24 October 2015

From the Director's Desk

The past couple of weeks have seen a rich array of guest speakers coming in to talk to students. We have been fortunate to have writers and illustrators engaging with students in primary, middle and senior, sharing their expertise, telling stories and expanding horizons.  By drawing in experts we aim to give our students a level and variety of learning which is not possible with their regular teachers.

    Guest speakers combined with Literary Week and the Readathon which draws children into reading for raising funds as well as for pleasure.

 The list of expert visitors is an exciting resource for learning at every level. Early Learners had story telling from Ritu Agarwal and Valentina Trivedi. Primary

students interacted with Sharanya Deepak, author of The Vampire Boy and Satya Narayan Govind, the illustrator and cartoonist who got Grade 5 to create a story through illustration. Middle school students interacted with Lalit Kumar Sharma the illustrator from Campfire graphics and the writer/journalist Vikas Singh who read excerpts from his mythological novel Bhima. Meghna Singh the author of the popular detective series The Casefiles of PI Pojo made Grade 7 into real-life detectives by setting up a crime scene.

Senior school students were fortunate to engage with thinkers and writers on the contemporary world. In a scintillating talk Nalin Mehta journalist and political scientist, made them think about how the news is “constructed”, often promoting a particular point of view and driven by commercial requirements. Ajay Chaturvedi a renowned Young Global Leader spoke on entrepreneurship and the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur today. 

Tapan Goel HR Head from Barclays Shared Services discussed banking as a career option and the mindset and approach required. 

 I would like to thank those parents who have suggested guest speakers, some of who were part of the list here.  This is a process which will continue at different times throughout the year so please continue to make suggestions if you know of anyone suitable for a particular age group and we will draw upon them whenever possible.

Sports: Interschool Competitions

There have been a multitude of inter-school sports events hosted by the school, which our students have participated in. In this week there was an inter-school basketball with 10 schools and tennis competition with 8 schools. Overall there were nearly 300 participants. Our basketball team reached the Finals where they were defeated. Shivesh Luthra was awarded Most Promising Player. In the Tennis, Ameya Naik of Form 4 stood in 2nd position.  

Masters Junior Golf Tournament

Students from Form 3 – 6 also participated in the Masters Junior Golf Tournament in Jaipur. Our team stood Second. Ten students from Form 4-6 participated. Anandita Ralli of Form 5 stood First and Sareena Khanna of Form 4 stood Second. Three students won prizes for Nearest to the Pin: Diva Gandhi, Yashasvi Singh & Ekaansh Arora.

Baseball at American Embassy
This week our baseball teams will be going to the tournament at the American Embassy.  This is a special event, played before the US Ambassador and the UN Ambassador. As a special feature, our percussion orchestra has also been invited to perform.

Parent Teams in Expat Cup and Corporate Tournament    

Finally we were delighted to involve some of our golfing parents in an event. Two parents  Mr. Dev Amritesh and Mr. Umesh Dubey played in the Expat Cup at the JP Greens as part of a combined team with the other Pathways schools and a further Mr. Umesh Dubey, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and Mr. Harry Monné will play in the Corporate Tournament this Sunday. It is a delight when the Pathways team extends to parents as well.

Founders Day
Although Founders Day rehearsals have begun in earnest, academic work has continued. Students in secondary school have been juggling rehearsals with summative tests and teachers in primary have continued to track and record assessments. This has been done by slightly shortening lessons, cancelling clubs and making other adjustments. The learning via performance  - whether it is exposing students to different types of Broadway or West End musicals, singing, dancing and acting – is a most valuable experience. Moreover it teaches children to balance multiple demands.  Some homework and academic learning will continue to be demanded when the school moves to outdoor rehearsals next month.
Dr. Shalini Advani

School Director