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.

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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,
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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  

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  

PATHWAYS-REWIRED: 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception

On the 19th of August 2018, Pathways Schools hosted their 2nd Alumni Homecoming Dinner Reception, at Hotel Roseate House, New Delhi. The event was very special for the reason that it was held in Pathways’ landmark 15th year of existence.

The nostalgic evening saw close to 250 Pathwaysians (Alumni, Faculty, Principals, School Directors, Former Faculty) rewire together. Alumni from all thee Pathways Schools graced the event and we saw representation all the way from the Class of 2005 to the Class of 2018.

We also had a very special guest make his debut amongst our Alumni for the first time: The School Mascot

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Tree plantation – CAS project

In the fast-paced world of today, one of the biggest challenges humanity faces is to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Working towards creating this harmony, on 12th of August 2018, students of DP 1 went for a plantation drive to Wazirabad Bundh. The long drive and traffic did not dampen their spirits and the students arrived at the destination eager to make their contribution to this noble cause. Ms. Anjali, who is a volunteer at the ‘I AM GURGAON’ NGO, briefed the students about native plant species of the Aravalis: Goya Khair, Gundi, Bistendo and Adusa. Not only did she brief the students about the plantation activity, but also shared that some of the plants had medicinal and religious importance.

The students were divided into groups of three and each group was tasked to plant fifteen saplings. However, they were so enthused that all the groups planted more than the mark. Stepping out of their comfort zones, they soiled their hands, more than they ever had in a very long time. This activity helped them understand, that making a change or being the change is so much easier. The activity ended with a short quiz by Ms. Anjali and prize distribution to the winners. The smallest of contributions can help way more than is imagined and all we need is to make a start. With an impetus to carry forward this initiative, the students now await going back to Wazirabad to see the growth of the saplings.

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Published in: on August 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rainwater Harvesting Project by Grade 10 Student

Tavishi Singh, a Grade 10 student of Pathways School Gurgaon embarked on a noble mission to provide clean and sustainable drinking water to the needy, while simultaneously replenishing the fast-depleting water table in Gurgaon. She took upon the ambitious task of installing a rainwater harvesting system within the premises of Earth Saviors Foundation, a NGO which provides shelter to abandoned senior citizens and the homeless. Through her project, ‘Endless River’, she has help the Foundation to meet their daily water needs of 10,000 litres which was earlier being sourced from a borewell.

In order to understand the requirements of the project, she took guidance from with Mr Sekhar Raghavan – ‘Rain Man Of Chennai’. He helped navigate the waters in selecting the most efficient and cost-effective method of rainwater harvesting. Senior Engineer Mani Mishra and IPS officer Mrs. Renuka Mishra helped her sail through the difficulties faced during the installation.

This National-level swimmer wants to continue to take her work forward even after she finishes school and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Talking about her family who has been a long-term donor to this foundation themselves, she says: “They are extremely proud of this step taken by me, and the manner in which the project has been completed.”

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Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri

On July 9, Sangke Konyak became the first woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri, Leh, which is the highest summit that can be trekked (20,187 feet) in India and the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas.

Konyak is a Student Counsellor – Middle School at Pathways School Gurgaon. The avid climber’s interest in mountain climbing grew after she had inspiring stories to tell her students back at the school.

Konyak had no formal technical training in mountaineering prior to Stok Kangri. According to her, a lot of running and yoga went into preparation for the trek.

Scaling Stok Kangri generally takes 3-4 days on an average, but Konyak completed the summit with her guide Dorjay within an astonishing period of 24 hours. Apparently, the duo did not sleep for 24 hours and kept eating energy bars to stay awake to continue climbing up the mountain.

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Published in: on July 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment