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Ekya / March 02, 2023 Posted by : administrator

What is better than giving a reality to the childhood rhyme ‘Old McDonald had a farm’ and making children feel and feed the farm animals?

What is better than touching our roots most skillfully?

The students of Ekya ITPL put these selves in the farmer’s shoes and encountered the natural world around them.
Students gained empathy towards the animals by petting and adoring them on their laps and shoulders. They also learned how to feed them with pure love. They know about various fishes and how eagerly the fish fry( a stage when they start feeding themselves) has their food. They understood how a fry grows to a fingerling.
They investigated caterpillars and learned how compost can boost the soil nutrient and how a seed can be planted into a plant.
Indeed, it was remarkable to see the little children’s enthusiasm and how they meticulously observed every detail.

Sheba Lal Bhatia
Ekya ITPL, Grade 3 Teacher

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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: Outbound Trip to Hampi By Siri Sharma, Grade 7B, Ekya School, JP Nagar

Introduction to Hampi: 

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cultural and architectural heritage site built over 200 years ago. Hampi is known for its sprawling landscape of massive formations of rocks and boulders. Though the city is mostly in ruins, it is still beautiful. How Hampi has evolved is astonishing to watch, and we have a chance to visit it.

Departure: At 9:30 PM, 26th December, Monday, 2022, All the students participating in this trip were reported at Ekya School BTM Campus. All the students from all five campuses were divided into two buses. After sorting, We left for Hampi from Bengaluru around 10:00 PM after saying goodbye to our parents. We were excited and didn't get that much sleep initially, so we decided to listen and sing songs! It lasted only a few minutes because it was past all our bedtimes, so we started dozing off.

The Trip (Day 1): We reached Hampi at around 4:30 AM, but the hotel was in a famous village-like city in Hampi known as Hospet. By the time we got to the hotel, it was already 5:AM. We were all set up in contemporary rooms to freshen up for the day and put in permanent rooms the following night. We had about 3 hours to freshen up before exploring this historical city!  The hotel we stayed at was known as "Krishna Palace". It was quite a popular 3.5-star hotel in Hampi, but it was beautiful, especially the glass elevators!

After freshening up, we went down to the lobby for breakfast! We had the classic Idli Sambar and Vada (SOOOO GOOOOD). After our sumptuous breakfast, we set off to tour Hampi! Once we got on the bus, A local guide from Hampi explained the day's itinerary and the speciality of the monument of the great heritage and historical site, Hampi. We learned that over 1,600 monuments had been discovered in Hampi, but there are still billions of things that we have yet to find out about this Ancient Place that once belonged to one of the most significant kingdoms in history. Once we reached our destination, we got off the bus to see the most beautiful and enormous sculptures we had ever seen! Well, for me, at least. It was a sculpture of Lord Narsimha, and it was made out of just one single stone!

This is known as "Badavalinga". It is famous for being the second biggest Linga in Southern India! Our tour guide also explained how strong most of the architecture was….

Theorangy type of bricks you see on the top have lasted from the reign of the great king "Krishna Deva Raya" way back to the Vijayanagara Kingdom! After that, we went up this hill, and even though it looked small, it showed us great views! Here we took many photos, and the guide explained more about Hampi.

From then on, we went to a vast and famous temple known as the "Virupaksha Temple." Here we saw and prayed to many gods, and most importantly, we saw "The Pinhole Camera" Somewhere towards the back of the temple is a tiny hole in the wall which serves as a pinhole and reflects an inverted image of the gopuram on the inside wall. There is not much light inside this tiny room-like space, so it is visible quite clearly as the only bright light coming in is from that little hole.


After all those views, we were tired, but there was more to see! So, after a short break, we stopped at a local condiments shop when all of the students thought the fantastic view of Hampi was over; there was more! Next, we went to a famous temple known as "Vittala Temple", which we all thought was just another average temple, but we were wrong! This temple was famous for the great "Stone Chariot ". One of Hampi's major attractions!

Here we learned about the "Music Pillars" when you tap them; it makes a distinct sound. When mixed sounds like beats and music! We stayed here and rested briefly to see the views; it was time to return to the hotel for lunch! But we had to walk from Vittala Temple to the bus stop, which felt like hours in the hot sun but was just 10 minutes. But it was worth it seeing and meeting the local people! After a scrumptious lunch, we rested because next up was…. A SCAVENGER HUNT. We went to this Place known as "Queens Bath "which soo big and spacious! Our guide told us that this was where King Krishnadeva Raya held big ceremonies and festival celebrations. And the site had many secrets we didn't know, but the guide did, so we were put into groups and scavenger hunts to find them!

This is the Queens Bath

Here we discovered so many astonishing secrets like the underground shelter and elephant entrance, and there were soo many exceptional carvings of different images all around the Place, which we had to find, with hidden gates too! How cool is that?


These are the carvings! The beautiful view.

Elephant entrance The area of the queen's bath was a wonderful and wide open space! We were all exhausted after taking all those photos and discovering secrets, so when we returned to the hotel on the bus, we were treated to sweet snacks! When we returned to the hotel, we had a fantastic dinner and an early night's sleep, so we had loads of energy for the next day!

Day 2: On the second day, we all woke up around 5:30 or 6:00 AM, got ready, and ate breakfast. The mornings in Hampi were so peaceful. After breakfast, we got our daily essentials and set out on our buses. The first thing on the agenda was to visit the birthplace of "Lord Hanuman", Anjanadri Hills; once we reached the site place, the guide told us it would be boiling, and we would get tired along the way as we had to climb up a tremendous amount of stairs. So, we got our water bottles filled, and we were off towards the hike! We had to climb 420 steps to get to the viewpoint! Sounds easy, but it was not; since the stairs were naturally made by weathering out of stones, each stone was a different size, which made it more challenging. But after a lot of hard work and many small stops in the middle, we finally made it to the viewpoint! And, oh, it was worth it. After that, we climbed the stairs, which was much more manageable! Once we returned to the shelter, It was time for the tractor ride! This was so exciting! There were five tractors which took each of the schools for lunch! But not any lunch….. Hampi Traditional Food!!!  The tractor was terrific! It was a wide-open car that allowed us to feel the fresh breeze and relax while enjoying the sight of Hampi. During the tractor ride, we saw the famous "Tungabhadra River"! The rays of the sun hitting the crystal clear fresh water, plus the reflection of the sky? At this point, everyone was in awe; who wouldn't be? On the bank of the Tungabhadra river was where half of King Krishnadeva Raya's palace was located! Once we reached the campsite, we all ate the scrumptious traditional food of Hampi! After lunch, we went to this beautiful Place where the local women made handicraftsoutof raw banana leaves! It was a calm environment, and we learnt how to make many different types of crafts. After an hour, we were surprised with a Ramayana Play and a Magic show! Many local actors put on costumes; there was music and action! There was also a man who had bought many props and did a magic show which put us in awe~It was fantastic, and we all enjoyed it! And the guide had told us that the area where the play was going on was where RamaPlaceed Valiover a billion centuries ago!

Arrival: It was time to return after our wonderful trip to Hampi. We returned to the hotel, freshened up, packed our bags and set off to Bangalore at 8:00 PM. We reached Bangalore at 4:30 AM. Our parents arrived to pick us up, and we all returned home!

My Thoughts: The trip was AMAZING AND WONDERFUL! I have no words! Hampi is a beautiful place with loads of history that we are still yet to discover! It shows us the magnificenceofolden times, leaving my classmates and friends in complete awe as it did to me! Seriously, You should visit Hampi. I am grateful to Ekya School JP Nagar for allowing me to see it with my close friends, classmates and teachers! Thank You!

- Siri Sharma 7B EJPN

A Look At Ekya Schools’ Green Infrastructure Designs: Facilitating Learning & Student Engagement

“Is your child reluctant to wake up for school in the morning?” “Is he/she disinterested in attending classes?” “Do you wonder why?”

It is widely understood that a child's learning curve can be greatly influenced by their curriculum, pedagogy and the personalities of educators. However, it could also be argued that issues in the school environment may contribute to a lack of interest. A child spends/Children spend around 4-6 hours of his/their day at school - effectively making it their ‘home away from home’. Child development researchers have highlighted the importance of school infrastructure for student engagement, learning and overall health, both physical and mental. The results of a 2017 National Achievement Survey for grades III, V and VIII indicated that there may be an association between poor school infrastructure and low motivation when it comes to learning. Studies showed that students attending schools with lower standards had an inclination towards lower academic performance than those who had access to stimulating classrooms and facilities. Ultimately, it is clear that appropriate school infrastructure plays an important role in enabling students to grow holistically.

How Ekya Schools Uniquely Designed Campuses Ensure Student Well-being?

  • Sprawling Campuses
Ekya Schools has five forward-thinking campuses, designed to be energy-efficient and technology-driven, spread across the vibrant city of Bangalore. The student-centric campuses are designed by some of the leading architects in the country, they are visual masterpieces that provide a healthy atmosphere for the students. ITPL Branch at Chinnapanahalli Main Road has been meticulously crafted with smart spaces to ensure the physical and mental health of children. Mr. Sanjay Mohe, an award-winning architect with national acclaim, designed BTM Layout on NS Palya Main Road to nurture student well-being. Byrathi Campus on Hennur-Bagalur Road boasts state-of-the-art infrastructures and facilities tactfully built for optimum student welfare. Finally, NICE Road's Mylasandra Campus stands out among the rest, spread across two-and-a-half acres with accommodations for approximately 1500 students. The unique elements in our campus design include:
  • Spacious, , well-ventilated, and strategically built classrooms
  • Smart boards and technical tools for digital learning
  • Child-friendly furniture & panoramic windows throughout the building
  • Large amphitheatres, auditoriums, conference rooms, and meeting rooms to accommodate a varying number of visitors
  • Open spaces that allow free movement of students
  • Outdoor areas with lush greenery, sand pit, and beautiful decorations
  • Playground and indoor courts for a wide range of sports activities
  • Temperature-controlled, all-weather swimming pools
  • Well-stocked, spacious, fully furnished and child-friendly areas dedicated to specific activities (e.g. scientific experimentation, digital design, reading & creative writing, school assemblies, performing & visual arts, sports, cultural performances, etc.)
  • Resource rooms, staff rooms, placement & counselling rooms, etc.
  • Green Spaces
Child wellbeing experts recommend making close connections with nature because exposure to greenery and natural elements stimulates a child's five senses. It encourages them to think, experience, and act on self-formulated ideas. Considering the physical and mental well-being of students, we have incorporated sufficient green areas with oxygen-producing plants around our buildings where they can take a walk, indulge in their free play, or carry on with their musings.
  • Adequate Light & Ventilation
Proper sunlight and fresh air circulation inside a building can help maintain good health by reducing stress and preventing the spread of germs. Large glass windows & well-placed air ducts inside classrooms ensure the physical and mental wellness of children. They keep germs away and allow the entry of fresh air with natural light inside. They help maintain an optimal room temperature and offer breathtaking views of the outdoors.
  • Stimulating Learning Spaces
Colours and aesthetic elements shape children’s psychology and affect their wellness. Our aesthetically pleasing buildings are decorated with warm, toxin-free hues, comfy furniture, and visual elements that make coming to school an engaging experience for students, teachers, and visitors. Students across various grades (early years, elementary school, middle school, and senior school) have special studios dedicated to specific activities. They are stocked with the latest, age-appropriate learning materials and technology to facilitate hands-on, experiential learning. In addition to this, our campuses have separate entrances for small students. They include facilities for specially-abled students. The safety provisions include infirmaries, CCTV monitoring rooms, manned entries, and access-controlled lift areas. Moreover, our colourful corridors are dotted with smart classrooms (furnished with large pin-up boards and technical tools) to enhance the efficiency of the teaching-learning process. 
  • Award-winning Pedagogies Connecting Conceptual Knowledge With The Real World
Educators at Ekya are trained to blend the infrastructural elements, tools, technologies and facilities with classroom lessons. It engages all students and gives them a chance to interact with their environment. We implement a personalised, in-house curriculum supported by research-based, award-winning pedagogies to ensure that children can live their lessons by applying their knowledge in real-life contexts. Our lessons appropriately balance online and offline activities so that learners experience the best of both worlds. Searching for the best preschool in Bangalore that focuses on academic well-being as well as holistic development? Visit Ekya Schools, one of the best Montessori and kindergarten schools in Bangalore, to discuss future growth opportunities for your little ones!

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