Final TPD Presentation

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The School Principal during the TPD Final Sharing Day

19th October 2016: The final Department wise Teacher Professional Development Project presentation was done on 19th October in the presence of the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la in the Conference Hall. Around 70 teachers from both Junior and senior section gathered right after the lunch break.

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Gen Tenzin Choedon la sharing their group Collaborative Practice

Mr. Ngawang Thupten la, the Assistant Headmaster gave an introductory speech and began the session without any delay. The Departments were called one by one to share their collaborative practices. Most of the departments had done Book Discussion on His Holiness’ books Beyond Religion, Ethics for New Millennium, The Art of Happiness at Work etc. The representatives from each Department presented their summary and the professional Development related to the book they had read.

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Teachers taking part in the Final TPD sharing

The session took little more than an hour. Throughout the session, everybody enjoyed sharing their experiences while doing the collaborative in the group. It was really a great moment for the teachers there to see how much they were doing all for giving a better education for the future generation. It was also a great moment of reflection into one’s teaching. The School Principal wrapped up the day with his whirl of appreciation for all the teachers for their sincerity and dedication towards their profession. He also requested them to put the same effort in their Professional Development programs.

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Light Refreshment for the teachers in the Open Cafe

Teacher Professional Development (TPD) Program is a new paradigm shift in Teacher Education which was first introduced in 2014 by the Department of Education CTA. Through this program, teachers all over Tibetan schools engage in Collaborative and Individual Practices. Since 2014, the project has been implemented in the Tibetan schools.

After the presentation, there was a light refreshment of tea and snacks in the newly inaugurated open air café near the school canteen. All the teachers enjoyed the refreshment and the new environment around. The final TPD presentation concluded in a very sweet note. Hip Hip Hurrah TPD!

 

Social Day

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photo-121st October 2016: A function and a drama was arranged in the school hall on 21st October in the presence of School Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Principal Mr. Karma Sherap la as a part of Social Month. The social month is observed in the school every year and this year it was initiated by Mr. Phuntsok, Head of the Social Department. The function began with the introductory and welcome speech by Mr. Phuntsok la followed by presentation of drama by class X lead by Mr. Tenzin Sithar la, senior social science teacher. The drama was based on how sleeping in the class hour effect one’s education in the long run. The concept was great and the students acting were great. The audience gave a big round of applause for the wonderful and informative drama. The school Director also spoke highly about the students’ performance.

photo-2Social Month is the month dedicated to social studies where different teachers and classes come up with various projects related to society. Some of the classes visited nearby villages and started a cleanliness campaign and some educate the nearby inmates about some social issues. One of the new projects this year was the social fair on the basketball. The stall was inaugurated by the school Director and the Principal together. The fair was filled with various stalls by various classes. There were games, activities, information desk, models and posters etc. The classes were taken to the fair one by one. It was a very innovative and informative fair where students come out learning so many new things in a very playful manner.

Suja Riglam Congregation

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Mr. Tsering Samdup la, Education Officer on Riglam Day ( Photo: Gen Lhaki la)

17th October 2016: Inter School Dialectic congregation was held in TCV School Suja to mark the 9th anniversary of conferment of US congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mr. Tsering Samdup la, the Education Officer CTA was the chief guest on this congregation which was attended by the Philosophy teachers and the students of the three participating schools including TCV Suja, the school Director, the Principals, staff members and the students.

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Riglam session in TCV Suja ( Photo: Tenzin Lhaki la )

The function began with the welcome and introductory speech by the school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la. The Director talked in great length about the importance of Riglam as recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He requested everyone to take the responsibility of imparting this skill not just to a handful of students but to all the students.

After that, there were series of Riglam presentation by the students. They presented their debate on various topics ranging from Mind to the Energy and matter. All the audience was fully engrossed in the debate which seemed to be comprehensible due to the content area. It was really good for the teachers to see the students doing great in this Riglam.  After that, the chief guest gave a brief introduction about the Riglam congregation the Department of Education had organized. He thanked all the Riglam teachers and the students for taking great initiative and requested the school to impart this Riglam skill to larger students.

The afternoon program was same as morning. All the classes from VI to X participated in the Debate. Both the staff and students turned up in huge attendance. The school hope to see more students especially the senior classes to take more interest in Riglam.

 

Daily life exercise by Montessori Children

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12th October 2016: A group of around 30 Montessori students demonstrated their daily life exercises they had learnt in their class to the audience in the junior section hall. The special program’ which was organized by the two Montessori teachers was attended by the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la, the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin la, the headmaster Mr. Tashi Topgyal la, local parents, the teachers and the students of junior section.

Montessori is the first formal class a child enters when he or she reaches the age of 3. So, as per the guidelines of Maria Montessori, the founder of this Montessori, various programs such as games, songs, Arithmetic, story, music, language, sensory feeling, daily life activities etc. But our of all these,  a special emphasis is given in imparting Daily Life exercises along with the regular academic learning. As such, the two teachers, Mrs. Tsering Tsomo la and Mrs. Dolma Choedhen la left no stone unturned in following these principles.

The children were taught about their personal, community and rich cultures. On this day, the students demonstrated their daily life exercises such as greeting others; helping others; taking care of environment; helping their aged parents; doing the daily house chores etc. Mrs. Tsering Tsomo la gave an introductory speech about this practice and the importance of letting the parents and others know what children in Montessori classes were learning. Mrs. Dolma Choedhen la called upon the groups one by one.

It was really good to see these tiny tots trying to be self reliant and learning their life skills way before they enter the real world. A huge round of applause was given to the children and of course to the two teachers for their hard work and dedication. The concerned parents were elated to see their own children preparing themselves to merge into the main stream in future. This is the way these children are prepared so that they can take care of themselves when they go out into the society sans their parents. The future stores good for the humanity.

