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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COMCON 2018 – Business and Economics Fest at G D Goenka School

13 students from Pathways School Noida participated in the COMCON 2018, Business and Economics Fest at G D Goenka School on Monday 20th August 2018.

Our students participated in 4 events namely Business Quiz, Video Making, Product Display and Poster Making. It was a well organised event where 9 schools participated.

Our students had an enriching experience where they learnt to work together, make decisions within time and produce measurable outcomes. Few of them were appreciated for their performances but we thought that every student grew in experience.

Snigdha Khurana won the Runners Up Medal in Poster making and our Business Quiz Team comprising of Aayush, Ishan, Paarth and Adyant had to settle with the Second Runners up position after a tight tie-breaker.

The opening ceremony consisted of a musical piece and a Dance item which was well appreciated. We were then told to move to the respective venues of the competition.

For the poster making competition the Rubric were very broad, so our students had to take variety of art materials for the event. They were told to create a A3 size poster on Sustainability in two hours. They used the materials very intelligently. Snigdha brought some wires from home which she used in her layout to add uniqueness.

The Business Quiz started with the elimination round where all nine teams were given a Business Crossword to solve. Our team was selected as one of the top four teams for the following rounds. Though “Scottish High” was the deserving winner, we ended up joint second for this competition. The organisers then declared a tie-breaker round to decide the second position. Our team knew most of the answers but failed to press the buzzer on time. So, despite knowing three out of the five questions we could not scale the tiebreaker.

The Video making was a round where student had to prepare a video on “Sustainability threats of economic growth” before coming to the competition. Our students Vanshikaa Jain and Naman Kasana were one of the few students who stressed on original footage and linking them together in their film. While many schools used images and videos from internet and masked them with their voices.

The final round was of “Product Design” . Our team of Vanshika Goel, Vidisha Singhal and Gariyasi Garg even made a prototype of their idea. The product design of our counter was a women centric idea.

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Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN shines at World Scholars Cup in Barcelona

Thirty-three students from Pathways school Noida recently took part in the global round of the World Scholars cup that was held at Barcelona from the 21st to 27th of July. There were over 2100 students from 57 countries who participated in this inter-school competition. The students competed at various levels and in different formats: Debating, Writing, Scholars bowl and Scholars challenge. Pathways students won several accolades on this international platform and 33 students have qualified for the final round to be held at Yale University, later this year.

Earlier, the teams from Pathways School Noida had stood first in the South East Asian region in both Junior (under 14) and Senior (14 & above) age divisions. In Barcelona, the Junior team stood 13th amongst the 330 teams participating. The Senior Team (24 students) won a total of 94 silver medals, 61 gold medals and 2 trophies. The Junior Team 9 students) won a total of 79 silver medals, 51 gold medals and 4 trophies.

Prachi Sharma, a student from the school, was selected for the Debate Showcase, which is an opportunity given to students who have made it to the top 10 in the debate category. Dev Vaidya was adjudged the school’s Top Scholar. In the junior division, Arushi Lakhanpal achieved the 6th position amongst the top 10 students in the Subject Challenge. She was also the top Junior Scholar from the school.

Ms. Divya Pandanda, member of the Pathways School Noida faculty, received the “Coach of the year” award in recognition of her endeavour in mentoring students for this competition. One of the senior students, Jaskaran Singh performed Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” to resounding applause from the large audience seated in the magnificent under water auditorium at Barcelona’s Convention Centre.

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Published in: on August 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Noida Police congratulate PSN Student for his Traffic Management solution

Yash Jain a Grade 10 student at Pathways School Noida won praise from the SP Traffic Noida Police for his ingenious traffic management solution using a drone mounted with a video camera and Google maps. Yash produced this solution for his MYP Personal Project.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Student-Led Blood Donation & Eye Camps

The Interact Club at Pathways School Noida organized a Blood Donation Camp and an Eye Camp, as a part of their community service outreach. The camps were organized in partnership with the Rotary Club of Delhi Monarch. For the blood donation camp which was held on campus,  donors included Pathways parents, staff, faculty members along with members of Rotary Monarch. The process started with students informing and requesting parents, staff, and faculty of the Pathways community to come and donate blood since it was for a great cause.

