PR Honcho Conducts Language and Communications Lecture

Language and Communications  Lecture
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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7 Tips to Achieve High SPM Results


SPM Tips
Cempaka Cheras student Isaac Ninan and his proud father and sister.

Isaac Varughese Ninan (Cempaka Cheras), one of the country’s top scoring students during the recently held SPM Examinations was recently honored along with other SPM High Achievers. We caught up with Isaac who is now enrolled at our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Cempaka International School Damansara Heights and asked him to share some tips to every student who wants to ace their SPM examinations.

Here are the 7 Tips to Achieve High SPM Results:

  1. STUDY and UNDERSTAND THE SYLLABUS. Try to cover and learn as much as possible about the syllabus as quickly as you can. You will need the extra time for the (minimum) 9 subjects that you will be taking as well as doing practice tests.
  2. DON’T RELY on PAST YEAR PAPERS. Do your past year papers for practice but do not count on it to be a replica of the papers you will eventually sit for. I thought that would be the case for me until I sat down and saw how different the papers were when compared to previous years.
  3. UNDERSTAND what you are studying.  I really couldn’t stress this enough. I was not very good at memorizing but I tried my best to understand whatever that I was learning and this enabled me to answer questions that were out of the syllabus.
  4. READ as widely as possible. Explore various topics of interest, it could come out in your exams- you never know how lucky you could actually be!
  5. KNOW your studying style and stick by it. Whether it’s sitting by yourself and playing some classical music or writing notes, whatever style of studying works for you should be your mantra, no matter what others say.
  6. RELAX. SPM is important but it’s not something to get stressed over. I tried to relax while preparing for SPM as much as possible by getting enough sleep, exercising and generally not worrying too much. Don’t get lazy but make sure that you stay healthy!
  7. You need SOMEONE. A friend, a parent, a teacher – anyone will do. Just make sure you have someone to study with. It makes things easier and a lot more fun!

With these tips coupled with grit and determination and the right school environment, one should be able to score top marks for the SPM examinations!

When asked about his plans for the future, Isaac remarks, “I’m currently opting for something related to engineering as it provides a wide range of prospects. I am still unsure of where I see myself in five years time, but all I know is that one day I’ll change the world!” Well, Isaac, as we say in Cempaka Schools, ‘Nothing is Impossible!’

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Cempaka International School Damansara Heights Hosts Bond University Talk on Law, Ethics

Executive Dean Professor Nick James presents his topic on Law and Ethics to students of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights and Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras, in Kuala Lumpur.
Executive Dean Professor Nick James presents his topic on Law and Ethics to students of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights and Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras, in Kuala Lumpur. (Image Credit: Justin Go Ti Kean)

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.


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Giving Back to Humanity – India Community Trip 2015


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.”

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Why IB? The basics of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Pn Sapura Md. Salehan, Cempaka International School Damansara Heights
Pn Sapura Md. Salehan, IBDP Coordinator, Cempaka International School Damansara Heights

Recently, Cempaka Blog sat down with Cempaka International School Damansara HeightsInternational Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator and Secondary School Principal, Pn. Sapura Md Salehan to discuss about IB education. Currently, Cempaka International Ladies’ College and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights offer IBDP. So here’s the lowdown…

Cempaka Blog: What is IBDP?

Pn. Sapura Md Salehan: IBDP is a 2-year pre-university programme. Established in 1948, in Geneva, the IBDP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. It is widely recognised by universities around the world for its strong and structured programme. The aim of the IBDP programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IBDP is different from other curricula because it encourages students to think independently, critically and drive their own learning. It also encourages students to consider both their local and international environment. It also provides opportunities for students to explore their passion, involve themselves in research work and engage with the different people and the environment.

CB: Who is eligible for the IBDP? What type of students would benefit from IBDP?

Pn. Sapura: IBDP is eligible to students aged 16 to 19. Students who will benefit most from the programme are those who want to develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics, students who want to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.


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