By Loh Lin (19A01D)
Photos courtesy of Red Cross Youth Chapter
For most of us, donating blood would probably not be the first item on our bucket list. Or second. Probably not the third either. In fact, it’s likely to have never even crossed our minds at all. After all, what can a few pints of blood do?
To break it down for the uninformed, donating 1 unit of blood can in fact help save 3 lives. Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore, 350 units of blood are needed per day and 116,200 units are needed per year. This means that a total of 348,600 people would be able to get treatment for cancer, dengue haemorrhagic fever, injuries from road traffic accidents, and various medical conditions.
Continue reading “1 Bag, 3 Lives: Blood Drive 2018 Preview”
By Mabel Yet (19S03Q) and Varun Karthik (19S06A)
With campaigns about mental health issues popping up all over the world (Singapore included), as well as an unprecedented number of celebrities sharing about their own struggles, our awareness of mental health issues has significantly increased. This progress might have led many of us to assume that we are already well-aware of the misconceptions and stigmas that shroud mental disorders, resulting in our dismissal of the value of mental health campaigns. And for those who are struggling themselves, especially, they would know that mental health can be something inexplicably raw and personal – something which mental health campaigns cannot fully reflect.
Continue reading “Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: A Preview”
By Nicki Chan (18S03C)
Cover photo courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society
While we were all swept up into the fast-paced routines of JC life, the days of April trickled away gradually, and now, April has almost come to an end. But not to worry, that can only mean one thing: the arts season is upon us.
This is a time when RI’s diverse array of co-curricular activities (CCAs), mainly those in the Performing Arts and Clubs category, hold performances, showcases and events for their peers and the general public. Such events allow members of said CCAs to display the fruits of their labour over the course of their time in the CCA, culminating in rewarding and enjoyable experiences for all involved.
In 2018, Raffles Press brings you a new column that collates all major upcoming CCA events for easy reference and better publicity. Events are organised by date, and this list is accurate as of 26/4/2018, though it may be subject to updates. Events that are conducted by student groups outside CCA may also be included.
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By Abigail Ang (18S06B)
Do you have something on your mind that you are bursting to share? A cause you are passionate about? A confidential tip? An observation about school life or a phenomenon you wish someone would investigate?
Well, you can stop holding your tongue, as Press Soapbox is back in its 3rd incarnation next week. Press Soapbox is a biannual initiative by Raffles Press which aims to tap the pulse of the school community and cover issues that Rafflesians care about. Continue reading “See Something, Say Something – Press Soapbox is Back!”
By Zara Karimi (18A01A), Ianni Tan (18S03C) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R).
What do you get when you take 1270 O-packs, over 300 students, 6 months of planning, and countless dry runs? It’s simple: A kick-butt Orientation programme that promises to deliver.
In case it wasn’t obvious by now, Orientation is happening in a week’s time! As one of the defining events of J1, Orientation celebrates the arrival of a new batch of the senior-most Rafflesians, and marks the start of your next two years in junior college. J1s can look forward to a variety of fun-filled activities, ranging from song and dance to station and war games, all carefully put together by a team of dedicated councillors and orientation group leaders (OGLs).
Continue reading “Fjäll: Orientation 2018 Preview”