One of the dominant features you will notice in this fortnight’s newsletter is the variety of features from the Primary school. Most visitors to Jharoka our academic fair were amazed at the clarity and confidence of our youngest students – some as young as Form 1 – as they explained scientific ideas and mathematical concepts. This is not to gloss over the excellent discussions and ideas of middle and senior school but to point out the depth of understanding of advanced concepts which even our youngest children display.
Last week, we had our first student-led conferences for Form 4 & 5 where each student presented to their parents what they had learnt and where they needed help. You can read details about this below. What is worth emphasizing is the reflection, the critical thinking about their own progress which goes behind such an activity. If young people can honestly think about their own progress and work out how to improve, they are equipped with the tools to be life-long learners. This is a central aim of the IB programme at every level.
Secondary Music Assembly
The secondary school delighted us with their performances at the music assembly. Organised by the music department it encompassed much more than rock or other contemporary western music which for instance characterize our lunch time concerts. The audience was introduced to different versions through a history of patriotic Indian songs like Vande Mataram, listened to a table group, a violin solo of a Minuet by Bach, piano and keyboard solos, and a beautiful composition by a student in middle school. Showcasing their learnings from music classes and the music club, it was a dazzling display of talent. You can view the video of the music Assembly by clicking on the link below:
It seems almost impossible to believe that our first group of IB Diploma students are coming to the end of their school life. Their final day is 12th April and there will be a graduation ceremony to which all senior school students and the parents of Form 12 are invited. They have been a very special group not only because they are our first batch but because each of them has emerged as a special, caring human being who has contributed uniquely to making Pathways School Noida what it is. We will miss them and wish them all the best for their examinations and for their lives beyond Pathways.
Regretfully I should share that we were forced to take disciplinary action against some students who hacked into another student’s account and sent out a very inappropriate email in his name. At Pathways we work hard to introduce the responsible use of technology because we believe that it is an inescapable part of contemporary life. It enables many creative activities and can profitably be used in learning. Alongside, we make students aware of its dangers and what is unacceptable use. In this case, the students were suspended from school and given a warning. To their credit they were able to understand why what they had done was wrong and even illegal and I am sure this will be an important learning for life.