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Shanthi Sivaram / March 03, 2020 Posted by : editor

Clash of Pi is a global Inter-school online circuit that encourages skill development and excellence in mathematics. Hosted by piCirql Math, a Singapore-based mathematics ed-tech firm, Clash of Pi has attracted the world’s best schools to compete and benchmark themselves, giving students the opportunity to assess themselves periodically and to achieve mathematics excellence through competition. While the student takes each monthly round of the circuit individually.

Clash of Pi is designed to simulate global standardized tests (like SAT and ACT) and to promote practice and familiarity with the online medium of testing that has become the norm. Through Clash of Pi, students earn All-India Ranks.

We are really proud to announce that Rishikesh K M of Grade 5 secured All India Rank 16 in the recently concluded 2019-20 circuit.

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Shanthi Sivaram / 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

Shanthi Sivaram / 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.

Shanthi Sivaram / 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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IGCSE @ Ekya JP Nagar Campus

IGCSE or International General Certificate of Secondary Education is an education board that has been developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. IGCSE is recognized worldwide and acknowledged highly for its high academic standards that use a holistic, practical approach. IGCSE at Ekya JP Nagar offers English, French/Hindi, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Economics as its core subjects. The class sizes are small resulting in a close interaction between student and teacher which lies at the heart of experiential learning that the curriculum demands. The teaching approach specifically focuses on application-based hands-on learning as opposed to the traditional rote learning practices. The students are encouraged to develop investigative and problem-solving skills from early on as an integral part of the curriculum. Moreover, every subject provides an international perspective that opens up a spectrum of discovery and learning for the students. Here is a glimpse of the science practical session in progress.  

ServiceLearning@Ekya: Fundraiser @Ekya BTM

A Fundraiser in schools can teach the students a valuable lesson; that if they put their minds to something they achieve they will achieve it. The spirit of fundraising will be carried from one stage to another. The school fundraiser is one of the most effective ways of fundraising. Ekya BTM witnessed this event of a fundraiser on 29th February 2020. There were many eateries and game stalls that was organized by the students. The fundraiser was a grand success as it was completely student-driven. The enthusiasm that was showcased by the students brought light to the event and remained throughout and helped in making it a great success. Parents too encouraged the idea of charity and supported the cause very well. Improved Selling Skills One of the benefits of fundraising schools is that it helps in enhancing the selling skills of the learners. We have a specific cause and need cash to run the cause. One of the ways of raising capital for such causes is through fundraisers. The student raised money for such causes in different ways, hosting games and food stalls are some of the ways that they did this. Working in Teams It is usually said that if you want to go fast go alone, but if you’re going to go far go as a group. Fundraisers help different individuals in learning how to work in teams. Whenever there is a fundraiser, the students may be required to work towards meeting the objective of the fundraiser. It teaches the student to cooperate in groups and to pull together which is critical as it helps in the nurturing of leaders. It also helps the students to learn how to delegate various roles that they are assigned. Importance of Charity and Community Another thing that fundraisers teach the children is that nobody is an island. Children were therefore given various tips that help them in co-existing with others. They were also trained in multiple aspects of charity which is essential in any community since we typically have the rich and the poor. The students organized themselves in proper groups and came up with a robust system that helped the individuals learn how to organize different members of a given community. They learned the different ways of approaching different charitable activities. Encourages Creativity Fundraising helped children to be creative. To achieve the goals of fundraising, students worked hard and showcased their creativity by developing different methods that will help them in the same. The students thought outside the box and learned to be imaginative and sort out the different ways of going about various issues.  

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