Category: Commentary

5km²: Of Ruins and Roadway Detectors

By Ng Jing Ting (20A13A) and Sarah Lok (20A03A) 

Tucked away in the recesses of Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Nature Park is Singapore’s newest buffer park—it is a physical enhancement and extension of the nearby Central Catchment Reserve that not only provides the public with an alternative space to connect with nature, but also protects the nature reserves against abutting developments. 

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Where Does the Fruit Go?

By Tay Jing Xuan (20S03C)

Take a look at Singapore’s—no, the world’s daily food waste, and you’ll notice a very unsettling trend.

Roughly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year globally. That’s about 3.6 million tonnes wasted daily. By now, one should know pretty well the impact food waste has on the environment and the jarring imbalance of food across the world, with millions starving while developed countries choke on superfluity. Yet, the numbers are only climbing, with the increase of mouths to feed leading to even greater excess being produced.

But that’s the world. What about the canteen in Raffles Institution?

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Every Little Thing: Teachers’ Day 2019

By Huang Beihua (20A03A) and Gabrielle Ng (20A01E)
Pictures courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

The first week of September was one of many emotions: joy, perhaps, at the dawning of a glorious break; disappointment, possibly, at the realisation that it was no break at all; or maybe nervousness, as you glanced at your revision schedule (or lack thereof). Yet, chances were that you noticed the booths lining the canteen entrance, caught a glimpse at the elaborately drawn cards in someone’s hands, or even received a copy of our meticulously penned Teachers’ Day newsletters. It seemed appropriate that appreciation be added to that list—there was no better occasion to thank those who had worked just as hard for our grades and growth. 

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A Word on Writing Paper

By Ng Ziqin (20S03H) and Sophia He (20S03H)

While the recent Prelims and Promos may not have held many—or any—fond memories, the pain of churning out three-hour essay after three-hour essay may have been dulled by one thing: exam season writing paper. For these are no ordinary sheets: thicker and smoother than the garden-variety Raffles Institution foolscap sold at Popular bookstore, the high quality foolscap might very well be the only highlight of the Rafflesian exam season. But much mystery enfolds these silky reams: Where do they come from? Why are they of such superior quality? Is there some closely-guarded top-secret formula governing their distribution?

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