April 25, 2017: Panchen Rinpoche remembered on his Birthday

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25th April is a very important date for all Tibetans. It is the birthday of 11th Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima. And today is his 28th birth anniversary. But ironically, we Tibetans don’t know whether to rejoice or lament on this day. The 11th Panchen Lama was abducted at the young age of six by Chinese authorities, just few days after he was recognized as the reincarnation of 10th Panchen Lama by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since 19th May 1995, he went missing and he became the youngest political prisoner in the world. Another boy was reinstated as the 11th Panchen Lama by the Chinese authorities.  World wants to know about our real Panchen Lama but we are all clueless. Every year, we celebrate his birthday praying for his well-being and speedy release.

This year was no exception. T.C.V. school Suja remembered him on this day. Led by members of Human Rights Club in our school, a special prayer was held on Basketball ground in the morning. All the staff and students gathered on the ground and DSC_0477offered prayers for him. A minute long silence was observed for all the martyrs who has sacrificed their lives for our country and countrymen. Sangsol (incense offering to purify earth) was carried out after the prayers.

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Then, all the students and teachers gathered in school hall for the main program. The main program included talk prepared by the members of Human Rights Club for the day. Master Wangchuk la presided the program and welcomed everyone to this auspicious occasion. He then requested our Director and Principal to lit butter lamp (offering butter lamp holds significant religious virtues) and Khatak (usually Tibet scarf offered as sign of respect and purity) in front of the portrait of the 11th Panchen Lama. Followed by the Director and Principal, our school’s boys’ and girls’ captain offered prostration and scarves to the portrait. The new member of the club also offered scarves to the portrait.

Then, Master Khenrab Woeser la, Miss. Kelsang Dolma la, Miss Ngawang Choedon la and Miss. Dhundul Tso la respectivelDSC_0497y delivered their speeches for the day. Starting with giving us a biographical sketch of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama to the current situation of the 11th Panchen Lama, they gave us an eye opening speech. All the four speaker were very eloquent and skilled. They spoke with much confidence and poise. They gripped the attention of the audience throughout the program. By the end of their talk, the whole gathering was so well informed and educated about the both Lamas. Many misunderstanding and misconceptions that prevail about the 10th Panchen Lama by the Tibetans were cleared and known to all the unknown audience. The lifetime dedication and sacrifices made by the 10th Panchen Lama is unimaginable. He was imprisoned by the Chinese and the tales of his rigorous imprisonment of 9 years and 8 months in Chinese prison is so disheartening. The speakers gave us so vivid description of all the hardships he had faced in prison just for Tibet and Tibetans. Because 10th Panchen Lama was such a strong personality, the Chinese feared and abducted the 11th Panchen lama who was merely 6 years old.

The greatness of the 10th Panchen Lama is boundless. Our gratitude to him grew stronger today by listening to the talks of our remarkable speakers. In order to pay tribute to our 10th Panchen lama for his lifetime commitment towards preserving Tibetan language, culture, religion and restoring unity among Tibetans, the members of Human Rights Club in our school requested all the students and teachers to preserve our language and culture by learning Tibetan and giving importance to it. As His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche quoted, “Language is the root of one’s identity and Nation”, it is the duty of younger generations to preserve our identity by giving importance to our language and culture. Master. Tsering Dorjee la thus concluded the talk session by passing these messages.

After the talk session, Prizes were given away to the students for the Tibetan and English essay competition held few days back for the occasion. School’s Director acknowledged the winners by giving away khata and certificates.

Lastly, Our Director gave the final speech. He praised and applauded the initiation taken by the members of Human Rights Club on this special Day. He thanked each and everyone connected with the program and extended his full support in future for more of such initiations from the students. He gave his final words of advice to the students and requested everyone to remember this great man and walk on his footprints.

A candle light vigil and prayer was organised in the evening. Students and staff marched all through the school campus holding lighted candles. Whole campus echoed with sound of prayers from the marchers.

Long Live His Holiness the Panchen Lama!

