Friday 31 May 2013


Rhetoric or Tsig gyak (traditional satirical verses competition between male and female students) was held between students of class VII and VIII on the evening of May 31, 2013. This is a folk culture of Tibet, prominent especially among people in rural areas of independent Tibet. The verses were composed by the students themselves and sung to a melodic tune. This activity enhances students’ command over the language and helps in promoting love for poetic composition. The competition was won by students of Class VII D, followed by VII P and VIII B students respectively. 

Riglam (Dialectic practice)

As per instruction from HH the Dalai Lama, Riglam (Dialectic practice) has started in Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur in the year 2006 for students from VII through X and for XI and XII students were introduced to learning of Buddhist philosophy. Since the concerned religious teacher faced problem in the management of large of students at one point of time, it was resolved to have dialectic practice only for students from “D” section only to have better learning atmosphere and learning becomes effective. Students from other section like section B and P have access to the dialectic practice on interest based.

Celebration of English Week

The English week was observed in the school with a view of bringing improvement of English in writing and speech and of course in listening from May 27-31, 2013 by the Department of English. On Monday, the program got kicked off by a speech from XII D student Master Chonjor and a English song presentation by Miss. Tenzin Sangmo. During the week long English program, all other normal programs of morning assembly come to stand still. On Tuesday, there was presentation of speech by Master Norbu Lhagyal, poetry recitation by Miss. Rither Tsering, Master Tenzin Passang and song by Master Pempa Tsering. The poetry recitation and song were dedicated to Mr. Lhasang Tsering la, who is one of the Tibetan political activists in exile community. Miss. Yangchen of XII A gave a brief account of his life history.

On Wednesday, students from VI D and X D presented a wonderful English songs followed by poetry recitation On Friday morning assembly, Miss. Tsering Bhuti and Miss. Ngawang Bhuti recited poems, Master Lobsang Dawa and Samten dedicated their songs to their social teacher Gyen. Tamdin la, and the English Department. The anchor also made announcement of English wall quiz and students are urged to take note of it and winners will be honored after the submission of answers after the summer break. With this the English week came to an end.

Saturday 25 May 2013

Kagyur Reading

Two day Kagyur (more than 100 Buddhist sutras or text – containing lord Buddha’s original teaching) reading was organized by the Cultural Committee of the school on May 24-25, 2013. Kagyur Reading is one of the important aspects of the Tibetan Children’s Village School – Gopalpur. This is done every year during the holy month of the Tibetan calendar. Students from class VII through XII and staff members got assembled in the school hall on the appointed day for reading. The very idea behind this is to retain our cultural heritage and for the well being of all sentient beings. On the evening of May 25, a special Solstog was arranged by the culture committee to offer special prayer. This is time of the year that Tibetans across the world make offerings and hold special prayers and refrain from killings and eating meat to have positive impact on their lives for the next life.

Monday 20 May 2013

Tibet our country project

The Tibet our country project for the senior section student gets underway from March 4, 2013. The theme for TOCP was discussed in the staff meeting. It is suggested that students need to understand history of Tibet. To get insight of Tibetan authentic history, one has to refer to historical texts. Senior staff members unanimously decided to do Tibet our country project on “Political History of Tibet” written by renowned historian Shakapa after lengthy deliberation on the topics. Ultimately, senior section students will be reading political history of Tibet as a part of project. The Tibetan department head Mr. Karma Sangye has been urged to make available of books of Shakapa and topics distributed among the classes. Class VII will do the project work of exile life since 1959. The project work came to an end on March 30, 2013. Thereafter, each class was asked to make presentation on the project done on Tibet Our Country, in the morning assembly.

The first Inter-house Tibetan Debate

The first inter-house Tibetan Debate is held on the evening of 20 May, 2013. This year the Tibetan Debate was held on the topic drawn from the lot and the participants were to speak on tempo basis by grasping the ideas contained in the topic. There were three participants from each house, the first speaker has to define the keys words from the topic, second speaker has to speak on the main theme and the third speaker has to wind up the topic. Each house is given time to ponder after the draw of lot of topics. During the pondering session, the students on the floor were shown video clipping of VOA. Mr. Gonpo from XII C was selected as the best speaker from the first round. The topic for each house differs from one another.

The topics are;
༡༽ གཞོན་དུས་སྐྱིད་པོ་གཏོང་།
༢༽ དཔལ་འབྱོར་ཡོད་ན་བདེ་སྐྱིད་ཡོད།
༣༽ ཇ་དང་དགེ་རྒན་ཚ་ན་དགའ།
༤༽ དབྱར་ཁའི་དགུང་སེང་དེ་ད་ཡོད་ལས་དུས་ཡོན་རིང་ན་ཁས་ཕན་ཆེ།

Saturday 18 May 2013

Dolma Tsenkyong

Dolma prayer recitation for the whole night of May 18, 2013 was organized by the cultural committee of the school. This cultural program was organized for the longevity of His Holiness life and well being of all sentient beings in general and also for the departed soul of Tibetans who made supreme sacrifices for the genuine cause of Tibet. Dolma prayer recitation was done on roster basis and the program got started at 6 pm and went on until 6 am next morning. It is one of the major features of TCV School Gopalpur to organize such cultural event during the holi month of Saka Dawa. Students from VII through XII and all staff members have gladly taken part in this program.

Thursday 16 May 2013

The first Inter-house English Debate

The first inter-house English Debate was organized by the English Department and was held on 16 May, 2013. The very purpose of holding such event in the school is to bring improvement in communication skill and remove the stage fear and have them practice in the art of speaking. Each house was to speak on different subject matters/topics; such as ‘Ancient monuments are more of making money than preserving tradition”, ‘Lack of moral values lead to an increasing youths in violence’, ‘Today, Buddhism has become a money making business’, ‘Lack of employment opportunities also forces some parents to send their children to foreign countries’ and ‘Helpless old people have become a burden to their children’. All the participants spoke well on their topics, defending the motion. The best debater in the first round for the year 2013 was bagged by Miss. Tenzin Dolma, followed by Miss. Tenzin Yangchen in second and Mr. Tenzin Yonten in third positions respectively.