School Life

An Unyielding Spirit: Rugby Finals 2022

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By Lim Yong Le (22S03M) and Mirella Ang (22A01C) 

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society.

6 May 2022 was a swelteringly hot day as the MOE Evans Road field stand filled rapidly with eager spectators. The atmosphere was electric. Student Councillors kicked off the drum beat, leading the Rafflesian crowd in a set of boisterous cheers. Not to be outdone, the ACS(I) students, clad in their signature red, blue, and gold responded with a round of their own shouting—testimony to the long-standing ACS(I)-RI rugby rivalry. 

This year would mark the latest match in the finals against ACS(I), our long-time rival.

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Raffles Community Advocates: From Foreign to Friend

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By Mei Feifei (22A13A) and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q) 

A house comes hand-in-hand with family — or not, if you live in a house hundreds of miles from your hometown, with people who speak an alien language, in an unfamiliar city that has little love for you. 

This is the predicament faced by many foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore. It is common knowledge that they are often subjected to exploitation by unscrupulous recruiters, compounded by the fact that they are not protected by the Employment Act. 

But beyond the kind of blatant abuse that makes the headlines, there often also exists a subtle sense of alienation that arises from the complexities of our relationship with our FDWs.

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Don’t Test Me

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By Johnathan Lim Yang Kai (23S03M)

A guide to staying positive while testing positive.

As the former President of the United States, Donald Trump once said, “If we stop testing, we’d have fewer (reported) cases.

Personally, I love the intuitive logic of that statement. After all, what happens if we want to be responsible and test for COVID-19? We run the risk of testing positive! 

And what if you test COVID-19 positive? Chaos ensues.

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Sustainable Futures with Erik Solheim

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By Duncan Phang (22A13B) and Lim Yong Le (22S03M)

“Hello Singapore!” echoed across the Performing Arts Centre, greeting a rapturous audience of Rafflesians who enthusiastically cheered in response. Was this a BTS concert? No, it was actually the RI Sustainable Futures Talk featuring Mr. Erik Solheim, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former Minister of the Environment in the Norwegian government. His talk received an equally effusive response, evidenced by the barrage of questions from students eager to glean insights from his vast experience in working to improve the global environment. 

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