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RDL program for 2017 launched in TCV Suja -7/7/2017

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TCV Suja today started RDL Progam for this year. RDL short for Readers of Dalai Lama is a club or committee started last year under the guidance of Social science teacher Mr. Ngawang Tseten la. (See link https://tcvsuja.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/project-rdl-unvieled https://tcvsuja.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/readers-of-dalai-lama-rdl  ) It was instated last year with great vision and has won appreciation and support of many students and teachers. This committee encourages its members to read books of Dalai Lama and imbibe its deep values within them and practice it in their daily lives. It went very successful last year.

This year, the committee saw many new members. The members read books of Dalai Lama in Tibetan and English and they gather together during Sundays for brief sharing. This year’s relaunch of the RDL program was dedicated to Jetsun Pema la, younger sister to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It coincides with her birthday today. Jetsun Pema la, is loveably referred to as ‘Ama la’ by all TCV students. She is what TCV is now. Though the seed of TCV was first planted by late Mrs. Tsering Dolma la (mother to Dalai Lama), yet, Ama la has nurtured it into a big Tree. Tsering Dolma la started TCV under very poor circumstances. Exiled from Tibet, Tibetans those years underwent very difficult and harsh circumstances. Many of them were road laborers. Their infants and children were raised under harsh reality. The great mother then started this TCV for these children who were the future generations of Tibet. Ama Jetsun Pema la has given up everything for this Institution. TCV has since then grown width and length. TCV is now an institution in itself. Though Ama la has retired from  her post in TCV, but she will always remain undeniable part of the family. Expressing gratitude and in-depth reverence for her sacrifices and commitment towards Tibetan children, RDL program this year was dedicated to her.

mmexport1499528510677The function started at school’s hall. Various books of Dalai Lama and colorful flags were displayed in the hall. Geshe Thupten Jamyang la started the function by narrating a brief life history of this great lady till date. She was introduced in detail to the gathering, her commitment, her sacrifices, her acknowledgments and her mission. In short, she is the backbone of this institution.

mmexport1499528514862Then, Mr. Ngawang Tseten la introduced RDL program. Ngawang Tseten la briefly introduced the mission of RDL club. He mentioned everyone who has supported this committee financially, morally and practically. He then shared the stage with few teachers and students who were members of the committee and who has something to share with the audience. They shared their opinions, experiences and the changes they have felt within themselves ever since they had started reading books of Dalai Lama and understand his teachings. It was such a beautiful and inspiring moment for all. All the speaker spoke their heart out and shared every positive feelings that they have gained.

At last, the school Director delivered his speech for the day. He congratulated everyone who has made this committee possible and assured his full support for many more committees like this that can bring positive changes in lives of the students. Like a doting father, he never leaves without giving advises to the children.

 

Happy 82nd Birthday His Holiness-July 6, 2017

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July 6 is a very special day for all Tibetans. Tibetans all over the world rejoice this day with so much pride and happiness. 82 years ago, on this same date, a child was born in Tibet. Nobody then knew that this child will change the world. Born on 6th July 1935, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama is not just a spiritual leader for Tibetans but is also a very influential teacher, guide and friend to many non-Tibetans as well.

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DSC_0023This special day started at TCV School Suja with Sangsol (incencse offering, ritual of inviting gods/deities in removal of destruction within the human world, ritual of purifying the earth of negativity) at school’s basketball ground at 7.30 am. Attired in one’s best outfit, everybody gathered and participated in sang sol with great faith and devotion. After a little break, the official function started at 9 am in school’s auditorium.

20170706_090645The packed Phuntsok Deshi Hall was beautifully decorated with flowers and hangings. A new big poster of His Holiness with Potala Palace in its background was put up in the Hall. The program started by school’s administration and staff offering prostration and Khata to the portrait of His Holiness, while students sat and chanted prayers for his long live. Students’ representative bodies also offered their prostration and Khata on the altar. The function was presided by Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, headmaster. He introduced the programs as planned in the schedule. Various literary and cultural programs were presented.  Traditional auspicious sweet rice (daisey) and butter tea was offered to everyone in the hall.

