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.
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 blatantabuse that makes the headlines, there often also exists a subtle sense of alienation that arises from the complexities of our relationship with our FDWs.
“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.
By Hong Wan Jing (22S06F) and Shermaine Lim (22S03N)
Photographs by Raffles Photographic Society
Act 1: Sun Dance
The day began with the breaking of dawn, as golden rays of the sun dipped into the horizon, casting a warm glow across our very own RI campus. Nervous energy filled the air with an almost electrifying quality, courtesy of the unanimous anticipation felt by the newest addition to our school: the Year 5s.
Raffles Science Symposium (RSS) Mental Health Science Strand is an annual event organised by the Peer Helpers’ Programme (PHP) and the Raffles Guidance Centre (RGC). This year’s RSS took place on 16 February, and featured sharings on various topics related to mental health—from mindfulness to social media—as well as students’ mental health projects.
It was attended by well over 300 people, ranging from students to educators, from a variety of schools that included Raffles Institution, ACS (Barker) Secondary School and Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary).