Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:18

Celebrating 10 Years

On the 24th September 2011, the Druk White Lotus School celebrated its 10th Founders’ Day. The entire school had been gearing up for this event for weeks. The last few days leading up to D-day were absolutely frenetic, with the students and the teachers working from dawn to dusk to make sure that the celebration was a success.
The day was graced by Rigzin Spalbar, Chief Executive Councillor (Leh) as the Chief Guest for the occasion. Many other eminent personalities along with the children’s parents attended as well.

There was an art exhibition put together by the different classes on varied topics including “monasteries of Ladakh”. Individual classes also put up exhibitions on “history of Ladakh”, “dances of Ladakh”, “Amchi (Tibetan traditional) medicine”, etc. There were posters, crafts and paintings.
There was a cultural show by different students. It included traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan dance and song recitals and modern dances to Tibetan and Hindi songs. The infant section recited rhymes. Some of the highlights of the show included a karate display where the students performed stunts like breaking wooden staffs and slabs of marble with their limbs. Another popular recital was the yoga display performed by some of the juniors.
Once the show ended, the guests went around to the various game stalls that had been put up across the brightly decked campus.

Later in the evening, after all the guests had returned home, the school prepared for its live webcast screened through this website. After a few problems getting the satellite connection to work, some of the day’s performances were repeated for the global audience, including a few words from students and staff and a message read out from His Eminence Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, the Chair of the Governors. Viewers across the world in Mexico, USA, Europe, Africa and India watched with delight as Ladakh was beamed into their homes.

Sunday, 24 April 2011 14:47

Winter Teacher Training Programme

The school arranged a winter training programme for some of the teachers which took place from 10th February to 19th March, 2011, at Sri Aurobindo  Ashram , Delhi, India.

19 teachers from the school attended the programme.   

 The aims and objectives of the training programme were:

  • To empower the teachers with a comprehensive understanding of the child as a learner and learning as a lifelong process.
  • To prepare systems and processes to equip the school for launching a comprehensive model of Child Centered Education.
  • To help teachers understand and develop themselves as facilitators and Human Resource for implementation of Child Centered Education in the school.

The programme included: Self development; teaching through projects; child centered education;  visits to some schools in Delhi and some museums and historical places; art and craft; theatre and drama; physical education,  and yoga and meditation.

 The teachers reported that it was a good learning experience and are looking forward to implementing their new approaches in the school in a phase wise manner.

The teachers reported that it was a good learning experience and are looking forward to implementing their new approaches in the school in a phase wise manner.

Thursday, 10 March 2011 11:34

King of Ladakh

The king of Ladakh, Raja Thinles Namgyal, recently passed away.

The Druk White Lotus School wishes to express gratitude for his patronage and his active involvement and to offer condolences to his family.

Thursday, 10 March 2011 00:00

Sponsor a 150km bike ride

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CONGRATULATIONS to Malcolm and Edwin, who completed a 150km sponsored bike ride. Please help the school by donating to reach their goal of £1000. Go to their Virgin Money Giving page.

Malcolm Hodgson and Edwin Gruber of St Christopher School, Letchworth, are raising funds for equipment and teaching materials for the school following last year’s mudslide damage.

Malcolm and Edwin had never done a bike ride of this length before, but felt they really wanted to show their commitment to the school by doing something extraordinary.

Please support their effort by sponsoring their achievement.

Many thanks for any support you can give.

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:16

Interested in joining our team?

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If you are a qualified and experienced teacher with an intimate knowledge of the Indian education system, and are interested in applying your skills in Ladakh, please take a look at the job descriptions in the Help/Job Opportunities section of this website. 

Druk White Lotus School is seeking the following professional staff:

Leadership Team
  • Academic Coordinator

Senior Teachers

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Teachers

  • Art
  • Montessori
Student Welfare
  • Pastoral Care

Please go to HELP/Job Opportunities for detailed Job Descriptions and additional information on how to apply.

Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00

School's founder honoured by United Nations

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School's founder honoured by the United Nations in New York

On 19th September 2010, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, founder of Druk White Lotus School, received the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award in recognition of His humanitarian activities.

During the summer of 2010, a volunteer group of US architectural students from BaSiC Initiative came to the school. One of their projects was to design, fabricate and erect a large canvas tent structure from recycled parachutes. The structure was then taken to London and re-erected in the garden of Marlborough House as the Commonwealth Pavilion during The Earth Awards and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' START garden party in September 2010. 
 
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The Pavilion will return to Ladakh and take its place on the Shey campus once again in 2011.

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Illuminated Model School

During September 2010 the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted an exhibition about Druk White Lotus School as part of the London Design Festival. Arup Associates prepared a stunning display of school images before and after the mudslide damage, and built an illuminated model of the Master Plan showing how the campus will be when complete. The exhibition was open to the public.

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Books, books and more books

Most of the books on the campus were destroyed in the August mudslide.  Members of the Arup Design Team visited Shey in September 2010 and brought 80kg of reading books collected by Darrick Wood School, London, and Pilgrim School in Bedfordshire, UK.  The Druk White Lotus children were very excited to see so many books and were soon engrossed.

3-Idiots-film-London-Charity-ScreeningTwo very successful screenings of the '3 Idiots' box-office hit took place in the UK in March 2010 to raise funds for the school.
The secret story behind the smash hit film is that Druk White Lotus School is trying to be just the kind of school that encourages creativity, enthusiasm and intelligence that the film promotes.

The Letchworth screening was arranged in conjunction with St Christopher School Letchworth, a partner school of Druk White Lotus. Here, and at the central London screening, members of the audience were delighted when they saw the Druk White Lotus School on screen, where it had been used for some of the filming!

Filming of the '3 Idiots' at Druk White Lotus School was very exciting for the students and staff - read more

With grateful thanks to Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions, Reliance BIG Pictures, Cineworld, Broadway Cinema Letchworth and Aamir Khan.

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