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GPS workshop at Shanti Ashram

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

On Saturday October 22, teachers, administrative staff, and several moms and dads from Global Pathways School took part in a one day workshop at Shanti Ashram. Shanti Ashram is an organization founded thirty years ago that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Sarvodaya, the uplift of rural Indian communities through constructive social action. The Ashram operates in four basic domains; – literacy training and education, – preventative public health care, – empowerment programs aimed at skill development and creating opportunities for women, and finally, – youth...

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Big Challenges for Indian Schools

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The other day, Joy and I were shopping for groceries and decided to buy four juice glasses. When we took our purchases to the check out, the young lady at the counter didn’t have a clue about what to do with the glasses. If she put them in with our carrots and potatoes, they were going to break. That, she understood. What she couldn’t figure out, was how to solve the problem. So, she called over another cashier, then a supervisor. The supervisor put the glasses back in the cart and took them over to a couple of saleswomen in a different part of the store. They conferred for about a minute in...

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School Year End Review

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It gives me great pleasure to reflect back on the 2015 – 2016 school year. For me personally, it was a year of a lot of firsts. First year living in Bharathi Nagar, first year as a school principal, first time presiding over faculty meetings, staff performance reviews, teacher recruitment, weekly assemblies, special events, parent information meetings, and the list could go on. Obviously, change was the predominant theme of the year. Relocating from a life in Toronto and job at the York School to a hot and dusty suburb of Coimbatore had its challenging moments, but it didn’t take too long...

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Monday July 27 India learned of the sudden death of a much beloved statesman, former President, and renowned scholar, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was a truly progressive thinker by all accounts, a great humanitarian, an Indian nationalist, and a scientist. He died at age 83 doing what he loved best, speaking to students. One of our four GPS houses bears his name. It was then, a great honour to be invited by the local public schools and Chettipalayam community leaders to join in silent march on Wednesday afternoon. The nation observed a day of mourning on...

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A Busy Month!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The first few weeks of the school year are busy ones in any school. Students and their teachers strive to establish the norms that will define their classroom community for the coming year, new students overcome their natural trepidation and begin the process of making new friends, and school wide routines and practices get dusted off and put back in motion. Here at GPS, July was especially busy with the visits of twenty one volunteers! York School teacher volunteers, Elise Currier and Teresa MacDonald, were very helpful in creating MYP style unit planners for our fledgling middle school...

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Showers of Fortune?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Saturday July 4 The second week of school is wrapping up with a Saturday half day of classes. I’ve never really cared for six day school weeks but here in India it is the law. Elementary schools must operate 210 school days and middle schools, 220. That’s a lot of schoolin’. Hence, Saturday classes. I am very pleased with how the first couple of weeks have gone. Uniforms, shoes, school supplies, class lists, time tables, schedules, calendars, and so on are all in place. Our first day of classes was a bit chaotic. Day one featured monsoon rains, lake sized puddles, lots of mud, and howling...

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