The 80th birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The 80th birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Today is a very special day for TCV as we are blessed by the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the celebration of the 80th birthday of His Holiness. This was arranged as per the expressed wishes of Desmond Tutu to organize a grand birthday celebration while he is on a five day visit to Dharamshala to co-author a book on joy.

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As scheduled exactly at 2:30 the two Noble laureates and spiritual giants walked pass the lines of children who welcomed them with traditional song. They went straight to the junior school library to visit the exhibition to see the art work and greetings written by the children. Few of the children presented their tales of escape from Tibet in a very emotional tone making all those present wet their eyes with tears. As they walked through the convergence of the assembly, the children sang a very befitting song of melody of 80 and filled the valley with the air of joy and bliss.

After having seated on a raised platform in the midst of cheering children and huge crowd of visitors and public, His Holiness talked very briefly about the event and spoke of joy and happiness. Whereas Archbishop Tutu expressed his profound joy for being able to come all the way from South Africa to express his greetings for the birthday of His Holiness. This was followed by question answer session and both the laureates answered the questions asked by several students. Before cutting the birthday cake Archbishop stole the show by voluntarily dancing to the beautiful tune of “We are the World” and at one point even coerced His Holiness to join in the jubilation.

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There was an air of joyfulness. The festive celebration was indeed a very memorable afternoon with sojourn of two spiritual Noble laureates the world love.

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Introductory Program on the ‘Students Entrepreneurial Club’: April 16

Introductory Program on the ‘Students Entrepreneurial Club’: April 16

Upper TCV in collaboration with TED Initiative of Department of Finance – CTA organized an introductory program on the Students Entrepreneurial Club at the Herman Gminer Auditorium on the 16th April, 2015 from 11:15 am to 1:30pm. The function was held in the presence of the honorable Finance minister (Kalon), Mr. Tsering Dhundup, TED Coordinator – Mr. khenrab, the school principal – Mr. Namdol Tashi , Senior section headmistress – Mrs Nawang lhamo, and  Commerce teachers  along with  408 students of class XII and XI.

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The key note speaker during the function was the Finance minister Mr. Tsering Dhundup who briefed the students on the importance and purpose of initiating the  1st Entrepreneurial club in the UTCV and the role of entrepreneurs for the development of the exile Tibetan society. Kalon Tsering Dhondup la strongly emphasized the significance of economic well being in sustaining the core values of the Tibetans.

ED 3Mr. Tenzin Norsang, the student entrepreneurship and program officer of TED gave a power-point presentation on the Entrepreneurial club and its time line on introducing such club in other exile Tibetan schools. His presentation focused mainly on motivating students to be more creative and innovative. The program ended with vote of thanks from Mr. Namdol Tashi, Principal.

ED CLUB

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Graduation Function – 7th April 2015

Graduation Function – 7th April 2015

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Class XII Commerce had their last paper on the 6th April. They had been appearing for their CBSE exams since 2nd March. Over the last several days they toiled hard enough and burnt mid night oil to come out with flying colours and we await their result with crossed fingers.

The very next day after their last paper we organized a grand graduation function and as customary we invited one of our prominent ex-student as the guest of honour Mr. Vinayak Narayan – advocate.

All the 135 graduating students attended the very last school activity – GRADUATION FUNCTION in traditional Tibetan dress. We are very happy to have Mr. Vinayak Narayan as the guest of honour. All the children were offered scarves  to bid them adieu from the school life and for a successful herald of new chapter in their life. Both the Principal and the Village director spoke very eloquently to be the representative of TCV wherever they are stationed in life.

The chief guest Mr. Vinayak Narayan – advocate, although a local from Dharamshala was under TCV umbrella for several years, spoke to the students in flawless Tibetan and elaborated on decency, honesty and perseverance to be part and parcel of your personality.

The school council along with the senior students of present class XII did a lion’s share of work in decorating the hall and arranging luncheon for the graduating students and staff.

 

Farewell-Quotes

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2015- March Report

2015- March Report

ORIENTATION PROGRAM: FEBRUARY28 & MARCH 1 

Day-1

Morning Session

All staffs (teaching and non teaching) were gathered in Deckyi Tsering Hall at 10 am after two months vacation. The school Director Mr.Ngodup Wangdu welcomed the staffs and introduced the chief guest ,   His honorable Samdong Rinpoche.  Rinpoche focused on the importance of having pure motivation on any work we do and importance of preserving our language. He also recommended the audience to read His Holiness’s books “Ethics of New Millennium” and “Beyond Religion” also “ Swaraj” written by Mahatma Gandi. The session was over by 12:30 pm with vote of thanks from the school principal, Mr Namdol Tashi.

Afternoon Session

Afternoon Session stared at 2pm. The school director Mr. Ngodup  Wangdu  shared the MDC Meeting minutes and also the possible major event coming up this year. The School principal Mr. Namdol Tashi shared the EDC meeting minutes to all the staffs. The session ended at 4 p.m.

SECOND DAY ORIENTATION

The first Section meeting was held on the second day of orientation- March 1, 2015. All the teaching staffs were gathered in their respective section. Mrs. Nawang Lhamo has chaired the senior section meeting. The meeting went well the productive resolution.

SCHOOL OPENING CEREMONY: MARCH 2,

All the students above class 8 and staffs gathered in Deckyi Tsering Hall and Observed One minute silent to show our solitary for the self immolators followed by school song. The school Director Mr. Ngodup Wangdue gave welcomed the chief guest of the program, Mr penpa Tsering, the Speaker of CTA. Thanka and statues were awarded to the staffs who have served TCV School for 40 years, 30 years and 25 years. It was honored to find many staffs getting the awards. We were moved by their dedication and sincerity. The new committee members for the year 2015 were introduced with scarf offering. The chief guest gave a stimulating speech focusing on the code of conduct that a student should possess and follow.

PARENTS’ DAY: MARCH 5,

The birthday of His Holiness ‘s mother  Gyalyum Chemo is celebrated  as parents ‘Day. All the staff and students above class 9 gathered in Dickey Tsering hall at 3: pm. We are happy to have one of our senior most staff Mr. lhakshey Tenpa  as our chief guest.  He spoke on the importance of shouldering our responsibilities with sincerity and with renewed sense of commitment for betterment of school. The principal Mr. Namdol Tashi read out the  Kashag statement on the occasion of parent’s day.  The program lasted for 2 hours.

TIBETAN UPRISING DAY: MARCH 10

The 56th Tibetan National Uprising day was observed at Tsug-la-khang, the main temple in Dharamsala. Thousands of Tibetans led by the exile Tibetan leadership took part in the function. Mr. penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan parliament in- Exile and Sikong Lobsang Sangay addressed the gathering and urged the international community to strengthen their support for the non-violent struggle of Tibetans to achieve genuine autonomy. A total of 523 students from Class IX, X and XII of Upper TCV Senior Section joined the official commemorations. The students along with public as well as foreign friends and supporters also participated in the protest march from Tsuglakhang to Kacheri which was organized by the non- Tibetan governmental organizations. Presence of a senior German parliamentarian, Ms.Claudia Roth, gave the day a significant political moment.

  1. TIBETAN WOMEN’S UPRISING DAY: MARCH 12

The Tibetan Women’s Associations commemorated the 56th Tibetan women’s Uprising day on March 12, 2015 at the martyrs’ Pillar in honour of the sacrifices made by Tibetan women in Tibet. Hundreds of Tibetan women along with supporters took part in the commemoration. The function was followed by a protest march raising slogans for a free Tibet and demanding an end to china’s repressive policies in Tibet. A total of 235 girls from Class IX, X and XII participated in the commemoration of the day

WORKSHOP ON RETHINKING APPROACHES TO TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL DVELOPMENT PLAN: MARCH 13,

 Mr. Kalsang Wangdue, Professional Development officer cum Social Science and Curriculum resources person of TCV shared his observation and recommendation on last year’s professional development plan at Deckyi Tsering Hall from 3:20 pm to 5:30 pm. All the teaching staffs of TCV upper as well as TCV Day school Mcleod were present in this workshop. He talked about learning, sharing and growing together by continuing the Teachers’ professional Development. The school heads decided to continue TPD this year with more intense.

TIBETAN FILM SHOW“DRIMEY KUNDEN” MARCH 15,

A premiere of a Tibetan Film based on an opera script “DRIMEY KHUNDEN” was shown to the senior section students on March 15 and other sections on March 16 to bring cultural awareness among the students. The Film provided insightful knowledge of generous nature.

SPRING FETE: MARCH 21,

The school held a spring fete on the school basket ground on Saturday, March 21. The School Games Committee organized the fete to raise fund for organizing various sports and cultural activities for the students through out the year. There was a big Mickey Mouse ride to the young children too. The staff and students extended their service in running the stalls. Everybody had an enjoyable and eventful day.

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Orientation and school opening- 2015

 Orientation and school opening- 2015

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After two months’ winter break all the teaching staff reported on 27th February to attend two days orientation on Saturday and Sunday. We are indeed very fortunate to have ex Kalon Tripa Professor Samdhong Rinpoche to give us a very penetrating talk focusing on inter-personal relationship based on our motto “Others before self”. His deliberation also touched on many important components of personal traits befitting corporate personnel who play pivotal roles in the life of our children. Staff members were briefed about EDC and MDC meeting resolutions that need to be implemented during the current academic session. Section-wise meeting followed making every one ready to for the big task ahead.

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The school opening ceremony was organized today on the 2nd March in Dekyi Tsering Hall because of the ongoing CBSE examination in Hermann Gmeiner Auditorium. Mr. Penpa Tsering the speaker of the House was the guest of honour. Being the first day after a long holiday both the principal and the director set the stage for a very productive year ahead. Students’ councils as well as committee members of Advisory, Welfare and Games were formally introduced and offered traditional scarf with best wishes for success in their mammoth task.

 

The school opening ceremony honoured our senior managerial staffs who have worked for 25, 30 and 40 years respectively and have spent the prime time of their life in the work of TCV. The speaker and the chief guest Mr. Penpa Tsering strongly showed his deep appreciation for the contribution made by these senior staff specially our general secretary Mr. Thupten Dorjee and President Mr. Tsewang Yeshi for their very long years of dedicated service.

 Thirty years’ service award:

  1. Rev Karma Tsering TGT Tibetan
  2. Ngawang Choezom – Librarian Infant Section

25 years’ service award:

  1. Tseten Dorjee – TGT Maths
  2. Phuntsok Choedhen – Senior Accountant
  3. Tashi Tsomo – TGT Maths

 

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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

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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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