Hillary is one of the former directors of the Chelsea Center who was here in Kathmandu after one and half years. When she came to our school, she was glad to see all the students. She was excited to be here and speak in Nepali with all the students. It was nice of her that she took some time to come and see everyone. Our teachers Monica and Meenashi (the new teachers) also got a chance to meet her.
A small farewell ceremony was arranged for one of our wonderful and dedicated teachers, Puja Bista, who is heading to Australia to continue her studies. Some of the adult students sweetly delivered heart-touching speeches on her behalf and many students were unable to stop their tears. As life is a journey with many miles to go, we wish her the best of luck in her upcoming adventures.
The Chelsea’s IT Club organized its first "conversation with a professional." The team interviewed Mr. Murali Nair and Mrs. Shahnaz Nair, parents of Tanya Nair (our Director of Transition). Thirty young adults participated in the conversation, listening to and asking questions about their professional lives, experiences as students, and lives as individuals.
Tanya (Director of Transition, Papa’s House) led a critical thinking activity with the students in grades 7-10. The 30 students were divided into groups of four and were provided with 30 quotes to reflect upon, discuss, debate, and finally choose their top 5 to present to the other groups. Through this activity they learned how to prioritize things that they value, how to explain to others why something is meaningful to them, and how to respectfully communicate disagreement when their perspective differs from their peers.
Prashanna’s endeavour may be too ambitious: he is working with a group of four students who joined the Science Group as the "The Curious Minds." The team is learning about nature of gravitational force according to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the science of rainfall/snowfall, the phenomenon of rainbow formation, and the physical nature of waves. The team will try to physically demonstrate some of these concepts with other students after Tihar.
Sushil (one of our evening math teachers) led a team of 7 students. The students learned to play chess, and organized an Inter-Chelsea chess tournament to take place in November after Tihar.
Tanya worked with a team of 8 students as the creator and leader of the workshop "Art and Mindfulness." The team learned some art skills before and will lead a sharing workshop after Tihar.
With a heartwarming speech followed by a funny dance performance, the brothers celebrated Sisters' Day on 21st September. Celebration never ends in this family.
Samir (one of our evening math teachers) has long wanted to teach his students "The Art of Making Greeting Cards." He finally had the platform to do it on Pher Dashain Aayo. Nine students learned the basics of creating the cards and made some really beautiful ones.
Saturday, July 27, was a very special day for me(Prashanna), for my teacher L.P. Bhanu Sharma visited the Chelsea Center, to meet and interact with my students. It was an important occasion for the students too, for they have waited long to meet him. L.P. Bhanu Sharma is a meditation teacher and a life development expert at Jeevan Vigyan (a leading socio-spiritual organization in Nepal), and principal of one of the best management schools in Nepal ,“The Apex College”. On this day, addressing the students’ inquiries, Mr. Sharma shared with our students (grade 9 to 12) some meditation tools and his life experiences to live a joyfully productive life.
Everyone in Papa’s House loves to dance. At the end of every major event, the students perform a free dance, and they never get tired of dancing. July 26th marked the day for the first dance night at the Chelsea Center. Colourful lights decorated the workshop room, and the students danced freely for one hour (7 pm -8 pm). It was an exuberant celebration.
We played the final match of the Intra-Chelsea Football Tournament on July 19th. Team A (Captain Sujan), and Team B (Captain Saroj) played the final match. Sujan’s team become the winner of the first Intra-Chelsea Football Tournament. Like many other endeavours, the success of this tournament has made it possible for the Chelsea Center, to take another step towards holistic educational approach.
The joy of putting tika on each teacher’s forehead, thanking and blessing the teachers, and offering sweets: this is how our women students celebrate Teachers Day at the Chelsea Center. In the afternoon the teachers used those sweets to celebrate the day with our younger students in the after-school program. We also led some fun-learning activities (including having partners deliver a minute-long speech on the topics they got in a lucky draw) and watched a movie of all the extra-curricular activities we’ve done recently at the Chelsea Center.
Taking another step towards the broader world of Information Technology, and leadership, the IT club organized an introductory workshop for the students below grade 10. Saurya is one of our long-time volunteers, and a student of Computer Science. She led the workshop to teach a simple programming language “Scratch” with our young learners. This language was developed by MIT.
Having Prekshay, mentor for the IT Club, show up on the website launch day was a heart-warming surprise for the members of the club and a boost to their confidence. The team explained the basics of making a website to their audience of brothers and sisters. During the Q & A round, one of the 10th graders asked, “When will you be teaching all these things to us?”
There was another opportunity for the Papa's House children to connect with the families of the local women in the community who take classes at the Chelsea Center in our Auntie Program. It's such a positive experience for our children AND the families who welcome them that goes well beyond the length of their visit together.
Enrollment of local women increased when new classes opened up in late June. Students are eagerly practicing their English and public speaking skills among the various offerings at the CECC.
Our recent Class 10 graduates received their School Exit Examination (SEE) results last week. They received much praise from their teachers at Skylark School AND the Chelsea Center and, in return, the graduates expressed their gratitude to their mentors with words and sweets.
Photographs tell stories, and this makes photographers the storytellers. Most people love to be photographed, while a few love to take one. A group of young photographers in Papa’s House formally started Photography Hub on June 2. While this platform will inevitably develop leadership skills in the pioneers, it will further inspire many photographers (the storytellers) in Papa’s House.
Teachers and students expressed their gratitude for each other with a rousing game of football (soccer) on the grounds of Papa's House. There was spirited competition, lots of laughs, and much appreciation for each other.