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Ekya / May 31, 2019 Posted by : administrator
– Urja Srivastava, Grade 9, Ekya School JP Nagar
“The summer of 2019 was an incredible one for me. I attended this wonderful summer camp called Verbattle Summer Experience. It was all about being a good public orator while also molding our personalities with discipline, punctuality, and cooperation. It was a two-week course filled with activities of various sorts; from student elections to making travel packages; from dramas to debates, all these diverse activities were aimed at improving our communication skills.
The first week was all about improving our loudness, clarity, confidence and body language. We were also taught that to be a good leader and to grab everyone’s attention, one needs to be a good team player and listener, have an open mind and hear everyone out.

Day one was about the basics of English pronunciation and getting to know the language better. The following days of the week were a journey- one that instilled confidence, clarity, and attention to detail through different activities. My personal favorite was the student elections. In the election season what better way to understand how democracy works than to have an election of our own? But guess what- this was an election with a twist where everyone was eligible to contest in the elections and was allowed to vote for two different people.

Another really interesting thing about the camp itself was that the groups were changed almost every day- this helped me connect better with every member of the camp and make many new friends. Week two started off with a Shark Tank type activity where each group had to come up with a business idea and advertise it to everyone else to attract maximum investors. Each of us also had one lakh rupees as the basic money to invest in others’ or our own company.

We also got to plan our vacations and had to come up with a travel package for the city assigned to us. To get customers to opt for our plan, we had to convince people through marketing strategies. Our group was successful in having maximum students coming to the ‘City Of Lights- Paris’.

The last few days of the camp were spent debating on a myriad of topics, from pondering upon whether ‘water will be an existent resource a hundred years hence’ to discussing about ‘reading newspapers being a waste of time’; from deciding if ‘music should be a compulsory subject in school’ to convincing the listeners that ‘blue is a pleasant color.’

The finale included teams enthusiastically debating on eclectic topics in front of an appreciative audience of parents. This put a smile on their faces, for, after all, they knew that what they were seeing was a result of two weeks of learnings, improvement, and fun!”

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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.

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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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Summer Story of Tanav Shethia, Grade 4, Ekya School JP Nagar – American Wonders

Tanav Shethia our grade 4 student from Ekya School JP Nagar had been to the USA for a vacation this summer. With whole lot sightseeing during the tour, he has a story to say. Read in this blog Tanav's experience in the USA. Zoom, I fly to America with my parents. It was a nice journey to the city of Buffalo in New York, also known as the Empire state. Buffalo is home to the great Niagara Falls. We stayed at the hotel, Sheraton Niagara Falls where we met our group and guide. It was a group of friendly and fun people. The same night after dinner we went to see Niagara Falls and it was very beautiful. Following day we went for the cave of the winds, it is the place where the Niagara Falls hit the ground and seeing the Niagara Falls from the bottom was great. After lunch, we went to a shopping mall and then we went back to the hotel. The next day we left for Washington DC (District of Columbia). It is the capital of the United States of America (USA). It is a union territory between the states of Virginia and Maryland. It is home to many monuments, historic buildings, government offices, and the famous White House. As we reached there we went to our hotel and relaxed. The next day on our city tour we saw the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Whitehouse, Capitol Hill, natural history museum, and air and space museum. Our next stop was in New York City. On our way, we went to Hershey's chocolate world where we saw how they make Hershey's chocolate and we also bought some chocolate. In New York, we went for our city tour and visited the New York stock exchange, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the Big Bull. The next day we took a ferry to the Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty stood. The statue of liberty was amazing and magnificent. The Statue of Liberty is a universal symbol of freedom gifted to the United States from France. I also learned that the statue is an Emblem of friendship between people of France and the United States. Then after lunch, we went to see the one world observatory from the 102nd, 101st and 100th floor. We then went to Orlando the home to the Walt Disney World. The Walt Disney World consists of 5 theme parks they are the Epcot Centre (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom blizzard beach, Hollywood studio. Orlando also consists of the Kennedy Space Centre that is the visitor Complex of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). We rested for a day and on the second day, we went to Epcot Centre. In the Epcot Centre, I went for rides like Spaceship Earth, Soarin, Mission Space, test track. The next day we went to Kennedy Space Centre where we saw a movie on NASA, went for a bus tour of NASA and went for spaceship stimulator ride. Last day of our trip we went to the Magic Kingdom where I went for rides like Winnie-the-Pooh, Magic Carpet of Aladdin, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. and watched shows like enchanted Tiki room and Monsters Inc on the laugh floor. We took our flight from Orlando to Bangalore. I enjoyed my American holiday.
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