Category: Human Interest

Boarding the Holiday Ship

By Faith Ho (22A01A), Mirella Ang (22A01C) and Jason Sutio (22S06U)

When Catherine Natasya Subroto (22S06R) first moved into RI Boarding, she expected a dull journey stemming from a studious, driven school culture. Coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, that meant no celebrations, group exercises, nor socialisations; she was ready for boarding what she felt would be a boring month-long voyage of just studying throughout the June holidays. Contrary to her expectations, however, holiday life in RI boarding was hardly monotonous. 

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RI Boarding, Uncovered

By Clara Chai (22A01D)

If your idea of boarding comes from books like ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Malory Towers’, you probably have a somewhat inaccurate picture of what boarding school is like in real life. 

Take RI Boarding (RIB). To many of us, the building is a mysterious extension of the school compound. With the exception of some students from RI Secondary who spent a term in boarding, most students haven’t stepped foot into the premises, much less understood what life’s like in that giant building. A quick google of RIB reveals only tiny glimpses of boarding life, which only serves to pique further interest.

To satiate your curiosity, Raffles Press has taken a dive into exploring the details of hostel life, interviewing some current boarders to find out what life really is like inside. In this article, we’ll be exploring 11 things you might not have known about RIB.

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Wading Against Covid-19 Currents: Student Feature

By Clara Chai (22A01D), Jason Sutio (22S06U) and Phang Duncan (22A13B)

Yong Ming Le, Ethan (21S06E)

If Ethan had to describe his journey in Chinese Literacy Drama Cultural Society (CLDCS) and Students’ Council with one word, it would be ‘serendipitous’. 

For one, Council’s in-person initiatives, such as Team Raffles Games and Spirit Week, had to be shifted online due to the Circuit Breaker. He also had little to no opportunities to interact with his fellow councillors. However, when SMMs eased further in Phase 3, he was able to bond more with them.

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At the Frontlines: An Insight Into A Chaotic Year in the Laboratory for Dr Brendan Pang

By Azzahra Osman (22S03P) and Ting Kaily (22S03P)

The Covid-19 pandemic has been raging across the world for the past year. With new waves of the pandemic hitting many parts of the world hard, including our nation, which has recently been placed on a heightened alert (a.k.a CB 2.0 to many), many job scopes have since been thrust to the forefront. As we learn more about jobs at the frontlines, apart from doctors and nurses, we will be exploring how a pathologist’s life has been impacted by this devastating outbreak. 

Dr Brendan Pang, an RJC alumnus from the class of 1995, is an anatomic and molecular pathologist responsible for leading a team of staff in Parkway Laboratory Services and Angsana Molecular and Diagnostic Laboratory. These are companies involved in the molecular testing of blood and tissue samples from patients for diagnostic applications. 

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Discovering Seletar: WingsOverAsia Hangar and Lounge

By Press ’21

This is Part 2 of our coverage on Press’ learning journey to Seletar Aerospace Park. The tour was conducted by Xperience DMC. You can access Part 1 here.

31 March 2021 marked the first time Raffles Press has gone out on a Prexcursion (Press Excursion) since COVID-19 became our reality. There was a palpable sense of excitement as the Year 6s climbed on board the two minibuses, along with our tour guides and our teacher-in-charge, Mr Wong, who organised the whole tour for us. Before we knew it, we were whisked away to Seletar. 

The last stop on our learning journey was a visit to the WingsOverAsia hangar and lounge, which was, as our guide and flight instructor Mr Justin Chua explained to us, a private holding facility and temporary stopover point for non-commercial aircraft.

As much a lounge and entertainment facility as it is a holding point for aircraft, WingsOverAsia boasts a wide range of aviation-themed attractions, including a refreshing air-conditioned lounge that serves chilled drinks and tidbits which, after a hot day in the sun, we were more than grateful for. The lobby also hosts a crafting workshop that recycles old aircraft parts by turning them into new furniture, some of which was displayed at the facility’s café.

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