Sunday, 01 May 2011 10:10

Birthday Celebration

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The Druk Padma Karpo School celebrated the school's founder, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa‘s, birth anniversary on 15 March, the 10th day of the 1st month according to the Tibetan calendar. The day started off with prayers along with a special Long Life prayer for His Holiness. Following that, each student offered a “khatak” (white  scarf) to His Holiness’ picture. Students from the 2nd standard onwards participated in this ceremony. The students were then taken for a ceremonial round of the Naropa Photang monastery. A delicious treat of “halwa-puri” (sweets) and juice awaited the children once they came back to school. A documentary on the life of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa titled “My Life, My Wishes” was screened. The celebrations drew to a close with talks on His Holiness by staff and students.

 

Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:16

Tsering Dolma's Winter Holiday

Tsering Dolma of class S-9 writes a poetic account of her winter holdiay.

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Ladakh is the land which is covered all around with the crowns of white sparkling glaciers and snow capped mountain where icy cold water from sparkling white glaciers take birth and flow singing and dancing. Most of the places are covered by snow in winter and make Ladakh a snow land. When the sun rises, all the places shine and show us a beautiful view and it seems that they are wishing us good morning with warmth and great pleasure. When it’s time to wake up a beautiful view takes our attention and that is the trees on which snow have been fall softly and the snow which is landed on the tree remains there for long time and when it melts with sun heat, its make us feel warm. The chirping of birds also take our view on them when the walk on the ground with noisy sounds remaining their footprints on snow landed ground and again flying above the snow landed land. After these beautiful nature wonders when I woke up and step my foot towards outside the cold weather touches my skin and makes me feel cold. The boots which I left outside was filled with snow and again mothers shout.

Although the breakfast time is the sweetest among all, a big bowl full of hot streaming, delicious smell of thukpa with many delicious varieties in a cold shrinking winter. Sitting near bukhari with the family members and having it. The more I ate the more I become hungry for it. After these things another honey movement comes and that is getting ready for tuition. When I get ready for tuition my friend would come to take me and together we go for tuition. At there all the students gather and throw snow on each other in cold weather. The girls make their own group and boys their own and enjoy throwing snow on each other wearing woolen clothes. At there no one spoils our mood until teacher comes. When teacher comes everyone becomes lazy and lazily we all go into our class and waits teacher to finish the lesson . After teacher finish lesson everyone comes running out from class as if we were kept there for many centuries. We shouts, sing, dance and play lots of games and sports. In winter the most exciting games for us is ice skating. While we are skating sometimes our leg would fall inside hole in ice where in return your boots would wet and makes us cry because of the cold pain we suffer.

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The winter going outside with friends is also very pleasure. We would plan to go for shopping and we would roam all around the street and we would walk giggling and laughing holding our hands tightly so that we would feel comfortable and secure from cold weather. When we walk along the street sometimes we slip and the others laugh as a donkey and parrots. Although it is very funny to do these things in winter. The winter days goes very quickly and remind us school. When our precious winter movements comes to end we feel very bore because it’s time to go for school and our funny days ends there. We have to complete our works and we have to give all our precious times in books. No exciting movement knocks our door and our happy days. We spend our summer in memory of winter days and waits winter to comes and pray for remain it for longer time with another spicy and funny days.

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.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:12

Winter Holiday

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Account by Stanzin Thinles of class S-9.

On 15th December. one and a half months after the start of our new school year, our school was closed for a long winter break like other schools of Ladakh. But for us, the students of S-9, school arranged a tuition class for 5 days. My classmates were very happy not only for the long winter break but also about the tuition classes because we got a chance to spend more time with our friends. After that I spent my holidays with lots of enjoyment and studies also. During the vacation I also went for a tuition class at Leh and each day spent by me at Leh was wonderful. I also did my winter vacation homework.

There were two major local festivals during the vacation, DOSMOCHAY and SPITUK GUSTOR. We went to the festivals with our friends and enjoyed them a lot, and we also visited the gompa and stupas.

On the last three days we again came to school for Hindi extra class when Sir Sudershan Kumar taught us.

On 4th of March school was reopened after the vacation and I met all my friends again. From the very first day we started preparing for our 1st unit tests which started on 7th of March.

These are some of my memories of winter my holiday which I enjoyed and also studied a lot. I hope next holiday will also happen like this.

Monday, 04 April 2011 12:34

New school term

At the beginning of March 2011, the school resumed after the two and a half month winter break.

Thankfully the wooden floors have survived and have recently been sanded and re-varnished.

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In the aftermath of the mudslide disaster, 78 displaced children who had lost their homes or a parent, were taken in by the school as residential pupils. This has left the school with the need for additional classroom and residential accommodation in addition to the planned expansion of the school.

Of paramount importance is to build a defensive structure to protect the school from future similar mud or rock slide events. A structural engineer from Arup, the architects and engineers of the school, is spending four months at the school working with the construction manager during the summer construction programme.

The landscape of the whole school site needs a lot of work because the resulting ground level is 1-1.5m higher than it used to be in many places.

Thursday, 10 March 2011 11:34

King of Ladakh

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

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

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 Padma Karpo 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.

Monday, 06 December 2010 00:00

Losar - Ladakhi New Year

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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!!! "

Monday, 15 November 2010 12:32

Repair and resources

The Construction Manager, Angdus, and his teams spent the months before the harsh winter set-in repairing and replacing the broken doors and windows that the mud and rocks had crashed into. Where the mud had been deposited, up to 1-1.5 m deep inside rooms, the lower sections of interior walls, made of mudbricks, had to be removed as the moisture from the mud caused them to deteriorate.

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While classrooms were unusable, some lessons were held in tents. Gradually the classrooms were ready for temporary use without furniture.

Apart from the two science laboratories, classrooms and offices have wooden floors and there was concern that the floors might be ruined and need replacing - timber costs are high. Once the mud had been dug out, the floors were cleaned and left to thoroughly dry over the winter for review in the spring.

Before the school closed for the long winter break, lost equipment, resources and some furniture was replaced and the residential dormitories re-equipped using donated funds.

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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 Padma Karpo children were very excited to see so many books and were soon engrossed.

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.
 

 

Monday, 16 August 2010 11:10

Devastating Mudslide 5/6 August 2010

During the night of 5/6th August 2010 devastating mudslides hit the Leh and Shey areas of The Indus valley. One of these mudslides swept through the school depositing up to 1.5m of mud, boulders and debris across a large part of the campus. All the residential students and staff escaped across a raging torrent of mud in the pitch dark of the night.

In the following days the devastation was recorded in these photographs.

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During the first few weeks following the mud and rock slide, the school received immediate help from many volunteers. The Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) sent a team of around 50 workers for three weeks to dig mud out of the buildings which was a tremendous help.

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During this time the school received a visit from the Bollywood star Mr Aamir Khan, who filmed part of the hit film ”3 Idiots” at the school two years previously. Mr Khan was the guest of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, the school's founder. This visit helped to cheer spirits amongst the devastation.

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Oxfam kindly provided emergency latrines. Médecins Sans Frontières offered counselling to the staff and pupils.

Sir Anthony Bamford of JCB Excavators kindly donated a JCB to the school in Septemebr 2010 at the request of Drukpa Trust in the UK. The JCB has already been extremely useful in clearing rocks and debris from the school campus and is now being used to create a ditch, wall and earth mound protection.

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