Activity Report of Senior Section (April-June, 2015)
Interactive Session By Empowering The Vision Project6: April-4
A group of six members from “Initiatives Of Change”(IofC) visited the school for an interactive session with 105 volunteer students in Deckyi Tsering Hall at 2:45 p.m. Three of them were Tibetan and others were from India and ShriLanka. They played a short skit on the theme ‘Initiative and change’. They also shared inspiring firsthand experience with the Students. The session ended with a beautiful song of their organization. The students left the hall highly motivated and encouraged spirit.
Leadership Workshop for School Captains: April 5-10
Two prefects Tenzin Duktak and Tenzin Youga from Upper T.C.V participated in the 3rd Leadership Workshop held at the Central Tibetan Reception Centre. The workshop, which was held from 5ht April to 10th April was organized by the D.O.E. About 30 schools participated in the workshop and each school had two representatives .Mr. Sanjay Upend rum from NGO Amarti conducted the workshop. When the workshop was over, the participants from Upper T.C.V spent an evening sharing their experience with all those in various leadership positions in the school. In attendance were the principal, headmistress, the school prefects, house prefects, hostel monitors and class monitors. During the workshop, they not only discussed leadership but also focussed on scholarships related to the MBBS and tests like TOEFL.
The participants felt fortunate to attend the DOE Workshop and getting the opportunity to share their knowledge with other students.
GRADUATION DAY: APRIL 7,
The 31st graduation function for the outgoing students of Class XII was held on April 7, 2015 in Hermann Gmeiner hall at 9.00 a.m.Mr. Vinayak Narayan, a former TCV Student and advocate based in Dharamsala was the chief guest of the function. All the teachers and the students from class IX –XII attended the function. Mr. Ngodup Wangdu, the Village Director, gave a stimulating introductory speech and the chief guest offered a ceremonial scarf to each graduating student. This was followed by a speech from the chief guest who advised the outgoing students to be cautious about their action as each individualstudent will be seen as representative of Tibetan to the outside world. He also emphasized the students on significance of spreading awareness about Tibet. Master Tamdin Thar, the School Captian, spoke on behalf of all the outgoing students. Finally the School Principal, Mr Namdol Tashi concluded the program with an inspirational speech.
CLASS XI COMMERCE ORIENTATION: APRIL 13,
An orientation programme was organized for the new class XI students in Dekyi Tsering Hall on 13th April at 6:30 pm along with the respective subject teachers, the career counselor, hostel matron and home mothers. A total of around 212 students attended the orientation. The main aim of this program was to introduce new students to the school rules and regulation. The section headmistress, Mrs. Nawang Lhamo spoke on actual functioning of school, system and Special leave procedure. Mr.Sonam Tsering , the chairman of the advisory committee, familiarized the students on different rules and regulation. The school principal and the village director stressed their speech on the importance of proper usage of facilities available to them. The director also advice students to stay away from on the substance abuse and spoke on its devastating effects on life.
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 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
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. 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.
The 80th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness The Dalai Lama: APRIL 23,2015
We were blessed with the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in our School on April23 to celebrate His Holiness’s 80th Birthday. All the staffs and students gathered on the school basket ground at 1:30 pm. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu arrived at 2:30 pm along with Team Joy. At first They were escorted to the junior Section library where works of Students in the form of essay, poem and paintings on joy were displayed. Then they joined the gathering on the basket ground. Both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu addressed the gathering. His holiness advised the students about the significance and need to preserve our Tibetan language and Buddhist tradition for the benefit of human society. Archbishop Desmound Tutu extended his sincere thanks to the government and people of India for extending welcome arms to the Tibetans and for having preserved the precious gift. The speech was followed by question answer session. The programme ended with celebration of birthday singing songs and distributing cakes to the children and the public. The Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Penpa Tsering along with ministers, senior officials of Tibetan government in exile, Tibet supporters, and Local Tibetans also joined the grand celebration.
Annual Inter-Class Debate between Class IX and X 2015: April 24
The first annual Inter-Class Debate between Class IX and X was held on Friday, 24 April 2015 at Dickyi Tsering Hall. The motion for the debate was ‘That the school should ban junk food on the campus.’ Class IX spoke for the motion.There were three students on each team. The first speaker on each side introduced the subject and spoke for four minutes. The second and principal speaker spoke for five minutes. The third speaker who concluded the debate spoke for four minutes.
The Class IX team comprised i) Dechen Dolma 10133 IX P i) Tenzin Palkyi 9929 IX S and iii) Tenzin Choeyang 20266 IX D
The Class X team comprised i) Tenzin Choenyi 9719 X P ii) Chika Yamasaki 30415 X D and iii) Sonam Rinchen Redder 30236 X D
The Chairpersons were Stanzin Angchuk and Pema Dadon both of Class X D.
The judges were Mr Dhondup Gyalpo, Headmaster of the Junior School, Ms Mary Garvey PGT Maths, and Ms Tsering Dolkar TGT English.
Mr Lobsang Tenzin, PGT Maths, was in charge of marks tabulation.
The prize for the Best Speaker was awarded to Chika Yamashita of Class X
The prize for the second position was awarded to Tenzin Choenyi of Class X
The prize for the third position went to Sonam Rinchen Redder of Class X
Class X won the overall prize.
The school principal Mr Namdol Tashi presided over the function as Chief Guest.
CELEBRATION OF 26TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF 11TH PANCHEN LAMA GEDHUN CHOE KYI NYIMA: APRIL 25,
The School Capitan and prefects organized the programme to celebrate 24th birthday of 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choe kyi Nyima. All the teachers and the Students from class IX to XII gathered in Herman Gaminer hall at 8:30 am. The participants marked the day by presenting poem, essay and art dedicating to Panchen Lama. The prizes were distributed to the winner in essay and painting contest.
