Category: Commentary

Staffroom Blues: A Day in the Life of a Teacher

By Loh Su Jean (19A01A), Rachel Lee (19A01D), and Kuang Shane Qi (19A13A)

Monday mornings: exhausting, tedious, dread-inducing. This isn’t unfamiliar to the frazzled, sleep-deprived Rafflesian. But this particular Monday morning doesn’t belong to your regular Rafflesian. It belongs to three faces you may have seen in lectures or glimpsed along corridors: Ms Fiona Lio, Mr Gerald Choo, and Ms Ng Mei Sze.

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RCY Blood Donation Drive: We Feel No Fear and We Feel No Pain

By Loh Su Jean (19A01A) and Loh Lin (19A01D)

Photos courtesy of Celine Chua (19S03H) 

On the Wednesday afternoon of 25 July, an antiseptic hush descends upon the Innovation Centre. The usually empty space is now unrecognisable. A dozen reclining chairs have taken over the room, flanked by standing trolleys of medical tubing, bags, and bandages. When we arrive at 3 PM, six students are already occupying these chairs, arms outstretched and fingers curling around foam pumps. The blood donation drive is smoothly under way.

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It’s the Simple Things We Forget

By Mr. Christopher Selvaraj from the KS Department
Cover photo by Differantly, a Paris/Berlin-based artist duo

These can be challenging times to think through the state of race relations in Singapore. Growing sensitivities to micro-aggressions and unconscious biases, racial privilege and cultural appropriation, reductive representations and linguistic assault, among other things, have made for a brew of simmering discontent that periodically spills out into our collective consciousness. These are complicated times – and it can seem simpler to sit and watch the waters swell.

So it was with great interest that I read Is Appreciation Enough?” by Phang Yeu Yeou and Loh Lin, and On Racism and Chinese Privilege” by Soh Ying Qi, a couplet of two recent thoughtful commentaries that set out to carefully consider racial harmony and race relations in Singapore. Both pieces reflect authors keen and willing to lay out the depth, complexity, and nuance of race relations. Both pieces reflect authors grappling with an important question: Are we doing enough to weave solidarity and community from the threads of diversity in which we find ourselves entangled? In both pieces, the answer to this question is “no”.

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The New Faces: 38th Students’ Council Feature

By Wong Zi Yang (19A01D) and Joyce Lee (19S06O)
Photos courtesy of the 38th Student’s Council

Managing a 1200-strong student population with a team of 60 is no easy task — especially with the additional burden of academics, and for some, a second CCA. In spite of all this, our newly-inaugurated student Councillors strive to overcome these tribulations to bring a little something into the lives of Rafflesians. To get to know our new Councillors better, Raffles Press presents part two of our feature on the 38th Student’s Council, as interviewees Chew Jay Hong (19A13A), Tan Huiying (19S06O), and Fu Xianli (19S03O) share their feelings about Council and the ideals they wish to realise for the student population.

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Life in Plastic

By Sarah Chen (19S03C), Rachel Lee (19A01D) and Keziah Lam (19A01B)

Disclaimer: This article, like all other Raffles Press articles, is not sponsored.

You don’t need to be an active frequenter of social media sites to notice the latest food-related fad, especially prominent with the new healthy addition of bubble tea to our school. For the uninitiated, this latest trend refers to the sudden appearance of a bunch of student-run Instagram pages encouraging more environmentally friendly lifestyles. These accounts may be run by a wide variety of students, but not unlike school meme pages, they all have a similar layout. A snazzy username made up of a school name and a phrase such as (but not limited to): plastic-free, straw-free or zero waste, a couple of anonymous student admins, regular posts with tips on how to make small changes in your lifestyle, and of course: the sale of metal straws.

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