Humans of RI

Popular@RI: A Farewell

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By Joy Tan (23A01D)

Photographs courtesy of Tan Gin Juat (23S06A)

A last glimpse into Popular@RI

Amidst a nationwide withdrawal of Popular bookshops from all schools, the end of an era for Raffles’ very own Popular bookshop has arrived.

Over the course of two weeks in June, the interior of the store will undergo minor renovations, after which Casco Educational Supply will be moving in as the school’s new bookshop by the end of the month. 

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RI200 Special: A Glimpse into Evolving Subjects

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By Joy Tan (23A01D) and Lezann Lee (23A01C)

“How do you pronounce PCME? Like, if HELM is pronounced HEL-M then is PCME pronounced PICK-ME? Also, what does PICK ME actually mean?” asked Physics teacher Mr Harapan Ong, in a commendable attempt to relate the established with the new and trendy. 

Such an attitude is certainly worth extending to our school’s 200-year-old history. In particular, we shine a spotlight on how some of the A-Level subjects offered today have changed to fit our current times and to prepare students for the future. Digging deeper into the stories of these subjects, we piece together what it really means to be honouring the past by inspiring the future. 

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RI200 Special: Alumni and Students

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By Alison Tan (23S03A), Loh Zhao Hong (23S03A) and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q)

In the lead-up to our Bicentennial celebrations on 28 May, Raffles Press presents our series of projects in line with the theme of ‘Honouring the Past by Inspiring the Future’.

First up, we take a look at the differences between school culture in the past and present, through conversations between alumni and current students:

7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days: Rafflesian Wheelchair Racer Makes History

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By Faith Wan (23S02B)

On February 6 this year, Dr William Tan, a neuroscientist and Paralympian, added another record to his lengthy list of achievements: being the first person to complete seven marathons across seven continents in seven days, in a wheelchair. 

After 50 years of wheelchair racing, this challenge was his swansong. In addition to raising funds for seven charities, the 66-year-old Rafflesian also graciously dedicated the last leg of his race to RI200, Raffles Institution’s bicentenary. 

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