News/Announcements

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).

For SAT

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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…

UA Girls Health Captains

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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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CORONA-TION WEEK, AN ENVIRONMENT WEEK

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.

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Dear Parents, Teachers, and Students - on school reopening,

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:

  1. Phase wise Reporting Notice: Provided to ensure that each and every student is thoroughly screened
  2. 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

  1. 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.

 

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

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Thank You UA - Monthly Tests

Dear Parents and Students,

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.

UA Principal

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Dear Parents, Students and Teachers,

 

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.

 

UA Principal

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Dear Parents and students, Please take note of UA's important dates in February, 2020.

UA’s Important Dates in February 2020

Day and Date
Activity
Remarks
Saturday, 1st February, 2020
All Teachers Report
*Most teachers have already reported
 
*Welcome Address by Principal
*Presentation of Admission Status in Class XIs by Heads of three Departments
Monday, 3rd  February, 2020
Debrief Deployment 2020
Class Teachers’ Orientation
 
Principal, VPs and HoDs:
*School Climate and Culture
*Enrolment 2020
*Deployment 2020
*ICT in Education
*ALS2019 and SAP2020
Tuesday, 4th  February, 2020 to 6th February, 2020
PD Programs
Friday, 7th February, 2020
Shortlisted Student Leaders Report
 
Orientation and also help the Hostel Management Team to see that everything is taken care of
Boarding status report
Sunday, 9th February, 2020
Boarding students of classes VIII, IX, X and XII (all streams) Report
All must report before 5PM to avoid unnecessary complications
* Hostel Committee Members/Health Officials will carry out physical checking on boarding students as they report
Monday, 10th February, 2020
Classes begin for classes VIII, IX, X and XII (all streams)
Special arrangements will be made to help day students to pay their school fees
Friday, 21st February to Sunday, 23rdFebruary 2020
 
Celebration of our HM’s Birth Anniversary
*Zhabten and offering of butter lamps
*Participation in Dzongkhag programme
Monday, 24th and Tuesday, 25th February2020
 
Losar, Male Iron Rat Year
*Programmes will be arranged by Hostel Management Committee
Thursday, 27th February, 2020
Boarding students (class VII and class XIs) report
All must report before 5PM
*Reception and Admissions Desks will help the parents and new students
 
Friday, 28th February, 2020
Orientation Program for VII and XI (all streams)
 
Principal, VPs, HoDs and respective Class Teachers
Saturday, 29th February, 2020
 
Fresher’s Welcome Show
By classes VIII, IX, X and XII (all streams)
 ***First School Rimdo (an auspicious day between 1st March, 2020 and 9th March, 2020)
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Thank you UA: We Thank Our Government for Providing a Greater Opportunity

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

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UA returns Home with Gold Medals

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.

 

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SUBJECT EXHIBITION 2019

Theme: "Work Less, Learn More"

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.

 

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