Teachers of Math and Science Department of senior section presented a dialectical debate to the gathering. It was a part of ‘Riglam Studies program’ for senior teachers in TCV School Suja that was started two months ago. This program was started in all TCV Schools as a felicitation to our spiritual guru, His Holiness the Dalai lama. (See link: https://tcvsuja.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/introduction-of-dialectic-riglam-studies-among-the-teaching-staff-of-t-c-v-school-suja )

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Then, as customary, a brief biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was recounted to the gathering by a member of school’s Human Rights Club. Member Wangchuk la, read out various programs that was carried out by students earlier week to observe as ‘Gratitude Week’ for Holiness the Dalai Lama. During this ‘Gratitude Week’, various Tibetan and English essay competition was held. The Human Rights Group members visited an old age house nearby and rendered their services to the old people by cleaning their rooms and surroundings. Some classes cleaned school’s campus in and out. One of the class offered to whitewash the school’s open stage at basketball ground that is mostly used for various school functions.  They personally whitewashed it and used their own pocket money for the expenses. Infact, every class in senior section observed the ‘Gratitude Week’ by rendering social services or by doing noble work. Master Wangchuk la read out all these programs to the gathering.

After that, Official statement for the day from Kashag (Cabinet, CTA) and Doetsog (Parliament, CTA) was read out to the gathering. Then followed various cultural programs by school’s dance group, western band group and beautiful Tibetan poetry recitation by class VI of junior section.

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DSC_0046DSC_0053The official ceremony concluded with speech from school’s Director Mr. Namdol Tashi la. He talked about the day and advised the children to remember the gratitude of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and inspired all to follow his path of compassion and universal responsibility. He requested the students that they should never forget their roots.

After the program, special vegetarian lunch awaited for all. Staff had lunch in conference hall while students had in their respective homes.

International Day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed-26/6/2017

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International day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed in TCV School Suja on 26th June 2017. School strongly discourage bad habits like resorting to substance abuse and child abuse. It is strongly quoted in the school diary and strict measures are taken to eradicate such practices in the campus. School’s administration and staff regularly check and advice students to refrain from such habits and special counselling are given to those who unfortunately do. Though school takes measures regularly throughout the year, yet more elaborate activities and programs were carried out in the school to mark the International Day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June 2017.

Teachers visited the boys’ hostels and opened a sharing and learning session with the students about the seriousness of the issue in society among the youth and particularly in the school. They conducted a school wide survey based on self-reporting questionnaire. The data report or the information gathered from the survey was then presented to the students during the evening of 26 June where all the boys gathered in the Conference Hall. 237 boys from class level VII till XII attended the meeting along with the health committee members, school director and school principal.

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The program started at 7 in the evening. School’s environment club in charge Mrs. Yangdon la started the program with the introductory speech. She talked in length about the importance of the day and the significance of their presence in the program. She was followed by school’s career counselor Mrs. Paldon la who came out with an interesting PowerPoint presentation on the topic. She presented a survey report that was conducted last month and came out with action plans based on student’s feedback. Then, Mr. Tenzin Dhargyal la who is the main mentor of Teacher’s Development Program in all TCV School schools and Master Lobsang Phuntsok of class XI shared their success stories of quitting smoking. Students on the floor listened very attentively to their tale of quitting smoking. The two speaker inspired and requested the students who keep the habit to join them and prove that they can also do it.  Lastly, School Principal Mr. Karma Tharchin la took the stage. Like all former speakers, he too highlighted on the keypoints and shared a video of His holiness the Dalai lama. It was a video where His Holiness was speaking to youth on substance abuse. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the most pivotal person in the life of Tibetans and his advices and teachings are considered most sacred. Therefore, Mr. Karma la came rightly prepared with just the perfect video to show to the students on this day. The program finally concluded with the talk of school Director Mr. Namdol Tashi la. He too shared his success stories of letting go with the habits in his youth. It is always more convincing and practical to hear the real tales from the first person itself. Thus deep impact was left by the speakers who shared their tales.

TCV School Suja observes SOS Day-23\6\2017

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SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest charity working for bereaved and deserted children. It works towards growing a child into a healthy family. It provides not just home to these abandoned children, but also a family, parent and siblings. It strives to bloom these children into a full grown flower who will later carry forward their vision of loving and helping others. Sticking to its motto “Others before Self”, SOS children villages celebrated its 68th founding anniversary on 23/6/2017.