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III Graduation Day (batch of 2017) 20/4/2017

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The big day has finally arrived. The much awaited day in every student’s life is their DSC_0168Graduation day; the last day of their school life. And from this day onward, they are all set to venture forward to a new life. Our outgoing class XII students proudly celebrated their Graduation ceremony on this day. They gave their last exam on 17th April and today we celebrate their Graduation Day. Just like the previous two batches, we wish them too a very successful result and life ahead. The occasion was graced by the presence of Chief Guest Mrs. Sonam Dolkar la(ex. Education Director TCV) and other important figures like, Dr. Shudha  (Principal KV school Allilal), and group of sponsors from Swiss led by Mr. Alain.

The function started with an introductory speech from our Director Mr. Namdol Tashi la. He welcomed everyone and gave a brief introduction of our chief guest to the gathering. Mrs. Sonam Dolkar la has served TCV for last 38 years in her various capacities as a regular English teacher to Head mistress, Principal and lastly our education director. Her dedication and determination to work for Tibetan children and particularly for TCV is highly admirable. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to her for accepting to grace the occasion.

He then welcomed Dr. Madam Shudha for also coming to our school to witness the occasion. Madam Sudha  is the principal of KV School, Alilal. KV school has been very co-operating and helpful to our school. KV school is our examination center for class XII board exam. Our students had been giving their exam in this school for last 2 years. We are very thankful to them for extending their support to us.

Mr. Namdol Tashi la then welcomed our friends from Swiss; our longtime supporter. Mr. Alain and his group were here for last three days on their visit to the school. Mr. Alain has been sponsoring our students for a very long time. He got connected to school since 1991. We are forever grateful to our supporters without whom we couldn’t have fare this far. And this is indeed a very fortunate moment that they could witness this day.

Like a father talking to his child, Mr. Namdol la gave some valuable advices to the graduates. His key points were to follow good moral values and maintain self-discipline. Now, that they are graduating, and have full freedom in their hand, they should be wise in using their freedom and choose right path in life. Before concluding, he again stressed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ama Jetsun Pema la plays the most important role in our lives and we should be forever indebted to them. Indebtedness and Gratefulness is one moral value they should all possess.

DSC_0179The function then proceeded with giving away farewell traditional scarves to all outgoing students by the Chief Guest. One Hundred and Eleven students received the scarves and whole school filled with sound of claps and cheering for the graduates. Various cultural shows, Tibetan lyrical poetry recitations and new song numbers from School’s western band entertained the audience.DSC_0364

Limelight of the program was the farewell speech by outgoing students’ representative and ex. Girls Captain Ms. Pema Yangdon la. She spoke on behalf of all the Graduates. She talked loud, clear and strong. She gripped everybody’s attention. Starting from expressing her gratitude to each and every staff members of the school, she held her primary teachers as the most important factor in her life. With a “thank you speech”, she also delivered her “sorry message” to everyone and sought forgiveness for all the mistakes they have done intentionally or unintentionally. She then advised the present students to behave well and carry their duties as a student in best ways. At last, expressing her gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ama Jetsun Pema la and all our Tibetan martyrs, she promised to follow their footsteps and become a good Tibetan. She then presented a collage of farewell messages by the outgoing students to the school and requested everyone to read it.

The program proceeded further with speech by Principal KV School. She thanked all for welcoming her to the ceremony and admired the administration and staff for imbibing good moral and cultural values into the students. She was very happy to have started a connection with our school and look forward for more interactions in future. She blessed the gathering with a felicitation and musical ode to Sarawasti; goddess of knowledge, music, art and wisdom. The audience were in awe to hear her melodious voice.

New picsAnd finally, the chief guest gave away her speech. Like her personality, her speech was simple and effective. She has served TCV for last 38 years and plus 5 years in central school. All her life she has worked for Tibetan children’s education and she never regrets a single moment. She feels very proud even now. She requested every student to make the best of the opportunities given to them. Time is the most important factor in one’s life and it shouldn’t be wasted at all. She also counselled the graduates to be alert in making choice in life and use their freedom wisely. Self-discipline and self-reliance are now important factors that will help them in future. She wished them all very best of luck and success. Like others, she also expressed and acknowledged that Gratitude is one good moral value that we should all possess.

The function concluded with “Thank You Speech” by school principal Mr. Karma Sherab la. He thanked each and every one who made their presence to this ceremony. And he also gave his word of advice to all the outgoing students and wished them luck and success in near future. The official ceremony concluded at a very positive note.

DSC_0422A big lunch was hosted for all the guests, staff and the main guests of the day; our graduates. All gathered in school hall for the grand lunch. A photo session was carried after the lunch.

