A BRIEF REPORT ON ONE WEEK EDUCATIONAL TOUR TO DEHRADUN, MUSSOORIE, HARIDWAR, RAJPUR, PATANJALI AND CLEMENT TOWN

A BRIEF REPORT ON ONE WEEK EDUCATIONAL TOUR TO DEHRADUN,

 

MUSSOORIE, HARIDWAR, RAJPUR, PATANJALI AND CLEMENT TOWN

12th Jan 2015 Lhabag Temple of  Mendoling monastery.

This wonderful tour was organized by our village director Mr. NgodupWangdu la.  He was accompanied by 3 staff members and 50 students of which 15 were girls and 35 were boys. The students come from class 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. We started our tour on Sunday at 4.00 AM early morning with pack breakfast and lunch.

We are deeply thankful to our supporter friends and also to TCV Dharamsala Alumni for giving pocket money to the children. This beautiful journey wouldn’t have been possible without their kind support. Thank you once again to all of them.

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Mr. LhakpaDhondup la, Director of VTC- Selakui and the staff members gave us a very warm welcome with traditional Tibetan scarf upon our arrival and then gave us a very delicious welcome dinner at 9.00 PM.

 11th Jan 2015 (Day one)

 

We began our first day of study tour by walking around TCV School, Selakui campus with the principal Mr. Duke Tsering la and headmaster Mr.TsultriumKalsang la from 9.00 AM to 11.00 AM. The tour was very educative and we particularly love the unique cow project and moreover those cows look very healthy and seem to provide plenty of milk.

 

Tour in VTC campus

 

The staff and students at VTC-Selakui gave us a hearty welcome and later the Director of the institution Mr. LhakpaDhondup la presented us with a wonderful power point presentation of TCV VTC campus and all the different trade of the center.  After that we split into four groups and got a very clear picture of the VTC.

 

We were amazed to find such a wonderful vocational centre where all those students were given good facilities and excellent training to progress in their respective chosen profession. Finally, the team of cookery and Food & Beverage students have prepared and organized a grand lunch for all of us. It was one of the most amazing team works which we have seen.

 

AFTER LUNCH PROGRAM IN CLEMENTOWN, 2.30 PM – 6.30 PM

 

Mindroling monastery is one of the larger Buddhist monasteries in India and visiting this monastery filled us with strong devotion to the Buddha and his teachings. We were also lucky to get an audience with H E TaklungTsetrul Rinpoche and HE RigoTulku Rinpoche in the monastery.

 

The evening we spent at Clement Town was a wonderful one and there we circumambulated around the great LhababChorten (Lhabab Stupa). After the tour of the Mendrolling monastery ended, the directorgave the students one hour free time to explore the Tibetan colony on their own.

 

13th Jan 2015, Tuesday (Day 2)

 

Mussoorie Tour:

 

We were welcomed by THF general secretary Col PenpaTsering la and he gave a very inspiring message to the students in his office. They had arranged school campus tour and a sumptuous lunch for the visiting staff and students of Upper TCV School, Dharamsala. We also visited Central School for Tibetans Happy Valley. Mr.Ngodup la Rector briefed us about the school and shared us his experiences and advised students study hard and to serve for the community in future. After the visit to these institution two hours tour to Mussoorie town was given and children enjoyed every minute in the wonderful hill

station of Mussoorie. After that we returned to VTC Selakui and reached there at about 6.00 PM.

 

14th Jan 2015, Wednesday (Day 3)

 

Tour to Rajpur:

 

We visited Sakya Dolma Phodrang on the 14th Jan 2015 at 10.00.AM and we had a special audience with HE the SakyaTrizin and Rinpoche blessed us with special prayer. Thereafter we went to Jangchup lingand the holy gonpa and where we were served lunch in the gonpaby the monks.  In the afternoon a friendly football match was played between VTC students and UTCV students.

 

15th Jan 2015,Thursday ( Day 4)

 

Tour to Hardiwar and Swami Ramdev Ashram:

 

The ancient Hindu’s holy city of Haridwar is located 75 km away from Dehradun and the place isregarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. Every year millions of devotees come here to take a holy dip into the river Ganga. We could visit the holy place and spent about two hours and enjoyed the Ganga which originated from Tibet.

 

After our two hours in Ganga River we left for Swami Ramdev’s Ashram which is 20 km far away from Haridwar and there we had our lunch in the Ashram and it was very clean and healthy. The cost of one thali is just Rs. 64/- only and it is served with different varieties of vegetables. We all enjoyed the lunchand then tour for about 30 minutes in his Ashram.

 

16th Jan 2015 (Day 5)

 

Toured to Forest Research Institute of India,(FIR) is different and very educative. We have seen six museums in FIR and spend two hours in that wonderful place. Those museums are all about forest and animals such as insects and wild mammals. FIR taught us how to preserve forest and how important role is being played by trees and the amazing animals in protecting our ecosystem. It reminded us on how each one of us can do our own bits in saving our mother earth from deforestation and climate change.

 

Mr.LhakpaDhondup and the students of Secretarial trade arranged us farewell party with bonfire. Children enjoyed the last evening in VTC -Selakui and many of our children sung different song till 10.30 pm

 

17th Jan 2015 (Day 6)

 

Back home to TCV Upper Dharamsala from VTC Selakui (Dehradun)

 

We got up early in the morning at 4 .00 AM, had our breakfast, packed our belongings and left on bus to our place. We left with many beautiful memories to cherish in the rest of our lives. We were very much thankful to the Director, principal, staffs and students of TCV Selakui for their generous hospitality. We had our pack lunch on the way at 12.30 PM and enjoyed the delicious chicken briyani with soup on a roadside field.

 

The way back…….Herbertpur, Pontashib, Nahan, via Simla road solan road, Hamirpur, Kangra ,Kangra,DharamsalaDallake , Upper TCV.

 

We reached here at around 11.00 PM and had a wonderful dream about the 2015 educational tour.

 

 

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Term –II Summative Exam: (December 18-29)

Term –II Summative Exam: (December 18-29)

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The Second Summative exam for Class IX and X began on December 18. It was three hours of nail-biting time for the students appearing for the exams. A total of 247 students comprising 58 students of Class X and 189 students of Class IX are appearing for the exam.  This is a very important exam that was introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)as part of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in 2009. This exam is a deciding factor for Class X students to pursue further studies or not. The students have been provided with extra coaching for several weeks before the commencement of the exam. The teachers have worked hard for several weeks for their students focusing specially to those who need more attention. The students look confident and well prepared for the exam.

The students of Class XI and XII also began with their annual examination on December 23, 2014 and will end in December 29, 2014. There are 206 students in Class XI and 154 students in Class XII. All the teachers have worked tirelessly for months along with their students by rendering extra classes in the evenings.  The school expects students to perform well and achieve success in the exam.

Soon after the exam, the school closing function will be held on December 31, 2014 and then those students who have parents and guardians will leave for winter vacation. The remaining students will stay back and the school will arrange suitable winter program tailored to their needs and their aptitude. Class XII students will have one month extra coaching for XII CBSE exam held every year in March

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End of the year activities:

December activities : 1st December

Tibetan Traditional dance and song evening.

This program is organised by our Tibetan music teacher, she takes 19 different classes and she has to teach 19 different  songs and dance to the children. She is allowed to teach only traditional songs and dance. This year we had a very successful evening and there were lots of entertaiment  and they really enjoyed the evening with lots of colourful clothes and beautiful make ups. We are in deed very happy to have many of our  parents for the evening gathering.

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SECOND TERM EXAM IN DECEMBER

Every year we have two big exams, FIRST TERM EXAM IN JULY and SECOND TERM EXAM IN DECEMBER and all the chidren has to give these two exams.  According to their performace in these two exams we promote them to the next level but in primary section  from class 1 to 5 we have to promote every child to the next level and thats our policy. The children are writing beautifully even bit cold here in Dharamsala.

Exam time table :

23rd Dec               Monday              Science

24th Dec              Tuesday              English

25th Dec              wednesday       Math

26th Dec              Thursday             Social studies

27th Dec              Friday                 Tibetan

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10th December

10Th December is a very special day for all the Tibetans.  On this day H.H the 14th Dalai Lama recieved the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Every year we celebrate this day with lots of fun and entertaiments and we also participated in the official function.

This year a group of 16 TCV boys and girls performed a local folk dance called Milini during the official function and they really danced marvelously and the crowd cheered very loudly and its such a fantastic dance.

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CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION

CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION

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The 125th Birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of our host country is celebrated as children’s day in India because of his immense love for the children every year on 14th November. Nehru is specially remembered for being the instrumental in setting  separate schools for Tibetan refugee children – Central Tibetan Schools Administration under the Ministry of Human Resource. Since early sixties these schools are very important components of our education and produced thousands of educated youngsters that take up entire the administrative responsibilities in our exile community.

TCV has a very well established tradition of celebrating Children’s day with immense splendor and grandeur. Our children await the day with much excitement for fun and frolic. This year senior school staff took the entire responsibility for the organization of program and decoration of the hall. The decoration of the auditorium was done with strong message to the children from the time they are conceived to the adult world. The principal Mr. Namdol Tashi elaborated on the theme of this year’s decoration with very interesting anecdote and made all of us in the hall connect with our own mother. After the formal function in the hall all the four sections under their able section head with their team of teachers distributed cakes, muffins and cold drinks to all the children while the Junior and Infant schools’ interesting party games were in full swing and progress. Special lunch was prepared by our Amala and children enjoyed the relishing lunch.

The children’s day in TCV is also marked as a changeover of school leadership. The former school captain and prefects pass on the reign of school council’s responsibilities to the newly elected school captains and prefects. Everyone agree that the present school council have done a wonderful job this year and we would expect the same kind of responses from the newly elected school council.

The crescendo of the children’s day program is the special variety show by all our staff. We had items from Bollywood to local Ghadi dance. Children enjoyed the show and watched their teachers, Amalas and other support staff take up the floor and made all of us in the packed hall roar with laughter and applauded with full appreciation.

 

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Inter-school dialectic week:

Inter-school dialectic week:

DSCN1662TCV hosted inter school dialectic week as per request from the office of Department of Education. We have about one hundred and ten students from nineteen different schools from the Northern region. This rich program gave plenty of opportunities to the participating children to sharpen their intelligence applying logical induction for comprehensive deduction. The application of such chain of thoughts consolidates ones learning experience and lays a solid foundation. This is the fifth such program organized by the department of Education.

Children took active participation in our school program and also haDSCN1653d the opportunity to interact with the monks from Kirti, Namgyal and Dialectic school. Nuns from Gaden Choeling also joined them in the courtyard of main temple and had a very meaningful dialectical debate.

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Inter-School Declamation – 3rd October 2014

Inter-School Declamation – 3rd October 2014

The celebration of Gandhi Jayanti was observed as “International Day of Non-Voilence” as declared by United Nations. This year is the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi. The program was scheduled on the birthday of Gandhiji but with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with two Noble Laureates – Judy William and Shrin Edabi  on the 2nd October, the program was postponed until 3rd October. We organized Inter-School Declamation focusing on “The power of non-violence”.  The program was dedicated to express our gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also to thank the government of India for being an excellent host for the Tibetans since 1959. We have four schools participating in the declamation and feel obliged to DAV and Gurukul for their active participation in spite of the fact that the day also coincided with Deshera celebration. We have two participants from each school and all of them spoke with perfect flow of the language focusing on the power of non-violence.  The program began with traditional dance and ended with a group song by class XI befitting the day. We are indeed very grateful to our chief guest Mr. Desh Raj – DSP for being with us despite his very busy schedule. Mementos and certificate were presented to all the participants.

1.  D.A.V. PUNLIC SCHOOL

2 GURUKUL SR. SECONDARY SCHOOL

3. TCV GOPALPUR

4. TCV UPPER D’SHALA

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Rajat Katoch – DAV Public School

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Tenzin Tsephell – TCV Upper Dharamshala

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Tenzin Palmo – TCV G

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Lobsang Dawa – TCV Gopalpur

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Shreya Sharma -BD DAV Public School

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Shivangi – Gurukul Sr. Secondary School

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Tenzin Choeyang – TCV Upper Dharamshala

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SENIOR SCHOOL ACTIVITY REPORT – AUGUST SEPTEMBER

Celebration of 68th Anniversary of Indian Independence Day:  August 15

The 68th Anniversary of Indian Independence day was celebrated in the school on August 15, 2014. The event started at 8:30 am. All the Staff members and the students of class XI –XII   gathered in the Hermann Gmeiner Hall. Mr.Namdol Tashi, Principal welcomed the chief guest and gave the introductory speech. Shr Shri Balbir Thakur, SDM of Dharamsala was invited as the chief guest who addressed the gathering about the importance of Tibetan and Indian friendship. This was followed by a speech from Mr. Tsewang Yeshi, President of TCV who extended deep gratitude to the government and people of India for their unwavering support to the Tibetans living in exile India. The students from all sections sang patriotic songs and recited patriotic poems to commemorate the joyous occasion. The students from Tonglen School also were also invited as guests and participated in the event.

