Students at Marcellin College remembered Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho today with a prayer service at school.

The students came to school wearing their formal clothes and tauangaʻa.

“I was approached on Friday lunchtime by a year 13 student asking if they could wear their formal clothes and tauangaʻa on Monday,” college principal Jan Waelen told Kaniva News.

“We readily agreed, sent a note around the classes and today I think every Tongan student dressed for the occasion.”

“We celebrated a beautiful prayer liturgy to remember the queen mother.”

Photographs supplied to Kaniva News show the college’s staff and students during the service.

The body of the Queen Mother, who died in Auckland, will be flown back to Tonga tomorrow (Tuesday) in an RNZAF Hercules.

She will then lie in state at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa.

On Wednesday her body will be taken to the Royal Tombs Mala’ekkula.

The royal family will observe ten nights of mourning following the burial.

Marcellin College is a Catholic, integrated, co-educational college in Hillsborough, Auckland, New Zealand for students in Year 7 to Year 13.

The  main points

  • Students at Marcellin College remembered Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho today with a prayer service at school.
  • The students came to school wearing their formal clothes and valas.
  • “We celebrated a beautiful prayer liturgy with our students to remember the Queen Mother,” college principal Jan Waelen said.
  • The body of the Queen Mother, who died in Auckland, will be flown back to Tonga tomorrow (Tuesday).

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  1. Naʻe manatua ʻe he fānau ako Marcellin College ʻa e Kuini Fehuhú Halevalu Mataʻaho he ʻahó ni ʻi haʻanau ouau lotu makehe.

    Ne teunga tauangaʻa ai ʻa e fānau Tongá he pongipongí ni ki he akó.

    Fakatatau ki ha fakamatala ʻa e puleakó Jan Waelen ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ne ne pehē ne ʻalu ange ha taha e fānau ako taʻu 13 he kaihoʻatā ʻo e Falaite ʻo kole pe ʻe lava ke nau tauangaʻa he Mōnité ni.

    Naʻe ʻosi mateuteu pe ki heni ʻa e akó fakatatau ki he pule akó pea tufaki leva ʻa e nouti ʻo fakahā ki he fānau ako Tongá ke nau tauangaʻa ki heʻenau polokalama litusia ʻo e ʻaho ní.

    Ko e litusia makehe ʻeni ʻa e akoʻanga Katoliká ni ke fakamanatua ai ʻa e hala ʻa e Kuini Fehuhú.

    Ne ʻomai ai ʻe he pule akó ha ngaahi ʻata ki he Kanivá ʻoku hā ai e fānau Tongá pehē ki he kau faiakó mo honau tauangaʻá.

    ʻE fakahāʻele atu ʻa e Kuini Fehuhú ki Tonga ʻapongipongí na ʻi he vakapuna Heakule ʻa e laulāpuna ʻa Nuʻu Silá.

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