Category Archives: Straight From the Students

JG Girls Shine at Inaugural Regional Volleyball Tournament

The Jhamtse Gatsal girls’ volleyball team faces Lumla Higher Secondary School. Photo by Nidhi Iyer August 15, 2016 For the last three years, Jhamtse has enjoyed supporting the elder boys of our community at a local volleyball competition celebrating India’s … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Jhamtse Gatsal!

As he bid us farewell last week, Dr. Frank told us we were “richest place on Earth.” What did he mean? Tenzin Norbu Doctor Frank called us the “richest place on Earth” because our place is so nice and also … Continue reading

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Some Nifty Sunday Afternoon Photos

…of a few otherwise overlooked campus nooks and crannies, by Tenzin Norbu (Class 8) and company.    

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Song of the Moon: A Poem

Class IX recently enjoyed exploring Kahlil Gibran’s “Song of the Rain.” Below, savor an equally artful and poignant interpretation by our very own Pema Drolma ‘A:’   Photo by Volunteer Tori   Song of the Moon by Pema Drolma ‘A’ … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

On New Year’s Eve, Class VI spent some a reflective, introspective English period writing letters to their future selves. Here are some of their favorite aspects of 2014 and hopes for the year to come.        

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My First Teachers

My first teachers mean the world to me, because their love for me has been eternal and unconditional! Whatever I am today, it’s all because of them. They are my first teachers who taught me all the basic things: like … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 5

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part five of five. Tenzin Lhadron A, Class VII One afternoon when I was sleeping, I was sleeping from 2pm to 4pm. That time my poor and hard-worker and nice mother called me and said, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving, part II!

…And here are some responses to a “What are you thankful for?” opener, by Classes VI and VII. Sangey Ngodup I am thankful for staff and teacher and Genla. Tenzin Norbu Thank you for our community help me to share … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 4

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part four of five. Tenzin Norbu, Class VII My brother came to village and to take clothes and one day brother went in home and in morning brother and me went to Lumla and my … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 3

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part three of five. Dorjee Wangchu, Class VII Going to Picnic Early in the morning, at the 4am before the children are awake, it was very cold during the autumn season. Amala Yangzom (who takes … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 2

Short Stories of Fall Vacation, part two of five. Dargey Phuntsok, Class VI Me and my sister went to find wood. We took rope then we went to the jungle. Then me and my sister climbed in the tree. Then … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 1

Here are some short stories that the kids wrote about their two-week fall vacation, and visiting their families. This is part one of five. Enjoy! Tenzin Lhadron B, Class VII Story about Cucumber and Chutney The wind was silent: woo… … Continue reading

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How Life Changes

There was a time when my life was so easy due to my mom. My father died when I was six months old. I don’t even remember his face. When mom was with me, I used to enjoy being with … Continue reading

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Timely Reminder

Words of wisdom from articulate and insightful ninth grader, Pema Drolma ‘A’, posted to our “Words We Love” bulletin board last month, just in time to resonate with Class IX beginning their much-anticipated first round of half-yearly government exams at … Continue reading

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An Opener on Interbeing

Class VIII begins a unit on human relationship with the natural world by responding to a provocative quote by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Phurpa Lhamo I like this idea because it is very creative writing paragraph and in … Continue reading

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Who is your hero?

Check out below some thoughts from Class VII’s opener today!      

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Beauty and the Media: Perspectives from Class VII

Class VII had one of our fullest, most engaged hours earlier this week when we spent a class interrogating conceptions of beauty. We began with a silent, reflective opener: “What is beauty?” The kids shared some thoughtful insights. Mani Wangmu … Continue reading

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Origin Stories by Class VIII

In tandem with a Science unit on evolution and natural selection, Class VIII has been working for the last week exploring origin stories in their various forms. Over the weekend, they were asked to seek out an oral retelling of … Continue reading

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Why do we tell stories?

I think that people have something special that makes us think. We like to listen to stories because stories make us happy and not bored. From telling stories to each other, we can share our knowledge. I think stories are … Continue reading

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