Claire Jow (23A01B)

Raffles Reads: The New Girl

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Claire Jow (23A01B)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3/5

Moving to a new school is always hard, but it seems to be particularly tough on fifteen-year-old Lia Setiawan, who managed to enter the prestigious Draycott Academy based solely on her skill in track and field.

The shiny surface of her new school, however, hides a dark interior. There are drug deals, illegal activities, and ominous messages scrawled on the walls; soon enough, she’s become the next target of the school’s anonymous gossip app, Draycott Dirt. As she struggles to find her footing as a fish out of water in a school full of filthy-rich students, she becomes entangled in a cheating ring that leads to one of the greatest mistakes of her entire life.

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Please Mind the Platform Gap: Taking H2 Literature

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Claire Jow (23A01B)

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the character Caroline Bingley exclaims, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” If these words ring true for you, you might want to consider taking H2 Literature in JC. (Though, admittedly, Caroline was being rather deceitful at this point as she was trying to impress Mr Darcy; remember not to quote out of context, everyone!)

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Guiding Lights: A Look into the Raffles Guidance Centre

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Claire Jow (23A01B), Raphael Niu (23A01A) and Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

As much as we might prefer to coast through life brushing mental health struggles under the carpet, it has become increasingly apparent that mental health struggles are a pressing issue, particularly in a stressful environment such as RI. For some of us, even tasks deemed as “simple” such as going to class or finishing a homework assignment can be considered to be a huge victory. 

This is where the Raffles Guidance Centre (RGC) comes in, helping students who struggle  with problems from device issues to family relationships survive and thrive in life. 

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Lit Week’22: Roaring Back To Life

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Claire Jow (23A01B)

The Roaring Twenties was heralded by a flourishing economy and a blossoming of arts and culture in the West. It was an age of celebration, a recognition of all the strength it had taken to live through the previous (and far more tumultuous) decade. The Great War had ended, the influenza pandemic of 1918 had died down, and people were left with the desire to do one thing— live. 

About a century later, we found ourselves living that same reality, finally recovering from a global pandemic that had forced us all into isolation. Literature Week 2022, while centred around 1920s literature, also inadvertently parallelled this— our very own Roaring Twenties.

At long last, however, the fog was beginning to lift. It was once again time to celebrate the beauty of life and Literature together. And so, Lit Week began.

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Gryphon Recall: A Re-Calling of Friends

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Claire Jow (23A01B)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

Year after year, each batch of students comes and goes, graduating to make something of themselves in this great wide world. On 23 July, however, as part of RI’s bicentennial initiatives, the alumni of our school’s CCAs – ranging from fresh-faced 20-somethings to middle-aged careermen in their 50s – were invited back to school in an event known as Gryphon Recall.

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