Newington College

2019 Tupou College Container Appeal

2019 Tupou College Container Appeal

As part of Newington College’s long relationship with Tupou College in Tonga, we are again launching the Tupou College Container appeal.

This initiative is supported by Gullivers Sport Travel and has been extremely successful in the past, and we are now filling the 14th 20-foot container since 2010. We are asking for donations from the community sent to Tupou College to help improve the lives of the students and community members.

The container has been partially-filled with furniture. Additional items are needed to fill the remainder (see below for suggestions).

Students may drop off donations in the designated cupboard in Fletcher House locker room. Members of the community may donate items during school opening hours (8am – 4pm – Monday-Friday). For more information or to arrange drop-off of larger donations directly to the container, please email Cameron Quince.

The container departs mid-May. We are accepting donations until Friday 10 May.

What’s needed

Teaching resources

Tupou College is under-resourced in comparison to Newington College. Their ‘wish list’ includes:

  • ESL resources (English as a Second Language) books, videos, audio tapes related to learning to speak and read English (no one-off novels please – only text books and novels that were set text for Newington students)
  • USBs
  • Hard copies of Dictionaries (class sets would be ideal!) 
  • Calculators (solar powered is best)
  • Whiteboards and whiteboard markers in a range of colours
  • Coloured A4 photocopy paper
  • Year 5 stimulus and question NAPLAN book (from any recent year) for reading, writing and language skills. Hard copy booklets are also needed
  • Class sets or single copies of Newington boys textbooks
  • Stationery
  • School chairs (there has been an influx of enrolments this year)
  • Also, some large containers of acrylic paints (for class project work) mainly in primary colours (red, blue, yellow) and black and white as well as a range of sizes of paint brushes?
  • Butchers paper/ large pads of butchers paper suitable for portable whiteboard.
  • Boxes of black pens as you can find! Post it notes
  •  iPads 
  • Cardboard, posters (educational as well as flora and fauna and environment-type posters eg Mountains, forests, beaches et
    A portable laser printer so they are not having to use one with inkjet cartridges

Agricultural resources

The boys farm their own food in the boarding house at Tupou College. Resources will be donated to the ‘Newington College Food Bowl’, a school-run initiative that collects items and raises money so Tupou College is better placed to supply their students with nutritious foods, resulting in an increased quality of daily life. In July, a group of 30 Newington boys will be in Tonga to help our brothers at Tupou to cultivate the Newington Food Bowl, a four-acre paddock on the school property that we hope to make pig proof and maintain well into the future.

  • Hoes, forks, mattocks, shovels, rakes etc.
  • Secateurs
  • Garden hoses with fittings
  • Vegetable gardening books
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Backpack spray guns (for herbicide and fungicides)
  • Machetes
  • Gardening gloves
  • Farm gates
  • Star pickets
  • Fencing wire
  • Star pickets


Any tool that could be used in a school workshop or on a farm will be much appreciated.

IT Equipment

To improve the IT facilities at Tupou College, we want to send functional:

  • Laptops less than four years old
  • iPads
  • VGA to HDMI adapters (and visa versa)
  • HDMI cables
  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop computers less than four years old
  • Data projectors (with bulbs)
  • External hard drives and USBs

Women’s Group & Catering resources

The Women’s Group at Tupou College caters for large functions (including for The Royal Family). They need:

  • Serving platters and baking trays
  • Utensils
  • Glasses (sets, not singular items. No wine glasses please)
  • Knives
  • BBQ’s

Pre-school resources

  • Children’s books
  • Playground equipment
  • Toys (no plush toys please)
  • Catering gear

Rugby Resources

Any gear in good order will be useful and appreciated.

  • Corner posts
  • Witches hats
  • Rugby balls
  • Kicking tees
  • Clean rugby boots

Music resources

  • Instruments and parts (e.g. violin strings etc.)
  • Sheet music

Science resources



  • Methylene blue
  • Acetocarmine stain
  • Lugol’s iodine
  • Indian ink
  • Amino acids solutions (e.g. Lusine, Leusine, Proline, Aspartic acid, Asparagine, Acetic acid)
  • Ninhydrin spray
  • n-Butanol 
  • Toluene solution
  • Iodine Solution


  • A poto meter 
  • Beam balance (for Junior classes)
  • Dissecting kits
  • Forceps
  • Cover-slips
  • Bunsen burners
  • Medical thermometer
  • Prepare slides (both cell divisions, cells from different parts of plant)



  • Primary alcohol
  • Secondary alcohol 
  • Tertiary alcohol 
  • Sodium thiosulphate  
  • Sodium Acetate (anhydrous) 
  • Salicylic acid 
  • Ethyl ethanoate 
  • Bromine water 
  • Chlorine water 
  • Cyclohexane  
  • Sodium bisulfite 
  • Potassium iodide 
  • Potassium bromide 
  • Naphthalene 
  • KSCN solution 
  • Copper sulphate hydrated 
  • Silver nitrate 
  • Ammonium nitrate 
  • Starch indicator 
  • Agar nutrients 
  • Methylated spirits


  • Ph meter or ph papers
  • Graduated pipette (5ml, 20ml)
  • Burrete (50ml)
  • Pipette pump
  • Volume flask (100ml, 250ml)
  • Wash bottle
  • Spirit burner
  • Stirring rod
  • Spatula
  • Filter funnel
  • Electronic balance
  • Tongs
  • Agar plate


  • Ticker timer
  • Ticker tape
  • Springs
  • Ripple tank
  • Van-de-graaff
  • Young’s Experiment (Double-slit)
  • Pulley
  • Signal generator
  • String vibrator
  • Rheostat
  • Different gauges of wires
  • Digital multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Masses
  • Stopwatches
  • Strong bar magnets

Newington’s relationship with Tupou College was first established in 1863 through the leadership of our first Headmaster Rev Dr James Egan Moulton who, in 1865, departed Australia for Tonga as a schoolmaster missionary. He was asked by King Tupou I to establish Tupou College as its founding Headmaster in 1866. We have enjoyed a long and close relationship with Tupou College, Tonga since our inception.