Throwdown of the Year: 2019 Judo Finals

By Phang Yeu Yeou (19A01A), Benjamin Liew (20A03A), and Tay Jing Xuan (20S03C)
Photographs courtesy of Raffles Judo and Raffles Photographic Society

The anticipation in the dojo was electric as spectators and competitors alike geared up for the A and B Division bouts of the 2019 Judo National School Games Finals. Throngs of eyes and ears turned themselves onto the mats, as spectators pressed themselves against every free inch of space along the fences to better take in the action, while the judoka restrained themselves to occupying just one side of the mats.

And what a spectacle it was! Raffles Press brings you inside each athlete’s personal journey through the sport, in order to give you the rundown on the thrilling throws and takedowns of this year’s finals.

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A Love Greater Than Words: A Tribute to Auntie Ah Huay

By Megan Soh (20A01B), Mah Xiao Yu (20A01B), and Coco Liu (20S06L)
Photographs courtesy of S Rahul (19S06A) and Ting Hou Yee (19S03S) of the Raffles Photographic Society

24th April 2019 was a special day. Red and white balloons lined the staff lounge windows, flowery decorations hung from the walls, and a mini-buffet with an array of Chinese snacks was set up in the middle of the lounge. In one corner, teachers unabashedly belted out Mandarin songs into a microphone. Others milled around with drinks and snacks, occasionally exclaiming at the sight of old friends and colleagues who had left the school. It was like Chinese New Year, only come two months late.

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RIPE Concert 2019: Reverie

By Sophia He (20S03H) and Huang Beihua (20A03A)
Photographs courtesy of Julia Chee (20S03D), Geng Heqin (20S06S), Jia Junran (20S06H), and Louise Tan (20S06D) of the Raffles Photographic Society

On the 26th of April, Raffles Institution Piano Ensemble (RIPE) invited their members and audiences alike to step away from the dull monotony of academia and routine, and into a rediscovered realm of fantastical imaginings, whimsical landscapes, and childlike wonder. In the gently dimmed light of LT2, audiences were treated to a kaleidoscope of pieces from romantic classics like Rachmaninoff’s “Romance and Valse”, to nostalgic film tracks like “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard Of Oz.

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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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Sparing No Effort: National School Games Bowling Championships 2019

By Coco Liu (20S06L)
Photographs courtesy of Chee Yun Hui Julia (20S03D) from Raffles Photographic Society

It is easy to mistake bowling for a low-intensity sport. After all, compared to other sports like badminton or track and field, bowling is played at a much slower pace. There aren’t any furious sprints or rapid rallies–just a player, a ball, and ten pins.

To not rectify that misconception here and now would be to do an enormous disservice to the sport. Indeed, as schools all over Singapore congregated at Orchid Country Club on 23 April 2019 for the second and last day of the quartet event (with the singles and doubles events already over) of the National School Games Bowling Championships, the tension in the air was palpable.

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