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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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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Cempaka Cheras Primary Students Attend Hand Hygiene Talk

Hand Hygiene Talk
Talk: Healthy Habits for the Younger Generation: Hand Hygiene at Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras

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.


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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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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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Albanian Delegation Visits Cempaka Schools for Education Collaboration

A warm welcome to our Albanian guests.
A warm welcome to our Albanian guests.

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).


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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.


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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Epee Wins for Damansara Heights Fencer Jeanna

Cempaka International School Damansara Heights Fencing
Jeanna (Centre) at last weekend’s win at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Cempaka International School Damansara Heights ace fencer Jeanna Leia Alis Junady again took podium finishes in the recent Kejohanan Kadet & Remaja Kebangsaan MFF at the Bukit Jalil Stadium last 30-31 January 2016.
Jeanna won the gold medal for Under 17 Women’s Epee as well as the bronze medal for Under 21 Women’s Epee.
Cempaka Blog (CB) sat down with Jeanna to ask her about her thoughts on fencing:
CB: What made you choose fencing as a sport?
Jeanna: “I chose fencing as a sport because I really admired watching the swordplay in pirate movies, and when fencing was a sport option in primary school (Cempaka International School Damansara Heights), I decided to take it up and I fell in love with the sport immediately. Once I decided that I wanted to go far in this sport, I started training outside of school.”


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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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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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