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ENABLE DREAMS TO TAKE FLIGHT: TCAPS 17TH COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School marked another period of successful achievement as it held the 17th Commencement Exercises.

The event — graced by guest speaker Ms. Ellen Rojo Galo — was held at the Don Antonio Clubhouse last April 1, 2017. A momentous occasion in the lives of our young students and a time to recognize the outstanding work of our staff as well as the parents.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School upholds strong emphasis on being part of our community here in Don Antonio Heights. We believe a sense of community is very important to the future of our nation and our children.

This year’s theme “Enable Dreams To Take Flight” centers on the importance of encouraging children to dream and thrive on discovering; to interpret their goals as to their dreams.

We are confident our young graduates are very well-equipped to take on the next part of their educational lives. They have strong foundations and we feel very assured that they have learned many priceless lessons and that we have given them a great start in life.

To the graduates, we say: take on challenges, be God-loving, go for more learning, serve the community, laugh and be all that you can be.


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TCAPS OUTBOUND TOUR 2016 : PAMPANGA PERSPECTIVE

Educational trips are mandatory to the Children’s Ark Preparatory School. Its not just simply leaving the school grounds, it extends further as to giving students the chance to build closer bonds with everyone; trek on new environments/areas and; enjoy a day away from the classroom.

We need to “breathe some air” too. There’s just too many possibilities when outside the four corners of the room. With new educational environments and experiences. To observe things not seen in school: wildlife, plants, and so on.

Not to mention the benefits of bonding. There should be time to spend with each other — in a new environment. Chatting and learning about each other.

For this year’s outbound tour, TCAPS travelled 95 kilometers to Clark Land — a theme park in Pampanga which features, one: DINOSAURS ISLAND. A museum which offers visitors a unique interactive learning experience of these animatronic life size beasts from eons ago.

Our kids were wide-eyed to gigantic Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Iguanodon and Triceratops and other dino species.

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The display wows the crowd with exhibits such as hatching of dino’s eggs, some lively dances inspired by dinosaur antics and some tribal performances.

DINOSAURS ISLAND has been designed for us to understand better the dinosaurs and what transpired in the Mesozoic era. It’s time for us to go back in time and see the first inhabitants of our planet.

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Two: Insectlandia.

We explored the fascinating world of insects and other creepy-cutey creatures here in Insectlandia; learned more about their life and anatomy through giant animatronics and exhibits. Our kids were exposed to different types of insects at the Insect Trail, Bugs Life Show, and Butterfly Garden.

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And three: Wonders of the World.

The area where one can enjoy a trip around the world via well-detailed miniature replicas of Wonders of the World like Taj Mahal, Pyramid of Egypt, Great Wall of China and a lot more. It was fascinating to see how these structures were intricately made.

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The outbound tour comes with other junkets such as a visit to the San Guillermo Parish Church and the San Fernando Train Station of old.

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The church was named after the town’s patron saint, San Guillermo.

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This was originally constructed by the Augustinian Friars in 1576 — also the town’s founding — with Fr. Diego De Ochoa, OSA as the town’s first parish priest having been installed as such two years after. In 1880, the church was destroyed by an earthquake only to be rebuilt by Fr. Eugenio Alvarez in 1886. On September 3, 1995, lahar flowed out from the slopes of Mount Pinatubo which erupted into world notice on June 1991. The event buried the church in half.

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Old PNR Station-San Fernando

“San Fernando City station or simply San Fernando station is a defunct railway station of the PNR Northrail line of Philippine National Railways. It is situated San Fernando, Pampanga. Historically, the old PNR train station was the site of a stopping place for Filipino and American prisoners of war during the Bataan death march in 1942.”

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“The station is a historical landmark in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga, the Philippines. The station was inaugurated by Governor-General Eulogio Despujol and Bernardino Nozaleda, the Archbishop of Manila, on February 2, 1892. José Rizal disembarked from this station on June 27, 1892 to meet some recruits for La Liga Filipina and again the next day en route to Bacolor.”

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“During the Bataan Death March in April 1942, the station served as the ending point for the 102-kilometer march from Bataan, from which Filipino and American prisoners-of-war were carted to Capas in Tarlac en route to their final destination, Camp O’Donnell.

The station has been closed since the ending of northbound rail services by Philippine National Railways over twenty years ago.”

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FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS

They say you can always tell about a person by the way they put their hands on an animal. There are those who feed their animals first before sitting down to dinner. And then there’s C.A.R.A.– Compassion and Responsibility for Animals. A non-profit NGO made up of animal lovers dedicated in helping the plight of animals in the Philippines.

Formed in 2000 without government support and eking out from private donors, CARA aims ‘to make the Philippines an animal compassionate country.’ Especially the most domesticated ones, cats and dogs to which, oftentimes, man is more humanely related.

C.A.R.A. or CARA Welfare Philippines provides cheap sterilization, veterinary care, as well as pets recovery, rehabilitation and retrieval.

Essentially, it’s a life-giving advocacy in many ways.

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For the love of animals, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School sponsored a rap session as to our cherished pets, together with C.A.R.A’s senior volunteer educator, Mr. Eric Suguitan — a leading voice in animal-welfare concerns.

Mr. Suguitan opened up our kids to words like compassion and empathy for their furry, feathered, and finned friends.

The idea is to promote prevention of cruelty to animals and RESPECT to those who are different — with kindness.

The wisdom of the National PTA Congress states it very well: “Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations to each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more lawabiding, in every respect more valuable citizens.”

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Other CARA missions include providing veterinary consultations for low income pet owners through the CARA veterinary clinic; to promote Trap/Neuter/Return in barangays, villages and commercial establishments; to provide caring and responsible homes through our adoption program; to educate citizens about animal welfare and the stray animal population and; to promote no-kill pounds and shelters

For more information please visit CARA website.


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ON CHILDREN AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s all about focus and distraction.

In its August article, ScienceDaily stressed the dangers of playing Pokemon Go being no different to the hazards of texting. The reality game — which is taking over the headlines around the world — encourages distractions on the move whereby causing accidents and, worse, injuries to players young and old.

Pokemon Go is just one of the many technological beguilements.

We already live in a world where people’s attention is perplexed by their computers, tablets and other mobile devices. It is most crucial now that we teach our kids to keep focus and be present where they are and mindful of their surroundings.

Technology — as parents all know — is both beneficial and costly to children. The question is, how to handle technology in the development of the young. Whether the Digital Age helps or hurts in the development of children depends on what particular technology is used, how it is being advantageous and the frequency it is used.

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Unfortunately, it seems, information and communication technology is getting more detrimental to children. The amount of time kids have spent on internet, social media, cell phones, even MP3 players, and most especially games, is increasingly more alarming than say, ten years ago.

Not only has technology replaced the good old physical games and imaginative plays. It also created a diminishing effect on the development of kids’ social skills, communal connection, rapport for others, and loss of fixed attention.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School accentuates the importance of technology to our growing students and, at the same time, being a proponent in stressing the importance of physical fun games in the development of children. At TCAPS, we support the concept of imaginative plays to acquaint children with “life lessons,” social skills, integrity and honesty, and good learning experiences.


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NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION, 2016

This year’s National Nutrition Month was all about getting our kids to enjoy more fruit and vegetables every day. The campaign also focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat.

The Childrens Ark Preparatory School trains kids to develop a mindful eating pattern which includes nutritious and flavorful foods in order to savor the essence of eating right.

This occasion also highlights the great efforts of our school partners who are of big help in improving the health and wellness of our students.

TCAPS hooks up nutrition, physical activity and learning — because healthy kids learn better!

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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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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.