Karmapa Graced Suja’s TOC Day

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His Holiness Karmapa, the chief guest (Photo: Gen Tenzin Monlam la)

5th October 2016: TCV School observed its Tibet Our Country (TOC) Day on 5th October this year with His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Urgen Thrinley as the chief guest. To mark the occasion, a grand function was held on the school basketball under a giant makeshift tent attended by the school Director, Principal, staff members, students and other dignitaries. Everybody was clad in pure Tibetan national day coinciding the white Wednesday ( Lhakar).The school Religious teacher led the lifelong prayer and Manjushree prayer in unison. This year, the main theme of TOC was compassion.

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Karmapa Urgen Thrinley Dorji enjoying the program (Photo: Gen Tenzin Monlam la)

During the function, the school Director presented a brief report and introduction to the day. There were few cultural program from the students. A ceremonial sweet rice and butter tea was served during the cultural show. There was also award ceremony for the winners of Olympiad and for the Primary teachers who had participated in the Tibetan in-service training organized jointly by Sherig and TCV School. Three students presented poetry on love and compassion and the Samaritan work done by a group of Suja students.

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Primary Teachers blessed by Karmapa (Photo: Gen Tenzin Monlam la)

After that Gyalwa Karmapa Urgen Thrinley Dorjee addressed the gathering. He expressed his great happiness over visiting the school once again after a long gap. He also talked about the good rapport between the school and his monastery. He blessed all those gathered including the people from nearby settlements and monasteries.

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A group song by students (Photo: Gen Tenzin Monlam la)

In the afternoon, there was Tibetan debate which was attended by the senior students. The speakers were very eloquent and it was appreciated by the whole audience. A special traditional lunch was arranged on the day from the school kitchen. In the evening, an hour long movie on Morality was shown. The movie was directed by Master Phurbu Tsering la, with help from Mr. Jigme Wangdue la, the Head of the Tibetan Department. The movie was attended by the school Director, the Principal and the staff and students. Finally, the school Principal gave a vote of thanks and officially concluded the eventful Tibet Our Country Day. He thanked each and every one who had made this day successful especially the Tibetan Department of the school.

TOC (Tibet Our Country) Day is celebrated all over TCV Schools. The main objective of celebrating this day is to preserve our Tibetan rich culture and tradition among the younger generation who had not seen their country. It was started way back in 1990s and since then all the schools have been arranging various activities and programs. As such it has become one of the major programs in all TCV Schools.

Class V Common Exam concludes

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English paper in progress ( Photo: Gen Pema Gyalpo la)

English paper in progress ( Photo: Gen Pema Gyalpo la)

7th October 2016: The first ever class V common exam held among all the Tibetan schools in India concluded today with the Mathematics paper. The exam came into being after thoughtful discussion among the Department of Education and the Education Officers of all the schools with the sole purpose of tracking the overall standard of the class V students in two languages and Mathematics. The first paper was conducted on 3rd October in their respective schools with special invigilators.

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Students fully engrossed in their paper ( Photo: Gen Pema Gyalpo la)

Although there was strong voices going on against the standardized test everywhere yet sometimes it create some interest and motivation among the students. The common exam which was held in TCV schools were discontinued few years back since it caused competitive sense among schools participating. This class V common exam is being held in order to track the overall standard of the Tibetan students in these three subjects.

The checking would be done in November where representatives of schools meet in Dharamsala for a common checking.

20th Inter House Athletic Meet

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20th Inter House Athletic Meet 2015 Opening March Pass

20th Inter House Athletic Meet 2015 Opening March Pass

21st October 2015: TCV Suja observed its 20th Inter House Athletic Meet on 21st October after proper preparation and planning from all those involved. Mr. Ngodup Wangdue la, Director of Upper TCV Dharamsala was the chief guest along with dignitaries from nearby Tibetan settlements, Directors and Principals from nearby Tibetan schools. There were many parents from nearby Tibetan settlements.

The day began with the March pass by the students into the arena which was beautifully adorned with meet flags, house flags, victory stand and the center decoration. The march pass was led by the students carrying the Tibetan and Indian national flag. The two announcers introduced the groups one by one in both Tibetan and English language. There were drum presentation by the school band which was followed by the group song by the whole students of junior section.

House wise march pass with the school band

House wise march pass with the school band

The school Director, Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la gave a welcome and opening speech. The school captain took the oath. The chief guest the declared the meet open by hoisting the meet flag in the center of the arena. Around 38 events including both track and field events were played till afternoon. There was a tough competition going on among the four houses. The spectators gave their support to their respective houses. Despite the large number of events going on there was not a single incident of dispute. Such was the work of preparation and precision from both the PET and the concerned officials on the ground.

The afternoon event began at 2 pm and it was all relay races. The final event of the day was the Invitational Relay in which different teams participated. There were student representatives from nearby TCV Schools. All the afternoon events were coming in quick succession with lots of cheer from the spectators.

The school band display drum presentation

The school band display drum presentation

The chief Guest finally gave away the prizes to the winners. This year the overall champion’s trophy was taken by Songtsen House followed by Trisong House. Finally, the chief guest declared the meet close and the meet flag was taken down. The school Principal gave a final vote of thanks.

Inter House Athletic meet is one of the  major events which carries huge mark in TCV School Suja. There is a participation of large number of students and it create a platform for the students to show their talent, stamina, skill, leadership, team building, cooperation etc. Both the house master as well as the students spend enough time doing the training. PET and the Games Committee chairperson undertake this event from various angles especially providing necessary resources and man power.

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