Principal's Corner

Welcome 2017!

posted 6 Feb 2017, 00:00 by Anupa Gurung   [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 19:39 ]

  
Dear Students,                                                                                                                           06.02.2017

Welcome back!
A very Happy New Year!

First Day in school is always an excitement. This day comes every year but its never the same. New day always come with new hope, new expectations and new dreams. That's the beauty and essence of living life and drive us towards our goals.

 Druk School is a place for nurturing dreams and expectations to success with the best team of faculty in the country. Druk School provides the highest Academic standard along with the most caring and clean environment. Use your stay in Druk School most productively and grow in to a well rounded human being.

Be guided by the school motto: Excellence in Body, Mind and Speech.

Together lets make 2017 a successful and most exciting learning year! 

Good luck!

Welcome Back!

posted 20 Oct 2014, 20:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 24 Feb 2016, 23:54 by Damcho Younten ]

Welcome back! Wish you all a very happy 2016!
New Year has begun,
 Bringing much hope, aspirations and dreams
Druk school is the place of hope, aspiration and dreams,
For each one of you to take on the days and years to come,
Drukians!Let’s!be the hope and inspiration for each other,
Let’s realize and live the dream together!

Anupa G Thapa
Principal
Druk School

HI...I am back on my page again!

posted 21 Nov 2013, 20:50 by Unknown user

Hi Everyone,

My sincerest apologies for not being in my page for so long. I promise you that now onwards, I would be regular with my updates!

Today, the 20th November, 2013, was a very emotional day for all of us at Druk School since we had a final meeting amongst the subject teachers, students and parents of the first  Druk cohort of the Bhutan Secondary Certificate Examination(Class X). We were honoured with the presence of the most supportive parents who trusted us  and thus made their children the pioneers of the BSCE at Druk!We were so privileged to have their support till the end. Thank you  ,dear parents, for all you did to give your children the voice and the space to grow independently. They have  made  you proud.

The precious first cohort comprises of  sixteen students ,eight girls and eight boys. Each one …..the Jewel of Druk School. Time flies and these beautiful swans are now ready to fly .Most of them have been with us for so long…...their entire basic education  years with us and how they make us so proud  now as they stand as responsible young  leaders  who have  been real role models for all at Druk School.

These  swans have grown together and worked amidst tears and laughter and have become stronger as a team. They are fantastic team players. They are our dream  team and we are confident that they would succeed as usual in the BCSE and in life. Today, as we formally   thanked them and released them from the rigor of  everyday routine work, we felt good since we believe in them and know they would be alright without us being around them. They have grown and they have won and knowing  this, we are happy.

 

Well…. For the rest of the Drukians…the  annual exam is on wef 21st November and I know all of them must be busy burning the midnight oil. After all my students also believe in the  maxim ,”Bhutanese work best under stress”. And as ever, my students will appear for their examination in the same happy manner, each child the happiest after each exam paper. Schedules may change, weather may change, exam papers may change, but for each little Drukian,  their happiness quotient never changes and I am so glad for that.

I know I  expect too much sometimes from my students but  when I see my little ones of PP-III, coming to school early morning(8am) without any fuss and my seniors(IV-X) leaving school at 4.30pm in the November cold without any anger, I do feel great satisfaction that my children have learnt to persevere and take the challenges stoically. I call this preparing for life and I feel so good about it.

 

Well till my next post, here’s me wishing all my very dear  students the very best in their Annual Examination and with heartfelt prayers for each one ‘s success, happiness, good health and peace of mind.Love you always!  Mam Principal.

 

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

posted 29 Jun 2013, 21:51 by Unknown user

Precious Students,Teachers,Supporting Staff and Parents,

The first term just got over on 29th and everyone is on their much deserved Summer Holidays now with excellent input made in the successful culmination of all the activities of the first term. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful job done by each staff in the school and for their committed input in all the school matters.The Dream Team of Druk School makes me feel so proud and excited to work harder.Thank you ,Teachers and Supporting Staff, for the work well done!
The School Leaders and the students made us proud by their input in all areas sans any conflicts, accidents and serious disciplinary issues. Thank you,  School Leaders , for all your initiatives and assistance in the organisation and the management of the school.

