Spirit Week 2019: Spirited Away

By Megan Soh (20A01B), Jerome Tay (20S06Q), Rachel Leong (20A01E), and Huang Beihua (20A03A)
Photographs courtesy of Brian Choon (20S06D), Huang Beihua (20A03A), and the Raffles Photographic Society

It was clear from the Friday before that this was about to be a week like no other. Straying away from the traditional skit and reviving every Rafflesian from their sleepy stupor, live drums from Block D reverberated across the parade square as councillors stepped forth to declare what was in store. (Indeed, spirited announcements would be made throughout the week, but in case you missed them, here’s a refresher.)

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Common Ground 2019: The Inclusivity of Persons-With-Disabilities in Society

By Emily Ni (20S03C), Ng Ziqin (20S03H), and Sarah Lok (20A03A)
With contributions from Caitlin Goh (20S06O) and Cherie Goh (20S06O)

At a time when most were preoccupied with CT preparations and MEP applications, some sought to challenge the assumptions which Rafflesians might have of persons-with-disabilities (PWDs), remind us of the similarities we share, and underscore the need to build a more inclusive society. Aptly titled Common Ground, this two-week initiative was the inaugural collaboration between Raffles Interact, CA, and RECAS.

Here, Raffles Press highlights two main events that happened as part of Common Ground: Human Library and Y6 Assembly.

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Diving for Victory: Water Polo (Girls) Finals 2019

By Ruchira Ramaswamy (20S03A) and Coco Liu (20S06L)
Photographs courtesy of Megan Toh Jia Qi (20S03N) and Xanelle Tan Li-Shyan (20S03M) of Raffles Photographic Society 

It is claimed, in the CCA Previews’19 for Water Polo (Girls), that “It doesn’t matter if you’re not a fast swimmer.” Sounds like a long shot, something they’d say to encourage more people to go for CCA trials, because of course you have to swim fast to be in Polo, right?

Wrong. In fact, some players in the current team used to be non-swimmers. Of this, their coach, Mr Lim Yao Xiang, admits that, “In my 10 years of experience [coaching the RI Girls’ team], this batch has come the longest way.”

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Questioning Mr. Mohan’s questioning

By Varun Karthik (19S06A)

If the name Darrion Mohan sounds familiar, it should. The Oxford undergraduate student questioned Malaysia’s Godfather Dr Tun Mahathir at an Oxford Union event where Mahathir was invited to speak. The exchange that the not-too-old-Boy had with Dr Mahathir over the geo-political bickering between Singapore and Malaysia — a mainstay of Dr M’s legislative agenda — went viral back home in Singapore.

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Blazing the Trail: Track and Field Finals 2019

By Kelly Leong (20S07C) and Sarah Lok (20A03A)
Photographs courtesy of Chloe Guai (20A01D) of Raffles Photographic Society

The 29th of March might have been just a normal day for most, but it was not the case for the RI Track and Field Team. With new personal bests, numerous medals and countless memories created as a team, the team truly blazed the trail that culminated at the National Stadium.

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