Cheras and Damansara Heights students top World Education Games; Cempaka Schools Malaysia is World Literacy Day 2015 Champions

World Education Games Cempaka Schools
Cempaka Schools brings pride to Malaysia once again as it continues its triumph at the World Education Games 2015.

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).


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Cempaka Schools Malaysia holds Art Carnival 2015


Cempaka International School Art Carnival

“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.’


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Danial Syafiq, Cempaka Schools Alumnus is Cambridge Ambassador for New Students in 2015

Danial Syafiq Cempaka Schools World Education Games

Danial Muhammad Syafiq, Cempaka alumnus, has been selected as the Ambassador for New Students for the whole Cambridge University in 2015.

According to his mother, Datin Sri Dr. Maison, ‘Danial was raised as a scholar and a leader in Cempaka Schools. The vast opportunities and the encouragement made it possible for him to be inspired to conquer even the most difficult of journeys. Cempaka Schools has helped tapped his true potential – as a mom, I’m forever grateful. He should inspire other Cempakans and Malaysians – That Nothing Is Impossible.’ 

Danial, also earned the title of ‘Champion of Champions’ for his exceptional performance in all three of the science, mathematics and literacy competitions last World Education Games in 2013.

Congratulations Danial and we at Cempaka Schools wish you well and may your achievements inspire more generations of Malaysians and Cempakans to excel in their respective fields. We are very proud of you.

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Latin American Embassies Attend Cheras’ International Understanding Day; Damansara Heights Celebrates ASEAN Diversity

International Understanding Day Cheras

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.

Fiesta Latina!

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.

Her Excellency Lourdes Puma Puma, Ambassador of Ecuador to Malaysia, delivering her speech during the International Understanding Day 2015.


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’

Cempaka International School Damansara Heights ASEAN
Cempaka International School Damansara Heights celebrates ASEAN diversity.



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Cempaka Swimmers Break State Records; Golfers lead in Pahang, Thailand, Singapore; Shuttlers Emerge Champs


It’s the usual busy month for Cempaka athletes as they make respective wins in various sports at home and abroad in swimming, golf and badminton.

CEMPAKA tankers composed of Lim Shun Qi, Lim Zi Win, and Nigel Chan Zhe How won top honours and BROKE MULTIPLE STATE RECORDS at the recently concluded 4th Selangor Long Distance Swimming Championship with 18 medals overall.

Results below:

Under 10 Girls (State)

1.Lim Shun Qi – (Freshman Terra) (Overall Champion)
Gold – 200M I.M. (New State Record)

200M Breaststroke (New State Record)

200M Butterfly (New State Record)

400M I.M. (New State Record)

Silver – 800M Freestyle (New State Record)

200M Freestyle (New State Record)

400M Breaststroke

200M Freestyle


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Diplomats, academics grace CIS Damansara Heights, Cheras’ French Assembly


Diplomats, academics grace CIS Damansara Heights, Cheras’ French Assembly
Guests from the French Embassy, Wisma Putra and the academe enjoy the shows at the Special French Assembly.

Just in time for the arrival of spring in France, Cempaka International Schools Damansara Heights and Cheras campus celebrated French culture and language at the North Hall of Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras campus last 17 June 2015.

Led by YBhg. Dato’ Freida Pilus, Founder and Mentor of Cempaka Schools Malaysia, the schools welcomed Madame Pauline Vey (Linguistic Attaché, Embassy of France), Ms. Morgane Buffin (Cooperation and Cultural Service Officer, Embassy of France), Mr. Muhammad Muhainin (Assistant Secretary of Europe Divisions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia), and Ms Nadège Martra (cofounder and executive director of SJL French, Kuala Lumpur). Members of the academe were also in attendance, Mrs Mélodie Barthoux (Pedagogical Coordinator for the Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur), Mrs Elizabeth Brio (Lecturer of French Language in the UM University) and Mrs Marini (Malaysian Director of MFUC: Malaysia-France University Centre).


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Cempaka Schools Launches Cycling Initiative

Cempaka Cycle
Chong Mee Hun, Koh Man En, Ng Kah Yan, Wie Jing-Hui, Esther Sim of Cempaka Cycle.
Recently, students from Cempaka International Damansara Heights and Cempaka International School Cheras launched Cempaka Cycle, a campaign geared towards promoting safe cycling among Malaysians. The committee members composed of Esther Sim, Chong Mee Hun, Koh Man En, Ng Kah Yan, and Wie Jing-Hui hope to raise awareness on how cycling to school can contribute towards Malaysia’s pledge for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, identify barriers preventing students staying within the 5km radius from cycling to school and find solutions to these problems.
Cempaka Cycle will also start conducting workshops during P.E. lessons once a month to teach students how to cycle safely. Next year’s Sports For All will officially include cycling.


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Malaysia’s First Animated Musical Feature launches Colouring Competition at Cempaka Schools

Cempaka Cheras Primary students participate in the Oh! La La colouring competition.
Cempaka Cheras Primary students participate in the Oh! La La colouring competition.


Nearly 2000 teachers, staff and students will participate in the said competition. Prizes will be given away per category: 1st Prize: RM 1000, 2nd Prize: RM 700, 3rd Prize: RM 500 as well as 10 consolation prizes. Aside from the Cheras campus, students, staff and teachers from Cempaka International Ladies’ College (CILC) and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights also joined the art tilt. Winners will be announced at a later date.

The film was slated to make cinematic history as it becomes the country’s first musical feature in animated format. Oh! La La is directed by Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sallehudin, a Cempaka parent and one of the pioneers in the animated film industry in Malaysia.


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The scourge of war as seen through the eyes of a Cempaka student

CEMPAKA SCHOOLS MALAYSIA student Low Chuen Leik of Cempaka International School Cheras Campus received the Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Elocution Championship trophy 2015 while Cempaka International School Cheras took back The BrandLaureate – Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Elocution Challenge Trophy 2015 for the first quarter.

From left to right: Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah; the wife of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin Yassin, the contestants, and Dr KKJohan; President of The BrandLaureate.
From left to right: Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah; the wife of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin, Low Chuen Leik (Cempaka International School Cheras), Aiman Syakir Abdul Haris (Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah), Puteri Fateh Arina Merican (Tunku Kursiah College), and Dr KKJohan; President of The BrandLaureate. (Image Credit: The BrandLaureate)

Here’s a copy of Chuen Leik’s speech.

The Scourge of War as Seen Through the Eyes of a Cempaka Student

Low Chuen Leik

I am not a troubled refugee from a war-stricken country, nor am I a professor from a renowned institution. But rather, I am a student from Cempaka Schools, living in a peaceful country with little to no strife or hardship in my life. My name is Low Chuen Leik and I stand here today to give you my take on war.

So today we stand here in this day and age, seeking to eradicate war. It is a crime, no doubt on that, so here’s a new take on it; how can we stop war before it even happens? For that, we have to attain a firm grasp on why there is war, and understand the very nature of conflict.

We could say, perhaps, look at it from a biological perspective. It is a common assumption that people are innately aggressive, that the urge to fight and wage war against a fellow human being is in our genes and something we’ve been doing ever since the dawn of our species. War is human nature, and as long as we exist, there will be war. This ideology would lead to fatalistic conclusions that perhaps all war and conflict is in fact, inevitable. (more…)

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