Readers of Dalai Lama (RDL)

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untitled6th December 2016: A grand function was held on the basketball ground right after the first period to mark the concluding ceremony of RDL (Readers of Dalai Lama) for the year 2016 academic year. RDL is a voluntary group of both teachers and students who had been reading and discussing on the books of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during their free time. Since its inception, two more schools namely TCV Chauntra led by Mr. Passang Tsering la and ITI Selakui led by Mr. Lhakpa Dhoundup la have started this RDL in their respective schools. Mr. Sonam Sichoe la, the Education Director of TCV Schools was invited as the chief guest along with Mr. Passang Tsering la, Principal imgp5829TCV Chauntra and three representatives from Mr. Lhakpa Dhoundup la, the Director of ITI Selakui, Dehradun. The function was attended by the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la, the School Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la, the teachers and students of Junior and senior section.

The function began with the lifelong prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama led by school Religious teacher. Mr. Ngawang Tseten la, the man behind this successful RDL project gave an introductory and welcome speech. He spoke in length about the first, middle and final stage of this imgp5870project. Likewise the school Director and the Principal addressed the gathering one after another and spoke highly of this project and thank everyone who were involved directly or indirectly. They both requested the present members to go further incessantly and hoped others to be a part of this noble initiative in the coming academic year and make this entire school Readers of Dalai Lama.

A representative from the students’ RDL group, master Thutop la, former school Captain shared his feeling and experience of being a part of this RDL. Most of the teachers and students had a very good imgp5966self-improvement and new learning experience apart from understanding the three basic principles of our beloved leader. After that, the souvenirs and T-Shirts of RDL were given to the chief guest and other invited guests including school Director and Principal. Mr. Ngawang Tseten la also gave His Holiness’ book each to all the teachers who had given him helping hand. RDL souvenirs were also given to the 8 students’ leader who had been working tirelessly in making this RDL reach its aims and objectives.

Finally, Mr. Sonam Sichoe la addressed the gathering. He began by 15267952_10207803612749185_716668557685525747_nthanking both the teachers and students of class V for their outstanding result in the recent class V common exam held among 52 Tibetan schools. Speaking about RDL, he thanked TCV School Suja with special mention of Gen Ngawang Tseten la for coming up with special project worth replicated in other TCV Schools. More importantly, he was impressed by the fact that this project had not been disrupting the school hours and programs. He requested everyone to carry forward this noble project. He also spoke about the importance of studying His photoHoliness’ three principles especially among the young ones.

The function concluded with a lifelong prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and wishing for a successful accomplishment of His Holiness’ wishes. The Education Director offered scarf to Mr. Ngawang Tseten la for his outstanding work in creating this awareness about His Holiness’ book in the school. He read out the names of the sponsors of this RDL and thanked them on behalf of the group for the RDL full T-shirts, the RDL Stickers, the weekly refreshments, the colourful flex banners etc.

 

3rd Career Awareness Program

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15078566_1525576687469380_9191254658362909559_n21st November 2016: The 3rd Career Awareness Program was organized at TCV School Suja by Mrs. Tenzin Paldon la, the career counselor. A group of 5 professionals were invited to speak to the students. They were Mr. Naga Sangay Tendar la, translator at LTWA, Mr. Kunchok Gyaltsen la, Lecturer at Sarah, Dr. Tseyang la, resident doctor at Bir, Mr. Tenzin Namgyal la, legal advisor of CTA and Mr. Tenzin Kalden la, a film maker. The program was attended by the schol Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la, teachers and the students above class VIII.

The program began with the welcome and introductory speech from Choesang Lhamo, a class XII student. After that master Sonam 15202554_1525577184135997_7342191136305136506_nPhuntsok another class XII student gave a brief introduction of the 5 guest speakers. This was followed by the experts sharing their expertise on their specialized fields for 5 minutes. The panelists spoke so nicely and gave a very clear picture about their professions. The also share some of their experiences and the most importantly the scope for future. The whole audience listened to the experts with lots of interest and expectation.

Master Tsemchok Dorjee, another class XII students opened the question answer session. He requested the students to ask their questions clearly. Soon, there were battery of questions and doubts shot 15181532_1525577050802677_8797852068826811013_nby the students on the floor. The experts lovingly took the questions and gave satisfactory answers in a very candid manner. After the short Q&A session, the panelists were taken for short refreshment. Before that, they were presented scarf and souvenir as a token of love and gratitude from the school.

