Tuesday 25 March 2014

World Tuberculosis Day

In order to build awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease, TCV School Gopalpur observed the World Tuberculosis Day in association with Two Doctors from Delek Hospital. March 24 commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing to a small group of scientists at the University of Berlin’s Institute of Hygiene that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. With Tuberculosis (TB) continuing to be a major public health problem accounting for substantial morbidity and mortality across the world, Delek Hospital under the Department of Health, CTA took out awareness program in the school on the occasion of World TB Day. Dr. Tsundu highlighted the causation of TB, different lines of TB and their remedial measures through diagnosis and medication. Furthermore he says, the percentage of TB patient in the Tibetan community is so high and it is mainly due to overcrowding, mobility and compassionate nature of Tibetans (don’t mind mixing with TB patients). We were informed that today tuberculosis causes the deaths of about 1.7 million people each year, mostly in the Third World. 

Saturday 22 March 2014

Workshop on Professional Development

Gyen Kalsang Wangdu from Head Office has come to our school to conduct a workshop on teacher’s professional development on March 21, Friday. This program was sponsored by Tibet Fund in collaboration with Department of Education (DoE) to bring about changes and development in the field of academic education. Mr. Wangdu briefed the teachers about the responses received through online survey done last year and made us known about his research work and presented us with analytical data.  Two sessions held and in the first session he made power point presentation on ‘Professional Development Plan’ and the second session was on ‘Lesson Study’. Since our school is in the list of pilot school, we need to take a step in the direction of either professional development plan or do a lesson study from this year academic session 2014.

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Tibet Our Country Project

The topics for Tibet Our Country Project have already been discussed in the last screening meeting held just before the close of school for winter vacation. Each class has been assigned a topic on religion. The theme for this year’s project is on ‘Tibetan Buddhism’. The project got started from March 17. Due to constraint of time, from this academic session, 7th period was created and added to the existing 6 regular periods basically for the project work to be carried out by the class teachers with students of respective classes. Students and concerned Tibetan teachers along with class teachers spent a lot of time in the preparation of TOCP due to nearing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the school. We spent 5th, 6th, 7th periods in addition to evening self study period to get our project work done on time. The deadline for the project submission by classes was fixed on March 23, for selection to be done by the Management Committee Members on March 24, Sunday. The review of the project work by classes was done by MC on Sunday at 10.30 AM. and timely feedbacks were given to the concerned classes for refinement of the project before they were being presented to the His Holiness. Tibetan and Class teachers along with students have been urged to stay back after the school hour till 5.30 PM to get going with improvement of Tibet Our Country. The topics for the TOCP were as under.
      བཤེས་གཉེན་བསྟེན་ཚུལ།            བདུན་པ་གདུགས།
   ཕྱག་འཚལ་སྟངས་སྐོར།            བདུན་པ་བུམ་པ།
   སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་མཛད་པ་བཅིུས།            བདུན་པ་པདྨ།
   སྲིད་པ་འཁོར་ལོའི་དཔེ་རིས་ཀྱི་མཚོན་འགྲེལ།    བརྒྱད་པ་གདུགས།
   ལྷ་ཆོས་དགེ་བ་ ༡༠ དང་མི་ཆོས་གཙང་མ་ ༡༦    བརྒྱད་པ་བུམ་པ།
   བོད་ཀྱི་ལྷ་སྐུའི་སྐོར།                བརྒྱད་པ་པདྨ།
    བདེན་པ་བཞིའི་སྐོར།                དགུ་པ་གདུགས།
   ལས་འབྲས་ཀྱི་སྐོར།                དགུ་པ་པདྨ།
   སྐྱབས་འགྲོའི་སྐོར།                དགུ་པ་བུམ་པ།
   སྐྱེ་བ་སྔ་ཕྱིའི་སྐོར།                བཅུ་པ་གདུགས།
   ལམ་བསླབ་པ་གསུམ།                བཅིུས་ཀ་པ།
    བོད་རྒྱུད་ནང་བསྟན་ཆོས་བརྒྱུད་ཆེན་པོ་བཞི།    བཅིུས་ཁ་པ།
    སྐྱེས་བུ་རབ་འབྲིང་ཐ་གསུམ་གྱི་སྐོར།        བཅིུས་ག་པ།    ལག་ལེན་སོ་བདུན་མ་དང་བློ་སྦྱོང་ཚིག་བརྒྱད་མ།    བཅིུས་ང་པ།

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Tibetan National Uprising Day

On the 55th anniversary of Tibetan 10th March, the four sections of class XII students accompanied by the class teachers went to Tsuklha-khang to attend the official function organized by four major Tibetan NGOs. The school arranged four buses for ongoing journey to Dharamsala and students had to bear the expenses of the return journey by themselves. Our students not just attended the official function, but had also taken active participation in the programs initiated by non-governmental organizations. Despite rainy and windy weather on 10th March, our students braved the situation and joined the peace procession from the Mcleod Ganj to Kacheri where representative of various Tibetan NGOs addressed the gathering. The protest march was jointly organized by four major Tibetan NGOs, Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement and Students for a Free Tibet. March 10 commemorates the uprising of 1959 and over the years the situation in Tibet has worsened under the Chinese rule and this 55th March 10 aims to intensify the efforts to urge world governments to build pressure on China to end the severe repression in Tibet. Our students’ spirits were running high and shouted out their slogans for the genuine cause of Tibet and Tibetans. It was the day for every Tibetan to rise against the Chinese brutal policies being implemented on Tibetans inside Tibet and pay respect to the Tibetan martyrs who made supreme sacrifices.

Sunday 9 March 2014

School Opening Ceremony

The new academic session of the school started with an official opening ceremony on March 9, 2014, Sunday. Gyen Phuntsok Namgyal, Data Officer from the TCV Head Office, had graciously accepted to be the guest of honor on the opening ceremony. Genla, one of the founding fathers of TCV Gopalpur informed the students and staff members the difficulties they had to encounter in the early phase of inception of the school. He further said that he was impressed and happy to see the development and progress of the school particularly in the field of scholastic education. TCV Gopalpur has earned a good reputation and honor in the exile community through academic excellence and achievements. Contemporary students and staff members are hereby requested to keep continuing with the same spirit and enthusiasm to retain the honor ship and reputation of the school. The Oath swearing ceremony for the newly elected Captains and Prefects for the year 2014 was done by the school Director. Students came back from winter vacation with fresh look full of enthusiasm and commitment to their academic pursuits. Students who achieved target percentage and toppers in Mathematics, Science and English were honored and awarded by the chief guest.

Saturday 8 March 2014

Orientation Program

Orientation program for the new academic session 2014 was arranged by the Management Committee for the staff members on 8 March, 2014 so that staff members get prepared for the new session and get going well. The orientation program was graced by ex-prime minister Prof. Samdong Rinpoche of Central Tibetan Administration. It is an honor to have him as a chief guest on the appointed day. His main focus of talk was on how to become an effective teacher and what are the essential qualities of a good and exemplary teacher. Teachers are role model before the eyes of students and they (students) tend to copy what the teacher is doing on and off the page. So, teachers have huge responsibility to mould students’ behavior and help to build modules for learning. Teachers are not mere providers of information but have to go beyond the text books to enable students going for non-innate learning. They have to act like facilitators, guides, managers and shoulder the responsibility of students’ upbringing with parental care and love besides keeping in mind the Mission and Goals of the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools.