CHILREN’S DAY CELEBRATION, 2017
14th November, Dharamshala: TCV School Upper Dharamsala celebrated Children’s Day with lots of fun and frolic on Tuesday, 14 November. Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November all across India as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of India and to honor children.
The day started with a function programmed at the Herman Gmeiner Hall which was beautifully decorated by the office department of the school. The chief guest for the day was Secretary Karma Singhe of the Department of Education, CTA. The guests of honour for that day were the outgoing and the new prefects of the school, who were felicitated during the function. Unlike the earlier years, all the staff members of the school performed Tibetan cultural items during the function which the students watched with awe.
Mr. Karma Singhe while addressing the hall, reminded the immense contribution of late Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru towards the education of Tibetan children in exile, and also expressed gratitude to Nehru’s role in not only the education of Tibetan children in exile, but also in preservation of Tibetan language, culture and identity through the establishment of unique Tibetan schools.
The students were presented with cake and juice while coming out of the auditorium. Games were organized for fun. A special dham (lunch) was organized for all the students at the basket ground. Small kids were seen licking their little fingers after enjoying the varied items served at the dham.
Children are the future seeds of any nation. Celebrating the children is celebrating the future leaders of our nation. Celebration of Children’s day also creates awareness of the rights, care and education of children.
ICT Visits TCV
A team of staff and members of International Campaign for Tibet, led by Ms. Tencho Gyatso, Director, Tibetan Empowerment and Chinese Engagement, visited TCV on 4 October, 2017. At 4:30 p.m. the students of Class X and Class XI assembled in Dekyi Tsering Hall and listened to the talks of Mr. Matteo Mecacci, President, and Mr. Bhuchung K. Tsering, Vice-President. Mr. Matteo Mecacci reiterated the fact that Tibet still matters and gave an account of how he came to join ICT. Mr. Bhuchung K. Tsering talked about the changing face of the struggle for Tibet’s cause and reminded the students that each individual can contribute to the cause of Tibet.
This was followed by the distribution of messages among the students, from ICT members, which was then followed by a Question and Answer session.
The talks gave a whole new inspiration and meaning to our just struggle for the cause of Tibet.
UPPER TCV SCHOOL MARKS 57TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
October 23, 2017: TCV School, Upper Dharamsala celebrated its 57th founding anniversary on 23rd October with ‘Secular Ethics’ as its central theme for the year. As usual, thousands of Tibetans and Non-Tibetans also joined in the celebration.
The chief guest at the opening ceremony was President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration and the guest of honour was Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The celebration was marked with Upper TCV students’ house wise march past, cultural performances and calisthenics display in the morning and inter TCV school cultural performances in the afternoon. An art exhibition was also held exhibiting the sketches made by TCV students of all grades, besides the street art exhibition by TCV Selaqui. The first day of the anniversary ended with an inter-school elocution program in the evening in which besides TCV Upper and TCV Lower, Tonglen school and Peteon Meweon school also participated.
The Second Day of the anniversary marked the 30th inter-house athletic meet. After a cut-throat competition, Nyatri came out victorious followed by Songtsen, Trisong and Triral house respectively.
On the third Day of the anniversary, all the staff members along with the students of class X and XI gathered at the school temple for sangsol, followed by a meeting of 1992 batch students who were the guests of this year.
TCV was founded in 1960. From its humble beginning under the name of “Nursery for Tibetan Refugee Children” comprising 51 children under Mrs. Tsering Dolma Takla, the elder sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Children’s Village today has become the largest thriving, integrated educational community. It includes not only school education- the main thrust of its work-but also a variety of social welfare porgrammes and projects, ranging from childcare to old people’s homes, handicraft and vocational training centres, higher education and placements.
Class VI, VII and VIII Inter-Class Song and Dance Contest
Children in TCV are given a firm grounding in their culture and identity. Traditional songs and dances form an integral part of it. They have a weekly Song and Dance period during which they learn various traditional songs, dances and how to play musical instruments. Mrs. Tenzin Choedon takes the overall responsibility for Classes VI, VII and VIII.
This year, the Inter-Class Song and Dance Contest was held on 11 October amidst much fanfare. The occasion aimed to help the students display their learned skill of playing musical instruments and to give them an opportunity to present their dancing skills on stage.
Each of the Class VI’s and VII’s presented a song and each of the Class VIII’s presented a dance. The judges had a tough time picking a winner from the myriad marvelous performances. However since it was a contest, pick winners they had to. From the Class VI category, Class VI B was the winner. From the Class VII category, there was a tie between Class VII D and VII G in the top spot. From the Class VIII dances, VIII D was adjudged the best. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone involved.