 

As usual TCV Suja too celebrated SOS Day. With great reverence to the man who founded this remarkable organization, SOS TCV Suja marked this day by holding an official function in the school hall and thereafter witnessed the finals of three week long Gmeiner Memorial Soccer Tournament. The official function started at 7.45 am in the school auditorium. All the staff and students gathered on time. The function was presided by Mr. Tsering Ngodup la, assistant Headmaster to Junior section. The occasion started by offering butter lamp to the portrait of Dr. Hermann Gmeiner by Geshe Thupten Jamyang la ( Lighting of butter lamp has great religious significance.) and whole gathering offered prayers of Manjushri (lord of wisdom-one who enhances wisdom). Then, tibetan teacher Mr. Rigzin Choedhen la spoke about the day. He gave a very vivid account of life history of Dr Herman Gmeiner and founding of SOS children villages. He requested all the children to draw inspiration of his vision and work. Further, he requested students to remember His Holiness the Dalai Lama too and his sacrifices for the cause of Tibet and Tibetans. Reminding the gathering about messages and expectations of Dalai Lama, he concluded his speech with great impact.

Then, prizes were distributed to students who excelled in painting competition held few days ago. Setting the theme of the painting as Gratitude, three different levels of competition was held among students of junior section. Prizes were given away by school Director Mr. Namdol Tashi la. He also spoke to the gathering about the day. Reiterating the points already mentioned by the former speaker, he enthralled the audiences with his great oratory style and talked about all the topics that is very important for the future generations. He encouraged the students to become self-reliant, start charitable attempts in society, follow the vision of great peoples like Dr. Gemiener, His holiness the Dalai Lama and many more and lastly to remember the gratitude of a Mother, a best gift any child can ever have. He was greeted by huge round of applause for his wonderful talk and the function thus concluded.

After the function, the much awaited finals of Gemeiner Memorial S20170624_180610 (1).jpgoccer tournament was played. Organized by students of class X and especially by Master Tenzin Khechok under the guidance of Physical Education Instructor Mr. Namgyal Tenzin la, the girls and boys final kicked off with great enthusiasm and excitement. A very exciting and energizing game was played. Finally, class XII boys and girls team came out as winner. School Director gave away the prizes to all the finalists and the winners. The organizer of the tournament has also come out with a publication of a small book comprising of writings of students expressing thankfulness and gratitude to all those people who make a difference in lives of children in general and Tibetan children in specific. A very simple and beautiful compilation of writings in Tibetan and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sing a Song Day-In memory of Hermann Gmeiner

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Every year, sing a song nite is performed by students of primary section on this day to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Dr. Hermann Gemiener, founder of SOS children’s villages. This musical event is dedicated to his great work that started post WWII and that spread all over globe. Following his vision, Tibetan Children’s Village remembers his greatness and gratitude. TCV works towards imbibing his values and visions in their children.

11Children from Kindergarten to level 2 participated in this musical tribute. Dressed up in colourful costumes, these children presented various Tibetan and English songs. Each class presented atleast two different numbers. The innocence and the liveliness of the children was worth watching. They sang and acted beautifully on the stage. After the performance, the school Director presented each class with edibles and gifts. He then, narrated the life story of Dr. Hermann Gemeiner to the students. In his charismatic eloquent style, he captivated the children with his brief yet very convincing narration of the life story of this great man. Every children in the hall expressed their appreciation of this great man with big round of applause after the narration by the Director.

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Reading of holy Buddhist scriptures (Kagyur and Tengyur) 21-22 June

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As customary in the month of Saka Dawa, TCV suja carried out two days reading of Holy Buddhist Scriptures in the school before the holy month of Saka Dawa ends. The whole school participated in this auspicious program.  The reading was carried out in classrooms under the guidance of their class teachers. Refreshment were served in between breaks.
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22224444Tibetans observe month of Saka Dawa, the most sacred month in the Buddhist calendar that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord Buddha. It is believed that any virtue performed during this month bore merits in multiple. Buddhists all  over the world engage in extra meritorious actions during this month.

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