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Pursuit of Happiness ?

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal that will make you stop and think, what is it you really want to pursue – the career or happiness? It talks about the values that are inherent in life, and the pitfalls in our own estimations of life. A must read for all aspiring students, more so for those looking towards US!

Why what we have is never enough

We may have life and liberty. But the pursuit of happiness isn’t going so well.

As a country, we are richer than ever. Yet surveys show that Americans are no happier than they were 30 years ago. The key problem: We aren’t very good at figuring out what will make us happy.

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Never strive for Success, strive for performance and when you do that success will come kiss your feet

We constantly hanker after fancier cars and fatter paychecks — and, initially, such things boost our happiness. But the glow of satisfaction quickly fades and soon we’re yearning for something else.

Similarly, we tell our friends that our kids are our greatest joy. Research, however, suggests the arrival of children lowers parents’ reported happiness, as they struggle with the daily stresses involved.

Which raises the obvious question: Why do we keep striving after these things? Experts offer two explanations.

We aren’t built to be happy. Rather, we are built to survive and reproduce. We wouldn’t be here today if our ancestors didn’t struggle mightily to protect and feed their families. The promise of happiness, meanwhile, is just a trick to jolly us along.

“This is an incentive scheme for the benefit of our genes,” argues Boston money manager Terry Burnham, co-author of “Mean Genes.” “It’s a very fundamental trick that’s played on us, this lure of perpetual bliss.”

Don’t like the idea that we’re hoodwinked by some hard-wired set of ancient instincts? Blame it, instead, on societal beliefs.

Working hard and raising children may not make us happier. But these beliefs keep society functioning — and those who embrace them prosper and end up passing these values onto their children.

We’re bad at forecasting. Consider a study by academics Daniel Kahneman and David Schkade.

They asked university students in the Midwest and Southern California where they thought someone like themselves would be happier — and both groups picked California, in large part because of the better weather. Yet, when asked how satisfied they were with their own lives, both groups were equally happy.

“When you’re thinking about moving to California, you’re thinking about the beaches and the weather,” says Mr. Schkade, a management professor at the University of California at San Diego. “But you aren’t thinking about the fact that you’ll still be spending a lot of time in the grocery store or doing chores. People emphasize differences that are easy to observe ahead of time and forget about the similarities.”

When we predict what will make us happy, we’re also influenced by how we feel today. If we buy the weekly groceries just after we’ve had lunch, we will shop much more selectively. The downside: A few days later, we will be staring unhappily into an empty refrigerator.

Maybe most important, we fail to anticipate how quickly we will adapt to improvements in our lives. We think everything will be wonderful when we move into the bigger house. We don’t realize that, after a few months, we will take the extra space for granted.

Experience should help us avoid repeating such mistakes. But it doesn’t, in part because we don’t accurately recall how we really felt, says Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness.”

One example: We work devilishly hard to get that next promotion, because we’re sure it will leave us elated. We forget that, when we last got promoted, it was a bit of a letdown.
With any luck, just knowing we are susceptible to these pitfalls will help.

But you might also try a reality check, Prof. Gilbert says. Suppose you think you will be happier if you move to a small rural town, adopt a child, or quit your job and become a high-school math teacher.

Don’t rely on the opinions of people who live in small towns, have adopted kids or become teachers. Instead, spend some time observing these folks — and see whether they’re happy.

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Know Your Pathways

The Pathways Group of Schools pioneer approaches to teaching and learning which are well-tried elsewhere but new to India. While preserving the best in traditional Indian and International education and culture, we have opted for a student-centred system with ample opportunities for project work and discovery learning, guided by a well-qualified international teaching faculty with generous access to quality in service training both in India and abroad. In order to ensure that every student’s talents are developed to the full, the school applies the Multiple Intelligences approach, developed by Dr. Howard Gardner from Harvard University.

National and international experts developed the concept and plans for the school. They decided to name the school “Pathways” to represent Howard Gardner’s multiple pathways to learning.

The Pathways Vision

To make Pathways a learning community of motivated students and staff engaged in active learning through the best use of modern technology. To develop young individuals who think, question and are curious through enquiry based learning and project work.

To create responsible global citizens utilising an international curriculum and principles of student-centred learning.

To impart world class education that shall foster academic excellence, physical fitness, psychological and spiritual health, social consciousness and concern for environment in each Pathways student through our own systems and practices.

Our Mission

It is our mission to blend the strong cultural fundamentals of the Gurukul heritage and other traditional systems with advanced modern learning tools, thus providing a new direction in world education.

It is our mission to ensure that in a safe, tranquil, stimulating and intellectually challenging environment, all students shall have ample opportunity to:

  • Acquire habits of curiosity, reflection, mental flexibility, independence and self-discipline.
  • Attain skills and attitudes which will fit them for life in the rapidly changing world of a new millennium
  • Fulfill their academic, cultural, sporting and social potential, including the achievement of optimum academic results
  • Maintain openness and respect in the face of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity
  • Develop a confident understanding of what they and other individuals can and should achieve for themselves, for the environment and for international society.

Facts about Pathways

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Pathways believes in love and sharing a quality deeply imbibed in every child

Pathways provides an education that enables our students to fulfill their potential – be it social, intellectual, academic, sporting or cultural. We do so not because these potentials, fully developed, are useful, economically marketable or aesthetically rewarding but because we want every single one of our students to find something that they are good at.
The extensive range of activities on offer in the school enables all our students to find something that they can excel at. In this way they come to an appreciation of their worth as individuals and gain the self-esteem and self-confidence to which we aspire as the hallmark of our graduates.

We recognise that, in a rapidly changing world, few of our students will follow a single career for the whole of their adult lives. To cope with these career changes they will need flexibility of mind and the intellectual curiosity to continue learning well into adulthood.

We espouse a variety of teaching models in order to produce students who can think critically, synthesise and transform, experiment and create. In short, we aim to equip our students for the 21st Century. Our teaching methods are thus far removed from the didactic approaches traditional in many countries.

Pathways is much more than an orderly environment. Our disciplinary systems, from the day that students enter the school, aim to make them realise that we must all take responsibility for our own actions. This realisation is fundamental to bringing our students to a preference for self-discipline over imposed discipline.

In an increasingly dysfunctional world, we regard values such as responsibility, honesty, courage, loyalty, tolerance and respect for others as the building blocks of a stable society. We do not seek to teach these values, but to organise the school and so conduct ourselves that our children will see the example we are giving and come, bit by bit, to prize and apply these values themselves.

While Pathways draws much of its inspiration from international models, it also embraces the Indian perspective. We try to give our students not only an understanding of their own, or host country, but also a valuing of its peoples and its cultural diversity and a willingness to do something for it. We also seek to encourage amongst our students an appreciation of India’s immense richness and variety of natural resources, as well as a commitment to their protection and preservation for future generations. Expeditions to more remote areas and our community service programmes are intended to break down the isolation created by privilege, exposing our students to a reality outside their own experience so that they may learn to cope with unexpected difficulties and mature in the process.

Respect for the environment grows out of respect for one’s own person. A comprehensive programme of talks and seminars on personal hygiene, sexuality, drugs and family relationships is held each year at appropriate levels in the school.

Technology at Pathways

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Pathways embraces technology to make our kids ready for the future

In the world of the 21st Century we are constantly bombarded with a million times more information than our ancestors ever conceived of and the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. Relevant technology with appropriate teacher guidance can help us to separate the gold from the grass.

The flexibility of the Pathways building design is complemented by Information Age technology which is a learning tool for the student, a teaching tool to the teacher and the curriculum. Secondary School students have laptops. This flexibility is particularly valuable within the classroom or laboratory where seating plans and furniture distribution change constantly to reflect the multiple needs of the curriculum. The school server maintains a broadband connection throughout the 365 days of the year, giving each student continuous (monitored) access via the school’s intranet to the resources of the Internet. The essence of Anywhere-Anytime learning is that it is exactly what it says it is. Information can be accessed out of class hours and questions arising can be referred to the teacher when appropriate. Our reporting system is computerised and parents will be able to track their children’s progress on the Internet.

Technology has its place in every curricular subject. Our Science laboratories, for instance, are specially equipped for computer simulation of dangerous experiments. Less predictably, perhaps, there is a wealth of relevant software available for such subjects as Languages and Music. All students have access to a Design Technology Studio, equipped to industrial standards, in which they can pursue individual projects with the support and advice of visiting experts. The best of these experiments could well lead to commercially viable products even while the student is at school. The superbly equipped Library-Media Centre includes a Distance-Learning Studio for access to a wealth of curriculum and teaching from some of the best universities in the world. Pathways is developing an extensive CD Rom library and there are Reprographics Centres in each academic building. As at a university, facilities such as the Media Centre are open well into the evening.

All You Wanted To Know About IB

GENERAL

All International/ World Schools are not IB World Schools. What makes a school an IB World School?

  • School must be authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) of Geneva
  • School must offer at least one of the three programs offered by IB
  • School should have a cohort of IB trained Teachers and a maintain generous budget for ongoing professional development.
  • School should meet the progressive infrastructural requirements of rich research resources in laboratories and library.

How many IB schools exist in the world and in India?

  • There are 2,094* schools spread over 125 countries all along the globe
  • There are 62* IB schools in India.

When, how and why was IB started?

  • 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland
  • A group of leading educators from different countries grouped together to develop a contemporary international school curriculum that could be followed universally across the world
  • One of the main objectives was to provide a rigorous, consistent high school curriculum for the children of globally mobile families
  • In true spirit of its name ‘Baccalaureate’, a French term meaning pre-University, the curriculum was designed with a focus to prepare students to enter and successfully pursue tertiary programs offered by premier Universities of the world.

What are the core competencies of IB?

  • Development of a curriculum which is essentially dynamic and continuously evolving to remain relevant in the face of continuous change in all areas of the world.
  • Training of teachers to deliver the ever changing curriculum.
  • Assessment of the students based on the ever changing curriculum.

Can a student who has gone through another system (such as CBSE/ ICSE etc) join the IB program? What are the challenges? Is the student able to cope up?

The first program envisaged in the IB curriculum was the Diploma (DP) program which is offered in grades 11 & 12 (grades 12 & 13 of the British system). PYP and MYP followed in the 90s. Each of the three programs and more specifically the DP program is designed in a way that students from different streams could adapt to the program requirements. Students find application based curriculum and project work quite encouraging and interesting. Each year many students join IB schools in grades 9 and 11 and have performed well consistently.

CURRICULUM

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How is the streaming done in IB?

In the IB DP program (grades 11 & 12) students are not divided in standard streams. Each student is required to do at least one subject from the following six subject groups:

  • Language A1 (First language)
  • Language 2 B (Second language)
  • Mathematics Individuals and Societies
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Individuals and Societies Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Arts and Electives*

What if one does not want to do or is not good at Math or Science or Humanities?

IB believes that till high school level it is very important to develop a wide knowledge base and thus IB maintains adequate breadth in the curriculum. Whatever career one eventually pursues in life, some bit of math or science or understanding of humanities is necessary to manage world/one’s own affairs and be successful in life. While making a minimum choice from each discipline mandatory, IB offers multiple options within each group to accommodate individual preference and future academic/professional needs) e.g. there are three math Levels on offer; The Sciences group includes subjects such as Design and Technology etc.

What characterizes IB classes?

  • Concurrency of Learning
  • International mindedness
  • Positive attitude to learning
  • High quality/high standards
  • System of Continuous and comprehensive Assessment
  • Challenging questions, critical thinking, research skills
  • Most rigorous pre-collegiate curriculum

How is the final assessment done in IB schools?

Examinations at the end of IB DP program are conducted by the IB Research Unit presently based out of Cardiff, UK. All IB schools around the world conduct examinations simultaneously choosing one of the two examination cycles, May or November. Each school is assigned approved IB Examiners based in different parts of the world for different subjects. Grading is done based on criterion referencing and moderation is done by the Cardiff Office. Assessment is based on student’s actual learning, understanding and interpretation of a topic and not merely on memory recall ability. The Final grade is not merely the achievement score of the end of the program examination but is a combination of the student’s project work and performance through the two years of the DP program + the final examination. There are two kinds of assessments:

Formative

  • Teacher assessments
  • Internal IB assessments (taken at school, scored externally)

Summative

  • External examinations (taken at school, scored externally)

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Best IB World School in India

One of the finest IB world School

Do universities recognise the IB Diploma?

  • The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations.
  • To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission.
  • Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IBO’s secure web site.
  • Universities value its combination of depth with breadth, its rigour, its emphasis on developing analytical thinking and critical skills, and its special features like CAS (Creativity/Action/Service requirement), TOK (Theory of Knowledge course) and EE (Extended Essay-independent research project).

Is the IB Diploma recognized?

INTERNATIONAL
IB DP is an internationally accepted and acclaimed Pre University Course. Leading Universities in the world offer preference and even accelerated credits to high scoring IB graduates.

INDIA
IB DP is being recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the +2 stage qualification of an Indian Board giving access to the Bachelors Degree programmes at any Indian University.

Are colleges in India ready for IB?

While IB DP is fully recognized for entry into the Bachelor’s degree program in all higher education institutes in India, with growing awareness of the merits of the IB DP program more and more colleges are welcoming IB DP students. IB students are successfully pursuing their undergrad programs in some top colleges of the country such as:

Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, College of Vocational Studies, D.Y Patil College, St. Xavier’s, Mumbai, HR College of Commerce, Mumbai, Wilson, Mumbai, Fergusson College, Pune, Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, Loyola, Chennai, Stella Marie, Chennai, Baroda Art Institute, NIFT, Daulat Ram College, Gargi College, Indraprastha College for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Kamla Nehru College, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Maitreyi College, Osmania University, PGDAV College, Podar World College, Ramjas College, SRCC, NID, Manipal, and Sri Venkateswara College.

For More Info on IB Visit Pathways World School Website

Round Square and the Ideals

Round Square

It is a worldwide association of more than 70 member schools on five continents, of which 20 are in India. These schools share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure and international understanding.

All member schools share a strong underlying belief: this is the view of learning by doing. It is an on-going process of self-confrontation and formation, involving a fundamental objective of the full and individual development of every student into a whole person: academically, physically, culturally and spiritually, within the supportive environment of their School community.

IDEALS – THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND ROUND SQUARE

The essential philosophy of Round Square is based on these six pillars. Some of the most exciting Round Square experiences come from the Hahnian vision which fuses them together. They are interrelated and all of equal importance.

“…an eminent man challenged me to explain what sailing in a schooner could do for international education. In reply, I said we had at that moment the application before us for a future king of an Arab country to enter Gordonstoun. I happened to have at the school some Jews…If the Arab and one of these Jews were to go out sailing on our schooner. . .perhaps in a Northeasterly gale, and if they were become thoroughly seasick together, I would have done something for international education.” ….Dr. Kurt Hahn

How to get involved

Round Square is open to students in various age groups:

  • Sub Junior (Grades V & VI)
  • Junior (Grades VII to IX)
  • Senior (Grades X to XII)

Regional Conferences:

Each year the South Asia & Gulf Region plays host to at least one Conference in of the above categories and details for the same are updated on ‘Upcoming Conferences’ link or you can also contact

Mr. Sumit M. Dargan
Round Square Representative
at sumitd@pathways.ac.in
or by phone at +91-9910029784

International Conferences:

Each year the Round Square body comes together for an International Conference to deliberate upon issues of contemporary global concern. This Conference attracts patronage and presence of eminent personalities such as:

  • H.M. King Constantine
  • H.R.H The Duke of York, CVO,
  • ADC Nelson Mandela
  • Kevan Gosper, AO
  • Craig Kielburger, CM, MSM, OMC

Exchange Programme

Student Exchanges

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Pathways World School is a co-educational day cum residential school catering to the Primary Years Programme of the IBO, its own curriculum in the Middle Years and the IGCSE and IB – Diploma in the Secondary School.

Our academic year commences in August and we take a mid-year break in December. Our second semester is from January to May. Students interested to explore the possibility of an exchange are requested to get in touch with their schools’ Round Square Representative to find out more.

Faculty Exchanges

Pathways World School has more than 100 faculty members on board hailing from as many as 17 nationalities. Diverse, yet integrated, it provides an excellent milieu of academic challenge, cultural interaction and much more.

Interested faculty are requested to get in touch with the school at info@pathways.ac.in or at communications@pathways.ac.in

Regional Service Projects

The Round Square schools in the region of South Asia and Gulf are constantly exploring opportunities to extend the aspect of service project participation to a larger cohort of students.

In this endeavour, schools often pursue collaborative projects or regional service projects.

Interested participants must keep their eyes out for this section as we will shortly update more inputs on this page for Projects during the December, 2010 break.

For More Info on Round Square and 2010 Conference schedule please visit Round Square

Pathways World School students visit NASA

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Pathwayzians at NASA, Johnson Space Research Center

In keeping with the our belief of stretching our limits and thinking  “out-of-the-box” here at Pathways World School, we had an amazing opportunity of sending 12 of our students for a Junior Space School Program, at NASA, Johnson Space Centre, Houston in collaboration with Atlantis Research.

Our students have been through a great learning experience in the Space School with some very competent faculty members like Mr. Dave Brown and Ms. Hannah. In addition to this, the stimulating lectures with Dr.Satish Reddy, Ms. Heather Paul and Mr. Patrick Buzzard have stirred an extra-ordinary level of interest in space exploration and research amongst our students. Special thanks is due to Mr. James Semple, the Education Specialist at the Johnson Space Centre for creating the ideal environment for our students to learn, grow and share ideas about Rocket Science and Space Exploration even as they have gained tremendously in confidence after this exposure.

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Once in a lifetime opportunity for students made possible by Pathways World School

All the projects done by our students on the Rocket, Shuttle Glider, ISS and the Rover were opportunities for testing theoretical scientific constructs in real life situations. The Graduation Ceremony graced by Ms Anita Gale and Mr Dick Edward [Senior Engineers with the Shuttle Division of Boeing] was remarkable in its sobriety. Our students who won the competition and also the others who participated in this Space Program were delighted by the appreciation showered by the faculty members of the Johnson Space School.

After these cerebral sessions at Houston, the well deserved break at Orlando will forever be etched in our memories. Being on one of the fastest roller coasters in the world, “The Hulk‟ or watching “The Shamu Show” was definitely one of the many high points of our stay at Orlando. Food, boarding and transport arrangements were truly custom-made for our requirements and at Pathways; we appreciate the special care given to our students. Truly an awe-inspiring trip to the United States, showcasing the best of Research & Development in Space and Entertainment in the world. A great trip came to an end, but the stories have just begun doing the rounds in the corridors of Pathways.

We do hope that this will set the precedent for many more exposures of this kind for our students & teachers in the future.

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Admissions at Pathways World School

Implementing the ideas laid out by national and international experts an exciting school located on a 35 acre campus was created on an elevated, wooded site in the Aravali Hills, just 25 km from Delhi International Airport, but away from the pollution of the city. The architecture of the school, specially designed by CP Kukreja, is the optimum setting for effective learning. It is a flexible temperature-controlled environment designed for anywhere-anytime learning, with abundant shaded outside areas for conversation and tranquil reflection. There are subject based classrooms. A country school ambience just half an hour away from the Bustling city of Gurgaon.

National and international experts led by world-renowned School Planner Mr. Prakash Nair from the USA developed the concept and plans for the school. They decided to name the school “Pathways” to represent Howard Gardner’s multiple pathways to learning.

There is universal radio networking and every student from Grades 7 to 12 use laptop computers. Facilities include seven laboratories, a spacious Library-Media-Centre, studios for Art, Music, Dance, Theatre and Craft-Design-Technology. Sporting facilities include an Olympic-size football field, a 400 metre track, a 25 metre pool, a putting green, tennis, basket ball and volley ball courts, cricket field, horse riding ground and a three storey centre for indoor sports that houses well-equipped gymnasium, squash courts, table tennis, snooker and pool tables and weight-training equipment gymnastics and aerobics.

Residential facilities are based on the model of a first-class British independent boarding school with professional staffing, comfortable study-bedrooms and catering of international standard. Solar Systems and Water Harvesting are in place as part of the Energy Conservation Measures.

A School built today with tomorrow in mind….

SOME USEFUL INFO :-

Primary Years Programme (Nursery – Grade 5)

Pathways Middle School Programme (Grade 6 – 8)

Cambridge IGCSE (Grade 9 – 10)

IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 – 12)

FEE Structure for Indian Residents

FEE Structure for NRI’s/Expatriates

Procedure for Remitting Payments

All cheques/ drafts/ remittances to be made in favour of PATHWAYS WORLD SCHOOL payable at Delhi or Gurgaon. All Cheques/drafts/remittances must clearly state (a) Invoice Number (b) Student’s Name (c) Grade Applied For

All couriers/ mails should be to be sent to the corporate office at :
2, Sainik Farms, C-1 Lane, New Delhi – 110 062, India

Domestic Payments

All domestic payments can be made by way of Demand Draft or Cheque payable at Delhi or Gurgaon.

Payments In INDIAN CURRENCY
CITIBANK NA

Ground Floor, DLF Square, M-Block, Jacaranda Marg, DLF City Phase II, Gurgaon – 122002
Pathways World School (Revenue A/C)
A/C no: 0003669246
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International Payments

All International payments can be made by way of Wire Transfer to School’s Bank Account as follows :

Payments can be made in USD, EURO, Pound Sterling and Japanese Yen..More details

Date Schedule for prospective students

Month Placement assessment / Interaction
April 3rd April (Saturday)
26th April (Monday)
May 7th May (Friday)
19th May (Wednesday)
27th May (Thursday)
June 11th June (Friday)
19th June (Saturday)
July 9th July (Friday)
15th July (Thursday)
29th July (Thursday)

Timing for School visit on these dates are 10 am to 3 pm
Placement Assessment 10 am to 12 o’clock
Interaction 12 pm to 5 pm

Pathways World School Visit

You are most welcome to visit the school and have an informal discussion with or without your child. This can be done by fixing a prior appointment with the Head Admissions & Communication Alka Verma through mail at admissions@pathways.ac.in or telephone +91 98186 66677. A meeting can also be arranged with the Principal or any other faculty member that you may wish to see.

Application

Parents are requested to be frank and honest in providing information in the admission application form. Adverse information if any, whether scholastic or behavioral, will not be a ground for refusal of any admission request. Any such information would in fact help the school to create a suitable environment for your child, once admitted. Any wrong information or concealment of information discovered later may lead to cancellation of admission.

To complete the application process, please follow the steps outlined below. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at +91 98186 66677 or +91 98186 66688.

Interviews

The interview is as pleasant and non intimidating as we can make it. It is normally conducted by Head of Admissions, School Director, the respective Principal, Head of Pastoral Care and Residence Co-ordinator (if applicable). We are interested in knowing about the child’s/ student’s educational development, use of language, social skills, academic enthusiasms and extra-curricular interests. The aim of the interview is to find about what the student knows, understands and enjoys.

While coming for the interview please bring with you the following :-

Examples of the applicant’s school work in the form of exercise books, portfolios etc.
Primary applicants (up to Grade 5) should bring at least one book which they are currently reading inside or outside school.

Primary school candidates are examined by the Primary Head. This is an oral interaction and the child may also be asked to perform some simple activities.

Admission seekers for Grades 6 to 9 have an oral interview and a written test. Testing is done for Basic English and Mathematics. For Grade 9, students will also be assessed for Integrated Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology).

Students are only taken into Grade 10 if they are transferring from a similar school and their admission is based on reports from their existing school and an interview and test.

Admission to Grade 11 is by oral interview, written tests in English, Mathematics. All the IB Diploma candidates also have a meeting and group discussion with the School Director. The candidates should demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements of the IB Diploma.

In Grade XII only transferring IB Diploma Students are admitted.

Admissions during the year

Parents may register at any time during the year for admission in the current year and will be interviewed whenever a place is available.

Admission

On being offered a place parents will be given two weeks time to pay the admission fee (if the student is not joining immediately) and security deposit to secure the place. No student shall be allowed to attend classes unless an ID number has been generated. ID numbers are issued on receipt of fees. Parents further need to fill and submit various forms and declarations that would be given along with admissions acceptance letter. Before allowing the student to take up his/her place a transfer certificate should be lodged with the admissions office from the earlier school of the student.

Overseas Applicants

Overseas applicants shall follow the same procedure as stated above. Exceptions will be made on date of placement assessment.


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Graduation Ceremony at Pathways World School

The Class of 2010: The Graduation Ceremony

Everything inevitably comes to an end. Two years ago, fifty-six students embarked on one of the greatest peregrinations of their lives;  August 2008 marked the start of the IB Programme at Pathways World School. And after two seemingly endless years of gruelling hard work and ceaseless repudiation and remarks from teachers, it came to pass that this year in 2010, the fifty-six students, standing tall and proud witnessed the twilight of their two years shine upon them in their best moments of glory.

Class of 2010 - Graduation Ceremony

Community Service Awards for our young responsible citizens

As the daylight began to fade, the parents took their seats, hearts beating with excitement, and watched their once-infantile children elegantly stride onto the stage dressed in the customary purple Graduation Gowns, the tassels of their mortarboards hanging proudly from their heads.

The evening began with the dulcet notes of Celine Dion’s immortal song, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, played by the school orchestra. Indeed, long after we have left school and are striding towards our futures, ‘every night in [our] dreams’ we’ll reminisce about one of the best nights of our entire secondary school experience.

