Vayu played their first match on 11th July 2023 with Jal. The game commenced with a jump ball, as Vayu got it in hand and made their first basket by Chaitanya Arun of Class 8-C. Until the first 7 minutes, Jal couldn’t touch the board due to the solid defence of Vayu, as they converted every ball that reached their court to the basket and kept Jal down. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 4-0.
The 2nd quarter started with Sejal Maheshwari of class 8-B making the first shot for Jal, but within a few minutes, Vayu was back in the position and scored another 2-pointer. The referee made regular time-outs and substitutions, Mr Srikant. The players of Jal needed to be adequately backed up as there were many poor passes, and they could not convert easy shots. The second quarter they have ended with the score reading 6-2.
In the third quarter, they started with Jal scoring three baskets and Vayu hitting the two-digit mark by finishing the quarter 10-6. The fast-paced match kept the audience on their toes, with baskets scored every two minutes.
The fourth quarter saw Vayu taking the defensive note while Jal took the offensive. This quarter, they witnessed Jal’s substitution and free throws, which they failed to convert into much-needed points.
The game ended with the score being 14-6 and a triumphant shout as Chaitanya walked out. Vayu successfully staggered Jal by a conveyable 8-point difference.
Aanavi Sengupta , Grade 8A
Ekya School, ITPL
This trip was a very educational and joyful trip that has helped me improve my skills, attitude and outlook across several dimensions. I want to thank the Head of the School for initiating this trip and the other teachers for assisting me throughout the journey.
Smarani H, Grade 6 Ekya School, NICE Road
What comes to your mind when you see/hear the word “ Reflection”? “Mirror” and “myself” ; these are the words that come to my mind. I can see my Reflection in the mirror and can talk to myself. I can pose questions to myself and explore answers. I get a reality check when I see myself and introspect. But “Reflection” is possible without a mirror. It is a process through which one goes inwards to think deeply about an experience. The mirror here is your own inner self.
Ekya builds “reflection” as a skill and a process into its curricular and cocurricular activities. Starting from “ What went well in today’s class” to “ What could be done better next time?”, Reflection is an integral part of Ekya’s ethos.
The “pick and speak” competition conducted for grades 3 & 4 on 06th July saw students participate with utmost enthusiasm. The enthusiasm was not restricted to participation alone ; it skyrocketed during the reflection process.
After the competition, students were asked to reflect upon their experiences on the following lines
“What will I do differently next time?”
The 9 and 10 year olds reflected deeply and came up with the following pointers
What went well for me? (few student responses to this question are listed below)
“The topic was very familiar.”
“I was able to rehearse well during the preparation time.”
“I did not forget my lines.”
“I had sufficient preparation time.”
What do you think I should do differently next time? (few student responses to this question are listed below)
“I will write faster during the preparation time.”
“I will write short keywords to convey my idea during preparation.”
“I will practice at home in front of the mirror.”
“I will not be nervous.”
During this reflective process, our 3rd and 4th graders showed a lot of courage and deep thinking that could lead to better performance next time. This is a life skill that helps one grow from where one is to where one’s potential lies.
“Reflection… Looking back so the view looking forward is clearer.” said, someone. I couldn't agree more with this.
By Mathangi Rajaesakaran Head of School Ekya School, NICE Road.