Author: Iman Talia (24S03E)

Clinching the Gold: Tennis Girls’ NSG 2023

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By Iman Talia (24S03E), Syaura Nashwa (24S03R), Vera Heng (24S03R)

On 11 May 2023, the back and forth of the tennis ball reverberated around the courts. As the sound punctuated the still air, the spectators held their breath: who would get the next point, Hwa Chong or Raffles?

It wasn’t an easy fight. Every time a point was scored, the audience erupted into raucous cheers. Eagle-eyed supporters craned their necks, not wanting to miss a single rally. Even with the racket created by a nearby grass cutter, the spectators’ cheers were strong, loud and unyielding. The intense atmosphere was clearly evident, with both sides determined to win.

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RJGE SYF 2023: A Symphony of Souls

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By Leong Jun Wei (23A01D) and Iman Talia Zahiri Han-En (24S03E)

On 6 April, Raffles Guitar Ensemble took part in the biennial Singapore Youth Festival. The Stamford Training Room was filled with palpable anxiety as the members of RJGE gathered for one last practice as an ensemble before boarding the bus to SOTA, their performance venue. 

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Finding Positivity in Negativity

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By Iman Talia Zahiri-Han En (24S03E) and Chong Kai Qian (24S03B, Peer Helper)

Your resident Aunties and Uncles are back with our Ask Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset column, this time as a collaboration between Raffles Press and Peer Helpers’ Programme (PHP)! Ever wanted to rant about that someone you just can’t stand? Overwhelmed with too many feelings? Submit your confessions to and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month.

“How do we maintain a positive perspective if we are constantly surrounded by others who have a very negative pattern of thinking?”

Struggling Samuel

Dear Struggling Samuel,

It can be difficult to extract yourself from such a negative environment when everywhere you turn, you seem to be surrounded by people with similar negative mindsets. It is inevitable that we might catch ourselves falling into their thinking patterns as well, so do not blame yourself too much. However, there are always things we can do to protect ourselves from overly negative influences and maintain a positive perspective. 

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