Indigenous and Tongan Bursaries

The Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary - ONU Tongan Bursary

The Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary

The Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary was established in 2012 by the family and friends of Chris Wild (ON 1991) following his tragic passing in 2011.

Chris Wild was a teacher by profession and enjoyed working with Indigenous children in his spare time. To honour his life and his passion for Indigenous education, the Wild family, their friends and a number of generous Old Boys established the Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary in his memory.

The Wild Indigenous Bursary Fund is still being accumulated and is 80% of the way towards being able to award the first Bursary.

In the meantime, a group of Old Boys have gathered as Ambassadors for the College’s Indigenous Program and have personally and generously funded two bursaries in the name of Chris Wild. The first of these six year limited bursaries was awarded in 2014 and the second in 2016.

Newington College sincerely thanks these generous Old Boys for their ongoing support to successfully establish our Indigenous Program in this way.

When fully funded, the Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary will be awarded to a worthy and deserving young man who is an indigenous Australian and is eligible to enter as a Year 7 day boy.

Supporting Young Indigenous Australians

The Chris Wild (ON 1991) Indigenous Bursary has now seen two boys progress through their schooling at Newington.

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What the Bursary covers

  • All tuition fees at Newington College from Year 7–12
  • Charges associated with compulsory College excursions and tours
  • Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate Diploma charges
  • Cost of textbooks and uniforms

ONU Tongan Bursary

Over the past decade, Newington has built a strong relationship with Tupou College and the ONU Tongan Bursary is just one part of our support.

The ONU Tongan Bursary is named to recognise and celebrate the long standing relationship between the College and the Kingdom of Tonga. Much of the funds for this Bursary continue to be provided by the ONU and Old Boys generally and it is for this reason that it is designated an ONU Bursary.

The relationship with Tonga goes right back to the first days of Newington College in 1863. The first Headmaster, Rev James Egan Moulton was appointed to Newington as an interim measure, to give him time to marry before taking up a Wesleyan Missionary role in Tonga.

In 1866, he became the Founding Headmaster of what is now our brother school, Tupou College. In 2013, some 80 staff and students visited Newington to celebrate our Sesquicentenary and in 2016, we reciprocated with 105 staff and students and 25 Old Boys and partners travelling to Tonga for Tupou College’s Celebrations.

The first student from Tonga, Moulton Finau, arrived at Newington in 1895 and many have followed him since. Most significantly was the future King of Tonga, His Late Majesty King Tupou IV, who attended Newington in the 1930’s.

Over the past decade, Newington has made great strides in building the relationship with Tupou College and Tonga generally and the ONU Tongan Bursary is but one manifestation of this support.

ONU Tongan Bursaries are awarded to young men who are residents of Tonga and either attend Tupou College or are sons or grandsons of Old Boys of Newington and who are eligible to enter Year 10 as boarders (must turn 16 during Year 10). Bursaries are awarded to applicants that possess a reasonable fluency in English, sound academic ability, character and leadership attributes, and strength in sporting and/or cultural activities (music, drama, art).

It is noted that donations to the ONU Tongan Bursary are not tax deductible.

How a Bursary recipient is selected

ONU Tongan Bursaries are awarded to young men who are residents of Tonga and either attend Tupou College or are sons or grandsons of Old Boys of Newington and who are eligible to enter Year 10 as boarders (must turn 16 during Year 10). Bursaries are awarded to applicants that possess a reasonable fluency in English, sound academic ability, character and leadership attributes, and strength in sporting and/or cultural activities (music, drama, art).

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Support a Bursary

To find out more about making a Gift towards a Bursary or enquire about Regular Giving, Annual Giving or Bequests contact Rod Bosman (ON 1978), Director of Community and Development here:

rbosman@newington.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9568 9540