August 17, 2016
15th August 2016: To celebrate India’s Independence Day, the GCT ( Gmeiner Cake Tournament) final match was played among the Men’s and Women’s teams. The football ground was adorned with vibrant colours of Games flags despite the muddy environment due to the torrent rainfall; and the announcement was made welcoming everyone and wishing everyone Happy India’s Independence. A huge crowd and fans had occupied each and every dry space around the ground to show their moral support for their teams.
The organizers, this time the students of class X had left no stone unturned in making this final match as entertaining as possible by arranging live commentaries and interviews. Like a typical International Games, the teams entered the area with their junior fans following the rhythm of the music. The crowd cheered the teams. The first match was between the Girls’ Never Give Up team and Class XII girls. Both the teams played well and it was 1:1 in the first half. Towards the end, the class XII United scored its final deciding goal and proved themselves the champion. The Never Mind Team could not counter goal and eventually came runners up.
In the men’s category, staff team A played against class XII Boys. Both the teams played really good despite the muddy ground which hampered their performance. The score was same as the women’s team. The first goal came from the class XII united which was equalized by a wonderful goal from Gen Tenzin Palbar from Staff Team A. It was a stale mate game for some time. Very soon, another goal came from Gen Tenzin Palbar again and that was the final deciding goal. Staff team A came out triumphantly beating the Class XII united by one goal.
The award ceremony was held right after that. The school Director and the school Principal who were the chef guest gave away the trophies and medals for both the runners up and the winners. The officials, the ball boys and other helpers were given token of appreciations from the organizers. One of the highest participation programs of the school came out successfully.
All is well that ends well.
August 13, 2016
12th August 2016: Around hundred parents, local guardians, teachers and home parents attended the first Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) meeting of 2016 held in TCV School Suja. The meeting was arranged in the beautifully decorated hall by the Parent Teacher Association of the school under the leadership of the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la. The parents and the teachers had a free and frank discussion on each and every student’s overall academic and general performance for the first semester.
A prior notice was sent to all the parents, relatives and local guardians of the students about the PTA meeting. Accordingly a huge number of dedicated people had made their presence for this very important meeting. The meeting began with Mrs. Sonam Dolkar la, the Chairperson of PTA giving an introductory and key note address about this meeting. The school Director addressed the congregation asking for a stronger and sincere support from the parents and relatives of the students. He also reminded the parents about good parenting and how our negligence could and improper parenting could land one’s child into trouble. The school Principal gave a bird’s eye view of the students’ academic performance in the Summative Assessment I. He spoke highly about the students’ discipline and students ‘stream choices for which parents had huge accountability. He spoke about the new changes that had happened this academic year. He concluded his speech by assuring everyone the full support and dedication from the school staff and heads in giving the best education for the students. A light refreshment was given to all in between.
The parents were also given opportunity to share their views and opinion after that. There was only one from the floor who shared his opinion about the new practice in the school. For the next one hour, the parents and teachers had a vigorous and serious discussion about their students. All the class teachers and subject teachers from both the sections were seated on their chair and the parents met the respective teachers of their child. The parents were found taking seriousness in this interactions. A huge impact was made through this meeting.
PTA has become an important part in each and every school. The Department of Education, CTA had also made it mandatory to hold such meetings in the schools. Parents are one of the stake holders in children’s education development. For a meaning education, there should be a very good cooperation among the teachers, parents and school administration. As such every year, the school organizes two PTA meetings; one after the SA I and the other soon after the SA II.
August 13, 2016
1st August 2016: Mr. Thupten Dorjee la, the newly appointed President of overall TCV Schools paid three days’ visit at TCV School Suja as a part of his On-site School visit after being sworn in unanimously as the President of TCV Schools. He was the General Secretary of TCV Schools prior to his new post. TCV School Suja welcomes and congratulates him.
During his three days’ stay, he met with all the staff and students of the schools. On his first day, he had a meeting with all the Management committee members and the heads of all the different committees of the school. On the second day, he had a meeting with all the Non- Teaching staff members followed by the Teaching Staff. The meeting was held in the school Conference room.
During the meeting, the President addressed the gathering which comprised of the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la. He categorized his talk into 4 parts; Purpose and aims of his visit; contributions of TCV Schools; achievements of Ama Jetsun Pema la; and most importantly words of encouragement for all the staff members.
On the very outset, he congratulated all the staff members starting from the school heads to home mothers for producing outstanding class XII CBSE results for two consecutive years. He really had a tough time talking for a long time in one stretch and meeting various people during his visit. There were so many new things we had not heard of especially about how our elder staff members had worked so hard to make TCV reach its present status. Everybody had got a very good bird’s eye view of the contributions and achievements of TCV schools for the last 56 years.
He also reminded the staff members the important contribution each was making in this critical situation of our country by molding the future seeds. There are 22,000 students according to the data collected from Sherig, the Department of Education, CTA out of which 12,000 students are under TCV Schools, in which we all are part of. He further requested everyone not to retreat whatsoever problem they encounter.
During his stay, he visited various departments, classrooms, hostels, libraries etc. He also interacted with some of the staff members during his on campus tour. On the final day, a luncheon was arranged for him along with the Management Committee members. From there, he left for TCV School Chauntra.