The class of 2010- graduation ceremony

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

After Dr Naidu’s enlightening words of advice, warning and good luck to the class of 2010 came the most awaited moment: the Awards. And for some, the stars simply dimmed to let them glow and stun the audience with their resplendent radiation. Joshua Lee – the valedictorian held everyone’s attention as he addressed the crowd and recounted his past four years at school. Among the numerous experiences that he shared, he shared one parting advice with his friends: passion above all else is most important. Hard work, sincerity and success simply tag behind.

This was followed by CAS awards, the Global Citizen Award and then the subject awards. Shortly afterwards, the IB programme certificates were distributed. Everyone dazzled the crowd with their brilliance. It was our day and we took it with pride glistening in our eyes with uncontained happiness. The Chief Guest, Dr Kanti Bajpai addressed the graduating class, sharing some important advice on what he has learned from his own experience of growing up: being cynical and arrogant are two of the worse afflictions one can acquire and we must strive to avoid these two vexations that are akin to cardinal sins.

The Class of 2010 - Graduation Ceremony

Chairman Pramod Jain awarding the students

The evening could hardly have ended without Prateek Jalan having something to say about it! And indeed he had, and what fine words he had to share! Amongst the many things that he spoke of, the most memorable was the poem that he composed to encapsulate the years of joy that Pathways brought him, and indeed every one us standing on the stage. After Prateek, Rishi Chitkara took the stage as he shared some of his own experiences with the crowd and shed light on the true friendship that binds every individual of 12th grade to one another.

Abhishek Bansal exuded the true sense of being a Pathwaysian as he addressed the audience and with a hint of sorrow and nostalgia proudly presented them with all that Pathways gifted him with. This was followed by the senior school principal Ms Maya Norula’s speech about the ‘strange’ yet amicable group of students that the school has to part to with this year. All of us, at some point in our time in senior school presented some affliction of an adolescent but despite that it was deeply moving to hear that all our mistakes were forgotten and that we had all left a positive impression on everyone.

The Class of 2010 - Graduation Ceremony

Pathways wishes - Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

With these final words that came out somewhat reluctantly for words of parting are always the toughest to express, the class of 2010 proceeded to complete the final rite of passage by flipping the tassel and having their candles lit. This was followed by the National Anthem. Then the ceremony came to a sad end. But the words that were uttered by the students and teachers will remain eternally in our minds. Ms Maya Norula’s recitation of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, ‘The Gift’ will stay with me forever. As will Anagh Chaudhry’s final words: ‘Dare to be whatever you can be!”




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Boarding is no Longer a Punishment

Sending children to a boarding school is one of the hardest decisions for parents to make. After all, who else can understand and care for them like you do? And what about the insecurity they may feel leaving home and all that is familiar?

Your worries are natural, but once you visit Pathways World School and experience the unique environment that is protective and attentive like home and, at the same time, gives them space to grow, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice.

The world class learning facilities, the delicious and healthy multi cuisine meals, the sylvan surroundings, the cozy rooms and friendly staff will leave your child in no doubt about how much his or her happiness matters to you.

Why parents choose Pathways boarding :

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If its boarding they seek, Pathways World School is what they prefer

A child’s mind is a sponge. So naturally, we understand your apprehension in leaving them home when your work demands a lot of your time and travel. We understand this anxiety and as a solution to it, we recommend our flexible boarding options. The school offers daily, weekly, and term boarding.

About 40% of Pathways students are either term or weekly boarders. Our flexi-boarding facility not only puts you at peace when you are busy with your work, but also enables your child to be there and spend time with you when you get free. This will keep the child’s weekdays entertained, educative and secure. This way we ensure your child gets a loving home and a secure residential school.

Boarders’ brilliance

It comes as no surprise that most boarders excel in their classrooms. The special attention and daily coaching during their prep time enables them to do so. By constantly monitoring their progress, we get an insight into their strengths and weaknesses. We then endeavour to provide specialized attention to that child. The all round guidance then helps the child to performer better. There have been instances of boarders staying back during their holidays to make full use of the study program doing extremely well in the examinations.

Sports support

Playing a sport builds character. It teaches them patience, hard work, team spirit and the importance of a healthy and fit body. We have trained instructors, some of them being ex- international players.. Staying on campus our boarders get personalised training which have bred sports stars that have made Pathways proud.. An Olympic size pool, squash, tennis, basketball, table tennis, golf, billiards and snooker are some of the indoor and outdoor facilities we provide for our students.

Sport Facilities at Pathways World School

Golf at Pathways World School

Sports Facilities at Pathways World School

Horse Riding at Pathways World School

Dedicated care and attention

The boarders are under the tutelage of the resident parents who are there to gently but firmly guide them. This dedicated set of Residence Parents brings transparency and love that comes at home   . The dedicated residence parents have made a personal commitment to be there for the students beyond the call of duty at any time during day or night. The presence of an experienced residential House Parent living on every floor creates an emotionally healthy and caring environment. We maintain the staff – boarder ratio as 1:25 to ensure individual attention for all.

Facilities and Surroundings

Residential facilities of Pathways World School

A Home Away From Home

Hostel is a word that could never occur to you when you visit our boarding houses. We have created a habitat for the children who live at Pathways. With three-storey gender specific boarding houses, we keep our rooms plush and personal for the students to feel right at home. The students then make it their planet bringing to it their own individuality. Adding to this is the comfortably furnished Common Room with Satellite TV and ample space provided for indoor games and endless conversations. Our style of boarding makes every child want to live here.

Why students feel safe and cared for at Pathways Boarding :

Pathways World School a safe haven

Students feel safe and cared for at Pathways World School

True learning can only be pursued in an atmosphere that is peaceful and secure. The political stability of India makes it the perfect destination for children to discover ideas, develop skills and enhance talents. As a peaceful nation, it inspires confidence and ensures safety.  Besides physical safety, the boarding staff at Pathways also takes care of the emotional security of its boarders. Every floor has Residence Parents, who look after the children with sensitivity and affection. A Resident Parent is someone the boarders can always rely on, anytime of the day, to give help, advice or simply confide in.

Boarders learn from experiences:

Pathways World School experience

Education is incomplete without experience

Always being taken care of at home the children face a challenge to suddenly take care of themselves.. To ease them into this new phase in their lives, we have created different activities for them. These activities help them become independent and comfortable in their life as a boarder.

Where they just relax or play-A fresh breeze on the faces of enthusiastic students clears their minds and keeps them energized for the forthcoming week. A garden graces every boarding house. In these exclusive gardens, the children either sit out taking some time to catch up with their friends or be on their own ruminating on the day.

Be a Chef for a day– For a child, the pleasure churning up a meal can only be experienced. This weekend activity makes the children independent as they get to learn not only to cook but also to serve.

Always stay connected-With 24 hours Wi-Fi connectivity, the students stay connected. This also helps parents keep a track on the progress of the child. Radio linked to the school intranet and monitored internet for anytime anywhere learning assist the student to stay updated on current affairs and help them solve their various queries for research.

Sharing common interests-With well-furnished Common Rooms on each floor, the children get their space to hang out. Here they catch up with fellow boarders and play indoor games. Satellite Television gives them the chance to catch up with their favorite shows, news and other interesting programs. These Rooms have ample space for socializing, sharing common interests or just to relax.

Life is festive and cheerful at Pathways World School :

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Life is beautiful at Pathways World School

In boarding you may stay away from home, but you are never far away from fun and cheer. India as a country is known for its many colourful festivals. We try to bring these festivities to our campus on every given occasion.. This creates a home like atmosphere and does not let a child feel they have missed out on anything.

As we have students from over 49 different nationalities, we make sure every child remains in touch with his country and his culture.. To facilitate that, we celebrate the national day of other countries. We even ensured that the national flags always stay fluttering in the drive way, representing our student nationalities. No matter which part of the world our students come from, they still feel right at home.

There is never a dull moment at Pathways World School

Pathways World School Aravali

The fun side of education

It can never be boring for a child who has so many interesting things to do. Our boarding offers many fun yet constructive activities for the children to occupy themselves with. For starters, we have the Weekly Clubs of like-minded children who share the same passion. Their activities include hiking, crafts, cooking, kite-flying and even something as imaginative as stilt-walking and hula hoop.

Then there is the Crafts Club. The students are encouraged and assisted to express themselves as much as possible by creating art with their hands. It’s amazing to see what they create from just paper, paint and imagination.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The Residence Parents regularly organize activities for the children. Mango parties, chaat nights, candle light dinners and musical skating are loved not only for the entertainment but also as they allow  the children to dress up in their finest. The bonfire nights are also extremely popular.

The talent show is another thing that the children always look forward to. They put a lot of effort into preparing, practicing and perfecting the skill they choose to present. This small platform gives them an insight into the much bigger stages they are likely to grace in the future.

Culturally enriching experience for students

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Cross-cultural setup at Pathways strengthens the bond of humanity

The integration of many nations in one class room leads to sharing of not just lunch and friendship but also history and culture.  The comfort with which these children interact gives an insight into their future where put in any situation, a Pathwayzian will handle it with ease.

The school has a colorful mix of students from over 49 nationalities. We also encourage our students to participate in international exchanges and competitions. The cross-cultural diversity is also very well-reflected in our International Day celebrations — one that further develops the respect, tolerance and understanding of the thoughts and viewpoints of others. The Independence Day celebration at boarding is a perfect illustration of embracing diversity. It starts with hoisting the National flag while the entire Pathways community sings the Indian National Anthem. But it does not stop there. They go on to sing the national anthems of Indonesia and Korea which also celebrate independence on the same day..

Students participate in educational tours around India. Recently a group of students accompanied by teachers visited Gangotri glacier as part of the Ganga-Ek-Antaryatra 2010 which has created an experience of a lifetime for the students.

This endeavor focused on taking scholarship out of the four walls of a classroom. It also gave the students a true meaning of the jungle. They grew to appreciate the value of money earned by doing ‘Shramdaan’ in Gangotri which was gearing up for the pilgrimage in summer. For the first time in a long time they experienced the warmth of friendship in the cold settings of Chirbasa, far-away and for once, without use of modern technology or social networks.

International Exchange

NASA visit

Pathways World School students visit NASA

Pathways organizes various trips abroad. This includes visiting places of educational importance like the Singapore botanical gardens and NASA training center. This is the beginning to prepare our students for the challenge of the global world. Such efforts enrich the educational experiences of the students, as well as enhance understanding among the youth of various countries.

