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PRINCIPAL‘S MESSAGE There has been in recent weeks, some thought-provoking commentary on top schools and elitism. Some writers would like to see less social stratification within our education system so that students are given the chance to interact and develop greater empathy with a cross-section of the Singaporean community. Others accept segmentation as the natural outcome of a meritocratic system. A few weeks ago, I was asked by a Year 4 group to comment on the same subject for their Social Studies project. I explained to them while RI is highly selective because of our entry-by-merit policy, it by no means amount to Rafflesians being “elitist”. My contention is that at the heart of a Raffles Education is “social responsibility” – this is something central to the school’s culture. If you look at the range of outreach programmes and the self-initiated activities that are undertaken throughout the year and covered in publications such as this, undergirding all that we do at RI is a strong commitment to contributing to the community and connecting with others. Rafflesians come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures. We pride ourselves on being multi-racial and our international students integrate easily within the school community. Rafflesians build bonds with others through participation in areas they are passionate about, such as social debates, science challenges, literary journeys, cross-cultural exchanges and sports meets – these opportunities are crafted into the very warp and woof of our school programmes. While no one learns everything about the world in school, we trust that Rafflesians will carry with them a respectful attitude towards all people they meet, interact with, and serve, when they leave school. Students who exhibit elitist tendencies put themselves on a plane above other people, and feel they have no need for others and no responsibility towards others. Such students are immature and their education is as yet, incomplete. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, in a recent public forum at the National University of Singapore, expressed his confidence in Rafflesians when he said that most feel strongly about Singapore, and have a sense of obligation that “this society gave me a lot”, and that they “need to give back”. I am heartened that he thinks so and strongly believe that Rafflesians will live up to the promise of being the hope of a better age. Mrs Lim Lai Cheng

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EDITORS’ MESSAGE There is so much that can be said about the photographic ability of words to capture and preserve moments in our lives. Words document and describe the smiles, tears and euphoric cheers that make every tomorrow worth looking forward to, and every moment in between worth the wait. At the same time, words can make an impact on our lives. Each story recorded and told, with every nuance of success and failure faithfully presented, has the power to provide inspiration and provoke imagination. Once read, understood and reflected upon, the ideas behind these stories stay with us and change us for the better. But these can only happen if the stories and words we hear come from wide and varied perspectives. Taking different points of view on any one event or issue gives us glimpses into the minds and hearts of others, and provides first-hand reports of what has happened or will happen. In the words of Atticus, from Harper Lee’s well-loved novel To Kill A Mockingbird, words grant us the chance to ‘climb inside of [a person’s] skin and walk around in it’. Hence we present the first issue of Eagle Eye, a joint publication from the students across all 6 years of Raffles Institution. The name we have chosen is a testament to the voices and perspectives gathered here, and gives our readers a clear representation of school life at Raffles. Through the lens of student leaders, CCA leaders and Rafflesians past and present, the selection of articles provides a bird’s eye view of activities and programmes in our Institution. Sections such as Event Highlights and New Developments focus on new and significant school events, whereas Rafflesians Celebrate commemorates the achievements of student groups in various arenas. Borderless Education brings us to where learning and exploration takes place outside the classroom, and Rafflesian Speaks zooms in on the lives of students, teachers and alumni from the Raffles family. Finally, Your Say collects the opinions of Rafflesians on various controversial issues. We hope that this issue will mark a fresh start for our publication. Theophilus Kwek & Shaun Yeo (4P)

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Year 1 - 4

Year 1 Orientation Camp 5 - 7 January The Year 1 batch started life in RI on a high note, with an Orientation Camp themed Zelos, or Spirit. Besides activities that pushed each boy to his limit, the camp also created opportunities for Year 1s to bond with their classes and with their batch.

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Year1/2 National Education (NE) Talks February The Year 1 NE talk, entitled ‘Success’, was held on 26 February by Mr Yong Teck Meng. The following day, the Year 2s attended their NE talk by Mr Dean Ng, a pilot with the Republic of Singapore Air Force, on Singapore’s defence. Both speakers were old boys.

Chinese New Year 12 February The Year 1-4 celebrated Chinese New Year hall, with a festive atmosphere and perfor Chinese Orchestra and Chinese Cultural Clu culminated in song and dance items by the At the end, the boys sang well-loved Chine songs and headed off to various reunions a

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Event Highlights

Year 1 Junior Rafflesian Investiture Ceremony (JRIC) 8 January On this memorable night, the Year 1 boys received their school badges from their form teachers, with the jubilant support of their parents in attendance. The ceremony also featured a photo montage documenting the boys’ experience at the Orientation Camp. It ended with the boys bellowing their newlylearnt school cheers, which shook the school hall.

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Year 1 Merit Trail 5 April Held on a Friday afternoon, the Merit CCA trail was a day of discovery for the Year 1s, who were genuinely surprised by the variety of service and interest groups available in RI. The Merit Trail consists of CCAs setting up booths to promote their CCAs.

Year 2 First Day of School 4 January The Year 2s headed off to a batch picnic at MacRitchie Reservoir Park to kick off the new school year. They were tasked to snap photographs of specific venues along the way. The Year 2s took class pictures as well as snapshots of the flora and fauna along the way and went home with a wealth of preserved memories.

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Year 1 - 4

Year 4 Castles Can Fly 8 January The entire Year 4 cohort enjoyed themselves at East Coast Park in an afternoon of constructive creativity. As part of the Castles Can Fly programme, the batch created buildings of various shapes and sizes to reflect their dreams of a futuristic RI campus.

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Prefects’ Investiture 2 March This year’s Prefects’ Investiture had the theme ‘InDeed - Outdo Your Limits. It was a day of celebration and pride for the newly elected prefects who were formally inducted into the board. Prefects and Student Councillors from other schools graced the occasion and enjoyed a tour of the RI campus thereafter.

International Student Visits January - March Student groups from Indonesia and Taiwan visited RI as part of the Raffles Overseas Immersion Programme. These students were attached to Rafflesians who showed them around the school. They joined academic lessons and some CCA sessions. The Indonesian students from SMP YPPI II were also given a taste of Indian culture by the Indian Cultural Club who taught them how to tie flower garlands and draw Kolams.

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Event Highlights CEC Investiture 9 March The annual Class Executive Committee (CEC) Investiture was a formal event that recognised the important role of the CEC in every class. Along with the representatives from each class, five level representatives per batch were also invested.

IGHLIGTS our WRITER Shaun Yeo (4P)

Swimming Carnival 26 February This inter-house competition was held at the RI Swimming Pool. The fastest swimmers from each house were pitted against each other, some returning twice or even thrice to compete in multiple events. Spectators cheered their hearts out through the rain and Moor House eventually emerged victorious.

Year 3 Outward Bound Singapore and Learning Journeys 4 - 8 January As is tradition, the Year 3s started the school year with a week at Outward Bound Singapore at Pulau Ubin, where they braved the kayaking, trekking and exhilarating high-rope challenges. Year 3s who missed OBS went on learning journeys to Sungei Buloh, Tuas Marine Transfer Station and Tuas South Incineration Plant, and conducted a CIP activity at Bishan. The Year 3 Orientation culminated in a campfire and a song/cheer-filled night.

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Year 5 - 6

EVENT HI year five to six Take5 SANDsation! – Today Is the Day to Play 12 February Take5 commemorates Total Defence Day, Chinese New Year and Friendship Day. Rafflesians gathered at Sentosa to let their hair down and have fun, with land and sea games which allowed for students and staff to enjoy themselves in the sun.

Orientation 2010 – G’alvéa 28 January - 2 February Over 1,200 students participated in this year’s Year 5 Orientation, with the theme of G’alvéa, meaning “Dare to Dream”. It centred around the values of the Youth Olympic Games and represents the courage to defy the odds, the determination to achieve beyond boundaries and the constant striving to become ‘Citius-Altius-Fortius’ meaning ‘Swifter-Higher-Stronger’.

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Event Highlights

Release of A-level Results 5 March A total of 1,285 students took the ‘A’ Levels in 2009, with RI posting yet another strong showing this year. This was the first cohort of students who went through the sixyear Raffles Programme.