August 3, 2016
1st August 2016: The long awaited annual Gmeiner Cake Tournament was kicked off yesterday with a formal march pass by the contingents with the school band on the school basketball ground at 11 am. The chief guest on the opening ceremony were the school Director and the Principal. This year 24 teams including staff members participated in the tournament, a little more than earlier years. The entire basketball ground was filled with teams clad in their beautiful jerseys with the crowds cheering their respective teams. This is one of the major events where there is involvement of large number of students. The tournament could not be played last year.
Gmeiner Cake Football tournament is one major sports event held in almost all the TCV schools in loving memory of late founder of SOS Children’s Village Dr. Hermann Gmeiner. Usually the tournament is held in the month of june and the final match is played on 23rd coinciding the SOS Day. This year the tournament has been postponed due to some circumstances.
During the opening ceremony, after the march pass by the contingents, the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la shook hands with all the team captains. Both Tibetan and Indian national anthem was sung followed by the one minute’s silence for the great martyrs of Tibet. One of the contingent took oath of sportsmanship and friendly match throughout the tournament. After the function, the contingents marched out and the first match kicked off.
July 20, 2016
19th July 2016: Coinciding with the Tibetan Religious Holiday, (Universal Prayer Day) Zamling Chisang, two members of Tibetan Parliament, CTA Mrs. Juchen Kunchok la and Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar la visited TCV School Suja as a part of their 16th Chitue tour to Tibetan settlements and communities. After the morning lifelong prayer and incense burning ceremony, a function was held to welcome the two parliamentarians in the junior section hall.
The program began with the introductory speech by the Representative Officer of Bir Tibetan Society. The program was attended by the Local assembly representative, the school Director, the staff members and the students. The first speaker was Chitue Juchen Kunchok la. She spoke on the recent parliament session held and the importance resolutions and discussions. Juchen Kunchok who was the representative of Dotoe province and standing for the 4th time spoke about the importance of following the wishes and advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the importance of Green book money and working of the Parliament. She advised the students to study hard and be a good Tibetan.
Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, the newly elected Chitue of Utsang province talked about the grave situation inside Tibet. As an activist, she spoke about various campaigns by various NGOs to create awareness about repression inside Tibet to the outside world. She spoke about the importance of creating awareness among the young generation Tibetans about the critical situation inside Tibet. With emotions, she lamented about the self-immolations inside Tibet and in exile. She wooed the audience by sharing some of her childhood experience in the same TCV school. She lovingly advised the students to study hard and be accountable for their own lives.
The session lasted for around 2 hours including the Question and Answer session. The audience both the staff and students used the Q&A session profitable and the two Parliamentarians had a great time sharing their views and answers. After that, the school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la offered scarf and school magazines on behalf of all the staff and students of TCV School Suja.
After the talk, they were taken for a short school campus tour including Classroom Reading corner, Library, recently inaugurated bakery etc. A sumptuous lunch was extended to the honorable Parliamentarians and other dignitaries by the School Management committee.
July 20, 2016
15th July 2016: A two Days’ Intensive workshop on Teacher Professional Development was held in the school organized by the Department of Education, CTA. The workshop was initiated by Miss. Tenzin Yangchen la, Teacher professional Development Officer, the Department of Education CTA. The workshop was given by two resource persons from Canada Dr. Joe and Nancy.
During the two days’ workshop, the resource persons touched some of the major topics related to Learning and teaching. They talked on Bloom’s Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligence, Methodologies, Neuro Learning etc. Due to the hectic school hours, the workshop was held in the afternoon and the attendance was 100%. In spite of the full morning session, the teachers participated very well in both the sessions.
There was also good response and feedback from the teachers. The session on Neuro-Learning was the one which everyone enjoyed a lot. Dr. Joe shared some of the research work done in the field of learning. He also encouraged everyone to do small research work in the field of education. He requested the teachers to change the teaching methodology according to the time and according to the research done in the education.
After every session, the teachers cleared their doubts and shared their opinion with both the resource persons. During the workshop, Miss Tenzin Yangchen la collected feedback and suggestion from all the attendees. The teachers thanked both the resource persons and the Education Officer at the end of the workshop.
Teacher Professional Development is a new initiative by the Department of Education, CTA to improve the educational standard of the Tibetan Schools. It was first implemented in 2014. The present workshop is a part of the Teacher Professional Development and is being given to all the Tibetan schools.
July 9, 2016
6th July 2016: TCV School Suja celebrated the 81st Birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the school. Unlike previous years when the day used to be celebrated with great pomp and show, this year the day was reduced to mere formal and religious function to mourn the death of one of the most senior teachers of the school.
The function began with the lifelong prayer by all the staff and students in the school hall followed by incense burning ceremony on the basketball ground. Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, the senior section Headmaster introduced the day and spoke on the life story of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After that, the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la read out Kashag’s statement. After that Mr. Tsering Wangdu la, senior Tibetan teacher read out the statement of Tibetan Parliament. The morning function concluded with the address from the school principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la.During the function, Mr. Lhakpa Dhoundup la, the Director of TCV Selakui ITI and his two staff and students were given appreciation letter and scarf each for their month long service for the school.
More important than celebrating His Holiness with grand parties and gatherings is to put His Holiness’ advice and teachings into practice. His Holiness the Dalai Lama once said that the best birthday gift for Him would be to develop love and compassion. So, the message was conveyed to all to make more compassionate society.
In the evening, a special Tibetan Debate was organized by the school monitors. It was attended by the senior students.