Category: Commentary

A Level 2021 Student Features: Finding Your Groove

By Clarice Tan (21A01C), Hong Wan Jing (22S06F), and Lara Tan (22A01B)

This year, Raffles Press invited eight accomplished Year 7s to share their experiences in JC. We hope that all of us can see a piece of ourselves reflected in their stories of leadership, service, and above all, resilience.

This is Part 1 of our A Level 2021 Student Feature.

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2021 Homecoming Playlist—The Prelude

By Elizabeth Paulyn Gostelow (21A01B) and Rachel Ho (21A01B)

Few schools celebrate the beginning of an A-level year, much less christen it with a name that connotes ceremonious joy and the pinnacle of American high school culture. 

Rafflesians danced to our own tune: we deck out the first week in performances, giveaways, game shows and mobile furry animals to the fanfare of Homecoming Playlist. We do the rolled-out red carpet, the flashing lights, and the confetti all at once, or at least their equivalent under safe distancing regulations.

So here’s a recap of how the stars of the show—the beloved Year 6s—waltzed into their senior year this Homecoming.

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Malay Language Elective Programme: First Year in RI

By Afeef Ikhwan (21A13B)

Wahah Cendekia—the Oasis of Intellectuals.

Upon walking into school from the Marymount gate, you may have noticed these exact words adorning the front of the Blue Room. However, there’s a catch: it is no longer officially called the Blue Room! Formerly a multipurpose room, hosting classes and meetings alike, this room has now become the headquarters of the school’s new Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP). The aptly named MLEP Room had undergone major renovation works over the December holidays and is now open for students to partake in the programme’s plethora of events. 

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Prelude to the Bicentennial: RAM Virtual Gallery

By Matthew Ethan Ramli (21S03F)

In an effort to connect ex-Rafflesians and the public to the institution, the Raffles Archives and Museum (RAM) recently launched its virtual exhibition. This event,  as part of a wider countdown, marks the 850th day till RI’s bicentennial.

Visitors to the site are invited into a virtual replica of the museum, captured using 360-degree cameras and digital modelling. Akin to the streetscapes on Google Street View, site-users can navigate through the various exhibits by tapping on the intended location.

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Lost and Found: The “Ulu”, Unexplored Places in RI

By Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A)

As you navigate through this inextricably large campus, roaming through the green-and-grey corridors with the prettiest willow trees (the school genuinely has amazing greenery) and lined glass windows, you might miss out on some of the more obscure places in Raffles Institution. Especially with safe-distancing measures, it may be difficult for you to go around to explore the campus, the place where you’re going to spend your last two years of pre-tertiary education at. 

Well, whether it’s because they are out of the way from your classroom-bound venues or perched in an unassuming corner, here are some of the ‘lost’ locations in school, which have now been found for you!

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