School Life

Teachers’ Day 2022: Teachers’ Pets

Reading Time: 8 minutes

By Jolene Yee Xin Yi (23S03A), Nicolle Yeo Minh (23A01D) and Hsiao Jia Ying (23A01C)

No, not that kind of “teachers’ pet”. We’re referring to the literal furry household companions here. In this Teachers’ Day special, we explore the difficult (but rewarding!) journey into pet ownership by three enthusiastic educators: Mr Derek Tan (Biology), Ms Evangeline Tan (Knowledge Skills, GP) and Mr Patrick Wong (Knowledge Skills, GP).

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Victory Reclaimed: Kiwi Cup 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Lezann Lee (23A01C) and Joy Tan (23A01D)

Photos Courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

The afternoon of 5th August saw Saint Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) greeted by a flood of impassioned rugby players trotting to the field with gusto, all primed for victory. 

Moments before the match, the Raffles Ruggers, clad in their signature green, black and white, held a team huddle. With their arms wound tightly around each other’s backs, they bent forward in earnest to give ear to their Team Captain, Tyler Leong (#12, 23A01F), before ending off with a resounding war cry.

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Cracking the Friend Code

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By Faith Wan (23S02B) and Aaron Goh Wei Ming (23S06H, Peer Helper)

Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

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 https://tinyurl.com/riadvice and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month.

How do you tell if a friend is trustworthy/suitable to be counted upon as part of your support system? 

Doubtful Douglas

Dear Doubtful Douglas,

Navigating friendships can be quite a tricky affair, especially in JC, where you may have been thrown into situations with unfamiliar faces. 

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Peer Problems

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Nor Akmal (23S03A) and Alisha Insyirah (23S03Q, Peer Helper)

Cover Image by Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

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 https://tinyurl.com/riadvice and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month. 

I have two friends in my class currently which I know from separate friendship circles, however we are now in one friendship circle and they don’t seem to vibe together. What should I do?

Confused Compadre

Dear Confused Compadre, 


Most, if not all of us, are in more than one friendship circle: it goes without saying that each friendship circle will contain people with differing personalities. Naturally, then, if you were to bring two friends from different circles together, they may have some difficulty “vibing”, as you’ve already experienced. 

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Lobbying Your Allies

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) and Sabrina Tong (23S03Q, Peer Helper)

Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

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 https://tinyurl.com/riadvice and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month. 

What to do if I feel like my teammates are not as invested in our project as me? We have a tight schedule yet they ignore me when I say I want to get started on planning concrete and only focus on their vision… What should I do? I can’t do everything by myself.

Diligent Dylan

Dear Diligent Dylan, 

Picture this: You are on a battlefield with the enemy frontlines (the deadline) approaching. You tirelessly fend off the enemies (progress with the project) with all your might. You look to your comrades (teammates) and see them… partying?

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