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06 March 2014
The nursery greenhouse painted and prepared for the visit of His Holiness
The imminent arrival of His Holiness and the ADC event at the end of the week brought about a re¬newed energy and enthusiasm on site this week.
Positive work has continued in the nursery. We have painted the gates and both greenhouses. We have also buried all unnecessary surface irrigation pipework. The store room, shelves and pathways have been cleared and tidied.
Signs were made for the compost bays and I also labelled the vegetables and fruit trees.
Compost bays covered and labelled for ADC event
The Blessing and Inauguration of the Dragon Garden went ahead incredibly well. I had organised for His Holiness to plant an Apple tree in the plant nursery with two of the children to mark the event. His Holiness was very very interested in what had been achieved in the Plant Nursery and what the plans were for the future.
Both His Eminence and His Holiness also delivered speeches which were fully supportive of the work which is happening towards the establishment of the Dragon Garden and implementation of the Mas¬terplan.
The evening was rounded off with a very well prepared dinner in the dining hall.
05 March 2014
Figure 1: Clearing works in the classroom area and backfilling of irrigation trenches
Arlene and I finished off the painting of the inside of the walls in the playground area. I have had several conversations with Mohua (the art teacher) about painting dragon murals on these walls. We have agreed that we will do this with the children in September after the ADC.
Figure 2: Red cabbage in the plant nursery
Tsetan and Dorje continue to look after the plants and vegeta¬bles very well and the whole place looks incredibly good for its first planted season.
I think that the landscape project really needs someone who believes in the benefits of the scheme we are trying to implement. Someone who can manage and drive the project forward and understands that the landscape is equally as important as the built form of the school. Effectively a landscape manager to work alongside the Resident Landscape Architects as they come and go and to provide continuity and impetus in the absence of the RLA.
Figure 3: More evidence of healthy vegetable production in the plant nursery.
05 March 2014
The school governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Shomie Das, an eminent Indian educationist, as Education Advisor. Mr Das is an alumnus of The Doon School and graduated from the University of Calcutta and the University of Cambridge, UK. Mr Das was Head of the Physics Department at Gordonstoun School and was Principal of Mayo College from 1969 to 1974 and then Headmaster of the Lawrence School, Sanawar, until 1988. He served as Headmaster of The Doon School from 1988 until his retirement in 1995. He is currently the Chairman of Oakridge International School.
11 February 2014
Please join us for a fun evening to raise funds for the school's Landscape & Gardens Project on Thursday 27th February at 7pm.
The event is called BRIGHT IDEAS BIG CHANGE and is organised by YTFN, the Youth Funding Network.
Three charitable projects pitch for your £10 entry fee; we want lots of people to pledge their entry fee towards the DWLS project! Plus there is live comedy and music to enjoy.
Venue: London School of Economics, Old Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, London.
Tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance via http://www.ytfn.org/events/