DSC_0438A friendly football match was played between the staff and outgoing boys’ team in the evening. Everyone had a wonderful game.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Health Minister visits TCV Suja

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Health Minister visits TCV Suja Tuesday, April 18, 2017
As part of his official tour around Tibetan settlements and Institutions, our honorable Health Minister Mr. Choekyong la paid his maiden visit to our school today since he held the post last year. Morning Assembly was held in school hall. Our new Director, Mr. Namdol Tashi la welcomed him to our school and introduced his purpose of visit to the gathering. Our minister was accompanied by head chief from Bir Tibetan Settlement.
Starting with a brief report of school since its inception till now, our Director Mr. Namdol la introduced our school to the chief guest. Then, picking an incident about a poor diet issue that came up in a recent debate in the Parliament session CTA that claimed that our school has a very poor diet for students was clarified by our Director to the Health Minister. Our Director confirmed that it was not at all true and was merely a speculation by some individuals. He supported his statement by a report submitted by a renowned dietician from Swiss who surveyed and confirmed that our school diet for student is appropriate. He also asserted that students’ diet and general wellbeing is our prime importance besides imparting academic education.
The Health Minister then gave his talk to the gathering. He started his speech with sharing some good vibes and opinions about our school that people outside hold for us. He then explained his purpose of visit as part of his official tour to all Tibetan settlements and get clear picture of situations in various settlements. He gave a brief overview of CTA and its various Departments and their duties respectively.
He emphasized on the role of a student. Maintaining good habits and self-discipline is very important for anyone who want to be successful in life. It is only because of the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that Tibetans are given special opportunities in exile and we should not waste this opportunity. We should adhere to our roles and duties. Quoting a general English proverb saying that, “If Wealth is lost, nothing is lost. If Health is lost, something is lost. And If character is lost, everything is lost.” He highlighted the importance of bearing good moral conduct and discipline.
Being a Health Minister, he stressed more on importance of one’s Health. He asserted that good habits and lifestyles is very important for general wellbeing. “Prevention is better than Cure.” Every student should be aware and informed of various common and prevalent health issues like TB and Hepatitis B and preventive measures that should be taken to prevent, control and eradicate it from our society. We should sensitize them about the importance of healthy diet and hygienic measures to prevent infections and promote better health.
In nutshell, Mr. Choekyong la gave a very brief yet precise talk to the gathering about maintaining good moral as well as physical health. Through out his talk, he oftenly reminded the students about the gratefulness of his holiness the Dalai lama to Tibet and Tibetans.

The function concluded with thank you speech by school principal Mr. karma Sherap la.

A workshop on Teaching and Learning

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1st April 2017: A week long workshop (16 hours Package) on “Teaching and Learning” is under way at TCV School Suja. The workshop is being given by Dr. Pema Yangchen la, former Vice Principal and English Lecturer at Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education (DLIHE), Bangalore as a part of Professional Development for the teachers.  Prior to this, she had given the same workshop to the teachers at SOS TCV Choglamsar Ladakh last year and more recently at TCV Chauntra School.

Due to the tight schedule at all schools especially in the wake of new academic session, the workshop was held right after the regular classes. Despite that, the teachers actively participated and enjoyed the workshop thoroughly. Each session was two hours long and the sessions were very interactive where most of the things were done by the participants among themselves. Dr. Pema Yangchen la started the workshop by introducing herself and how she struggled in life for her present profession, which was of course teaching. And that was a great inspiration for all the teachers who also had similar stories to share and that cemented the bond between the resource person and the participants throughout the workshop session.

Unlike the subject specific workshops, her workshop covered large varieties of our work as a teacher in general. It also made the participants reflect upon their daily teachings, collaborative work, learning theories, effective teachings, rubrics and some other important areas related to teaching and learning. She aimed the workshop with the sole purpose of telling the teachers that there are so many things teachers can learn and work together among themselves, which was pivotal of Teacher professional development.

There were so many games, activities and ice breakers one could learn
throughout the workshop when she began each session. Teachers got to read intensively some of the research papers as a part of their daily home assignments. In nutshell, the workshop was very intensive yet the teachers learnt so many new things from the resource person. “Although I have worked as a teacher for so many years, I realize that there are still so many I don’t know. There are many ways to make learning fun and effective for my students. I find it very important for me as a teacher to keep learning and always develop professionally”, say Tenzin, a senior teacher.

