The Children's Ark Preparatory School, Philippines

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COSPLAY FOR A CAUSE

A date with movie/comics “characters” as The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held Cosplay For A Cause, a gala of our little cosplayers assembled for the benefit of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and the Social Development Center (SDC).

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a volunteer-based non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. The SDC on the other hand aims at protecting, rehabilitating and training the children, while facilitating their social preparation for future family reunification and community integration.

The SDC, however, is currently suffering from a critical lack of resources, mostly financial and technical. This public institution receives insufficient support to operate full services and meet the basic needs of the children.

Much as cosplay provided the kids a whole lot of fun in playing dress-up with cool characters, our pack of awesome cosplayers have joined together in extending a helping hand and more for the two institutions.

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Preschoolers from the LET’S DANCE Club performing the Let’s Do the Tiger

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Pretties in pink

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Stirring the audiences’ hearts with the Frozen medley.

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TCAPS’ answer to the British pop group One Direction: preschoolers bunny-hopping to the tune of “You Don’t Know You Are Beautiful.”

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Dazzling ladies at the stands

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A pack of goodies for the beloved companions.

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Teachers Liza and Kellie Grace doing the honors.

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TCAPS’ OUTBOUND TOUR: ZOOBIC SAFARI

TCAPS hits the road again!

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School started the last quarter with an educational tour around Zoobic Safari. The whole idea is to provide our kids with hands-on learning experience and a change of settings which can only be effective through field trips and educational expeditions. Some things are best learned out of the classroom. Today, information and knowledge are readily available via the superfast cyberspace. However, taking the kids out there is simply a whole lot different experience. This would literally be “to think outside the box.”

Besides, it is when they set off together in a particular journey that gives them the good opportunity to mingle with each other and have a break from the usual routine of classroom activities. Plus, travel and change of settings creates new vigor to the mind.

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We set out for the awesome woodlands of Zoobic Safari. A five-hectare tourist attraction located on Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. The menagerie boasts of diverse exotic animals hanging around their assumed natural habitat. The forest includes a wide range of terrain similarly found in the jungles: streams, grasslands and even caves and nests. The tour, with 11 attractions, takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete.

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Savannah. A haven for ostriches, potbellies, wild boars, and guinea fowls. The place — accessible to all vehicles —  is where playful ostriches roam free. They try to race with cars and even peck at the glass window. The sight of colorful birds and their distinct sounds delights visitors. More and more people turn to the relaxing sound birds make for their meditation, relaxation and sometimes therapy.

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Animals here in Zoobic Safari have become accustomed to the presence of human beings. They hang around comfortably amidst the many visitors. Kids have a grand time wandering about and interacting with deers, ostriches, albino carabao, monkeys, an eagle, miniature horses, bearcats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and many more.

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Animal MuZOOeum.  A rare collection of real stuffed animals, bone collections and preserved animal skin.

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Tiger Safari. A two-hectare enclosed area where we experienced the thrill of getting a close encounter with full grown tigers aboard a customized grill-protected Safari Jeep. There is fear and excitement as we get closer and feel the ferocity of this beasts with their long and sharp teeth. Perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.

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Aeta’s Trail. We took a glimpse of an interesting Native Aeta culture as they perform some of their traditional dances featuring butterfly and war dance; an exhibit of realistic Aeta village complete with their abodes and cooking areas. The show includes an amazing gymnastic ability of the dancers as they perform the Monkey Dance and catapult their way up a tall tree.

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Ocean Adventure. The first and only Open Water Marine Theme Park in Southeast Asia. It has become one of the premiere attractions in Subic Bay, Philippines. Ocean Adventure has a proven record of providing environmental awareness and education combined with wholesome entertainment. Ocean Adventure’s advocacy for environmental protection and its corporate social responsibility programs are second to none.

One of the attractions here is the Balancing Act. A short 15-minute show featuring Kenyan acrobats. We were delighted with their display of their dancing, tumbling and of course, balancing capabilities.

Simply amazing.

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Serpentarium. An old ammunition bunker converted into a menagerie where you will find a showcase of various species of reptiles (snakes, lizards and  turtles). Also included here are lizards, iguanas, monitor lizards, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures are available for viewing.

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Croco Loco.  A pit of over 200 crocodiles. We walked over the steel grated walkway while the predators snap their mouth below. The fun here is to feed these crocs buy purchasing a chicken and dangling it to these reptiles by means of a fishing rod. See how they jump for food!

At the Crocodile Café, one can view the quick-snappers from a water-level glass observation area..

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Field trips are essential part of school curriculum. They broaden children’s educational experience. Field trips enrich and expand the learning program, bolsters cognition skills by immersing kids into sensory activities, increase children’s knowledge in a particular subject area and expand children’s awareness of their own community.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School thinks of the excursion as a field study too, not only a field trip. It is a learning experience or experimental learning.


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PAGDIWANG NG BUWAN NG WIKA 2014 SA TCAPS

Mula sa Official Gazzette:

Ngayong Buwan ng Wika 2014, ibinabandera ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang halaga ng wikang Filipino bilang wikang nagbubuklod sa bansa. Filipino: Wika ng Pagkakaisa ang tema ng pagdiriwang ngayong taon na magtatampok ng mga gawaing pangwika at pangkultura na pangungunahan ng KWF sa buong bansa.

Muling ipinagdiwang ng Children’s Ark Preparatory School ang Buwan ng Wika noong nakaraang Agosto sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanghal ng tradisyonal at katutubong sayaw at awitin. Ang programa ay kinabibilangan ng aming mga munting mag-aaral. Ito ay upang sa murang pagiisip pa lamang ay mahimok na ang bawat isa sa pagkilala at pagmamahal sa Pambansang Wika.

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UNFOLDING OUR FUTURE ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide

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The Children’s Ark Preparatory School promotes creativity among our little angels. The school provides them the liberty to accomplish a set of activity they may call their own. It is important for kids to try out something new and to be aware of their potentials.

Here’s a peek at how our Grade 5 students take their tasks with creativity:

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TAPPING KIDS’ CREATIVE POTENTIALS

One can see angels in every piece of art. ~Terri Guillemets

A common impression among us is that art education is a luxury and it belongs to the affluent in society. This is no longer the case now. We take art as an academic- leisure. A fun-filled and creative activity that would serve as the building blocks of child development. It is important for children to learn to appreciate the visual aesthetics in their growing years.

Art projects at the Children's Ark Preparatory School

Art projects provides opportunity for kids to learn more about colors, shapes and the appropriate actions needed for creativity. The Children’s Ark Preparatory School aims to tap children’s inventiveness, resourcefulness and of course, talent.

Art projects at the Children's Ark Preparatory School

According to a survey by AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.

MaryAnn Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books about children’s art education states: “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom.”

Art projects at the Children's Ark Preparatory School

Another good thing about art projects is that this encourages children to express themselves and take adventures in the art field where they can develop a sense of innovation which is crucial in their future lives. Many studies have proven that there is a connection between art and people’s achievements in life.

Art projects at the Children's Ark Preparatory School

Chilren's Ark Preparatory School students show off their accomplishments

Chilren's Ark Preparatory School students show off their accomplishments

Children's Ark Preparatory School students working on their art projects

Children's Ark Preparatory School students working on their art projects

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School understands the values of inspiring children to develop a love for art and creativity. As they go along later in life, there will be many challenges which will require creative thinking.


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THE DOCTORS ARE IN: TCAPS MEDICAL AND DENTAL CHECK

Growth in kids accompanies lots of changes, some of which are so delicate even parents finds it hard to become aware of. TCAPS believes that regular medical and dental checks are important in identifying as early as possible some problems that might interfere with our student’s normal development. Our physical check-up aims to pinpoint and evaluate each child’s wellness and perhaps spot some health problems beforehand.

We would like to thank Dr. Lynmar Bacolor, our school Physician and Dr. Salvador Pecson, our school dentist for taking care of our health concerns.

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NUTRITION MONTH 2014: Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan

Based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FRNI) survey of 2011, malnutrition among Filipino kids is still widespread. It showed that two out of 10 children from 0 to 47 months old were born with low birth weight. The research verified that geographic location is a factor affecting children’s health. In the Philippines, the most number of malnourished children are those from Visayas and Mindanao.

The barangays — being the smallest unit of government –would do well in setting nutrition as a priority in their annual budget and by taking actions to create a well-informed citizenry.

For this reason, we have the National Nutrition Month which aims to disseminate nutrition related messages to all Filipinos. This year’s theme titled “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan,” is intent in promoting the following:

  • Interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters
  • Mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders
  • Increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School is committed in bolstering children’s knowledge and awareness of food and nutrition. This year, the school observed Nutrition Month with yet another fun-filled festivity.

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