GPS Blog Posts

The latest news from the Global Pathways School and the surrounding community.

School Life at GPS

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in GPS Blog Posts | 0 comments

While our school is cloaked in scaffolding and work on Phase Two of our new building continues upstairs, our classrooms, library, computer lab, corridors, and playground are filled with the sounds of learning. Every day I see and hear interesting and engaging conversations, watch students work at solving problems, read samples of really insightful writing, and witness the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growing process. What follows is a brief summary of highlights from the past couple of months. In mid January we held our first set of student led conferences. These are a bit...

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Settling into our new home – Visitors & Celebrations

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in GPS Blog Posts | 1 comment

The month of September went by in a blur. After the school moved over the weekend of September second to fifth, there were two shortened weeks due to the Bah rid and Onam Holidays, parent teacher interviews that served as open houses, and then a full week off at the end of the month for the Indian Quarterly School Holidays. It was October before we knew it! Yet somehow in those first few weeks in our new building, we managed to work out the kinks that are bound to crop up when you relocate thirteen classrooms, three hundred students, and sixty faculty and staff. We quickly discovered that...

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Back to School Days

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in GPS Blog Posts | 1 comment

In early June as Canadian kids (and their teachers) begin to dream of summer holidays, staff and students at Global Pathways School were gearing up for the start of the 2016 – 17 school year.  While we all had hoped for our new campus to be ready, alas, it remains a few weeks from occupancy. So, with all our classroom furniture, supplies, equipment, whiteboards, bulletin boards, books, baskets, and bins packed up and ready to move, we had to swing into action. The great ‘unpacking’ went very well with teachers, helpers – Dan Schechner, Max Valentine, and Sabrina Leon Landegger, three...

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Global Pathways School 2015 Year End Review

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in GPS Blog Posts | 1 comment

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B King. As the year draws to a close, it gives me great pleasure to reflect on the many triumphs, both big and small, that have taken place at Global Pathways School over the past twelve months. GPS serves a community of underprivileged families in and around the village of Chettipalaym in Tamilnadu. Many of our families are victims of an economy and a society that places artificial limits on people’s aspirations and ambitions based on class and caste. Some of our families have achieved a more comfortable...

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Moving In

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in GPS Blog Posts | 2 comments

Saturday June 20 And so the saga begins. What began fourteen months ago with a conversation following the 2014 York School India Trip slowly gathered momentum and now, I find myself sitting at the dining room in the Global Pathways School principal’s residence in Bharathi Nagar, Coimbatore. It’s just after six in the morning. I’ve been awake for at least a couple of hours with jet lag. The lights and fans work but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why there’s no running water. There was water last night. Did we use it all? There must be a way to get more. I’ve tried every tap in the...

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Chettipalayam Calling

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in GPS Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once again this March, a group of grade eleven students from the York School ventured out to Chettipalayam to engage in an international service learning expedition. The ‘India Trip’ is a great opportunity for Canadian young people to broaden their horizons and challenge their perceptions of themselves and their world. For Global Pathways, their presence in our school community provides a tangible boost in our students’ exposure to native English speech. In addition to making English the language of the playground as well as the classroom for a few weeks, York School students initiated...

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