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Ekya / June 11, 2018 Posted by : administrator

Abhiram Gooty, of Grade X, Ekya School ITPL recently completed the Solve Boot Camp 2018, organized by Reap Benefit across the months of April and May.

Solve Boot Camp is a platform where best students from schools were invited to go through an intensive workshop to find solutions to environmental concerns and civic issues. Through the two month workshop, students worked on rapid prototyping, pitching their ideas and solutions, and had access to 30 hours of mentorship on problem-solving.

Abhiram represented Ekya at the boot camp that hosted 55 students from 25 schools across Bangalore and Hosur. With 27 products built at the workshop, 15 campaigns were carried out to solve real-world problems. The students came together on 19th May, observed as ‘Solve Ninja Day’, to showcase their solutions.

Abhiram identified the garbage menace that plagued his neighbourhood as the problem he wished to solve. Applying his learning from the workshop, he conducted interviews with people in and around his apartment and the employees from the supermarket, both located in the vicinity of the garbage dump. He not only suggested alternatives to reduce waste but also proposed to help clear the dump with the help of BBMP. Using the Sahaya app, Abhiram was able to get in touch with BBMP and was successful in restoring cleanliness in his locality.

With this achievement, Abhiram was officially declared as a ‘Solve Ninja’ by Reap Benefit at the Solve Boot Camp, having successfully begun his problem-solving journey. Praising his communication skills, sense of citizenship and use of data, the organization has awarded Abhiram with a certificate of completion.

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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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Recommended English Reading List at Ekya [Grade-wise]

As part of the English curriculum at Ekya, we have curated a list of books(grade-wise), recommended for our students to read. Here is our English Reading list:

Recommended Reading List for Grade 1

- Ammachi's Glasses by Priya Kuriyan - Salim Mamoo and Me by Zai Whitaker - Ira the Little Dolphin by Shekar Dattatri - The Noddy Series by Enid Blyton - Read Aloud Stories (an anthology from Tulika) - Karadi Tales - Treasury for Children by James Herriot - Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet - Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne - Now We are Six (Winnie the Pooh) by A A Milne - Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss - Early Picture Books by Children Book Trust - Books by National Book Trust
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 2

- The Young Visitors by Daisy Ashford - Mary Poppins by PL Travers - The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum - Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift - The Enchanted Shoes by Enid Blyton - When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh) by A.A Milne - The Tale of Mr. Tod by Beatrix Potter - Books by Children Book Trust - Books by National Book Trust
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 3

- The Butterfingers Series by Khyrunnisa A - Matilda By Roald Dahl - George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - The Twits by Roald Dahl - Once Upon A Monsoon Time by Ruskin Bond - Deepak Dalal's adventure series set in the Andamans, Ladakh, etc. - A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham - Let’s Go Time Travelling by Subhadra Sen Gupta - Books by Children Book Trust - Books by National Book Trust
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 4

- My Nana is a Nutcase by Ranjit Lal - The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss - How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell - The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross - Charlotte’s Web by E B White - Those Dreadful Children by Enid Blyton - The Famous Five Series - The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling - Books by Children Book Trust - Books by National Book Trust
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 5

Stories in Familiar settings - The Ranthambore Adventure by Deepak Dalal - The Andamans Adventure. Barren Island, by Deepak Dalal and other Vikramaditya adventures (available at the school library) Biographies - Rani Lakshmibai - Puffin Lives (a new batch of Puffin Lives are now in the school library) - My Life. An Illustrated Biography - APJ Abdul Kalam - I Can - Stories of how children are changing the world by Devika Rangachari Suspense Stories - Danny The Champion of the World-Roald Dahl - Nancy Drew Series - Hardy Boys Series Books by Significant Authors - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling - Books by R K Narayan
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 6

Folktales - Stories to Solve Folktales from Around the World by George Shannon - Burmese Folktales - Stories from forgotten kingdoms retold by Madhu Gurung Horror and Suspense - Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine - The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray Contemporary Fiction - Expressing the Self - My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (Humour) - Going Solo by Roald Dahl Fantasy/Sci-Fiction - The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke - The Unicorn Expedition and Other Stories by Satyajit Ray - Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman Pre-20th Century Fiction - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1871) - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876) - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1837) - Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1901) - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877) Pre-20th Century Drama - Macbeth by William Shakespeare - The Tempest by William Shakespeare - Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
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Recommended Reading List for Grade 7

Fantasy - Faces in the Water by Ranjit Lal - Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke - Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets by JK Rowling Suspense - Dracula by Bram Stoker - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Agatha Christie Series - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith Coming of Age - Unbroken by Nandhika Nambi - Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger - Words from the Hills by Ruskin Bond Myths and Legends - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - Myths & Legends Of India, Egypt China & Japan by Rachel Storm
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Traffic Awareness Campaign at Ekya School ITPL

In our endeavour to spread awareness regarding the ill-effects of growing traffic, our Grade X & XII students of Ekya School ITPL conducted a traffic awareness campaign in and around Whitefield area two locations on 14th June 2018. During this Environmental Week, our effort was to sensitize commuters to protect the environment by doing our bit. As responsible citizens, everyone can help to cut emissions and control the air quality by using public transport, cycling and walking.   The aim was to help citizens to become more environmentally conscious and be aware of the hazards of growing number of vehicles and traffic on health, climate and environment. The campaign aimed to sensitise ground-level functionaries and the general public to imbibe the habit of protecting the environment and provide solutions/measures that can to taken to reduce traffic.   Message/ messages that we conveyed to the general public:
  1. Use public transportation at least once a week
  2. Opt for Carpool / Cab share
  3. Consider commuting on foot for short distance travel
  4. Cycling is a healthy alternative, both for the environment and the individual's fitness
  5. Follow traffic rules to reduce congestion
  6. Don’t honk (only when necessary to avoid collisions or when trying to get eye contact with other drivers)
We would like to thank the HAL Traffic Police department for granting us the permission and also supporting us on the field. “Our traffic awareness campaign was the most eye-opening and immensely satisfying campaign. Our campaigning began on a hesitant note. We were unsure as to how to start. However, as we campaigned for a few minutes, we began enjoying ourselves. Our will to combat traffic became stronger than our inhibitions. Spreading an important message and tackling traffic was our goal and we did just that to the best of our abilities. We observed the small changes that started coming about due to our campaign. A helmet was worn here, a smile of appreciation was seen there. Our humble campaign was slowly taking shape. Somehow, while we campaigned, we were all connected. Deep inside we wanted to fight against traffic and against pollution. We all want positive changes to be seen in order to tackle the gruelling problems we go through due to traffic. We stood together in solidarity that day, to face our problems and to change everything for the better, albeit in a small way” - Isha Joshi
Small steps lead to a big difference. It was amazing to see how some of us could make a difference. We would like to thank the Bangalore police and our school for this opportunity” - Rishabh Dhotrekar
Creating awareness for reducing traffic and the importance of carpooling and using public transport was a very important initiative that I’m glad I got to be a part of. It was fun interacting with people and spreading awareness. - Akshata Chirravuri
“I am glad that I got this opportunity to spread awareness about effects of traffic and how we can help reduce the traffic on the streets of Bangalore. We live in a beautiful city but the huge snarls increase pollution and also waste the time of the residents” - Harine S
The experience made us realise that working for a social cause makes us feel like we are better people. - Manua
It wasn’t an eye opener just for those on road but also for us! We were elated when people buckled up their seat belts and put on their helmets on our insistence. It was a wonderful experience and we knew we did it right when they smiled back at us. - Sonitha Mandava
The traffic awareness campaign started off with us heading towards our respective locations in the bus. The campaigning itself unexpectedly started in the bus. My friends and I showed off our colourful posters through the bus windows and to our surprise we got many smiling faces and lots of thumbs up. But that was only a taste of the effect we would eventually have on people. Once we got there, we lined up along the road showing our posters. Once we got over our initial apprehension did we really begin the campaigning? We chanted, told people to carpool and use public transport. The overall event was extremely rewarding for us as we saw our efforts bringing about a change in people. The group that I was in managed to get three helmet-less bikers to put on their helmets and got verbal approval from many bystanders. I believe the best part of this campaign was how it showed how all our efforts really do contribute to the greater cause. - Shradha T

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