Raffles Press

Film Society Screening: A Woman’s World

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By Phang Yeu Yeou (19A01A) and Loh Lin (19A01D)
Photos courtesy of Ms Joanna Ng

“What are the struggles of being a woman?”

That was the big question that Raffles Film Society’s film screening addressed in a small space on 8th March. That Thursday evening saw students gathering in the Hodge Lodge and being ushered into the movie room by enthusiastic Film Society members, where movies were screened in commemoration of International Women’s Day. Although initially beset by technical difficulties, the session soon got underway, with breaks for discussion interwoven with the screenings of the films themselves

Film society member facilitating discussions about the films

The overall tone of the session was nothing short of sombre, with a sharp focus on the struggles women face in realising their sexuality, autonomy, and identity through the ages, as showcased through a lineup of five films.

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Homeground 2018: Bridging Term Contract Workers and Students

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By Zacchaeus Chok (18S03O)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Community Advocates

“What is the weirdest thing you ever ate?” A few awkward glances ensue.

“Or how about, what is your favourite food?” interjects another student facilitator as he frantically rummages through the bag of ice-breaker statements, prepared by the organising committee for the very purpose of preventing an uneasy silence.

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Fear of Fjälling: The JAE Experience in RI

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By Zara Karimi (18A01A), Ianni Tan (18S03C), Zacchaeus Chok (18S03O) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R)

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If you have recently received a text message confirming your acceptance into RI, congratulations! Your course code is already in the MOE’s systems – 28A or 28S. For better or for worse, you are about to become a Rafflesian.  

Yet when it sinks in that you have enrolled in a JC where the majority of your peers will have been from an entirely different programme for the past four years, everything suddenly appears incredibly daunting. What if everyone already knows each other, and you have trouble fitting in? What if you are unable to keep up?

These are a few of the many anxieties that initially plague the minds of students who enter Raffles Institution in Y5-6 through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE). Coming from all walks of life, and a wide variety of schools all over the island, Raffles Press decided to embark on an examination and discussion of the experiences of JAE students as they entered RI, as something of a guide for this year’s batch of JAE entrants. Most JAE students reported that the majority of their initial concerns pertained to academic and social pressures.

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4 People You Meet in Orientation

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By Zara Karimi (18A01A), Ianni Tan (18S03C), Zacchaeus Chok (18S03O) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R) 

Feature Picture by Raffles Photographic Society

Popular opinion seems to suggest that you either love Orientation or hate it: there are stories of Orientation Groups (OG) that stay together until graduation, and OGs that barely acknowledge each others’ existence once Orientation is over. As you wonder what sort of OG you will wind up being assigned to, you would have probably come to the conclusion that Orientation is definitely a potentially perilous hotbed of social interaction.

In our attempt to help you better navigate your way through the 4 days ahead, we have dissected the basic unit of an OG and have concluded that there are 4 types of people that will likely be your fellow OG-mate.

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Fjäll: Orientation 2018 Preview

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By Zara Karimi (18A01A), Ianni Tan (18S03C) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R).

What do you get when you take 1270 O-packs, over 300 students, 6 months of planning, and countless dry runs? It’s simple: A kick-butt Orientation programme that promises to deliver.

In case it wasn’t obvious by now, Orientation is happening in a week’s time! As one of the defining events of J1, Orientation celebrates the arrival of a new batch of the senior-most Rafflesians, and marks the start of your next two years in junior college. J1s can look forward to a variety of fun-filled activities, ranging from song and dance to station and war games, all carefully put together by a team of dedicated councillors and orientation group leaders (OGLs).
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