The Eye Camp was held at our partner village school, Sai Bal Sansar. More than 200 villagers received a complimentary eye checkup and subsequently: 89 eyeglasses and 99 medicines were distributed, and 13 cataract surgeries are being scheduled.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the medical team of Pathways School Noida and the guest medical team from the Rotary Noida Blood Bank and Rotary Eye Care Centre.

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Published in: on April 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN Students lead the way in cleaning the Hauz Khas Lake

Hauz Khas Lake, a water body in the middle of south Delhi has been dying a slow death over the last few years, heavily polluted with organic materials. Delhi Development Authority has been exploring low-cost solutions. One ingenious solution has come from a London Based Environment Engineer Mr. Tarun Nanda who found a low-cost technique of floating wetlands with plants which will work as natural filters for the lake and clean the lake in a sustainable manner.

Pathways School Noida has joined this sustainable drive to clean water bodies of NCR by manufacturing five floating islands at Hauz Khas Lake. Embracing this radical, low-cost solution, the student community has come forward to take up this project of cleaning water bodies. The islands are made of waste materials and jute. During this process of floating the islands, the students interacted with the other visitors to the lake to promote wider awareness of the importance of cleaning up the lake.

The school Director Dr. Shalini Advani said “This project fits in with our educational commitment at Pathways to not only create awareness but to teach children that they can act to make a difference to the environmental challenges our world faces.

The project was initiated in school assembly through an interactive session with Mr. Tarun Nanda where students of Grade 4 to Grade 8 understood the core concept. It was followed by a workshop in school where students constructed the islands. Finally, the students of Primary and secondary school floated these islands on Hauz Khas Lake, after putting the plants on these islands which will slowly take up the pollutants as their nutrients and purify the lake.

The project was coordinated by students studying IB Diploma Environmental Systems along with student council members and was an instant success.

Published in: on March 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN Golfers shine at JTP Junior Golf Tournament

It gives us great pleasure to inform that our primary and middle school golfer played JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT on 19th January 2018 in NOIDA GOLF COURSE. They performed well along with other good competitors. We secured 2 gold and 1 silver medal. The following are the result details mentioned below:-

S.No Name G Performance
1 Parnika Sharma 3 1st Position
2 Ansh Dubey 3 1st Position
3 Mudit Aggarwal 2 2nd Position
4 Ayaan Dubey 3 Participation
5 Aarav Aggarwal 3 Participation
6 Abir Batra 3 Participation
Published in: on February 19, 2018 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spreading Ideas : The TEDx at Pathways School Noida

As part of its focus on exposing students to new ideas and experiences, Pathways School Noida hosted an exciting TEDx conference with a brilliant lineup of speakers. The overarching theme of Crossing Over wove in speakers from street art, the Neemrana Foundation, youth initiative, photography, design thinking or those working with acid attack victims.

Ishita Choudhary, Founder of the YP Foundation, which develops youth leadership to advance rights of young women, girls and other marginalized youth inspired with her talk on , ‘policy is a platform that unites young people’ and they need to be involved in this for a better future. She ended her powerful oration with a profound statement: “your silence is not your consent and your voice is the most powerful tool you have”.

 


Artist Chandan Gomes spoke about his belief in the “pursuit of knowledge in which lies the beauty of life”. He also brought out how though we are not all born equal, the “power of imagination” can transcend all cultures. The storyteller Rituparna Ghosh shared how story telling would “be the strongest currency in the world”. It was inspirational to listen to Sandeed Farooq, the co-founder of Flawless Flaws. India’s only organisation for acid attack survivors was started by him at age 17. He discussed how uninformed and insensitive the public is towards acid attack victims, especially so in India, where 1/3rd of the perpetrators are found.

The founder of St+Art, the street art movement in India, Italian artist, Guilia Ambrogi spoke about how “borders cannot confine passion”. She shared the importance of democratizing public spaces through Indian street art, showing images of the Delhi Police Headquarters, Sassoon Dock in Mumbai to demonstrate how public spaces within India were activated to provide temporary, yet meaningful experiences for the people in public spaces in Mumbai and Delhi.

