PATHWAYS-REWIRED: 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception

On the 19th of August 2018, Pathways Schools hosted their 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception, at Hotel Roseate House, New Delhi. The event was very special for the reason that it was held in Pathways’ landmark 15th year of existence.

The nostalgic evening saw close to 250 Pathwaysians (Alumni, Faculty, Principals, School Directors, Former Faculty) rewire together. Alumni from all thee Pathways Schools graced the event and we saw representation all the way from the Class of 2005 to the Class of 2018.

We also had a very special guest make his debut amongst our Alumni for the first time: The School Mascot

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COMCON 2018 – Business and Economics Fest at G D Goenka School

13 students from Pathways School Noida participated in the COMCON 2018, Business and Economics Fest at G D Goenka School on Monday 20th August 2018.

Our students participated in 4 events namely Business Quiz, Video Making, Product Display and Poster Making. It was a well organised event where 9 schools participated.

Our students had an enriching experience where they learnt to work together, make decisions within time and produce measurable outcomes. Few of them were appreciated for their performances but we thought that every student grew in experience.

Snigdha Khurana won the Runners Up Medal in Poster making and our Business Quiz Team comprising of Aayush, Ishan, Paarth and Adyant had to settle with the Second Runners up position after a tight tie-breaker.

The opening ceremony consisted of a musical piece and a Dance item which was well appreciated. We were then told to move to the respective venues of the competition.

For the poster making competition the Rubric were very broad, so our students had to take variety of art materials for the event. They were told to create a A3 size poster on Sustainability in two hours. They used the materials very intelligently. Snigdha brought some wires from home which she used in her layout to add uniqueness.

The Business Quiz started with the elimination round where all nine teams were given a Business Crossword to solve. Our team was selected as one of the top four teams for the following rounds. Though “Scottish High” was the deserving winner, we ended up joint second for this competition. The organisers then declared a tie-breaker round to decide the second position. Our team knew most of the answers but failed to press the buzzer on time. So, despite knowing three out of the five questions we could not scale the tiebreaker.

The Video making was a round where student had to prepare a video on “Sustainability threats of economic growth” before coming to the competition. Our students Vanshikaa Jain and Naman Kasana were one of the few students who stressed on original footage and linking them together in their film. While many schools used images and videos from internet and masked them with their voices.

The final round was of “Product Design” . Our team of Vanshika Goel, Vidisha Singhal and Gariyasi Garg even made a prototype of their idea. The product design of our counter was a women centric idea.


Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Can conference at PWS

On 18th and 19th of August 2018, Pathways World School Aravali witnessed 370 students (ranging from class 8 to class 12) playing the roles of corporate honchos, media house personnel and political party leaders in a conference which was held for the second year in a row and is designed and conducted by a Dehradun based company called “I Can.” which conducts such conferences with eminent schools across the country. This two-day conference gave them an insight on how the real world outside the four walls of the school functions. Students tried to identify their calling as they scurried around for two days trying to bid, negotiate, make advertisements, shoot news, formulate radio ads, make a newspaper, come up with new ideas for both for-profit and non-profit ventures. Eminent Entrepreneurs like (Mr. Pratham Mittal, Wharton Alumni, founder Outgrow) and Corporate Leaders (Mr. Viraj Shetty, ISB Alumni, Opera Solutions) to name a few, were invited to work with and guide students on their ideas and educate them in Intraprenerurship and CSR.

“I Can India” founded by Mr. Akshit Batra, an Alumni of Doon School, and run in partnership with Ms. Shradha Agarwal, an Alumni of Indian School of Business, is a Corporate Political Simulation that is designed to instill soft skills and life skills among students with the main focus to provide a platform to encourage public speaking. While the students are divided into Corporate Houses, Media Houses and Political parties, over the two days they see elections, a government being formed with a Prime Minister and an Opposition and the bills that has to pass in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the Government to stand.