After the short recess, the senior students were divided among the 5 professionals according to their choice and interest. The five panelists were allotted different locations and interacted with the students for the next hour. The students utilized this session very profitably and the professionals were very much elated to clear the student’s doubts and 15179002_1525577194135996_7510766829911642317_nqueries. They finally dispersed for lunch.

Mrs. Tenzin Paldon la organizes such career Awareness Day every year so that the senior students can get in touch with the real professionals who are already making their contributions in the society. The program is very much liked and appreciated by the students and it helps the students very much. Last year there were another 5 professionals selected according to the taste and interest of the senior students. Next year, there will be another group of experts who will be sharing their expertise.

Youth Outreach Program from TSP

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Mr. Kunsang Dorjee la talking to the students. Sitting beside him is Mr. Kalden la ( Photo: Gen Monlam la)

16th November 2016: Mr. Kunsang Dorjee la and Mr. Kalden la, executive members of TSP (Tibetan Scholarship Program) visited TCV School Suja and gave talk to the students of class XI and XII in Phuntsok Deshe hall during the last two periods. The duo has been touring and speaking to the students of class XI and XII and college students as a part of their Youth Outreach Program by Tibetan Scholarship Program Alumni Association funded by The Tibet Fund. The main objective of this program is to share their experience and guide the youngsters about this prestigious Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships abroad and give mentor to those interested aspirants.

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The senior students listening attentively in the school hall (Photo: Gen Monlam la)

The school Hadmaster Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la gave an introductory and welcome speech to around little more than 300 senior students including their teachers. After the introduction, Mr. Kunsang Dorjee la, a marketing Professional gave a bird’s eye view of the life and prospect of studying abroad especially in American Universities. He enlivened his presentation by using vivid pictures of his stay in the States.

After that, Mr. Kalden la, a Film making background gave talk with an informal introduction about him. He basically spoke on how to get there (Abroad) and the preliminary processes one has to go. He also spoke briefly about the recently unveiled TSP website http://www.tspalumni.org/ and the facilities it provides for the young aspirants.

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The two resource persons for the Youth Outreach Program initiated by TSP Alumni Association in collaboration with the Tibet Fund

Both of them gave a very brief and candid talk keeping in mind the tight school schedule. Everybody in the hall including the teachers gave a big round of applause for their inspirational and informative talk. After that there was half an hour Q&A session which was profitably grabbed by the inquisitive students. Finally, the school Headmaster offered scarves as a token of our love and gratitude for the two young resource persons through school Career Counselor Mrs. Tenzin Paldon la, an TSP Alumni herself.

Chill Dren’s Day

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Nima la unveiling his new book with the school Director ( Photo: Gen Lhakyi la)

14th November 2016: In the wake of all the fuss going on with the Government’s Demonetization, TCV School Suja celebrated Children’s Day successfully. The function and the whole day program was conducted by the school Students’ Advisory Committee. The guest of honour was Dr. Tseyang la, TCV Suja Alumni and presently the resident Doctor at Tibetan Traditional Medical Centre, Bir. The school captains and prefects were the main guest for the occasion.

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Dr. Tseyang la presenting the souvenirs ( Photo: Gen Lhakyi la)

Mr. Tenzin Choekyab la, the chairperson of the SAC ( Students’ Advisory Committee) gave an opening and welcome speech. He wished everybody a Happy Children’s Day on behalf of all the staff members of the school. Mr. Ackloe la, the Secretary of SAC gave a brief introduction of the day. After that there was book inauguration by master Nyima of class IX, which was done by the school Director Gen Choeying Dhoundup la. The school captains and prefects and students’ volunteers were given scarves and souvenir by the Students’ Advisory Committee for their undaunting service for the school.

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Phuntsok Deshe Band presenting their songs (Photo: Gen Lhakyi la)

After that refreshment was served for the students and the guest which was followed by nearly one and half hour program by school Phuntsok Deshe band. They presented some of their sweet and foot tapping numbers and the whole crowd had a wonderful time. Soon, the games for the Junior students started. The children had a wonderful time participating in various games organized by the Junior section teachers. Children were seen winning good prizes for their participation.

A special lunch was arranged in all homes and hostels by the staff members, who worked hard in the preparation of the dishes. After lunch, a game was arranged for the senior students. Mr. Choekyab la did a wonderful job in hosting the games along with other colleagues. The students supported by pouring in large numbers. A complimentary Tambola was arranged in the evening and prizes were the daily commodities which was very handy for the students.

