2nd June 2020: Social Forestry Day to commemorate the Coronation of our beloved King HM Jigme Singye Wangchuck who is the first ‘Champion of the Earth’ award in 2005 instituted by UNEP.
4th June 2020: Birthday of our Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, the patron of environment preservation in Bhutan.
5th June 2020: World Environment Day (WED) is one of the biggest events celebrated in the world every year; it is supposed to be the "People's Day" to do something to take care of the earth and the environment. We are not doing but polluting. Thanks to the CORONA pandemic lockdown, the earth got time to heal a bit, the sky is clearer, and the air cleaner.
I am happy that Lord Buddha joined us this year on WED to teach us mindfulness - to be mindful of our actions on the world. CORONA would have never come if we did not harm other living creatures.
I feel we should observe a CORONA-TION week each year - a CORONA pandemic lockdown on earth each year. For 2020 we did our part during the CORONA-TION WEEK, AN ENVIRONMENT WEEK Happy CORONA-TION Weekend.
We are writing to appraise each and every one of our plans to begin the phased re-opening of Ugyen Academy (UA). The government has asked us to plan a reopening of the school from Wednesday, 1st July 2020 for classes X and XII only. We accept that it is our sacred responsibility to plan a phased reopening based on our judgments of what is safest for all of us. Hence, this letter has three important attachments:
Phase wise Reporting Notice: Provided to ensure that each and every student is thoroughly screened
An important extract from UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP – 4th Edition, 20th June 2020) for school reopening on 1st July 2020:
It spells out the expectations and guidelines/protocols to be followed when school reopens
PRP Structure System (Human Resources –Command/Communication)
For easy contact and to identify the concerned individual's responsibility/duty for effective implementation of UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP) for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
As evident from above, considering the safety of our students and UA staff members, we have put great thrust to Health and Medical Unit; it has been strengthened with the best possible health team headed by a consultant doctor, two seasoned nurses and trained support staff to provide 24X7 health services in the campus. Even each class has a female and a male Class Health Captain who are automatic members of the School Health and Medical Unit.
While we have done everything under the sun to ensure safety, it is important to share a bit on our academic plan. Today, despite extraordinary advances in the development of countermeasures, the ease of world travel and increased global interdependence have added layers of complexity to containing these infectious diseases that affect not only the health but the economic stability of societies. The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has to some degree been catastrophic for the world including Bhutan- it has been rolling out public fear, economic loss, and adversely impacting schools. Therefore, as envisaged in our objective, UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is designed to some degree for adapting to reclosing and reopening schools as needed due to resurgence of community transmission.
Accordingly, we are adopting a Blended Learning Approach - combination of face-to-face and online learning. Our DLS Unit has also been strengthened and ICT facilities up-graded for effective blended learning. The school will have intranet facilities to continue online classes as well; online assignments and assessments will continue to exist on the school campus. Consequently, we will be allowing students to come with their electronic gadgets to school but they will have to surrender their SIM to the Planning and Operation Unit/Class Teacher/Matrons/Wardens. Each student will have to sign the ICT pledge. Having said so, our challenge will be to e-discipline all our students – a real big challenge. Nonetheless, as shared in the past, we are prepared to come up with an added feature in our values education classes – Values education for the 21st Century Technology-Based Education. Anyway, we have no choice but to have a go for the better. We are sure parents will support the move.
Thank you for your ongoing support and hope to see you all in good health soon.
Our monthly tests for the month of March and April 2020 are beginning from today (Saturday, April 25, 2020). Like the monthly tests conducted during regular academic sessions, the online tests will cover only those topics covered under the EiE curriculum or UA’s Distance Learning Solutions (DLSs). Accordingly, the assessment criteria have been innovated to suit the e-learning and teaching (EiE) environment.
We are attaching the Time Table and the Assessment Criteria so that all are aware of the kind of assessment(s) we are trying to come up with, after coming to grips with the online delivery (DLS) of the EiE curriculum. Kindly go through the time table and the assessment criteria and provide us your valuable feedback. We must admit that it is not perfect; it is rather a temporary solution to ensure that we partner with the parents, meaningfully engage our students and jointly make an assessment.
At the same time, we are all aware that we are all facing a host of challenges when it comes to teaching or assessing remotely; the digital divide - grappling with unfamiliar technologies, those who lack adult supervision, or those who are facing domestic problems, resource problems — the list goes on. Therefore, it will be our sacred responsibility to help such students, if not now, even later when the school re-opens.
Meanwhile, driven by a pandemic to the front lines of an unprecedented rush to distance-learning, we don’t have a choice but to be inundated in our own respective groups in Google classrooms, messenger, telegram, We-chat, emails, texts, BBS Lessons, and calls – a desperate attempt to keep education going. We are all stressed and to some degree panic-stricken but we must work together to get through this crisis.
We remain very certain that with the amount of love, care and concern from our beloved His Majesty, the heroic efforts of our government; the ever-rising fountain of prayers from our “Zhung Dratshang” (Central Monastic Body – CMB) and the collaboration of Bhutanese people, the pandemic will end soon and life will spring back to normalcy. It will.
In the wake of the MoH confirming the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country, the School Administration Team has come up with an UA Emergency Plan for Covid-19 Hence, please note the following important extract from the UA Emergency Plan for Covid-19 until further notice: No classes will be conducted
- Day students including the ones in PGs (residing outside of the school) will not come to school
- No outing for boarding students but there will regulated activities to keep students engaged
- Boarding Students on leave will not report to the hostel
- Boarding students wishing to go home can go home only if parents/guardians come to get them
- Visitors will not be allowed to meet students nor are they allowed into the campus
- Parcels and letters will not be accepted into the school campus
- All must strictly follow hand hygiene and take precautionary measures as per School Health Officers’ instructions
- Anyone in the campus feeling ill will report to the School Health Officers immediately
- The School Administrative Officers must ensure 24X7 water supply in the hostels
- All staff members inside the campus will have to comply and work in tandem with the School Health Officers’ instructions
- Above all, please do not panic, we will work and pray together to see that ALL are safe.
Dear Parents and Students (BCSE 2019), If you wish to avail the advantage of Nu.40, 000/- government scholarship or Nu. 70, 000/- boarding (needy students only) to study in a private school of one’s choice, it is important that parents and students (BCSE: 2019) see that they register first online anytime between 8th Jan, 2020 and 15th Jan, 2020. It is seen as a requirement.
However, the online registration is not going to lead the student to lose the opportunity to continue in a government school, if he or she fails to get admitted in the private school of his or her choice. Please note that the online registered students will have to follow up with their admissions in the private school between 20th January, 2020 and 29th January, 2020 (ample time), that is after the declaration of BCSE 2019 result by BCSEA; our MoE may provide/announce the list of registered students in the respective private schools. The instruction for continuing in a government school will be announced only on 31st January, 2020 (Re: pg. 11 Kuensel Ad. 8th Jan. 2020).
Therefore, if a student (BCSE 2019) wishes to seek admission in UA, then the student should do the online registration now. It is also important for UA 2019 BCSE students to register online (like the others) if you wish to continue in UA with the scholarship. Our Admission Desk will follow up with the registered students as mentioned above as soon as we get the details.
Once again, please do not worry about losing the opportunity to continue in a government school if one is not admitted in the private school of his/her choice.
“We Thank Our Government for Providing a Greater Opportunity” and allowing all (BCSE 2019) students to choose a private school first.
Wish all BCSE: 2019 students good luck with their results and school admissions in 2020. Principal UA
The LA Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata organized science fest on the Theme "Where Science Meets Relativity" on 29th of November 2019. The School was privileged to take part with 10 students and two teachers. The programme consisted of various categories related to science.
Our students participated in six categories. Ugyen Pelden of Class VIII A and Srijana Giri of IX A bagged Gold Medal in Lab Diagnoses category.
Annual subject exhibition for class X and XII is one of the intellectual and cooperative events of Ugyen Academy as it nurtures the positive values of cooperative learning besides rejuvenating the academic lesson. Moreover, it is one way to foster innovative and creative learning among the students guided by various subject teachers.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate’s loot on treasure island”. Walt Disney.
Literary fest, 28-9-2019
The literary fest 2019 was graced in the presence of neighbor school- PHSS, Lobesa MSS and Bajo HSS. A moment of silence marked the beginning of program which was further enriched when a short video on the autobiography of the late founding father Yab Ugyen Dorji was played and the journey about him to reach the peak of success was foretold through the Book Rainbow and the Clouds, authored by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk . The mesmerizing event intended to promote and foster the young talented writers and at the same time to encourage the existing readers and writers. In addition, a story telling competition between the host school and visitor school added charm to the event.
Further there was a short interview with the young writer Yeshey Tsyang which enriched the young children’s mind. Finally, the program concluded with the prize award to the participants.
NO WONDER UGYEN ACADEMY BRINGS BEST IN EVERYTHING.