Poem Recitation Program in Infant Section: May 23
The infant Section of Upper TCV School organized a beautiful poem recitation program for the young children aged between 3 to 5 years old in Deckyi Tsering Hall at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The children were all dressed up in colorful Tibetan Traditional attire. They looked so excited to take part in the event. The children recited the poems so beautifully on the stage with innocence and purity.
A total of 127 children took part in the event. It was wonderful to learn that no child is left behind from taking part in the event. Every child in the Infant Section had the most wonderful opportunity to participate in this annual event.
The theme of the poem recitation is based on this year focus area: The Education in Secular Moral Ethics in TCV Schools. Through poem recitation, the young children learnt about the need and importance of inculcating secular values in life. This event is the result of collective efforts of all teachers of Infant section headed by Mr. Tenzin Choephel, the Headmaster.
Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, School Principal was invited as the chief guest of the event. In her brief speech, she acclaimed the teachers for their hard work, valuable time and patience that entail in grooming these young buddies for the event. Most importantly, she applauded the students for their beautiful presentation and encouraged them to develop good moral values.
Professional Talk on Tibetan Traditional Art of Wood Craving.
19th May, 2017: Students of class IX, X and XI of Senior Section, Upper TCV school gathered at Dekyi Tsering hall on the 19th of May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. to enlighten themselves on the unique Tibetan traditional art of carpentry as well as wood carving skills. The resource person for this talk was Mr. Tenzin Gyaltsen, the master of the woodcarving studio, Norbulingka Institute.
Mr. Gyaltsen began his talk by introducing to the 390 students the various types of Tibetan traditional wood carving crafted by his teacher and the Norbulingka institute and the various wood carving tools, which the students watched with awe.
He then made the students aware of the mushrooming of wood carving skills in Tibet from the king Songtsen Gampo. He further told the students that our Tibetan culture is deeply rooted in religion and the close connection of woodcraft with the religion in the past could easily be realized with the help of wooden scriptures. Revolting strongly against the misconception held by many in terms of meaning of education, he told that education must not only confine to academics. It should be inclusive of various skills besides academic. He further explained about the uniqueness and the beauty of Tibetan woodcrafts. Expressing his concern and trepidation, he voiced for the dire need of the Tibetans to conserve, promote and propagate the Tibetan art. He advised and reminded the students that it is our responsibility to conserve and preserve those unique art and culture, and paying attention to our unique Tibetan art could do the same.
A question answer session followed his talk. To the questions put up by the students, Mr. Gyaltsen provided his answers based on his life history. His personalized based talk surely has left a mark in the minds and hearts of our students.
US Education workshop
U.S./American mission in India gave an hour long workshop for class IX and X students on 11th MAY 2017 at 2.30.p.m at Dekyi Tsering hall, Tibetan Children Village, Cantt, Dharmasala, (H.P.)
Education USA is the official source on U.S. higher education and is supported by the U.S. Department of State. They offer fellowships and scholarships. They also provide free sessions on the U.S. university application process. The general objective of providing this kind of workshop is to facilitate mutual understanding between students and scholars in India and in the U.S
The specific objective of the workshop given to our students was to provide accurate, comprehensive and timely information for higher education in the United States. Ms. Astha, an adviser who works at the Education USA program @ United States-India Educational Foundation led the workshop. She gave a detail information regarding how to apply for US study in 5 simple steps. She was accompanied by Ms. Eleena and Mr. Tashi who spoke on how to apply for visa and what happens on the day of interview respectively. The students were further provided information about their facebook, twitter, online sessions and about 90 clips uploaded on youtube so that the students can keep themselves updated.
The students listened to the workshop with keen interest and seemed inspired. Many noted the facebook address and kept their handouts and contacts.
The workshop session covered the following topics:
- Components of application form
- Planning the entire U.S. university admission cycle
- Standardized tests for undergraduate students including the SAT/ACT and language proficiency tests
- Essays and letters of recommendation
- Financing your studies via scholarships, assistantships, and loans
Mrs. NawangLhamo, the school principal gave the introductory speech and the headmistress of senior section Mrs. Choekyi gave the vote of thanks.
