Tuesday, June 06, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

Last Friday on June 2nd 2017, Honsbridge went on a study trip to the Sunway University at Bandar Sunway. Honnets from Year 10 and Year 11 are brought along with the teachers to the University. Their mission: To explore a new world beyond the school; to seek out what’s life like in a university; and to boldly peek into their future ahead.

Around 60 students left in two separate buses at about 8am. When they arrived at Sunway U, they were greeted by the student council of the University. The Honnets then proceed to the auditorium to learn more about Sunway University, the courses it will offer and the educational pathway the university will provide for them.

Sunway University provides programs for entry into higher education in Australia, Canada, US and UK. Honnets who’ve studied in Cambridge-based education and succeeded in IGCSE exams at Honsbridge have the advantage if they choose to further their studies at Sunway University.

Soon, the Honnets attended the Business Workshop. Concepts and applications used in business were taught to the Honnets. They get to relate to business by playing games similar to Monopoly and other business-related activities. Through these activities, the Honnets learn to trade, buy and sell within the markets. Concepts they’ve learned includes cashflow, accounting, demand & supply within economics, marketing and management.

After that, there’s a prize giving to winners of the games. The Honnets then had a group photo at the foyer of Sunway University.

At the end of the study trip, Honsbridge greets farewell to Sunway University. We gift the university with a hamper as a token of appreciation for sponsoring the venue for the Honsbridge International 8th Speech Day 2017 at the Jeffrey Cheah Auditorium. In return, Sunway University gave the Honnets lunch packs and drinks for the return journey.

We finally boarded the bus and depart at 12:00pm back to Honsbridge.

So what have the Honnets learned from the Sunway University trip?

The Honnets learned and experienced a day in a life as university students. It is in our hope that should the Honnets choose Sunway University as their next step, they would bring with them their experience and pride from Honsbridge.


Friday, June 02, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

Last Saturday night on 28th May 2017, Honsbridge held the best 8th Speech Day ever at the Sunway University. Inspired by the Oscars, we rolled out the red carpet for Honnets, their parents and the staff of Honsbridge, celebrating our school’s success.

The Honnets and teachers dressed in the finest of clothes, appearing not unlike the celebrities of Hollywood. They took selfies and pictures at the photo booth while signed their well-wishes and names on the art board. There was joy, laughter and balloons everywhere.
Inside Jeffrey Cheah Hall, the 8th Speech Day began with a welcome speech presented by Ms Emma Furze. In her speech, Ms Emma gave her congratulations to all graduates. She also brought up that the 8th Speech Day is a milestone for Honsbridge and the 8th represents bronze. Hence, the inspiration behind the Oscar theme.

Mrs Emma then highlighted in her speech the four great pillars that harness Honsbridge students and graduates – knowledge; control; balance; and attitude. These pillars are what guided the Honnets throughout their years at Honsbridge.

After the speech by Ms Emma Furze, Honsbridge presented inspirational speeches via live and recorded in video and audio formats by Honsbridge graduates from G1 to G14, thanking the school. The inspirational speeches also congratulated fellow graduates of class G14 (October 2016) and G15 (May 2017).The graduates are now studying and working in places from all over the globe; in Monash University; Australia; UK; USA etc. These graduates were here to give encouragement to the Honnets.

Along with these inspiring speeches, Honsbridge presented Honsbridge’s Got Talent! Where Honnets from all over the school display feats of talents on stage. Honsbridge Got Talent featured:

Y8 led by Chelsie Mak dance to a Kpop hit Playing With Fire by BLACKPINK. The gang sashays away to the Kpop beat and to the excitement of the audience.

A dazzling Wushu display by Liew Yi Xian. The crowd cheered along as Yi Xian performs impressive feats of martial arts with swords and backflips.

Group Y10 gave heart-warming rendition of Streets of London as a tribute to Mike Mellor, who’s originally from England. The crowd held up their smartphones like lighters in conjunction with the song, while shouting out ‘Congrats!’ to Mr Mellor.
Another Y10, featuring Ee Ren and Sheryl Chan, presented girl-powered comedy sketch called ‘I Told You You’ll Regret This’ featuring R&B, more K-pop, dance and laughter.

Finally, Group Y9 made a dramatic cover of ‘Story of My Life’ originally sung by One Direction. The crowd clapped and gave standing ovation along with the song as the group sings.
In the end, it was the performance of ‘I Told You You’ll Regret This’ that won the Honsbridge Got Talent Award. Hats off to the winners for their girl power. For everyone else, the talented Honnets have given their best to entertain and delight the audience in the hall.

Capping off this event was an award-giving ceremony where Honnets, graduates and the staff were honoured with gifts, hampers and statuettes. These awards includes:
  •         King and Queen of Honsbridge
  •         Sports Day winners.

After the Speech Day ended, Honnets, teachers and guests alike are treated to dinner as provided by a catering company. The meal features delectable dishes such as roast chicken, spaghetti olio, fried rice and sweet & sour fish. Meanwhile, the Honnets also lend a helping hand in selling fruits and marshmallows bathed in a fountain of chocolate. What a delicious way to end a big night!

Thus we end this with wishing Honnets who’ve graduated to keep working hard and keep striving for a better, brighter future. Never rest on success and always learn from failure. Meanwhile, Honnets still in school should not give up, always up their game and be determined while studying.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

Just because Honsbridge produce the best and brightest kids, doesn’t mean the school is lacking great talent!
This 28th April 2017, Honsbridge is putting a spotlight on the Honnets by hosting her own Talent Show.
Honnets from all over Honsbridge showcase their talents in music, performance, comedy, indie, comedy and wushu.
The judges who presided over these talents are Mr Dom, Mr Bakhtiar, Mrs Pat, Mr Leong and Ms Izyani.
The Honnets have been practicing for weeks, most of their time teaming up with their fellow Honnets, to prepare for their auditions. Their collaboration together proved that teamwork makes talent work.
In their auditions, the Honnets uses a variety of instruments such as keyboards, violins, ukuleles, and guitars to play a variety of modern hits by singers such as Selena Gomez and classics such as Fools Rush In. They also act out some famous scenes from various movies such as Titanic. These and many other showcases by our multi-talented Honnets.
Some failed, some didn’t work out, so a message to who didn’t make it: Don’t give up. Never be afraid of making mistakes. The Honsbridge Talent scene is only a small step in achieving your dreams.
Those who do made it, don’t stop. Keep practicing and do better. Never rest on your laurels yet as many more challenges await you. The same is true for your future exams here both here at Honsbridge and in colleges.
Honsbridge’s Talent Show is here to prove that the best, brightest Honnets can not only ace at A’s but also triumph in talent!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

It’s Teacher’s Day, and Honsbridge wishes to remind you all of the sacrifices teachers have made to bring out the best in Honnets.

Now, we could’ve scour the ‘Net looking for cliched words of wisdom by teachers about teaching. Or we could introduce you to one particular teacher named Taylor Mali who, a decade ago, wrote a slam poet about the experiences and sacrifices teachers have gone through to bring out the best in kids, called ‘What Teachers Make’:

He says the problem with teachers is
What’s a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life
was to become a teacher?

He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true
what they say about teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the dinner guests
that it’s also true what they say about some people.
Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite conversation.
I mean, you’re a teacher.
Be honest. What do you make?

You want to know what I make?
I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor
and an A-­‐ feel like a slap in the face.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. 
No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom?
Because you’re bored.
And you don’t really have to go to the bathroom, do you?

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
Hi. This is the teacher. I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something your son said today.
To the biggest bully in the grade, he said,
“Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?
It’s no big deal.”
And that was noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

You want to know what I make?
I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful
over and over and over again until they will never misspell
either one of those words again.
I make them show all their work in math
and hide it on their final drafts in English.

I make them understand that if you’ve got this,
then you follow this,
and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make, you give them this.

Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
Teachers make a HUGE difference! Now what about you?

Taylor Mali wrote the above poem as a response to mostly rich types who underestimated teachers and only judge them by how much money they make, not by their quality they bring. This poem is dedicated to teachers and parents who had done their best to bring out brightest out of their students.

