The biggest mistake that a school and its teachers can make is to think that we are the most significant sources of education in the life of a growing mind. Schools and teachers are of course crucial but an equally important role they play is to bring in and channelize other sources of learning, other experiences to widen the horizons of students. In this newsletter therefore, I would like to focus on the some of the external experiences which we bring to our students at Pathways Noida, which extend the walls of our classrooms.
IAYP & INTERACT
The International Award for Young People was first introduced in the UK as The Duke of Edinburgh Award and is open to people between 14 – 25.. The Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people worldwide, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. Anyone aged between 14 and 25 can experience challenge and adventure, acquire new skills and make new friends. The Award has a presence in over 130 countries and currently has over 785,000 participants. The basic structure of the Award consists of 4 mandatory sections Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. There are 3 levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver & Gold. It is open to senior school students and we look forward to many students meeting its requirements and gaining a medal.
Interact is the Rotary Club’s leadership and responsibility programme for young people.
It encourages community work, social responsibility and leadership. A number of senior school students have already signed up for it and we will be formally launching the club at a ceremony later this month.
Model United Nations
The Model UN gives young people a unique opportunity to take on the role of delegates from different countries and present their nation’s perspective at the United Nations. In the process they write position papers and learn the conventions of this body. Students from Form 7 up will get experience of this in an in-school MUN early in September. This will be followed by participation in various inter-school MUNs later in the year.
As part of our programme to use technology in learning, we have introduced a pilot programme using IPads this year. In the first semester this is targeted at the Primary school and we are initially focusing on the Early Years group from KG up. The programme teaches careful handling of equipment and focuses on problem solving in Maths and language. In this way even our youngest children become comfortable with the use of this tool which has become commonplace in the world today.
We will soon be beginning rehearsals for our Founders Day which is on 20th October. All students except Form 12 will be involved in some way. We are structuring practices so that teaching and learning continues alongside. Accordingly we will be scheduling rehearsals on Thursday afternoons which is normally an early release day for students. Please note that starting Thursday 6th September, school on Thursdays will continue till 3.40. I will be writing to you separately with other details as we proceed. Meanwhile please do earmark Founders Day 20th October in your calendar.