We are proud to announce that Pathways School Gurgaon has now joined Pathways School Noida, and Pathways World School Aravali in being recognized as a ‘Microsoft Showcase School’. There are currently only about few hundered Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world, each with a strong passion for modernizing schools and ensuring students use technology that prepares them for their future. In these extraordinary places of learning, school leaders have created a whole-school learning environment empowered by technology.
Through this honour, Pathways has reaffirmed its positions as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning. Living in the 21st century we are experiencing technology revolution which has become a defining force in our lives today. At Pathways we always believed that more than just a subject, IT is a tool which one today uses to accomplish most of one’s daily tasks.
Pathways group of Schools has become the first and only chain of schools in the world to be conferred with the highest accolade for Environmentally-Responsible Design with the Platinum certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a prestigious non-profit organization that promotes sustainable building design and construction in the world through its leadership of the World Green Building Council. All three Pathways Schools (Aravali, Gurgaon & Noida) have now earned the LEED-EB Platinum rating.
The series of these prestigious achievements started back in 2014 with Pathways School Gurgaon being recognized as the Highest Rated Green Building (Educational) on the planet with its LEED-EB Platinum rating. This was followed by Pathways School Noida receiving the same certification in 2015 and now Pathways World School Aravali in 2016.
At a time when environmental protection is an increasingly pressing issue all over the world, LEED through its green building certification program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
On receiving this certification Director of Pathways group of Schools, Mr Prashant Jain, said, “We at Pathways truly believe in an environmentally friendly world and have hence built all our schools as Green Buildings. Spending most of their active time in school these young children are sensitized to be one with nature. We take pride of being the first and only school chain in the world having all the campuses rated LEED Platinum by United States Green Building Council.”
Being a part of this institution has given me a lot in terms of my confidence, professional ability, creature comforts and dignity. I came to this school with a firm grounding in the National Curriculum,and then I dismantled my ideas, tweaked them a bit, revamped my strategies and transformed my transaction of the subject, only to realize that Areas of Knowledge or Subjects never change, but they are understood and shared in different ways in varying curricula in an ever-changing spatial and temporal context. I am able to now appreciate the relevance of plurality and acknowledge the voice of dissent. I am able to look at issues objectively yet understand that models never fit reality. I do make instructional plans which are standardized knowing fully well that each of my student will have an impact on my plan, only to turn it into a customized one. Being a role model, team player and leading my team here at Pathways has earned me goodwill, for a lifetime.
My own children have gained tremendously in terms of receiving a fine education, warmth, care and coaching from a formidable team of educators, who make this profession, a rather proud one. At Pathways, as teachers, we have been blessed with a rigorous training program which is on-the-job, independence for creative thought and the wherewithal to execute the same. In my tenure of almost 12 years here, what I have received has exceeded my expectations in terms of the mere remuneration. It has included the country-side ride to work each day, the sumptuous meals we received each day, the seamless services provided by our Support Staff, the creature comforts of the infrastructure, the camaraderie and healthy competition from meritorious colleagues. The management of the school has been truly visionary in terms of taking on the initial wave of the International Baccalaureate Program in this part of the world, and none can take away, this accolade from us. It is now for us to sustain this and be proud of our institution. Great Educational Institutions are truly made from the contribution of the faculty and the supporting staff steered by the vision of the Management and eventually how our Parent community spread the good word and our Alumni give back to the society. We as Schools, are special, and we are meant for the tough times, that we are facing collectively as humankind today.
If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
We are not mere teachers, who transact curricula within the walls of a classroom. We open up minds, we guide, we watch from the side, we are omnipresent, we are accessible, we are important for the system, for the nation. We are the game changers, and we have to believe so, irrespective of the curricula, the cohort of students and the institutionwhere we teach. Our results will make us proud, years from now when we would have created happy young individuals who are grounded yet forward looking, strong individuals yet belong to the Society the world, at large.
And for all our dear students , I would only like to say….
Don’t study to earn, study to learn. What you learn today is what you will become tomorrow.
Eternally grateful to PATHWAYS WORLD SCHOOL ARAVALI from 2004 till date, and thankful to all the forces of this habitat which helped me flourish and perhaps, give back a little, in return.
“Mrs Bhagirathy Jhingran is both – a faculty member and a parent herself at Pathways World School”
At the mere age of 7, Sanvi Bhatia, a Grade 2 student of Pathways School, Noida has become the youngest photo-journalist in the world. She has written about a unique school in Delhi located under the Yamuna bank metro station. Pathways is very proud of her and we wish her all the best for her future projects.
To view her beautiful photo story click on the link below:
Among the twelve years of school life, there is no stage which receives as little attention as Middle school. Grade 6 – 10 do not get the focus of eager new parents with primary children or the anxious attention of Grade 11 & 12. Yet these under-valued years are crucial in shaping students – their success in learning and even the personality which they will carry into adulthood.
In fact middle school is when children learn how to learn, to be creative, how to apply their knowledge and discover new connections. Almost unique in developing these skills is the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate. What makes the MYP exciting and different?
For one, in addition to the familiar subject areas of the sciences, math, language etc which are studied at a demanding conceptual level, the MYP focuses on teaching essential skills which become central to the curriculum itself. These include Lifeskills such as collaborating, resolving conflict, time management, and making healthy choices. Then there are research skills such as formulating questions, collecting and presenting research data, media literacy or learning academic honesty.
These become the foundation of preparing for higher studies. A most extraordinary feature of MYP is the Personal Project where students are free to choose a single topic of their own interest to work on for a year under the guidance of a supervisor. At Pathways School Noida, we have seen the most amazing creativity from our middle schoolers – creating a model for intergalactic transport, creating websites, video games or apps, writing a graphic novel or a poetry anthology, researching hydroponics as an alternative farming technique or designing dresses. Each project carries the unique imprint of an individual, often becoming the basis of a career many years later.
Providing exciting learning opportunities is the best way of tapping the creative energy which very often gets buried below the self-doubt and shyness which are typical of this age.