Category: RI Events

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”

L39O: Council Investiture 2019

By Kelly Leong (20S07C) and Valerie Tan (20A01E)
Photos courtesy of Joel Leong (20S03O) and Andrew Yu (20S07C) from Raffles Photographic Society

The members of the incumbent 38th Students’ Council sat as a sea of black on stage, donning their formal uniform for what would probably be the last time. Just below them, their successors sat with their blazers folded neatly in their arms, awaiting the investiture that would confer onto each of them the status of a full-fledged councillor. Amidst the hushed conversations that peppered the tense atmosphere, several enthusiastic friends did not hesitate to whip out their phones and photograph their peers in the incoming Council, while providing words of encouragement to calm their surely-pulsing hearts.

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Raffles Asia Programme Symposium 2019

By Emily Ni (20S03C) and Valerie Tan (20A01E)
Photographs courtesy of Joel Leong (20S03O) of the Raffles Photographic Society

The Raffles Asia Programme Symposium returned for its thirteenth edition this year, held in the Performing Arts Centre on the 25th of April. Featuring a host of research projects produced and delivered by students from the Humanities Programme, together with a keynote address by Ms Karen Chan, Executive Director of the Asian Film Archive, it promised three hours of discourse surrounding Asia.

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Spirit Week 2019: Spirited Away

By Megan Soh (20A01B), Jerome Tay (20S06Q), Rachel Leong (20A01E), and Huang Beihua (20A03A)
Photographs courtesy of Brian Choon (20S06D), Huang Beihua (20A03A), and the Raffles Photographic Society

It was clear from the Friday before that this was about to be a week like no other. Straying away from the traditional skit and reviving every Rafflesian from their sleepy stupor, live drums from Block D reverberated across the parade square as councillors stepped forth to declare what was in store. (Indeed, spirited announcements would be made throughout the week, but in case you missed them, here’s a refresher.)

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