Author: Justin Lim

Taking Root Here: Appreciation Week 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Deborah Lee (17A01D) and Carman Chew (17A01D)

Appreciation Week 2016 is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Students’ Council that aims to recognize and appreciate the non-teaching staff members who do a lot that we often don’t value enough. Though we do not normally see them around, the impact they have on our school lives is indispensable.

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It Begins With You: You’ve Got Heart 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutes

by Bay Jia Wei (17S06R) and Yang Si Qi (17A01C)

Photos by Amelia Chong, Amelia Lee, Deborah Lee and Jennifer Shen

Five minutes before registration was to open, everyone involved was already feeling nervous, to say the least. The journey hadn’t been a smooth one so far – the technical rehearsal on Wednesday had been plagued with hiccups, and the stage logistics set up before hand had accidentally been cleared by Estate. Nevertheless, the team remained optimistic and excited, weeks of training and preparation all leading up to this. When the doors to the Hodge Lodge opened and herds of students streamed in, organisers, performers, and participants alike held on to a nebulous question (subconsciously for some, perhaps):

What does it mean to serve?

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A Dive for the Gold: Swimming Nationals 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes

by Darrell Koh (16A13A), Gao Yanxin (16S03N); photos courtesy of Yang Zuo (17A01E)

Upon entering the OCBC Aquatics Centre, supporters across the Raffles family banded together, busy coordinating cheers in preparation for the heated finals. Amongst the spectators, some looked on eagerly as they waited for the action to start, while others sought out their friends who were competing and wished them the best for what was ahead. In particular, the Raffles Swim Team seemed excited, but slightly edgy. After all, this was the culmination of months, or even years, of their training.

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A Shot at Victory: Shooting Nationals 2016

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By Nicole Tan (16A13A)

To step into the shooting range during a shooting match is to walk into an almost complete silence, something vastly different from the usual enthusiastic fanfare coming from the spectator stands of other sports competitions. Instead, the air is thick with quiet tension– cheering is banned (even whispering is frowned upon) and banners are redundant– the silence is only punctured by sporadic gun shots. This is because the sport requires intense focus from its shooters; in fact many of us wear earplugs and blinders to minimize any remaining distractions, since shooting is about absolute precision, even the slightest shift in focus can costs us those few important points.

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Clinching Titles en passant

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Ada Lim (17S03B)
Additional reporting by Timothy Wu (17S06B)

After several long afternoons of scouring for that elusive mate and endless discussions of mind-blowing strategies over 64 black and white squares, the Chess Club has finally made its move. Over the course of the past 5 weeks since the commencement of Term 2, its members have participated actively in 3 tournaments, making a bold statement with impressive and noteworthy results.

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