Mike Knowles, Director of the Sushant School of Design spoke about “what robots cannot do” focusing on creativity in an emerging era of the fourth Industrialization revolution. He compared the scenario in China and India, the former produces 300, 000 designers every year to India’s 7,000.

On a different “note” the powerful talk by by Aude Priya Engel, the Managing Trustee of Neemrana Music Foundation focused on “Emotions through Opera” .She spoke about the relevance of “relating to emotions because that’s where creativity comes from” describing the uniqueness of Opera, that can be related to any subject. It enables a catharsis of powerful emotions, overcomes language barriers and an art form wherein, the so called, “ugly and fat” people bring out their “inner beauty”. She talked about the over hundred operas that are set in India and how the Indian people are so quick at grasping things, especially languages. This was followed by a fitting finale wherein an opera singer and a pianist from the Neemrana Foundation performed an aria from Verdi’s opera Don Carlo.

Students of Pathways School showcased their own considerable talent with slam poetry, a rendition of This is Me from The Greatest Showman and an orchestral performance of the Avengers’ theme. The audience left the event, feeling empowered and enriched by a TEDx experience.

Published in: on February 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

PSN @ Vex IQ Robotics Competition Gurgaon

This competition was a blast to be a part of. I remember working very hard and was very proud to win awards for what we as a team achieved. Before I delve deeper into what we made, let’s understand what the competition was about.

The competition was split into 2 parts: STEM Research Project and Vex IQ Challenge. The Vex IQ Challenge was further divided into 3 parts: Autonomous Round, Driver Control and Team Alliance. In the Autonomous Round, we had to program the robot to do the tasks independently. In the Driver Control round, we had to control our robot with a controller and score points by doing the tasks. The Team Alliance round made us partner with another team and the points we scored were added to the points they scored, and then both teams won the points.

 


The Vex IQ Challenge was to make a robot that could do a series of tasks to score points. There were limitations as we were only allowed to use the Vex IQ Kit. Krish worked on that and Madhav helped.

The STEM Research Project’s theme was to use robotics to help people such as the disabled, military, elderly and to perform rescue missions. We decided to make a new iteration of the Blind Man’s Stick. Our final project worked like this: if there is an obstacle within 8 inches of the stick, the stick will make a sound.

After Arushi and I had made the final prototype, we worked on the presentation for our STEM Research Project which was aboard. I wrote a lot of the material and Arushi made it look very professional and contributed to the material.

Next, we had to make a process journal on the whole journey to the competition. Krish, Arushi and I worked on that, too. We also ended up printing t-shirts that I designed.

At the competition, we were delighted to meet other people with similar mindsets about robotics and enjoyed the events. For the autonomous round though, I had to program in 20 minutes as we did not have the Vex IQ Mat. Despite that, we still got 2 points.

In total, we got 18 points and won 3 trophies: Participation, Best STEM Research Project and Best Design. I loved the thrill of seeing something that I worked so hard on, sacrificed my lunches and PE lessons for, to win an astonishing number of trophies.

Overall, I loved this competition a lot and would love to go again next year. This was a tremendous experience.

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Published in: on February 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Youngest selected player in All India Baseball Talent Hunt

Paarth Kohli, a student of Pathways School Noida is India’s most promising prospect for baseball. At just 15 years of age, he is the youngest player to be selected for the All India Talent Hunt. The age criteria for the competition was under 17 and 19. He pitches at 75 mph/120kph, which is world class in his age bracket. The young lad is the only 15 year old player to be selected for the national talent hunt.

The Hunt evaluated 20,000 baseball players in India and Paarth, was one of the 100 players who got an offer for the final round of the evaluation. The enthusiastic player has been given an offer by a Pittsburgh Pirates scout to train at MLB’s development center in Germany so that he can be nurtured for a US college ball club like Harvard or MIT. Paarth’s excellent performance in baseball has already put him in the limelight with NDTV and Little India mentioning him in the national and international news.

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Published in: on January 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment