British Council International School Awards to Pathways School Gurgaon

On 13th December, 2017 Pathways School Gurgaon was awarded an accreditation with the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the period 2017-2020. International School Award recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools.

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for:

  • Nurturing global citizenship in young people
  • Enriching teaching and learning

ISA was introduced in India in the year 2003 and nearly 2500 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then. The range of schools participating in the International School Award varies from the well-resourced private schools to government schools from rural areas and schools for the less advantaged communities. The International School Award now has a presence in 31 countries worldwide.

 

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(L-R) Ms. Hanu Narang Instructional Coach Grade 4 and Ms. Anvita Gupta, Principal Primary School receiving the award from British Council, Delhi

 

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Young German Environmentalist Visits Pathways on a Bamboo Bike

Basti Guttmann of Munich, Germany, a cyclist and an environmentalist left his hometown on 10th of June to travel through the World on his bicycle made of Bamboo. Basti arrived at Pathways World School, Aravali on 8th of November and stayed on the School Campus for 3 nights.

Basti covered Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and entered India via Amritsar. He arrived in Delhi through the villages of Sunam, Narwana, and Rohtak.

During his stay at Pathways, he interacted with the students, went cycling with them and attended few classes as well. He describes his experience on the Campus as “Awesome with a lot of fresh air”. He found his conversations with children extremely motivating.

Basti shared his visit to India has been extremely gratifying right from getting a turban tied on his head in Punjab to mingling with a diverse culture of people.

The talk of the town is Basti’s Bamboo cycle. A nature lover Basti said that bamboo is easy to maintain, and this unique innovation brought novelty to his passion forPic with school riding the cycle through the world. Other than cycling around the world Basti wants to plant trees.  His target is to plant 40,000 trees. He planted a sapling at Pathways World School too.

Being a tea lover, Basti’s next stopover is Darjeeling which he will travel via Lucknow and from there he will travel to Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Morocco, Spain and then back home – flights for international travel and cycling through the regions.

Basti believes that one shouldn’t have any fear and that a smile always comes back to you!

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 11:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathways World School Student becomes Youngest Formula Racer of India!

Manav Sharma, a 16 years old young student of Grade 10 at Pathways World School Aravali has become the youngest Formula 4 Racer of India.

The dynamic young racer started training for Karting back in 2013 and post that there has been no looking back. He participated in the 1st National Championship – JK National Karting in 2014 and finished 11th. Further, in 2015 he went for a training in Malaysia and finished 4th in the JK Tyre Championship held in the same year. Also, in 2016 he was titled as the National Champion of India.

Manav participated in the Rotax Max World Finals in Italy in November 2016 and competed with 72 racers from 50 countries. He finished 20th and was declared as the Youngest Driver to be in the Top 20 in the World!

The Rotax Max Asia Championship held in Malaysia from 30th – 1st October 2017 is known to be one of the toughest races, and drivers participating in this Championship have an experience of at least 8 years or more.  Manav, with a mere 3 years’ of experience, finished 4th out of 34 racers and was declared as the Youngest Racer in Asia and the youngest achiever in DD2 Senior Category.

Manav is eagerly looking forward to participating in the Europe Formula 4 Championship to be held in 2018.

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 11:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathways School Gurgaon wins ‘Gurgaon Battle of the Bands – 2017’

Pathways School Gurgaon’s band has won the Gurgaon Battle of the Bands – 2017 competition. The competition was organized for teen rock bands through the State and our students were truly humbled to showcase their musical talent at this level.

Two bands entered the ‘battle’ from Pathways School Gurgaon. The first band performed the song Don’t stop believing by Journey and stood first in the State of Haryana, while qualifying for the finals Nationals. The student band members are Salil Sodhi, Karuna Rao, Ileesha Singh, Vatsal Bagri, Kareenjyot Sandhu, Shivi Anand, Suhani Prakash and Jin Rew. The other band performed Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana and came fourth in the State. The band members are Anushhka Thakur, Abhay Virk, Vedaant Raswant, Yashas Khar, Sebastien Kumar and Kriti Swarup.

The young musicians practiced rigorously for days to prepare for one of the biggest musical events for enthusiastic teen rockers. They placed their heart and soul in their melody to gear up for the D Day.

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Grade 4 field trip to Hajipur village

On 7th of December 2017 Form 4 went on a scheduled field trip to Hajipur Village, Noida for an interaction with the Mr. Mahesh Awana, Sarpanch. This trip was planned to inquire into ‘Decision-making Process’ being done under the Unit, Government (Governing systems and decision making influence the lives of citizens ). The students got to interact and understand first hand, about the first tier of decision making to solve the day to day conflicts and problems of the villagers and how the system of Panchayat Raj functions.
It was a bright winter morning when the motivated and excited students visited Mr. Mahesh Awana at his village. Mr. Mahesh Awana was very hospitable and had arranged for the seating at his home outdoors in the garden. The students were ready with their list of questions. It was an interesting and enriching session. The students keenly carried on the discussion, while taking down notes.

After that, Mr. Awana accompanied the students and took them on a tour through the village, to a village school run on charity for orphans and the less privileged. The students looked around and were reflective in their thoughts about the students who lived and studied there and the school environment.

While saying their thank you and goodbyes, a group photograph was clicked with Mr. Mahesh Awana.

At the end of the discussion with Mr. Awana, the students realized that all the decisions taken by the Pradhan and his six to eight members were all about helping and solving the problems, at an immediate level of the village folks. The villagers lived together as one big family where festivals, joys, and sorrows are shared and all work towards the well-being of the village.

The students’ reflections clearly brought about their understanding of how decisions are made in a community and the impact that it has on the people concerned.

Published in: on December 29, 2017 at 10:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Pathwaysian adopts a government school

 

Tushar Mehrotra, a student of grade 10 at Pathways School Gurgaon, has almost single-handedly transformed a rundown government school in sector 54 Gurugram

Tushar has practically adopted the small school with over 300 students, through crowdfunding (and his own savings), installing facilities like fans and water purifiers, donating books and uniforms, and even teaching the kids on weekends. He has started English and Moral Science classes for the students.

Tushar’s interest in the school began in the form of a project for his school wherein all students had to complete a project related to social responsibility. Tushar chose to donate books and set up a library in the government school, which is in his neighbourhood. “Initially, it was supposed to be for my school project. I just wanted to donate books, set up a library and leave. But once I entered the school and saw the condition, I was compelled to do more,” says Tushar.

Tushar began by starting a crowdfunding initiative online and reaching out to his family abroad for the money to procure fans for the school. “Till then, the school had no fans and I couldn’t imagine how the kids would study during the summers,” shares Tushar. His mother tells us, “The first, Rs. 2000 came from Tushar’s own pocket. He had been saving that money to buy a new golf club.”

Getting the fans installed was only the first step in Tushar’s new project. He says, “I try to come here every Saturday. I talk to the kids about topics relevant to the current times and involve them in activities based on that.” When we recently visited the school, the teenager was teaching the students about pollution through a poster-making activity.

The school administration says that Tushar’s initiative has rejuvenated the students. Balvinder Singh, the school in-charge, says, “What Tushar is doing is commendable. It’s not just about money or the things he is bringing, but also the attention he gives the kids. Since he started coming here, the kids’ interest in studies – and particularly English – has grown. They want to learn more. I wish more people followed Tushar’s example.” And Tushar is far from done. He recently bought 600 notebooks for the students and is now gearing up to gift the school a new water purifier and winter uniforms for all students.

The biggest change has been in the attitude of the students though, the young teacher says. “When I first started my activity classes here, I asked the kids what they wanted to learn and almost all of them said, English. They wanted to learn but were scared of the subject as they didn’t know how to go about it.” Today, if you ask any of the 300 students in the school what their favorite subject is, the reply is a loud “English!”

We are proud of Tushar, a pathwaysian in true sense, paving the way for future changemakers and making a difference in the society we live in.

*source – TOI November 25, 2017

Published in: on December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Another ‘Green’ honor for Pathways

We are delighted to share that Pathways has received the ‘Best K-12 Education Group Brand for Green Practices’ in the premier edition of ‘Business World Top Education Brands in India 2017’ awards held on November 3, 2017 at Le Meridian, New Delhi. Mr. Prasan Jain, Director, Pathways Group of Schools received the award on behalf of the group.

In 2016, Pathways Schools had won the ‘Most Environmentally Friendly Project – Commercial’ award at NDTV Property Awards. Additionally, Pathways School Gurgaon had won the ‘Best Green Architecture’ award at the Education World Grand Jury Awards.

Perhaps the most significant ‘green’ accomplishment held by Pathways is the LEED-EB Platinum certification achieved by each of its three K-12 campuses. The United States Green Building Council has recognized Pathways for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), thus conferring Pathways the honor of being the first and only K-12 school chain in the world, to achieve LEED – EB Platinum Certification. Among the few educational institutions who hold this prestigious certification, Pathways is the highest rated on the planet.award-pic.jpg

Green is something that is very close to our hearts. Pathways totally believes in sustainable habitat and tries to do its bit towards securing the Environment for the future. As an educational institution we feel it is our responsibility to sensitize young minds towards nature and its importance.

 

Published in: on November 13, 2017 at 9:44 am  Leave a Comment  

An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

Sukkriti Nath, a student of Pathways School Gurgaon, is a 15-year-old first-time author of a fiction novel ‘The Burning Truth ‘that highlights the causes and impact of teenage smoking. It is wonderful to come across children who are so passionate about writing and want to work towards social issues. I also got an opportunity to speak with her mom Shruti Nath, who shared that Sukkriti has always been fond of writing and she used to create beautiful notes and poems for her on special occasions like birthdays and Mother’s Day.

Here’s the interview with this young & talented achiever

Please tell us something about yourself

I am a fifteen-year-old first-time author and have recently launched my debut novel – The Burning Truth. I am passionate about reading and writing, and I come from a family of academicians whose roots began in the ancient, holy city of Varanasi. I currently live with my parents, brother, and grandmother in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, India. Presently, I am a student in my MYP – 5, (Grade 10) at Pathways School, Gurgaon.

Your novel, The Burning Truth, what is about?

My novel portrays the roller-coaster-like life of Sana Sharma, a teenager who belongs to Gurgaon. The readers get to witness the life of a common teenager, and the things they face in their teen years through the eyes of Sana.

I personally feel that it is a must-read for every teenager, parent, and adult. It foreshadows the things a teenager encounters, and parents would be able to actually understand what goes on in the mysterious minds of teenagers. And I must not forget to mention, it would take you on a ride back to your school or college days.

On a more specific note, I penned this book to highlight the causes, impacts, and solutions of teenage smoking and prior to writing, I have researched the subject extensively through surveys, expert interviews, and secondary sources.

Furthermore, since Cancer has always been a cause close to my heart as I have seen my paternal grandfather battle cancer and eventually pass away in front of my eyes I have decided to donate all revenue generated from the sales of this novel to Cuddles Foundation, an institution supporting underprivileged children fighting cancer.

Lastly, the novel was published in the month of September 2017 and officially launched in October 2017.

What made you write this book?

As I started to brainstorm ideas, various concepts came to my mind, however, one that stuck was the concept of ‘Teenage Smoking’. The reason why I chose this topic was because it had always affected me deeply, and it was one that I could relate to personally, being a teenager myself.

My maternal grandfather was a chain-smoker and we all know how commercial advertisements can be fuel to a six-year old’s fiery imagination, this deeply disturbed me since I became aware that smoking leads to cancer. As stated previously, my paternal grandfather was fighting cancer in front of my eyes. I somehow joined the dots at a young age, and since then, it was written in stone for me that smoking was injurious to health.

Hence, when given the opportunity by my school to work on something personal for our personal project, I took the opportunity to pen down my thoughts on the same so that I could reach out to people far and wide.

How long did you take to write it?