The two days concluded with students performing and displaying their talents in dance, music and public speaking. The awards were given out to the best CEO-Corporate House & Media house, Leader of Political Party, Ad, News, Social media coverage, best speakers and cash prizes were given out to the best Entrepreneurship and Social-Entrepreneurship ideas to encourage the students to pursue it further. The ‘I Can’ Team, led by the operation head Mr. Achal Khare consists of young vibrant individuals who are passionate about improving the education systems in India. They work closely with students over these two days in a capacity of a friend and claim that Pathways Aravali are some of the brightest minds that they have worked with and are looking forward to the third conference next year.

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Published in: on August 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tree plantation – CAS project

In the fast-paced world of today, one of the biggest challenges humanity faces is to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Working towards creating this harmony, on 12th of August 2018, students of DP 1 went for a plantation drive to Wazirabad Bundh. The long drive and traffic did not dampen their spirits and the students arrived at the destination eager to make their contribution to this noble cause. Ms. Anjali, who is a volunteer at the ‘I AM GURGAON’ NGO, briefed the students about native plant species of the Aravalis: Goya Khair, Gundi, Bistendo and Adusa. Not only did she brief the students about the plantation activity, but also shared that some of the plants had medicinal and religious importance.

The students were divided into groups of three and each group was tasked to plant fifteen saplings. However, they were so enthused that all the groups planted more than the mark. Stepping out of their comfort zones, they soiled their hands, more than they ever had in a very long time. This activity helped them understand, that making a change or being the change is so much easier. The activity ended with a short quiz by Ms. Anjali and prize distribution to the winners. The smallest of contributions can help way more than is imagined and all we need is to make a start. With an impetus to carry forward this initiative, the students now await going back to Wazirabad to see the growth of the saplings.

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Published in: on August 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Harvard Model United Nations 2018 @ Hyderabad

On 12th August, 5 Senior School students, set out with the Middle School MUN Coordinator, Rohini Chandhoke, to attend the prestigious HMUN (Harvard MUN) in Hyderabad. This is one of the largest MUNs held in Asia-Pacific, where over 1700 participants from different schools in India and abroad, along with a host of individual delegates participate. The participants from PWS were Ishaan Gupta, Ishan Agarwal, Vidur Channa and Aditya Banerji of Grade 12 and Aniket Mittal of Grade 11 were the proud PWS participants for this year’s HMUN. Rishit Jain, a seasoned MUN debater from Grade 12-after a rigorous selection process comprising of writing an essay, followed by an interview -was selected to be the Assistant Director for SPECPOL (The Special Political and Decolonization Committee). It was indeed a proud moment for Pathways Aravali, to have one of our own students as the Assistant Director for such a reputed MUN, where most of the chairs of the Committees were from Harvard.

The students were awestruck at the mere size of the Hyderabad International Convention Centre where the MUN was organised. There were introductory sessions explaining the rules and procedures, followed by debates and proceedings on the following day. The final day saw the delegates forming resolution papers within their respective blocs. A lot of lobbying was involved as member states wanted to compare strategies and watch their bloc win.

There was an entertainment programme organised on the last day for the delegates wherein they enjoyed the interaction with the delegates of the other schools.

This MUN stood apart from all the other MUNs because it stressed on diplomacy as opposed to aggression in asserting points, in collaboration, and in decision making. This was the greatest learning opportunity for any MUN participants.


Published in: on August 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Project Saarthi launched by Pathways World School Aravali

On 19 July 2018, Pathways World School launched the second phase of Hum Saarthi Project. The Project is led by the school in association with FICCI Arise and Simple Education Foundation (SEF) and aims to improve student learning in Government Middle School, Aklimpur by transforming the school culture and strengthening the teaching and learning processes by using different strategies.

The students and the Head, Ms. Anita Yadav, of Government Middle School, Aklimpur welcomed the guests and officials with a song and dance program. Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Executive Director Pathways Schools, Ms. Paramjit Narang, Director of Project Hum Saarthi, and various District and Block Education Officers were present to grace the occasion. The Village Sarpanch Mr. Anand Vashist and the members of the Village School Committee were also invited.

