School Life

Popular@RI: A Farewell

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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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In Medias Res: Pressing Ahead 2023

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Chandrasekaran Shreya (24S06A), Low Jing Kai (24S03H) and Vera Heng (24S03R)

With the advent of social media and short-form content, journalists nowadays have a greater variety of ways to present and disseminate their stories and better engage their audience. Understanding how to effectively utilise the tools at our disposal, while keeping up with trends to tell interesting and nuanced stories, is the foundation of quality journalism. However, in order to truly understand the ever-evolving landscape of modern journalism, we have to immerse ourselves ‘in the midst of things’, which is the theme of this year’s Pressing Ahead, an inter-JC conference for student journalists. 

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Honouring the Past by Inspiring the Future: RI200 Founder’s Day  

Reading Time: 8 minutes

By Arissa Binte Kamaruzaman (24A01A), Chia Kei Yin (24S03C), Jermaine Lee (24A01A), Shannen Lim En-Qi (24A01A) and Syaura Nashwa Rasyiddin (24S03R)

On 8 September 2020, RI started its 1000-day countdown to FD200 with the launching of the RI Bicentennial Wall and Countdown Timer. Since then, a flurry of activities have commenced, including the launch of the RI200 microsite, the virtual Raffles Archives and Museum, the 1823 Trees campaign, the English compilation “Some Dreams From Now: 135 Years of Rafflesian Writing”, the Mandarin publication “莱到两百年” (or “Our StoRIes”) and the Festival of Ideas.

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SYF 2023: Raffles Chorale

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By Dang Tran Minh Phuong (24A01A) and Cheah Zong Heng (24S06P)

Flashes of red followed by the pattering of steps as the members took their positions on the stage of the concert hall in the School of the Arts. Silence sitting heavy on the ears of the audience. A bow from Chorale’s conductor, Mr Toh. 

The performance was about to begin.

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Trying in the Face of Failure

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Glenda Hua (24A01C) and Ki’En Lim (24S06J, Peer Helper)

Your resident Aunties and Uncles are back with our Ask Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset column, this time as a collaboration between Raffles Press and Peer Helpers’ Programme (PHP)! Ever wanted to rant about that someone you just can’t stand? Overwhelmed with too many feelings? Submit your confessions to and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month.

“How do you start trying and putting in effort when you have not been trying, because of the fear that when you do try, you will fail and not be able to achieve your goal successfully?”

Fearful Felicity

Dear Fearful Felicity,

Failure is one of the most widespread fears that can follow one in all of one’s ventures during all stages of life. As a student, you are afraid of failing your exams and disappointing your parents. As an adult, you are afraid of failing at your job and losing out on that promotion. This symptom is so commonly experienced that it has been coined a medical term, “atychiphobia”. It seems that whatever you do, there is always that possibility of not being able to succeed that looms over your shoulder and threatens to pull the carpet of self-assurance from under your feet. 

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