IX-X INTER- CLASS TIBETAN DEBATE: May 30, 2013
The Inter Class Tibetan Debate between class IX and X was held on May 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Deckyi Tsering Hall. Since this year is observed as the year of virtues in TCV schools, the topic for the debate in Tibetan language was also selected on the same theme, “Moral ethics are more important than education”. Both proponents and opponents spoke with strong and convincing arguments. Class X won the debate contest and Master Tenzin Sangpo Nubgya of Class XD was declared the best debater. Mr. Ngodup Wangu, Village Director, was the chief guest and provided sincere suggestions for further improvement.
Social Week Programme
Day one (Wednesday): we had an opening presentation on the attitudes towards school and public properties by the students in Tibetan.
Day two (Thursday): we had repaired the broken chairs and desks after the class by teachers and classes were distempered by the respective students.
Day three(Friday) we had painted school board, corridor and also distempered the another four classes. Day four(Saturday) social department of middle section had cleaned the area and senior had done the painting of the remaining class rooms in the afternoon.
Day six(Monday) we fixed window panes.
seventh day (Tuesday) We had a conclusion day with the presentation by students in English.
Social science teachers borne all the expenses incurred towards this year social project.
Annual student’s council meeting’s report 2013- May 4-5
The Annual Student Council Meeting of TCV School located in Himachal Pradesh was held in Upper TCV School from May 4-5 in Culture Centre. The Upper TCV was the host and the captains and prefects of all TCV schools of H.P. gathered here for the meeting. Master Rigchen Wangyal of Class XII Arts A chaired the meeting and Master Thupten Dorje of Class XII Commerce was the secretary. They had serious discussions on several agenda such as moral values, learning environment, Tibetan language and substance abuse. They stated that they had a very meaningful discussion on above five major problems and had worked out on some pragmatic remedial measures to prevent those problems in school. Besides the formal meeting, they had very enjoyable time together and had the wonderful opportunity to know each other.
2013 Senior Section Inter-Class Girls’ Soccer Tournament: March 18-22
In order to encourage girls to be more physically active in games, the Inter- class Soccer game was held from 18th to 22nd March, 2013. Mr. Tenzin Loten, Senior Physical Instructor provided the girls them the required practice from March 6th to 14th. Seven teams were formed amongst the girls from Class IX to XII. The Girls Soccer tournament was played on the knockout system. The final match was played between class X and XII Arts A on 22nd March. Class X won the match against XII Arts A with the score of 2 – 0.
2013 Inter-Class Senior Boys Soccer Tournament: March 23-April 16
The senior boys Soccer tournament started from 23rd March and ended on 16th April. The nature of boys Soccer tournament was Semi-league cum knockout. There were 15 teams that were classified into two groups: Senior Group and Junior Group. The senior group consisted of all the class XII boys and in the junior group had class IX and X boys.
Amongst the Class IX and X group, the winner was Class XG and the runner up was Class XB. In the senior group, the winner was Class XII Com.A and the runner up was Class XII Com D.
2013 Inter-class Senior Section Boys Basketball tournament: April 19-29
The Inter-Class Basketball tournament of the Senior Section began on April 19th and ended on 29th April. The tournament was played on knockout system due to the shortage of time and also to provide opportunity for more number of participating teams. The senior group had all the class XI and XII boys’ teams and the junior group had all the teams of class IX and X boys. Class XP was the winner of this year Inter-Class Boys Basketball tournament and the runners up was bagged by Class XS. In the senior group, Class XII Com D was declared the winner and Class XII Com A bagged the runners up of this tournament.
Senior Section English Elocution Contest, 2013: April 26
On Friday, 26 April, 2013, the students of classes IX and X, and the staff of Senior Section assembled in the Dekyi Tsering Hall for the English Elocution Contest between Class IX and Class X, organized by the English Department of the section. At 7:00 p.m. the event started with the Chairperson, Miss Tenzin Norzom, welcoming the Chief Guest, Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, TCV Data Administrator, and other guests including the Education Director, Mrs. Sonam Dolkar, and the Director, Mr. Ngodup Wangdue.
The contest included three sections: poem, speech and dramatic extract. There were two elocutionists in the compulsory poem section, one from each grade, who recited the poem ‘Best, Beat, Drums’ by Walt Whitman, and Miss Himani Parigot of Class IX won this round. The Speech section had four students, two from each grade, and Miss Tenzin Choeyang was adjudged the best speaker in this round. The last section also had four students, two from each grade, and there was a tie between Master Dawa Dorjee of Class X and Miss Tamding Wangmo of Class IX who were both adjudged the best dramatists.
