Mr. Aaron Jacob believes in future-proofing education while making it relevant, effective and vibrant for the times that are changing. He has formerly been the School Director at HUS International (Hiranandani Upscale School) Chennai. His early career was with development agencies such as UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and Help Age International. He moved into education early on in his career. With an MEd in International School Administration and as a trained psychotherapist, student welfare and wellbeing have been the compass that has guided his educational philosophy.
Mr. Jacob was the first resident counsellor at The Doon School, Dehradun and taught psychology for several years whilst setting up the counselling centre. He has facilitated the IB programme for the past 20 years and also taught the ISC and ICSE curriculums. He was also part of the founding leadership team and the Senior School Principal at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. He has an extensive background in both day and boarding schools as well as IB continuum schools in India.
His area of interest is pastoral care and the whole school ethos. He has conducted many workshops and training programmes that emphasise on wellbeing and effective pastoral care for the whole school improvement. He has developed training tools and trained teachers in the early intervention process across various schools. He believes in education as being a relational craft, and schools a relational place.
Technology is emerging as the great differentiator, and disruption has become the new norm in various sectors, including education. With his wealth of experience, Mr. Jacob has effortlessly straddled these changes, having worked as a counsellor, a teacher, an institution builder, and a tech innovator in the institutions with which he has been associated with.
Greetings from Pathways School Noida!
I hope this email finds you refreshed, excited, and ready to embark on another incredible academic year at Pathways School. As the School Director, it brings me immense joy to extend a warm welcome to every one of you, both returning and new students joining our vibrant school community.
The start of a new school year holds immense promise, countless opportunities for growth, learning, and success, and, of course, we cannot forget failure. Together, we will create an environment that nurtures and fosters the minds and spirits of our students, collaboratively and with joie de vivre, to cultivate a love for learning.
I want to express my appreciation to all our dedicated staff members whose unwavering passion and commitment play a pivotal role in shaping the educational experience at Pathways School, Noida. Your hard work, guidance and support are essential in enabling an environment where students can thrive academically, emotionally and socially.
To our beloved students, I cannot help but quote Kipling - "yours is the world and everything in it". This year is yours for the taking! I encourage you to approach it with curiosity, determination and an eagerness to learn. Embrace the challenges that lie ahead, for it is through these challenges that we grow and develop into resilient individuals. I also wanted to remind you that school reopens on the 19th of July, and I look forward to seeing you all.
Parents, thank you for entrusting us with your children's education. We acknowledge the partnership between home and school and greatly value your involvement in your child's academic journey. Our doors are always open, and we invite you to participate in school events, meetings and activities.
Throughout the year, we will celebrate achievements, embrace challenges and build lifelong memories together. I encourage you all to engage in our school community, make new friends and seize the countless opportunities that await you.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the IBDP result of the class of 2023.
Our class toppers are:
We have a couple of new changes to look forward to this new academic year. The entire School Learning Management System has transitioned from Wizemen to Toddle. You will receive an email soon from the different programme heads and a tutorial to guide you to access your child's details.
Another change is our new catering and service partner, Sirama Global. We look forward to nutritious and tasty meals for the community that will now be dished out of the Sirama kitchens.
We have a new website that I would like to welcome you to visit, and the URL is www.pathwaysnoida.edu.in
A warm welcome once again as we embark on this journey with enthusiasm, determination, and a shared commitment to educational excellence. I eagerly anticipate the fantastic achievements and success that await us this academic year.
Education has a natural flow that continually brings the excitement of ‘the new’ to all involved. It could be a parent sending their five-year-old off for Day One, a Grade 6 student about to make the journey to the Senior School, or a teacher walking into the first class of a new academic year. Nothing stands still!
What is that makes our school different, because different they most certainly are? It is the people: students and staff; it is the blend of convention and innovation. It is how we feed the fire without dying in its flames; it is where we emphasise the curriculum and the expectations we pass on to the students. More than anything else, the essence is in the quality of the relationships between all members of our community.
Teaching is a relational craft, and schools are a relational place. If we get it right, we enable young minds to gain flexibility, curiosity, and diversity in their interactions. We create intimacy and trust that enables them to question, initiate and lead. We show them values and allow them to grow in self-awareness as they start to unravel their beliefs and values.
The focus on the micro and macro relationship has interested me for many years—the effect of small changes on the big picture. While many thoughts pass through a mind almost concealed, others trigger specific vibrations that grow to resonate throughout a lifetime. All are interconnected and subtle changes of what might seem a minor variable can, as with the Butterfly Effect, bring about the vastly different outcomes on the broad canvas. In education, we need to work with detail to bring out the best in each of our students. This need to blend long-term goals and the details with individual needs is at the heart of my belief in education as the critical building blocks of our societies.
Dr. Shalini Advani