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06 December 2010
Dawa Dolma, a student of M-8, describes Losar which was celebrated in December.
"Losar is the one of the important festival of Ladakh. It is a New Year eve for us. On Losar we forget about the past and look forward for a bright and prosperous new year. Day before the Losar we remember our close ones who passed away. We go to cremation ground with a monk and do a prayer there.
On the day of Losar we visit our relatives and friends and they serve food, sweets and CHANG (local beer) to the guests. On Losar we all wear new clothes and wish each other. These days, affluent families distribute gifts to poor and needy. Children always look forward for Losar because it is a day of festival, feast, gifts as well as lots of fun and playing.
HAPPY LOSAR TO ALL OF YOU!!! "
27 October 2010
Mudslide specialist Richard Hughes visited Shey in September 2010 to investigate the characteristics of the August mudslide, and started to prepare design concepts for protective measures, working with nature.
The school sits on the edge of an ‘outwash fan’ that has evolved over thousands of years and it is likely that water, rock and mud flows will happen again at some time in the future. The Arup Design Team has worked on the design of protective measures that will be implemented in 2011. Funding has been secured for these works.
25 October 2010
All classes are functioning again even though some classrooms are still being repaired. Following the loss of furniture and educational resources, there is much ‘making do’ until funding becomes available to complete the re-equipping.
Against this background, it was nice for students and staff to be able to celebrate Founders Day on 24th September, marking the 9th anniversary of the opening of the school. The event was celebrated in a quiet way out of respect for those who lost homes and loved ones. The children sang, danced, performed plays, enjoyed samosas, and took part in competitions. Each class prepared a display on a given topic - such as nomadic life, or the costumes or food of Ladakh. The nomads won!
Everybody was so enthusiastic and involved that sports day and prize-giving had to be postponed until the next day. All this was a great way for the school community to come together in celebration after the traumatic events of early August.
22 October 2010
Structural engineer Nicola Perandin from the London-based Arup Design Team visited the campus for a week in September 2010 and examined each and every building and piece of infrastructure. Although the mudslide caused considerable internal damage and destroyed a lot of equipment, the only structural damage he found was an end wall of the Junior South Block that is 3cm out of vertical at the top.
05 October 2010
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.