Ms. Nancy Corliss, Volunteer at the Junior Section Library, Mrs. Yeshi Dolma, English teacher in the Middle Section, and Mr. Lobsang Tsultrim, Art teacher in the Junior Section, were the three adjudicators for the contest.
The clarity and confidence of the elocutionists had an impression on the audience who watched the whole event spellbound.
INTER-HOUSE ATHLETIC MEET: MAY 5
The 26th Inter-House Athletic Meet ofthe school was held on 5thMay, 2012 at the school playground in somber atmosphere. All the staff and students from Class IX to XII gathered on the football ground at 8.30 a.m. The school management invited all heads of the Tibetan schools located in and around Dharamsala to be the guests. The monks from theInstitute ofBuddhist Dialectics and the artists from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) were also invited as guests for the event. Mr. Thupten Dorjee, General Secretary of the TCV schools was invited to be the chief guest of the day. Soon after the arrival of the chief guest, the program began with the introduction of the theme of this year in both Tibetan and English languages. Owing to the serious ongoing struggles inTibet, the main theme of this year athletic meet was kept- “Homage to the Martyrs of Tibet”. Both staff and students joined together and paid their deep homage and camaraderie to the all the martyrs by observing one-minute silence in salutation to the martyr who self immolated themselves for the cause ofTibet. This was followed by reciting the prayer of truth, singing the Tibetan and Indian National Anthem, oath taking by the school captain and singing the school song by the students. The chief guest then declared the meet open and the sports events started thereafter. All the sports events went on smoothly and the winners of the various sports events were awarded the certificates of appreciations for their excellent performances in games and sports. However, the final declarations of house performances were not made possible because of the heavy downpour that occurred just when the closing function was about to take place. However, the result was declared by the Games Committee Chairman, Mr.Tsultrim Dorjee during the joint assembly and prizes were given by the chief guest Mr. Thupten Dorjee la on May 9.
The overall championship of the 26th Inter-House Meet-2012 was Nyatri House followed by Triral House in the second position and then Songtsen House and Trisong House in the third and fourth positions respectively.
Sonam Tashi of Nyatri House bagged the best Athlete of the senior boys division and Jamyang Choedon of Nyatri house bagged the best athlete of the senior girl division. Topgyal Tsering and Tsering Dolkar of Nyatri house were declared the fastest boy and the fastest girl in the 26th Inter-House Athletic Meet. Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee acknowledged all the staff members and all the volunteered students for their cooperation towards the success of the event. The event proved to be a meaningful one as
MOTHER EARTH DAY: April 22
We all share one mother and it is our “mother earth’. On this very important day, My Climate Environmental Club that comprises of forty students of our school went to the nearby town, Mcleod Ganj and carried out a mass rally in collaboration with some volunteers and staff of the Tibetan Welfare Office at around 10 :00 am in the morning . It was flagged off after planting a tree by the teacher incharge, Mr. Tenzin Jamyang along with a student members.
The team voiced slogans –e all share one mother and it is our “mother earth’. On this very important day, My Climate Environmental Club that comprises of forty students of our school went to the nearby town, Mcleod Ganj and carried out a mass rally in collaboration with some volunteers and staff of the Tibetan Welfare Office at around 10 :00 am in the morning . It was flagged off after planting a tree by the teacher incharge, Mr. Tenzin Jamyang along with a student member.
“Stop burning waste. We don’t want to breathe toxic air”,
“Keep nature clean -It is your home too”,
“Stop littering, we want our nature clean”.
The march became the centre of attraction for a while and people started pouring in to raise their voice and to show their sense of solidarity. And in doing so the noble work of working for our mother earth gained its momentum. After a complete round of the McleodGanj, the team gathered at the main square to get dispersed into sub – groups and stepped in the shops and restaurants and counseled the owners about the proper disposal of waste especially the plastic bottles. In the same afternoon, the climate group segregated the waste of the school of the day which they had collected the day in advance. All the segregated waste such as Paper, plastic, metal scraps; wood, sand and food waste were weighed. This was done to carry out another project under the Green School Program of Centre for Science and Environment based inNew Delhi. The day overall belonged to our mother earth and the students committed themselves in this endeavour tirelessly and with full of passion.
COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK: APRIL 24-30
A community service week was jointly organized in the school from April 24-30. All the students of the Senior and Middle section participated in the weeklong program. The theme of the week was ‘In remembrance of our heroes, the memory of our Pawo, we salute our nation’s hero.’ In line with the theme, the faculty members of the social science department planned various activities for paying tribute to the freedom martyrs for their great sacrifices. The week began with the presentation of PowerPoint by the students under the guidance of Mrs. Karma Choedon, History (PGT). They shared the theme of the week and the work carried out in the previous years and the action plan of the week.The students unfurled the Tibetan national flag and creatively decorated the Pawo Memorial garden. Under the direction of Ms. Tenzin Bhuti,Political Science(PGT), the students of Class XI Arts gave a facelift to the garden by digging the earth and planting the flowers in the afternoon. The Painting competition, the Caption contest and the Essay contest in both Tibetan and English were held for the Class IX and all the students participated in the contest based on their own interests and aptitude and enjoyed the experience working on their unique artistic talents. There were 30 students who took part in the Tibetan Essay Contest and Sherab, Class IXP was declared first in the contest. A total of 71 students participated in the English essay competition. Tenzin Kunga, Class IXD bagged the first prize. In Tibetan and English poem contests, there were a total of 6 and 9 students in each and Tenzin Sangpo Nubja and Yangchen Dolkar of IXD were declared the winners of the contest. In the painting competition, a total of 56 students participated and Phurbu Tsering bagged the first prize in the competition. Prizes were distributed to the winners on the concluding day of the week. The special program was also organized for the retired staff members. Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk was appointed the incharge of the program.The students of Class X offered refreshments and extended a sense of gratitude for their selfless service in their youth to the school and community and spent the afternoon of April 26 at the old aged quarters cleaning the retired homes and clothes. The area clean up of the campus was also carried out by Class XI and XII commerce students during the third period on Saturday, April 28. The social science teachers not only supervised the students, but also worked with them. It is important to note that each social science teacher played a special role in making the programs a successful one. On May 30, Mr. Dhundul Thokmey, the chairman of the Social Science Department presented a report of the week through the PowerPoint slides during the morning assembly and the student enjoyed the photos of their engagements in various services. This community service provided the staff and the students fulfilling experiences and a sense of purpose in their lives. More importantly, this program helped students in sensitizing the needs of the community.
BUSY APRIL MONTH:
271 new students join Upper for Commerce and Arts: April is very busy and hectic month. We have 271 students join us from all our branches. We are also happy to have eight students join Commerce plus one from SOS Pokhra –Nepal. Over crowding in the homes, hostel and classrooms had to be adjusted and there has been a lot of movement and shifting with their bed bunks and personal belongings in the busy lanes of hilltop area of TCV. 100 girls in class XI are very fortunate to have a brand new hostel. For them every thing is new from beds, beddings, kitchen to rooms. Even our cook and hostel matron are also new. All strangers gather in this new hostel and now the dust of excitement is fully settled and children have adjusted to the new environment very quickly. We have their class photos:
World Earth Day Project
Environment is not secured! People are so reckless harming Mother Nature without any terror, knowing the fact every year, disaster affects millions of people and cause economic losses of billions of dollars. But still we are in the midst of making these errors. We are responsible for these disasters and we have to educate and prepare to ensure a viable plan of action to overcome this problem.
Dharamsala is one of the preferred tourists’ destinations. Each year this place is crowded with visitors especially on summer season. Enjoying the cool breeze, various spot most importantly the weather. But it is found that weather is changing according to the local resident they found that there is fluctuating in weather each year.
The prime reason behind changing in weather was environmental issues. Dharamsala is no mor
e a place we call clean and green. If you peep around you will find dirt, piece of plastic, garbage, litter and what not no one cares for it. Litter mount and result in disaster.
22nd April, around 09:00 am on World Earth Day, Environment Club of Upper TCV organised cleaning project of illegal dumping sites. To accomplished this mission environment club enlists 4 club executive members, 3 volunteer teachers from senior section, 3 Indian staffs from community service and 70 students from senior and middle section. School issue gloves and mask to the participants and dumping truck was facilitated by Tibetan welfare office Dharamsala.
The first dumping site was located 35 meters from Punjab National Bank (PBN) as shown in picture below. This area was preferred dumping site by nearby resident. Accumulation of rotten garbage attracts rats and other disease-carrying creatures. Dumping hazardous waste people’s health at risk and can harm the environment but still people dumping their trash to this illegal dumping site.
If we take into account this area was a prone zone for landside each year. Last year during raining season municipal cooperation incurred huge cost for mending the road. Landside was mainly because people tend to choose this location as dumping sites. It affects for local resident who passing by most important tourist get trap for hours to clear the road.
