Category: CCA Previews 2013

CCA Preview ’13: Red Cross Youth Chapter

By Lidia Wong (13S03I) and Shi Haixiao (13S03F)

First and foremost, the CCA would like to clarify that it is NOT a uniformed group CCA. While Red Cross in secondary school consists of UG activities such as foot drills, Raffles Red Cross Youth Chapter exists to focus on services to the community. Originally the school’s First Aid unit set up to provide efficient and effective first-aid services for the school population, the club helped to facilitate the smooth running of school events and give sportsmen the fullest material support to do the school proud. It evolved into a CCA in 2007.

The CCA photo in 2012
The CCA photo in 2012

As it is one of the 4 service CCAs in school, members do weekly service at various different voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) such as Good Shepherd Student Care (GSSC), Teck Ghee Youth Centre (TGYC), and Toa Payoh Senior Citizens’ Health Care Centre (TPSCHCC). Members also have many opportunities to initiate service projects that benefit the community at large. Recently, members spread Christmas cheer by organising a Christmas-themed baking day for the girls at GSSC!

Girls at GSSC who participated in the programme
Girls at GSSC who participated in the programme

On top of that, Raffles Red Cross Youth Chapter also trains members in essential first aid skills, sending them for certification courses at Red Cross Training Centre. Members are then deployed as first-aiders at school and public events. Members have gone for the school inter-house sports competitions, Chingay parade and even the Singapore F1 race! The CCA also organises 2 blood drives held annually in school, in February and August. Through this, Rafflesians get to contribute to Singapore’s blood bank reserves.

The CCA at the Red Cross Training Centre, with 100% passes for the First-Aid examination
The CCA at the Red Cross Training Centre, with 100% passes for the First-Aid examination

As part of the Singapore Red Cross Society, members also volunteer at HQ level events, and this allows them to meet members from other schools as well. Through these large-scale events, they also get the opportunity to collaborate with fellow chapter members. Some of the events include Project R.I.C.E., where they collect rice and distribute it to needy families. Members also get to take part in FAOW (First-Aid On Wheels), where they cycle at East Coast Park during weekends and provide First-Aid to members of the public. They partake in camps too, such as the Red Cross Challenge Camp, allowing them to meet Red Cross members from different countries and learn more about how they contribute to their respective communities.

As a service CCA, Raffles Red Cross Youth Chapter members are passionate and committed when they get to participate in school-based and external activities. The club meets regularly on Wednesday. The Red Cross is an internationally recognised organisation, and is widely respected for its humanitarian movements. Raffles Red Cross Youth Chapter’s affiliation with Red Cross will no doubt provide members with many opportunities for service and humanitarian efforts, both local and overseas. If you want to make a difference to the lives of others, then join Raffles Red Cross Youth Chapter today.

CCA Preview ’13: Chinese and International Chess

By Ki Vin (13S03C) and Tran Quang Anh

Both Chinese Chess and International Chess, which are separate CCAs, form part of the wide variety of intellectual sports CCAs available in RI (JC). Serving as a platform for members of similar interest to interact with each other and compete in tournaments, the 3 hour training sessions are held once a week. They comprise various activities ranging from solving puzzles to sparring sessions with the CCA coach which will improves both the technical and practical aspects of your game. Don’t know how to play chess? Don’t worry. CCA members will teach you from the rules of the game to basic tactical skills and even complicated strategies later on!

Both clubs also hold their own events yearly, such as IHC Remix competitions in school, as well as competitions at the national level , namely the Raffles Cup (read about it here). Apart from these major highlights, members of both CCAs participate in numerous competitions organised by associations and schools. At Chinese Chess, there is the annual Charyong Cup and at International Chess the National Inter-school competition.

RI(JC) Team A during the crucial match against HCJC
RI(JC) Team A during the crucial match against HCJC

Team events test members’ ability to work together to overcome rival teams. All in all, these competitions provide valuable experience for members to play chess competitively.“Traditionally, we have been doing well in these tournaments, and we hope that new members will continue this long standing tradition of excellence,” said Ki Vin, chairperson of Chinese Chess club.

Chinese Chess
Chinese Chess
International Chess
International Chess

Trainings are held on Fridays 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm for International Chess, and Tuesdays 4.00pm to 7.00pm for Chinese Chess. Regardless of whether you are an experienced player, or a newbie, there is a place for you!

CCA Preview ’13: Judo

by Amanda Hsiung 

“We’ll sweep you off your feet and make you fall for us”. This is a common pun which judokas use to describe a technique used to throw their opponents. Judo is a martial art that teaches self-defense, discipline and determination and allows us to hones our wits by training us to strategize quickly during randori (sparring).

Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Pakistani. While the sport may have Japanese origins, Raffles Judo has members from a wide range of backgrounds. As judo is a relatively obscure sport in Singapore, Raffles Judo is more than a club. It is a family . From scouting to ballet, Red Cross to netball, Raffles Judo has seen students from a variety of activity profiles come to train together and get to love the sport.

Ever so often, the team takes part in games and friendly competitions to serve as an alternative form of conditioning, and also a refreshing new way to engage students. Every training session is a new challenge both physically and mentally, with the goal to improve both as a judoka and as a person. Students are taught different types of throws, holds, arm locks and chokes, and how we to apply all these moves when sparring.

Raffles Judo is one of the few CCAs that train together as a Raffles family, involving boys and girls. Trainings are conducted with the Year 1-4 team, as well as RGS. On Mondays, training sessions involve p to 80 students from RI (Year 1-6) and RGS combined. There is an annual Raffles Judo chalet, during which we invite ex-judokas who have graduated to spend the night hanging out, barbecuing, and cycling.

You’ll never experience a lack of opportunities to test your strength. Raffles Judo takes part in up to 4-5 national and international competitions every year, with the hihglight being the National Schools Annual Competition. Smaller competitions include the Kyu-Grade Judo Competition, in which players compete against players with a similar belt rank, and the International Cadet Judo Competition, in which the best individual players from each division represent Singapore Schools and compete against players from all over the world. Raffles Judo has also managed to nurture many national players, many of whom have represented Singapore in major competitions overseas, including in Korea, Japan and Thailand.

Raffles Judo has also always been a traditional powerhouse in the National Schools scene, along with archrivals Hwa Chong Institution. Just two years ago, we achieved the A-division double gold, defeating HCI in both the boy’s and girl’s finals by a wide margin. Although we only managed the 1st runner’s up position in 2012, we are confident that we will enter the 2013 season as the favourites to win the A-division title, and bring back the coveted championship trophy to Raffles Institution.

CCA Preview ’13: HISSOC

Raffles Institution’s History & Strategic Affairs Society boasts a long history (pun intended). This CCA, more commonly referred to as HISSOC, is one of the oldest CCAs in RI, having been founded along with the school more than a century ago. HISSOC has since grown from strength to strength through the years to gather an average of at least 60 members in every batch.

The CCA stays true to its founding mission of developing its members’ passion & potential for politics, history & current affairs, through numerous student-led initiatives. Its flagship event – the Raffles Model United Nations* (RMUN), regarded as one of the most competitive & prestigious competitions in the local MUN circuit, is entirely student-run. As HISSOC’s president, Pung Zi Bing (13S03G) says “We do everything! From deciding conference themes & debate topics, managing the event’s budget, to painstakingly planning the best dinner & dance experience for our delegates.”

RMUN

Aside from RMUN, HISSOC’s vice-president, Shawn Lee (13A01B) enthusiastically added, ‘HISSOC is always on a look-out for more ideas to engage our members. For example, we are unveiling our new website column soon and we’re looking at bringing in experts to discuss developments that may prove vital in shaping the future of our world!”

Although there are no stipulated weekly meetings (no ‘fluffy weekly GMs’), HISSOC members train regularly to attend prestigious Model United Nations (MUN) competitions both local and overseas. This year, the CCA sent its members to attend Singapore’s The Hague International Model United Nations and Harvard Model Congress Asia. As HISSOC’s MUN director Chan Kai Yan (13A01A) indicated, all members are given opportunities to attend these competitions, regardless of whether they have had prior MUN experience, “because we believe in developing our all members’ potential to the fullest, and many who joined us without MUN experience at the start, eventually became directors in RMUN.”

Hissoc members at THIMUN
Hissoc members at THIMUN
GA Council Directors at RMUN 2012
GA Council Directors at RMUN 2012

When asked about the prerequisites for the CCA, Zi Bing similarly suggested that the most important selection criterion for its members is passion. One does not have to be taking history in JC to join HISSOC, neither must he/she have had taken history at the secondary school level to join HISSOC. As she quips, “Take me for example, I’m a BCME student.”

HISSOC also prides itself on the stellar record of achievements of its alumni, many of whom now have moved on to become outstanding leaders in politics, foreign affairs and the private sector. In fact, HISSOC’s president in 2011 Jarrett Huang and MUN director Adil Hakeem were two out of the five recipients of the President’s Scholarship – an incredible feat indeed! That said, the chairs of HISSOC reassured that “we really don’t expect our juniors to come into our CCA as crazy high-achievers…we don’t accept president scholars, we turn you into one!”

CCA Photo

For more information about HISSOC, visit their website at www.raffleshissoc.com.

* Model United Nations is a simulation of the actual united nations by having participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly.

CCA Preview ’13: Street Dance

Raffles Street Dance is a young CCA, officially established only 4 years ago, in 2010. However, it had been growing as a Student Interest Group since many years ago, and Street Dance has come a long way since then. The CCA organised its first dance concert just last year, titled ABCD – Anybody Can Dance. Other than ABCD, Street Dance also performs for various events such as Take 5, National Day, and more. Last year, we also organised RI’s inaugural IHC Dancefeste.

ABCD 2012
ABCD 2012

We care strongly about all Streeters’ welfare, which is why we make it a point to organise a camp every year for the new J1s to induct them into the CCA properly. We hope that through the camp, and also through various bonding activities and outings planned throughout the year, all Street Dancers will be able to call Street their home away from home.

Street Dance aims to give its members the opportunity to learn from an experienced instructor, Stefanie Leong, so that they will be able to improve their dance technique in a fun yet safe way, improve their fitness and mental endurance, and also get to try out different styles of dance. We hope that through its members’ experience in the CCA, Street Dancers will learn to lean on their CCA for support and encouragement, especially through physically gruelling activities, and be able to grow as a team player and balance out each others’ strengths and weaknesses as we develop our own unique style of dancing.

ABCD 2012
ABCD 2012

Street Dance places the growth of its CCA members as a top priority. We place special emphasis on character development and learning. In Street, we hope to forge meaningful friendships with people with common interests, allowing us also to fuel our love and passion for dance.

We also hope to be a CCA that contributes not just to the school community, but the community outside of school as well. Street Dance has, in the past 2 years, taken up CIP projects such as helping children prepare for their talent show performance at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home.

The CCA’s regular practices are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, though the practice sessions do increase as performances draw near. Our practices include physical training, dance basics drills, and the learning and practising of dance choreography. We also gather to discuss any issues that the CCA needs to handle together during these sessions.

If you want to be a part of the Raffles Street Dance family, sign up for our trials! You will be required to learn a simple dance routine during the trials and perform it afterwards. We hope to see you there!