The end of the semester always comes upon a school with a breathless rush. In reviewing and reflecting, everyone in the school whether students or staff can look back with a sense of happiness at all that has been accomplished. While the list of what needs to be done next grows alongside, this is a time for giving and I am happy to reflect on time, effort, money which are donated so generously by so many.
The upcoming weekend sees a wonderful initiative by students of Form 9 & 10 to the village of Hazipur. In collaboration with the Eyecare Hospital they have arranged for doctors to run an eye camp with testing of villagers and follow up treatment recommendations. There is a special focus on hygiene with a nukkad natak performed by the students. A new library is being inaugurated equipped with books donated by students.
On Wednesday 16th we have our annual Day of Sharing which focuses on the contributions and talents of the support staff. There is a talent show of support staff members with our children as audience. This is designed to create a connection between students and these vital members of our school community.The show is followed by a langar lunch which is served by students of the senior school and is eaten together.
The Christmas Carnival on Thursday 17th is a labour of love by parents and students. All the food is home cooked and all parents are invited, so I do hope to see you there. There are games stalls run by students, a
raffle and a special auction of the dresses of Belle from the Founders Day performance of Beauty and the Beast. All proceeds go to the Sai Bal Sansar & Indira Public school. I would like to take this opportunity to give enormous thanks to all those parents who have been working so hard to make this event successful.
Day on Wheels
Primary school students have responded enthusiastically to the Day on Wheels. Dozens of bicycles, scooters, skates and roller blades have been brought in. The walkways were converted to wheel zones with one-way systems. A fringe benefit of this is that children are learning early, the benefits of lane driving, keeping to the left and learning road sense. It is a skill they will use for the rest of their lives.
Student Led Conferences
Across the school from Form 3 – 9, students have been sharing their learning progress and goals with parents. It involves reflection, careful planning and some tension. It is always surprising to see how nervous students are as they plan what to share with their parents. The learning process is invaluable because the most effective way of students improving is when they identify their own areas of development – more effective than being told what to do by adults. Thank you to all the parents who so enthusiastically gave your time, listened patiently, supported and sometimes challenged your child. It leads to a lifelong learning.
Ten days of lead up, campaigning, posters, speeches and politicking culminated in the secondary school student council elections. Between the elected and the nominated positions, I am happy to report that we have a very good council in place who will I am sure, take up the baton of leadership. It is an important feature of the culture of Pathways to encourage student leadership and voice and the year ahead promises to be interesting.
School Council President Karan Pandanda
Student Council 2016-17
All good wishes to all of you for the festive season. I hope you have a happy and safe family time together. We look forward to seeing all our students back in school on 14th January. Please note that presence on this day is an expectation of all children. If for an exceptional and unavoidable reason your child will not be in school on that day, leave must be applied for from the Principal.
As always, for the month of January, school will begin at 9.30 am.
Dr. Shalini Advani