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Trek to Pindari and Kafni Glaciers

Trekking up 40 million different hills and passes and covering a total distance of 110 kilometres is not something that one would expect to be doing at the start of a summer vacation. But our group of 12 students, 10 boys, 2 girls and 2 teachers, thoroughly enjoyed this particular trek up to two glaciers, Pindari and Kafni. The trekking program that has officially been introduced to Pathways has been named “Chal”. It stands for Climbing for High Altitude Lovers. During our trek, we all felt like refugees. We moved around sometimes silently and sometimes noisily, stopping when we saw a clean water source, or a rare bird, picking up berries, or just extending a helping hand to an injured fellow trekker, or motivating a slow walker. Our team was as co-operative and as fun as we could be.

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Kafni Glacier

The day after reaching Phoorkiya, was the trek to the first glacier, The Pindari Glacier. We began at around 6:00 in the morning trekking past a river with lovely large boulders and stepping stones, through long, windy path that drove us up and down very frequently, and shook us to move faster and faster. Our legs were aching, not from the walking, but from the cold, and our hands and ears had practically frozen. One of the rules of the trek was to keep our hands out of our pockets and our ears out from underneath our woolly caps, so that we could get acclimatised. It was this one very evil word that got us spewing lava from our ears every time we heard it, and keeping us warm. We were absolutely fed up with the word “acclimatisation” and the words “High Altitude Sickness”.

Pathways World School Pindari Trek

Pindari Trekking camp

After walking quite a bit, we reached a large field, with lots of little mounds and rocks of grass. There was an ashram there, and a priest who served us some lovely warm tea. This priest had been in this particular ashram for fifteen years. Dharma sir had first met him when he was six years old. The tea was warm and provided a source of heat to our frozen taste buds. As the wind travelled, it dried our faces of any moisture that had collected. We were all icicles. Icicles that were eating boiled egg and Puri with potato for breakfast.

Pathways World School Pindari Glacier

Pindari Glacier Trek

After our breakfast break, we began walking again. There were lots and lots of uphill slopes, and it really drained us of any energy that we had, but when we finally got there, there was a sign that read “You are now at zero point”. The whole team had gone slightly further uphill from where the sign was, to get a better view.  The reason why one couldn’t go beyond zero point was that there had been a landslide area, and a huge gap that was between the zero point and the glacier. Sitting on the closest possible point, we took thousands of photographs. In some of them, we were smiling, in others; we were expressing how absolutely exhausted we were.

We all felt really good; almost refreshed actually, there was nothing in the world like achieving a goal like this trek. It gave us an opportunity to think, to clear our thoughts, and to focus on one of the world’s most famous treks. It was great! One Glacier down, one to go!

The Kafni Glacier

Two days after our trek up to Pindari, we were staying in little hut-like structures in a place called Khatia. It was our second visit to a glacier, the Kafni Glacier. Just as it had been during the Pindari Trek, the route to the Kafni Glacier was long, and wound around vast fields. There was one difference though. Giant boulders surrounded us, and enormous mountains unfolded on either side of the route. But, ahead of us, we could see the most mesmerizing view of all. The snow-capped peaks of the Kafni Glacier. It was marvellous.

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Khafni Galcier view from Zero Point

Most of the trek was uphill, and we had been given our tuck bags for that day, which contained a chocolate called “Safari”. It was a strange chocolate for that particular day, as we weren’t trekking in the jungle, or through a forest, we were on plain grassy lands, trekking to a mountain blanketed with ice, whether it was white or black, it was still ice. As we reached our first rest stop, the slow walkers were told to speed up ahead of the fast walkers, and once the fast walkers caught up, they were allowed to overtake the slow walkers. It was a strange and unfair idea to all the slow walkers, because we knew that once the fast walkers overtook us, we wouldn’t be able to catch up.

During our second rest stop, we were informed that we had to start walking fast in order to get to the glacier on time. Some of the fast walkers who needed short breaks were sent ahead, but the ones who needed longer breaks were told to stay longer, and that it wasn’t their fault if they didn’t reach the glacier on time. Many of the slow walkers started to speed up, and tried furiously to catch up with the people who had been sent ahead.

Everyone crossed a giant patch of ice which was slippery. I personally felt it fine to walk in this weird manner across the ice-patch, because I knew that I could keep my balance by doing so. It was more like a dance than a walk. A few endless minutes kept all of us going further and further, till we reached a point, a rocky area. Dharma sir was at the back walking with two of the other slow walkers and we couldn’t go further than the point without his consent. Manoj sir, or Penguin sir (as he was fondly known), went ahead to search for a safer spot with a better view. After ten minutes he came back and told us that we couldn’t actually touch the glacier as there were rocks tumbling down the enormous black wall of ice. But, some of the kids were taken up higher, and some chose to stay down.

Twenty minutes passed, and the people who chose to stay down, were called up for breakfast. We all thought it would be a long way up, but when we reached, we saw what an illusion it had been.  There were lots of enormous boulders that were clustered together, where we took photographs with the flag. Then we descended down, nearer to the river and ate a breakfast of nutella chocolate spread with parathas. It was an enjoyable experience. As we all climbed down and trekked back, I had some time to reflect on the entire experience of both the Glaciers. I was much too excited to go back home, but I felt as if something different in my life had suddenly occurred. It was an opportunity that I was glad I didn’t miss, and I wouldn’t have missed it for sitting around at home and doing nothing.

Pathways World School camping

Pathways Trekking Trip

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