Category: Human Interest

Behind the Counter: Student Librarian For A Day (Part 2)

By Ng Ziqin (20S03H)

We left off last time with this heartbreaking tableau: a plucky student journalist, faced with the insurmountable task of shifting an entire collection’s worth of books down one shelf to make space for one unbelievably thick textbook. 

Did she succeed, or throw in the towel?

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Behind the Counter: Student Librarian For A Day (Part 1)

By Ng Ziqin (20S03H)

What does a librarian’s job entail? Is it really just about shelving books and collecting fines?

Three months ago, I interviewed RI’s head librarian, Mrs Joanna Chow, but I still have many questions about what goes on in a librarian’s day. Mrs Chow invites me to drop by the Shaw Foundation Library for a full day to get a taste of what she calls “librarian operations training”. 

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Life after Raffles: Relief Teaching

By Valerie Tan (20A01E) and Coco Liu (20S06L)

This week, Year 6s across the island breathed a sigh of relief. As they put down their pens and closed the booklet of their last ‘A’ Level paper, they were also closing this chapter of their lives. And they might be asking: what next? While some may be looking forward to travelling or simply enjoying their free time, others might be looking into getting a job or an internship. And where else to find one than in their very own school as a teacher?

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5km²: Of Ruins and Roadway Detectors

By Ng Jing Ting (20A13A) and Sarah Lok (20A03A) 

5km² aims to discover the unexplored places and untold stories of the Bishan community, spoken through words and photographs. Raffles Institution has been rooted here for 29 years, yet most of us don’t really explore the places around us past Junction 8, or maybe even S11. This begs the question: as residents, how much do we actually know about Bishan? What hidden gems does the unassuming 5km² area around us hold?

Tucked away in the recesses of Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Nature Park is Singapore’s newest buffer park—it is a physical enhancement and extension of the nearby Central Catchment Reserve that not only provides the public with an alternative space to connect with nature, but also protects the nature reserves against abutting developments. 

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Keeping Up With Kranji

By Raffles Press

For most of the Year 5s, 3rd October 2019 only marked the end of their Promotional examinations, when all could finally run free with their friends to the nearest KTV or shopping mall to relax. For Raffles Press, however, this day had another cause for celebration: barely half an hour after the end of the Math paper, we piled into a bus, armed with mosquito repellent and sunblock, and set off for the Kranji countryside, ready for an afternoon at one with nature. We bring you through three of the farms we explored—quiet charm tucked away from the usual hustle and bustle of Singapore’s urban landscape.

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