The academic achievement was 96%  pass percentage for the Mid Term Examination with most of the students surpassing our expectations in their attainment level.The overall  attainment level in Maths,Science and Dzongkha has improved very much compared to last year.My sincerest congratulations to all the students who made us proud!

I would like to wish the very best to the students who would be leaving us after mid term to explore new opportunities in  international schools.We are confident of your success wherever you go .We wish  to remind you of our motto  Excellence in Body, Mind and Speech and to remind you to visit us whenever you are in town.

The Staff had a wonderful Staff Dinner last evening at Galingkha Hotel, hosted very generously by the Management.Our heartfelt gratitude to  the Management  who ensures we are looked after and treated very well.This keeps us going on to higher heights and in our passion to make Druk School the most credible school in the country.
A BIG THANK YOU to all our dear parents who were with us throughout the term ensuring active participation in strengthening our  partnership in facilitating a happy school environment for our precious children.We  wish you to have  a wonderful quality happy family  time with your children.Remember we are here to make beautiful memories for the children.
A huge thank you to everyone and Happy General Election .Lets make the General Election a great success by being responsible and voting for the  best political  party! Happy Holidays!See you all on 15th July.

With all my love and prayers for a wonderful family time,
Tshewang Choden Wangdi



All well at Druk School and Happy Voting Day!

posted 19 Apr 2013, 21:37 by Unknown user

 Dear PTA Members, Parents and my very precious students,
First of  all let me thank each one of you for your valuable contribution in  making Druk School the top school in Bhutan for the consecutive fourth year! 
Without your strong partnership, this would not have been possible.We take great pride in having the best team of parents and student with us.
Well few new programmes have been instituted as discussed with you during the general  parent-school  meetings.I would like to thank all the parents who made it for the meetings and so very kindly endorsed the proposals put up by the school.We regret that few parents who could not make it for the meetings have once again disappointed  their children since the children take  great pride in their parents involvement at the school.
I am glad that the parents endorsed the Student Support System of Druk School and their commitment to ensure a disciplined lifestyle at home to support the well intended programmes at school for the development of each child.I would also like to thank the parents who accepted the new responsibility as as the PTA members on their election.We are proud of you and we look forward to working closely with you to make Druk School the happiest school for your children.
This year ..a new initiative towards decentralization and  empowerment,  the school is managed by one of the four houses,Air,Water,Earth and Fire, for a month on rotation basis.They organise and manage the school in all areas .A lot of  innovative  strategies are being being put in place.Earth House members did an excellent job for the month of March and  for the month of April,the Air House is in command.
Instead of the clubs on Wednesdays, we have  Inclusive Education for PP-III, Design for Change programmes instituted for levels IV-VIII and Career/Value Education for IX and X. Children find this more useful and are enjoying the new focus.
The NC Election is here now and the teachers of Druk School have already made our choice of National Council  Members through the postal ballot.I pray and urge all our parents to kindly take an active part in the 2013 election since we need to be role models for our children as well as ensure we make the country stronger, happier and more prosperous for our children.
Well...I am always around and would love to be of any help in any matters whatsoever!
Till next post..cherrio...Smile  and be Happy!

WISHING EACH ONE OF YOU A VERY VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS !!:D

posted 17 Mar 2013, 06:35 by Unknown user

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
Here's me wishing each one of you a Wonderful Day of Happiness with your near and dear ones on 20th March  in  celebration of the International Day of Happiness!!I also hope this day allows us to share some happy moments with those  who may not be as lucky as us  to have a loving family .We must at least try to make a difference in someone's life by bringing a breath of happiness and sunshine in his/her life.So, lets get thinking hard so  by  the end of the day on 20th March, all of us can have a happy memory of touching someone's heart .
The academic session has started off with a high...with all the staff and students back to school on the dot of time, with a lot of passion, happiness and dreams of new beginnings and hopes.
The children are also excited about the new library, a new additional IT lab  and the Geography Lab,which should be ready by the end of March.We aspire to provide  the best of facilities to  the children in all areas so that they can also aim for the  best in life.This year is also very meaningful to us since we will be  seeing our first cohort  of Class X pioneering the BSC Examination and we are very confident that they would make us proud.
Looking forward in meeting all the distinguished parents of students of classes PP-VI on 23rd March to continue and  strengthen our partnership.
Once again wishing each one you the Happiest Day of Your Life on 20th March,2013.

Welcome back to an Exciting New Academic Year.

posted 23 Feb 2013, 05:08 by Unknown user

Dear Students  and Parents,
Happy New Academic Year! We, the staff members, are all eager to see you all on 1st March.The staff have been working hard wef 13th Feb, designing new programmes , activities and enhancing our professional capabilities to make the teaching /learning processes more interesting and challenging.We are really looking forward in having you all back with us soon.We hope to see you all as enthusiastic as ever with the  beginning of the new  academic year and  the exciting year ahead.
May I also take this opportunity to thank all the new parents who attended the Orientation Programme on  16th February,2013. Your presence has made us more confident in our endeavour to offer the best  services. The  strong partnership has already begun!
I would also like to wish the outgoing students the very best in their new schools and with a prayer that they would keep the  motto of Druk School:Excellence in Body,Mind and Speech,  always alive through their actions..We will miss them a lot.

See you all soon! 





Thank You and Merry Christmas and a Very Very Happy New Year!

posted 18 Dec 2012, 21:20 by Unknown user

My Precious Students, parents and Staff,
Thank you for all your wonderful input in making 2012 academic year a huge success!The academic year ended   with a lot of satisfaction and output.I would like to thank all the parents and students who made it for the Awards Day.Your presence, as usual, gave us a reason to strive for our best input .The school formally closed today,19th December though the Deputy principal and I am still trying to wind up the official  obligations.We will be around till the end of December.So, do contact us if you need our assistance.
My humble request to the parents of class IV students(2013 cohort)  is to assist your child to practice writing with a cello gel pen(blue) since students in class IV upwards write in inked pens.They would need a lot of practice to be neat and form their letters well.
An appeal to  teachers and parents to read the article titled Creature Comfort,page 147-152 from the Readers Digest,September issue.I found it very valuable coz I got an insight to the Fetal Alcohol  Syndrome (FAS) which we never consider in the school while working with some of the special needs children.This could be prevalent in our country since alcohol consumption is so culturally correct and abundantly available.
Well..till next time, let me wish all you  a very very happy vacation and quality time with your family.



Thank You Parents

posted 11 Nov 2012, 21:19 by Sudip Rai   [ updated 11 Nov 2012, 22:41 ]

Druk School thanks the parents of the following students for having very, very responsible and making the first installment of financial obligation for 2013, by 10th November, 2012, as requested by the school!

Thank you for the support.

Thank you,Parents, for your observations, comments and recommendations !

posted 2 Nov 2012, 22:39 by Unknown user

DS/Adm-9.2012/2056                                                                      31.10.12

             To:

               The  Honourable Parents of Students enrolled in Classes P-IX

               Thimphu,Bhutan

 

Most Honourable Parents,

First of all, let me thank each one of you who made it a point to attend  the General Parent-Teacher Meeting on 6th October,2012.Your  presence has given us the confidence to work harder as partners! I would like to thank the Chairpersons and the Rapporteurs for their excellent facilitation of the meeting and the well documented feedback with special reference to the observations, concerns and recommendations. Your  feedback has become an important guiding principle for us to rectify the shortcomings and  enhance the school system. We sincerely apologize for the shortcomings this year as noted by the parents in some areas though the intention was good.We do accept them as our areas of focus and  improvement.We have discussed all the feedback among the staff in great detail and we have considered the immediate input strategies as well as for 2013 academic year, as per the feedback from the parents. The  following have been decided  as contingency action plan for immediate implementation:

1. Cancellation of  Senior Concert:The Senior Concert(VII-IX) for this year has been cancelled as advised by the parents during the PT meeting,to allow more academic focus and it will be slotted in the first term next year so as not to disappoint the children and allow the ones who are not into academics but has latent potentials to excel to showcase their talent. After all the school respects all the  differently abled children!

2.Quallty of Instructional input:As per the feedback received from the parents, the competency level in mathematics was the biggest  concern in levels IV-VIII,therefore, remedial classes in Mathematics for VI,VII and VIII has been put in place.The Arts and Crafts Class for  level VI is suspended and an extra hour of  mathematics has been slotted in its place.The low achievers from  the three sections of VI will also do one hour of remedial  with Mr.M.B.Mongar in the inclusive period throughout the week.The library period is also suspended for classes IV-VI wef 29th October and extra subjects have been slotted for revision and re-teaching of some difficult concepts and skills.Class VIIs  have been divided into three levels of competency in mathematics, and  the highest achievers  will be helped by Mr.Dhungana, the average achievers  by Mr.Sangay Dorji and the low achievers by Ms.Namita Pradhand during the inclusive period throughout the week.The low achievers of VIII A and B will be helped by Ms.Namita Pradhan.This will continue till the annual examination.Classes IV and V  willed be assisted in mathematics by their subject teachers, considering the competency level. My only request is to appeal to parents of students of classes IV-IX, to ensure  your children get down to study in the evenings at least for two hours every evening revising their lessons  especially mathematics.  Competency in Mathematics depends a lot on regular practice.The new mathematics curriculum focuses on  logical thinking and problem solving.We also felt that children are not  being given opportunities to solve their problems in real life situations  since parents solve all their problems, the children do not really know the strategies  for effective problem solving skills! We feel this has a negative repercussion on the children’s ability to transfer the problem solving skill to mathematics.

Classes PP-III will be assisted by their teachers  as per their needs.Class III will be appearing for National Education Assessment conducted by  Bhutan Council for Secondary Education (Ministry of Education) as Annual Examination.They will start their exam on 21st November and  finish on 24th November.Please do not worry since our children are trained for common exam format.We will let you know about the timing through the school diary. Last year my class III students  topped in the whole country!

The other suggestions from the parents  with regards to teachers attitude, correction of homework and language competency is already considered. The quality of teachers  and instructional input will be the priority  focus in 2013.

3  Instructional Daily Time:The instructional daily timing will remain the same till the annual examination since parents also do not want any  change as noted from the parents  feedback  and we need the extra time for remedial work.Only the evening prayer and the classroom cleaning  will be discontinued wef 2nd November so that children may leave school for home by 4.10pm.The last class ends at 4.05pm.

 4.Award Day:The  feedback  received from the parents  on the Award Day is as follows:

IIB/IVA/VB/VC/VIB/VIIA/IX- Beginning of the next year, as it is, considering the sound rationale.

VIA-no comments.

PPA/B/C/D/IA/B/C/D/IIA/IIC/IIIA/IIIB/IIIC/IVB/IVC/VA/VIC-VIIB/VIIC/VIIIA/VIIIB-End of the year.

Therefore, considering that the majority of the parents suggests the Award Day to be held by the  end of the year,  the Award Day  for 2012, will be  held on 16th December, 2012; for classes  PP-VI at 10am and for classes VI-IX at 5pm.Result declaration will be  done by the respective class teachers in the classrooms after the end of the Award Function.This strategy is taken keeping in mind the parents feed

back of parking crunch during whole school programme.

 5.Fee revision:The feedback from the parents was as follows:

VII-IX:Supportive / suggestions: get trained teachers/ revise teachers salary/ upgrade school’s facilities/ put up in website for transparency

PP-III/IV-VI:Though the parents had raised serious concerns with regards to fee revision and wanted the school to justify the raise, we take the opportunity to reiterate that the fee revision is justified considering the  quality of services offered and  for the reasons cited below:

a.The last fee revision was done in  the year 2010 .So, the annual inflation rate of 10% was considered for the last three years and some extra was added  for the following reasons:

-Infrastructure development considering the space for children in and around the school.Large size of classrooms to allow students to be less claustrophobic, equipped with correct sized furniture for students, heating in the classrooms, good lighting, and open space around the blocks for children to move around safely.

-The turfed ground that cost the school Nu.5 million which is used by the children extensively.

