Mexican Ambassador graces ‘This is My Mexico’ Assembly and Exhibition


His Excellency Carlos Felix Corona at Cempaka International School Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
His Excellency Carlos Felix Corona signing the Book of Excellence at Cempaka International School Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

His Excellency Carlos Felix Corona, the Ambassador of Mexico to Malaysia recently visited Cempaka International School Damansara Heights campus as the Main Guest of Honor at the Mexican Art Competition Certificate Presentation Ceremony “This is My Mexico” and Art Exhibition. The top participants in Malaysia received certificates of participation and had their works presented at the Art Gallery and the CDH Suite.

The top 5 best drawings in Malaysia were done by the following Cempaka Schools Malaysia students:


Aside from the sumptuous, Mexican-inspired food, the event also saw performances from the Cempaka Harp Ensemble and Rayyan Anwar, an incumbent Cempaka student and award-winning pianist who just came back from Italy.

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Cheras and Damansara Heights campuses hold Readathons

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Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights in conjunction with the annual ‘Jom Baca Bersama Untuk 10 Minit’ (Let’s Read Together for 10 Minutes) recently held readathons at their respective campuses. The event was in line with the national campaign to promote the healthy habit of reading.

“The immeasurable importance of the written word is something that the school continues to recognize and cultivate an appreciation for, evident in events like this.” Adrian Ang Senior 1 IBDP. Sean Ooi, Junior 1 agrees, “The timelessness of literature is only representative of its absolute necessity in our society, and this event has served to remind us of that fact.”

The event also marked the first time that Cempaka Schools conducted the first ever live streaming Facebook Live to broadcast to its followers online.

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CPAC’s Clean Sweep at the Jr Cammies 2016

Cempaka Schools Box Office Production

Cempaka Performing Arts Company (CPAC) came out on top on this year’s Junior Cammies for the Cempaka Schools Box Office Production 2015 Annie, The Musical. CPAC was nominated and won all the four awards:  Best Production Design (Set, Lights, Sound/Music & Costume) and Best Ensemble (second year in a row) while Charmaine Koh Sher Min, who played the lead role, took the Best Principal Role. In the meantime, Scott McQuaid took the award for Best Direction.

“We are thrilled to win all four awards in the Junior Cammies for Musical Theatre and to be recognised by Kakiseni in the prestigious Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. Each year, in Cempaka Schools, the anticipated school musical is a major highlight. It provides the students a big platform to feature their talent and passion for the arts. Our is to get better every year as we strive to produce and to stage full-scale musicals of the highest standards,” says Andrew Chan, Head of Performing Arts and Producer – Cempaka Schools Box Office Production.


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Race to Save The Rainforest

Tree planting to save our future.
Tree planting to save our future.

Cempaka Schools Malaysia students and teachers again joined this years edition of PEKA Malaysia ‪#‎SORR2016‬ Save Our Rainforest Race 2016 which involved a 15-kilometer trek through Sg. Menyala Forest Reserve. The route went through 2 forests, an abandoned palm oil plantation, and an Orang Asli settlement.

The organisers hoped that “through this (race), we mark an effort to preserve Malaysia’s natural environment and further promote awareness on the importance of keeping our Mother Nature and her beauty intact.”

This year 84 Cempaka students and 8 teachers participated in the race. According to one of the student-participants, Angeline Kek, “SORR was a thrilling and exhilarating event which not only allowed me and everyone else to exercise and build our strength, but it also allowed us to connect with nature and enjoy each others’ company as we walked through the forest.”


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Cempaka Cheras Primary Students Attend Hand Hygiene Talk

Hand Hygiene Talk
Talk: Healthy Habits for the Younger Generation: Hand Hygiene at Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras

Cempaka International School Cheras students Esther Liew, Elyssa Hah, Ezra Ng & Kirttna Solai organised a talk on hand hygiene as part of their IGCSE Global Perspectives Group Assignment. The talk entitled “Healthy Habits for the Younger Generation: Hand Hygiene” was delivered by Dr. Meenakshi Valravan, a Consultant Paediatrician at the KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital.

The informative session was held on the 28th of March 2016 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the North Hall and was attended by Cempaka Cheras Primary students and teachers.  According to Esther Liew, the topic aimed to raise awareness on common diseases as well as to teach the children on the simple healthy habits. Assisted by nurses, the children were then formed into groups where they were each taught how to properly wash their hands.


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PR Honcho Conducts Language and Communications Lecture

Language and Communications  Lecture
Datuk Elizabeth Soo conducts talk on Language and Communications at Cempaka Schools.


As part of the ongoing series of Career Talks, a lecture on ‘Language and Communications’ were held at Cempaka Schools Malaysia by Datuk Elizabeth Soo, the country’s top Public Relations maven. The 2-day talk was held at both Cempaka International School Cheras’ Art Gallery and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights’ Dato Pilus Hall.

The talk was organised by a group of Cempaka International School Cheras’ Global Perspectives students Catherine Khaw, Nimeesha Chan and Sarah Gad as part of their subject matter’s group project.


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7 Tips to Achieve High SPM Results


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Cempaka Cheras student Isaac Ninan and his proud father and sister.

Isaac Varughese Ninan (Cempaka Cheras), one of the country’s top scoring students during the recently held SPM Examinations was recently honored along with other SPM High Achievers. We caught up with Isaac who is now enrolled at our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Cempaka International School Damansara Heights and asked him to share some tips to every student who wants to ace their SPM examinations.

Here are the 7 Tips to Achieve High SPM Results:

  1. STUDY and UNDERSTAND THE SYLLABUS. Try to cover and learn as much as possible about the syllabus as quickly as you can. You will need the extra time for the (minimum) 9 subjects that you will be taking as well as doing practice tests.
  2. DON’T RELY on PAST YEAR PAPERS. Do your past year papers for practice but do not count on it to be a replica of the papers you will eventually sit for. I thought that would be the case for me until I sat down and saw how different the papers were when compared to previous years.
  3. UNDERSTAND what you are studying.  I really couldn’t stress this enough. I was not very good at memorizing but I tried my best to understand whatever that I was learning and this enabled me to answer questions that were out of the syllabus.
  4. READ as widely as possible. Explore various topics of interest, it could come out in your exams- you never know how lucky you could actually be!
  5. KNOW your studying style and stick by it. Whether it’s sitting by yourself and playing some classical music or writing notes, whatever style of studying works for you should be your mantra, no matter what others say.
  6. RELAX. SPM is important but it’s not something to get stressed over. I tried to relax while preparing for SPM as much as possible by getting enough sleep, exercising and generally not worrying too much. Don’t get lazy but make sure that you stay healthy!
  7. You need SOMEONE. A friend, a parent, a teacher – anyone will do. Just make sure you have someone to study with. It makes things easier and a lot more fun!

With these tips coupled with grit and determination and the right school environment, one should be able to score top marks for the SPM examinations!

When asked about his plans for the future, Isaac remarks, “I’m currently opting for something related to engineering as it provides a wide range of prospects. I am still unsure of where I see myself in five years time, but all I know is that one day I’ll change the world!” Well, Isaac, as we say in Cempaka Schools, ‘Nothing is Impossible!’

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Albanian Delegation Visits Cempaka Schools for Education Collaboration

A warm welcome to our Albanian guests.
A warm welcome to our Albanian guests.

The mayor of the City of Kamza, Albania Mr. Xhelal Mziu and his entourage paid a visit to Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras, Malaysia to discuss spheres of collaboration in education especially in the area of information technology last 26 February 2016.

Mr. Mziu eagerly presented the achievements of the city of Kamza where under his watch was cited at the European Awards for Best Practices in 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. This was followed through with an EduGIFT and Schoology presentation and a light lunch. The delegation was also given a private tour of Cempaka International Ladies’ College – Cempaka Group of Schools’ premier boarding school for girls.

Mr. Mziu was joined by Miss Valentina Baja, Director of of Coordination and Development Directory, Miss Ornela Luku, Specialist of Coordination and Development Directory as well as by his wife Mrs. Vjollca Mziu. The visit ended with an invitation from the honourable mayor to the officials of Cempaka Schools to visit the city of Kamza.

Cempaka Group of Schools is composed of private and international schools in Malaysia: Cempaka International Ladies’ College in Bandar Enstek (near KLIA); Cempaka International School Damansara Heights (Kuala Lumpur) and Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras (Selangor).


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Cempaka Schools’ Students Score Wins In Putrajaya Writing and Photo Tilts

Cempaka Schools' Chin Yoki  received 2,000USD for her winning entry while Cempaka Schools received 3,500MYR worth of books and cash.
Cempaka Schools’ Chin Yoki received 2,000USD for her winning entry while Cempaka Schools received 3,500MYR worth of books and cash.

Several Cempaka Schools Malaysia students were recently feted at the Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana (Perdana Leadership Foundation) along with other winners from all over Malaysia on the occasion of Maybank Foundation-Perdana Leadership Foundation Writing & Photo Contest 2015 Prize-Giving last 16 January 2016.

Cempaka Schools student Chin Yoki took the top prize in Fiction Writing (13-17) while student photographers Emir Hidayat Bin Badrul Hisham and Justin Goh Ti Kean were in 5th and 9th places respectively. Cempaka Schools Cheras was also cited for having one of the most number of entries in the Fiction & Non-Fiction categories. Aside from the individual prizes, Cempaka Schools also received books from the sponsors. The theme for the competition is ‘Empowering Youth For A Better ASEAN.’

“I believe the theme of the contest for 2015 is appropriate,…,as the region, with a young population of more than 600 million, is set to become one of the key drivers of world economic growth in this decade. Our hope is that Malaysians will be among the region’s notable leaders,” notes Tan Sri Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob, Executive Director, Perdana Leadership Foundation. The fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and Honorary President of Perdana Leadership Foundation Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali and daughter Marina were all present as the main guests of honour.


The prize-giving ceremony was even made more meaningful with the inspiring speeches  of Apprentice Asia Season 1 winner Jonathan Allen Yabut from the Philippines who reminded the audience the importance of grit as well as that of Malaysian artist-architect Red Hong Yi’s captivating story of her journey through the art world.  After the refreshments, the National Astronaut Ybhg Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor delighted everyone with his stories of his experience in space.

The judges for the Fiction Writing category were Dato’ Professor Ghulam Sarwar Yousof (University of Malaya and The Asian Cultural Heritage Centre), Malaysian writer Tunku Halim, Datin Shajaratuddur Bt Sh Abdul Halim (MPH Group Publishing), and Malaysian writer Chuah Guat Eng. The judges for the Photo-Essay category meanwhile were Documentary photographer and filmmaker Mahen Bala, Che Ahmad Azhar (Multimedia University) and Malaysian photographer Zain Abdullah.

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University of Adelaide conducts music workshop at Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras

Dr. Mark Carroll (University of Adelaide) at Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras
Dr. Mark Carroll (University of Adelaide) at Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras

Dr. Mark Carroll, an Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts of the University of Adelaide and Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music conducted a talk entitled ‘The Power of Music’ at the packed North Hall of Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras last 18 January 2016. The talk focused on topics with regards to tradition vs. innovation, how music and musicians developed through the years and how music influences how we think, feel and communicate.

Cempaka Schools Malaysia is the first Malaysian school to incorporate performing arts in the curriculum and has been an active supporter of the craft through its annual Cempaka Schools Box Office Production (CSBOP).

An active classical and pop music performer, his research activities range from music and politics and studies in contemporary popular music. Dr. Carroll publishes regularly in Oxford University Press’s flagship music journal, Music & Letters. Dr. Carroll regaled the audience composed of over 400 secondary school students and teachers with music from different genres and listening devices.  


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