Monument honouring founder of Tonga High School unveiled by King Tupou VI

A monument built in memory of late King Tupou IV who founded Tonga High School in 1947 was unveiled  to mark the 70 year anniversary of the school in Nuku’alofa.

His Majesty King Tupou VI, the youngest son of the late king unveiled the monument on June 5.

The king also launched a new science laboratory for the school.

The ceremony was part of a five-day celebration that had brought together the ex-students, parents and students of the school.

The celebrations, which were attended by ex-students from 1947 included a parade along the Taufa’ahau Road by ex-students and a prayer service at Saione followed by a reception hosted by the THS’s students.

The late king established the school when he was Prince Tungi and became Tonga’s Minister of Education.

THS caters for male and female students aged 11 – 18 years or students at form 1 – 7.

New entrants every year since its establishment was restricted to those achieving the highest marks in national examinations taken by last year pupils at primary schools.

Students from other high schools could apply to continue their studies at THS but they have to sit and pass an examination entrance.

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