14 September 2016

From the Senior School Principal, Mr. Alexander Abraham

We are already 6 weeks into the new term and each day unravels new areas of joy and sharing and learning for all of us as a community. Whenever a new year begins its like starting a whole new chapter of one’s book and while there is a link to the previous chapter which one wrote the previous year yet it is the opportunity to carve out a whole new path for oneself. It is with the same zest and vision that the entire community at Pathways Noida has embarked upon the new academic year and it is really wonderful to see how already so many days and weeks have been filled with new learning.
Over the years our IGCSE and DP results have shown improvement and this is in large measure due to the hard work and commitment of our students and teachers and to the tremendous support we have received from the parent community to help shape our children. In the IBDP, Shaheer Haider topped the batch and the Highest achievers in the IGCSE exams were Anmol Kaul, Aastha Agarwal and Bhavika Hotchandani who all secured 7 A*. Furthermore, our students have secured admissions in New York University, Queens University of Belfast, Parsons Art and Design School (New York), UC Los Angeles, Virginia Tech, Northeastern University, University of Exeter and some Indian Universities where our students have taken admission are as Shristhi School of Design, Ashoka University, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Delhi University etc. Our graduates write into us consistently about how they are finding life in universities abroad so much easier because of their intensive preparation here at school and because of the diverse opportunities at Pathways School Noida. Over the course of the last 6 weeks itself we have seen more than 45 universities visit us and share wonderful career paths for our students.

Over the last month and a half, we have had eventful days where our students have excelled in creative areas as well as academic pursuits.
The secondary awards celebrated the academic successes of our students and the various other recognitions do that over the year. Students were awarded for proficiency and merit awards and overall academic excellence. Besides this there were Special Awards which celebrated our students’ overall contribution to the life here at Pathways and enabled they were able to take their learning beyond the formalized assessments to areas where they would make a difference to the community at large.

Kavya Gandhi
I would also like to share that Kavya Gandhi of Grade 10 has now been ranked No. 1 in Delhi state for Badminton doubles in the Under 19 girls’ category. Also Jahanavi Dutta our School Interact President has been selected as the Zonal Interact Representative for Rotaract Delhi. Two of our students Stephen Abraham of Grade 12 and Ananya Jain of Grade 10 recently participated in applying for a STEM challenge and have been inducted as Young Members of the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences and will be participating in a world-wide STEM training and challenge by the Academy.

Jahanavi Dutta
However, what I see of far greater value and worth are those tangible changes we see in our students from the moment they begin an academic year till it draws to a close. More often than not there is unparalleled joy we as educators have, to see a diffident student turn out to be confident and articulate, a student learns to play a new instrument and leading to a discovery of her varied other interests, another who overcomes typical teenage emotional challenges to become a balanced and committed individual offering comfort and strength to others.

We are extremely proud of our student council and Interact clubs who have been over the last month so active expressing their gratitude to Teachers on September 5th and tying up with Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Also they had been a Bake Sale and a Foodathon drive to support CANSUPPORT and the Delhi Foodbank. It is remarkable considering that these and other initiatives have been student driven with a motivation of giving back to society and to those who are in need.

We look forward to the exciting months ahead and of teaching and learning not just in a classroom environment but through all our interactions and of building and building towards a stronger and more vibrant community that prepares for our students for life ahead.