DOE Tibetan Calligraphy contest:  August 20

The Department of Education (DOE) under the Central Tibetan Administration has organized Tibetan Calligraphy contest for all Tibetan schools in exile. The contest for our students was held on August 20 at 10 a.m. in the Principal office. Three students from each grade from Class IX to XII were selected and participated in the contest

DOE Tibetan Essay Contest:  Friday, August 22,

The Department of Education (DOE) under the Central Tibetan Administration has organized essay contest in Tibetan language for all Tibetan schools in exile. The contest for our students was held on August 22, at 9 a.m. in the Cultural Centre. Three students from each grade from Class IX to XII were selected and participated in the contest

Tibet Day:  August, 25

The Tibetan Department of the senior section organized “Tibet Day” on August,25 2014. They have selected two participants from each grade from class IX to XII and presented on the following topics

  1. Birthplace and Parentage of the Dalai lamas
  2. Various medals and awards honored to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  3. Three main commitments of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  4. Relation between Science and Buddhism
  5. Introduction and explanation of Tibetan proverbs.

The program started at 7 p.m.  Mr. Ngodup Wangdue la, the Village Director was the chief guest of the event and the event concluded with stimulating speech from Chief Guest at 8:45 pm. The Day proved to be meaningful to both students and teachers.

Tibetan Debate: August 28,  

The class IX-X  Inter class Tibetan debate was held on August 28 in Deckyi Tsering Hall. The debate was organized by the Tibetan department of the Senior Section.. The topic for the debate was ‘Is it beneficial to use cell phone in student’s Life.”  Mr. Namdol Tashi, the School Principal was the chief guest of the event, provided constructive feedback on improvement in holding a debate. Class IX   was declared the winner of the event. Master Rinzin Tsering of Class IX P was declared the best debater of the event.

TCV Creative writing Day: August 30, 2014

As per the EDC meeting resolution, the essay writing competition was held from 9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m in Tibetan language and from 11:00 am to 21:30 pm, the essay writing completion was held in English.  All the students of the Senior Section participated in both contests. It was great to observe all students engaged in writing work.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: September 3

Dal Lake Mela was held on 2nd September 2014.  The lake area became very filthy and tainted. We started our day with brief introduction to the students of class 10 about the importance of community service and maintaining the ecological balance through surrounding clean-up. At 10:00 am we have gathered at Dal Lake and observe the area widely and made arrangement for the cleaning by forming students into 6 different groups.

Under the supervision of the social science teacher; (Mrs. Phurbu Thackchoe and Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk), collaborated with the Dal Lake temple authority and districts Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), we cleaned the surrounding area of Dal  lake for several hours and brought its beauty back it its original state.

Report on class X Educational Tour: September 6

Class X D & S students along with two teachers left school early morning for the educational excursion on 6 September 2014. A day long trip began at the Kagra fort by exploring every corner of that magnificent lofty fort.

The students were then driven to Himachal Flour Mills located in Kangra and they were thoroughly explained about its functioning and production. Finally we landed up at Himachal Milk production centre and there too the students were explained about its process by viewing it step by step. The entire students had a great educational tour and learnt immensely by both watching and writing in their copies. We did not face any disciplinary problems with any of the students as they behaved well throughout the trip.

REPORT ON MOCK INTERVIEW: September 6

The aim of this program is to help the students in acquiring the skills in facing the real interview once they go out of school for college admission. It was held on 6thSeptember 2014 Saturday from 11.20am to 1.10 pm.  The 155 participating students were from class XII Commerce. They were grouped into smaller group consisting of 13 students and interviewed by teachers comprising of 24 teachers. I sincerely thank the Headmistress and teachers for the kind cooperation and making the program successful.

The students were given the common interview sample questions much ahead of time. This time it was given in the beginning of the August. These questions are also discussed in the class so that they can have a better preparation.

These questions are collected from various internet sites and discussed with the Middle Section Counselor and then compiled. And these are commonly asked during the interview at college level/for scholarship/job search.

FEW FEEDBACKS FROM THE STUDENTS:

“ It was very encouraging one. It was like a real interview with really good questions. I hope this mock interview will be very helpful in the upcoming college admission.”

Tenzin Lekshey Gyatso XII D

“Mock Interview was an awesome experience. I got knowledge about how interviews are taken, and I am sure most of the students have got some experience about it. It was an awesome way of student getting aware of future upcoming interview at college.”

Tenzin Youdon XII D

“though it was a mock interview but for me it was a place where I came to know more about myself  and what I have to improve. And I came to know how the real interview feels like. I think this kind of interview should be continued in the near future.”

