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Ekya / August 09, 2021 Posted by : administrator

To be honest, I joined Ekya School, Byrathi with a lot of apprehension for the IGCSE program because of leaving my old friends, and here the class size was small so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make new friends, etc. However, to my surprise, I’m having a lot of fun in this school right now. I enjoy all the classes and the virtual company of my friends. I couldn’t have asked for more

It’s been nearly six weeks since I started my journey in Ekya but it feels like it has only been a few days. We have the best teachers in our school. All the teachers are well trained and friendly. They guide us in the best possible way. They teach a topic and then give actual life examples or do activities to implement it in practical life scenarios. They are available all the time and guide us through one on one interactions even after school hours. Usually, Principals are strict; however, our School Principal is very friendly and caring. She keeps visiting our classes frequently to ensure we’re doing good. She also gives us college and career guidance. 

Our school uses an excellent learning platform called Schoology. This resource consists of many features: an online library, discussion forums, easy access for the parents, daily school announcements, updates, and many more. It is also very easy to use. Even though I did not make many friends, I was able to make five friends. They help me with school work like home assignments, notes, and more. In only a few days, I got comfortable around them because of their kindness and friendliness. 

This school offers IGCSE and ICSE board curriculum. I’m in 9th Grade and I opted for the IGCSE curriculum. Frankly, it’s by far the most interesting and challenging curriculum. It has elaborate explanations for every topic, which makes it a very effective way of learning. This curriculum focuses on skill development which should help with getting placed in good colleges and helps us create a bright and better future for ourselves. Despite the pandemic and lockdowns, Ekya has offered us many co-curricular activities, and it hasn’t even been half a year. There are clubs, competitions, poetry/story writing, and much more. I’ve tried participating in as many as I could, and I am having a lot of fun. 

I have enjoyed every bit of time I spent with this school so far and I’m sure that I’ll continue to do so.

By, Neha Suresh, Grade 9 IGCSE, Ekya School, Byrathi

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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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#LeadershipBlogger: Importance of Listening – By, Ms. Shiza Khan, Primary Academic Coordinator EITPL

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.”

Think about the great listeners in your life and what makes them so strong at this often-overlooked skill. There is a distinct difference between listening versus hearing. When someone is telling you a story, are you listening? Or are you hearing? Are you absorbing what they have to say? Or waiting for your chance to respond?

To be successful in all walks of life, become a strong communicator and listener. Exceptional communication and listening skills are qualities that are in good leaders across the board.

If you want to make your presence felt, gone are the days of being a fly on the wall. To practice bettering your verbal communication and confidence, give yourself that extra push to raise your hand and share what you have to say during online/offline meetings. It might feel onerous at first, but it will pay off in the long run.

If you want to challenge yourself to become a better listener, form the habit of listening more intently in your everyday life.

In each conversation you have going forward, make an effort to listen not just to respond but absorb what the other person says. Take an extra couple of seconds to respond, process, and ask meaningful questions.

This habit will help you become someone that other people feel that they can trust deeply, which of course, is an essential quality of a great leader, and let others be in your august company.

“Spend at least 20 minutes daily with your parents/children: speak for five minutes and listen for 15 minutes. See what happens!”

By, Ms. Shiza Khan, Primary Academic Coordinator EITPL

#StudentBlogger: Made with a Warm Heart – By, June Ghosh, Grade 11, Ekya ITPL


Of all the people I know, you’re the rain to my bow
May sound cliche, but it’s true, what else can I say?
You make me beam, chuckle, and weep
But without you, this life won’t be complete
“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul”, as they say, but I disagree Because it’s your sweet soul that refreshes our friendship, that, I can guarantee Sometimes we agree, sometimes we oppose
But at the end of the day, you’re my muse
So here was an ode to you, my friend, I hope you weren’t bored Because this was made with a smile and a warm heart, and you are the reason behind that mark

By, June Ghosh, Grade 11, Ekya ITPL

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