A very happy new year and a particularly warm welcome to the families who have just joined the school.
Award for Early Years Programme
To begin with, a celebration. I am delighted to share that the Pathways Noida Early Years programme received the Education World award as the top school in Noida in a number of categories. For Early Years (upto Nursery) we were awarded first position for Competence of Teachers, Infrastructure Provision, Innovative Teaching and Teacher Welfare and Development.
Building changes and developments
As characterises our ongoing programme, a number of additions are under way in the school buildings. Work on the elevator in the primary block Cassia is almost completed and the lift will be operational in the next few days. A new gate has been created to enable easier access to Cassia.
This will also ease the congestion at Gate 2. The new entry will be operational shortly. Also being developed on the walkway is an outdoor play area for Early Learner students. A new badminton court is being laid out in the Rosewood atrium to support after-school badminton.
An interesting development to the primary library took place as a result of my interaction with Grade 4 students. I was asking them about improvements they would like to see in school and they brought up the difficulty they have in accessing the primary library during lunch break since they are not allowed into the building at lunch time. They suggested an external access from the corridor.This suggestion has been implemented allowing both students and parents easy access. As we know it is most important to encourage their interest in reading.
This approach to learning will also support a new international accreditation which the school is preparing for. In addition to the CIS membership we have just received, we have enrolled for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The accreditation will help us look more closely at our classroom practice and will also strengthen university applications of graduating students if they come from a NEASC accredited school.
Student Voice and Professional Development
A major shift in education is the emphasis on student voice and choice in learning. This does not mean letting student do what they like. It means giving them a wider range of choices in how they learn and how they are assessed. We have moved away from the model of education where children quietly followed instructions given out by teachers to one where they feel empowered, that their thoughts matter. This agency gives confidence and deeper learning, preparing them better for a world where creativity, entrepreneurship and confidence are vital skills. In order to support this approach we had a special workshop for teachers conducted by an Australian trainer, Darlene Fisher.
New Head of Music
We are delighted to welcome our new Head of Music Mr Otieno to the school. He comes from Kenya and is a specialist in woodwind: saxophone, flute, clarinet and recorder. These are instruments which will strengthen our music programme.
Pathways Student Published by Pearson
I am very proud to share that Aanya Sharma a student of Grade 7 was a winner in the Pearson Mypedia Reader creative writing contest. Of the 1500 stories received, only 42 were selected and have been published in a three volume set. Pearsons wrote to say “We want to congratulate your school for this achievement. Moreover we want to congratulate you for shaping and nurturing such talent in your school” You can read more elsewhere in this newsletter.
Student selected for Baseball Nationals
It's my pleasure to inform you that our Baseball Academy Grand Slam Baseball’s highest achieving athlete, Paarth Kohli participated in the UP State Level tournament
Paarth has been selected for the Senior Nationals, bringing him one step closer to represent India. It is especially creditable that Paarth is only 15 years old and should have played in the junior or sub-junior category. Playing in Senior Nationals means that he is competing against athletes who are 5-10 years older than him. Paarth was also given an offer to attend MLBs development centre in Germany during the All India Talent Hunt held in Delhi a month ago.
As his coaches say, Virat might not be the only Kohli shining in Indian sports. Paarth’s consistently improving performance might make him the face Indian Baseball has been looking for.
Morning Drop Off Traffic
As many of you whose children come in private cars are aware, it is becoming an increasing challenge to drive along the road to the drop off point. This is because a number of cars do not follow the directions of our security staff. Some cars stop in the middle of the road causing jams for others, or even park their cars along the central divider. Others drive very fast even though it is clear that children are crossing the road. When we do this, we teach children that other people do not matter, or that rules do not matter. Getting late for school is not a reason. I would like to ask parents to cooperate and to ask your drivers to follow directions of the security staff. The solution to this problem of traffic jams lies in our own hands and collaboratively we can solve this. We will also be talking to the children about this.
Preparing for Milan
A reminder to those parents who are interested in taking part in the special programme for Milan to get in touch with Mr Manish Gupta as soon as possible. Details have already been shared in a mail.
We are looking forward to a productive and vibrant semester ahead.
Dr Shalini Advani