Spelling Bee contest is one of the most popular and much awaited literary activities for class VI to VIII. It has now become an annual feature in our school calendar. As stipulated in the school diary, it kicked off on 25 Aug 2017 at Herman Gmainer Hall amidst much anticipation and hectic preparation. We saw lot of enthusiasm and mass involvement of students over a period of almost five weeks at a stretch with successive preliminary round of eliminations. Despite the busy school schedules and last minute engagements, all the top ten super spellers did exceptionally well in the grand finale of the Top Ten Super Speller Spelling Bee Competition 2017. Their feedback on Spelling Bee Contest speaks highly about their keen interest and enrichment of English vocabularies. After nerve wrecking and neck to neck competition amongst the contestant during the grand finale, Miss Tenzin Choeney from Class VII D emerged as the Champion of Spelling Bee Contest 2017. She won a coveted trophy, a gift hamper, a certificate and a traditional white scarf from the Chief Guest, Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, the Principal of our school. She stole the whole show by coming out with the right spelling of championship word ‘ CURMUDGEON’ followed by standing ovation from all the guest , teachers and the students on the floor. The objective behind this contest is not only to enrich their English vocabularies and spelling but to familiarize their correct usage, pronunciation, origin and their part of speech. Although the Spelling Bee Contest is over but the mini spelling test on weekly basis will go on till to the last days of the academic session 2017 to achieve firm ground on their English spellings and their proper usage.
Dharamsala, 15th August, 2017: On the 71st Indian Independence Day, when whole of India was celebrating Independence Day with joy and festivity, we also celebrated the day in full vigour which strongly reminded us of our sad plight by celebrating the Independence day of our host country.
The whole school gathered in the Hermann Gmeiner auditorium and the function started at 2 p.m. The Chief Guest for the function was Mr Sharwan Kumar, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dharamsala, and the whole program lasted for about an hour.
Mrs. Sapna Pathania, a Hindi teacher and the master of ceremony for the function introduced the importance of this auspicious day, followed by a series of Indian cultural performances by the students of Senior and junior section. The splendid performances by the students and the varied items were applauded by the hall packed with spectators. As the students left the hall with a chocolate as an independence gift from the school, they were found smiling and humming the lyrics of the songs performed during the function.
This is to bring to the notice of all concerned that as per the attached CBSE circular No: Acad-29/2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has introduced Measles-Rubella Elimination Program in year 2017 through free vaccination campaign in a phased manner in all states. The schools affiliated to CBSE have been asked that their involvement is crucial for the success of this program. Therefore, Mr. Chungdak la, School Residential Doctor has directed school heads and section heads to make this announcement and seek consent of parents for vaccination.
In case of any enquiry, please feel free to contact the school.
Principal Dated: August 18, 2017
Resource Talk on Inclusive, Compassionate Tibetan Nationalism
Dr. Nawang B. Phuntsog is an associate professor of Education of Elementary, and Bilingual Education at California State University. His doctorate of education in 1993 is in the area of specialization include multicultural education and curriculum development. He has been selected as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar to India conducting the first phase of research that explores intersection of compassion-based inner values (secular ethics), the Middle Way Approach for resolving Sino-Tibetan issues and Tibetan Nationalism in schooling process. We are very happy to have him visit us on 26th July.
Dharamsala, July 26: Students of class IX, X and XI of Senior Section, Upper TCV school received a resource talk on ‘Inclusive, Compassionate Tibetan Nationalism on the 26th of July 2017 from Prof. Ngawang Phuntsog, , an associate professor at California State University. Besides the 380 students, Mr. Thupten Dorjee, the President of TCV along with other dignitaries of the TCV Head Office, and teachers attended the talk as well.
The program commenced with the welcome note and a formal introduction of Dr. Ngawang Phuntsog by the school Principal. Dr. Ngawang with the help of a power point presentation explained the intersection of secular ethics, middle way approach and the Tibetan Nationalism in the schooling process and the development of his interest on the same subject. Comparing the Tibetan Nationalism to the Nationalism of other countries, he said that curriculums in Tibetans schools in exile have adopted the concept of altruism and compassion rather than hatred and downgrading the image of China, which makes the Tibetan nationalism unique.
Explaining the meaning of Nationalism with traditional as well as egalitarian structure and the 3 dimensions of nationalism for each structure, he said that he feels that the Tibetan nationalism has all the three dimensions. He added a fourth dimension to the nationalism structure by interlinking all the three components. Asking whether all these can come together as a powerful source, he answered with positive that the Tibetan nationalism has reached a very important phase since we have a charismatic with a vision.
