Rafflesian Times: Issue #9 Preview

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The following is a preview from the upcoming Issue #9 of the Rafflesian Times, slated for release next Monday.

The Rafflesian Times is Raffles Institution’s school magazine. It is jointly produced by CCA groups Raffles Publications and Raffles Press, together with the Raffles Institution Communications, Alumni Relations and Advancement Department. We serve up succulent stories on Rafflesians (and friends of RI) past and present.

In this issue:

What’s On Your Playlist?

By Abigail Ang (18S06B) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R)


Ever wondered what kind of songs people in Raffles listen to in their free time? Maybe your classmate actually dee-jays in her free time. Maybe your teacher listens to K-pop rather regularly. Maybe your friend is an expert on indie music in Singapore. Catch your friends’ interesting music tastes in the RT Playlist today!


A Matter of Principals: A Tea Time Chat with Mr Frederick Yeo and Mr Chan Poh Meng

By Soh Ying Qi (18A01C), Wu Jiayi (18S06M), Justyn Lae (RI – 4I) and Mirza bin Abdul Latiff (RI – 4T)


Last December we bade goodbye to Mr Chan Poh Meng and welcomed incoming principal Mr Frederick Yeo. Students representing Raffles Publications, the Prefectorial Board, Student Council and Raffles Press sat down with both principals to hear their views on where RI is today and where they see it heading in the near future.


The Philosophy of Philosophy

By Shrey Bhargava (RI ’13)

Read the full article at the Rafflesian Times website here.


Shrey Bhargava (RI’13) is an actor, host and filmmaker from Singapore. He is best known for playing Brando in Mediacorp Channel 5’s comedy series, Fine Tune (2016) and finishing Runner Up in Mediacorp’s competition, The 5 Search (2015). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He has formally trained in Acting at Buds Youth Theatre, SRT’s Young Company, Acting and Hosting at the SAF Music & Drama Company, in Lee Strasberg’s Method and Acting for Camera at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity and in Improvisation at The Improv Company.

As one of the pioneer batches of Raffles Programme students who went through the school’s Philosophy programme, Shrey shares about how the programme has touched or informed his life decisions since then.

René Descartes famously said ‘I think, therefore I am’. This cannot be truer. Who we are, what we believe in, how we behave and the resulting issues we face collectively as a society all boils down to how we think. How we think can be shaped by the study of Philosophy.

– Shrey Bhargava, “The Philosophy of Philosophy”

Pick up a copy of RT9 for all these articles and more, including musings on failure in RI, pre-university education in other countries and a special report on the Mount Vernon Columbarium and its connections to RI alumni.

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