-The school has 59 teachers for 680 students.The teacher-student ratio is 1:11 .The teachers are specialized in  the subjects they teach  and hold undergraduate and post graduate degrees with professional degrees. We have specialized teachers:PE:2 teachers/Music:3 teachers/Arts and Crafts: 1 teacher/IT:2 teachers.Our teachers teach only 18 hours a week  on average out of 30  hours and the rest of the time is used for correction and planning of lessons..

 Druk School believes in empowering Bhutanese teachers and thus pride in 100% Bhutanese faculty  .

-Druk School pays one of the best salary  to its academic and support staff.  The senior most teachers will get a big  raise in 2013.

-Druk School will have one of the best school libraries in 2013.Ms.Chui Lam, a professional librarian from Hongkong has been employed to set up the new library. She is paid Nu35000 per month.She will also train two Bhutanese librarians to carry over the role of teacher librarians.

- The superior quality of academic and co-curricular  programmes  at Druk School has been validated by the Ministry of Education with the award of the Triple Star for Excellence.

-The school has four well equipped  laboratories for Biology,Physics,Chemistry and Geography.As you may be aware  the subject Geography has a huge potential in the modern job market  and is considered as a living science so we focus its importance.

-The school will have an additional computer lab  by February,2013, with wireless facility  to ensure each child gets a computer to work on during the classes as well as in leisure time  for preparation of presentations.

-Classes PP and 1 have  teacher aids in each class to assist the young ones

-Druk School considers teacher development as the nucleus of the educational organisation where by professional development is prioritized  and a substantial  fund is utilized in teacher’s  professional development programs. As testimony, Druk School has sent three teachers this year for two years Primary Teacher Training in Carmel Teacher Training Institute,Pakyong,East Sikkim,India, funded fully by the school.

-Druk School conducted a week long Training on Transformative Pedagogy for 21st Century Teachers from 2nd to 8th February,2012, by hiring Rigzin Educational Consultancy for Nu.2 lakhs and trained 28 new teachers and 12  senior teachers of the school.

-Druk School conducted seen days seminar on Teaching of English in Primary Classes for English Teachers during the mid term break this year.Ms.Barbara Davise,Professor specialized in TOESL, from University of Edinburg was hired as a facilitator, funded by the school.

-A day’s training on design of test blue print was also conducted this year by facilitators from Paro College of Education, for all the teachers.

- Career enhancement study  and training programmes ,within and outside the country,  are also being explored ,at post  graduate level, for the promising graduate teachers.

1.   - A well designed  basketball court will  also be  constructed in 2013.

6.Transportation System:A lot of  suggestions was  made by the parents. The transport committee sat down for a meeting  and  has revisited the strategies and  have decided to improve the system as per the concerns raised by the parents.For immediate implementation, a female and  a male teacher  has been put into bus duty wef  3oth October as suggested by the parents and the committee has decided to work upon the other concerns for 2013 implementation.The school bus in the evening will leave the school campus by 4.10pm wef 31st October.The parents  of  evening bus users are kindly requested to take  note of this change in time.

 

For consideration in  2013 academic year:The following will be  implemented considering the parents’ feedback:

1.Modality of Annual Sports:The feedback from parents was unanimous for PP-X doing it together, with the exception of Class VIIIB parents who  wanted  it separate for juniors and seniors.Therefore,  the whole school approach is  endorsed for future implementation.

2. Modality of School Concert:The feedback from parents f representing all the levels,PP-IX, was unanimous for separate concert for juniors(PP-VI) and Seniors(VII-X).A lot of suggestions were made on this issue which the school wishes to comply with.The two main concerns of procurement of expensive  costumes and having to pay for the viewing of the concert,the school has decided that  with effect from 2013, the concert will be a thank you programme for parents ,therefore, it will be free of any cost.We would also try to develop a costume department so that  the parents are not burdened with extra financial liability. To be honest, we had also considered and ensured  that the costumes that were to be  worn by the children in 2012 concert  could  also be worn in their everyday occasions.

3. Duration of Academic  Year:March –November was recommended by all the parents of students of classes PP-IX.This will be considered since the school can have some professional development programmes in February. School will resume on 1st March,2013   for all levels PP-X.

4. School Days:Five days a week   was also endorsed by the parents of all classes PP-IX and will be continued in 2013 academic year.

5.Efficient usage of school diary by parents was accepted by all the parents (PP-IX).

6.Confirmation of PE Uniform :The 2012 PE uniform has been recommended to be  continued in future  by the parents of all classes(PP-IX).The  Company will ensure better quality of the fabric and workmanship with  superior stitching and    more durable zipper as suggested by the parents.They would also ensure  adequate  stock of all sizes are readily available throughout the year. The PE uniform(sports wear) would be available from 1st February,2013 at the school premises.Cost would be worked out by then.

7. Examination System:The present system of examination modality of four exams a year has been unanimously endorsed by the parents  of all classes(PP-IX)  for continuation in 2013.The colour coded progress report for term tests  will be discontinued in 2013  as per the suggestion of the parents. 8.Spelling Test  System: It  has also been  endorsed by the parents of all classes PP-IX to be continued in 2013 since it had an added value  to strengthen the students vocabulary and knowledge.

The frequency of the tests will be looked in by the Course Leaders  considering the feedback from the three levels:PP-III/IV-VI and VII-X and  will be informed accordingly in 2013.

2.   Downsizing of class strength:The school’s policy to downsize the class size  to 20 in each class  gradually was appreciated by the parents  but they had strong reservation that the continuing  students should  not be sent out of the school  to facilitate smaller class size.The school would consider the parents concern and will gradually move towards a class size of 20.

3.   Parents decorum/dressing while visiting the teachers/school.All the parents (PP-IX) agreed to respect the school rule of dressing formally while visiting the school.

4.   Proposal to have authorized personnel for picking up the children from school to ensure safety of the children:Parents (PP-IX) appreciated this policy of the school and endorsed the proposal.The school will consider the suggestions made by the parents and come up with an effective strategy for 2013 implementation.

5.   Wearing of PE uniform on Tuesdays, the pedestrian days.The parents(PP-IX) appreciated the school’s

intervention to allow students to come to school in PE uniform on Tuesdays as per the request made by the parents.This allowed  children to walk and cycle to school more comfortably and assisted in the morning rush to  drop their children to school.

The parents request to the school to appeal to higher authorities  with regards to Pedestrian Days  being inconvenient, cannot be considered by the school since the school believes in the long term benefit of this policy to the environment. A  sacrifice from  your side  during your  time would ensure a healthier time  for your child when he/she become an adult! Thank you for your support!

13.As per the feedback from the parents, there is a strong indication that the school needs to minimize the major activities .Therefore, with effect from 2013, the school  will have only one major  activity(Concert/Sports/Fete) per year  on a rotation basis, and  more focus on  in house inter class competitions.

14. Stationery would be supplied by the school as per the need of the  class levels for a cost for the whole year, which will be worked out by end of  November,2012.This will be catered by the Company.

15. The School Uniform comprising of  gho and tekyo for boys ; kera , honju and tekyo for girls  and the PE uniform  for boys and girls  should  be  procured from  the School to maintain  uniformity in prints and colour.   The cost will be intimated later. Materials for  gho and tekyo for boys , kera, honju and tekyo for girls would be available from the school premises wef.19th December,2012. School encourages  personal stitching to ensure comfort level and durability . This will be catered by the Company.

16. The school uniform shoe and socks is black and we encourage good quality shoes, without  high heels since it has a serious repercussion on the child’s comfort and growth.Parents  need to procure them.School will not supply.

17. School encourages the use of school transport system   for the following reasons:

- assist in the conservation of environment since Druk School strongly believes in it.

- allow parents to be more relaxed in the morning and avoid the morning rush and stress which has a huge repercussion on their interaction with their school going child/ren as well as their own health and mood for the day .The school transport system facilitates pick up and drop off, all over Thimphu town area at a nominal cost .The details will be made available wef 20th February,2013.

So, once again, a big thank you for being wonderful  partners  and for all  your well intended suggestions and recommendations  for the improvement of the school system.We promise to give you a more satisfying experience next year!

                With highest respect,                                          Yours faithfully,

                                                                                                                Tshewang Choden Wangdi,Principal.

DS/ Adm-9/2012/ 2057            

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