In the school assembly last week I reminded students of the importance of opening themselves up to every opportunity and learning from each new experience which we provide them at Pathways. Just as in later life, we continue to educate ourselves without formal teachers, so too as young people it is important to remember that education does not just come through subject teachers or class teachers but from all the experiences and knowledge which lies beyond our classroom walls. Through such experiences, our students can grab the best opportunities to develop themselves and discover new skills.
Here is an indicator of all that has been happening in the school for the three weeks of November alone.
Inter House Music Competition
Over the past three weeks, secondary school students participated in an inter-house music festival which showcased their talents. There were two inter-school events – a cultural festival at the Sri Ram Millenium School and a technology event at Apeejay school. Two students participated in an inter-school Rotary debate. Primary students visited the National Gallery of Modern Art.
There were some thoughtful assemblies – one on students with special needs and the importance of inclusive education, the other on keeping a focus on the Uttarakhand tragedy with a special presentation by Habitat for Humanity. Two guest speakers from the UK and France, who have been cycling around the world spoke to primary and middle school students about their experiences.
The Readathon is on and visitors to the school can see students sitting back on cushions and mats dotted around the atriums quietly reading. Grandparents day saw nearly 150 grandparents come in. Children’s Day showcased the talents of our teachers with drama, music and dance.
College counsellors have come in through the month from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University College London and Imperial College London. From within India we have hosted the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Ashoka University and Ansal University.
Sports teams participated in an interschool athletics championship at Pathways Aravali where we faced stiff competition and creditably stood 3rd. A team of basketball and tennis players participated in an all-India inter-school tournament at Vishwashanti Gurukul school in Pune. While they did not win, it was excellent experience.
Teachers have continued to be learners too, at the school.
Professor Jayson Richardson from Kentucky University came in to conduct a training for teachers on technology in education An internal workshop was conducted for Heads of Department on setting smart goals, another on using the ManageBac software. Three teachers attended an international IPad summit at the American school. Last Saturday we hosted an nation-wide workshop on Maths for IB schools.
In the next two weeks we will conduct a training on the Model United Nations for students in preparation for the Middle school MUN which we host annually. This year we are expecting some schools from around the country.
Middle school teachers and students are preparing for the Student Led conferences where they will reflect on and showcase their learning to their parents.
We are also enthusiastically preparing for the ambitious International Film Festival for children which we are hosting. There is a special session for parents on Friday 6th afternoon and I hope that many of you will be able to attend.
Finally, we are looking forward to organizing the first student cum parent event with our Christmas carnival at the end of term. Proceeds are going to our fundraising efforts in Uttaranchal and I hope that all parents will be able to participate enthusiastically.
Teaching and learning is continuing as we come to the end of term. Senior school students are centrally focusing on assignments and assessments and Form 12 students are eyebrow deep in final submissions. Primary school teachers are working towards the final documents required by the IB for PYP authorization. Middle school teachers have continued to meet and plan the pilot lessons they are conducting for the MYP. Senior school exams are scheduled from 9th December.
It is this combination of challenging academic deadlines, culture, sport and activity which enriches the life of a Pathways student. It also teaches them to manage different priorities, to participate and to take responsibility for their own work. It is, in short, what education for life is all about.
Dr. Shalini Advani
Dr. Shalini Advani