As we come up to the end of the year and the last newsletter, I am happy to reflect back on the many areas of development in the school. Increasingly over this time, Pathways School Noida has established a reputation for high quality teaching and learning together with a rich co-curricular programme all of which strengthen our move towards being an institution of excellence.
The school’s commitment to excellence was recognized in various independent surveys: despite being a new school we were adjudged in the top 6 in the NCR and the top 20 in the country. The support from our parent community remains impressive and is an important reason for the goodwill the school has earned. SLC Conference
Our various programmes involving parents are wonderfully well attended – from days like Parent and Me, Sports Day, Founders, to the more intimate student-led conferences, back to school, parent-teacher meetings etc.
In this year the school has continued on the long path to PYP authorization with a favourable feedback from the IB appointed consultant. PYP consultant visit
We expect to move forward strongly over the new year. Our Diploma programme has consolidated itself with our second batch of students completing their IB exams. Their strong academic credentials can be seen in the University placements they have been offered, which include Columbia University (with full financial aid), NYU, University of Massachussettes at Amherst, Le Roches Switzerland, La Salle Singapore, Trinity College Dublin, Northumbria UK, Cardiff University, Nottingham University to name only some.
In other areas of the school the academic programme has been strengthened with the introduction of baseline testing to track student progress in English and Maths over the year. An Advanced Learner programme has been introduced and will be further strengthened in the new year.
The ICT programme was revamped to introduce new programmes and skills and to integrate it more fully into teaching and learning in all subjects.
Primary students using ipads
Sixty IPads were purchased and they are being effectively used in classes from the Nursery upward. An online reading resource Polar Fish was purchased and the middle school reading programme has been strengthened by this. It will be extended into the upper Primary curriculum in the new year. The school has also purchased e-resources for the library both as teacher resources and for the primary school and these will be utilized in the new year.
The Sports programme raised its competitive level through our hosting of interschool events in basketball, tennis, squash, swimming and horse-riding. Although our students are yet to develop a strong enough team to win, we have done reasonably well in most tournaments.
Students have consistently had the opportunity to participate in enrichment programmes. The school participated in 4 inter-school Model United Nations and hosted the first middle school MUN in India. There were in-school workshops by external facilitators in leadership, self awareness and study skills.
An important area of success and one which is a reason for great pride, is the success of our community service and outreach programme. Our students have adopted a school in the neighborhood and children from there are taught English and Sports every week.
Our own support staff have benefitted greatly from another initiative to train them in computer usage and English. Our office boys, drivers, cleaners and didis impressed the school by presenting an assembly in which they spoke in English and showcased powerpoint presentations.
Integral to the development of the school has been the development of our staff. 26 new teachers joined in this year and it is an indicator of our successful Professional Development programme that they have slipped into their roles so successfully. Professional development remains a crucial strength of the school. 43 teachers went to individual workshops, both nationally and internationally as well as online. In addition there were 2 PYP workshops for the whole primary staff with an IB trainer.
I am confident that in the year ahead, we are well placed to build on our strengths and go forward. I will take this opportunity to thank our senior school Principal Mr Jaffar for all his work this year and to wish him well for the future. The incumbent Principal Mr Abraham is well positioned to take over from him.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy two months ahead whether you are braving the heat here or are travelling. A reminder about our summer camp Rediscovering Minds for those who will be here. I look forward to seeing our students back in school on 1st August. Please do remember that unless special leave has been granted, we expect to see all our students back on the first day of school.