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Launch of Place Based Education Seminar 17 March The Raffles Institute of Experiential Learning (RIEL) launched the first Place-Based Education (PBE) seminar in Singapore. Over 150 participants, who were mainly educators, attended, with, Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for Education and National Development as the guest-of-honour. PBE is an experiential pedagogy that emphasises hands-on, real-world experiences to create deep and meaningful connections between students, community and the school.

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Year 5-6 Open House 13 January Organised by the 29th Students’ Council, this year’s Open House centred on allowing participants to provide their own adjective for how they viewed RI, thus the theme ‘Raffles Is _ _ _ _ _’. The Open House was well attended by over 1,000 students and parents.

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Year 1 - 4 The Raffles Debating Academy (RDA) is a new initiative by RI and its debate club. As one of the oldest CCAs in the school, Raffles Debaters aims to equip its members not only with excellent oratorical skills, but also a passion for knowledge and the tools for critical analysis and lateral thought. Debate is not only about arguing; it’s a school of thought, a way of life, which allows us to avoid conflict by letting our opponents see our side of the argument.

THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT... WRITERS Duranka Viran Jayasinghe (3L) Teng Hao (3K)

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By establishing the RDA, Raffles Debaters aims to place RI as the number one debate consultant for the setting up of debate clubs in schools. The RDA provides training and in-time certification of coaches and adjudicators of the debating community. It will also hold training sessions and host friendly competitions in the region. The opening ceremony on 12 March 2010 saw an impressive turnout. The ceremony was graced by Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and

a former Rafflesian and member of Raffles Debaters, as well as a patron of the RDA. After brief introductions by Prof Koh and our principal, the audience were given a taste of an interesting parliamentary style debate on the topic of whether sport is the highest form of art. With the likes of experienced and qualified alumni debaters such as Aaron Maniam and Darryl David among the panel of speakers, the audience were treated to a lively and entertaining exchange of ideas and witty repartee. On the whole, the event was a huge success, and the RDA looks set to become a pinnacle of debating excellence in the future.


RAFFLES DIPLOMA

New Developments

Recognising a Differentiated Curriculum BY Corporate Communications Department

two-year Singapore-Cambridge A-level certification. This means that students will be able to use the RD as an added certificate to assist in their applications to universities. Cognitive

Character & Leadership

Community & Citizenship

Sports & Health

Arts & Aesthetics

This year, the Raffles schools embarked on a certification programme that leads to the award of the Raffles Diploma (RD), a certification for students that will run parallel to the existing

Developed through a series of consultations with globally recognised institutions, the RD comprises of the following development domains: cognitive, character & leadership, community & citizenship, sports & health, and arts & aesthetics. These domains allow Rafflesians to capitalise on their unique talents and focus their individual strengths on a specific area. For example, a student who is interested in and passionate about the arts & aesthetics will be judged on his/ her passion, participation and involvement in the arts-related CCAs. Different domains will have different set criteria to be fulfilled. In this way, the potential within all Rafflesians to be thinkers, leaders and pioneers will be maximised, which is the goal of the Raffles Programme, the six-year through-

train programme offered by RI and Raffles Girls’ School. The RD serves to document the students’ development in the domains mentioned above. The measurement approach taken in the certification is criteria-based and tracks the involvement of each student in various programmes, at the school level as well as at the national and international levels. Upon completing their curriculum and meeting the required criteria, students will be presented with one of the following: the Raffles Diploma, the Raffles Diploma with Merit or the Raffles Diploma with Distinction. The RD is a flexible system that positively challenges and expands traditional definitions of success. With its implementation, RI hopes to nurture well-rounded young adults who will encompass and demonstrate the values of the Raffles Programme. For more information on the Raffles Diploma, please email raffles.diploma@ri.edu.sg.

