Category: Columns

Fear of Fjälling: The JAE Experience in RI

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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“The Post” Review: Papers and Politics in a Post-Truth World

By Soh Ying Qi (18A01C)

Spoiler alert: you already know what happens in this film.

Not because it looks like standard Hollywood period-drama fare, comprising an ensemble cast led by established stars, a screenplay peppered with references to “the First Amendment right to free speech” and “Based on a true story” tacked onto the end of its trailer. But if I told you that in 1971 The New York Times and The Washington Post were sued in the Supreme Court of the United States for publishing a set of politically sensitive documents, you’d know the outcome of the trial before ever picking up a single history book.

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Introduction to H1s: General Paper, Project Work, and Economics

By Chung So Hyun (18A13A) and Grace Lau (18SO3I)

What on earth is “H1”?

As to-be J1 students, we remember first coming across this unfamiliar term while talking to our seniors about “the JC life”. Initially, we thought that “H1” was an acronym for “History Paper 1”. It was only through our senior that we found out later — “H1” actually stood for the most basic level among the 3 different levels of study for the GCE A-Level subjects.

If you are as clueless as I was back then, fret not! This article is for you. In this feature, we provide a short introduction to some common H1 subjects — Project Work (PW), General Paper (GP), and H1 Economics.

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CCA Previews ’18: Raffles Press

By Lynn Hong (18A13A), Chairperson

Batch of 2018

The student journalist is an elusive species. By virtue of their small population size, they are hard to spot amongst the herds of Rafflesians. They can sometimes be seen skulking in the Performing Arts Centre during performances or on the sidelines of major inter-school sporting events. It is rumoured that they are attracted by the scent of Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Some have even said that they might be the shadow organisation behind the Word of Mouth site, posing as “Raffles Press” on the anonymous expanse of cyberspace.

In a bout of rather circular logic, these student journalists justify their existence with the cryptic claim of “student journalism”. The word appears at least once in all our manifestos, About pages, and previous CCA previews, so today, we’re breaking it down for prospective applicants.

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CCA Previews ’18: Writer’s Guild

By Harshini Rayasam (18S06B), Chairperson

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     !            :                  ,                .
             ,            ,            ,                .
     ,              ;                              !

Blank Verse, by Ernest Hemingway

One of the first things you learn about Writers’ Guild is that there is truly nothing standing between your restless imagination and the written page. Here, there are no word limits or rubrics to measure yourself against, which is a welcome relief to those who are embittered by secondary school creative writing assignments!

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