An important component of the PYP philosophy is the development of learners, who are actively engaged in building on their previous knowledge and experiences, and applying new understandings to become reflective, self-directed learners. Learners are encouraged to be Risk-takers who set and achieve worthwhile goals for themselves, and effectively communicate their ideas to others. One way in which we help Students from Grades Pre-Nursery to 4 accomplish this, is through Student-led Conferencing.
The benefits of holding a Student-Led Conference include:
- Teaching students to reflect more deeply on their progress and to set goals for continued personal, social and academic growth
- Giving students increased ownership of their academic progress
- Providing a forum for students to share the contents of their PYP portfolios with their parents
- Developing students’ communication skills
This is also a unique opportunity for Parents to take a more active part in their child’s learning, and a forum to see their child’s enthusiasm for school work.
Enthused with the spirit of service, as many as 35 students of Pathways School Gurgaon joined hands with the Earth Saviours Foundation to end the woes of Bandhwari villagers by paving the road, which has been in a dilapidated state from many years now and is a cause of major discomfort to them, especially the elderly and the sick.
To contribute their precious little, the students took the initiative to help repair the road. They started by removing rocks from the coarse path and sprinkling water over the cleared ground to smoothen the road. The children were filled with enthusiasm and did not hold back their efforts even after they were ankle-deep in cement, as they levelled the road.
In no time, the road was patched up and the students remained relentless, perfecting the rocky crevices and continuously bringing more batches of cement for the other workers to use.
It was a fascinating lifetime experience for the students, as they felt very proud to do something constructive for the community. The villagers in turn were extremely happy and lauded the students for their efforts.
This road mending will benefit the life of about 2300 villagers of Bandhwari. After repairing the road, the students visited the office of the Earth Saviours Foundation where they were presented with trophies and certificates.
On Sunday, 19th February, early morning, a group of 100 plus students of Pathways World School Aravali joined hands together, along with a score of faculty members to join in the PHDCCI (PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry) sponsored Swachh Paryavaran Walk.
We left, after a slight delay, owing to traffic obstructions, for the venue.
The early morning quiet was regularly interrupted by the healthy laughter and the high spirits of the students on the buses. This was quite unusual from other trips where early morning gets us only the buzz of the occasional snore!!!
Arriving at the venue, Rajpath looked glorious as ever and the distant India Gate, covered partly in haze looked to be a plausible destination. Right through the journey, we had changed into the attire for the performances, donning the caps, t-shirts and the scarves and the badges.
The Guest of Honour, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting was welcomed by the members of the PHDCCI Governing Body. He addressed the assembled students and adults and encouraged them to work towards a clean, green environment and to assume responsibility as the future citizens of this planet.
He then flagged off the walk and witnessed the tableaus and performances of various schools.
Pathways Aravali was one of the key presenters in this section and a select group of enthused performers got the crowd standing still with their performance on the prestigious Rajpath.
For more on this performance, please find it at the link: https://www.facebook.com/swachhparyavaran/videos/1084356598359409/
With a myriad range of experiences shared by young adults all across the spectrum, we reached the India Gate, walking and performing to the audiences and crowds who had gathered there from far and wide to join in this mission of a cleaner environment.
Today marked the first session wherein grade 11 students of Pathways School Gurgaon were solely in charge of all proceedings. Students were organizing forms, teaching and completely at home with their students, portraying an ease that only comes from persistent dedication. The spirit of CAS, which has been continuously instilled in our student body, was completely palpable today.
One of the two classes held today was an IT crash course for the ladies working at our school. After commencing the session with an icebreaking game, the students chose to teach the basic functions of the laptop and to enable them with the ability to use search engines and web browsers. Unsurprisingly, many of the women were far ahead of the class, googling images of their favorite celebrities and listening to songs, as the others learnt to type and scroll through web pages. At this rate, our students will be acquainted with email and social media before we can even teach them!
The second class followed the Future Problem Solving Program, which enables participants to think creatively and constructively about solutions to the problems they face. After a brief but entertaining introduction session, students were told to create mind-maps on seemingly simple topics, such as ‘Things that are bright’ or ‘Things that grow’. The group leader and Pathways’ incumbent student CAS President Ananya Subramanian, encouraged the pupils to go beyond normal examples like ‘the sun’ and ‘trees’, to more abstract ones. She spoke on how our thought process needs to transcend common concepts to complex ideas, allowing our minds to think outside of the box we subconsciously create.
The next activity progressed to more pressing issues, where Pehel students then brainstormed on problems in their community, tackling social and environmental divides with just pen and paper. This emboldened the students to not only to discuss and debate on the issues they are passionate about, but even present them to the rest of the class. By the end of the class, one could even say that our students were teaching us.
Pehel gives the opportunity for our school’s support staff to become students again, enabling them to use the greatest tool of our time, technology, alongside their greatest strengths- their minds. As our sessions progress and become all the more rigorous, we may see two student bodies forming in our school: one of Pehel, and one of Pathways.
Sameera Pant and Krittika Sekhon,
The tender, loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Cold Feet No More, an initiative by Abhay Singh and Shaimay Shah, students of Pathways School Gurgaon, undertaken to keep those in need warm during the winter, began with a request to students to bring in warm clothes, especially socks and caps for protection against the cold. Students of Grade 11 went out at night to the streets of Gurgaon to distribute these wearables and earned it return smiles and gratitude from those who received them.
We would like to thank all of those who made the invaluable contributions
This is a note to thank you!
My husband and I stay pretty busy with our work and if I have to be honest to myself, I don’t think we can take credit for the little things Aahvana does that reflect compassion for the underprivileged!
I’d like to share 3 pictures with you and a video in the next mail:
1) Aahvana gives enough love and affection to all the house help and actually dressed up like her didi. We did not help her and she actually shared this image with me on whatsapp while I was out . No job is small and we didn’t teach her that 🙂
2) On Christmas , I was amazed when Aahvana said that she wanted nothing from Santa because Christmas is about giving not getting. Attaching a picture where she is standing with all our helpers. She had a little party for them and got them the sweetest gifts. She cooked Maggi herself. I’m attaching a video in the next mail.
Ma’am, there is so much more to thank you for! It is true that very time my husband and I come for the PTM, we tell you these stories and leave the class feeling what a great decision it has been to send our daughter to Pathways!
Thank you for making it easy for a working mom! Education and a well rounded personality is important to me and values are most important to my husband and my family – we found both in Pathways!
We hope to keep getting surprised!
We are proud to announce the NDTV Award winner for Excellence in English teaching goes to Aarti Khurana from Pathways School Noida. Aarti was declared the North Zone winner from among 1600 applicants. Aarti has been with Pathways since 2011 and teaches DP & MYP English.
We now await the results of the National winner in end February.
Every year Pathways School, Noida has a ’day of sharing’. ‘What is it’?’ you may ask. Having seen it in action, one can only say it’s a day when opportunities – for a moment to be in the limelight, to unleash talents kept otherwise in check – is given to the support staff of the school. Usually quiet, supportive but in the background, this is their day. Young stylish women unrecognizable in their finery, danced, men sang full-throated folk songs while others were egged on with gusto by the smallest, liveliest four-year olds as they launched into bhangra. Not to be outdone one showed us his impressive Michael Jackson breakdance moves.
The event was followed by a langar of alu/puri, chole, gulab jamun and much more. It was the senior students who had the job of serving – in humility and recognition of the support’s staff’s hard work – the ‘bhaiyas’ and ‘didis as they sat in the way they are most comfortable eating, on the floor. We followed suit, some more dexterous than others. Meticulously organized by the Administrative staff the entire event was great fun.
This one-day when privilege is momentarily turned on its head, when tentative, shy support staff are encouraged to come into their own, is a reminder that while the doors to advantage may not open equally for all, our ability to respect and encourage every day those that surround us is a choice we can make.
Project Muskaan was launched in September, 2016 in collaboration with the Government of Haryana, the Directorate of Education and FICCI.
Project Muskaan, a project aimed at enhancing the learning environment of Village Government Schools through generous contributions from students of private schools that adopt these government schools. Its goals are
- “Mera school, mera sunder school”
- “Mere khilone hamare khilone”
- “Meri pusthak sabki pusthak”
As part of this project enthusiastic students of Pathways World School, Aravali, went to Government Middle School, Baas and Government Middle School Aklimpur several times to make murals on the walls of the schools to beautify and to describe the different concepts of learning.
Through the Math fest games organised by students of Pathways World School, Aravali they have arranged cupboards, books and toys for the above-mentioned schools.
In the month of February 2017, the students will be working for two other Government Village Schools.