Dr. Naidu in his message to the GMS Aklimpur community, reiterated the commitment of Pathways World School Aravali to the success of Hum Saarthi – Tier 2 programme for the transformation of the quality of education at GMS Aklimpur.

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Published in: on August 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN shines at World Scholars Cup in Barcelona

Thirty-three students from Pathways school Noida recently took part in the global round of the World Scholars cup that was held at Barcelona from the 21st to 27th of July. There were over 2100 students from 57 countries who participated in this inter-school competition. The students competed at various levels and in different formats: Debating, Writing, Scholars bowl and Scholars challenge. Pathways students won several accolades on this international platform and 33 students have qualified for the final round to be held at Yale University, later this year.

Earlier, the teams from Pathways School Noida had stood first in the South East Asian region in both Junior (under 14) and Senior (14 & above) age divisions. In Barcelona, the Junior team stood 13th amongst the 330 teams participating. The Senior Team (24 students) won a total of 94 silver medals, 61 gold medals and 2 trophies. The Junior Team 9 students) won a total of 79 silver medals, 51 gold medals and 4 trophies.

Prachi Sharma, a student from the school, was selected for the Debate Showcase, which is an opportunity given to students who have made it to the top 10 in the debate category. Dev Vaidya was adjudged the school’s Top Scholar. In the junior division, Arushi Lakhanpal achieved the 6th position amongst the top 10 students in the Subject Challenge. She was also the top Junior Scholar from the school.

Ms. Divya Pandanda, member of the Pathways School Noida faculty, received the “Coach of the year” award in recognition of her endeavour in mentoring students for this competition. One of the senior students, Jaskaran Singh performed Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” to resounding applause from the large audience seated in the magnificent under water auditorium at Barcelona’s Convention Centre.

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Published in: on August 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rainwater Harvesting Project by Grade 10 Student

Tavishi Singh, a Grade 10 student of Pathways School Gurgaon embarked on a noble mission to provide clean and sustainable drinking water to the needy, while simultaneously replenishing the fast-depleting water table in Gurgaon. She took upon the ambitious task of installing a rainwater harvesting system within the premises of Earth Saviors Foundation, a NGO which provides shelter to abandoned senior citizens and the homeless. Through her project, ‘Endless River’, she has help the Foundation to meet their daily water needs of 10,000 litres which was earlier being sourced from a borewell.

In order to understand the requirements of the project, she took guidance from with Mr Sekhar Raghavan – ‘Rain Man Of Chennai’. He helped navigate the waters in selecting the most efficient and cost-effective method of rainwater harvesting. Senior Engineer Mani Mishra and IPS officer Mrs. Renuka Mishra helped her sail through the difficulties faced during the installation.

This National-level swimmer wants to continue to take her work forward even after she finishes school and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Talking about her family who has been a long-term donor to this foundation themselves, she says: “They are extremely proud of this step taken by me, and the manner in which the project has been completed.”


Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri

On July 9, Sangke Konyak became the first woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri, Leh, which is the highest summit that can be trekked (20,187 feet) in India and the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas.

Konyak is a Student Counsellor – Middle School at Pathways School Gurgaon. The avid climber’s interest in mountain climbing grew after she had inspiring stories to tell her students back at the school.

Konyak had no formal technical training in mountaineering prior to Stok Kangri. According to her, a lot of running and yoga went into preparation for the trek.

Scaling Stok Kangri generally takes 3-4 days on an average, but Konyak completed the summit with her guide Dorjay within an astonishing period of 24 hours. Apparently, the duo did not sleep for 24 hours and kept eating energy bars to stay awake to continue climbing up the mountain.


Published in: on July 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Noida Police congratulate PSN Student for his Traffic Management solution

Yash Jain a Grade 10 student at Pathways School Noida won praise from the SP Traffic Noida Police for his ingenious traffic management solution using a drone mounted with a video camera and Google maps. Yash produced this solution for his MYP Personal Project.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment