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Thrangu Express ~ SMD’s Student Paper

SMD School Thrangu Express

SMD Students have created their own newspaper for all friends, family and supporters to enjoy. Click on the latest issue and enjoy the read! September 2019: Issue 01 Jan-Feb 2018: Issue 07 December 2017: Issue 06 November 2017: Issue 05 September 2017: Issue 04 August 2017: Issue 03 July 2017: Issue 02 June 2017: Issue 01

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SMD School Summer Update

SMD School Karate Kids

This summer SMD School students had a lot of fun and excitement with many extracurricular activities being offered. They certainly think it’s fun to take breaks from studying. Our support staff, Buddha Tamang with his black belt Karate skills, has successfully developed an SMD Karate program that the kids are loving…and now they impressed us all with their new Karate …

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Accepting over 40 new kids

SMD School students finished their last day of the 2018 – 2019 school year on April 5th. We had the best exam results this year for years. Every year, after finishing the “Iron Gate” exams, our Class 10 kids go on pilgrimage to the Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini. Their escort and teacher was our nyerpa (monk manager) Tashi Gyatso. The same …

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Nutritionists at SMD

Holistic nutritionists, Maria and Arantza from Mexico City, came to SMD in September to share their knowledge about nutrition and meal planning. They became part of our family the moment they landed. Following is a summary of their experience: Last September, we had the extraordinary opportunity to teach holistic nutrition for four weeks at SMD School for Himalayan Children in …

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Tribute to a Mentor

Harry Pigot at SMD School

Harry Pigot first visited SMD School when he was studying at Neuchatel Junior College, a Canadian school in Switzerland. At the time, he said he’d come back when he finished an engineering degree. He finished the degree at UBC and then spent a year mentoring SMD students, co-founding Himalayan Makers’ Guild (HMG) and Code Club with Tashi Choeden Lama B716. …

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NASA Astronaut visits SMD

Our new school year is off to a great start and we’ve been busy—we’ve had many visitors, club and sports activities, a fire puja, an election, Environment Day, Hostel Night, and more. One of the key highlights was the visit and presentation by American engineer and former NASA astronaut, Sandra Hall Magnus. The kids were riveted by her talk. She …

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SMD Sports Day Celebrations

SMD Sports Day 20187

Our annual SMD Sports Day is always a much anticipated and exciting event for all the students, faculty and staff at SMD. This year’s event was held on January 31 and organized by Tenzin Loden with assistance from SMD senior students and teachers. The event opened with a marching parade by the school houses and the school band. It also …

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Student Art Exhibition

SMD alum and artist, Sonam Gurung, led an art program this summer, making art classes available to SMD School students after class, holding art exhibitions and producing new generations of artists at SMD. The ‘After School Artists’ just held their first Art Exhibition on August 5 & 6 in the SMD Shrine Hall. View some of the amazing highlights below …

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School life in Nepal: A Day at SMD

School life in Nepal

School life in Nepal varies across the country but at SMD School, we follow the Nepali government curriculum complemented by the teachings of the Buddha. A typical day starts early for everyone: our kids wake up at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. in the winter), wash their faces, brush their teeth and dress in play clothes. Breakfast is at 7 a.m., …