Thus students and teachers took initiative to clean up, it was tough as the site was too steep and mounted with massive garbage but strong determination for community service made possible to cleanup this site very clearly. Shown in picture above how the site looks so polluted before and after it look so clean and tidy.
After hours hardship we had accomplished first site teachers and students marched to next location which was located 100 meters from PNB and was again illegal area where people choose their dumping site. For sure this garbage does affect Dharamsala climate most important affects global climate change.
This site was totally polluted and unhygienic, garbage scatter all over hills and disturbs the beauty of nature. Teachers and students took in charge and move down to the foothill and cleared up garbages completely.
As shown in pictures below how this site was severely polluted before our mission, after cleaning this area gained its originality back. That’s how this year World Earth Day was successfully accomplished.
In short, Garbage is a serious problem alarming at our locality. Everyone has the responsibility to make environment clean. It can cause a serious problem for the citizens and most importantly to the environment an unpleasant atmosphere to creating a center for disease infection. It is thus very important to take serious action to overcome such severe problem last not but the least together we can and together we will make difference.
Report Submitted to Headmaster
Senior Section Upper TCV School
Education Tour for Commerce Students
Education tour is an important part of human nature and a useful educational tool. It is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Learning experience and expose children to a ‘real life’ situation of what has been taught in the classroom, in this manner learning provide effective tool in children’s life.
- I. Objectives of Education Tour
1.1 To create an interest in the field of commerce studies.
1.2 To evaluate between real life situation and what has been taught in the classroom.
1.3 To gain a real life experiences of business activities.
1.4 To investigate different Tibetan business operation, culture and tradition in Norbulinkga institute.
The committee members of commerce faculty decided to take three destinations to fulfill the above objectives. Which are listed below;
- 1. Kangra Flour Mill Factory
- 2. Norbulinga Institute
- 3. Kangra Fort
II. Education Tours involving:
2.1 Teacher and Classes participated:
This trip was divided into two batch on 6th of April first batch was taken to the above listed destinations which consist of class XIITh Commerce A & D escorted by Class Teacher Mr. Chemi Tsering and Mr. Mingchung additional with two more subject teacher Mr. Tenzin Phuntsok and Miss Tsamchoe.
On next day second batch (Class XIIth Com B,C, & E) was escort by Class teacher Mr. Sonam Topgyal, Dr. Bhatia and Miss Tenzin Rigdol and other subject teachers Mr. Karma, Miss Dolma Yangzom, Miss Tenzin Yangchen, Miss Tsering Bhuti.
2.2 Cost of funding: Bus and Meal
School bears the responsibility for supervising the transport. The cost of the transport was funded by the school and pupils also contributed little. Meal was also offered by school.
- III. Outcome of the Tour.
This tour was done in very effective way; the destinations chosen by committee members are very relevant to the class context. This kind of exposure for the students and firsthand experiences will helps in leaving a permanent mark in students’ life. Students enjoyed the trip and exhibited immense interest in all the units covered in the excursion. We urge this kind of educational tour should be encouraged in future.
This education tour was follow up by students report wherein students expressed their experiences gained and relates their day to day learning in the class.
An incredible ‘Education Tour’ was undertaken by the school for class twelve batches on 6th and 7th April. It was organize in such a manner that every students and even the assistant teacher could enjoy a lot at the same time, provided a profound knowledge regarding the working performance and marketing strategy of Himachal Flour Mill and Norbulingka.
It was worth of years study. As the school puts most importance in students, school hired three buses for this education tour. The students left around 08:00 am from the school basketball court in their chorus. It was perfect time for students to enjoy by singing in group and moreover, it played a crucial role in developing the interaction between students and teacher.
On the way to Himachal Flour mill, the students were landed at Kangra Fort and gave one hour to enjoy and study the historical monuments, even more luckily, we were coincided the filming that was on the procession.
After one hour, the students headed to the flour mill. The General Manager gave concrete information regarding the working condition, technique and process from administration level to marketing performance. But most importance of all, he brought the students to the factory site and explained with processing machine and tools and that not only gave theoretical knowledge but also it gave whole picture of what a factory basically does and works.
After having lunch, the students are given the opportunity to visit Norbulinkga and its working condition. The Public Relation Officer (PRO) introduced the working performance and marketing stand of self-reliant institution ‘Norbulinga’.
In a nut shell, that excursion regarding the ‘Himachal Flour Mill’ and Norbulingka are wonderful experience for students to see and observe the reality of what we have studied in class over the years. It gave deep understanding on economic activities which are standing in the market. All the students were very happy and satisfied.
Name: Gyaltsen (4029)
Class: XIIth Com’ ‘C’
A Report On Education Tour
Kangra, 6 April: The business faculty of senior section had organized an education excursion to Himachal Flour Mill, Norbulinkga Institution and Kangra Fort for the purpose of gaining living experiences of business management. In this tour total 221 students of class XIIth commerce were participated escort by respective class teacher.
On 6th and 7th of April around 08:00 am our tour begun, our first destination was Kangra fort where both student and teacher gained a historical experiences of ancient Kangra king.
The next destination was Himachal Mill Factory where students gained a real life experienced factory activities. The General Manager gave relevant information of management and function of this flour factory. Every student get the incredible opportunity to take a glance on the function of mill and its working condition, worker working efficiency and management level.
The last place student covered was Norbulinkga institute. Mr. Tsering Phuntsok public relation officer (PRO) provided sufficient knowledge about different department Norling, how these departments are coordinated and directed to achieve overall objectives. The best part of Norbulinkga is a self-reliant institute. Where every products were made very carefully, there are indeed consumer oriented they follow the principle of ‘made for order’ for foreign consumer. They do it on e-business.
In short, this excursion brings joy, knowledge and a lot of experiences. We really thanked for school to organised such a wonderful education tour, this tour bonded us more with bookish world and give us more understanding how in real life situation business works.
Name: Nyanchok Thar
Class: XIIth D
Education Excursion for Class XIIth
Al the student of class XIIth went to education excursion on the 6th and 7th. Our main destination was the Himachal Flour Mill in Kangra and the Norbulinkga Institution.
Before visit Flour Mill, we went to Kangra fort which is heritage of the kingdom Jolan Dhakra. The Museum is the most wonderful there that it shows the development of civilisation. Next destination was flour mill.
We were welcomed by the factory general manger Mr. N.K Avasti and he explained details about the production process and then the management. Student given privilege to asked question based on their production process relating to what student had learned in the text. Mr. Avasti divided the students in small group and took thoroughly tour to mill.
Next destination was Norbulinkga institute. Mr. Tsering Phuntsok public relation officer (PRO) explained the purpose and process of their institution.
At the end, this education trip we found the place where we can apply what we learned by practical, we become more interested on what we learn. Also I am very inspired that the NorbulIngka is Self reliant institution.
Name: Dechen Sangpo
Class: XIIth ‘E’
The educational excurision of upper TCV for this year academic year was organised on 6th and 7th of April 2012. All the students and teachers of commerce faculty memeb4rs accompanied us on the tour. Tour took-off in three businesses specially arranged for the purpose. All students got up at 6:00 am. Some students did not even sleep as they spent the how previous night with anxiousness of expecting a wonderful trip dreaming with open eyes.
We all knew very well that this kind of tours plays an essential role in the holistic development of a child. Tours are very useful land informative. It is during those days that the students add to go through books. Moreover, these tours are life from becoming dull. Tours are indeed a part of education and a very necessary part. We all must feel proud that our school is organizing such things.
We left from the school campus at about 8:30 am. The bus speed though the hills of mountains till we reached our destination and while travelling in bus in the whole environment was very lively and exciting. The students sang and danced to bring the curtain down to a wonderful tour.
The first stop and the destination was the Kangra fort. All students visited the breath taking spot Kangra fort. Excited staffs and students had their picture and photographed .The visit to Kangra fort was truly rewarding for us. The students were able to collect information to acknowledge them. It was a natural surrounding with a narrow river flowing continuously at the corner. After purchasing the entrance tickets students and teacher went into museum to see the exhibition, where they were a number of pictures, old antiques of 11th and 10th century and other display materials depicting the history of fort.
Next destination was Himachal flour mill which is located in Kanga HP. It was the highlighter of our tour wherein content to commerce student. It was much related to process of production. In this factory we learnt process of producing wheat into flour and different product made from wheat like Ata, Maida, Suji, and Bran. Our tutor or guide was Mr. N.K Avasti, who is the general manager (GM) of this particular flour mill. He described us about the functioning of production, starting from cutting, cleaning milling. In one of his statement, he said that in this production both arts and science were applied. In reference to these statement arts is there when they used the techniques while production. For example sprinkling of water to remove the biotechnology effect and science is there, when they apply the principles like purchasing raw materials at lowest rate and reducing the dependability on labours.
