In writing this last newsletter of the year we automatically think of the twists and turns, expansion and development of Pathways School Noida over the past twelve months. So many things have happened that it is likely that we lose count of progress.
Student numbers have more than doubled and next year we move towards two sections for most grades. Inevitably our bus fleet doubled and further additions are planned for August. There was a huge expansion in our sports facilities and we were happy to introduce golf, riding, squash and swimming in this year. Our first Board exam batches both in Form 10 for IGCSE and Form 12 for IB are currently taking these exams. At the other end of the scale, our Early Years section opened for children of 12 months upward. Along with these changes we continue to aspire to the highest educational standards from the primary to the senior. Our teachers have continued to work tirelessly to develop new teaching approaches and care about the learning of every child in their care. This is apparent from the many conversations and letters of appreciation we have got from parents over the year.
It may seem odd to end this years newsletters with the voice of those students who are beginning at Pathways. In this issue we listen to the voice of those who have joined the school for the pre-term programme. Their experience of the concept-based learning, the different activities, the friendliness of students and the variety of teaching strategies gives a good perspective of the education programme which must be at the heart of a good school. The Pre-term students will be presenting their learning over the programme at an assembly for parents.
Students from Form 7 upward are sitting their final exams beginning today. Meanwhile Form 5 students are preparing for two major events. The first is the PYP Exhibition which is a unique presentation of their learning over their final unit of enquiry and the second is their graduation from Primary School.
The week after school closes we begin with Rediscovering Minds the summer camp for students aged 5-14.
The last day for students is Wednesday 30th May. School will reopen for students on Wednesday 1st August. I hope you will all be able to take some time off together to spend as a family. Students will get a suggested reading list of enjoyable reading over the summer. Do encourage your child to spend some quiet, focused time each day. I look forward to seeing you back in the new academic year.