From Honsbridge,



Monday, May 15, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

2nd May 20 was the last day for G15 Honnets as they sat for the final exams.

First, they sat for the internal mock exams. Then, they will face the real exams outside Honsbridge at the Cempaka International School.

We wish them good fortune in the final exams to come.

After the exams are over, Honsbridge celebrate their finals by throwing a farewell party. The staff have ordered pizzas and drinks for the party.


The Honnets offered their gratitude to the following teachers who helped guide the Honnets G15:
  •         Mrs Emma
  •         Mr Mike
  •         Ms Izyani
  •         Ms Esmai
  •         Mrs Pat
  •         Ms Samantha
  •         Mr Leong
  •         Mr Bakhtiar

Bailey, one of the G15 Honnets, said of his teachers, ‘'All my teachers have definitely did their best in teaching me even when I maybe a bit difficult at times'’

Rashtna, his fellow classmate, also praised, ‘On the behalf of the G15, I wish to thank the teachers for helping me from going from fail to success.’

We ended the party with every Honnet giving a thank you speech to the teachers and staff of Honsbridge.

Honsbridge wishes the Honnets the very best as they strive to bring home A’s from the IGCSE exams at Cempaka. For those who’ve made it, congrats!

To those who don’t, never give up! There’s always another chance in life. Most of the richest people on Earth started out with poor grades. But those with grades and those who don’t that become successful in life have three things in common: Preparation, determination and hard work.

For now, enjoy your A's!! Go to Disneyworld or watch K-Pop Seoul!! Play video games or go shopping!! Or just take a long rest before venturing into college. You’ve earned it, G15 Honnets!


Tuesday, May 09, 2017 / Posted by Zaki@Honsbridge / comments (0)

Ever wanted a better future your children? Bless them with more career opportunities and more chances to work in other countries, thus ensuring a better life anywhere in the globe? Then you might consider enrolling your child into IGCSE.

What is about the IGCSE that stands out from all other exam certificates out there in Malaysia, especially SPM? Let’s find out.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education or IGCSE is an international version of the UK GCSE. It was introduced into the UK in 1988 to replace the O-Level and CSE examinations. The GSCE functions almost like the SPM in Malaysia. Secondary school students in the UK taking GCSE are given exams based on subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science among others. The IGCSE in Malaysia includes more local subjects such as the Malay Language.

The SPM is local equivalent to the British GCSE, and provides the opportunity for Malaysians to continue their studies to pre-university level.

However, SPM certification is only for local universities. By taking IGCSE certification, students can be more accepted into wider choices of overseas universities and colleges. Thus, not only they can discover new cultures and expand their minds, it also means they can network with global companies which would potentially employ them.

There are actually two types of IGCSE:
  • ·         The Cambridge IGCSE
  • ·         The EDEXCEL IGCSE

The Cambridge IGCSE is the most well-known as it developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

The EDEXCEL IGCSE is created by the EDEXCEL Limited, partially owned by Pearson PLC, a UK publisher. It is basically a privatised version of the common IGCSE. Though EDEXCEL claims its IGCSE is accepted worldwide, students should consult various colleges and universities as some major institutions do not recognized EDEXCEL’s IGCSE certification. The Cambridge IGCSE, in comparison, is more widely accepted than the EDEXCEL IGCSE, thus students have less concerns on whether they would be accepted or otherwise.

There is a competition to the IGCSE which is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Developed in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, the IB Diploma is as highly regarded as the IGCSE. The IB Diploma boasts wider range of subjects for students to study in-depth.

However, the IB is far more demanding and puts more pressure on students to maintain their perfect scores. The Cambridge IGCSE puts less pressure on students than the IB.

There are actually other schools such as Cempaka and the ELC International School that teaches IGCSE. At Honsbridge, our classes are relatively smaller, thus we have tighter focus in guiding our students, while creating a steadier communication and stronger bond between students and teachers.

These are the facts of IGCSE as taught in Honsbridge. If you’re a parent who wishes to seek a brighter future for their children, please consider the IGCSE as their entry to that future.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 / Posted by Honsbridge / comments (0)

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