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.
June 30, 2016
30th June 2016: The long awaited Inter House Cultural Competition concluded successfully with Trisong House coming out triumphantly over rest of the three houses. The honorable Speaker of ATPD Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel la had consented as the chief guest along with Representative officers, Local Tibetan Assembly members, dignitaries from local settlements and monasteries, Directors, Principals, Headmasters and games committee members of nearby Tibetan schools. The school hall was beautifully decorated with a big photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with all the offerings. More beautiful were the students on the floor who had all clad in blue trouser and blue and white striped shirt.
The program began after the opening welcome speech from the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la. There were 16 cultural programs including four group songs, 4 small children dances, 4 solo songs and 4 senior students’ dances. There were songs and dances from all the three provinces of Tibet. It was really a proud moment for all the Tibetans to see the richness of our culture as they presented these one by one. The cultural event took everyone deep into the night. As the items went into its final phases, the night grew dearer, the timely downpour came down heavily too but the program went successfully unperturbed.
The jam packed hall overflowed with the sound as they serenaded symbolizing the offering to His Holiness on His 81st Birthday. The whole audience enjoyed as much as the performer enjoyed themselves presenting.
There were around 300 students who were involved in the cultural program and this is one of the major co-curricular activities where there is largest number of participation. Both the house masters and the house monitors worked for the last one month practicing for this grand finale. All the practices were done during leisure time and not hampered the daily school schedule.
After almost 2 and half hours, the results were declared. Trisong lifted the most coveted trophy of Nataraj through the hand of the chief guest Ven Sonam Tenphel la. The chief guest highly praised the cultural program and congratulated all for their hard work. He also reiterated the importance of preserving our rich culture. This was his maiden visit since his appointment as the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
June 24, 2016
23rd June 2016: TCV School celebrated SOS Day to mark the gratitude of the great person who had founded SOS Children’s villages across the globe namely Dr. Hermann Gmeiner. As usual there was a function in the school hall especially attended by the Home Mothers and the junior students. A live portrait of Dr. Hermann Gmeiner with a butter lamp occupied a corner of the stage.
On the very outset, the Junior section Assistant Headmaster Mr. Tsering Ngodup welcomed all gathered. He called upon Mr. Ngawang Thupten la, the Assistant Headmaster Senior section, who spoke on the life story of this great man. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ngawang Thupten la requested everyone to take lessons from the life of this great man and to try to follow the footstep of him in developing empathy and compassion. After that, the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la spoke in length about the significance of the day and addressed the gathering reminding the students their duties. He also advised the students to feel lucky and live up to the expectation of Hermann Gmeiner.
During the function, the winners of the painting competition held a couple of days back were presented scarf and gift hampers. The morning function concluded successfully.
In the evening, as usual there was cultural program by the students of Junior Section especially the lower classes. The nite was one of the most awaited nite for the tiny tots as they presented their songs and dance to the audience filled with grown-ups. The laughter and the cries filled the entire hall. For some hours, the adults were taken back into their childhood. It was really a SOS day, when one throws back into their childhood days.
Finally the chief guest, the school Director presented all the participating classes handsome prizes.
June 22, 2016
21st June 2016: Coinciding the International Yoga Day, which is observed all over the world, TCV School Suja to keep students abreast of the day. The day began with the senior students assembling in the school hall during the morning assembly under the kind guidance of school Yoga instructor Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la.
Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la, Yoga instructor cum PET engrossed in Yoga position
After a brief introduction on the Day and the importance of observing such Day as postulated by United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la began with a light Meditation with the main focus on one pointed meditation. Meditation is believed to the best way of beginning a day so that the whole day of the students can be fully focused on one thing.
After the meditation, the students followed the teacher as he gradually moved on to his basic Asanas. This was not the first time students and teachers were doing and as such it was bit easier for the students to follow the postures and the process.
Students performing Anolom Milom under the right instruction
Sitting amidst few hundred students and teachers, Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la, one of the school PET took the audience gradually into more the world of Yoga and meditation. The whole session lasted for little more than 2 hours.
Both the students and the teachers came out much lighter both physically as well as mentally. They both started the day with a very positive vibe which they all hope to carry into their whole life.
21st June is celebrated as International Yoga Day since its inception in 2014. The day was declared so by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11 , 2014. The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narenda Modi in 2014.
June 21, 2016
18th June, 2016: TCV School observed and participated in the first ever Tibetan Lu jong day/ International Gang Gyok Day (walk and run) on 18th of June as per the request and kind funding from Nangten Menling Institution led by Trulku Lobsang Dhamchoe Nyima via Department of Health, CTA Dharamsala. This day is observed internationally led by Trulku Lobsang.
This day is observed in all the Tibetan schools and communities under the banner Run for Health and Happiness. The day was observed by a yoga and meditation in the school hall, followed by a short Marathon by the students of class VIII. The school PET Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la, who had also earned expertise in yoga led the students and conducted the entire program. The students sincerely observed the day and participated in all the programs chalked out.
This is the second time he is conducting this Annual International Gang Gyok Day. The purpose of the Day is to promote health and happiness throughout the world. Rinpoche started International Gang Gyok Day last year when he led over 700 people running through the streets of Dharamsala, India. Thousands of people worldwide showed their support by organizing local Gang Gyok events, making this a truly international event.
Gang Gyok is a powerful method for running and walking with endless energy and vitality. It is one of the many Tibetan Movement practices taught by Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche that can improve our physical and mental well-being. Gang Gyok improves health and happiness and reduces disease and depression. It only takes 10 minutes to run or walk for better health and happiness.
For more detail on International Gangyok Day : https://tulkulobsang.org/en/news/news/952-international-gang-gyok-day-run-for-the-future-of-the-world-2