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Ekya / June 26, 2021 Posted by : administrator

My Dad, My Hero

My father is a funny man
I am proud to be his biggest fan

When I’m in the dumps
He doesn’t let me stay grump

Doing things with him is lot of fun
Playing games, listening to music or baking a bun

My father and l like the same things
Like cricket, TT and chicken wings

I’d like to call him the king of comedy
His sense of humour is my life’s melody!

By, Pratham Kakodkar, Grade 7, Ekya ITPL

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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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#StudentBlogger: An ode to Father’s Day by Utkarsh Vyas, Grade 6, Ekya ITPL

My dad, my hero
He has zero
My best friend
My happiness

My dad, my hero
He runs at superspeed
And every single time
He’s exactly who I need
The man of the house
With a superhero cape
Mischief he never allows
And oh lord, does he ever age?

My dad, my hero
The savior of the day
How’s he’s so good
He never will say
Taking me 
To foreign places alike
Treating me
To biscuits I like.

By, Utkarsh Vyas, Grade 6, Ekya ITPL

#StudentBlogger: My experience about the Student Council Election by Snigdha Belavadi, Grade 9A, Ekya JP Nagar

It was finally the day I was impatiently waiting for “The RESULTS”. I had gone sleepless the previous night. Well, here it was. I had logged on to the zoom call 10 mins early. And once ma’am started the call, my heart blasted. I tried to cool myself down. The adrenalin in my veins was rushing

The cold feet tap-dancing on the floor and my hands praying was just the sign that I could not wait for even a second more.

 And now our Head of School started announcing, starting from the head boy. The results for the post that I was contesting for were the last. I had my eyes flashing on my screen; at the same time biting my nails. I closed my eyes and was imagining our teacher calling out my name. And guess what she did? Did she say “ For Vice Cultural Captain we have Snigdha Belavadi”?? I took time to register that in my mind, I was filled with joy. I had to let everything off. I turned my camera off and screamed so loud; I was so happy I started crying too. Well, this was one of my dreams. 

Let’s rewind and go back to sixth grade when we all could vote. I remember all my friends and I were so amused by the fact that we could vote. We imagined ourselves to be adults in school. And we all took our sketch pens and drew a line across our index fingers. It was a huge privilege given to us. As we grew up I wanted to be a part of it. I was waiting for 9th grade. Well, unfortunately, it was not how I had imagined standing for the election would be. Everything was online. However, it gave us all an advantage as we could get creative and make manifesto videos the way we wanted. All the teachers told us to think out of the box and do something different. 

The next goal was to think about how can I make mine different. I contacted all my friends and family and finally did my manifesto. I am fortunate to have such supportive parents who helped me in my manifesto and all my speeches. I also borrowed instruments from my friends to shoot for the video. And luckily it came out well when I put them together. I did minimal campaigning. 

I am so delighted and overwhelmed to have this post and excited to do my best!

By, Snigdha Belavadi, Grade 9A, Ekya JP Nagar

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