Category: School Life

Spill the Tea: Team Raffles Tea 2019

By Ng Ziqin (20S03H) and Sophia He (20S03H)

It was the Year 5s’ first day back at school after a blissful six-day marking day holiday, which had passed by in the blink of an eye. While many were out and about with their friends, reveling in the (almost) carefree post-Promos life, or huddled in some corner of the school with their PW group, 27 individuals made the choice to spend their afternoon at the Team Raffles Tea, providing feedback on how their school experience had been thus far, and how it could be improved for the year to come.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Im’perfect

By Benjamin Liew (20A03A) and Tay Jing Xuan (20S03C)

Often we are told, as students, to achieve only the best and to be perfect. What does it mean to be perfect, though? Is it straight ‘A’s? Is it playing a 7-minute musical piece flawlessly from beginning to end? Or is it, as what many people think, infallibility and invincibility?

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TEDxYouth@RafflesInstitution

By Val Yeo (20S03O), Gabrielle Ng (20A01E), and Jermaine Wong (20S03R)

When students filed into the PAC slightly before 1 pm on Saturday, 3rd of August, the anticipation was thick in the air, eagerly filling the front seats to be as close to the stage as possible. After all, only 100 students were given this rare opportunity to see so many well-known public figures in one place, in close proximity. And when 1 pm rolled around and the emcee came out on stage to introduce the first speaker, the audience cheered with enthusiasm, keenly waiting what the day had to offer.  Continue reading “TEDxYouth@RafflesInstitution”

National Day Celebrations ‘19: Our Singapore

By Val Yeo (20S03O) and Jerome Tay (20S06Q)
Photographs courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

Bleary-eyed students made their way to the parade square early in the morning of August the 8th, some still groggy from a whole night of intense mugging. Over the loudspeakers, National Day songs were playing, a distinct reminder of how the day was meant to celebrate Singapore’s growth as a nation.  Continue reading “National Day Celebrations ‘19: Our Singapore”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 Preview

By Rachael Koh (20S07C) and Ruchira Ramaswamy (20S03A)

This year marks the fifth Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) being held in RI. Five days of sparking conversations on mental wellbeing, learning the importance of looking beyond the label, and appreciating that mental health is of essence. But we have to accept the reality—no amount of “talking about it” will ever suffice. The conversation about mental health will never be over, simply because it is not like a chest you can open up once, stow away, then dust off the cobwebs and bring out again annually. Mental health cannot be a one-off address: we have to accept that it is as integral to our lives as physical wellbeing, embrace it, not shy away from it in daily conversations, and make a conscious effort to be open-minded. With MHAW, the Peer Helpers hope not just to initiate, but also sustain conversations on mental health.  Continue reading “Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 Preview”