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.

25th March, School Founding Anniversary.

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Our school celebrated the 31st founding anniversary today. We are happy and proud to add yet another year to our timeline. Congratulations to all the Sujian on its 31st anniversary. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all the Sujian; from our founders, the directors, the principals, the teaching faculties, foster parents and all our staff who have built and served this school in their various capacities throughout the years. We are also very thankful and indebted to our long time sponsors and supporters without whom we wouldn’t have reached this far. Thank you all and congratulations to everyone.

This year the occasion was graced by the presence of chief guest Mr. Thupten Dorji la, T.C.V. Village Director and other guests that include our Education Director Mr. Sonam Sichoe la, Principals from nearby TCV schools and notables from Bir and Chauntra Tibetan Settlements.  The best thing about today was the homecoming of our alumnus from the batch of 2007. Ten ex. students from this batch revisited our school at this special occasion. The function started with long life prayer for His Holiness and introductory speech by our school Director Mr. Choeying Dhondup la. He welcomed everyone present there and gave us a brief report of school from its founding days till present. Then, one of the representative from our homecoming students Master Thinley Gyatso, Ph.D candidate from JNU Delhi,  gave a very inspiring and interesting accounts of his life in Suja then and impact it has in his life now. He recounted his days in the school and expressed his indebtedness towards his teachers and school staff in shaping his life. He also gave a brief report of his batch students who are all successfully faring in life in different fields. The chief guest then felicitated each of these students with a souvenir and traditional scarves. The ex. Students then distributed leaflet among the staff that carries messages from various students from their batch for the school and staff.

The program continued with varieties of cultural programs. Starting with new music numbers from Phunde band to traditional Tibetan and Indian cultural show, everyone had a wonderful time. The function finally concluded with a profound speech from our chief guest.

After lunch, a special interaction cum debate session was held in school’s hall with our ex. students and the present senior students of the school. The main topic for the panel discussion was “Modern Education and its future prospect.” But the discussion extended beyond the topic and the students started sharing their own experiences throughout school life and outside school. It was a very wonderful interaction.

A special dinner was hosted for the homecoming students with the members of managing committee of the school.

Next day, another panel discussion was organized between the ex. students and our present senior students. It was mainly sharing of ideas and thoughts between them. At noon, a friendly basketball match was hosted between the ex. students and the teachers. They relived their school days and had a wonderful get together. A special lunch was planned for all the staff by our former students as their gesture of gratitude and appreciation. We all met in the school’s conference hall for the lunch. The lunch party concluded with a photo session with all the staff and the ex. students.

18th March, Spring fete

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March signifies beginning of spring here. As students are back to school from their two months’ winter holiday, the first main activity of the school is its annual spring fete. School’s Spring fete Day came out exactly the way we all expected. It was sunny and full of activity. The sun shone so bright and the mountains high above looked so majestic with snow sitting on its peak like a crown. Though the air was cold yet the hustle and bustle on the ground made it so enjoyable. Every class put up their stalls and students were shouting their lungs out calling people to play at their stall. The four houses put their food stalls in four corners of the ground. Aroma of their delicacies filled the air tempting all to visit their stalls. We had many visitors from outside. Few many of our ex. students were also seen at the fete. They relished each moment and felt like as they were back into their school life. Parents were also seen strolling around the fete with their children.

Orientation and School Reopening Day: 6th and 7th March

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The Principal taking his first session with the teaching staff in the school hall on Orientation Day

6th March 2017: The school Administration conducted one day orientation for all the staff members on 6th March in Phuntsok Deshe hall after two long winter vacation. All the staff members gathered on time looking fully reenergized and motivated. There were verbal and non verbal greetings and wishes for one another. Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, the senior headmaster welcomed all the staff for the 2017 academic year. The function began with the Manjushree prayer led by Ven. Tseten Wangchuk la.

The school reopening function in the hall with the school Director, Principal and staff members on the stage

In the morning session, the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin spoke for little more than an hour on this year’s Academic programs and Action Plans. He also briefly announced some of the major resolutions passed during the MDC and EDC meetings. He laid emphasis on the Teacher’s professional Development, which would focus mainly on Lesson Study this year in all TCV Schools. He shared some of the suggestions put up by teachers in their annual report. He positively took those suggestions as a stepping stone for improving the school, which was the ultimate goal of all present there. After that, light refreshment was arranged. Department meeting and discussion soon followed right after the refreshment. The teachers were busy discussing and planning their respective programs and activities.

In the afternoon, the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la shared some of the resolutions and changes taken place during the MDC meeting. He also shared his happiness on having an audience with His Holiness during the MDC meeting and conveyed the message of His Holiness, who reiterated the importance of Dialectic and Tibetan Language. He also relayed the message of the both the past and present TCV President, who equivocally reminded all the staff member of TCV to lay emphasis on excellent education and to nurture good Tibetan citizen. The Director also requested all the staff members to put more effort in quality education and work collaboratively before it is too late. The school Principal thanked and congratulated him on his new promotion as the general Secretary of all TCV schools.

