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Tupou College targets 2 million for 145th Anniversary

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21 June 2011. The commemoration of the 145th Anniversary of Tonga's Methodist boys' boarding school, Tupou College has drawn tens of thousands of ex-students from all over Tonga and abroad.

The celebration kicked off with a marching of the old boys' on the streets of Nuku'alofa, led by His Serene Highness Prince Tungi, and the Hon. ‘Etani.  The Free Wesleyan Church President, Rev. Dr. ‘Ahio and fellow clergymen Rev. Dr. ‘Alifeleti Mone and Rev. Liufau Saulala also joined thousands of ex-students in the marching.

The school is proud of its heritage and success over the years. Most notably, it has prepared Tonga's alumni who became Prime Ministers, Ministers of the Crown, Parliamentarians including sportsmen, clergymen, and respected members of society. The school was attended by six of Tonga's Prime Ministers including His Late Majesty King George Tupou IV.

The celebration also coincides with the Annual Free Wesleyan Church Conference that also begins today June 21-29 in Nuku'alofa.

The official thanksgiving prayer service to mark the school's anniversary will be held on Saturday 25 at Toloa with the process conducted by the first Tongan principal of the school, Rev. Siupeli Taliai.

It is expected that the celebrations will continue with feasting, entertainment and fundraising at Toloa, to which the Old Boys hope to raise the bar from 1 million last year to 2 million.

Toloa is Tonga's oldest secondary school established in 1866, by James Egan Moulton and claims to be the oldest secondary school in the Pacific.

The College has a campus, on which crops of vegetables and fruit are grown.

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