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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

In an academic year rocked by the pandemic, we can understand how hard it has been for most of us to keep our heads out of the water. Even now the pandemic is unrelenting and all of us are still in a situation charged with stress. Amidst all this unpredictable and challenging times, all of us are working tirelessly to see that our children’s education is not compromised. In this endeavour, with the unrelenting support from everyone, we are very sure that together we will give a good finish to the academic session. After three consecutive meetings in the second week of January 2021, the SAT/HoDs members keeping in view the safety for all, we are very happy to share the following resolutions to see that we end and begin well:

Winter Vacation and Reporting Time for Classes VII, VIIIs and IXs:

 The winter vacation has already begun for our class VIIs and VIIIs of 2020 for whom only online classes as per Education in Emergency (EiE), Adapted Curriculum (AC) was rolled out and online assessments were conducted in December 2020. We are happy to share that there was 100% pass percentage results achieved in classes VIIs and VIIIs.

Officially the students of classes VII (new students) and VIII (VIIs of 2020) are expected to report on 15th February 2021 and IXs (VIIIs of 2020) on 1st April 2021. However, since we have almost 600 students of classes X and XII taking the BCSEA Examinations till 13th March 2021, we are tentatively planning to begin classes for Class VII, VIIIs, and IXs altogether on 22nd March 2021. Accordingly, a boarding student must report on Sunday 21st March 2021 if all goes as planned. 

Boarding Students IXs and XIs (all three streams):

  • Classes: Although the syllabus is complete for IXs and XIs, the teachers will continue to teach and see if they can even cover some foundation chapters of X and XII in core subjects. In essence, as the boarding students have the additional advantage of time; besides the revisions, teachers could continue classes in self containment mode till last week of January 2021.
  • Term II/Annual Examinations for IXs and XIs: It will begin from 28th January 2021 and may go up to 15th February 2021. The assessments will be as per the requirements of the entire Education in Emergency (EiE) Prioritized Curriculum (PC) as mandated. The extra foundation topics of X and XII will not be assessed in the AAT IV (Term II/Final Examination) promotion examinations.
  • Owing to less time (barely two weeks and that too will go mostly into quarantine) and high risks of transmission, please note that the boarding students of classes IXs and XIs on leave from red zones will not report to school. They will attend the online classes (Google/Zoom) and take the online promotion exam. The subject teachers also have their Academic Ability Tests (AAT I and AAT II) to take into account. Provision is kept to call them earlier in March 2021 to catch up with the others. Again, during the vacation, there will be some form of online remediation classes (Zoom) mainly in core subjects to see that students are kept academically engaged, to cover up for those who missed classes and also to guide them with their project(s) – as required in the subject(s).

Local Day Students and students on leave from green zones Classes IXs and XIs (all three streams):

  • Classes: As usual, online classes (Both Google and Zoom) for them will continue until the schools reopens. In case, the school closure continues, or happens to close even after reopening, then the online classes will continue and end for them also by last week of January 2021.
  • Examinations (will be online mode only if schools are closed): It will begin from 28th January 2021 and may go up to 16th February 2021. The assessment will be as per the requirements of the entire Education in Emergency (EiE) Prioritized Curriculum (PC) as mandated. The extra foundation topics of X and XII, even if covered will not be assessed in the AAT IV (Term II/Final Examination) promotion examinations.

For Both Day/Boarding Students IXs and XIs (all three streams) promoted to X and XII respectively in 2021:

  • Winter Vacation: If all spells well, the classes IX and XI students will go on vacation in a staggered manner between 6th February 2021 and 17th February 2021. As already mentioned, during the vacation, there will be some form of online remediation classes (Zoom) mainly in core subjects to see that students are kept academically engaged and also to guide them with their project(s) – as required in the subject(s).
  • School Reopening for promoted students of IXs and XIs: 1st April 2021 is the official opening (for the next batches of X and XII) but depending on the coverage and especially for those students who missed the face to face (F2F) instruction because of the lockdowns and school closure or leaves, students may be asked to report anytime (again in a staggered manner) between 21st March 2021 and 4th April 2021 - that is a week or so after the classes X and XII have completed their BCSEA examinations.

