We are coming up to the last few weeks of the school year and as students go into exams and final assessments this will be the last newsletter of this year. As temperatures shoot up I must appreciate the administration department of the school for all their hard work in ensuring that power backups in the school function and that there is sufficient water to keep the campus green and dust-free. Anyone living in India knows that maintaining these areas requires a great deal of planning and hard work. Board exams for the IGCSE have begun and IB exams begin next week. Secondary students go into school exams in the middle of May and Grade 5 students are busy planning for their PYP Exhibition.
Work on preparation for the introduction of the MYP continue at a good pace. Four teachers attended an IB training workshop in Bangalore.
On Saturday and Sunday teachers are in school all day at an MYP training workshop. This is being conducted by the IB workshop leader Natalie Kunst from Discovery College in Hongkong and despite heroically working through the weekend, our teachers are looking forward to the new learning which this enables. It is this passion for development which makes our teachers at Pathways Noida into great educators.
Multiple Learning Opportunities
Last Friday saw an unusual combination of learning events coming together on a single day which unintentionally captures the multiple learning approaches at the school.
1. The interact club did a superb exercise coordinated by our CAS coordinator Ms Indira and spearheaded by a Form 11 student
Shreya Gupta to organize an Eye camp in the neighbouring Sadar Sarai village in Sec 46 Noida with the support of I – Care hospital in Sec 26 Noida. At this camp , free eye check up was offered and also cataract surgeries and spectacles were sponsored to those who needed them for free from the Interact funds. What made the exercise even more special was how it involved different communities of our school – some of our own bhaiyas and didis who helped to set it up, maintenance and administrative staff who helped with infrastructure, teachers, students from the Interact club and even some parents who came and generously donated towards the fund.
2. In middle school we had Personal Project
presentations by Form 8. As usual there were a number of ingenious and creative projects. It’s a reminder of how much hard work and how much talent is possible to showcase when students are inspired to take charge of their own learning.
3. Primary school students created sculpture out of junk
materials in an inter-house event. The buzz of focused attention, the clever way in which they put their pieces together was a delight to watch.
TRIP TO NASA, MIT & HARVARD
On the 6th of June 32 students from middle and senior school leave for an educational trip to the US. They will visit NASA where they will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of eminent scientists and astronauts and interact through space shuttle mission simulations, tours of NASA’s space centers. They will also visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston and Harvard University which will include an orientation lecture at the Admissions Department followed by a student led tour of the campus, giving the children an overview of the life and culture at some of the best universities in the world. Finally they will have a guided tour of the MIT Museum and workshops on Robotics using Lego Mindstorm Kits and DNA Structuring and Harvard Museum of Natural History with workshops on Climate Change. Their learning from such a trip will be exciting and we are looking forward to hearing all about it when they return.
Secondary school students put up a superb show of western and Indian music dazzling as always with a variety of talent. In a unique feature, all the announcements and information were sung rather than spoken. Performances of flute, keyboard, table and drums were accompanied by excellent singing.
It has been good to see the interest among parents in the proposal for opening our sports facility to families. We will be sending out more information later this month. Meanwhile registrations are coming in for our summer camp Rediscovering Minds open to our students and those from other schools. We will also be running an early morning sports training programme for those interested in different sports.
Dr. Shalini Advani