Project Pehel- a new chapter

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.

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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,
Grade XI

Published in: on February 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cold Feet No More

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.

-Sam Levenson

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

 

 

Published in: on February 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Student Action Story: Grade 2 Student’s compassion for Underprivileged

A teacher is someone who takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart!
 
We are very delighted to share one of the success stories of Grade 2 Student Aahvana, this occurred during one of the units where children were made aware of “Who we are” and focused on role models and leaders. Following letter shared by Aahvana’s mother with pictures and videos is a token of appreciation and is a proud moment for all of us.
Hello Ma’am,

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!
Best,
Priyanka Kapuria

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Published in: on February 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment