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Special Edition: Teachers’ Day 2022

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By Raffles Press ’23
Foreword by Anamika Ragu (23A01A), Chairperson, Raffles Press ’23

Teaching seems to be quite the endeavour.

Like every job, it must have its own ups and downs; marking a legible paper with precise terminology you spent weeks drilling into students’ minds and a (highly flattering) moment of fame whilst opening your inbox and finding— sandwiched between consult requests— an email from a Raffles Press reporter hounding you for an interview about your life. Or perhaps, taking a question mid-tutorial only to end up beginning your response with, “As mentioned in the lecture…”

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Teachers’ Day 2022: Teachers’ Pets

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By Jolene Yee Xin Yi (23S03A), Nicolle Yeo Minh (23A01D) and Hsiao Jia Ying (23A01C)

No, not that kind of “teachers’ pet”. We’re referring to the literal furry household companions here. In this Teachers’ Day special, we explore the difficult (but rewarding!) journey into pet ownership by three enthusiastic educators: Mr Derek Tan (Biology), Ms Evangeline Tan (Knowledge Skills, GP) and Mr Patrick Wong (Knowledge Skills, GP).

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Teachers’ Day 2022: Just Joined

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By Lim Zhi Qi Victoria (23S06B), Saara Katyal (23S05A), and Tang Lanyun (23S05A)

NAME: MS JUNIPER THANG
DEPARTMENT: CHEMISTRY

Y5 Chemistry teacher Ms Juniper Thang has more than a few tricks up her sleeve. Apart from being a proud Chemistry enthusiast, she also loves to immerse herself in the wonders of music and theatre. Apart from that, she has a passion for sport, and as the Soccer (Girls) teacher-in-charge, she will often join them in friendly matches.

Ms Thang’s passion for music began as a young child when she took part in piano lessons, a common beginning for many of us in the music world. As she got older, her love for music grew, and she started playing for her church. During university, a time of growth and exploration, she picked up the saxophone and began to pen her thoughts down to turn into song lyrics. She wound up writing about all sorts of eclectic topics—according to her, “that’s what makes music fun!”

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Teachers’ Day 2022: Teachers’ Drip

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By Alison Tan (23S03A), Anamika Ragu (23A01A), and Nor Akmal (23S03A)

“Doesn’t ‘drip’ on its own mean something different from ‘dripping’?”

Ms Chuang Sulynn, Literature Department

Indeed it does, and more. With the sweltering heat of living on the equator and attire regulations looming over us every time we reach for something from the closet, having ‘drip’ (fashion and/or style) in Raffles Institution seems to be a mammoth task. 

Despite this, our teachers make do rather impressively. 

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Teachers’ Day 2022: If I Weren’t a Teacher…

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By Leong Jun Wei (23A01D), Lezann Lee (23A01C), Joy Tan (23A01D) 

Cover Image by Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

Ever wondered what your beloved teachers would be doing if they weren’t waking up at 6am every morning and rushing to school amidst the relentless morning traffic, just to see the faces of students even more sleep-deprived than them? 

This year, we interviewed some of our teachers to find out more about their alternative career paths – and if they have any regrets choosing to remain a teacher. 

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