|School||ACT Tongan Language and Cultural School|
|Contact Person||Manu Naufahu (Principal)|
|Schooling Hours||Saturdays 12.30 3.30pm during school terms|
|Venue||Level 2, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City|
|History||The Tongan Language School was established in 1995 with 20 students. Classes were held at the Griffin Centre, Civic every Saturday during school terms. The first Principal of the school was Matelita Koloi and assisting her were other teachers ie, Mele Borman, Lavinia Hausia, Hema Aholelei and students from Tonga who were studying in the two universities in Canberra at the time.In 2003 there were 73 students. In order to ensure that the students attend classes they are divided into four groups according to their religion i.e., Catholic, Uniting Civic, Uniting O’Connor and Maama Fo’ou. These groups meet together twice every school term at Rosehill Tongan Community Centre to share and assess their learning.|
|Other Information||The language taught is Tongan which is one of the Polynesian languages such as Maori, Samoan, Hawaiian and others. The language is spoken by over 150,000 people.The total population of Tonga is 100,000 and the rest are spread all over the world. Most Tongans who live outside Tonga are found in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
Tonga is located south east of Fiji, its nearest neighbour in the South Pacific.
Highlights of September/October
- Board Meeting – Wed 4th Sept 2019
- Celebrating Filipino Language – Sat 7th Sept 2019
- Board Meeting – Tue & Wed 24th & 25th Sept 2019
- National Community Language Schools Conference 2019 – Sat 5th Oct 2019
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