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:

  •   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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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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PR Honcho Conducts Language and Communications Lecture

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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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Study Maths and Sciences in English at Cempaka Cheras

Study Maths and Sciences in English at Cempaka Cheras
Study Maths and Sciences in English at Cempaka Cheras

Cempaka Cheras have been at the forefront of education excellence in Malaysia which teaches Science and Mathematics in English. It has been given special approval by the Ministry of Education  under the Dual Language Program (DLP) to teach Science and Mathematics in English.

According to Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, CEO of PAGE Malaysia (Parent Action Group for Education) and a major advocate for the program ,  schools that run the DLP provide parents with “a choice, and (that) there will be no more impediments to learning in their preferred language.”

Science and Mathematics continue to be one of the best performing subjects in Cempaka Schools.  Latest results (2015) showed that over 50% of Cempaka Cheras students scored 7As and above in their SPM results. English, Mathematics and the Sciences remain as the top performing subjects at Cempaka Cheras.

Parents at Cempaka Schools are seeing the benefits of learning Science and Mathematics in English as they gain access to  volumes of resources on the internet and the thousands of books in these two subjects. Mr. Nadaraja Shanmugam believes that fluency in the language will give his child Kirthiga the edge once she enters university. Mrs. Chan concurs, “The value of our ringgit might come down but not the value of our education.”

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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.

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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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Cempaka Cheras student dazzles Hong Kong Dancesport Tilt

Dancesport Chong Tze Wey

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.

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Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) awards top Cempaka students

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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:

  1. Ng Kah Yan – Mathematics (Top in World) and Mandarin ( Top in World)
  2. Elyssa Har Sir Chi – Mandarin (Top in World)
  3. Low Chuen Leik – First Language English ( Top in Malaysia ) (Chuen Leik received the same award for Additional Maths last year)
  4. Kimberly Chan Chwee Li – Combined Science (Top in Malaysia)
  5. 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.

 

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