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Please Mind The Platform Gap: Taking H2 Japanese

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By Jolene Yee (23S03A)

“I heard you have to write a 4000 character essay. Is H2 Japanese hard? Are the lessons intense? Is it a big jump from Japanese in Secondary 4?” 

These were just some of the burning questions foremost in my mind at this time last year. Not only did I approach my Senpais and Senseis for advice, I also attempted to seek answers from Google…only to be directed to the SEAB H2 Japanese Syllabus page, which induced no small amount of panic in me.   

And so, to all prospective H2 Japanese learners out there sharing similar concerns with my eager-but-apprehensive-and-hence-torn-between-H2-Econs-and-Japanese self a year ago, わかるよ、その気持ち! Hopefully, this article can be of some help in addressing your queries and relieving your anxieties, and ultimately in making an informed decision about your subject combination. 

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Please Mind The Platform Gap: Taking H2 Geography

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By guest contributor Wang Siqi (23S06A)

“So you’re learning about… rocks?” is the first thing someone says to me upon finding out I take Geography. It seems that Geography has developed a bit of a reputation for being a subject that, well, rocks. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you too will be inspired to jog headfirst into H2 Geog and its many diverse topics. 

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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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Special Edition: Teachers’ Day 2022

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By Raffles Press ’23
Foreword by Anamika Ragu (23A01A), Chairperson, Raffles Press ’23

Teaching seems to be quite the endeavour.

Like every job, it must have its own ups and downs; marking a legible paper with precise terminology you spent weeks drilling into students’ minds and a (highly flattering) moment of fame whilst opening your inbox and finding— sandwiched between consult requests— an email from a Raffles Press reporter hounding you for an interview about your life. Or perhaps, taking a question mid-tutorial only to end up beginning your response with, “As mentioned in the lecture…”

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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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