Pathways School Noida hosted its Annual Science fair Jharokha 2015 on March 13, 2015. The theme of the Science challenge this year was ‘Cities of the Future’. Solutions to challenges were proposed by students from Grade 3 to Senior school. The challenge was to create a carbon neutral city incorporating both architectural and transport solutions.
“River Yamuna will never be the same… we have caused enough damage to it”, voiced a 10 year-old on the Yamuna Walk, this Wednesday.
This year’s Grade 5 students are inquiring into “problems arising due to irresponsible sharing of spaces” as a part of their PYP Exhibition. To become more aware of the issues – local with global impact and go deeper into the problems, we went for a ‘Yamuna Walk’ organized by an NGO called Swechha. It was a long bus ride till Wazirabad, (on the junction of Haryana and Delhi) where we halted at a village settled on the banks of river Yamuna. The water was clear; the river was flowing beautifully without much disturbance and one could spot some swans and egrets perching in the water. Students didn’t believe that just before entering the city, the river is so clean and serene.
Our next stoppage was at Najafgarh Barrage where a drain with jet black dirty water was merging into the river. There was white froth floating on the river indicating a dead river where there’s no oxygen left in the river. Students saw how human activities destroyed the source of water and a habitat to many living forms. Our final stoppage was at a Ghaat near Okhla which was extremely filthy and highly polluted. One could see algae and other weeds covering the river. Students were shocked to find out that people still take bath in that water and use it for various religious purposes. It was not just the river but the entire flood-plain which was full of muck and garbage- all created by irresponsible human activities.
The trip turned out to be an eye-opener for many of us who never realized the impact of human acts on water bodies and in turn other living beings. Students began wondering how can we be so irresponsible; who’s going to clean the river now; and who is going to teach the people about the importance of keeping it clean? The answer lies with us- the change has to begin from us!
Under the Korean Cultural Centre – Indian Student partnership Project the Korean artists of the traditional Masil Theatre group visited Pathways, Noida on 11th December 2014. Mr.Kim kum Pyoung, director Korean Cultural Centre joined in to grace the occasion. The troupe put up a spectacular musical play performance for the students followed by the workshop. The Masil troupe presented a play “Run, Run, Ruuuuun!!! RiddleJar Where the artists got the audiences to participate and turned it into an interestingly interactive and engaging event. The actors ran through the audiences and sat amongst them to become friends with children.
Pathways School, Noida hosted an unusual workshop for parents and guests which combined mind management and martial arts. This workshop has had its success with different groups from corporate leaders to home-makers making it popular with both women and men and hence the thought to do it at Pathways. The workshop was held on 17th October 2014. The workshop was conducted on “Street Safety & Mind Boxing Workshop by Sifu Singh” a martial arts, functional fitness and human performance coach for the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association.
Sifu Singh taught easy to learn and most effective self defense techniques based on combat system followed by Military Units worldwide. These techniques work regardless the size, strength & level of fitness against a bigger & stronger opponent. Along with Self Defense Training, Sifu Harinder Singh also taught a special corporate program known as Mind Boxing. The Mind Boxing™ program was designed to show, how to be One Step Ahead. It talked about how to Observe & Intercept troublesome situations instead of just reacting to them as they are happening.
About Sifu Singh –
Harinder Singh is a martial arts, functional fitness and human performance coach for the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association. Singh has trained members of ILEETA, US Navy SEALS, Secret Service, DEA, US Marshals, SWAT, DOD, and numerous other foreign and domestic military and intelligence services, professional athletes, elite martial artists, executives and business leaders. His programs are designed to address Martial, Physical, and Mental/Mindset needs of his clients.A lifelong martial artist, Singh is a Senior Instructor in JeetKune Do, Filipino Kali, Wing Chun, and Tai-Chi. Singh also continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is currently a Purple Belt. Singh is passionate about Functional Fitness and Attribute development, and is the creator of “Action Strength”, a progressive fitness system with Belt Rankings, that is a combination of Kettlebells, Indian Mace, Body Weight, and Tai-Chi Training. Singh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of
Calfornia, Davis, in Computer Science & Engineering, and Worked in the Silicon Valley as an Engineer and Business Strategist. Singh has also delivered a Keynote speech “Quieting the Mind in 5 minutes a Day”, at the Prestigious TED Conference.
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About Arun Sharma –
A Proud Student of Sifu Singh & his official Indian Representative. Phase One Instructor in JKD, PFS & Filipino Martial Arts with 12 Years of Experience in Martial Arts, a Certified BJJ, Kali & Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor. Arun Sharma has trained many of Army Units, Police Units, Special Forces Units, Para Forces Units, NSG (National Security Guards), Seychelles Commandos and few other elite law enforcement agencies. Along with this Arun has successfully conducted multiple workshops in various other Corporate firms & educational institutions
It taught me that in our lives we do not remember days but remember moments and in this trip I gathered a lot of these moments which will stay with me through out my life and which I hope will help me grow as a human being.
I thank my school and my parents to give me an opportunity to go for such a wonderful trip. Kumaon as a place is beautiful and the early morning view was just breathtaking.
Let me share some of the most wonderful moments of the trip with you.
We were in for a small surprise the first day we reached the camp as there were no proper toilet seats. To manage and to find a way of using the toilet was an experience I will never forget.
The first of trekking was also a challenge for me because of some medical problems but Mr. Satish of MindVisa, boosted my confidence and gave me the courage to overcome my problem and on the last day I was able to complete my trek in spite of my health issues. It also taught me that with the right encouragement and determination you can overcome any difficulty.
Seeing the butterfly collection and holding the snake for the first time in my hand were wonderful experiences also.
Working in the orchard and in the farm made me realize that there is more to life than laptops and video games.It brought me close to nature and now I have told my mom of handing over the responsibility of the garden to me.
Last but not the least I made a lot of new friends from other schools.
The games we played helped in breaking the ice between us and we ended up making friends from other schools especially Auroville school from down south.I learnt about their culture and also learnt some Tamil words.
I hope we remain in touch with each other and develop a friendship which lasts us a life time.
In short “I loved the trip”.
By Aryaman Dewan
Form 9, Pathways School Noida
Vanshika Goel, currently studying in Grade 7 at Pathways Noida, participated in Colours of Saying, the Dylan Thomas Response to Poetry competition this summer. This was open to all in various age groups. She entered in the 10-12 years age group for which a response to The Hunchback in the Park by Dylan Thomas was required.
She turned in her response through a poem of her own – a remarkable one for someone her age.
The results of the competition were recently announced and her entry was shortlisted for publication in an anthology to be released by the Seventh Quarry, the magazine that initiated this competition to celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary, at a facilitation ceremony in Swansea, Wales on 6th December 2014.
We are proud of her and look forward to many more poems and thought-provoking responses to poetry from her!
Aditya Bala, a grade 12 student at Pathways Noida was awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in ‘Gothia Cup 2014′ at Gothenburg, Sweden. Aditya Shares his experience of achievement in his own words.
The ‘Gothia Cup’ is a youth football tournament held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. Youth teams throughout the world enter the competition. This year, almost 1700 teams from around 80 nations across the globe participated in the ‘Gothia Cup’. Only 6 clubs participating in different categories including both boys and girls took part from India. I got an opportunity to give a try out for the club which was participating from North India. After many try-outs and practice sessions, I finally got into the team. I was representing ‘Glacier Football Club’ in the category of Boys16. My friend and classmate Samrat Bhattacharya, who plays as a defender was also selected by the same club and we were truly excited to set on the journey to Gothenburg.
We left on the 12th of July looking forward to the thrill and experience awaiting us in Sweden. The 10 days we spent over there cannot be explained in words. Making new friends, sharing things from people we barely know and roaming independently in the city of Gothenburg all by our own is unforgettable. It was an exhilarating experience, beside the ineffable excitement of testing our feet on the international soccer field.
The much awaited tournament finally took off on the 13th of July. We lost our initial matches against Sweden and Norway. But our third match against Germany was a tough one which ended in a draw. The next match with Russia was a good one for us as we defeated them with a score of 1-0. We managed to reach the pre-quarterfinals but lost against Denmark. The level of professionalism and football, has a whole different meaning at the international platform was a big lesson learnt!
However, to the best of my surprise, I was one of the top ten members out of all the players in my category to be awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in the matches and I have been asked to participate in the next year’s tournament as I have been spotted by various European clubs. Who knows what is there in store for me in my future!
With immense pride, we would like to share with you Pathways Schools’ standings in the 2014 C-Fore survey.
- Pathways World School, Aravali has been ranked 1 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 2 in INDIA among International Day cum Residential Schools.
- Pathways School, Gurgaon has been ranked 2 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 6 in INDIA among International Day Schools.
- Pathways School, Noida has been ranked 1 in Noida, ranked 3 in Delhi & NCR and ranked 7 among International Day Schools.
These rankings are a welcome addition to the honours received by the Pathways group earlier this year.
- The Pathways group of schools had also won the prestigious ‘Best Innovative K-12 School (National) Award’ at India Education Congress Awards 2014.
- Mr Satish Papnoi was ranked among the Top 30 Most Promising CISO in India by INFOSEC MAESTROS.
- Perhaps, the most special honour this year had gone to Pathways School, Gurgaon – The school became the first K12 school on the planet to receive the LEED-EB Platinum Rating by United States Green Building Council.
We would like to congratulate the entire Pathways community for making this year very special and thank all our stakeholders.
How do we decide what makes us male? Or female? Are we born that way? Do we learn it? What is the difference between sex and gender?
These complex and fascinating issues were discussed, debated and presented by multiple schools at Resonance, the interschool event which focused on gender at Pathways School Noida.
The three day festival saw enthusiastic participation from students. Events included a panel discussion on defining gender which agreed that it is socially constructed and had a lively interaction on why even colours like pink and blue are gendered.
This was followed by the two pre-prepared inter school competitions – Film Making, where each school prepared a short 3 minute film on given topics and the Drama Competition where each school reacted to a given set of stimuli to produce a short play. The variety of foci and the depth of insight were evident in both the events. To develop an understanding of the role of media in shaping our gender ideas, participants created advertisements through a Mad Ads activity. At the end of preparation time, the participating school teams showcased their satirical takes on popular ads that had gender bias embedded in them. Dumbbells were no longer restricted to the male world but became implements for women to paste ‘masala’ and kitchen sets were a man’s best friend.
A major highlight was the input given by guest speakers. Sonali Khan, Vice President of ‘India, Breakthrough’ gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Gender and Media. The success of the presentation was evident from the engagement of the audience. Maya Rao, wove her magic in the next session with her stellar performance ‘The Walk’ a powerful piece of theatre written after the Delhi gang rape
The combination of activity and education was wonderful. A number of students from different schools said that they had been transformed by the experience and would never see the world in the same way again.