Return of Stranded Students of classes Xs and XIIs from Green Zones (all three streams):

  • For any kind of intra/inter Dzongkhag movements, the students and parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to strictly comply with the Covid 19 TFs (National/Dzongkhag) and MoH’s Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs)/Health Protocols. The school will not be responsible for any breach of protocol(s) or problems by any individual(s) for having to report to school.
  • Classes for X and XII local day students will resume as soon as the schools are opened in Punakha Dzongkhag. Even the boarding students on leave from the green zones will be accepted in the hostels after a thorough scrutiny by school Health and Medical Support Services Team (HMSST).
  • Depending on the travel history/health status of individual student(s), the School Health and Medical Support Services Team (HMSST) reserves the right to keep students under observation/school quarantine or refer them for further medical examinations. In the event that a student needs special medical care, parents/guardians will have to help their child as the school will face difficulty in attending to such individual needs during examination time.

Return of Stranded Students of classes Xs and XIIs from Red Zones/High Risk Areas (all three streams):

  • For any kind of intra/inter Dzongkhag movements, the students and parent(s)/guardian(s) will have to strictly comply with the Covid 19 TFs (National/Dzongkhag) and MoH’s Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs)/Health Protocols. The school will not be responsible for any breach of protocol(s) or problems for having to report to school. Each one should see that they take utmost care to see that one does not become a victim or make others victims to the virus.
  • All students will have to complete the mandatory quarantine implemented by the Covid 19 TFs (National/Dzongkhag). Please note that parents/guardians should coordinate and arrange on their own the aforementioned mandatory quarantine between 24th January 2021 and 7th February 2021. It is to be noted that as an additional precautionary measure the school will again keep the students for a week in separate quarantine hostels (between 1st February 2021 and 14th February 2021). Same arrangements must be made by day students/PG students after completing the mandatory quarantine implemented by the Covid 19 TFs (National/Dzongkhag). Separate classes (includes online) will be conducted and all logistics taken care of with utmost professionalism for these students. Once again, in the event that a student needs special medical care, parents/guardians will have to help their child as the school will face difficulty in attending to such individual needs during examination time. 

BCSEA Examinations 2020 batch of classes X and XII (all three streams):

  • Unless postponed by MoE due to the pandemic, as scheduled (copies attached), the BCSEA Examinations will begin from Thursday 18th February 2021 (practical examinations from 18th to 28th February 2021 and theory from 1st March 2021 up to 13th March 2021) and end on Saturday, 13th March 2021.

Additional Information for classes X and XII (all three streams) 2020:

  • All boarding students are expected to leave the campus latest by 14th March 2021. Parents/Guardians must ensure that their child/children are taken care to report safely home.
  • Class XII students are advised to work on their further studies (online registrations both RUB/DAHE, etc…), keeping as many options open – those which may be subject to one’s performance. Also, get important documents such as citizenship ID card, Security Clearance, Health Certificate, academic transcripts, achievement certificates, etc… all ready so that it does not pose problems later after the results are declared.
  • Class Xs promoted to XI must decide with your parents whether you would want to continue in UA or not. Again, keep options open; consider government policies, your favoured stream (reasons for your choice and criteria to be met – including choice of optional subjects in the stream) and other advantages and disadvantages before you take the final decision – even fees, scholarships/concession offers, boarding or day students status, etc...

A student wanting to leave UA after class X will have to immediately process (after the declaration of BCSE - Class X Results) for school leaving certificate (SLC) through the class teacher. The school is not responsible for placement of class X students who wish to join some other schools. It is the duty of the parents/guardians to work out with the concerned agency/school.

In any case, if a student is deciding to continue in UA, then he or she MUST update with the class teacher to see that your admission status is updated – a UA student need not have to fill a new admission form if his/her admission to class XI is confirmed by the respective Admission Desk 2021.

At this juncture, the SAT wishes to maintain that we feel it is of considerable importance for parents to share your valuable insights on the above issues or any other matters pertaining to your child’s education in UA. Please note that we will be mindful not to share any sensitive issues. My email id: pk.ugyenacademy@education.gov.bt

Meanwhile, kindly keep in touch with your child’s class teacher/subject teacher(s). Definitely, we will always keep you abreast on important information and developments from the school through your child’s class teacher and on our website: www.ugyenacademy.edu.bt

Before we conclude, and as always, the SAT thanks each one of you for your support and understanding as we, as a country and as Bhutanese, responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19 in early March 2020. We thank all for helping us to live up to our EiE Pledge, “My Students, My Responsibility - MSMR” (Versions 1 to 14) ever since the EiE curriculum (both Prioritized and Adapted) were rolled out in an outstanding mode – a herculean task accomplished.

Finally and most importantly, we remain forever indebted for the unconditional love, care, and concern we receive all the time from our precious Wangchuck Dynasty; the relentless efforts of our government; the sacrifices being made by the frontline workers; the perpetual fountain of prayers from our “Zhung Dratshang”. We cannot think of expecting anything more and we are safe because we are given utmost care.

Good Luck and UA Family wishes everyone “A Very Happy 2021 Year”.

Sincerely,

 

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

(For School Administration Team SAT)

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Admission Notification 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our Admissions for Lower Division (Classes VII, VIII, IX and X in: 2021) are open. Please note that first you must fill the preliminary online registration form in the link provided in our school website: www.ugyenacademy.edu.bt or follow this form links attached herewith

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflL9Hh5uWoSMFIHjLsVU9WNxwm2TEFxYhi15tAQvOjqfpBeg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Next, our school admission desk will get back to you if your child’s registration is through. Our Admission Desk may request for the following:
• A copy of most recent academic report/test result (2020) and the result of previous class (2019)
• School Leaving Certificate in Original
• 3 Pass-port size Photographs
• Health Book
Kind regards,
for School Administration Team (SAT)

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Once again...

UA welcomes Classes IXs and XI Science on 19th and 20th September 2020. Come with care. Travel safely; bring along happiness and “Be Your Best”. Check the attachments for details of reporting.

 

Requirements for Students:

Given the Lockdown experience, the SAT felt that parents/guardians should see to it that their child’s essential items for the remaining academic session is as far as possible with them when they come so that unnecessary risks and expenditure can be avoided – listed below :

 

As informed by class teachers, the students must come with the following:

  1. At least 3 sets of washable face masks
  2. Re-sealable bag or container for keeping spare masks
  3. Tissue papers
  4. Phone with Druk Trace app as they will be asked to scan on entry and will have to use for Google Classes (blended Approach)
  5. Personal Hand Sanitizer(s) - for emergency use
  6. Water Bottle (No sharing)
  7. Mosquito Nets (mandatory for boarding students)
  8. Enough soaps and essential toiletries
  9. Stationery Items (pens/refills/pencils etc…)
  10. Project work materials and calculators as required by the subject
  11. Medical prescriptions (if checked recently or is or was undergoing medical treatment)
  1. ***The extract from UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP) for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Post Lockdown is available with the teachers – if parents/guardians need more detailed information please contact your child’s class teacher.

Phase wise Reporting Notice for classes IXs and XIs

Please take note of UA’s Reporting Dates: the School Administration Team (SAT) has phased out the reporting dates to ensure proper implementation of UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Post Lockdown

Reporting Sequence

Stream/

Classes

Boarders Reporting Date and Time

Classes Resume on

 The Only Point of Entry (OPoE):

 Screening and Health Protocols

 

1st Batch

IX A, B & C

 

Saturday 19th September 2020 All boarding student of Class IX A, B & C must report before 12(noon) PM

 

Monday 21st September 2020

*day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/Head of School

 

*RBP or Desuups/UA Volunteers will regulate the traffic observing health protocols at Only OPoE (Gate 1)–UA Football Stadium Gate – Separate arrangement for classes IXs after 12M (noon) on 19th Sept 2020

*First the student(s) will enter from the Gate 1 (OPoE) -Student(s) volunteers will be there to help with the belongings

*Upon entry they will undergo thermal screening

*Referral to Flue Camp will only be made if demanded by HMSST (Based on records and temperature reading)

*Next, they will have to scan with Druk Trace app or register manually

*After that, the student volunteers will escort the students with their belongings into  decontamination /health protocols area for decontamination of footwear and belongings/hand wash

*After decontamination the student(s) are escorted to the class teachers for verification and issuance of Hostel Admit Ticket (HAT)/Class Admit Ticket (CAT)

*The student(s) must inform the Parents/Guardians over the phone the moment they receive the HAT/CAT 

*Parents/Guardians are advised to leave only after their child gets HAT/CAT

2nd Batch

UA School of Science: XI Sc A, B & C

Sunday 20th September 2020 All boarding student of Class IXs and XI Science Stream must report before 3 PM

3rd Batch

Arts Department: Classes XIs A,B,C

&

Commerce Department: Commerce A & B

Sunday, 27th September 2020

All Arts and Commerce Stream boarding students must report before 4 PM

Monday 28th September 2020

*day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/HoD

 

Day students will also be screened while entering into the campus on the day when classes resume and declaration/undertaking form must be signed. There will be separate SoPs for day students which will have to be strictly followed by parents/guardians or proprietors of paying guests (PGs).

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Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe

“Soelra” from our Her Majesty the Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck - Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe

2020 was struck with a worldwide pandemic, a disease that found its way into the land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan. With panic and fear engraved into the hearts of the citizens, our country had no choice but to go in lockdown. Despite the occurrence of this unfortunate event, we as citizens have been able to see the rays of hope in the darkness of Covid-19. Had it not been for the rapid solutions and leadership of our beloved King and Queen, we would be helpless. Fortunate as we are, we are also being sheltered under the protection of our Dharma Kings, His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Amidst this lockdown, people faced many challenges, family schedules went upside down, and basic necessities of the people especially of young girls in boarding schools ran short. Even money had no meaning; the lockdown was lifted, unlocking empty shops.

On the other hand, we are blessed to have received this valuable “soelra” from our Her Majesty the Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. No words can express our gratitude for this heartfelt and thoughtful “soelra”; even then we would like to sincerely thank Her Majesty for being our light in the darkness. We pledge our loyalty for all times to come. Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe…

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly, I am aware that most parents are better informed about UA then sometimes people like us who are with the students 24 X 7. It is because unlike other schools, UA has given your child some regulated time to use their mobile to connect to their loved ones – parents and family members. Also, UA boarding students before the lock down enjoyed the OiE OiE outings (Re: Attachment 1).

Yet, as we continue to navigate through the storms of COVID-19 pandemic, I am writing today to ease your worry as much as possible given all media around the Corona virus. As you know, providing a healthy and safe campus environment has always been a priority and now has become the topmost priority for Ugyen Academy. Thus, we have remodeled our entire Human Resource Structure and Terms of References to suit the needs of the New Normal. In a post-covid-19 education system, we have no choice but to bring our attention to providing the best possible health services in the school campus; choosing from the best, we have instituted the UA Health and Medical Support Services Team (HMSST). Today, we take pride as a school in our HMSST’s ability to safely address most of the health problems inside the school campus, thereby minimizing exposure to diseases and reducing movement in these challenging and changing times.

Academics (ALS)

Our next priority will obviously be our children’s academics; arguably some could consider it even as the most important and that is perfectly fine. Anyway, everyone is aware that we are all rolling out the Education in Emergency (EiE), EiE Adapted Curriculum (UA Classes VII, VIIIs, IXs, and XIs - all three streams) and EiE Prioritized Curriculum (UA Classes Xs and XIIs - all three streams) developed by our Ministry of Education and the Royal Education Council. Given the pandemic, none of this is easy and much of it is out of our control, so I ask for your understanding and constructive comments as I share the following information about the two:

EiE Adapted Curriculum (UA Classes VII, VIIIs, IXs, and XIs (all three streams) :

Firstly, we are happy to share that, our proprietor is investing in upgrading our ICT facilities. Next, our Distance Learning Solutions Support Services Team (DLSSST) is strengthened; it is now a new Department in the New Normal. DLSSST has been able to have intranet facilities inside our campus and this makes access and delivery of e-Lessons quick and friendly without having to worry about data cost. DLSSST is also initiating webinars; group chats and live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings. Meanwhile, for the students, the teachers have been conducting Google classes as per the guidelines provided for delivery. Besides, UA adopted its own customized approach, “My Students, My Responsibility - MSMR” a pledge driven method to maximize the quality virtual connection between the subject teacher and his/her students (Re: Attachment 2- MSMR 10).

As evident, from the MSMR 10, the teacher is supposed to have had the best possible delivery of the EiE Adapted Curriculum in the Google Classroom/online class. The School Administration (SAT) is very happy with almost all the teachers’ efficacy in Google Classrooms/online classes - as per the reports (MSMR 1 – MSMR 10) submitted on a fortnightly basis. However, we understand that all our parents may not be happy with teachers handling the subject(s) for your child/children. In case, if a teacher has failed, then, do let SAT know in the email provided. We will follow up to see that your child/children is/are taken care of immediately in that/those subjects. Monitoring teachers in the virtual world is a very complex task but SAT is trying its best; it where parents can inform us as you know better how the child is being engaged in the Google classroom by each subject teacher.

EiE Prioritized Curriculum (UA Classes Xs and XIIs (all three streams):

Except for the students repeating in class XIIs, our coverage is very good for all classes (across all three streams) as we did not lose time in the beginning and nor did we lose much time in-between. We had made sure to invest more time during closure (Google classes) to non-technical subjects (mainly languages) as it was quite friendly for online classes. Hence, the moment we got to go face to face instruction, our priority has been on the technical subject (mainly mathematics, accountancy, economics, and sciences). Even with the disruption now, we are following up with serious remediation exercises to ensure that our students achieve the best – as always. Further, we are already into the blended approach with formal instruction in online mode – Google classroom. This is to guarantee that the day students are not missed out and that the teachers who reside outside the school campus are able to virtually reach to all his/her students. Therefore, please do not worry, UA teachers have the ability to strategically plan and implement even in difficult times or in this New Normal.

UA Students’ Engagement Activities during COVid-19 Nationwide Lock down:

With the nation under lock down, many parents may be interested to know how we are engaging our students. Definitely, anxiety, uncertainty, fear, and isolation are factors in the COVID-crisis. Research has indicated that these have become more prevalent. Hence, all of us have to think more carefully about building a sense of community and human contact through this challenging and changing times-we must be #inthistogether. Yes, there is a risk that by focusing on academics only or for that matter keeping them indoors most of the time; we could forget that wellness needs to come first. While checking in with students to make sure that they are coping is important, allowing students to connect with one another in activities that help them to build emotionally is the new mantra for excellence in the New Normal. Thus, to provide the much needed pastoral care and support our students' engagement in co-curricular and extracurricular activities is taken to be a collective responsibility (Re: Attachment 3 - UA Students’ Engagement Activities during CoVid-19 Nationwide Lockdown).

We will continue to adapt and adopt innovative practices to keep all our students meaningfully engaged. Come what may, UA will ensure that your child’s/children’s education will not be compromised but raised. Thank you for your continued support and for entrusting the safety of your children to us.

Sincerely,

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

 

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