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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 DAY CAMP AT LA MESA ECOPARK

How do you decide if your child is ready for a camp if he/she has never been to a camp? Trust the Scout Masters.

Some may not realize just how good the experience camping really is. Camping is a creative, educational, and cooperative outdoor living experience. It contributes significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth of it’s campers.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held a Day Camp last March 27 at the La Mesa Dam Ecopark in Quezon City. The Ecopark is an ecological nature reserve site which is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system — the dam which supplies most of the water supply in Metro Manila.

A nice and cool place to walk around and commune with nature, the Ecopark is a great venue for camping. Our day camp was under the guidance of Teachers Kellie Grace Santos and Jona Biescas, our Scout Masters. Some of the activities include hiking, knot tying, mapping, neckerchief knots and folds, and other leadership skills training.

Our Scouts have come together to have fun and at the same time have a sense of independence as they try new adventures away from home.


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“A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO THE AGES”

Music is important in the learning process of children. It associates the correlation between student enjoyment and student interest. Singing — as an example — can be an alternative medium in teaching literacy, and developing oral communication sans the direct instructional modulation.

It is important that young students are immersed in an environment that promotes audible expression as an extra part of the curriculum.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes in promoting music and giving children another means of self-expression, allowing them to artistically impart their feelings and emotions they bear, whether it be happiness, frenzy, or frustration. In a very real sense, this is building up their Emotional Intelligence.

More on our student’s EQ, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held another musical gathering. Dubbed “A Musical Journey To The Ages” the event was held on February 11, 2017 at the Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium in UP Diliman. The musicale was a presentation of our young students’ talent in the field of music as they performed medleys of songs and dances from the Golden Oldies, or from the ’50s to the ’60s era.

The superb presentation was a result of the Coach Nino’s tireless effort in laying it out for everyone. The event was jazzed up by cool raffle prizes and a dance number from our very own faculty members.


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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.

As per wikipedia:

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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LINGGO NG WIKA 2016: PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO

Ang “Buwan ng Wika” ay isa sa mga pinaka-aabangang kaganapan sa lahat ng mga paaralan, mapa-elementarya, sekondarya, at maging sa kolehiyo kada Agosto ng bawat taong-akademiko. Ayon sa Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), ang tema ng pagdiriwang para sa taong kasalukuyan ay:

“Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran.”

Ayon sa Memorandum #24 s. 2016 ng Department of Education, maaaring gamitin ng mga paaralan ang mga sumusunod na sub-tema sa pag-oorganisa ng kanilang mga gawain:

1) Filipino: Wika ng Edukasyon at Kalinangan
2) Intektuwalisadong Wikang Pambansa, Wika ng Umuunlad na Bansa
3) Pagsasalin: Susi sa pagtamo at papapalaganap ng mga kaalaman at karunungan
4) Ang Filipino ay Wika ng Saliksik

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Sa paniniwala ng maraming tao, ang isang indikasyon ng pagka-intelihente ay ang pagiging mahusay sa wikang Ingles. At ang paggamit sa wikang Filipino ay kadalasang inihahambing naman sa pagiging makata.

Ang temang “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan” ay direktang tumutugon sa maling persepsyon na ito. May mga sub-tema na tumatalakay ng wikang Filipino sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman at pananaliksik.

Ang pagsasalin ay upang mabigyang prayoridad ang pangangailangan na maipaalam ang nilalaman ng mga nasusulat sa wikang Ingles sa wikang Filipino para sa ikauunawa ng ordinarayong Pilipino.

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Sa pagdiriwang ng okasyong ito ang Children’s Ark Preparatory School ay nagsagawa ng sari-saring aktibidad, programa at mga pagtatanghal na angkop sa aming itinalagang slogan: “PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO.”

Ang mga pagtatanghal ay kinabibilangan ng mga mag-aaral na naghandog ng iba’t-ibang pagpapalabas ng sining at kulturang Pilipino tulad ng awit at sayaw, talumpati, at pagtatanghal ng mga katutubong kasuotan na nagpapakilala ng tunay na pagkakakilanlan nating mga PINOY.

Ang pagtatanghal ay itinuring na isang timpalak at ang mga napiling kalahok sa kani-kaniyang kategorya ay ginawaran ng sertipiko bilang pagpaparangal at pagkilala sa kanilang pagpupunyagi.

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Igorot Takik Dance by Prep 2016 (with tliza)

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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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RECITAL DAY: DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Among the Childrens Ark Preparatory School’s mission is to improve our student’s creativity, learning, and their love for music and harmony. We believe that playing and performing music is fun and functional and it will help develop children’s skills which will be of use to them throughout their lives.

Just recently, the TCAPS gave our young students a chance to spread out their flair through a musical performance held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse.

It was a night of glitz and glamor. The audience were delighted to a variety of musical performances featuring the elementary kids dancing to Corbin Bleu’s “Push It To The Limit” and the pre-schoolers exhibiting their dancing skill to One Direction’s “Strong” and “Shake It Up” together with the all-girls chorale.

This was followed by the group’s inspiring rendition of Lea Salonga’s “I Am But A Small Voice” backed up by a lyre and guitar ensemble.

The gallery — consisting mostly of parents — regaled to an interpretative dance by the chorale and selected dancers to Peabo Bryson’s “A Whole New World.”

“Go The Distance” and “Reflection” was performed by the chorale, also accompanied by the lyre and guitar ensemble.

Our musical director, Coach Niño wowed the crowd with his magnificent rendering of an Eric Clapton hit “If I Could Change The World.”

The recital ends with a dance finale for all students featuring the High School Musical’s soundtrack “We’re All In This Together.”

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The opportunity to display one’s talent through the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent builds in a child a sense of pride and confidence.

There is always a time and a place for everyone to take the center stage.