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
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.
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.
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
This morning our boys and staff spent time rehearsing, preparing to paint a house for a new teacher, watching the Form 1 (Year 7) and Form 4 boys playing Rugby against (arch nemisis!) Tonga College, shopping at the local markets, visiting the blowholes and we are now about to depart for our reunion dinner at Vakaloa Resort with the families of the Tongan Bursary recipients and Tongan Newington Old Boys, including the great Steve Finau.
More to come when the boys have a little more time!
Ms Grubb & our 6 music tourists spent today getting ready to perform in Tonga. The language of Music will be a great way for them to connect with our friends and family at Tupou College next week!
Christian and Charlie are touring to Tonga for their second time whilst Nico, Geordie, Josh, Conor and Ms Grubb will be on a much steeper learning curve.
Ms Grubb is also looking forward to calloborating with Tupou College’s Music staff again as they have been to Newington for and Sesquicentenary and on secondment in the Music Department in 2013 and 2014.
Thank you boys, parents, staff and friends and our our College’s generosity for your valuable resources that will depart shortly for Tupou College, Tonga. Special mention again to Ken Grover form Gullivers Sport Travel for sponsoring the container!
Container # 10 is now full!
We have had the entire contents of a kindergarten donated, picked out furniture from a health facility, received church pews, data projectors, a piano, footy boots, university furniture, clothing, domestic appliances and much more that will be appreciated when presented by our touring party in July, 2017 whilst in Tonga.
Please hold onto any other relevant resources for now as a new container will probably not arrive until much later in the year.
Please refer to the list below to check that we will accept your donations.
We are now collecting resources for the container that will be sent to Tupou College, Tonga.
This will be the 10th container that will be sent since 2010! A great effort by our community.
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 on firstname.lastname@example.org
(Head of Fletcher House/ Tupou College Tour Co-ordinator)
Please note: please do not drop off large pieces of furniture without having emailed a photo to: email@example.com and receiving email confirmation that we will send the donation first, otherwise we may have to pay for disposal of these resources at a cost to our fundraising efforts.
WHAT ARE WE HOPING TO COLLECT?
This is the most needed resource! Tupou College is in desperate need of School Furniture – chairs and desks for Kindergaten to Year 12 boys. If you have a large amount of furniture please contact me directly to have it placed into the container directly.
To improve the IT facilities at Tupou College, we want to send functional:
• Laptops (battery power kicks in to save mother boards)
• Digital Cameras
• Desktop Computers (no more than 3 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
• Plates/Glasses (sets, not singular items please)
• Gas BBQ’s
Durable school furniture
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.
• Wheel Barrows
• Hoes, Maddocks, Shovels, Rakes etc.
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)