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Ekya / June 14, 2019 Posted by : administrator

Here is the roundup on the events of the week, 10th – 15th June 2019 at Ekya School Byrathi. We tested the creativity of our students in a ‘Let’s Get Creative’ activity and encouraged reading in the ‘Show and Tell’ workshop.

Find below more information and pictures on both events:

Event 1: Let’s Get Creative – It’s time to explore new ideas and learn from our surroundings, our budding scientists said!

Our little scientists were excited to discover and create a prototype of various things for school improvement. They displayed exceptional creative ideas concerned to waste management, stationary equipment, furniture design, the machine which would simplify hygiene routine and flying garbage cans to name a few.

Grades 1-3 used this occasion to experiment with simple objects such as milk cartons, balloons, bottle caps, straws, and a few basic stationery to make balloon-powered cars and experience physics as easily as possible.

Event 2: Show and Tell: Books and Authors:

Introducing the concept of Book Review, the reading task was assigned to our students from Grade 1 to 7. Our Little Readers (OLR) had a choice to pick up their favorite book/author to explore, perceive and understand literature.

In order to explain the concept, our instructors helped OLRs to build interest in reading. Readers were asked to get their respective books and assemble in the library (Grades 1-3) and courtyard ( Grades 4-8) (to have an apt environment which would help them in the task to showcase their thoughts). To our pleasant surprise, OLRs presented some excellent interpretation of Why They Like The Book. They have to recall stories and share a just about the same (the challenge was not to give out the whole plot of the story!)

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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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WEP 2019 – Employer feedback on students

WEP 2019 was a success and our students are thrilled with the new experience. At the same time, we have received positive feedback from all the employers of our students. They are extremely happy with the performance and attitude of our students and wish to accept more students for next year.
Here is a few feedback from employers on our students: 
Diya Foundation - I would like to compliment Kriti on her understanding of our students and thinking up different creative ways to teach them or make suggestions to other interns. Also, 6 of our students learned a new skill in quilling and were thrilled with themselves that they can now make their own earrings. Photomojo - An AGNA Venture Nidhi Samuel has a keen sense of design and is very curious to play and experiment with her creative ideas, which was quite refreshing to see.
Sandesh India- All the four students have done their best at Sandesh. We are happy about it.
Play Arena Sports and Adventure - Souptik was eager and very involved in the various activities assigned to him.
Key Education Foundation - We found Akshata to be very hard working and curious to learn more.
Olive Planet Private Limited -  Rayan is proactive and his work is commendable
Reap Benefit -  Joe George has been one of the interesting interns, Reap Benefit had. Always on time and prompt with his communication, he successfully completed his first step in the problem-solving journey. He is now working towards community composting and an Android app on volunteer management.
Advance Education And Computer Services - All Students were good and very creative. Taking one name would be very difficult
U&I Trust - Both, Benita and Charanya were very enthusiastic and always met their deadlines.
Goobe's Book Republic  - One of the students came up with a mystery book package, which we did and was a little popular with some customers.
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Campus Events – The Week That Was At Ekya School JP Nagar

The Ekya School JP Nagar had a week focussed on literature, drama and life skills. While the grade 9 class assembly was a skit on GRIT AND DETERMINATION AND THE HABITS OF THE MIND AND HEART, the little ones ware taught about the important life skills. Please find below the update: Grade 9 Class Assembly: The bright and talented students of 9th grade performed a skit on GRIT AND DETERMINATION AND THE HABITS OF THE MIND AND HEART. The students started out with a play featuring a young girl named Amanda. She wasn’t a prized pupil and lacked focus and determination. She wasn’t doing well in her academics but her talents lay elsewhere. There was a dance competition that she wouldn’t be able to participate in if she didn’t improve her score. This was just the motivation she needed. Through sheer force and determination, she improved her score. The play was carried out seamlessly and all the student were well versed and practiced. It truly was a joy to witness this event. The hard work of the students was visible throughout. The second play was about the best selling author of all time J.K. Rowling. Her books are one of the most loved by this generation. She had to face criticism from several people. Many of the publishers did not accept her book. They made fun of her for being different. She almost gave up. But When her book was finally published it was a massive success. This play inspired many young readers at Ekya to pick up the harry potter books and appreciate it with a new perspective. The assembly concluded with the dance on Shakira’s song ‘try everything’ which was the cherry on top of the cake.
A workshop on Life Skills:
In the Life Skills workshop, the.students of Gade 3 and 4 were taught about the etiquette of dealing with people in a group, such as; not to fight, be good listeners, allow others to speak, do not interrupt, don't be selfish, etc.

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