Vanshika Goel, currently studying in Grade 7 at Pathways Noida, participated in Colours of Saying, the Dylan Thomas Response to Poetry competition this summer. This was open to all in various age groups. She entered in the 10-12 years age group for which a response to The Hunchback in the Park by Dylan Thomas was required.
She turned in her response through a poem of her own – a remarkable one for someone her age.
The results of the competition were recently announced and her entry was shortlisted for publication in an anthology to be released by the Seventh Quarry, the magazine that initiated this competition to celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary, at a facilitation ceremony in Swansea, Wales on 6th December 2014.
We are proud of her and look forward to many more poems and thought-provoking responses to poetry from her!
Aditya Bala, a grade 12 student at Pathways Noida was awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in ‘Gothia Cup 2014′ at Gothenburg, Sweden. Aditya Shares his experience of achievement in his own words.
The ‘Gothia Cup’ is a youth football tournament held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. Youth teams throughout the world enter the competition. This year, almost 1700 teams from around 80 nations across the globe participated in the ‘Gothia Cup’. Only 6 clubs participating in different categories including both boys and girls took part from India. I got an opportunity to give a try out for the club which was participating from North India. After many try-outs and practice sessions, I finally got into the team. I was representing ‘Glacier Football Club’ in the category of Boys16. My friend and classmate Samrat Bhattacharya, who plays as a defender was also selected by the same club and we were truly excited to set on the journey to Gothenburg.
We left on the 12th of July looking forward to the thrill and experience awaiting us in Sweden. The 10 days we spent over there cannot be explained in words. Making new friends, sharing things from people we barely know and roaming independently in the city of Gothenburg all by our own is unforgettable. It was an exhilarating experience, beside the ineffable excitement of testing our feet on the international soccer field.
The much awaited tournament finally took off on the 13th of July. We lost our initial matches against Sweden and Norway. But our third match against Germany was a tough one which ended in a draw. The next match with Russia was a good one for us as we defeated them with a score of 1-0. We managed to reach the pre-quarterfinals but lost against Denmark. The level of professionalism and football, has a whole different meaning at the international platform was a big lesson learnt!
However, to the best of my surprise, I was one of the top ten members out of all the players in my category to be awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in the matches and I have been asked to participate in the next year’s tournament as I have been spotted by various European clubs. Who knows what is there in store for me in my future!
With immense pride, we would like to share with you Pathways Schools’ standings in the 2014 C-Fore survey.
- Pathways World School, Aravali has been ranked 1 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 2 in INDIA among International Day cum Residential Schools.
- Pathways School, Gurgaon has been ranked 2 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 6 in INDIA among International Day Schools.
- Pathways School, Noida has been ranked 1 in Noida, ranked 3 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 7 among International Day Schools.
These rankings are a welcome addition to the honours received by the Pathways group earlier this year.
- The Pathways group of schools had also won the prestigious ‘Best Innovative K-12 School (National) Award’ at India Education Congress Awards 2014.
- Mr Satish Papnoi was ranked among the Top 30 Most Promising CISO in India by INFOSEC MAESTROS.
- Perhaps, the most special honour this year had gone to Pathways School, Gurgaon – The school became the first K12 school on the planet to receive the LEED-EB Platinum Rating by United States Green Building Council.
We would like to congratulate the entire Pathways community for making this year very special and thank all our stakeholders.
How do we decide what makes us male? Or female? Are we born that way? Do we learn it? What is the difference between sex and gender?
These complex and fascinating issues were discussed, debated and presented by multiple schools at Resonance, the interschool event which focused on gender at Pathways School Noida.
The three day festival saw enthusiastic participation from students. Events included a panel discussion on defining gender which agreed that it is socially constructed and had a lively interaction on why even colours like pink and blue are gendered.
This was followed by the two pre-prepared inter school competitions – Film Making, where each school prepared a short 3 minute film on given topics and the Drama Competition where each school reacted to a given set of stimuli to produce a short play. The variety of foci and the depth of insight were evident in both the events. To develop an understanding of the role of media in shaping our gender ideas, participants created advertisements through a Mad Ads activity. At the end of preparation time, the participating school teams showcased their satirical takes on popular ads that had gender bias embedded in them. Dumbbells were no longer restricted to the male world but became implements for women to paste ‘masala’ and kitchen sets were a man’s best friend.
A major highlight was the input given by guest speakers. Sonali Khan, Vice President of ‘India, Breakthrough’ gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Gender and Media. The success of the presentation was evident from the engagement of the audience. Maya Rao, wove her magic in the next session with her stellar performance ‘The Walk’ a powerful piece of theatre written after the Delhi gang rape
The combination of activity and education was wonderful. A number of students from different schools said that they had been transformed by the experience and would never see the world in the same way again.
Studying abroad can change a student’s life for the better, immerse them in new languages and cultures and allow them to further investigate academic passions. In August, Pathways School Gurgaon welcomed a group of 13 Korean students with their 2 teachers as a part of their Indo-Korean exchange program. The programme was an enriching experience on many levels. It helped in both personal and professional development of students, stimulated creative ideas, enhanced relationships, and strengthened multicultural understanding.
The programme started with a lively and informative session that showcased Indian and Korean cultures. Pathways students presented a slide show on the different parts of India and included colourful images of its cuisines, religions as well as festivals. The school music teacher gave a wonderful rendition of ‘Raag Bhog’ that captured the essence of Hindustani classical music. Whilst the Korean exchange students started with a fun filled traditional dance. One of the students displayed ‘Hanbok’, a traditional dress worn by Koreans and demonstrated how it is worn. They also presented the techniques from Taekwondo, a Korean national sport followed by a group dance performance . The show concluded with the students singing Korea’s National Anthem. The whole program was captivating and entertaining for everyone present there with a fruitful exchange between two different cultures.
Pathways also combined the Independence day celebration for India and South Korea. Coincidentally, South Korea also attained independence on the 15th August. The assembly began with the school director, Capt. Rohit Bajaj hoisting the tricolor followed by India’s national anthem. Thereafter, the South Korean teacher hoisted the South Korean flag and their national anthem was sung.
The program provided an enriching experience to all the participating students, by exposing them to an environment where they are required to adjust in a foreign country without the help of their family. The transition that students made as they walked out of their comfort zone of their native environment, carving out an identity on their own in a foreign land, gave them the confidence that they would need in their further education or career. It also instilled a sense of responsibility and accountability in them.
The Exchange Programme, as with most such activities was a platform for learning not only for the visitors but also for the students of our own school. It taught the students how, under various guises of nation, religion, skin and many more all of us are human beings – children of the same world.
We are proud and delighted to share that the IB Blog has published 6th Round Square Collaborative Service Project undertaken by students of Pathways World School Aravali along with 4 other schools – during this summer.
The Round Square Collaborative Service Project on the IB Blog: http://blogs.ibo.org/alumni/2014/08/21/roundsquare/
We are delight to share with you all that Karan Chaudhary Grade 10 student at Pathways World School, Aravali recently Participated in the Open State Taekwondo Championship 2014, held on 9 August He won a Gold amid tough competition. He had to fight through 2 fights to win the title, all of which ended in a victory due to the decision by a knockout.
The event was promoted by the Taekwondo Organization of India. Karan represented Haryana and Pathways at the tournament.
Karan has been asked by the Federation to represent India in Taekwondo very soon.
We are Proud of you, Karan!