Mr Deep Kumar took up the post of Head Master in August 2008. Deep is a Kashmiri Pandit from Jammu. He is 42 years old and holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees, as well as a postgraduate diploma in computer science. His wife and two daughters will be joining him in Shey after the winter break. Deep intends to place a strong emphasis on academic performance at the school, in line with parents’ wishes.

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Volunteers Rigzin Namgyal from Ladakh, Kristin Brudevold from the US and Martha Egger from Austria took class M6 to Khespang for a 5-day Environmental Education & Leadership Camp in August 2008. The children learned many things about freedom, interdependence and teamwork, and also about themselves.

You can read Kristin’s account.

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Several articles have been written about the design of the planned Pema Karpo Library at the very cenre of the campus. You might like to read these at Inhabitat and BD Online and Arup Associates.

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Angdus has built the whole school, assisted by his trusty caretaker Lobsang, and many skilled masons, carpenters and labourers. Angdus is from the local village of Shey, and is married with two daughters.

Pictured below are Angdus with Rachel Glynn (Drukpa Trust Secretary from the UK), and Angdus with his second daughter, Tseskit.

Spiritual Guidance

The Ven. Lama Rigzin (Chairman) leads the students and staff each morning to practice their chanting, explain the basics of Buddhism, and so create spiritual awareness amongst the children.

Staff
It is with great regret we announce the passing of Spalchen Wangyal, a school bus driver, who drowned in the Indus River on 14th June 2008. His sincere contribution to the school will always be remembered by children and staff alike. Mr. Dawa Dechen from Shey was appointed as the new bus driver with effect from 1st July 2008 - he has 8 years of driving experience and previously drove the school tipper truck.

Mr. Tundup Chosphel from Tarchit (Changthang) was appointed as the new School Watchman with effect from 1st July 2008. He is a retired army man and was chosen from 20 close contenders.

Art Activity
Annie Smith, a volunteer from UK, organised an outdoor art activity for the Junior classes on 11th July 2008. Annie explained that they had to use their imagination and creativity in drawing something on the school campus. The children loved doing the task very much.

Music

Nicola Perandin (Resident Engineer from Arup Associates) taught English-language songs to the children. The students learned two songs in one day and they want to sing them on the School Annual Day. They enjoyed singing with Nicola very much.