Shades of Green: Miyazaki’s Take on Environmentalism

By Elizabeth Paulyn Gostelow (21A01B) and Rachel Ho (21A01B)

Studio Ghibli classics have long prevailed over the ebb and flow of film trends, and their recent debut on streaming platforms has only cemented their place as perennial masterpieces. The animation studio has teamed up with streaming giants such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max to immerse audiences around the globe in the fantastical world of Ghibli. While Ghibli films offer a perfect respite from dreary quarantine life, their true charm lies in their percipience of the human condition, and can invoke much reflection among viewers. 

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Raffles Jazz Concert 2020: Amour T’es Là?

By Afeef Ikhwan (21A13B) and Max Chwa (21A01B) 

Love, are you there?

That’s the English translation of Amour T’es Là?, the name that Raffles Jazz has given to its annual concert this year. Scenes from 80s indie romance films come to mind when hearing the title; the performances that Jazz put up here definitely achieve that same atmosphere. And the pandemic situation we are currently facing did not in the least deter them from delivering their very best musicianship. The CCA is alive and kicking, albeit in a slightly different form this time around.

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4P0LLO: Council Investiture 2020

By Noelle Leow (21A01B) and Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A)

The members of the incumbent 39th Students’ Council, donning their formal school uniforms, took their seats in front of their laptops for the first-ever online Students’ Council Investiture Ceremony held in the afternoon of 1st July. At the same time, behind their own laptop screens, their successors joined the Microsoft Teams (MSTeams) call one by one, each filled with the simultaneous thrill and trepidation of starting a new Council term.

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Humans Being Lonely: Things Y6s Do During HBL 

By Ng Jing Ting (20A13A), Sarah Lok (20A03A), Sophia He (20S03H), and Valerie Tan (20A01E)

In this era where the pursuit of productivity has permeated near all aspects of the increasingly mundane lives of the soon-to-be national exam takers, there are few things better than a state-mandated sedentary lifestyle.

No longer can your sloth-like and sinful tendencies be shamed; these attributes are now held up as those of a conscientious and socially-responsible citizen, intent on doing their part as One People, One Nation, One Singapore. Oh, how the tables have turned!

And yet. Some people are doing Things. With a capital T. 

In this article, we explore the multifarious ways in which members of our community have put their newfound time to use. As productivity takes a backseat in these uncertain times, this leaves space for our lesser-explored talents to take the spotlight, along with some clever adaptations to keep plans workable in the new circuit breaker paradigm.

From birthday bashes to awe-inspiring workouts, we have compiled here just some of the many activities undertaken by the quaranteens among us. Continue reading “Humans Being Lonely: Things Y6s Do During HBL “

HBL Review: A Snooze to Remember

By Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A)

“Time is moving too fast.” 
“I don’t want to go back to school on Monday.”

It feels like all our calls have been answered—a seemingly unlimited expanse of time during these weeks of circuit breaker and the May holidays. Yet, you now see people posting on their Instagram stories with captions such as “I’m so bored” and “I don’t have anything to do at home”, itching for something new to do after far too long in the confinements of their own home. In such times of dire crises, we often overlook the best thing to do when we have an excess of free, unmoderated time: sleep.

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