Purpose and work of the Hornsby Trust


The name of the Trust

The Hornsby Pacific Education Trust was set up in memory of Reg and Mary Hornsby, who spent two years of their retirement rebuilding St Andrew's School physically and educationally.

The Hornsbys arrived in New Zealand from England in 1951, when Reg became Headmaster of Christ's College, Christchurch. In 1963 they moved to St Paul's Collegiate School in Hamilton. On their retirement they were asked by the Bishop of Polynesia to go to Tonga and rebuild St Andrew's.

They are remembered in Tonga with great affection and respect. The present-day campus of St Andrew's is a monument to  their work. The lives and careers of many Tongan men and women are also a great reminder of the high ethical and educational standards they set.  

        Reg Hornsby  MBE  MA

 The work of the Hornsby Trust:

  • raising funds to help with the development of St Andrew's
  • organising work parties of volunteers to renovate school buildings, teach and assist students in class
  • providing academic and financial advice for the school's leadership
  • providing support for individual families with payment of school fees
  • assisting ex-students of St Andrew's to undertake further study

On leaving school, Esetia Schaumkel (pictured here on right in the kitchen of Ahopanilolo Technical College) took a course in catering at tertiary level. Her fees were paid by the Hornsby Trust. For many years Esetia wanted to become a chef, and she used to work in the school kitchen with groups of Hornsby volunteers.

Kaveinga Vaka. a former head prefect and excellent musician (pictured here taking band practice at St Andrew's) spent 2014 observing school music teaching in a Wellington (NZ) secondary school, singing in the Orpheus Choir, and studying privately with members of the NZ Symphony Orchestra and NZ School of Music. His course of study and financial support were arranged by the Hornsby Trust. He then returned to Tonga to take over music leadership at St Andrew's and undertook further music study at Tupou Tertiary Institute. Under his direction the school band won several gold medals in the inter-school band contest. He is currently taking a BMus in Performance and Composition at Auckland University, on a scholarship from the Diocese of Polynesia.

 Young men from the Christchurch Reformed Church re-roofed the piggery at the St Andrew's plantation, helped by senior students of the school.

King's College (Auckland) Head Prefect Sean helps Moala 'Elone write a letter to the NZ sponsors who paid his school fees. King's College students, as well as other schools, made visits to St Andrew's.