Category: Commentary

Covid-19, My New Housemate

By Faith Ho Enki (22A01A)

A fully vaccinated household contracts Covid. Here’s what happens. 

Day 0

Thursday, past nine. My brother stands outside my room, slightly over a meter away, holding up a thermometer. “Jie (Chinese name for older sister), I have a fever. But I can still taste and smell, so I probably don’t have Covid.” 


Past ten, I hear two knocks on the door and my mother’s muffled voice from the other side. “Your brother has Covid.” 

I walk out, feeling a bit like I’m in a dream. My parents are seated at separate sides of the dining table, both wearing N95 masks. I take the proffered antigen rapid test (ART), and for the first (but not last) time stick a swab up my nose. I slip the N95 that’s lying on the table over my head. It’s almost surreal; we were just here a few hours ago laughing and talking over dinner, and now we are spaced apart, breathing hoarsely into our masks like budget Darth Vaders. 

Truthfully, it never crossed my mind that my family would have a Covid case—it was always something that happened to other people.

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MHAW 2021: Alone Together

By Faith Ho (22A01A), Mirella Ang (22A01C)

Cover picture courtesy of the Peer Helpers Programme.

MHAW was the culmination of month-long efforts by the Peer Helpers and counselors into a week of activities and advocacy lasting from 12 to 20 August 2021. It aimed to raise awareness of mental health, provide coping strategies, and encourage students to practise self-care.Themed “Alone, Together”, this paradoxical title served as a timely reminder that the student community must stay connected in such trying times in their lives.  

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A Panoply of Perplexities – Film’s Comeback, Stronger than a 90s Trend?

By Edna Lim (22S03F), Hong Wan Jing (22S06F), Sonia Maya (22A01C)

Analog photography is particularly en vogue among JC students, even in Raffles now, with the burgeoning of a substantial film community in recent years. To the uninitiated, this pursuit and its enthusiasts may seem puzzling and almost…paradoxical? To find out more about the comeback of film, we took to the ‘streets’ to interview a few film enthusiasts among us. 

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A Goodbye to Our Wonton Mee Vendors

By Clara Chai (22A01D) and Phang Duncan (22A13B)

Wonton mee vendors Mr Chew (left) and Mdm Lee (right)

Hectic, unfamiliar, intense… such were the emotions that Mr Chew and Mdm Lee carried in their hearts on their first day at RI over a decade ago. Since then, they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs, but as they doled out their final bowl of wonton mee on 27th August 2021, Mr Chew admitted that the experience has been ‘a very happy one’.

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Teachers’ Day Celebration 2021: Conductors Keeping Us on Track

By Keiran Koh (22S06M)

On 2 September 2021, RI came together to appreciate our educators with a lively railroad-themed celebration.

Principal Mr Frederick Yeo kicked off the celebration with his opening speech.

“Affirming our care for our teachers [and] thanking our teachers is a core human value.”

Mr Frederick Yeo

Mr Yeo touched on Teacher’s Day being a joyous celebration with our classmates to celebrate our teachers. He further extended his gratitude to the teachers for working tirelessly for the school and inspiring young charges.

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