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editorjpn / July 06, 2018 Posted by :

Pencil sketching is one of the most up and coming forms of art nowadays. It is one of the most realistic and stunning forms of drawing. Art influences the mind and awakens the soul. It comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comforted. It kicks open the imaginative and creative doors of the mind. One of our artists, Arjun Varadh P. of Grade VI, Ekya School JP Nagar, used his talents and created lovely illustrations of nature and its creations. A few of them are:-

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editorjpn / 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

editorjpn / 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.

editorjpn / 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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Mt Vesuvius’ Point Of View – Jahnavi Rajesh

Volcanoes are often thought of as terrifying, harmful and destructive. But none of us ever think of its beauty and majestic atmosphere. One of our students, Jahnavi Rajesh of Grade IX, Ekya School JP Nagar, has written a poem with a fun take on the volcanoes' significance. Whether it leaves you trembling or erupting with laughter or tears, we hope you like it...

Whoever knew that a volcano had feelings...

Hey! I'm a volcano, Terrifying right? But if you ever see me, you'll marvel at the sight...
I got that pyroclastic flow And hair that can glow, I'm the almighty creator And the evil destroyer.
Sills, dykes and craters All call for adventure People just don't know How far to venture
Humans say "talking from the heart" I'd rather say " venting it out" Check your seismic charts if You want to get out... Alive...or not
It's way too hot, There's too much steam. Oh no! Excuse me! Pardon me.. I didn't know that a sneeze Could cause such a breeze.
I know that there's a tiny difference From ACHOO to KABOOM But honestly I'm telling you the truth.
A witches cauldron A malicious inferno A beast? I'm done
I'm taking a nap That'll be done in a snap And just before that I'll wipe my feet on the "door-mant"😉    

The World Cup By Ananya Milak – Ekya JP Nagar

“Go to sleep child, you have school tomorrow.” “15 more minutes maa, the match is going to end and it is the quarterfinals. I can’t miss it. If I move from my lucky position, Belgium will lose!!”
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This is the current story of every household. If not for Belgium, then for the other countries playing the world cup right now. The new virus, the FIFA World Cup, is at its peak and has affected everyone. We would any day give up our sleep to watch the matches late at night! All schedules are varying depending on the matches to be played. Each goal sends our heart soaring while each defeat results in our hearts breaking. Each penalty kick carries the weight of millions of fans’ spirit and each save brings them closer to the dream of seeing their favourite team lift the World Cup.
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FIFA has held a cup every 4 years since 1930. Every four years, the atmosphere tingles with excitement and anticipation as each of us sit on the edge of our seats ..waiting to see if our favourite team will win. 32 countries, including the host country, send their best and finest football stars in hopes of winning the cup. This is one of those very few events that keeps our hopes and hearts on the line as the result is unexpected and shocking almost always. This year, the FIFA World Cup is being held in Russia. It started on 14th June and shall end on 15th July 2018. The best part about the FIFA World Cup or any sport is that it unites people. In a world filled with hypocrites whose thoughts brand people and segregate them into certain sections of society, sports is one of the few factors that still unites us. The love and passion for the game bring together people and makes unbreakable bonds. As a student, football has always meant something special to me. It was the first sport I had ever played and the one that had laid down the basic foundations of my life. It has taught me teamwork, self-confidence, good coordination and discipline. The first ever FIFA World Cup that I had watched was in 2010, it was held in South Africa and the team I was supporting was Argentina as that was where the hype was. I remember cheering on for them and fighting anyone who wasn’t supporting them. The thing that I still haven’t forgotten the friends I made through the tournament. That and Argentina losing the match 4-0, against Germany. The disappointment was real. Still, it was the Argentine team that helped me forge deep bonds of friendship. This is why sports have always been important to me. It made me who I am today and has often helped me in the toughest times of my life. Its importance has defined what I stand for and abide by. It has pushed me to my limits, never allowed me to give up and lastly, to always push myself to achieve more. One of my favourite athletes and role model, Michael Jordan has said
If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.
He was one of the greatest basketball players and the role model to millions. During his sophomore year, at 5”11’ he was deemed too short to play. Determined to prove his worth, he played and played and due to his hard work, he became the star in his junior team. There he had a choice to give up or to grind harder. He chose the latter and is one of the greatest players to have ever played basketball.
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So back to football, it is closing to the finals. The teams are working harder and fans are all ecstatic. The screens are on and the game faces are ready. The playgrounds are all empty while friends are gathered together to support and cheer for their team. Now that everything is ready, what are you and I doing here?? Let’s go and CHEER!!!!
- Ekya JP Nagar Editorial


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