Showing posts with label The Apple International School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Apple International School. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Prince is now a school boy

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My four year old son started school today. We made him skipped the bus ride so we can drop him to school personally on his first day. We are excited and proud parents.




He sat quietly while waiting for the other kids to arrive and when the rest of the children settle down in class we prepared to leave. Everything turned out fine but tears are inevitable, he must be just as anxious as we are but the teachers consoled him and advised us to leave so he will not cry further. We left and when we came back to pick him up he was just so happy to see us.


We eagerly listen to all his stories. It seemed that all turned out fine. He showed us his first school work and we are very proud of him. Tomorrow is another day and he will go with his sister on the bus this time.

I cant wait to hear more from him tomorrow. Our son is on his way to exploring and learning outside of the four corners of our home and we are so excited.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kindergarten student struck by a car right outside the school gates

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I took this photo just this morning while waiting for my daughter’s school bus. I stared at her thinking how much she has grown. She's eight now and in grade four; she can take care of herself while in school and is even more cautious about her surroundings than before.


Behind that smile lies a disturbing thought in her mind. After I snap the camera, she told me and her dad that a KG 2 (FS2) student in her school was hit by a car the other day and sustained some injuries. I can sense sympathy for the fellow student and fear from her voice. I questioned her further about what happened but she can't tell no more. This is the first incident in her school but we have heard many cases like this in other schools in Dubai previously. It is dreadful news for the morning. As we kissed her goodbye, I reminded her as I always do to be very careful.

In the car, my husband and I have a theory of how the accident occurred. Either the kid clamber out of the car and suddenly cross the street to the school gates and then hit by the car or coming out from the school gates and then suddenly crossing the street and then hit by a car. I shook my head in disappointment to hear such news. I cringe at the thought of it. I couldn't bear to be in the shoes of the child’s parents, I am sure I'll pass out. We can only hope and pray that the injuries sustained by the child are just minors ones.

According to RTA in an article in the Gulf Today published last October 2012, there are no reported traffic accidents near schools in the last two years. This one's going to change that stat. RTA strongly urge parents to pay more attention to children while embarking or disembarking from the vehicle at all times
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Micas Sports Days

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Here I am again never tired of my rants...never mind because my daughter is growing so fast. I don't want to miss any single part of it, it's like documenting every single one of them so she sees and read it here and she know she can rely in every word I wrote here and when she has questions about her childhood she can always ask me or read MYB if I am not around.

I wasn't as lucky as her, there were no computers when I was a kid and blogging wasn't invented yet, camera phones are non-existent and even cameras are rare to middle class families in my country. I have few snaps of my childhood on different occasions and I vaguely remember everything that happens to me except for few unforgettable ones and the ones that my mom told me while I was growing up.

Let's not take this post to a different level, I just want to share my daughter's stories with you. This is simply about the annual sports day at her school. This type of activity at school teaches children that physical fitness is important for a fit body and mind. Not just that, it teaches them team work, camaraderie, friendship, competitivenes, and acceptance, more so it is fun to participate in this kind of events at school.

When Mica was in KG 1 and KG 2, the sports day is held at school premises only. During her 1st and 2nd grade, they move to a bigger venue at Dubai Police Stadium where all students from Grade 1 to 8 participate in the event. I still have the video of Mica during her KG 1 sports day and whenever we watch that, me and my husband could not stop giggling, she looks so cute while doing the jumping jacks which she hardly did right, it doesn't matter actually, she exerted efforts to it and did what she can do. We love that moment when we first saw her run and have fun with her classmates.

Mica - KG 1 @ 3 years old-first on the left - waiting for the cue from her teacher

Mica - Grade 1 @ 5 years old - lemon relay first in line next to the girl in yellow

Mica - Grade 2 @ 6 years old - aerobic excercise - girls line on the left - fourth in line wearing orange T

Did you notice that I don't have the KG 2 picture, could not locate it in my hard drive. sigh!

Ok so thats that, her annual sports day. Mica is now seven years old and in Grade 3, she is more eager to learn and have more fun. We are looking forward to a fruitful year ahead. Love you anak.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Mica's colorful and vibrant costumes at schools annual concerts

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Every year, my daughter school hold its annual concert where the students showcase their talents in dancing, singing, and acting. It is a much awaited event of the year and we are always excited to see our daughter perform on stage wearing colorful costumes and/or pretty dresses. The students are from many nationalities living in Dubai and so it is a melting pot of cultures, what I like the most is the school puts a lot of effort to incorporate the things students learned in the school to their performances

Year after year the concert has different themes and Mica has always been actively participating in the annual concert event of her school

This is Mica with teacher Shekina-KG 1 Daisies



KG 1 Daisies dancing in the tune of Chocolate


Mica and her classmates inside the classroom as they wait for their turn to perform, Elisha was attentively listening to what Mica was saying, God knows what they are talking about, they all look so cute in their shiny colorful Indian style costumes. - KG 2 Daisies



This time around, they are dancing in the tune of Moja He Moja Jab We Met




This act was about the story of the mouse and the lion, something that has a moral lesson thought to children - Grade 1 - G





My daughter with her classmates after their opening song WELCOME, yeah this time they sing - Grade 2 E



Mica likes to sing more than to dance but she can follow the steps, I'd really hope that my daughter grow up to be a good singer not like her mom who always out of tune :( :p


From the baby that she was to a little girl now



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Monday, August 29, 2011

Scrapbooking Dubai Summer 2011

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Summer in Dubai is almost over, shops in the malls are already on back to school promotions and kids are gearing up for the term 2011-2012 starting September 14. My daughter will be in Grade III this year and can't wait to see her classmates, teachers and friends again. But before that let's first enjoy the upcoming Eid holiday as it marks the end of Ramadan. Where will you be this Eid al Fitr and oh don't forget your Henna OK, I mean for ladies only.

Summer 2011 was a not-so-boring-summer at all, summer here was actually the time when a lot of expats go for vacation in their home country while those that remain to spend their summer here benefited to less traffic, not so crowded parks and malls, not much queueing at the supermarket, easy to find a parking spot and most especially I need not wake up very early to prepare Mica for school .

We had loads of fun indeed but we also had our share of bad times like when Mica had an accident before the school closes , she hurt her ankle while taking the bus to school and my mom was recently hospitalized. I really hope and pray that her health will improve fast. 

A visit at the Dubai Dolphinarium to watch the Dolphin and Seal Show was the first thing we did this summer. The well trained seal and dolphins are awesome and the almost one hour show was amazing. Me and Ferald enjoyed it as much as our kids.

We also enjoyed our annual summer getaway in Abu Dhabi while checking in at Rotana Yas Island with its two free adult tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi-home to the worlds fastest roller coaster. Mica learned traffic signals at junior GT and drove a Formula 1 mini. The all for free dining experience at Mazina The Address Dubai Marina, Essence Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi and an iftar dinner at Al Ameera Ballroom-Grand Hyatt Dubai all courtesy of 104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai was enjoyed by the whole family and shared a bonding moment.

More often Mica and my son stays home during weekdays while me and Ferald goes to work, She spends her time playing, drawing, reading, watching television, playing games on the PC or chatting with her classmates on facebook etc. During our bonding moments after I arrive from work, we squeeze our creative juices to make some Popsicle fairies, paint wooden dolls, origami, sewing bead jewelries, story telling and sometimes a puppet show. Growing some flowering plants was another idea she had and the zinia and sunflower seeds are now seedlings, sometimes she gets board waiting for it to grow and have its bloom and so am I. I told her to keep watering the plant and we will soon see its flowers. Here are some of Mica's crafty ideas . The real scrapbook project is still waiting for us, we have 3-4 days holiday so we might finished it this time.

We also went around Dubai to our favorites spots such as Dubai ZooAl Nasr Skating and the Fruit Park.

The Flea4Charity event which I featured here was also a success-once again the people of UAE, locals and expats alike prove how generous they are in helping the needy with raising some funds to help the famine stricken Horn of Africa. Also, MYB supports Illustrado and the Filipino community in its campaign Pinays Take Charge - uplifting the image of Pinays in the UAE and the world.

I am happy that this summer was fruitful, not just for family bonding but a learning experience for Mica and Prince. Education is not only obtained from school, another form of learning is outsourced out of the four corners of the classroom, education starts from home and then from the community. Mica will soon start her catechism class and religion is another important thing she should learn, her school does not provide catechism lessons and the community church here in Dubai is where I see that my daughter can obtained knowledge and wisdom about religion and God apart from the things I already taught her and we are looking forward to that.

Today maybe is the last day of Ramadan and we get to spend the rest of the week on holidays so stay safe and share the blessings, lets be thankful to a wonderful month that pass. Happy Eid everyone.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Dubai School Transport Safety

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Accidents happen and school bus drivers must  be cautious and mindful their driving to avoid it. I think that the school bus driver and school bus nannies must make sure that the children are seated and buckled up before they move the vehicle, afterall these are children they are transporting everyday, they are not adults who have strong body motion control. The slightest impact or sudden break can throw a child to a few meters. Please practice safe driving school bus drivers.


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This morning I received a call from my daughters teacher telling me to come to school immediately because Mica had an accident. I was terrified but try to get first hand information over the phone from her before storming to the school. She said Mica slipped while getting on the school bus this morning and when she reached the school her right ankle was already swollen and that it was painful. She said that the school nurse already gave her first aid but it needs to be checked by a doctor. I grew more worried, I knew it was something serious.

I just finished my morning exercise and I was getting ready for work when she called, good I was dressed and was ready to go. I called my husband to tell him what happened he was so worried but I told him not to worry as I am on my way to her, then I hit the road. When I reached the school they are already waiting for me, I found her at the school clinic bed with her right foot wrapped with bandage. The school nurse briefed me again how the incident happened and the status of her foot. My daughter told me the other side of the story. She was just in the middle of the bus and not yet seated when the driver started moving the vehicle and because she lost her balance she slipped and hurt her foot, it must have landed on a wrong position. I told them this but I don't want any argument, I am more concern of my daughter and to which nearest hospital I can take her.

A friend and I took her to Zuleka hospital, the one nearest to the school. The pediatric-orthopedic doctor was not available and we were referred to the orthopedic doctor. He examined Mica's right foot and after we were taken to the lab for an x-ray. It shows that Mica had fractured her ankle. The doctor put an orthopedic cast on her foot and she was ask to stay home for seven days where she has to keep her leg elevated at all times for at least two days. I was thankful enough that the school year was almost over and they had finished their assessments before this happened but I was also upset because she will miss the remaining school days, those are the days when the kids are having fun, playing with friends whom they will not see untill the next school year, Mica was actually excited about her year end school party so I will make sure she is able to attend.

 I gave the medical report to the school supervisor and I raised my concern ragarding transport safety. The transport manager assured me that a proper measure will be taken and they will make sure that drivers adhere to safe driving.

**Dubai imposes new rules all bus drivers must know
• Be driven by a qualified bus driver who has undergone RTA training
• Be painted yellow
• Have ‘School Bus’ clearly marked in English and Arabic, on both sides, the front and the rear
• Be fitted with a lit, red pop-out ‘Stop’ sign to warn oncoming traffic that children are alighting and angled mirrors so the driver can see all sides of the bus
• Have at least one warden travelling on every bus so that children under 12 can be guided on and off safely
• Carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and have lap belts fitted on all seats
• Not have middle aisle fold-down seats, armrests, ashtrays or other solid fixtures on which kids could bang their heads
• Have emergency exits on both sides of the bus
• Not exceed 80kmph
• Be properly air conditioned


Have you ever been in the same situation? What kind of action have you taken?

**Time Out Dubai
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spirit of Sport - 2009 Inner Flame Igniting Motivation

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Yesterday is one of the many special days in my little girls life at school. She is in grade one at The Apple International School in Dubai. It was their annual sports day which was held at the Dubai Police Stadium in Garhoud.
The many benifits of sports to children includes a fun and enjoyable experience that motivates them more to participate, next to it is that it provides the arena for youth to be physically active. Letting our kids participate in sports related activity keeps them away from sedentary pursuits such as televsion watching and this can translate to a healthier lifestyle both now and in the future.
Being physically active provides important health benifits such as good body composition(less body fat) stronger bones, greater mascular strength and better endurance.

Participation gives youth the opportunity to learn a variety of motor and sports related skills such as running, jumping, kicking, throwing and many more.

When a child is both psychologically and physically ready to participate, it can give a child an opportunity to develope self-competence in their skills, self esteem and moral competence. It also helps them to learn social skills and make friends. They also learn to work with a team.

With so many benifits that sports can bring to Lanna's life, we are so supportive of her school activities. Now, I would love to share with you some snaps of the event.

Reciting of Quoran

Parade of Students

The UAE Flags and The Apple International Flag

Balloons on air

Grade 1 Students Section G holding small UAE Flags



Lime relay for Grade 1 students



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