Global School Strike for Climate Change

On Friday, the 12th of April 2019, thirty MYP students from grades 7, 8 and 9 attended an Environment March protest located at the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Jorbagh. The protest was a collaborative by several schools across the NCR. I had the opportunity to attend the March as well. We initiated the protest through a widespread sharing of our thoughts and ideas. Students shared speeches, songs, poetry, rap and drama performances about significant climate issues like pollution, deforestation, global warming and more. The ninth-grade students of PSG performed world-famous songs about saving our planet, like Heal The World by Michael Jackson.

Aditi Amritesh

The audience sang along with our performers, forming a choir whose voice couldn’t be stopped! For the protest, I wanted to bring to light the issue of irresponsible waste disposal of plastic and non-biodegradable materials, leading to extremely long-term land, air and water pollution. I created a costume by recycling plastic wastes to depict different varieties of non-degradable and non-eco-friendly products that are regularly disposed in completely inappropriate and dangerous ways, such as e-waste, kitchen wastes (plastic cutlery and straws), plastic bottles and plastic bags. I also displayed the slogans “Earth Is Not Your Trash Can” and “Plastic Is Immortal, We Are Not” on my costume. My costume attracted a lot of attention from people participating in the movement, and I explained the significance of environmentally-friendly waste disposal methods to them. I was glad to be able to spread my message and sensitize as many people as I could towards my cause. I think we, as a society in preparation for our future, should actively support the betterment of the environment by integrating eco-friendly practices such as responsible waste disposal, anti-consumerism and opting for non-carbon-fuelled transport mechanisms into our lifestyles. I hope that the efforts of us thirty MYP students to save our planet make a change, and allow us to see the beautiful future we’re waiting for.

 

Aditi Amritesh,
 Editor
Published in: on April 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poem Of The Day – I am ‘me’

 

I am happy to be ‘me’

From a MYP-5 student…

One more from MYP-5 student…

Why am I ‘me’

Because I was made like that!

 

Your gaze breaks ‘me’ down

Makes ‘me’ frown

Not only gives ‘me’ a meltdown,

But also makes ‘me’ drown

 

Surprisingly, I still wake up every morning with hope,

A hope to be able to cope,

To be unapologetically ‘me’

To be unapologetically free

 

I live my life with no regrets

No longer do I fret

You have made ‘me’ strong

This, I will remember lifelong

 

 

This is an empowering feeling

A feeling that has left ‘me’ smiling,

A feeling that has left ‘me’ to breathe breathlessly

To live endlessly

 

I am ‘me’

I am happy to be ‘me’

To be unapologetically ‘me’

To be unapologetically free

 

Naisha Chopra ( Grade 5 )
Pathways School Gurgaon
Published in: on April 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poem Of The Day- ‘Verses from a Jawan’

 Riding down the highway in a big blue bus,

I had absolutely no idea what was in store for us.

I was on my way to defend my country,

The mood in the bus was sometimes solemn but also quite cheery.

I really miss my family, my daughter, son and wife,

I wish I knew that this was going to be the last day of my life.

I would have spoken to them, with tears in my eye,

Telling them I would be ok, and not to cry.

 

 

The bus came to a sudden halt, lurching me out of my seat,

I knew something was wrong and I wanted to run, but I didn’t want to look like a cheat.

Then I heard a loud ‘Boom!’ and then everything went dark,

Something was wrong, I had started to see a big, bright arc.

 

 

I looked down through the clouds and saw carnage,

Remains of my companions from an act so savage.

Why, oh why this way did I leave my family?

To die in an act done by people who were so cowardly?

 

 

It was so unexpected, what could I have done for my beloved nation?

Was this martyrdom or an assassination?

Pride fills my heart, a Jawan to the end,

That you may sleep well as this land we defend.

 

 

These lines I write as my family and nation mourn,

Listen oh listen, there is no need to be torn.

Wipe those tears, our duties carry onwards,

For now it is time that you, yes you, be victorious over those cowards.

Anoushka Chagas Pereira -(Grade 6 D)
Pathways School Gurgaon
Published in: on April 12, 2019 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Poem Of The Day- ‘Bullying’

Bullying has to be stopped

it is not an issue to be dropped

Bullying is never acceptable

whether its physical, cyber or mental

One may think it’s cool to call by names

but you know how it pains

One thinks it makes you powerful

but in fact, it makes you powerless

Help others by supporting

Don’t be mean by recording

Report the matter

Before it scatters

The bully find himself superior

Thinking you are inferior

Stand up take the courage

Don’t let anyone discourage

 

Hemanshikha Khanna (Grade 9B)
Pathways School Gurgaon
Published in: on April 10, 2019 at 11:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathways School Gurgaon Annual Athletic Meet 2018-19

The much-awaited Annual Sports Day was held on Thursday, 21st February 2019, with great zeal, excitement and frolicsome atmosphere.

The meet began with the Torch Relay Ceremony by the sports captains of the different houses- AIR, EARTH, FIRE AND WATER along with the president of the Primary School student council. The ceremony commenced with the spectacular March Past, where the contingent performed a spectacular parade of the four houses lead by their house captains. The guest of honor, our School Director- Captain Rohit Sen Bajaj, took the salute of the impressive March Past of the students.

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The students got into the spirit of the occasion in a grand way with the oath being administered by the president of the Primary School student council. The athletic meet was declared open by the School Director, welcoming the esteemed gathering and emphasized on the importance of sports in a child’s life. The taekwondo and gymnastics performances by the primary students left the audience, mesmerized, with their energetic performances.

The display made way for the highly awaited athletic events, where competitiveness among the students soared to great highs, with full verve and vigor. Once the races began, the air was filled withcheering and tons of encouragement for the young athletes by their house peers. A fun tug- of- war between the staff and parents added to the enjoyment. The meet was closed with the most waited ceremony of year, where the School Director felicitated winning house of year. The best march past trophy and the overall championship was bagged by the ‘FIRE’ house, leaving the atmosphere of zest, euphoria among the students and audience.

It was a day filled with sportsmanship, enthusiasm and memories to cherish!!

Published in: on March 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad

Sixteen students Of Pathways World School along with 2 Senior School Teachers, went on an amazing journey to the MAHA KUMBH MELA at Allahabad from 21st- 24th Feb 2019.  An initiative of the Pathways Clicking club, this journey will forever be etched in the memories of the students who immersed into the rich cultural tapestry of India, a nation teeming with billions, diverse in their faiths and beliefs.

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This experience was a great window for students learning, outside the four walls of the classrooms, in the heat and dust of the streets of a robust developing nation. The students came back with a feeling that is priceless, cannot be expressed in words and will stay in the depths of their conscience for a very long time.

Published in: on March 18, 2019 at 10:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathways Early Years- Visits ‘Rajdhani Nursery’

Connecting children with nature is so important. In fact, nature inspires creativity and allows them to use all their senses. To delve into our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Things That Grow, a field trip to ‘Rajdhani Nursery’ was organized by Early Years-GK on Monday 18th February 2019 for Toddlers.

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This trip served as an incredible experience for the Toddlers as they saw flowers of numerous colors, sizes, and shapes. Children were tempted by the extensive range of plants and flowers like shrubs, trees, roses and many more and were encouraged to touch, feel and even smell the flowers. It was a wonder for them to see varied varieties of flowers. They even saw a few peacocks. They enjoyed relaxing under the shade feeling the fresh air around.

On our way back, their excitement was still the same as they all were talking about the colors of flowers they explored during the trip and were trying to recall few names of the flowers like purple pansies, white daisies, and daffodils etc.

Published in: on March 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lord Jeffrey Archer’s Session

On January 29th, 2019, Pathways School Gurgaon had the pleasure of hosting Jeffrey Archer, a bestselling author, and a name known around the world for books like, ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’ and his most recent book, ‘Heads You Win’. Many would think an author would start by talking about their books, but the session began with a conversation about cricket!

During the session, Lord Archer talked about many different points, in addition to answering several questions from various students. For example, his first book, ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’ was written when he was 35 years old and bankrupt and was turned down by 14 publishers. He stated that this was how he came to writing by accident. Eventually, the 15th publisher helped publish Lord Archer’s book, and it, later on, became a bestseller.

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During the session, a child asked Lord Archer about one of his favorite aspects of India, to which he gave a rather entertaining response. ‘Certainly not the traffic,’ which the audience responded to with a laugh. But in all seriousness, Lord Archer responded to the question with, ‘The kind and warm-hearted people that you find here.’

Lord Archer talked about many topics throughout the session, other than his experiences and books. For instance, he shared a lovely story about his wife’s job experiences. She was one of the first female workers at a college for Chemistry. Once she was about to become a professor, she felt the need for change and took up something new. Luckily, she was appointed as a dame and became chair of the National Science Museum. Her story helps influence our risk-taking abilities because she helped show that anything is possible as long as one believes in themselves.

As the session came to an end, Lord Archer said; ‘You may forget me, but I will never forget you.’ Later on, books were signed and snacks were eaten. It was certainly a memorable day.

Published in: on February 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

REUSE -India

An environmental initiative tackling the acutely growing issue of e-waste, a challenge termed as the ‘Monster under the 21st Century’s Bed’ by the organization, through a variety of awareness and collection drives across the nation. REUSE was founded by Rishit Jain, a Student of Grade 12, who was 14 years old then.

Starting in the small city of Gurgaon, with the young Rishit carrying used Diwali lights and broken iPods in his bare hands and storing them in his basement, REUSE today works in 5 States across the nation: Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka, Mahrashtra and Nagaland. With Parinita Bali, also of Grade 12 joining in as co-Founder, they have been tying up with Schools, residential societies, hospitals, government organizations, NGOs, student-led projects and e-waste recyclers. REUSE has expanded its reach exponentially since then. While the work is purely environmental, the Founders believe in sustaining such initiatives not through manipulation of its audience but through monetarily sustainable models that ensure every penny spent in making the world a better place, is a penny earned.

