The Hornsby Pacific Education Trust
Supporting St Andrew's High School, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
NZ Registered Charity No CC 50259
Welcome to our website!
The Hornsby Pacific Education Trust was set up in 2014 to support St Andrew's High School, Nuku'alofa and the work which Simon and Rachel Tipping have been doing at the school since 2010. This has included facilitating a large number of volunteer teams from New Zealand to assist the school with renovations, teacher training and administration. The Trust also sources donations of equipment for the school and ships it to Tonga, and raises funds to assist families of students and ex-students in paying for their education.
The name of the Trust commemorates the fine work done by Reg Hornsby as Principal of St Andrew's in the 1970s, after a distinguished career as Headmaster of Christ's College and St Paul's Collegiate in New Zealand. With his wife Mary he rebuilt the school in the 1970s. They are remembered in Tonga with love and affection.
The aim of the Trust is to improve the quality of education offered by St Andrew's, in order to help students make the best use of their natural gifts.
Why help St Andrew's?
All schools in Tonga are severely constrained by lack of funds, as well as a lack of quality teaching and administration. St Andrew's is the only Anglican school in Tonga. As a church school, it receives less government support than state schools do. It relies on income from fees, which families often find hard to pay. There is a government subsidy, but this is dependent on parents paying fees. The Anglican Church gives a grant, and the ex-students give generously each year to keep the school running. In spite of this, money is always very short. Teachers are paid only about $7000 a year, and that doesn't go far in Tonga.
We believe Tongan children have as much right to a good education as our own children, and we are doing what we can to help them receive it at St Andrew's.
The Hornsby Trust relies on volunteer time and skills, and on financial donations to accomplish its annual projects.
The Trustees are most grateful to Jackson Russell, Solicitors, Auckland for their generous contribution in preparing the Trust Deed.
Please read on to see what has been accomplished so far, and what is planned for the future.
If you would like to contribute, please go to our "How to help" page.
Donations to the Hornsby Trust are tax deductible in New Zealand.
Click on these images to see our volunteers working with St Andrew's students. For more pictures, go to "What the Trust Does".