Dolkar Tsetan XII C

“At first I was little nervous about the mock interview but after preparing the questions which our career madam gave us made me much easier to give the interview. And the questions asked by the interviewers were very much related with our life and career. It also helped me in building confidence and a little sense of giving interview. It s better to have more like this in a year and would like to thank our career madam for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

Tenzin Dhondup Lama XII B

Science Day: September 8

Senior Section of Upper TCV School observed Science day on Monday, September 8, 2014. The students of class IX and X, three weeks prior to Science day were asked to prepare an activity based group project on their own and they were also notified that the best few would be selected for the final presentation. This was done with the aim to inculcate curiosity amongst the students and to promote the concept of learning by doing. The interested groups were called for audition a week before the actual Science day program. There were five to six groups who actively participated for the audition. The final selections of the projects were done by the Science department members. The students have chosen a wide range of topics from science. Some of the topics were Ebola, Maglev Train, Pressure and Fun with Chemistry.  The selected groups were then given the opportunity to present their projects during the morning assembly on Monday, September 8, 2014.

Math Day: September 9

Senior Section of Upper TCV School observed Mathematics day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Two students from each section of class XI who have volunteered are given the opportunity to participate in the program.The decision for the presentation has been made with the view to develop the interest amongst students for mathematics and to enlighten them with the relevance of Mathematics in the daily life and nature surrounding us. The chosen topic to be presented on Math day was “Nature by numbers”. The list of students who participated in the presentation are as follows: The presentation has been followed by the Rubik cube’s open competition in continuation with last year’s math day program where the students were taught how to solve the puzzle. This has been done to enliven the craze for Rubik cube’s puzzle.The winner of the competition was Tenzin Rabga of class XI Com D who completed the puzzle in 62 seconds.

 Inter class ( XI & XII) Tibetan Debate: September 11,

The Inter-class (XI & XII) Tibetan debate was held on September 11 in the New Hall at 7:00 p.m. There were three debaters from each grade. The topic for the debate was, ‘That Tibetan Language is more important than international language.’ Class XII won the debate. Ms. Deckyi Yangzom of class XII Commerce C was declared the best debater.  Ms. Youga  and Master lobsang Choezin of Class XI  were declared second and third best speaker respectively. Both staff and students had educative experience listening through the speakers who were all competent and well prepared.  Mr. Namdol Tashi, School Principal who was invited as the chief guest ended the debate with a stimulating speech by congratulating the participants and sharing the areas that need improvement.

Parent-Teacher Meeting: September 20

The Parent Teacher meeting was held on September 20, 2014. A formal function was held in Deckyi Tsering hall at 9 a.m. in the morning. Unlike the previous years, all four sections had the parent- teacher meeting on the same day. Mr. Namdol Tashi, the school principal gave thought-provoking introductory speech on the need and importance of parent- teacher meeting. Kasur Rinchen Khando la who had come to attend the meeting on personal ground was requested to give speech to the parents on proper upbringing of children. The speech was enlightening and experiential one.  Mr. Ngodup Wangdu, Village Director concluded the formal program with his invigorating speech and thanked the parents for their attendance to the function. After the formal meeting, one to one meeting was held between parents and teachers in the presence of the child. In the afternoon, home parents and hostel matron and wardens attended the meeting with teachers for those children who struggle in studies but do not have responsible adults around Dharamshala  for various reasons. The meeting ended at 6p.m. The meeting proved to be satisfactory to both parents and teachers.

PowerPoint Presentation By Mr. & Mrs. John Jancik: September 25

Mr. John Jancik has created a volunteer origination “50 for Tibet” through which he has climbed the highest points in each of the fifty US states as well as international high points and had raised over 250  thousand dollars for Rowell Fund in the last 10 year. Rowell Fund supports Tibetans-individuals and organizations through providing grants supporting work in the fields of visual arts and media, environmental, humanitarian an  women’s projects. Mr. and Mrs. John Jancik gave a PowerPoint presentation on incredible work that they have done to raise the fund. They shared some of the spectacular mountain peaks that they had climbed across United States as well as around the world. Mr & Mrs. John Jancik was accompanied by his son and Ms. Tencho Gyatso la.  Ms. Tencho  Gyatso la a former student of TCV and a daughter of our  most beloved Ama Jetsun Pema la and currently, she is the Associate Director for Chinese engagement and Tibetan Empowerment programme. It was very fortunate to have them introduce to our children in the school.

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