The next visit was Norbulingka, a place of Tibetan arts and culture were preserved. Mr. Tsering Phuntsok PRO gave us the details information about this institute. It was started in 1985 by former minister Kelsang Yeshi and there are 18 different sections and more than 430 employees were working there. The main four departments are a follow:
- Education and research department
- Administration department
- Production department
- Scales department external and internal.
Norbulinkga is not behind with the current business trends. This institution does there business online reaching to international market and satisfied foreign customer also. Foremost important in our community this institution boasts for their self-reliant organstation.
Finally, the tour was successful one and was truly a enriching and unforgettable experience.
Name: Yeshi Gyaltso
Class XIIth Com ‘E’
Commerce Faculty Commerce Faculty
CTSA Principals and Rectors Visit to Senior Section: April 21, 2012
ENGLISH ELOCUTION CONTEST: APRIL 20, 2012
This year, the English department of the senior section brought a change in the program by reintroducing the English elocution contest as English teachers fervently believes that each child is unique and has multifaceted talents and potential for growth and must be given the opportunity to develop his/her potential to the fullest. The contest was held between Class IX and X on April 20 at 7 p.m. in Deckyi Tsering hall. All the students of Class IX to XII attended the program. It is important to note that every student of class IX and X got the equal opportunity to take part in the English elocution. The first preliminary round was conducted within the class itself and those qualified students went on to the second preliminary round which was conducted by the English department. Finally, there were 12 finalists who had the opportunity to stage before the audience. There were three features in the elocution contest- poetry recitation, speech and dramatic enactments. Tenzin Dolma, Class XD, was selected the best in poetry recitation and Tenzin Kunga, IXD as the best speaker and Tenzin Yangzom, XS was selected the best actor in dramatic enactments. The overall trophy went to Class IX. Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, the chief guest awarded prizes to the winners and consolation prizes to all the participants. This elocution competition has helped students to display their oratorical skills, clarity of thought and lucidity of presentation and enhance their self-confidence.
ANNUAL MEDICAL CHECKUP: APRIL 17
On preventive health measures and overall wellness of children in school, the school management has arranged an annual health check for all the students in the school. The medical team of the school started the annual medical check up for the senior students starting with class IX on the morning of April 17. The students are undergoing thorough examination of their bodies. This program is observed as very useful as it it is encouraging to see the doctor and the nurses engaged in their work with devotion on students with their unique medical skills.
RESOURCE TALK FOR TEACHERS: APRIL 16
Mr. Nawang Phuntsok, Associate professor in Elementary and Bilingual Education, fromFullerton,CaliforniaState University,USAwas invited the resource person. The resource talk was arranged at 4.30 p.m. in the staff room. All the teachers of the senior section attended the talk. Mr. Nawang Phuntsok shared multiple perspectives on how teachers can make teaching learning process meaningful and experiential to students in their classes. He also spoke about his observation of our school in general and classroom teaching in particular and also provided us corrective measures.
CLASS XI ORIENTATION PROGRAM: APRIL 9-10
The students of Class XI from different TCV schools joined the school on April 11 amidst much excitement and anticipation. In order to make them feel more welcoming and familiarize them with the school campus, this year the school arranged two-day orientation program for them. On the first evening, a welcome party was organized for them. The program began with the introductory speech from Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, Village Director and then, Dresi, sweet buttered rice with added raisins and Tibetan butter tea were distributed to the students as mark of auspicious symbols for their success and accomplishment in school. The students were divided into groups and each group had a mentor appointed from Class XII who helped them to participate in interactive games. On the second day, student mentors held a guided tour for them and they had the opportunity to gain knowledge about the campus. The members of the Student Advisory Committee elucidated explicably to the students about the school rules and encouraged them to remain compliant with school rules and regulation.
EARTHQUAKE DRILL: APRIL 4
In support to the call for ‘Tibetan Schools Shake- Out Drill 2012’ jointly organized by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) and GeoHazards International, Mrs. Sonam D. Samkhar, Principal called upon the school heads meeting and decided to hold an earthquake safety drill in the classrooms. The headmasters of all four sections gave the necessary instructions a day in advance in order to carry out the preparedness drill effectively. On Monday, April 4, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. a total of 2007students that comprises 1110 boys and 897 girls of all fours sections: Senior, Middle, Junior and Infant and 150 teachers and staff members took part in the drill. The drill began with a drumbeat from the school temple at 11:00 a.m. and stopped exactly after 1.30 minutes. During these two minutes, all the students practised Drop, Cover and Hold On under the desk in their respective classrooms. After the drum stopped, all the students came out of their classrooms covering their heads. Then the senior and the middle section students assembled on the football ground and the junior and infant students gathered on the basketball court. The class teachers took the roll call to check if all the students had been evacuated safely to the grounds. Eight students volunteered to be part of a rescue team and another four students from each class volunteered to act as injured students for the drill. Two students from each class were placed incharge of First Aid. The rescue team evacuated the injured persons to the medical camp where they were provided immediate basic treatment. The entire drill was an exciting exercise as students responded well to the drumbeat exercising ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’. The overall response to the drill was a stimulating experience in developing survival skills to cope with an earthquake disaster as students gained awareness about the basic survival skills.
