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:
ASHLEY LAU EESHIN
RYAN WONG RUEY YAN
CHARMAINE KOH SHER MIN
XIN YUEN CHAN
EVALYN LOW YEN HUA
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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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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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.
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.”
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.
Aside from academics and performing arts, Cempaka Schools actively promote and excel in a variety of sports. To cap the International Women’s month, we recently sat down with two of the top female athletes of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights to talk about their respective sports, studies and other passions: golfer Natasha Andrea Oon (Mallory Privett Award 2016 – Best Female Champion) and fencer Jeanna Leia Alis Junady (Malaysia’s current number 1 for Epee Under 17 Girls).
How do you manage stress associated with competitions. Can you share with us some of the things you would do to calm yourself before a large competition?
Natasha: Usually, I would read this article by Dr.Bob Rotella. He talks about what goes on inside the golfer’s mind and how to tackle problems that may happen in the competition. It really is helpful. But normally, my pre-shot routine in the competitions help me a lot because it is a repetitive thing that I do before my swing.
Jeanna: I don’t really have a pre-game ritual, but whenever I am not playing a game or watching my competitors’ games, I will always be listening to my music. It really helps me to calm down and also block out a lot of distracting sounds.
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.
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.
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.