Cempaka International School Damansara Heights recently hosted a talk by Executive Dean, Professor Nick James of Faculty of Law of Bond University Australia at its Dato’ Pilus Hall last 2 March 2016. The talk entitled “Law and Ethics: Making the Right Choice” delved around the nature of moral and legal rules and hoped to encourage critical and analytical thinking amongst the students.
Professor James elucidated in his lecture, the concepts on legal rules and ethical rules and explored what it meant to be something ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’ and what it meant to be something ‘ethical’ and ‘unethical.’ The students also had to a chance to learn the various sources of these legal and ethical rules.
The talk was attended not only by the students of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights but also by students from the Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras campus. It is part of a series of Career Talks being held in the various campuses of Cempaka Schools Malaysia. Cempaka Schools Malaysia is a group of premier private and international schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
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).
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.
Cempaka International School Damansara Heights ace fencer Jeanna Leia Alis Junady again took podium finishes in the recent Kejohanan Kadet & Remaja Kebangsaan MFF at the Bukit Jalil Stadium last 30-31 January 2016.
Jeanna won the gold medal for Under 17 Women’s Epee as well as the bronze medal for Under 21 Women’s Epee.
Cempaka Blog (CB) sat down with Jeanna to ask her about her thoughts on fencing:
CB: What made you choose fencing as a sport?
Jeanna: “I chose fencing as a sport because I really admired watching the swordplay in pirate movies, and when fencing was a sport option in primary school (Cempaka International School Damansara Heights), I decided to take it up and I fell in love with the sport immediately. Once I decided that I wanted to go far in this sport, I started training outside of school.”
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.
Cempaka Cheras student Chong Tze Wey recently dazzled the dance floors of 17th Best of Best Hong Kong Open Dancesport Championship at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre last 25th December 2015 where she took three Championship titles in various categories.
Tze Wey was adjudged champion in Latin Solo Freestyle U12(chacha/jive), Latin Solo U14(chacha), and Latin Solo U10 (samba/rumba). Meanwhile, she took 1st runner-up placing for Latin Solo U10 (chacha/jive) and 4th placing for Latin Solo U14 (rumba).
“I just love and enjoy myself very much with the sensation, movements & the feeling of Latin Dancing. I spend a minimum of 10 hours practicing my dances a week. My coach, (Teacher) Kelvin Choo, is a very kind and dedicated teacher who is always there to support me.” This was Tze Wey’s fourth overseas competition and her first time competing in Hong Kong. “I was very happy and overjoyed when the results were announced, with me winning three championship titles, one 1st runner-up title and one 4th runner-up placing for all the 5 events I took part,” Tze Wey gushes.
Last 6th-11th December 2015, 23 Cempaka International School students along with 4 teachers embarked on an educational and charity trip to Mumbai, India as part of a voluntary service program organised by the Cempaka International School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The program was part of the Community, Action and Service (CAS) component of the course which requires students to fulfil 30 hours of community service work.
According to Nicholas Tan Hao Yu (Junior 1 Cempaka, Class of 2017), the students visited underprivileged areas in Mumbai and participated in charity events where they donated food and other basic necessities to various organisations in the city. “In preparation of this, the IBDP students have raised funds by selling food at their booth for the past 2 months, and from the money collected have proceeded to buy the items to be donated, which they have boxed to be given to the less fortunate on their visit.”
Together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to Malaysia and EcoWorld, Cempaka Cycle held a major cycling event dubbed as EcoRide last 12 December 2015 at the EcoMajestic in Seminyih, Selangor, Malaysia.
His Excellency, Ambassador Harry Molenaar officiated the event which drew around 250 cyclists from Cempaka International School Damansara Heights, Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras and Cempaka International Ladies’ College. Cycling is a ubiquitous form of transport in The Netherlands, with about a third of the population using bicycles as their transport of choice. The cities of Amsterdam, Zwolle and Groningen probably have the highest modal shares in the world.
Aside from cycling, Cempaka EcoRide was also a fair of sorts with food (food trucks, popcorn, cotton candy, light refreshments), games (gladiator jousting, bull rides) and a photo booth.
Currently, cycling is part of the extra-curricular activity for students of Cempaka Schools and will soon to be included in the Sports For All program across all the campuses. Cempaka Cycle hopes to promote safe cycling in Malaysia as well as better health and cleaner environment.
Students from Cempaka International School Cheras and Cempaka International Ladies’ College (CILC) were recently honored for their stellar performance during the IGCSE May/June 2015 examinations session.
The following students received the ‘Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards’ and were presented certificates last 26 November 2015 by YBhg. Senator Tuan Chong Sin Woon, Deputy Minister, Ministry Of Education and Dr. Ben Schmidt, Regional Director, Southeast Asia and Pacific, Cambridge International Examinations:
Ng Kah Yan – Mathematics (Top in World) andMandarin ( Top in World)
Elyssa Har Sir Chi – Mandarin (Top in World)
Low Chuen Leik – First Language English ( Top in Malaysia ) (Chuen Leik received the same award for Additional Maths last year)
Kimberly Chan Chwee Li – Combined Science (Top in Malaysia)
Lee Jia Wen CILC – Food and Nutrition (High Achievement Award)
The awards continue to be a testament of Cempaka Schools Malaysia’s commitment to world-class, high quality education.
Leong Zhi Yen of Cempaka Cheras (Grade K), daughter of Mrs. Seet Wei Ching and Mr. Leong Koon Wah and Sydny Lum Shen Li of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights (Year 6), daughter of Mrs Ting Mee Mee and Mr. Lum Piew, topped their respective categories worldwide (champion of champions) and received their awards in a ceremony in Sydney, Australia last 16 November 2015.
Meanwhile, on behalf of Cempaka Schools Malaysia – Jayden Lum Jun Yi (2nd place, World Maths Day Competitions and 2nd place, Year 8 champion of champions) of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights received the trophy for topping the World Literacy Day 2015 competition.
The awarding took place in the iconic Sydney Opera House and graced by Norman Gillespie, (Chief Executive Officer, UNICEF Australia), Tim Power (Chief Executive Officer, 3P Learning and World Education Games Founder), Jane Mackarell (Academic Programs Director, Microsoft Australia) and Anna Le Masurier (Head of Macquarie Foundation, Macquarie Group).