FUNERAL PROCESSION AND CREMATION OF MARTYR JAMPHEL YESHI: March 30, 2012
Class XII students and their concerned teachers attended the funeral procession and the cremation of Martyr Jamphel Yeshi on March 30, 2012. They had the most unforgettable experience in life. Both teachers and students became overwhelmed with heightened emotion and distress looking at the tragic sight of the casket draped with the Tibetan National flag, carrying the deceased body of the martyr. The whole episode was poignant and had huge impact on students.
SHARING SESSION: MARCH 29
Mr. Sonam Tsering, TGT (Tibetan) attended the week-long DOE workshop on ‘The Tibetan New Education Policy’ at Tibetan Institute for Higher Studies, Sarah, from March 22-27,2012. As a part of the sharing experiences in enlightening other teachers of the section, under the guidance of the school administration, Mr. Sonam Tsering was made to share his learning experiences at the workshop to other teachers in the section.. All the teachers of the senior section attended the workshop from 4.30 p.m.-6p.m. in the staff room and learned much from him. The teachers felt that it was worth attending.
MONLAM (SPECIAL PRAYER): MARCH 28
A special prayer session was held at Tsuglakhang at 4 p.m. for the deceased Martyr Jamphel Yeshi, 27 who set himself on fire on March 26 inNew Delhiin an apparent protest against the continued Chinese occupation ofTibet. The teachers and the students of Class IX and X attended the monlam.
WHITE TARA CHARITY PROGRAM: MARCH 26
Mr. Wei Tsai, Taiwanese and Program Director along with his Tibetan translator, Mr. Tsering Tenzin has initiated a special after- class program starting form March 21, 2012 to the students from 4:30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the school Cultural Centre. They took different classes namely make up class, photography class and also a class on ways to treat voice in song and music. The main aim and objective of the program was to help students to realize their Latent potentials and talents and to build in their self-confidence. The senior students joined the different classes in accordance to their choices and interests. The senior girls learned about how to use make- up in a professional manner and they also had the opportunity to display the art that they learned in the make- up class. The girls enjoyed the class through hands-on experience and sharing their artistic talents. Mr. Wei Tsai also did the medical diagnosis of both staff and the students who have health problems.
XII GRADUATION: MARCH 26
The graduation function for the Class XII outgoing students was held on March 26, 20 on the Basket ball ground at 9.00 a.m. in the morning. Mr Phuntsok Tashi, Principal of TCV Gopalpur and an alumnus was the chief guest of the function. All the teachers, non-teaching staff members and the entire students from K.G. to XII attended the function. Mrs. Sonam Dolkar Samkhar, the Principal, gave an introductory speech focusing on the needed life skills that will help students to face the realities of life. This was followed by a speech from the chief guest who gave a stimulating talk to the outgoing students about life after school. Finally, Mr.Tsultrim Dorjee, Senior Headmaster concluded the function describing the meaning behind the backdrop of the stage decoration and also encouraged students to continue to work hard to meet the needs of the Tibetan community. Unlike the previous years, this year the graduation ceremony was intended to observe with much more grandeur, but the weather hampered the smooth functioning of the morning program of the graduation day. This year, each graduating student was offered three scarves from the Head office, the school management and the staff welfare committee. The ceremonial dinner was offered to the graduating students in the same evening.
LHAKAR: MARCH 22
The school management decided to observe Lhakar once in a month and the first Lhakar was observed on Wednesday, March 22, 2012. The senior section staff and the students from Class IX, X and XII in traditional Tibetan dress gathered in Deckyi Tsering Hall at 8.30 a.m. in the morning and the Class XII Commerce A students gave a presentation about the observance of Lhakar and the associated movement and the activities that are launched on Wednesday by Tibetans in Tibet and exile for promoting Tibetan language, culture and identity. The most interesting part was that the students were introduced few Tibetan vocabulary which are not commonly used by the Tibetans. The students were advised to speak pure Tibetan, make lhakar pledges, to go vegetarian every Wednesday. The program ended with a feedback from Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee, headmaster who encouraged both staff and students to speak pure Tibetan through the day except in the classrooms. In the evening at 7 p.m., Rev. Delek, Religious instructor of the Junior Section was invited to give an introductory lesson on Buddhism’ to the students of Class XII for 45 minutes and this was followed by an interactive session for 15 minutes.
TIBETAN OPERA SHOW (SHOTON FESTIVAL): MARCH 22
The 17th weeklong Tibetan Opera festival was celebrated at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) Dharamsala from March 20 to March 26, 2012. The artistes from various opera groups were invited to take part in the festival and they presented their performance from several operas. The senior students of Class IX, X and XII attended the festival and watched the opera show – ‘Pema Woebar’, ‘Price Trimey Kunden’ and ‘Drowa Sangmo’ on March 21, 22 and 23 respectively. The students learned to appreciate out rich cultural heritage and also realize the need and importance of observing Tibetan opera festival in the preservation and promotion ofTibet’s unique and ancient tradition of performing arts.
TIBETAN WOMEN’S UPRISING DAY: MARCH 12
The Tibetan Women’s Associations commemorated the 53rd Tibetan women’s Uprising day on March 12, 2012 at the martyrs’ Pillar in honour of the sacrifices made by Tibetan women inTibet. Hundreds of Tibetan women along with supporters took part in the commemorations. The function was followed by a protest march raising slogans for a freeTibet and demanding an end to china’s repressive policies inTibet. A total of 232 girls from Class IX, X and XII participated in the commemoration of the day.
SPECIAL ENGLISH COACHING: MARCH 19
Mr. Stan Albro –A.K.A coach fromOhio,USAand Mr. Richard Gazdayka fromCalifornia,USA are teaching English to the senior students on a voluntarily basis from March 19, 2012 from Monday through Friday. A total of 81 students from Class IX and X have signed up for the class. These enthusiastic students have been divided into five groups. Each group is being given the opportunity to attend one- hour class on weekly basis and they are being taught how to be creative in writing in the English language.
TIBETAN UPRISING DAY: March 10
The 53rd Tibetan National Uprising day was observed at Tsug-la-khang, the main temple in Dharamsala. Thousands of Tibetans led by his Holiness the Dalai lama and the exile tibeant leadership took part in the function. Mr. penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan parliament in- Exile and Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay addressed the gathering and urged the leaders inChina to change their repressive policies inTibet and resolve theTibet issue. A total of 540 students from Class IX, X and XII of Upper TCV Senior Section joined the official commemorations. The students along with public as wellas foreign friends and supporters also participated in the protest march from Tsuglakhang to kacheri which was organized by the non- Tibetan governmental organizations.
PARENTS DAY: March 5
The parents’ day function was held in Deckyi Tsering Hall at 9 a.m. on March 5, 2012 in commemorating the birth anniversary of late Gyalyum Chenmo, g . All the staff members and the students of class X and XII attended the function. Mr. Kunphel Saherling, TCVAdmission Officer was invited to be the chief guest. All the staff members and students paid a tribute to the late Gyalyum Chenmo, mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama by offering a prayer and scarf. The chief guest gave a stimulating speech to the audience.
School Opening Day: March 1
The School re-opening day ceremony was held in Dickyi Tsering Hall. All the senior students attended the function. The opening ceremony started with a rejuvenating speech from Mrs. Sonam Dolkar Khangsar, Principal. Venerable Tenzin, Ex Director of TCV organization, was invited to be the chief guest. Class XII toppers of the annual examination were awarded academic prizes. The chief guest shared some valuable experiences that he contributed during the formative years of TCV organization. The ceremony ended with an effective speech from Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, Village Director.
ORIENTATION PROGRAM: FEBRUARY 28 & 29
Teachers and staff of the upper TCV school attended the two-day orientation program on the 28th and 29th of March 2012. On the first day of the orientation, Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, Village Director shared the decisions arrived at the Finance meeting. This was followed by a speech from Mr. Tenzing Sangpo, Edication Director of TCV schools and guided the teachers to continue to work hard by having an understating of the child psychology. The School Principal spoke about the resolutions passed in the Educational Developmental Committee and also highlighted the suggestions written in the teachers’ annual report and provided the needed feedback. On the second day, Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee, headmaster convened the meeting and encouraged the teachers to come up with pressing issues related to the section that need urgent attention. The teachers provided valuable suggestions for further improvements in the smooth functioning of the school.