Talk on Tibetan Legal System

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1st April 2017: Mr. Lhadup la, alumni of TCV School Suja and the present Tibetan Justice Commission at Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement Uttarkhand visited his Alma matter and gave valuable talk to the senior students and the teachers on the Tibetan Legal system.

It was great inspiration for the students and a proud moment for the teachers as he began his talk with the words of dedication and gratitude to this school for making him what he is today. This was followed by a big round of applause.

His talk lasted for little more than an hour. The whole session was very lively as he based his talk with lively example according to the students’ context. During this hour long talk, he made so many things clear about the Tibetan legal system and that of host country’s. He made clear to all that Tibetan Justice Commission is for settling of disputes and not to air one’s grievances. He also told the senior students about the scope of pursing Law in their undergraduates and dire shortage of Tibetan lawyers.

As requested by the school headmaster, he shared some of his early childhood experience at the school, struggling with the Tibetan alphabets. He talked about the difficult times he and his contemporaries had undergone having literally no relatives in India, which ultimately made him do something in his life himself. He highly spoke about the hard work and dedication of the teachers and the staff members and how they revered them. Finally he requested the students to respect their teachers and put more effort on their studies. Both the students and the staff came out fully inspired and motivated.

The talk was followed by Q&A session. The school Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la offered scarf and souvenir to Mr. Lhadrul la on behalf of all the staff and students for his visit and his valuable talk on Tibetan Legal system.

 

31st, March, 2017: Handover Ceremony of old and new Directors in TCV Suja

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31/3/2017 witnessed the handover ceremony of old and new Directors in T.C.V. School, Suja. Though most of us knew that our Director Mr. Choeying Dhondup la is promoted to the post of General Secretary TCV (Internal) and our new director is Mr.
Namdol Tashi la, but the official ceremony took place today. The function started at 11 am in school’s auditorium in presence of students and staff and chiefs from Head Office TCV. TCV president Mr. Thupten Dorjee la, General Secretary (external) Mrs. Lobsang Tsomo la and our outgoing and incoming directors Mr. Choeying Dhondup la and Mr. Namdol Tashi la respectively attended the function. The function started with prayer to Manjushree.

President Mr. Thupten Dorjee la gave the introductory speech to the gathering. He officially announced the transfer of directors in our school and wished luck to Mr. Choeying Dhondup la on his new post and welcomed Mr. Namdol Tashi as our new director. He briefly described the role of a General Secretary in TCV and recounted the circumstances that led to appointment of Mr. Choeying la to the post. He also introduced the new director to the gathering and educate us with his untiring service and dedication to TCV so far. Other major changes of heads in various TCV schools and administration were also informed to the gathering. Then, Mr. President urged to co-operatively work together towards betterment of our society and urged best support to the new administration. He also emphasized on the importance of self-discipline among the students and staff. He also talked about Health. He advised our students to maintain good hygiene and health. He finally offered scarves to both incoming and outgoing directors and wished them both successes and luck on their new post.

Next, our outgoing director Mr. Choeying la gave his farewell speech. He recollected his years in TCV starting from 1972 as a student to a regular teacher and then subsequently as a head on various posts in various TCV Schools. He has served TCV School for 33 years till date. He once again reiterated his commitment and sincerity to the organization till his last moment. He then gave us a brief report on successful completion of his key projects in TCV Suja within two years of his term as a Director. He then urged every staff and students to work hard and extend full support to new administration.

Our newly appointed director Mr. Namdol Tashi la then took over the mike and gave us a welcome speech. He made it short to not extend the function too long. He gave a brief self-introduction and urged everyone to extend their support to him. He stressed on two key points; to know our responsibility and carry it sincerely towards success. He emphasized all to work towards common goal of TCV and stay connected.
Later, our school captain Mr. Bhuyak la offered traditional scarves and souvenirs to both directors on behalf of the student council.
Finally, school Principal Mr. Karma Sherab la gave the ‘Thank You Speech’. He thanked all the Heads for their profound speeches and offered his greetings to the new and old directors. The function officially ended at a very positive note.

A special farewell and welcome dinner was hosted for the directors by the school welfare committee. All the staff attended this dinner.

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