The year 2014 has been a good year for the children of Pamela Martinez/Pathway Matriculation School, climaxed by the fantastic news that all the students had passed the 10th standard examinations. It was delightful to hear the laughter and see the smiles of the children. Deepalakshmi and Lakshmanan, who had caused some concern, had also passed. It certainly called for celebrations.
It was interesting to see that girls had performed considerably better than the boys, as with the previous years’ rankings. Among the girls, Sathya received 83% for Pathway’s highest marks, while Aravinthan scored 78% to lead the boys.
All the children have done well against many odds, receiving excellent support from the teachers. The students had the opportunity to tackle several practice exams before the final government tests. This experience was spearheaded by Mrs. Sudha Subramaniam, who devised methods to make lessons interesting and to improve scores, introducing novel techniques and designs, being ably assisted by Principal Annadurai. The efforts of the teachers need to be praised as each one of them took upon themselves the responsibility to guide and goad each child to study and perform.
The gentle and loving Sathiya, who hails from quite a difficult background, did very well in all subjects, obtaining 83% in her aggregate, with more than 99% in science. It was a pleasure to see her delight and happiness. Sathiya wants to pursue her studies by joining Plus two and then study engineering and will need to do very well to achieve this goal. She has worked hard to develop many talents, including playing piano.
The soft-spoken Shantiya did well, getting high scores in all the subjects, with over 80% in four of her major subjects — mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology — despite the health challenges she has had (see “Featured Student” in this newsletter). Similarly Mercy (77%) also obtained very good marks in her all subjects.
This was a special time of jubilation as the students arrived one by one. It was touching to see the exchanges between the teachers and students, as all celebrated the success of their efforts. There were tears, both of happiness and sadness, as the children said their farewells and prepared to leave their Pathway home and felt both anxiety and excitement about the next steps they should take.
It was great to see Ezhilarasi, Gayathri, Manju, Mercy, Monisha , Sornamuki, Akash, Aravinthan and others assembling together with great joy writ all over their face.
Founder-Director of Pathway, A D S N Prasad congratulated the children and the teachers for this wonderful result. He counseled the children on the values of life that are much more important than just scholastic performance, that it is important to gain all-round excellence in life so that they can be great people of character first and then great citizens of India. He called on each one to follow a righteous path, outlining stories of very poor children who had succeeded in life, not only by studying hard but also by contributing to the welfare of the family and of society. Since all the children at the Pamela Martinez /Pathway School were first time school goers, he said that it was very important that they did well since they would be models to be emulated by generations to come. They need to be grateful to their alma mater and their teachers at all times. Dr. Prasad stressed that young Pathway graduates should excel in English as they proceed higher as it would be the passport for their future.
Mrs. Sudha Subramaniam addressed the children and the teachers and urged them to do well in their lives. She said that Pathway’s doors will always be open to them for any help they may need. She urged children to utilize this resource and benefit in every aspect in their lives. She reminded students how Pathway and the school had greatly influenced their lives, as there has been sea change not only in their appearance, growth, development but also in their total achievement and potential. Mrs. Chandra Prasad congratulated all the children and teachers and said that she was very proud of their performance and looked forward for their continued achievements in life and welcomed every one of them to contact Pathway at any time about their future needs.