TCV Suja Monthly News Video – May 2017

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Inter House Cultural Competition Concludes

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13567073_10207800214978014_2373179201383271001_n30th 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.

13533100_1047558558664294_4728930711994496294_nThe 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.

13529060_1047558438664306_5405917840689994351_nThere 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.

SOS Day Celebration

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13524580_10207757904440277_6772604088512746886_n23rd 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.

13439232_10207757901760210_6215677352414579844_nDuring 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.

 

Suja Embraces International Yoga Day

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photo 121st 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.

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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.

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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.

International Gang Gyok Day

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118th 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.

2This 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.

5Gang 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

 

Summer Holiday Picnic

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photo(1)3rd June 2016: A special two days’ picnic at nearby riverside was arranged by the school exclusively for children who stayed back during the long summer vacation. There were few hundred students scattered among the hostels and homes. The picnic was led by the school office staff who took turns in pairs in making the children’s picnic enjoyable and hassle free.

Starting from the 3rd June, two or three homes together spent two full days covering three meals a day each without holding the night there. The children escorted by their respective home mothers trek to the river side with their mugs and plates only. Their picnic began with welcoming and nourishing breakfast and ends with yummy dinner. The organizers had taken every measure to make their picnic fully enjoyable. The children were taken to the swimming at the nearby stream and offered abundant refreshments.

A week-long picnic covered all the few hundred students left in the school during the vacation. There were two permanent cook through the entire picnic. Along with the office staff, there were around six senior students who had been helping them throughout the picnic time. They all left no stone unturned in making everybody enjoy their two days’ picnic.

Throughout the week long picnic at the riverside, the children irrespective of their age and sex made the best use of their days by swimming, playing, talking, dancing and hiking. The children in all the groups extended their heartfelt thanks to the school and the organizers at the end of the day.

A group of staff members joined the final day dinner as per the invitation extended by the organizers. A sumptuous dinner and dessert was served, with a light soft music making the gathering even more beautiful and fun. All is well that ends well.

Women’s Basic Health Training

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th2T1XG58R26 and 27th June 2015: A two days’ workshop on “Women’s Basic Healthcare Training” was held in the school from 26th to 27th June. The workshop was organized by the Department of Health, CTA and funded by PRM (US). There were 43 students, all girls from class VII and VIII.

On the first day of the workshop, there were 4 speakers who gave presentation on various health problems like Hepatitis B, Mental Health, Tuberculosis (TB) and UTI & Cancer. The participants were given program schedule and literatures. There were also occasional breaks in between the workshop.

On the second day, there were 3 speakers who were all doctors from Allopathic and Tibetan Herbal Medicine. They gave presentations on STDs/HIV and women’s Basic Healthcare. During the presentations, the students and the speakers interacted with each other on various doubts and queries. In the after of the second day, the participants were put into groups and they were asked to do their own presentation on the topics discussed during those two days. All the groups gave wonderful presentations including plays on various diseases.

The two days’ workshop concluded with a brief tea and snacks refreshment for all the participants and the resource persons. The Department of Health extended their vote of thanks to the school for the hospitality. They presented souvenir to Mrs. Tenzin Paldon la, the school counselor for being the co-coordinator from the school. All the participants experienced lots of new learning from this two days’ workshop and they were more aware of various women’s basic healthcare.

 

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