was decimated by Cyclone Gita. Tupou College is currently relying on borrowed diesel & petrol generators to run to run water pumps and supply electricity for a few hours each night. Diesel is all imported in Tonga at a very high cost. The following resources would be most useful both short and long term:

Electrical Generator

https://www.mygenerator.com.au/honda-3-phase-12kva-generator.html

https://www.prpower.com.au/products/pr22k/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5fbhjoG42QIVDwUqCh0tUwNMEAYYAyABEgJEH_D_BwE

AA & AAA Batteries – rechargable would be best (with a charger is even better!)

Solar Powered goods

https://www.mygenerator.com.au/honda-3-phase-12kva-generator.html

https://www.jaycar.com.au/solar-power-pack-with-led-lights/p/MB3697
https://www.jaycar.com.au/solar-recharge-led-light-kit/p/MB3699https://www.jaycar.com.au/sola https://www.kathmandu.com.au/goal-zero-guide-10-plus-kit.htmlr-recharge-led-light-kit-with-remote/p/MB3693

Solar chargers for Smart/ iPhones

Rechargeable Hand Torches

https://www.kathmandu.com.au/hand-torch-solar-pull-dynamo.html

https://www.jaycar.com.au/4-in-1-dynamo-radio-fm-am-torch-hand-crank-emergency-charger/p/AR1771

Teaching Resources

Tupou College is under-resourced in comparison to Newington College. Their “wish list” includeds:

  • USB’s for Tupou College Students
  • Calculators (solar powered is best)
  • Whiteboard markers in a range of colours
  • Coloured A4 photocopy paper
  • Year 5 Naplan (from any recent year) for Reading, Writing and Language Skills. Both Stimulus and Question books (23)-  hard copy booklets are also needed
  • Year 7 Maths text books- either Signpost 7 and 8 or Cambridge 7 and 8

Less Urgent but much needed resources:

IT Equipment.

To improve the IT facilities at Tupou College, we want to send functional:

  • Laptops less than 4 years old
  • VGA to HDMI adapters
  • HDMI cables
  • Digital Cameras
  • Desktop Computers less than 4 Years old
  • Data Projectors (with Bulbs!)
  • External Hard Drives & USB’s

“Women’s Group” Catering resources.

The Women’s Group at Tupou College caters for large functions (including for The Royal Family) & they need:

  • Serving Platters & Baking Trays
  • Utensils
  • Glasses (sets, not singular items. No wine glasses please)
  • Knives

Pre-school Resources

  • Children’s books
  • Playground equipment
  • Toys
  • Catering Gear

ESL Resources (English as a Second Language) Books, Video’s, Audio Tapes related to learning to speak and read English (no novels please – text books only!)

Agricultural Resources

The boys farm their own food in the Boarding House at Tupou College.

  • Hoes, Maddocks, Shovels, Rakes etc.
  • Garden hoses with fittings

Rugby Resources

  • Corner Posts
  • Witches Hats
  • Rugby Balls
  • Kicking Tees
  • Clean Rugby Boots

Science Equipment

Tupou College has very limited science equipment .

They need basically everything, including:

  • Microscopes & Glass Slides, Test tubes, Beakers, Bunsen Burners & Tripods & Gas rings, Scales, Thermometers etc. Clothes
  • White school shirts
  • Casual Clothes (babies, boys, girls, Men and Women’s)
  • Rugby Gear (socks, shorts, jerseys)

Music Resources

Instruments & parts (ie. Violin strings etc.)

Sheet Music

Container Unloading

2017 Container Appeal

Container Unloading

Newington College was first established in 1863 through the leadership of our first Headmaster the Rev. Dr James Egan Moulton, and in 1865 he departed Australia for Tonga, as a schoolmaster missionary where he was asked by King Tupou I to establish Tupou College as its founding Headmaster in 1866. We have enjoyed a long and close relationship with Tupou College, Tonga since our inception.

We are once again launching the Tupou College Container appeal. This initiative has been extremely successful in the past and we are now in the process of filling the 11th container since 2010. The appeal essentially consists of donations from the community, that are sent to Tupou College to help improve the lives of the students and community members.

We have partially filled the container with furniture and now need you to “bring in your small stuff” for Tupou College. It will need to fit inside the chairs that are stacked inside the tables in the container already. They don’t need any more fresh air in Tonga so we want to fill that space.

Boys can drop off donations in the designated cupboard in Fletcher House Locker Room.  For more information or to arrange drop-off of larger donations directly to the container please email Cameron Quince at: cquince@newington.nsw.edu.au

Kind regards

Cameron Quince

(Head of Fletcher House/ Tupou College Tour Co-ordinator)

We are currently sourcing:

IT Equipment.
To improve the IT facilities at Tupou College, we want to send functional:
• Laptops less than 4 years old
• Digital Cameras
• Desktop Computers less than 4 Years old
• Data Projectors (with Bulbs!)
• External Hard Drives
“Women’s Group” Catering resources.
The Women’s Group at Tupou College caters for large functions (including for The Royal Family) & they need:
• Sewing Machines
• Serving Platters & Baking Trays
• Utensils
• Plates/Glasses (sets, not singular items please)
• Knives
• Gas BBQ’s

Pre-school Resources

Children’s books

Playground equipment

Toys

Catering Gear

ESL Resources (English as a Second Language) Books, Video’s, Audio Tapes related to learning to speak and read English (no novels please – text books only!)

Agricultural Resources  -The boys farm their own food in the Boarding House at Tupou College.
• Hoes, Maddocks, Shovels, Rakes etc.

Rugby Resources
• Corner Posts
• Witches Hats
• Rugby Balls
• Kicking Tees
• Clean Rugby Boots

Science Equipment
Tupou College has very limited science equipment .
They need basically everything, including:
• Microscopes & Glass Slides, Test tubes, Beakers, Bunsen Burners & Tripods & Gas rings, Scales, Thermometers etc. Clothes
• White school shirts
• Casual Clothes (babies, boys, girls, Men and Women’s)
• Rugby Gear (socks, shorts, jerseys)

Music Resources

Instruments & parts (ie. Violin strings etc.)

Sheet Music

Teaching Resources 

Laminating sleeves: A4, A3, tissues, chalk, dusters, white board markers, sets of 30 X A4 lined exercise books, glue sticks, scissors, head phones, calculators, blu-tac, textas, cheap classroom clocks, A4 photo copy paper: white and colours (full reams) Macquarie school dictionaries

Rhett at Engadene Music

Thank you to Rhett Schlaphoff (Year 9 Fletcher House) for sourcing sheet music this week from the wonderful staff at Engadine Music for the benefit of the boys involved in Tupou College’s Music program. Scroll down for a sample of their musical talent!

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Heilala Festival performance!

 

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Dear all,

Have a look at this little gem!

It was performed in front of  The Queen of Tonga + 5000 others + telecast live.
Tupou College’s Select Choir was accompanied by Newington College staff and boys:
Mrs Rebecca Grubb
Joshua Ku
Christian McLoughlin
Geordie McLean
Nico McLean (solo piece on clarinet written by Tupou College’s Head of Music, Eloni).

Scroll to 2:35:30 for Tupou College’s performance.

https://youtu.be/ZDiMLcrYMGc

Well done to all involved! Our touring party were very lucky to witness this performance live.

Kind regards

Mr Quince

Photos of Tupou College Tour 2017

 

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Dear all,

Please click here (via a Newington students login) for access to the photos and videos of the 2017 Tonga Tour:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5DYUZBP9i4ic3A2RTk2OWpnQXc

If any boys that toured have photos that they feel are worthy of sharing with everyone can you please send them to me via a google drive folder, drop off a USB or email them to me?

Kind regards

Cameron Quince

 

 

Day 3 Report

Day 3 began slowly as we awoke to rainfall, with a nine o’clock breakfast, following a comparatively quiet and restful night, with the Head Prefect, Olu, making sure everyone got some sleep. Some boys clearly could not get enough of the culture, and so, before breakfast, managed to get a couple of borderline-uniform-infringement-fading haircuts – but all in a good fraternal spirit. The breakfast was just another feast, with plenty of pancakes and porridge, toast, eggs, sausages, and cereal. Once again our hosts’ affinity for affording us privileges such as this, at their own expense, was very apparent. After breakfast, there was plenty of time to relax, and, even with the rugby boys at a training lecture, the rest managed a game of touch.

We then ate a quick lunch in the form of pizza that was delivered from a nearby shop, before getting ready to head to a rugby match between Tonga and Fiji. It was a game of high stakes as the winning team got a short cut straight into the World Cup, meaning they would skip the long and difficult qualifying stage. We headed off on the (really quite long) bus trip, most of us either sitting with Tupou boys or standing by them. Once at the game we were shepherded into the stadium towards a little grass patch where we were going to watch the game. It turned out to be a very good spot as lots of the action came our way. Many peanuts were eaten and stories exchanged. We were down 10 – 14 as the final minutes of the game were coming to an end and then suddenly in front of our eyes a try was scored by Tonga!!! It was later disallowed but still a good game. We began on the long trip back to the school where we would spend the rest of the afternoon.

On the way back we alternated between Newington and Tupou boys, so everyone sat with someone from a different school. Although much of the bus was tired and spent the trip snoozing, the majority of the bus spent the trip exchange stories and asking questions about each others’ cultures. On the way back we stopped at a grocery store and teacher’s bought bread and drinks for “everybody”. There were drinks for everybody but it turned out the bread was the Tongan boys’ dinner. The way they offered the bread to us was so kind and sincere we didn’t even realise it was only for them, but we ended up leaving the bus feeling guilty and misinformed.
We had some time before dinner, which was spent either bonding with the Tongans or taking well needed rest. There was a friendly touch football match with some of the senior Tongans, as well as a handball game with some of the younger kids. Afterwards everyone showered and went to dinner, which was sausages and wings. We then went to the dining hall where they were projecting the New Zealand vs England Irish Lions game live. It was a tight and exciting game, but it ended with a 15-15 draw.

By Geordie MaClean

Day 3….. by the boys.

Our second day in Tonga was very eventful. After breakfast, the music boys went off to practise with Ms Grubb, while the rugby and service boys expressed their altruistic values by preparing the staff housing for painting. Later on, everyone got on the bus to go into town and watch the rugby at Tonga College. We watched the Year 7 1st Grade, Tupou College vs Tonga College boys play. After the game, we all headed off to the markets, where people bought totems and various kinds of necklaces. We then got back on the bus and travelled to the other side of the island to see the blowholes “Mapu A Vaea”, which translates to “the whistle of Vaea”. This name was given to it by the local inhabitants near the blow hole, because of the whistling sound made by the water emerging from the coastline which can go up to 18m into the air. After a quick rest back at the college, we were driven to the Vakaloa resort to have dinner, and for the musicians to perform some of their music. Unfortunately the music boys were unable to perform in the end because of instrument difficulties. However it was still a great night with all of the boys enjoying themselves. The food was great and the dancing was very entertaining. The dancing consisted of traditional Tongan dances, using sticks, fire and hand actions. For the last performance, all the Newington and Tupou boys were given the opportunity to join the Tongan dancers on stage, ending the night on a great note. The ride back to the College was a great experience as we were able to interact with all the Tupou boys. Everyone was able to have some good chats with them, as many of the boys found that they had a lot in common with them in a number of topics. 

by Charlie Timpson, Josh Ku and Christian McLoughlin