The students and parents attending the school reopening function in the hall

The school reopening ceremony was held in Phuntsok Deshe hall on 7th March. The function was attended by the school Director, the Principal, the staff members, the students and a handful of students’ parents and guardians. The function began with the offering of prayer to Manjushree, the Goddess of wisdom. The school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la extended his warm welcome to all who have gathered especially the parents who had made their presence on one of the most important program of the school. He spoke about the role of parents and the students as they are the two most important sides of a triangle along with the teachers. He reminded and requested the parents to give support and help their children in over development. He boldly shared his disappointment over the absence of some of the children’s parents. For the students, he requested them to learn all the good things by explaining the meaning of the Tibetan word “LobDra” and “Thoe Sam Gom”. He also spoke about the school discipline, particularly the self discipline.

After that there was prize distribution and recognition of staff members who had discharge extra responsibilities. The school Director gave away the prizes and offered thank you scarves for the staff members who had extra responsibility.

The school Principal opened his speech by reminding the students that they had all come willingly to the school and nobody had forced them to be in the school. As such, he requested the students to divert their attention now to education. He also reminded the students’ their long winter holiday homework which he hoped everyone had willingly done. He also shared some of the changes taken place in class IX and class X examination and requested everyone to work harder to cope with the new changes.

The school reopening function concluded successfully. Everyone seemed excited to see their new classroom, classmates and teachers. Happy New Academic Session and Good Wishes!

30th School Founding Anniversary cum 2006 Batch Homecoming

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Giant banner commemorating TCV Suja’s 30th Founding Anniversary ( Photo: Gyen Tenzin Lhakyi la )

25 March 2016: Two important events falls on 25th March 2015; one 30th school founding anniversary and the other Homecoming for 2006 Batch of TCV Suja. A special function was arranged to mark both the events. Gyutoe Khen Rinpoche was the chief guest. Other guests presented for the celebration were the Education Director, Mr. Sonam Sichoe la, the school Principals and Directors from nearby TCV and STS schools, dignitaries from nearby Tibetan settlements and Associations. A special felicitation was given to the group of 20 students from 2006 class X batch, who had come purposely from various parts of the country, on this day to pay their respect and tribute to their Alma mater. The day was special for both the school and the students. Once small children then, now they were fully adults and immersed into different walks of life. And the day was also a moment for all the staff members to be proud of their great hard work and dedication.

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TCV Suja’s 30th Founding Anniversary Function with Gyutoe Khen Rinpoche as chief Guest ( Photo: Gyen Tenzin Lhakyi la )

A lifelong prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama preceded the special day. The school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la welcomed all the guests and gave a detailed report on TCV School Suja. Taking the opportunity, he spoke highly of the 2006 batch and praised them for this Homecoming and setting a superb example of Gratitude in practical for our younger generations. After the welcome speech, the students of 2006 Batch were given a special souvenir and scarf from the school. A special ceremonial sweet rice and butter tea soon followed. The day was also enliven by various cultural programs by the students of the school especially the opening poetry recitation by the students in three different dialects.

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Students’ Panel Discussion with Gyen Tsering Lobgya in the center ( Photo: Gyen Tsering Lobgya la )

The chief guest, Gyutoe Khen Rinpoche gave a valuable and insightful talk to all. He also praised the 2006 Batch students for their good gesture and the gratitude. With the help of his wide array of knowledge both traditional and modern and the experiences of visiting various foreign countries, he advised the students about the importance of education and learning Tibetan language and culture. He also spiced up his talk by sharing few anecdotes. He was soon followed by Master Dhongbu Dawa, the representative from the 2006 batch, who extended his heartfelt thanks to all the staff members of Suja on behalf of their group for making them what they are now. He also shared that his batch mates who were scattered in various places had willingly contributed some funds for the school as a token of their love and gratitude. During the function, the students of 2006 batch gave all the staff members a book and a scarf each. There was big round applause from all for their great gesture. The function concluded with all the staff members fully motivated and contended, for the students on the floor, it was a great eye opening.

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A group photo with Education Director, Mr. Sonam Sichoe la after welcome dinner ( Photo: Gyen Tenzin Lhakyi la )

In the following days, various programs were laid down by both the school and the 2006 batch students. Among these, a special discussion was arranged in Phuntsok Deshe hall. Four ex-students, Master Budha Kyab, Passang Gyaltsen, Drongbu Dawa Tsering and Thinley Dhoundup  spoke on the importance of Tibetan language. Mr. Tsering Lobya la, a senior Tibetan teacher was the moderator. In the afternoon, there was a friendly basketball match between 2006 batch students and the staff members. It was a great moment for both the staff and the students to play with each other after a long time.

