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. Liahona High School marks its 70th anniversary today

 

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/09/2017

 

Hundreds of students and ex-students are celebrating the 70th anniversary of Liahona High School today at Matangiake.

 

This auspicious event kicked off this morning with a marching and   parade of students and continued with a thanksgiving service and later cultural presentations and other events.

 

Liahona High School was established in 1947 at Makeke by Mathew Cowley of New Zealand with the purpose to educate the young people of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

 

The school was later moved to its current location.

 

Sione Vimahi, a former Principal for Liahona High School says Liahona has had so much to offer.

 

“t helps all around in the temporal sense, spiritual sense, intellectual sense and Liahona has contributed a lot. And Liahona has expanded its organization as schools build all over Tonga. Not only that, intellectually and economically. When I was principal, we had 1200 students but then we had Form 1 through Form 6. Today, we only have Form 4 through Form 7 but still maintain the same 1200 students because that’s the capacity of our buildings.  And we are thankful, thankful for Tonga and the leaders and we are in supportive of the King and his people here in Tonga.”

 

Liahona is understood to have been heavily assisted by the Head office of the church in Utah, United States having sophisticated buildings and classrooms, modern educational and technological facilities making it self-sufficient as an Educational Provider in Tonga.

 

It is the only school in the kingdom that does not require the government grant currently received by secondary, technical and vocational schools.

 

More than 1,000 students are studying at Liahona.

 

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