Author: Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Boys’ Hockey Finals

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By Hsiao Jia Ying (23A01C) and Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

“…grit, skill and absolutely fabulous teamwork” 

Mr Frederick Yeo, Principal

You’ve heard Mr Yeo speak about the match. You’ve seen the Straits Times article. That’s right, Raffles managed to clutch victory yet again. In fact, Raffles Hockey has been dominating the championships for a while now, with our team winning our fifth title in a row this year.

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‘Head Empty, No Thoughts’: Exploring Overthinking 

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By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) and Venkatesan Ranjana (23A01D)

You are at the party of your not-so-close friend. Someone suggests playing “Burning Bridges”. People sit in a circle facing each other. The first round starts with the people across you. They giggle and shove each other before pointing at you.

Hm, seems like something is funny, maybe I’ll ask them about it later.

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In Youthful Company @ Esplanade

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By Jessica Zhu Yunjie (24A01E), Johnathan Lim (23S03M), Siaw Min En Alena (24S03O)

Photos courtesy of Faith Tan Xin Ning (23S03C)

“Craziest project we’ve ever done.”

Mr Yang, emcee and conductor, by Branson Tan’s recount

On the 21st of April, the Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra (RICO) (Y1-6) collaborated with the Raffles Girls’ School Chinese Orchestra (RGSCO) and RICO alumni, coming together to deliver their third iteration of ‘In Youthful Company’ at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. There were packed theatres, along with lovely sunsets, but of course, there was a cheerful spring repertoire to top off our Friday nights.

With this being RICO’s first public performance since the pandemic began, pent-up excitement from audiences and performers alike was evident from the overflowing turnout and an oversubscribed list of performers.

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CII 2023: Runway or Run Away?

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By Johnathan Lim Yang Kai (23S03M), Ng Cheng Jie (NUS High), Rebecca Yap Jia Xin (EJC), Ryan Goh Chan Khee (EJC), and Venkatesan Vidya Laxmi (RGS)

This video is part of the 5th Edition of Cross Island Impressions. CII is a national student paper written by student journalists across Singapore. This year’s edition will comprise publications from teams spanning 8 different schools: DHS, EJC, HCI, NJC, NUSH, RGS, RI, and VJC. Each team of writers collaborated to produce a video and a photojournalistic article. Come read the 5th Edition of CII here, and watch the videos here!

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Pensive Pleasures (Evolving from r/im14andthisisdeep)

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By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) and Jolene Yee (23S03A)

Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

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.

“What is life’s meaning? We are just a speck in this vast universe and whatever we do probably would not make any difference. In the end, our sun would run out of energy and life on Earth would vanish. Why do we even need to go to school if nothing we do ever makes a difference. And we might be living in a simulation, which means even if we make a difference, it is contained in some video game?”

Pensive Poppy

Dear Pensive Poppy,

Imagine: You are birthed, and your cries in the delivery room are studied for their exact pitch, length, and volume. As you traverse your life, the world knows every single thought that ever crosses your mind. Your locker-room crushes will know your self-insert fantasies about them. After your death, every intricate detail about your life is scrutinised. You are studied in textbooks and admired in museums until the end of time. 

Is this what you wanted? 

If yes, then it’s pretty clear – you want to leave as big of a legacy as you can. But chances are, you don’t really fancy the cosmic weight of this life.

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