A special dinner was hosted by the school for the 2006 batch students. Education Director and former Principal of the school, Mr Sonam Sichoe la, the school Director, Principal, Management committee and concerned teachers joined the students. There was lively sharing and informal introduction among one another.

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A friendly cum farewell match between staff and 2006 Batch on 27th March ( Photo: Gyen Dawa Dhoundup la )

On 26th, a special interactive session with the school students was arranged in Phuntsok Deshe hall. Five students of 2006 batch lovingly shared their experiences about their lives in school and outside. Each of them spoke better than the other and whatever they had spoken had touched both the staff and students present in the hall. They all talked about their hard times in school, their learning style, the school environment, their problem solving techniques etc. After that there was Q n A session during which so many students on the floor asked their questions and all the questions were of high standard. The two hour session was very fruitful for the students on the floor. Their sincere talks and old time memories sent Goosebumps and hit the right chord.

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Dinner extended to the staff members by the students of 2006 Batch ( Photo: Gyen Ngawang Tseten la )

In the evening, a grand and loving dinner was hosted by the 2006 batch students for the staff members. The dinner was exclusively prepared by Master Kalsang Tendar, the only chef in the 2006 batch. The feast was great and there were once again lovely talks and songs from both the staff and the students. It was a special moment for all to see their own children standing on their feet and coming back and showing their gratitude. Mr. Sonam Sichoe la, the longtime Principal of this school extended his warm thank you for all the students for coming back and doing all these especially the pledge of sponsoring few Tibetan children. The school Director and the Principal also extended vote of thanks on behalf of the school. They also thanked Mr. Ngawang Thupten la, Assistant Headmaster for co-coordinating and all those serving teams for their sincere services rendered. The night gradually got dearer and it was finally time to bid one another good night reluctantly.

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Welcome dinner for 2006 Batch students in the conference hall on 25th March ( Photo: Gyen Tenzin Lhakyi la )

The final day, a friendly football match was arranged between the staff and the 2006 batch. Both the staff and the students thoroughly enjoyed the full duration. It was a time for the students to see if their strength and the stamina got intact or degraded. There was refreshment for the players. After that, they had their final lunch in the school conference room. The three days homecoming was a great experience and a memorable for all to cherish for many more years to come. All the students had a wonderful time meeting their old homes, teachers, staff members and the school. On 27th March, they were given a warm farewell near the school office by the school Director, the Principal and teachers. The school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la gave scarf to all the students for making everyone here so happy and motivated to serve further. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT AND THE GIFT

Suja Turns 29 years

2005 Batch Homecoming

World TB Day

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images24th March 2016: A function was arranged in the school hall on 24th March to mark the World TB Day. Two Tibetan doctors, Dr. Tsundue la and Dr. Dasel la from Delek Hospital came and gave a detailed presentation on the present status of Tuberculosis in in the world with special emphasis on Tibetan community. The theme of this year World TB day was “Unite to stop” TB. According to the statistic they had presented, lots of patients were from the students. According to the world statistics of 2012, there were 8.5 million people infected by TB.

Dr. Tsundue la began his presentation with the brief explanation and introduction on the disease. Gradually, he started sharing the statistics of Tuberculosis patients in exile Tibetan community. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the duo had already started visiting various schools and institutions to create awareness about the disease as majority of the patients were recorded in schools and institutions. He also gave information about the cost of various TB medicines especially the MDRs. Finally, he said Prevention is better than cure and left everyone with his last slide which was Take Home Messages on the disease. All the staff and students listened very attentively till the last. All were fully convinced about the high frequency of this disease and ready to unite to stop TB in our community.

After that there was Question and Answer session. Both the teachers and the students asked questions and the doctor gave fulfilling answers for all the questions. Finally, the school Principal thanked the two doctors and presented scarves on behalf of the school. He requested all the staff and students to take every precaution from TB as enlightened by the doctors.

Prior to this, the school had conducted one Painting and essay competition on the World TB Day theme. Lots of students had participated. 24th March is observed as world TB day and it aims to eradicate this disease by 2030.

School Annual Spring Fete

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photo (1)The school annual spring fete was arranged by the school Games Committee with sincere support from all the staff members and the students. Because of the importance of this day, the program is already listed in the school diary and held every year with lots of preparation and hard work. Annual spring fete is the one and only fund raising event by the school, when everybody puts their both heart and head to raise some fund to be eventually used for the students’ games and sports requirements.

The weather was not favourable, in spite of that, all braved the torrent rain. So many stalls were opened by different classes and their respective teachers. The four houses had their tea stalls and food stalls. Under the supervision of the housemasters, refreshments were coming incessantly. All the departments had their own stalls to contribute to the fund. A giant Mickey Mouse was arranged by the school office for the little children.

The day was very special for everyone when all the inmates of Suja come forward and show their love and support to their Institution by doing whatever little they can. Together we can and we will!

 

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