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.”
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).
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become and a great artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be,” declares YBhg. Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sallehudin, a Cempaka parent and one of the pioneers in the animated film industry in Malaysia during his opening speech as the guest of honor at the launch of Cempaka Art Carnival 2015.
Dato’ Rahman also stressed that ‘art encourages thinking. Because art encourages observation, rewards exploration and defines expression…art is not simply a subject to be taught for grades but a key component for a student’s road to self-discovery and how they view the world around them, all of which is important in forming the minds of tomorrows leaders.’
DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS Cempaka Schools Malaysia participated again in this years highly exciting World Education Games 2015. The three-day marathon saw Cempaka students from all the three campuses compete with students from around the world during the World Literacy Day, World Mathematics Day and World Science Day.
As of this writing, there are two Cempaka students who were confirmed as overall topnotchers in their respective categories: Leong Zhi Yen (K Level) of Cempaka Cheras and Sydny Lum Shen (Year 6) of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights. Along with a parent, they will be flown on all-expense paid trip to Sydney, Australia to receive their prizes.
The World Education Games is the flagship educational competition event conducted by 3PLearning, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Microsoft . It is now the largest event of its kind in the world. This year, there’s over 6 million students registered in over 200 countries and territories.
Recently, the Interact Clubs of Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights held their respective editions of this year’s International Understanding Day.
The Interact Club of Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras celebrated International Understanding Day with Colours of Life: Latin America as theme with guests from the embassies of Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina.
The event’s guest speaker was Her Excellency Lourdes Puma Puma, the Ambassador of Ecuador to Malaysia who spoke about Ecuador and the region’s economy and diversity. Also in attendance were the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Pablo Bonifaz Arboleda (Ecuador); Head of Consular Affairs Juan Ceballos (Embassy of Mexico); Third Secretary Alberto Lasheras (Embassy of Argentina) and Attaché Juan Yanez (Embassy of Ecuador).
The Rotary International District 3300 was ably represented by IPDG Kirenjit Kaur (Rotary Club Titiwangsa) and PP Christie Daniels (Rotary Club Ampang). Interactors from 7 different schools from around Klang Valley also attended and were entertained by a series of songs, dances, games and a fashion show.
Appetites were satiated by an exciting selection of Mexican food from Gringo’s, a Mexican food truck.
‘ASEAN: We Are The World’