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NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH 2017: “HEALTHY DIET, MAKE IT A HABIT”

In celebration of this year’s National Nutrition Month, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School conducted a day of fun and entertainment in cognizance of children’s proper diet and nutrition. Dubbed “Healthy Diet, Make It A Habit” the festivity was held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowner’s Association (DAHHA) Clubhouse.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) leads the observance of National Nutrition Month. This annual event hinges on promoting healthy eating habits that would help reduce the incidence of overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases among our budding schoolchildren.

This year’s agenda focuses on educating the public as to how to better distinguish healthy nourishment from unhealthy ones and, to embolden the food sector which includes farmers, producers, and distributors, and food establishments to produce and make available healthier options for everyone.

As we observe National Nutrition Month this year, TCAPS reminds all to mind what we eat. The more healthier we consume, the more we become healthy kids!

Teaching children the importance of good nutrition throughout childhood will lay the foundation for a healthier more fulfilling life.

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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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PHOTO ESSAY : THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS

It’s never too late for us adherents of that ‘better late than never’ quote. No lost opportunity here. What we have here is too special to be left out: the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s December presentation of “The Heart Of Christmas.” A special recital held on December 19, 2016 at the Philippine Social Science Center in Diliman Quezon City.

The Heart of Christmas follows the story of the coming of Jesus; from the summoning of Joseph by the Angel to, ultimately, the birth of Christ.

The presentation is a staging moment for TCAPS’ students and a display of their flair in musicale rendering.
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Our young students performed their best. We could see how their confidence level blossoms. They just got up there in front of the people, aware that excellence is not of certainty, and the thought that “giving” their music to the audience is why they play music. It is meant to be shared.

TCAPS believes the important role music provides to the young minds. As a means of communication and expression of culture and individual identity. Young children are normally used to singing nursery rhymes.

Here, we boost their interest in music to infinity and beyond!

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Our young students are encouraged to take part in the recitals. Those who are just starting out on this musical path, the variety of their style, level, age and appearance is simply fascinating to watch.

A child must learn to think musically. And that is what will help assist the development of the child and their academic development. A music recital is kind of like-life.

But of course, anxiety accompanies a child’s performance on the stage. Tears, tantrums and tummy aches. All of these symptoms come along. They need to realize and be willing to be vulnerable in front of lots of people. Our students are aware that sharing with others is more important than the fear of not being perfect.

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Another smashing performance by the TCAPS students — to the delight of the audience, guests and parents — as they
share the stage for a very special evening which really deeply touches the viewers. And to the success of the TCAPS faculty. If these made the audience smile or even cry, they have done a really good job.

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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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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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BONDING TIME AT TCAPS FAMILY DAY 2

On February 25, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School took the parents’ time off from this busy world and held the second Family Day at the DAHHA Clubhouse.

This is due to the school’s belief in the importance of taking a pause from life and spending precious time with the family.

It is so ironic how we work so hard everyday to provide our families with the basic necessities that sometimes we forget the most important thing we could provide them — time.

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At the TCAPS Family Day, bonding time with the family was spent meaningfully. We have programmed some special activities and fun projects in order for parents and children to interact with each other.

Children learn how to deal with issues just by watching and communicating with their parents. On the other hand, family bonding times are best opportunities for parents to show their children the expected behaviors inside the family circle.

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TCAPS believes that encouraging bonding time often molds children to have an easier time away from home.

Studies show that children who have closer ties with their parents don’t indulge much on today’s technologies or social media for parental attention. They have an easier time managing themselves when their folks are not around.

They are aware that they have a reasonable amount of their parents’ attention.

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The Childrens Ark Preparatory School motivates children to openly discuss to their parents how their deeds in school become a big contributing factor to their projects.

We encourage them to use their talents and their abilities to making the project important in their very own way.

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There is this wonderful feeling when children and parents feel they’re connected to a group or, when they are a team.

When they’re playing a game that requires input from everyone or when participation contributes to the success of the group, it increases family union. This creates adaptability in kids’ lives.

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Playing games together is an enjoyable way for the family to collaborate and keep in touch outside of the drudge of homeworks, tasks, or even household chores.

Along with this, it even relieves the stress and gives parents some relaxation.

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In today’s world, both parents and kids have become more involved in many different preoccupations or diversions. The traditional concept of what a family should be has faded away.

TCAPS makes it a point to keep the family well bonded and make sure it spend some quality time together.

We all have hustling schedules and fish to fry. But we can still at least stop and sit awhile to keep in touch, be together, and let each other feel there is love in the family.

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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.