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Students enjoying their refreshments ( Photo: Gen Monlam la)

The evening program began at 6:30 pm on the basketball ground in the midst of the special full moon in its extra luminosity. There were songs, dances, drama and poetry from all the departments. The students had enjoyed as much as the staff members had enjoyed presenting their items. The eventful day eventually ended with a vote of thanks from master Thutop la, the school captain. Thank You all staff members especially the Students’ Advisory Committee for the making all the children HAPPY!

Final TPD Presentation

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The School Principal during the TPD Final Sharing Day

19th October 2016: The final Department wise Teacher Professional Development Project presentation was done on 19th October in the presence of the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la in the Conference Hall. Around 70 teachers from both Junior and senior section gathered right after the lunch break.

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Gen Tenzin Choedon la sharing their group Collaborative Practice

Mr. Ngawang Thupten la, the Assistant Headmaster gave an introductory speech and began the session without any delay. The Departments were called one by one to share their collaborative practices. Most of the departments had done Book Discussion on His Holiness’ books Beyond Religion, Ethics for New Millennium, The Art of Happiness at Work etc. The representatives from each Department presented their summary and the professional Development related to the book they had read.

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Teachers taking part in the Final TPD sharing

The session took little more than an hour. Throughout the session, everybody enjoyed sharing their experiences while doing the collaborative in the group. It was really a great moment for the teachers there to see how much they were doing all for giving a better education for the future generation. It was also a great moment of reflection into one’s teaching. The School Principal wrapped up the day with his whirl of appreciation for all the teachers for their sincerity and dedication towards their profession. He also requested them to put the same effort in their Professional Development programs.

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Light Refreshment for the teachers in the Open Cafe

Teacher Professional Development (TPD) Program is a new paradigm shift in Teacher Education which was first introduced in 2014 by the Department of Education CTA. Through this program, teachers all over Tibetan schools engage in Collaborative and Individual Practices. Since 2014, the project has been implemented in the Tibetan schools.

After the presentation, there was a light refreshment of tea and snacks in the newly inaugurated open air café near the school canteen. All the teachers enjoyed the refreshment and the new environment around. The final TPD presentation concluded in a very sweet note. Hip Hip Hurrah TPD!

 

Social Day

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photo-121st October 2016: A function and a drama was arranged in the school hall on 21st October in the presence of School Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Principal Mr. Karma Sherap la as a part of Social Month. The social month is observed in the school every year and this year it was initiated by Mr. Phuntsok, Head of the Social Department. The function began with the introductory and welcome speech by Mr. Phuntsok la followed by presentation of drama by class X lead by Mr. Tenzin Sithar la, senior social science teacher. The drama was based on how sleeping in the class hour effect one’s education in the long run. The concept was great and the students acting were great. The audience gave a big round of applause for the wonderful and informative drama. The school Director also spoke highly about the students’ performance.

photo-2Social Month is the month dedicated to social studies where different teachers and classes come up with various projects related to society. Some of the classes visited nearby villages and started a cleanliness campaign and some educate the nearby inmates about some social issues. One of the new projects this year was the social fair on the basketball. The stall was inaugurated by the school Director and the Principal together. The fair was filled with various stalls by various classes. There were games, activities, information desk, models and posters etc. The classes were taken to the fair one by one. It was a very innovative and informative fair where students come out learning so many new things in a very playful manner.

Suja Riglam Congregation

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Mr. Tsering Samdup la, Education Officer on Riglam Day ( Photo: Gen Lhaki la)

17th October 2016: Inter School Dialectic congregation was held in TCV School Suja to mark the 9th anniversary of conferment of US congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mr. Tsering Samdup la, the Education Officer CTA was the chief guest on this congregation which was attended by the Philosophy teachers and the students of the three participating schools including TCV Suja, the school Director, the Principals, staff members and the students.

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Riglam session in TCV Suja ( Photo: Tenzin Lhaki la )

The function began with the welcome and introductory speech by the school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la. The Director talked in great length about the importance of Riglam as recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He requested everyone to take the responsibility of imparting this skill not just to a handful of students but to all the students.

After that, there were series of Riglam presentation by the students. They presented their debate on various topics ranging from Mind to the Energy and matter. All the audience was fully engrossed in the debate which seemed to be comprehensible due to the content area. It was really good for the teachers to see the students doing great in this Riglam.  After that, the chief guest gave a brief introduction about the Riglam congregation the Department of Education had organized. He thanked all the Riglam teachers and the students for taking great initiative and requested the school to impart this Riglam skill to larger students.

The afternoon program was same as morning. All the classes from VI to X participated in the Debate. Both the staff and students turned up in huge attendance. The school hope to see more students especially the senior classes to take more interest in Riglam.

 

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