Yet another exciting program of the year: the annual school concert, 2015 started on 22nd of May and ended on 24th of May.
Every year 2nd May is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in Bhutan, coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of the Third Druk Gyalpo, who introduced modern education in the country and is considered as the father of modern Bhutan. Students across the country put their best efforts to celebrate this day in as grand a manner as possible. They present various programs to entertain their teachers. They also send messages to praise their teachers and present cards and gifts to thank their teachers. The day is to pay tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers all year long, to educate their students. This day is in fact one of the most enthusiastically awaited occasions in any school.
Kelki students too celebrated the Teachers’ Day hugely. The students tried to thank their teachers in the best possible way they could. They had been preparing for the occasion for a long time. The program started at 9:30 am in the assembly ground with the singing of Zhabteon and few songs and dances in the open ground. There were also some games arranged for the teachers like musical chair and gift passing game. It was then followed by lighting of butter lamps and cake cutting ceremony in the auditorium.
The examination committee formally declared the result of the First Unit Test on 1st of May 2015. As usual the subject toppers and the stream toppers were awarded Principal’s Certificates in the morning assembly for their outstanding performances in the First Unit Test. In the mean time, the parents/guardians have been invited to visit the school and meet their child’s class teacher to see their child’s performance in the First Unit Test.
Students are given Driglam Namzha lessons in groups by a group of teachers, specially by the Dzongkha Lopens. Three teachers, two males and one female teachers, had recently participated in a week long workshop coordinated by Department of Culture (DoC) under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA) in Thimphu. These three teachers were trained and awarded certificates along with many other teachers from different schools under Thimphu Thromde. A three day workshop on Driglam Namzha was also held in the school last year in December 2014 by the officials from DoC for all the Bhutanese teachers. Teachers are putting their best of efforts to pass on the knowledge to the students. The Driglam Namzha lessons start on basic yet important knowledge about the wearing of Kabney for boys and Rachu for girls and then lessons could continue learning on prostrating, receiving blessings and so on. The program gives students hands on experience and more importantly help in building uniformity among the students and the public at large.
A workshop was conducted at the school library on 16th and 18th of April 2015 on “Contextualizing Educating for GNH” and “Infusing GNH into School Curriculum”. The resource persons were Mrs. Karma Zangmo (Principal), Mr. Mohan Rai (Vice Principal) and Mr. Kelzang Tshering (One of the faulty members). The program was mainly held to help teachers understand the immerging need to infuse GNH into the curriculum while they deliver their daily lessons in the classrooms or during the conduct of any activities in the school. The teacher-participants felt that the program was worth attending amid time constraints as there was First Unit Test going on and all were busy evaluating the answer scripts.
As it was required from long time since for all the teachers to infuse GNH values in their daily lessons, yet most were confused or unaware of it. There have been numerous times when Principal instructed and helped teachers to mention the values while preparing the lesson which is required to submit to the principal on the start of every week.
In the course of the program many activities were also held which added on better understanding of the concept. The teachers in groups were made to list down the various activities conducted in the school during the academic year.
The activities were then segregated under the nine domains of GNH included in the “Four Pillars of GNH”.