Feedback from a workshop participant:
“The program was a successful one. Almost all the students around me saw it as an opportunity. It helped a lot of students to select their goal/ aim. It helped me focus on the right direction. Most of the students have urge/desire to go there, but they are afraid of their financial problems. So am I.
On the last note I want to add that; we students were highly motivated by this program. I was just a student who studied without a purpose. It was this program who gave me one. Thank you.”
Sonam Youdon Class X S Roll.No. 12115
Resource Talk to the Students on 11th May, 2017
11 May, 2017: On the evening of 11th May, 2017, all the students of Class IX, X and XI along with the teachers of Senior Section, TCV School, Upper Dharamsala gathered for a resource talk by the Tibetan Youth Congress at 7.p.m. in Dekyi Tsering Hall.
Miss. Tsewang Dolma, the Information Officer of Tibetan Youth Congress, Central Executive Committee gave a brief introduction. Following Ms. Tsewang, Mr. Tamding Hrichoe, the Vice President of TYC, Centrex introduced the Tibetan Youth Congress, followed by vivid description of mushrooming of the Tibetan democracy in exile and the urgent situation in Tibet. His speech was followed by questions and requests from students as well as teachers to which Mr. Tamding answered the questions in detail and accepted the requests. The program ended with a Thank You note from the school Principal and presentation of Tibetan scarf to the resource persons by the School Director. Miss. Tsewang and Mr. Tamding were accompanied by Miss. Nyima Yangtso, the Vice President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamsala.
The whole program lasted for an hour. The students listened with keen interest. The introduction to the critical and pressing situation in Tibet surely has sparked their spirits to work hard academically so that they can work and strive towards a better Tibet situation.
Glimpse on senior section basketball and football tournament 2017.
Senior Section Inter class VI to VIII both boys and Girls basketball tournament was played on 4th April ‘2017’ with league cum knockout match. Before these matches, they had been practicing during PET class to make themselves physically ready. Most of the students have taken part in the event and enjoyed it thoroughly.
BOYS – In this 6th category, VI G has proclaimed the victory whereas 6S came up as the runner up with points 20-3. Among 7th standard, 7P is the winner and 7S as the runner up with points 24-7. With class 8th section, 8S came up as the winner whereas 8G was the runner up with points 27-15. And the winners and runners up from each category were given prizes for their accomplishment.
GIRLS – Among the 6thstandard category, 6G has proclaimed the victory whereas 6B as the runner up with points 14-12. In 7th class category, 7D came up as the winner whereas 7B is the runner up with points 6-4. Among class 8th standard, 8D came out as the winner whereas 8B as the runner up with points 22-6. All the winners and runners up were given prizes for their accomplishment.
Senior Section Inter class IX & X Boys football tournament wasplayed on 10th April ‘2017’ with league cum knockout match. In this category, X P claim as winner and IX B is the runner up with score 2-0. And the winners and runners took the respective trophy.
The English department has organized inter-class debate on 28th April, 2017 on the topic “That the Basic Tibetan Education Policy is suitable for the Current Tibetan Situation”. The debate was held between the students of class IX and X. After several rounds of preliminary debates held in each class, representatives were selected for the final round. A total of six students, who were winners in the preliminary rounds, took part in the final competition. The competition was won by class X and the best debater was bagged by Miss Tenzin Tsomo of class X D.
Nancy Pelosi visits TCV- April 9, 2017
Longtime friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and very strong supporter of Tibet – Ms. Nancy Pelosi and US Congressional delegation visited TCV for the second time today after the gap of eight years. They drove straight to TCV after a brief meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Children and staff organized a very touching reception to the delegates. The entire field was filled with our children in traditional dress with multi coloured flags of Tibet, US and India. As the delegates walked past our children they waved their flags to welcome them and also to thanked them for their kind support for our cause. They were received by our president Mr. Thupten Dorjee with traditional scarf and offering of barley and milk while our dance troupe Tashi Sholpa performed throughout their passage through our children to our Montessori section. This short and quick visit by the Nancy Pelosi and US Congressional delegates to TCV means a lot not only to the children but to the entire people of Tibet who love freedom, democracy and liberty as they truly live by it and wished for us to aspire.