By Orientation Committee 2016
Additional reporting by Choo Shuen Ming (16A01E), Daphne Tang (16S03M), Karen Cuison (16A01D), Louisa Li (16A13A) and Olivia Tan (16A01E)
With Orientation 2016 just a few short days away, Raffles Press is proud to bring you a preview of what to expect in one of the major milestones in many JC students’ lives. Every year, the Orientation theme starts with the first letter of the council president’s name (in this case, Freda). This year’s theme is ‘Fiore’, which means “to bloom” in Italian. It encapsulates the Orientation Committee’s wishes for the batch of 2017 to pursue their passions, grow, and develop during their years here in JC.
Fiore 2016 brings a lineup of both new and revamped events! If you’re a soon-to-be OGLing, you can definitely look forward to improved versions of both War and Station Games, a refreshing change from those which have been played repeatedly over the past few years. (Don’t worry, we’ve tried them out with the OGLs and we had a lot of fun). We are also introducing something new in addition to the batch dance so look out for that!
Be ready for flowery language interspersed with melodious musical madness, boy problems, HTHTs, girl problems, intense ensemble work, A+ dance choreography, broken fourth walls, mythical animals, and many flowers all around. It won’t be a bed of roses, but it is practically budding with creativity!
We have two things to leave you with. One, be wary of flowers. They are more powerful than you think. Two, seventeen isn’t too young. Care for one another and bloom in your next two years here, and you can be more powerful than you think.
Be prepared for an adrenaline rush as you take on other houses, straining every muscle and using every ounce of energy to conquer the battlefield and emerge victorious! We hope you will thoroughly enjoy Jedi, Clash of the Centipedes, Plants vs Zombies and Team Fortress 3. Remember to stay safe, stay hydrated, follow the game rules and play your hearts out, bringing glory to your house.
ARE YOU READY FOR WAR?
Welcome, Villager. Brace yourselves for the Game of Thorns, in which you will traverse and discover all 5 vibrant villages of Raffles Institution, not forgetting our very own castle, the Crystal Palace. From dodging landmines to boarding warships to conquering obstacles, you will embark on a captivating and challenging journey on foot while immersing in the extraordinarily enchanting scenes the school has to offer.
Throughout the Game of Thorns, you will be completing perilous quests that will put your OG’s teamwork, perseverance and tenacity to treacherous tests and sinister battles of wit and fate. Will your OG be able to prevail against all odds and solve the real mystery that will be revealed during Orientation? The time has come to unleash your fullest potential in the Game of Thorns!
May the odds be ever in your favour.
Get hyped up for our self-composed batch song! We hope that you’ll bond through this song, and look to the lyrics whenever you need motivation, encouragement, and energy! (: Do look out for our performance at O’nite as well! From pumping and jumping, to swaying and singing, we hope you will savor the beauty of music together with us on this very special night. Harness the energy and hype that you feel during Orientation (especially O’Nite), and use it to push yourselves through J1. The JC journey won’t be an easy one, but it will definitely be memorable, and we hope to kickstart your irreplaceable journey with fun, joy, and of course, music!
“I haven’t met you yet, but I am already wrapped up around your contagious and bubbly self!”
Look forward to one of the most highly anticipated segment of orientation every year: the batch dance! Get ready to move and groove with your dance partner during the dance sessions. There’s a new segment this year called the “Legacy Dance” – we won’t reveal too much of it now, but it’s something pretty cool to look forward to.
Have fun, enjoy yourselves, make new friends and just dance (:
While we aren’t the main ones in charge of various segments of the programme (i.e. War Games, Station Games, Opening Ceremony, etc.), we settle the logistics and finances needed for these to run smoothly. We would also really, really, really, really appreciate it if all OGlings can make our lives easier by:
- Bringing enough money and submitting it on time!
- Updating your OGLs about your attendance ASAP! (this especially applies if you have to leave Orientation early at any point in time!)
- Disposing your leftover food and food containers at the designated locations!
- Following any other instructions your OGLs might give you, so that all of us can get things done quickly and have more time to have fun with your OGs!
And of course, we present to you your very own orientation pack:
We’re the ones behind the stunning chalkboard design which you can check out at the canteen walkway! This year, we’ve got photo booths with fun props around school for you to capture and keep your memories of orientation, and a “FIORE” snapchat filter for you to share your orientation experiences with your friends online.
We’re excited to pull together memorable activities for you during Orientation! Look forward to Opening Ceremony, where you’re gonna get all hyped up for Orientation, and O’nite, where we’ll end Orientation on a high note. (Orientation I/C Natalie Lim (16A01B): “O’nite will be extra special this year. We are very excited for it!”) Orientation will be peppered with OG hours that provide a breather from the intensity of the games, and time to get to know your OG mates better. We hope that you’ll make full use of your time, and participate enthusiastically. Get ready for the time of your lives!
In the end, it’ll be up to you to shape your own Orientation experience; as Natalie says, “Make it count! Just go all in, don’t be afraid try new things, meet new friends and you’d be surprised with the memories you will make.” Orientation only comes once in your life and
it’s the only time when you don’t have to attend lectures it’s undeniably one of the shared experiences every Rafflesian can look back on fondly (ask any senior!). JC can be stressful and scary at times, but we hope your Orientation days will remind you of how far you’ve come and more importantly, how much further you can go – together, as the batch of 2017.
Excited for Orientation? Check out the Fiore 2016 Facebook page over here!
And soon to come: behind the scenes coverage of Orientation as well!