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Ekya / July 19, 2021 Posted by : administrator

Everyone ‘likes’ their school and thinks it’s the best school they have been to and some people don’t like the school they are in. Well, for me ‘EKYA’ is one of the best schools I have been to. It’s filled with joy, happiness and a lot of colours! The teachers in the school are so kind and respectful. My friends in the school are kind, sweet and funny. In the morning as soon as I get out of my bed I always look forward to going to school. In excitement, I quickly make my bed and get ready for school, and before I know it I am ready 20 minutes early. I am always ready to greet my teachers in the morning, I love to see my friends and teachers. My teachers always add colours to whatever they teach. My friends are always there for me. Ekya has changed my life and made it even better. I remember when I walked into Ekya for the first time. It was my entrance exam and seeing small kids playing in the playground, kids chatting, teachers teaching with a smile, kids learning happily, I was already in love with the school. The most important day was my first day of school. I was nervous and felt lonely because I was new. I cried, and I remember that the teachers were comforting me and my Principal made me sit in her office, talked to me, and comforted me. I remember on children’s day, the teachers made it so special with dance and we played so many games. I enjoyed that day and the children’s day was the best day of my life. I enjoyed building the science cell model last year in 6th grade, it was a fun activity and I learned different parts of the cell. In 5th-grade in visual arts class, we were asked to go around the school, look around and draw whatever attracted us. So, I enjoyed going around the school and I drew a tree and the P.E ground. This was a fun experience for me. I love Ekya because in this school the teachers, kids, and the Principal are very sweet. So if you have to choose a school then choose “EKYA BYRATHI”. I love you Ekya and you are like family to me!

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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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#EditorialDesk: A peek into the council By Dwiti Dhotrekar, Sub Editor Ekya ITPL

Ekya has provided each student with abundant opportunities, experiences, and exposure. It is now time to give back. Being in the student council is a huge honour, representing the school and working towards the betterment of the establishment is an opportunity like no other. Not only do I get to build my leadership skills but also sharpen my writing skills by being on the editorial team. The council teaches me the true spirit of teamwork and how even though we are all assigned to different roles we need each other to keep the machine running smoothly. We have the head girl and head boy to be leading the entire team, the two assigned this year are worth learning from. They have created plans that are a perfect blend of education and recreation. Events that are on the calendar this year give students a platform to showcase their talents and explore themselves as well.
Spectating the student spirit at Ekya from the front seats gives a different motivation to work harder and make the Ekya experience as wholesome as it can be. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, the teachers give us an insight into the hard work put into every activity that has been planned, giving me a newfound appreciation for the students and the teachers who have put in the effort and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s now my turn to help others have the best school year they possibly could have. Ekya is known for coming up with innovative new ways to add the tools in a student’s skill set, now that I am a part of the process, I can show the students and teachers that have helped me grow over the years that their efforts were worth it and I can help others have the same or even better growth and development at Ekya.

I look forward to spending the year in the student council and making the most of the time given to us! Even Though it’s an online school and we might not be physically present to make the atmosphere happy, we are going to virtually see the Ekya experience unravel in front of us.

By Dwiti Dhotrekar, Sub Editor Ekya ITPL

#TeacherBlogger: Tips on Study Routine / Time Management By Tejashree S, Senior and Middle School Science Teacher, Ekya JP Nagar

"Failing to prepare….you’re preparing to fail”

By making a study timetable, you will be preparing for success in your studies. Using a study timetable also enables you to visualize what you’ve got in your schedule for the day and across the week. Most importantly, preparing a study timetable will ensure that you don’t forget any upcoming exams or assessments. Doing well on an exam involves preparation, which means developing a schedule so that you can study material over time rather than the night before an exam. How can students put all those effective strategies together to develop a coherent study plan? Make a study schedule!A study plan is an effective way to help you navigate through your education, and hold you accountable for your own learning outcomes.

Planning a Better Study Schedule

Tip 1: Check your current schedule - Assess your current class schedule and how you currently spend your time.

When assessing your current schedule you should: 

  1. Determine how many hours a week you currently study 
  2. Evaluate how many hours a week you currently apply to entertainment (for example include sports and social commitments).
  3. Do some quick math to see what you could cut from your schedule. A lot of students tend to find they spend a lot of time on entertainment, you can start there (but still ensure to schedule in some downtime!).

Tip 2: Set your academic goal - Setting an academic goal will allow you to be accountable for every action you take throughout the semester. Importantly, this will draw your attention to the effort required to achieve the goal you set for yourself.

Tip 3: Plan a schedule of balanced activities such that enough and appropriate time has been allotted to every activity.

Tip 4: Plan enough time to study each subject depending on your priority list- Prepare a priority list based on how comfortable you are with the content in a particular subject. The content of the subject that you are not familiar with should be number 1 on your priority list.
Tip 5: Study at a set time and in a consistent place - Establishing habits of study is extremely important. Knowing what and when you are going to study saves a lot of time in making decisions and retracing your steps to get the necessary materials, etc.  Avoid generalizations in your schedule, such as "study chemistry" at certain regular hours. Instead, plan to "complete ten equations" or "read and take notes on chapter 6 for Chemistry." Treat your study time as you would a class: don’t miss it unless you’re sick, have a  family emergency, etc. It should be a permanent part of your daily routine. 
Tip 6: Study soon after your class - Time spent soon after a class, while it is still fresh in your mind, will help retain the content longer. By doing this, it will be easier to transfer memory from short-term to long-term.
Tip 7: Limit your study time to no more than 2 hours at a time - after 1-2 hours of study, you begin to tire easily and lose concentration. Taking a break and switching to another course will provide the change you require.
Tip 8: Trade time… Don’t steal it - When any unexpected event arises and clashes with the time you had allotted for studying, immediately decide where you can find time to study the same and put it on your schedule.
Tip 9: Make notes - write short phrases, annotations, etc. that help you remember the content with ease and recall faster.

By, Tejashree S, Senior and Middle School Science Teacher, Ekya JP Nagar

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