In this newsletter I would like to highlight four activities which effectively capture our learning values at Pathways. In combination, they demonstrate how we see education as a process which happens in multiple places and through various exposures.
1. Sports Day & Sports Fiesta
A sports event is a part of every school’s calendar. At Pathways our philosophy is both to encourage healthy competition as well as promote widespread participation. Students are limited to entering for three events so that more students join, house spirit receives a boost as they cheer for their members and medals are awarded on the victory stand. There are cheers and sometimes tears but every student learns how to fight to win or to lose with grace.
In contrast the Early Years Sports Fiesta aims at being what its name suggests – a Fiesta which is good humoured, enjoys the many activities which our little ones participate in and brings in parents to each of the activity areas. Our PE department does an excellent job of keeping both events going. Overall these two days bring alive our motto of Learn, Work, Play, Think, LIVE – so well captured in the drill performed on Sports Day.
2. MUN at Singapore
A group of middle school students from Form 6 – 8 are representing the school at a Model United Nations at the Overseas Family School, Singapore. This will give them a unique experience of interacting with students from across East Asia, competing as well as making new friends from other schools.
3. Adventure Camps
In the third week of March, all classes from Form 4 up will go out on trips. The aim of this is to give our students the experience of activities which city children rarely experience – to trek, go rafting, rock climbing, camping etc. It takes them out of their natural comfort zone, challenges them to manage themselves in an unfamiliar environment. It is a central part of our education programme and is compulsory for all students. We take great care with safety, choosing trip organisers who have had experience with Pathways trips and ensuring that there are appropriate teachers escorting the group. Form 2 & 3 experience a modified version of this by spending a night in school. You will be getting more details from the school Principals.
4. Jharokha: The Academic Fair
Our annual academic fair has a special focus this year. Our students from Form 1 upward will be showcasing how we use technology in teaching and learning, how it is an integral part of our strategy to extend the educational experience of our students. The purpose of our technology programme is to enable activities which cannot be done in any other way, to excite students to explore new ways of creating knowledge. Pathways School Noida is a leader in this area and we plan to invite teachers from other schools to share what we do in this area. The fair is on Thursday 14th March from 10 – 1 pm. Please do make the time to come and encourage them. I can assure you that you will learn a lot from this.
Dr Shalini AdvaniSchool Director