Give your child the best middle years By Dr Shalini Advani

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Dr Shalini Advani, School Dircetor, Pathways School Noida

Among the twelve years of school life, there is no stage which receives as little attention as Middle school. Grade 6 – 10 do not get the focus of eager new parents with primary children or the anxious attention of Grade 11 & 12.  Yet these under-valued years are crucial in shaping students – their success in learning and even the personality which they will carry into adulthood.

In fact middle school is when children learn how to learn,  to be creative, how to apply their knowledge and discover new connections.  Almost unique in developing these skills is the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate.  What makes the MYP exciting and different?

 

For one, in addition to the familiar subject areas of the sciences, math, language etc which are studied at a demanding conceptual level, the MYP focuses on teaching essential skills which become central to the curriculum itself. These include Lifeskills such as collaborating, resolving conflict, time management, and making healthy choices. Then there are research skills such as formulating questions, collecting and presenting research data, media literacy or learning academic honesty.

 

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These become the foundation of preparing for higher studies. A most extraordinary feature of MYP is the Personal Project where students are free to choose a single topic of their own interest to work on for a year under the guidance of a supervisor. At Pathways School Noida, we have seen the most amazing creativity from our middle schoolers – creating a model for intergalactic transport, creating websites, video games or apps, writing a graphic novel or a poetry anthology, researching hydroponics as an alternative farming technique or designing dresses. Each project carries the unique imprint of an individual, often becoming the basis of a career many years later.

 

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Providing exciting learning opportunities is the best way of tapping the creative energy which very often gets buried below the self-doubt and shyness which are typical of this age.

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Pathways celebrates Earth Day

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Moment of great honour for Pathways

It was a moment of pride and glory for Pathways when the CTO of Pathways Group of Schools, Mr. Satish Papnoi was recently felicitated at not one, but two of the most prestigious IT awards functions held by DataQuest and PCQuest respectively.

Dataquest awarded Business Technology Award to Pathways Group of Schools for using cutting edge technology in their day-to-day operations. Alongside,India’s leading IT Magazine PCQuest held it’s C-Change IT Leadership awards on the occasion of its 13th Anniversary. These awards were held to facilitate CIO/CTO’s who have been successful leaders and implemented technology in their respective business scenarios. Mr. Satish Papnoi was bestowed with this prestigious award from PC Quest which is a recognition to the role of a CTO/CIO’s that has evolved over time, from being the MIS/EDM managers of yester-years, to IT leaders spearheading prestigious IT projects, into what they have become today–transformation heads of their organizations.

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Mr Satish Papnoi (on Right) receiving the award.

Pathways has since its inception always spearheaded the endeavor to benefit education through the use of cutting edge technology. The School realizes that the times when classes were teacher centric and black board oriented are now a thing of the past. The current generation of classes are more future oriented and technologies like Gamification of Lessons, VR Experiments and use of Hand Held Smart Devices are quickly replacing traditional learning tools. Embracing this change and attempting to lead the path of education through technology, Pathways is today using tools and technologies like Flipped Classrooms, E-Books, Digital Content Delivery Systems and E-Assessments to equip their students for the digital age of tomorrow.

These awards bestowed to Mr. Satish Papnoi and Pathways Group of Schools were a recognition to the immense advancement done by Pathways in incorporating technology and education.

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IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2016

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Business Fest 2016

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Sri M’s visit to Pathways Gurgaon

On Tuesday, 16 February ‘16, the Pathways fraternity was honored to welcome Sri M and a group of Padyatris, representing an organization known as Manav Ekta Mission. An educationalist and a social reformer, Sri M ‘s ‘Walk of Hope” was flagged off on 12 January ‘15 on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Starting from Kanyakumari and concluding in Srinagar, the walk will take almost one and half years to complete.

 

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The mission of this walk is to bring unity within the diversity of our great country. The goal behind this Padyatra is to spread peace, harmony and acceptance across eleven states of India.

Sri M, along with the padyatris were cordially welcomed by the Faculty Members and the Student Council of the Middle and Senior Schools.  Compered by Shivi Anand and Tanmay of Grade 6, the gathering commenced with a beautiful Bhajan,”Hari Bol” sung by a student of Grade 3. The words to this Bhajan have been written by Sri M himself.  This was followed by a Multi-faith Prayer sung by some members of the Middle School faculty.

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Thereafter, Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj addressed the gathering and thanked Shri M and the Padyatris for visiting our school. The highlight of the visit was the inspirational speech of Sri M. He addressed the students and the faculty explaining the reason for this Padyatra in today’s vitiated atmosphere, where personal or political interests are destroying the secular fabric of the country.

DSC_0600Our guests then proceeded for a “Langer” served by the middle school student council and some students of the senior School Community.

Inspired by their visit, Pathways Gurgaon wishes Sri M and the Padyatris all the best towards successfully concluding their long journey and spreading the message of peace and harmony across India.

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A step towards Swachh Bharat by Pathways Aravali

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KAVYA OF PATHWAYS NOIDA RISES IN INDIAN BADMINTON ASSOCIATION RANKINGS

kavyaKavya Gandhi of Form 9, Pathways Noida has been consistently performing well in state and national level in Under 17 Badminton Girls’s Doubles. Her Current position in India is 9th and 1st in the UP State as per the Badminton Association of India

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Antodaya… Unto the Last

A Journey down the Ganges, from Banaras to Sunderbans

20th Dec 2015 – 2nd Jan 2016

16 Yatris | 13 Days | 15 cities | 8 Monuments |4 States | 2 UNCESO World Heritage sites | 1 Destination

Antodaya has been a successful initiative by the Pathways World School, Aravali. The trip began at the source, Gomukh and ended in Banaras, where we traveled along the Ganges from the holy river’s source to the most ancient city in the world, Varanasi in a series called ‘Ganga Ek Antaryatra’.

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This year a group of 14 enthusiastic and well informed Pathwaysians, along with mentors Bhagirathy Jhingran and Gurucharan Kumar had taken up a quest to discover India better. In order to make this trip more than amusing, this time the young adventurers traced the river Ganges from Banaras or Varanasi to where it meets with the ocean, the Sunder-bans, Bay of Bengal.

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This trip is and has always been a liberating experience for the young travellers who embarked on this journey from the 20th of December and returned on the 2nd of January. The idea of travelling down the Ganges is driven by collective faith, which took us to the Sundarbans, in West Bengal, a birdfoot delta which is also one of the last surviving mangrove forests in the world today.

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This journey has been a penultimate stage of the student’s education; where knowledge will meet reallife circumstances; where subject expertise will be pitted against practical challenges; where Geographical, Sociological and Economic boundaries will blur, and all that we will experience will only help us blend into the ‘human-scape’ that we are a minuscule part of. This journey has allowed us to introspect and understand not only the world but ourselves better.

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