Open House 2020 Print Edition

Once Upon(d) A Time: Y5-6 Raffles Biodiversity Pond (OH2020 Print Edition)

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Not too far away from the Marymount Gate sits the oft-ignored Biodiversity Pond, known only for its half-faded sign that heralds the “testicle-eating” pacu. Few actually stop to wonder—exactly what goes on in and around the pond? Raffles Press is here to fill you in on those questions, including the pond’s very own caretaker, Mr Lim Bah Hock. 

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Hybrid Subject Combinations (OH2020 Print Edition)

Reading Time: 2 minutesMany will be familiar with the two distinct streams, Arts and Science, and might even be torn between both. However, few stop to consider staying in the middle.

Hybrid combinations are essentially combinations that comprise two science subjects and two arts subjects. The two sciences would consist of Math and either Chemistry or Physics, coupled with H2 Economics and another arts subject (though you can request for special combinations if you think H2 Economics is not for you). It is worth noting that while RI treats the hybrid combinations as part of the science stream, people will often understand you better if you just said “hybrid”.

Unfortunately, BMEX is not offered as a combination as Biology has to be offered together with Chemistry to allow for the widest university course options.

While the hybrid combinations stray from the traditional science or arts combinations, they definitely offer a unique mix of numbers and frantic scribbling that may be enjoyable for some. It’s a nice balance that is suitable for those who have some aptitude for both skills—this is because you get to hone them simultaneously.

In fact, this balance and versatility comes in handy when applying for university! Hybrid students are situated comfortably in the middle of two vastly different streams, giving you the flexibility to take a science course (e.g. environmental engineering or pharmaceutical chemistry) in certain universities, while still having some background in the humanities subjects should you choose to study liberal arts further down the line.

Some may assert that hybrid stream students won’t have options in university, but this is verifiably untrue as options are only marginally limited.

It’s obviously scary to realise that you might be selecting your future career with this choice, but little can beat passion when you’re thrown into the intense rigour of JC life. After all, with so much happening, some students might find it challenging to derive happiness and enjoyment from their endeavours. Therefore, you can avoid being one of them by simply choosing what you truly want to do, but remember to do your research and look into potential courses in university that you might want to pursue.

A Day in the Life of Teddy (OH2020 Print Edition)

Reading Time: 3 minutesMany Rafflesians would know of the sleek-looking cat with a glossy coat of grey and black fur lurking around the Y5-6 campus. He responds to the name Teddy and is most frequently spotted at the Crib, staring down the humans that pass him. Raffles Press follows our favourite feline friend around for a day to find out what an average day looks like through Teddy’s eyes. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Teddy (OH2020 Print Edition)”

Taking a Third Language in JC (OH2020 Print Edition)

Reading Time: 2 minutesFour third languages are offered at the H2 level—Japanese, French, German, and Spanish. Lessons are held twice a week from 5:30–7:30pm at Bishan MOELC (Ministry of Education Language Centre) for all languages except Spanish, which is held at Newton MOELC instead. Prerequisites may differ across the languages—prospective students are advised to check with MOELC for more details.  Continue reading “Taking a Third Language in JC (OH2020 Print Edition)”