INTER HOUSE CULTURAL DANCE COMPETITION: MAY 22,
After a month long intense practice, the Inter house cultural song and dance competition was held on May 22nd in Hermann Gmeiner Hall at 6:30 P.M. The event was blessed with Namgyal Monastery’s Khen Rinpoche as chief guest. The participants danced with great enthusiasm and perfection. Judges had hard time choosing the winner as it was a close competition. Songtsen house was adjudged the winner followed by Nyatri house, Trisong House and Triral house in first, second and third runners up respectively. Mr Samten, Tibetant Opera Teacher from TIPA who was invited as one of the judges provided very encouraging feedback to the song and dance performers. The chief guest also gave a stimulating speech to the students. The program ended with a vote of thanks speech by Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, chairperson of school Games Committee.
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA’S TEACHING FOR THREE DAYS: MAY 27- 29
Around five thousand people including three thousand Tibetan school and college students attended the three-day teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on ‘the Buddhist presentation of Psychology and the mind’ for Tibetan youth on the School’s Basket Ball ground. This was the largest gathering of people for the teachings for youth.
With a large attendance of Tibetan youth among the audience, His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasized Tibetan students and younger generation to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. He also said that the dialectical debate is a very good tool to preserve and promote the teaching of the Buddha. He further added that laypeople should also study and understand the great depth of knowledge that Buddhist philosophy has to offer.
On 29th May, His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded the three day introductory Buddhist teachings with the conferment of Avalokiteshvara Empowerment and The Tibetan Children’s Village family offered a Long Life Prayer (Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The President of TCV Schools, Tsewang Yeshi, expressed his gratitude to His Holiness for blessing the children and staff with his presence for three days, and for accepting the long life offering.
Kagyur Recitation: June 15 & 16
The school organized Kagyur recitation for two days June 15 and 16, 2015 during Saka Dawa, the fourth lunar calendar of the Tibetan calendar. This year we were not able to Circumambulate Kagyur scriptures around the school campus as it rained in the morning. The recitation was held in Dickey Tsering hall and in Classrooms like the previous years, this year also class VIII participated in Kagyur recitation along with all students from Class XI –XII and senior staff members.. The School Cultural Committee headed by Mr. Tenzin Choephel, Headmaster of the Infant Section accompanied by school cook served the students with salt buttered tea, snacks and juices with great sense of devotion and satisfaction. Everyone recited the Kagyur with great seriousness that the recitation was completed in one and half days.
NCERT WORKSHOP FOR SECONDARY MATHEMATICS TEACHERS OF TIBETAN SCHOOLS FOR TEN DAYS: 5– 14, May, 2015
Two of our senior Section mathematics teachers, Mr. Sonam Topgyal and Mr Lhakpa Tsering attended the 10 days workshop for secondary mathematics teachers of Tibetan schools organized by DOE at NCERT, Delhi from 5th -14th May. They did their sharing with other mathematics teachers on 25th May in the Headmistress office. Both of them have learnt a lot and concluded by saying “After attending the mathematics workshop, we are equipped with numerous skills on teaching of mathematics; enhanced our mathematical knowledge deeper and it has been a wonderful experience to be cherished. It was awesome programme particularly; the resource persons who are eminent personnel with adorable characterBesides teaching, it helped us to explore beyond textbooks concepts and came to know many myths and mystery of mathematics. In short it was the best ever workshop I have attended so far”.
CBSE ASL ASSESSMENT FOR CLASS IX, X, XI: June 15-19
As part of CBSE’s ASL (Assessment of speaking and listening), the assessment of speaking for class IX, X and XI was conducted on 15th, 16th and 17th of June respectively. The assessment of listening was conducted on 19th June. In the second period, it was conducted for class IX students; fourth period for class XI students and sixth period for class X Students. All the English teachers remained engaged with ASL test for four consecutive days.
Initiation from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin Rinpoche: June 19
His Holiness the Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism paid his much awaited visit to the school and blessed all the staff members and children with his holy presence and Ta-Cha-Kyung Sum initiation in the afternoon of June 19 in Herman Gmenier Auditorium. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin Rinpoche also advised the students to study hard and made them realize how fortunate they are that they receive his Holiness the Dalai Lama’s blessing and rare teaching opportunity every year. He advised students to fulfill the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai lama and to contribute their energy to achieving common goal.
The International Yoga Day: June 21
The UNO has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day and will be celebrated throughout the world.
The Central Board of Secondary Education, under the behest of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, has directed all its affiliated schools in India to organize a Yoga session in the school on 21 June, 2015 to mark the day.
To prepare students for the Day, a yoga training session was introduced in the school a week ahead wherein nearly 500 students were taught and trained to perform pranayam and asanas by our qualified and experienced Physical Teachers, Mr. Lobsang Norbu, Mr. Karma Dorjee and Mr. Tsering Wangyal from 5.15 am to 6.00 am every day:
- Celebration of the World Yoga Day
Complying with the CBSE direction, Tibetan Children Village School, Dharamshala Cantt (H.P.) observed the International Yoga Day on 21st June in the school. Nearly 500 students and 20 teachers participated in the celebration.
The students and teachers assembled on the ground at 7.30 am. The programme began with an introductory address by the school Principal, Mr. Namdol Tashi.
It was was followed by the performance by students the following Pranayams and Asanas under the guidance and supervision of the PETs and teachers:
- Bastrika Pranayam
- Anuloma Viloma
- Bhamari Pranayam
- Surya Namaskar
- Bhujanga Asana
The Programme concluded with a talk by the Physical Teacher, Mr. Lobsang Norbu, on the benefits of Yoga practice at 8.30 am.