‘Although Tibetan Nationalism is a very important topic, however, there isn’t much resource”, he said. Thus, he advised the students that this is a fertile ground to undertake research. He further advised the students to have a positive attitude towards study. “Attitude makes a lot of difference in the way you study and you learn”, he said to the students. He concluded his talk by telling the students to consider study as a privilege and to study hard with enthusiasm and love.
82ND BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF HH THE FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA
6th July is a very special day and a joyous occasion for Tibetans all over the world as it is the birth day of our beloved leader HH the fourteenth Dalai Lama. The Tibetans all over the world celebrate the day with joy and organize varieties of activities to show our love and gratitude to His Holiness.
TCV School upper Dharamshala started this special day with incense offering ceremony at basketball ground. At 8:15 am, the village Director, Principal, and all the staff members and students below class VIII participated in Sangsol. Executive members of TCV Head office the President and General Secretary also participated in the ceremony.
After the sangsol program, under the guidance of secular ethics committee members’ mass dialectical debate was held at the basketball ground with participation from the teachers of intermediate dialectical class and students from classes V to VIII.
At 10 am, all the staff members and students below class VIII gathered in Herman Gmeiner hall to attend the official school function. The program started with the enthronement of portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed by scarf offering by the staff members while the students led by the philosophy teachers chanted Gyalwe Shabten. After the scarf offering ceremony, Mr. Sonam Tsering la gave a brief introductory speech on the life and achievements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The staff and Students of junior and infant section had an opportunity to watch drama presentations by classes VII and VIII. Class VII students presented drama called “JIGTEN CHIMEN KI SANGCHOE” འཇིག་རྟེན་སྤྱི་སྨན་གྱི་བཟང་སྤྱོད།” and students of class VIII presented “DANGPO DANGSHAK LAMA KONCHOK” དྲང་པོ་དྲང་བཞག་བླ་མ་དཀོན་མཆོག་”
At the end, school principal Mrs. Ngawang lhamo la gave the concluding speech and expressed words of appreciation to concerned staff members and students for making 82nd birth anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama a great success.
Th e evening of 4th July witnessed the Inter-house cultural competition of TCV School, Upper Dharamsala in the Herman Gmeiner hall. The much awaited mega event finally concluded with over 300 participants performing with excellence to get the trophy.
His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche graced the event as its chief guest. Unlike the last year which focused on the traditional opera, this year, the focus was on the Tibetan traditional dance and song. Due to the limited period for practice, which was only 18 days until the final, the items were limited to 3 each for the houses i.e 2 traditional dances and 1 group song. The perfectionism with which each house performed, the competition was down-to-the-wire neck and neck. However, Trisong house came out victorious.
The annual inter-house cultural competition which was started way back in the 1980s aims at imbibing in our children our rich Tibetan cultural art. This program is one of the most important programs of the school. Since this program involves maximum number of participation, the program also teaches our students team work and dedication.
TCV School, Upper Dharamsala celebrated the concluding day of its ‘Tibet Our Country’ Program on 30th June, 2017. In the morning at 8 am, with pungent aroma emitting out of the smoke of incense powder, all the students and staff members gathered at the basket ball ground and started the celebration by paying obeisance to the almighty gods with prayer offering, followed by a round dance (gorshey) led by the home amalas.
The concluding day function was held at 9.30 am the Herman Gmeiner hall subsequent to the prayer offering program. The function witnessed the presentation by all the sections. The cute poem and the innocence of infant section students, the beautiful and varied items of the junior section, and the humor filled skits of the senior section sent strong moral messages to the audience.
Mr. Sonam Sichoe, the Education Director was the chief guest. Addressing the gathering, he spoke on the aims and objectives and the importance of having this kind of program. Talking on ‘Secular Ethics’, the theme of this year’s TOC, he said that this should not be the end to the program, but should thus be continued throughout. He further said that education does not only confine to academics, but also include moral values. He also mentioned that the creation of such environment should not only be the responsibility of school, but each individual must contribute in the creation of the environment. The same, he said, could be achieved through individual realization and putting one’s daily act in all the ten competencies.
Following the function, the chief guest along with the other dignitaries was escorted to the exhibition prepared by all the school children K-11. The exhibition was later opened to all the school children and visitors.
This month long program initiated in the early eighties has become a yearly program implemented in all the TCV schools. The project aims at stimulating the children to work on topics related to Tibet, thus making the children realize and create a bond with their roots. Every year, a theme is provided on which the students do research and present their topic on the concluding day.