24 June, 2013. Free Wesleyan Church's Tupou High School, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Jubilee this week with activities Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 at Fasi and Vaololoa campuses.
Known as the Siasi Uesiliana Tau'ataina, the largest denomination in Tonga, founded the high school in 1963 with fifteen students as a continuation of the Free Wesleyan Church's commitment to educating the populace and to provide a place for further training and preparation of those willing to serve the church. The High School now serves more than 1,000 students.
The school's celebration start off with a special prayer and ground breaking ceremony led by the ex student's patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita. The Princess also lead the ex-students parade from the school's main Campus in Fasi to the Free Wesleyan Church at Saione. The FWC President Rev Dr 'Ahio, the Church's secretary, the school's pioneers and ex-students to last year followed-in the marching.
Following the event, featured the launching of John Thomas's (1826 missionary to Tonga) book, "The History of Tonga". The book was compiled by former principal, Rev. Dr. Geoff Cummins and edited by Dr.Nigel Statham. It followed by a luncheon and entertainment, hosted by staff and students of Tupou Tertiary Institute at Maamaloa Grounds.
The celebration continues on the next day with a memorial service led by the President of the FWC, with His Majesty King Tupou VI, the Royal Guest of Honor. During the service, there was an unveiling of the plaque at the vestry where the first classed in 1963 were held.
There were a lot of ex-students from overseas and locals joined this happy occasion, not only to mark the school's 50th year's anniversary but to highlight the school's marvelous job in upbringing the students from time to time, and the great result are, there's more ex-students working in the government sector, non-government but most of all there's a lot at the Church's office and schools.
The Celebration closed on Sunday evening with a "Polotu" farewell service at Saione.
List of first 15 pioneers,
- Kolianita Manu, Pisila Taufe'ulungaki, Lute Sisifa and Lavili Finau from QSC.
- Takai Luatangi from Tonga College, Tevita K. Heimuli and Sione T. Naufahu from St Andrew High School
- Tevita H. Maliu, Kalapoli Paongo, Tevita Talakai, Pita T. Kupu, Tevita T. Afeaki, Paula Tamo'ua, Mosese 'Aholelei and Viliami Ha'unga from Tupou College
Head Prefect of School 1963 – 2013
1963 : Tevita Heimuli Maliu & Kolianita. Manu
1964 : Tevita Heimuli Maliu & Pisila Taufe'ulungaki
1965 : Tevita Heimuli Maliu & Pisila Taufe'ulungaki/'Amelia Sivi Faletau
1966 : Liufau .V. Saulala & Meliame O. Simiki
1967 : Liufau V. Saulala & Meliame O. Simiki
1968 : Semisi. E. Latu & Sela Na'a Latu
1969 : 'Ofa Kavapalu & Lesieli Ikatonga Kupu
1970 : Mosese Vaha'i & Mele'ana Puloka
1971 : Sione Lutui & Simoa 'Alipate
1972 : Sione Lutui & Ane Fifita
1973 : Viliami Puloka & Salote Maile
1974 : Manase Latu & Ma'ata Havea
1975 : Lata'imuli 'Atiola & Tangikina Moimoi
1976 : Penisimani Mone & 'Asinate Samate
1977 : Foukimoana Mafi & Mele Taulanga
1978 : Viliami K. Tu'ipulotu & Siosi'ana Mafi
1979 : Viliami K. Tu'ipulotu & Siosi'ana Mafi
1980 : Tupou Tu'ilautala & Siosi'ana Mausia
1981 : Latulala Toetu'u & Monika Vailolo
1982 : Latulala Toetu'u & Lotokalafi Finau
1983 : Lamataimi 'Alofi & Lilio Fakava
1984 : Sione Mafi & 'Akanesi Masila
1985 : Kamaloni Tuiono??? & 'Ana Maloni.
1986 : Simione Finau & Lute Latukefu.
1987 : 'Atunaisa Mafile'o & Luseane Tolu.
1988 : Paula Vaea & Nunia Faletau
1989 : Sione Mafile'o & Melefusi Ma'afu
1990 : S. Folau Tolu & Ma'ata 'Ulu'ave
1991 : Sione T. Fakakovikaetau & Taufa Tu'ipulotu
1992 : Teuli Ma'u & Luvoluva Napa'a
1993 : Ti. Liku Hingano & Peki Tu'i'onetoa
1994 : Sione 'Akau'ola & Tiliame Halauafu
1995 : Vatuvango Mavae & Mafi Tu'amoheloa
1996 : Taniela Sila & Mafi Tu'amoheloa
1997 : Sione Tu'ungafasi & Senolina Tu'ungafasi
1998 : Sione Uasi & Lolohea Taueli
1999 : Fononga Lea'aliki & Sela Soane
2000 : Fononga Lea'aliki & Lepolo Fosita
2001 : Paula Vea & Sela Soakai
2002 : 'Unaloto Falevai & Nancy Vave
2003 : Tekiela 'Aukafolau & Sela 'Uluheua
2004 : Feleti Tu'iniua & 'Avalu Tupou Mavaetangi
2005 : Sovaleni Masima & Lupe Tiueti
2006 : Christopher Tukutau & 'Ana Kalaleti
2007 : Malakai Faletau & 'Ana Luani Vai
2008 : Sioeli Tautua'a & Susitina Maile
2009 : Kulisitofa H. Lomu & Loata Finau
2010 : Kulisitofa H. Lomu & Faiva 'Eteaki
2011 : Mateaki Lakai & 'Olivia 'Eteaki
2012 : Sioeli Filihia & 'Olivia 'Eteaki
2013 : Tevita Liu & Sesika Finau
Issued by: Ministry of Information and Communication, Nuku'alofa.