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A few notable achievements are:

  1. Conducted collection drives in the Mallya Aditi International School, Indus International School Bangalore and in many residential societies in Gurgaon.
  2. Organized awareness drive for maintenance staff of La Lagune about the dangers of e-waste
  3. Initiated awareness-raising merchandise in the form of t-shirts and notebooks to help ensure operations are monetarily self-sustainable, during the La Lagune FLEAstival 2018.
  4. Focused immensely on student-led work, through the “e-world minus e-waste” initiative promoting student-organized awareness, collection drives and by expanding the volunteering network across Gurgaon
  5. Organized a poster competition for young kids to raise awareness on e-waste.
  6. Official Social Partner for the Ingenium Fest and the Pathways Science Symposium
  7. Marketing and Consulting tie-up with the student-funded project Trash-It – an app that helps identify the types of wastes present in one’s waste
  8. The partnership established for work with YouthNet, the largest youth-based organization in Nagaland.

As the project continues to expand its network of tie-ups and partnerships, it aspires to grow internationally too, taking with it a fervent message that gives voice to an environmental concern otherwise unheard of.

Rishit has taken his zeal for social entrepreneurship ahead in the form of consultancy, amalgamating corporatism with a vision and helping student-led projects grow and develop. For example, consulting for the Youth’s Lens – an online publication on economics, politics, cultural and philosophical matters – which today boasts an international network of student writers empowering them with a platform to develop their journalistic capacities while edifying the world around about current events. Similarly, he is working with another student-led project, The Ingenium Fest, a charitable art fair in the works raising money for mental health, attracting corporate sponsors, while providing young, aspiring students an opportunity to illustrate their artistic capacities. He continues to expand his network of student-led projects to cover a broader range of social and environmental problems.

Parinita, too, has done some outstanding work in the field of social development founding the Gurukul Project. Inspired by work she did with an NGO that works towards the improvement of women’s literacy in rural districts, in India, she accompanied the NGO to Lalitpur (a small city with multiple villages in Uttar Pradesh). Witnessing the growth in confidence of the women of the area, it became her goal to achieve a similar zenith of work and make the same difference to someone’s life. Therefore, the birth of this project. Its purpose, a simple one: to work with children in government schools and the authorities of the government schools, and attempt to bridge the gap between private and government education. This project has a bright future, for now, connecting with 4 government schools in Haryana and working towards progressive and systematic management of progress reports, and facilities required by the schools.

Published in: on January 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

8th PWSMUN Conference Opening Ceremony Epitomises Grandeur

The day started off in great fervour, with the secretariat running around in attempts to perfect every little detail, as they anticipated the arrival of 12 delegations from across the country. Each school arrived with enthused smiles, as PWSMUN 2018 commenced.

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The evening was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honour, Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra, the School Director, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Senior School Principal, Ms. Manjula Shenoi,  Middle School Principal, Mr. Sumit Dargan, and the Primary School Principal, Ms. Monika Bhimwal.

The PWS student volunteers accompanied all the schools around the campus, resulting in instant connections and amicable conversations. The delegates displayed relaxed and confident demeanors, with the most zealous already capitalizing on as much lobbying as possible.

As evening descended upon the gathering, the opening ceremony commenced with the solemn notes of a classic piano composition. Our keen emcees Chandan Samal and Devangi Verma of Grade 11 then introduced PWS Executive Director, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, who addressed the evening with compelling words that mirrored the sentiment of this MUN conference.

A choir of cheery middle-school students graced the occasion with its mellifluous rendition of ‘Heal the World’, a timeless harmony by Michael Jackson, inspiring a sense of unity and compassion among the enraptured audience. Thus, the conference theme was aptly introduced: ‘Prosper or Suffer: Manipulation in a Greedy World’.

Next, each of the twelve delegations was welcomed to the tune of a grand melody, rising as their school’s name was announced.

Continuing along the lines of musical rejuvenation, the senior school rock band performed electrifying covers of two classic rock songs: ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith, and ‘Feeling Good’ by Muse. The songs had the audience tapping their feet to the dynamic beats, and the tunes stayed with them long after.

The emcees then invited the Head of MUN World, Mr. Anansh Prasad, to present the time-honored gavels to the prestigious Chairs of each committee. After each executive board member was called upon the stage; Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Rapporteurs standing in tall, Mr. Prasad addressed the crowd with words that further spirited the evening.

This was followed by a thematic dance by the IB and CAS dancers of senior school, choreographed by Mr. Norbu Tshering, entitled ‘Overcoming Manipulation’. The inspirational speech by our esteemed Guest of Honour, Mr. Jitendra Nath Misra was heavily influenced by the same, and his sagacious words rang with profound ruminations and intriguing anecdotes inspired by the conference theme.

As a felicitous final performance, the MYP dancers presented a dance-drama on the life of the great emperor Ashoka. Their moves showcased grace and the story compelled reflection on resonating truths.

When the Secretary-General Rishit Jain was called up on stage, the audience promptly erupted with vigorous applause. He officiated the opening of the 8th PWSMUN conference with the pound of his gavel, as the letters ‘PWSMUN’ momentously lit up to his words.

Published in: on December 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment