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STAR AND JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS INVESTITURE

December 11 last year marked a special event for the Children’s Ark Preparatory School Star and Junior Girl Scouts. The Investiture commemorated the accomplishments of our Girl Scouts such as bridging to another level, earning awards, and receiving Girl Scout pin.

The program commenced with a moment of prayer to the Most Almighty with a doxology. Followed by the Entrance of Colors, the National Anthem, a welcome address and the recital of the Scout Oath — the code by which all the Scouts of the world live by.

The ceremonial Clothing of Neckerchief and pinning of Investiture pins was initiated with the help of parents and sponsors. The ultimate ritual which identifies the young ones as a member of the scouting movement; a person of character ready to serve others; the symbol of purpose and preparedness; and the strong reminder for these scouts to live in accordance with the ideals.

The ceremony — held at the Don Antonio Heights clubhouse — was graced by Ms. Maria Luz P. Buclatan, Girl Scout District Coordinator, Commonwealth Elementary School teacher and a renowned Yolanda survivor.

Ms. Buclatan presented the Girls with their recognitions for their deeds during the year.

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SCOUT INVESTITURE CEREMONY: BEGINNING OF A PURPOSEFUL SCOUTING

On November 17, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School held the Kab Scout and Boy Scout Investiture Ceremony at the DAHHA Covered Court in Quezon City. The swearing-in was attended by guests which include Senior Scouts Nick Bolima and Erwin Wenceslao and the Scouts’ Ninongs and Ninangs.

The investiture ceremony is that moment when the Scouts, thru the Scout Promise, annunciates their pledge and loyalty to the Scout Law. At the ceremony, the Scout makes the Promise to the Scouts and Scouters of their troop and to all the Scouts of the world. After which, they are now to be called Scouts.

The investiture is the onset of that time when young people starts to discover the world and forge their own self-hood by which Scouting is so purposely inclined.

The ceremony was followed by a Day Camp at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center where the traditional campfire and candle-lighting rites are held for this special setting.

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The value of Scouting is that it focuses on ethics and values; service to the community; and development of practical and leadership skills of young people. It’s also about cooperation and skill development. And fun too!

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For so many years, Scouting has lived through the changes of society. In this age of digitization when young people are so hooked up on technologies, Scouting continues to be the proponent of outdoor interests. Bob Confer on The Significance of Scouting says it all:

The Scouting program is just as important now as it was nearly a century ago. It could even be argued that it might have greater significance today. It’s the perfect outlet for today’s youth and it can help them overcome some of the obstacles in their paths. There’s a lot missing in their lives: Their outdoor pursuits have taken a back seat to new-fangled electronics, they don’t share the same bond with their real-world communities that they do with their trivial Internet communities, their schools have totally lost sight of civic education, and they struggle to find continuity in broken homes which, sadly, have become the norm.

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Camping will always be part of Scouting. It is both an enjoyable and a learning experience rolled into one. Here, our Scouts are also learning other important life essentials such as proper hygiene, self discipline and responsibility.

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With camping, comes the candle-lighting and the campfire. Our Scouts have enjoyed the camaraderie and the fun of being able to create a good fire.

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In the Philippines today, not as many boys are interested in Scouting and fewer parents are enrolling their kids to the program. The decline may be attributed to the changing times when there are more options for kids and busier schedules for both children and their parents. Even so, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School places a very high value on Scouting as a tool for community involvement.


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LAST STOP: BIORESEARCH’S LOST EDEN EDUCATIONAL PARK

The final stage of the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s outbound tour is a visit at the BIORESEARCH’s Lost Eden Educational Park — a four-hectare sanctuary where species of birds, bugs, insects, variety of fishes and all sorts of plants and vegetations can be found.

Located right at the heart of the bustling Metro Manila, the place is a haven for ecologist and nature-lovers. It holds a total of more than two million creatures and thousands of plant life.

TCAPS students enjoyed touring around the park while learning from the lectures delivered by BioResearch tour guides. The place may appear like a plain veterinary clinic from the outside, but once you step in, it’s a totally different scenery. BioResearch’s Lost Eden is not just a place for fun with the flora and fauna, but a place for research and studies as well.

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BioResearch started as a pet shop four decades ago. Today it is equipped with the right facilities and resources needed to shelter endangered animals. For that reason, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has designated the park as a Wildlife Rescue Center.

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BioResearch’s personnel gave us a pre-tour briefing on facts about the plants and animals on display before we take pleasure viewing lines of aquariums, a pool of turtles and reptiles, birds, and a greenhouse. At the center of the park is a market of various herbs and other greenery from around the Philippines.

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Facilities at the Lost Eden includes a lengthy aquarium strip of various freshwater ornamental fishes from all over the world; a periculture learning space at the honey bee gallery; a Butterfly Farm; a Koi Pavilion; Dog and Cat Mansion; the Central Park; the Rainbow Tree House which is said to have been built around a 200 year-old tamarind tree; the Bird Mansion and; the Turtle World.

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The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes that for students to acquire optimum knowledge, they sometimes have to step out of the boundaries of the the four corners of a classroom and learn from a wide range of experience and activities that go above and beyond what they usually encounter.

This years outbound tour, which took place in fun and safe environments have broaden our students’ horizons; provided a variety of new learning opportunities; improve their team-building skills and; and refreshed their sense of camaraderie.

These things are not always accessible on a day-to-day basis. The tour has undoubtedly rejuvenated their sense of confidence and self-awareness and encouraged them to go for more new experiences!


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KIDZANIA, MANILA: THE LAND OF COOL KIDS

Immediately following our trip from the MMDA’s Children’s Road Safety Park, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School, as part of its outbound tour, cruised down for an adventure at Kidzania, Manila, also referred to as The Land of Cool Kids — an interactive environment built especially for kids to delve, travel and learn about the world of grown-ups in a scaled-down community.

A miniature district which provides a dynamic way to orient kids in performing real-life reality-based characters such as firefighters, aviators, cooks and bakers, medical team, entertainers and so much more. They get to have hands-on experience on different trades and they do it practically in lifelike conditions.

The indoor play city was made in cooperation with some of the country’s leading industry partners (Cebu Pacific, BPI, LBC Express, St. Lukes Medical Center and so on) which provide the technical facilities and know-how for every department.

Enter Kidzania, Manila.

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For the adventurous type, a chance to rappell a number of urban structures.

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Here at Kidzania, everyone is received with a warm”Kai!” The KidZanian greeting for “hello”. Say Kai to everyone you meet. A few local expressions includes “Zaz” which is their version of wow; “zanks” for thank you; “Z-U” for bye!

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What could be the biggest hit for the kids is Kidzania’s FIRE DEPARTMENT:

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Kidzania’s Fire Department allows these little ones a fun and learning experience as to fire safety and gets them into action during emergencies. A fire engine can haul up to 8 “firefighters” and brings them into exhilarating activity for about half an hour.

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A hospital — sponsored by St. Luke’s Medical Center — consists of a Baby Care Center, an Emergency Room and an Operating Room where children learn the basics of performing an organ transplant and being part of a paramedic team, where they get to respond to emergency calls and employ first aid anywhere within the city.

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At the Construction Company of Kidzania, some chose to be constrution workers and learn to build houses, buildings and other structures out of bricks and mortar.

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The RightZKeepers’ House designed specifically for toddlers. A pretty cramped spot where each child is allowed to play for only a very short time.

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At the Goldilocks Bake Shop, children create their own tempting pastry capped with icing and sprinkles! Awesome creativity for cakes here.

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Another popular role-play at Kidzania is being a member of the LBC team. They lined up and take turns to slipped into the familiar LBC gown.

A note from the courier company: The LBC KidZania branch teaches kids the value of efficiency, the benchmark of a trusted leader in the industry, in the simplest way possible, but also the intangible but no less important concepts of respect for other’s property, valuing hard work, friendliness and customer service.

Kids pick-up and deliver packages across Kidzania. A great way to teach them how to value, handle, and store goods.

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The StarMusic Recording studio, the place for rockstar kids.

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Showtime at the ABS-CBN TV Studio.

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Native handmade crafts at the Kidzania tiangge.

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The Cebu Pacific flight training plane appears very much like a real airplane with all its details. Our students received professional training on aviation and cabin crew service.

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The BPI Bank of Kidzania. A newly opened establishment that accustoms kids to the banking world of deposit and withdrawals, as well as how to detect fake bills.

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Kidzania Manila, in essence, allows children to grab a hold of a genuine society they are living in. An awe-inspiring learning experience of taking the driver’s seat in controlling the basic services of everybody’s lives.


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CREATING RESPONSIBLE PEDESTRIANS AT THE CHILDREN’S ROAD SAFETY PARK

Our outbound tour included a visit at the Children’s Road Safety Park in Manila. What was once a playground called “Paraiso ng Batang Maynila,” the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority converted the place into a learning ground for children’s road traffic safety. The “miniature city” has a simulated urban traffic environment which aims to educate kids as to basic road safety, awareness on rules and regulations, potential dangers on the streets, and broad understanding and familiarization of traffic signs.

In the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, traffic related accidents involving children have become a very serious problem. In most of these road accidents, there are more chances of children being at fault rather than the motorist. It is a primary concern for the Children’s Ark Preparatory School to ensure our students become responsible pedestrians as well as responsible passengers and practice street smartness.

The Children’s Road Safety Park presents models of traffic-related structures, such as bike paths, road traffic sign, steel footbridge, sidewalks with curb and drainage system. The 4,600 sq. m. park also has scaled-down building structures, such as a school, office, waiting shed, gasoline station, hospital, fast food, comfort room and landscaping development.

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The Children’s Road Safety Park is an excellent ground for children to gain traffic rules and road safety awareness in a safe and secured environment. You can visit the MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park located at Adriatico Street cor. Quirino Avenue, Manila City.


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TCAPS OUTBOUND TOUR: AGUINALDO SHRINE

On September 24, our students have piled into service buses to visit a number educational institutions which includes a historical site, science lab, and a couple of learning and entertainment parks. The aim is to bring the children out of their routines and provide the opportunity for meaningful and exciting educational experiences. A hands-on learning that would increase their motivation for learning.

Our outbound tour resulted in the kids’ greater appreciation, respect, and awareness for the institutions that was visited. The trip have imparted better understandings and introduced interest and care for social and civic subjects.

Our first stop was the Aguinaldo Shrine — the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the the Philippine Republic. The house is where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898.

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Today, the establishment serves as a museum that keeps our country’s glorious past alive. The place is well-visited especially by students. The Aguinaldo Shrine takes back visitors to the turn of the century era when Katipuneros struggled for our freedom and independence from Spain. General Emilio Aguinaldo and a lot of Filipino heroes laid their lives and properties in the name of liberty. The Aguinaldo Shrine is one of the many outfits that will remind our youth to look back and appreciate the sacrifices that our forefathers have done for us.

A Historical Marker was installed at the Shrine on June 12, 1998, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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On February 6, 1964, General Emilio Aguinaldo died at the age of 94 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Quezon City. June 18 on that year, the government — through Republic Act of 4039 signed by President Diosdado Macapagal — declared the house as a National Shrine.

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The Aguinaldo House is divided into three sections – the main house on the west side, family wing on the east, and the mid-section where a five-story tower with a spire at the very top is situated.

The ground floor is where the museum of Aguinaldo’s memorabilia and other historical artifacts is set. A hologram depicting some scenes from the June 12, 1898 occasion welcomes visitors.

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The house is mostly made of precious Philippine hardwoods — materials which are rarely used today if not prohibited by the government. The furniture, pillars and doorways, are outlined in florid decorations.

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The Grand Hall is where Aguinaldo and his men usually held their meetings or private gatherings. The room is witness to so many significant state decisions and resolutions. It opens to the “historic window” where the first Philippine flag was waved at the Declaration of Independence.

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Hovering over the dining room is a Relief map of the Philippines.

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The well-polished bedrooms of the Aguinaldo daughters Cristina, Maria and Carmen. Fully furnished in the fashion of turn-of-the-century Europe.

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A giant flag pole from Luneta rules the lawn at the Aguinaldo shrine. They say the size of the brass on top of it is equal to the size of a basketball.

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The Aguinaldo Shrine tops our lists of destination for this educational tour. This is for our students to know our country and rich history better. The foremost reason why we are where we are right now.


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PARENTING TALK: RAISING CHILDREN OF CHAMPIONS

Miss Ellen Rojo is a Psychology graduate with a master’s degree in Divinity — an academic degree in religion or pastoral profession. We had the good opportunity of having her brainstorm us more on raising children apace with God. You see, most people in today’s world seldom recognize the principles of God as the force that will lead to a stable and joyous upbringing.

Raising kids is one of the most laborious and toughest task in our lives. Although it is the most valuable and most gratifying activity, we refer to it as “the hardest job in the world.” There are good times, of course, as there are trying times. But none is more rewarding and fulfilling than seeing our children go through life in God’s way.

All we want is to be perfect mothers and fathers. We try to do everything to balance work and home life and when things don’t work, we feel like failures. We try to keep them from troubles, at the same time allow them to experience pain so they’ll be able to handle pain when we are no longer around. Parenthood is both wondrous and tough at the same time.

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Miss Rojo’s talks hinge on teaching children God’s way of life during their childhood in order to have foundation to which they can best rely later on. She catechize the need for parents to instill into their children that God’s way works for us. Or in her words, Producing champion children is a partnership work with God.

Paramount to parenting is to raise children seeing God through their parents’ eyes. A young mind’s perception of God is first and foremost developed through their parents’ example. Even though we understand that not all children brought up in the Church will be bred in God’s image, it is recognizable that efforts are not really wasted.

Miss Rojo expounded more on the Simple steps to start a relationship with God:

  • God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your child
  • Problem: we are separated from God.
  • God’s solution: Jesus
  • We must individually accept Jesus

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Raising kids may be a great challenge. But some champion parents know a few secrets to make things easier. Miss Rojo for example, shared this unbeaten tip she called T.R.A.I.N:

T – trust their DIVINE design

R – respect their needs

A – acknowledge they are individually unique

I – instruct and guide them

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The Children’s Ark Preparatory School understands the thought that there is no greater legacy parents can bequest their children than to have the fullness of blessings that come from bowing to the will of God.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them — Psalm 127: 3–5

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