Tonga High School

Tonga High School
Location

Coordinates21°08′17″S 175°12′17″W / 21.1380°S 175.2046°W / -21.1380; -175.2046Coordinates: 21°08′17″S 175°12′17″W / 21.1380°S 175.2046°W / -21.1380; -175.2046
Information
TypeState
MottoKi He Lelei Taha
To The Best
Established1947
Age11 to 18
LanguageEnglish

Tonga High School is a selective state-owned co-ed secondary school located in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga. The school educates students aged 11 to 18 (Forms 1 - 7).

History

Tonga High School was established in 1947 by Prince Tungi, the Minister of Education. Prince Tungi later became King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, the late King of Tonga (July 1918 to September 2006). The aim of the school is to provide an opportunity for students to achieve a level of education equivalent to that offered in neighbouring countries such as New Zealand and Australia.[1]

The school is situated in Tonga's capital, Nukuʻalofa. The current school buildings were constructed with assistance from the Chinese Government. The buildings were officially opened on 2 July 2005. The facilities include 34 classrooms and 18 laboratories and can accommodate over a thousand students.[2] A planned second phase of construction was due to begin in 2009 with the building of a gymnasium, swimming pool and a sports stadium.

Entry to Form 1 is restricted to those achieving the highest marks in national examinations taken by pupils in their last year of primary school.

There were 1,154 students enrolled at the school in 2005.[3] Students can be members of four houses: Nua (Yellow), Kava (Red), Sangone (Blue) and Tele'a (Green).

The current Principal for Tonga High School is Mrs Sipola Havili Halafihi, current Deputy Principals are Mrs Ariana Veituna, Mrs 'Oliveti Tovo and Mr Gerald Tupou. Current Senior Tutor is Mr 'Alalati Pomana and current Senior Mistress is Mrs Siutiti 'Aisea and current School Chaplain is Rev Penisimani 'Akauola Tonga. Tonga high school has a brass band and the Band Master is Mr. Taniela Lolohea Manu.

Notable people

Teachers

  • Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata - Tongan politician
  • Afuʻalo Matoto - Tongan politician
  • Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō - Tongan politician

Students

  • DR Sanipisi Langi Huakavameiliku (first Tongan to enter Harvard University, the first Tongan to achieve a Ph.D.)
  • Viliami Latu Tongan politician
  • Pita Taufatofua - Australian taekwondo practitioner
  • Clive Edwards (politician) - former Tongan Cabinet Minister
  • Rev. Samisoni Fonomanu Tu'i'afitu - Tongan nobleman, Member of Parliament
  • Dr. Futa Helu - founding classmember and Tongan philosopher, historian, educator, and founder of 'Atenisi University

References

  1. ^ Sound files of Tonga New Zealand 1950, Andrew Afeaki, www.decisionmaker.co.nz/.../pacific citizens
  2. ^ "Address on occasion of the Commissioning Ceremony of new buildings for Tonga High School by HE Chinese Ambassador Mr. Gao Shanbai (2 July 2005), http://to2.mofcom.gov.cn/article/chinanews/2005
  3. ^ (Radio New Zealand International, 12 Set 2005)

External links

  • Tonga High School Ex-Students' Web Site
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