I have spent over six months on this novel, from developing the plot to writing it and I find it reasonable to say that the entire journey was an exhilarating roller coaster ride, for there were times where I didn’t know what the character would do next, and there were times when I was so certain of every single detail that was to be written. There were times when I wrote several pages in one go, and there were times when I felt undoubtedly low. But all in all, the view from the top was truly beautiful and breath-taking.

What was your reaction when you received the copy of your book?

Ineffable.

It felt like for a few minutes, I wasn’t sure what was happening around me. And undoubtedly, it took me some time to be able to truly comprehend the fact that I had the copy of my own novel in my hands.

Since when have you been penning down your thoughts?

The answer to this is unquantifiable. This is because I have had my own set of phases – when I was six or seven years old, I wrote my own diary to describe the world around me when I was in my pre-teens, I began expressing myself through poetry, and eventually in my teen years I began writing short stories leading to my novel at the age of fifteen.

However, I have always felt that whatever it is that I am writing, it is always a mirror reflection of the world I am living in, which also implies for my novel – The Burning Truth.

Is another book or blog on the cards? If yes, what would it be about?

You would be happy to know that I am already working on my blog on WordPress called SN’s Blogs – https://mymemoir312.wordpress.com/ wherein I post self-written poems, short stories and much more.

I would definitely work on another book in the near future, and as I said previously, it would be once again a reflection on the society we all live in, and on a topic which is close to my heart, and the people around me can relate to it.

Some tips or suggestions for the children who want to write.

There is simply so much to writing!

Be it hatching the idea, developing the plot, finding the right publisher, or marketing it. But if I were to point out the most important thing that every child who aspires to write must have is – the willingness to write. I personally believe, that writing a book, or rather a quality book, is a lengthy process, and unless and until the author is truly willing to write, it is a task which will never be completed.

Therefore, I’d like to say to all the young, aspiring authors out there – believe in yourself, and don’t give up, because regardless of how long the journey may seem, the destination to where you are headed is indeed beautiful.

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pathways World School, Aravali makes it to the list of Future 50 Schools Shaping Success in the International category

Pathways World School, Aravali has been awarded as Future 50 International Schools Shaping Success by Fortune India. The school recently participated in the Award Night held recently where they were felicitated.

Future 50 Schools Shaping Success is a unique, one of it’s kind school recognition to honor schools that prepare students for the 21st century and have a vision to craft ‘Student Success’. It is for progressive schools across India with National and International Curricula.

The certification is maintained by Fortune India, a multinational publication that is owned by Time Inc. and headquartered in New York. Some of the most prestigious rankings & listings are managed by the publication house

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Double Celebration- Investiture and Deepawali

A Double Celebration- Primary School Marks Investiture and Deepawali

On 13th October 2017, the Amphitheatre wore a festive look, decorated with flags and flowers for a double celebration- The Primary School Investiture Ceremony and Deepawali Celebrations with our Support Staff Members. As one group of students were vested with leadership opportunity, the other group of students put up a scintillating show for our support staff, who contribute significantly to the smooth functioning of the School.

It was a solemn occasion when the Primary School Student Council for the Academic Session 2017-18 formally took over the reins of leadership with the pledge of upholding the values and ethos of the School and leading by example. Our School Director, Dr. Naidu felicitated the Council Members with badges. Isha Tankha, the Head Girl and Jai Barve, the Head Boy of the Primary School administered the oath to the Council Members. The Principal of Primary School, Ms Monica Bhimwal encouraged the students with her inspiring words. The ceremony witnessed melodious English and Hindi songs and contemporary dance forms, which created a joyful exuberance in the atmosphere.

To strengthen the Pathways tradition of connecting people and cultures through celebrations, Primary School organised a cultural program for the Support Staff to celebrate Deepawali. The audience was enthralled with songs, dances by the Early Years students and a Nukkad Natak highlighting the importance of an eco-friendly Deepawali.

To acknowledge the contributions of the Support Staff they were gifted earthen lamps, which were beautifully decorated and packed by the staff and students of the Primary School. Dr Naidu wished everyone a Happy and Safe Deepawali.

A wonderful way to begin the Festive Season: empowering students and expressing gratitude to the helping hands!

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment