What exercise is to the body, reading is to the mind. With same objective, the Mountain Echoes program held at Tarayana center, Thimphu on 20th of August, 2015 was organized to commemorate the Reading Year along with the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty, the Fourth Druk Gyelpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The Sixth session of Mountain Echoes is very important, especially for Bhutan as we are celebrating the National Reading Year. The programme consisted of national and international writers such as Lucy Hawking, the daughter of Stephen Hawking, writer of George series.Students from different schools interacted with the international writers as well as the Bhutanese writers Rinzin Rinzin, Pema Gyeltshen and Chador Wangmo.
We were welcomed at the Tarayana center with a welcome dance by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts. The first session called Cosmic Treasure Hunt was with Lucy Hawking and Paro Anand introduced by reading expert Amita Sathe Bambawale and followed by series of presentations.
The journey then took us to VAST gallery where there was an Art Exhibition by Bhutanese women called "Her Expression" II. The Art Exhibition compromised some of the paintings from the private collection of Azhi Sonam Dechen Wangchuk.
With that our programme ended but it instilled within us an understanding of how important reading is. The programme was a very wonderful experience and also a fruitful one.
On 16th August 2015, the finals of the School Cricket tournament were held at Ugyen Academy. There were total of four teams participating in the tournament within Punakha Dzongkhag, organized by Bhutan Cricket Council Board in commemoration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyelpo.
Nevertheless, the super league tournament was played between UA and PHSS who had qualified for the finals in both the categories (Girls and Boys). Punakha HSS clinched the championship by two wickets in girls’ category and UA boys defeated the Punakha HSS by three wickets and clinched the trophy for 2nd consecutive year.
The objective and the main purpose of conducting such a tournament were to develop the cricketing skills of the students and mainly to select a squad consisting of 14 players for upcoming U_19 National District Championship. Out of 14-players, 7-players (boys) and 6-players (girls) have been selected for U_19.
Today the School is having the third round of School Kurim. It is indeed a blessing because of the Kurim Pelchen Dorji Zhenuyi Choga being headed by Lopen Tshedep Kaka mainly for the well being of all the students, teachers and all sentient beings at large.
An ostentatious and an examplary feature of this pooja is that the offerings(tshogs) are none of the packaged items but all are the homemade ones.Such a step has been taken mainly to reduce the waste and also to ensure offerings with unadulterated items.
Such religious activities are in pipeline and yet to be perfomed in the coming months for the physical and moral posperity of all the inmates of the UA family.