Thank you to all of you who shared your perspective on education in response to the question I raised the last time. To those who specifically defined education – representative answers are published in this edition – as well as those who wrote more generally about what your experience of education has been at Pathways. To develop a space for discussion on the many important aspects of education is very important.
Thank you also for all the appreciation which so many parents expressed for the news of our rankings in Education World. Such recognition is a good temperature gauge of the school’s standing. It is of course only a partial picture as all such rankings are. Education is such a complicated and delicate idea that any such measure should not be seen as a definition, but it is good to have this affirmation nevertheless.
The introductory session to the MYP was well attended and led to much valuable discussion on the new path the school is moving on. As I said at the meeting the transition to the MYP is a long process and the first group will only sit their final examination in 2018. But it is an exciting development which in the new format which is being introduced by the IB will serve to prepare our students well for the Diploma exam. I had the opportunity to attend a special IB conference in Mumbai this week and had further discussions on staff training and implementation with Ian Chambers the Head of the IB in the Asia Pacific as well as with Ashish Trivedi the Asia Pacific Head of the MYP. The implementation of the MYP is related to our current Form 6 and the grades below that.
Our KG teacher Meher Khan who completed successfully her Teacher’s Certification in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey (U.S). She now intends to work towards her Masters degree.
Ansh Anand from Form 4 who has been performing spectacularly well at swimming competitions. At the District Level swimming meet held recently, Ansh won 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals and was awarded the individual championship for the Under 8 age group.
Coming Up Next
Our rehearsals for Founders Day have begun in full earnest. To give our children the experience of performing on a professional scale and for a large audience is a very valuable experience. However there are enormous challenges in doing so in a day school without stay backs and evening rehearsals. We see this as an educational opportunity which for a short while gives priority to Music and Dance and Drama over Maths and English and Science. However those subjects continue as well, and it becomes important as the weeks progress for students to keep on working even as the excitement rises. From 7th October we will move towards extended rehearsals during the day instead of the limited rehearsal time they have so far.
For the first time this year, Founders Day is on 2 days – 25th October for Primary School parents and 26th October for Secondary school parents. Do earmark these dates.
Dr Shalini Advani