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Year 1 - 4

GAME, SET, MATCH, RAFFLES WRITER Wee Zong Yang (4T)

The air crackled with anxiety. Across us stood the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) tennis team and their supporters – the same scene that had met the eyes of the Raffles tennis team a year ago at the semi-finals. That match had been a setback. But this year the RI team was determined to bag the gold. It was obvious from the start that our arch-rivals would not throw in

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Rafflesians Celebrate

the towel easily. Still, our team was unfazed and matched stroke for stroke in the heat of the afternoon sun. Billed as the favourites for the nationals, Raffles Tennis lived up to its name and won the first and second match within the hour. Before long, the team clinched the title on a forehand winner by gaining an unassailable 3-0 lead. Those in the remaining matches, however, continued to battle on and soon enough, one of our

doubles came back from behind to win in three sets. Despite succumbing to ACS(I) in the final single, our convincing 4-1 score clinched the first national gold for RI in 2010. Naturally, this success did not come without sheer determination and hard work. In addition to the rigorous regime – seven and a half hours of school-based training every week – the team had external training on weekends. At the end

of the day, our efforts were duly rewarded. Our victory also served to strengthen the bonds within the team, dispelling stereotypes of tennis as an individual sport. Without the support of our teammates and the impressive cheering of the Team Raffles spectators behind us, we would not have been able to play our best. This win was a win for all Rafflesians!

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Year 1 - 4

BALLS OF FURY Surprisingly, the ‘C’ Division team clinched the first singles and the first doubles without breaking much sweat – only to be utterly defeated in the second singles. However, the Rafflesian spirit rekindled its flame in us. With united support and a fiery passion, the ‘C’ Division boys earned a 3-1 victory.

WRITER Dylan Ban Hoe Hian (4R)

The year 2010 ushered in a miracle for the members of the RI table tennis team. Settling for bronze medals for far too long and being beaten by strong opposition made us Rafflesians hungry. Another defeat was not an option. Burdened with unrefined strokes, our paddlers trudged into school on 19 February 2010. With heavy hearts, we contemplated the bleak reality. The ‘C’ Division team was up against Saint Joseph’s Institution, whom we had lost to before. As for the ‘B’ Division team, the challenge was even more daunting – we were to pit our paddles against the defending champions St Gabriel’s Secondary School.

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The real highlight of the day, however, was the ‘B’ Division match. We got off to a bad start when our opponent’s first single decimated ours. With pressureladen forms, our first doubles valiantly fought St Gabriel’s first doubles, but the first set also ended with a thrashing. Trapped in self-doubt, we looked around, hopeless. Tiers upon tiers of Rafflesians were rooting for us. Touched by the unwavering support, we picked ourselves up, thoroughly refreshed. Despite trailing initially, our first doubles players eventually managed to emerge victorious. In a nail-biting encounter that left many of the spectators on their feet, RI finally triumphed. It was quintessentially a victory of the Rafflesian spirit. We were overjoyed at winning the first ‘B’ Division gold in six years, and even more ecstatic that we had achieved the first double gold in history.


Rafflesians Celebrate strengths, the team brushed away the competition to remain ahead for the subsequent buzzer and jeopardy rounds. In the end, RI was crowned champions. The other participants also won medals for their commendable performances in the preliminary round. Nathanael Wong (4J), Joseph Kuan (4J), Ryan Chen Yanwa (4K), Jeremy Teoh (4K) and Daryl Pay (3F) each won a gold medal, while Ashwin Venkidachalam (3J) clinched the silver award.

BIG BANG − Science Club Achieves Double Victories WRITERS Duranka Viran Jayasinghe (3L) Teng Hao (3K)

The Science Club pulled off a pair of impressive victories at two recent inter-school quizzes. On 10 February 2010, nine RI students competed in the ACJC CB Paul Memorial Quiz. In the preliminary round, each student was given highly challenging questions from a variety of science topics to answer. Following the preliminary round, the RI team comprising Wang Ye (4J), Lee You Jun (4J) and Nol Swaddiwudhipong (4K) was chosen to enter the final round. Playing effectively to each member’s

On 17 February 2010, RI sent a team to participate in the Global Indian International School’s Math and Science Quiz. The team comprised Li Bingjian (1P), Jee Kai Yen (2M) and Ashwin Venkidachalam (3J). RI was the defending champions and we were set to maintain our place, even though the competition would be stiff. First up was the Math Preliminary Test. We qualified for the final round by being one of the top five schools from the preliminary test. Next was the Science Quiz. Trailing in the first two rounds, we took the lead by a slim margin in the Visual round. In the final Rapid Fire round, we overcame the challenge and won the competition by a comfortable scoreline. The finals of the Math Quiz followed. Having achieved the highest score in the competition by losing only a single point, we led throughout the competition and eventually won. All these achievements would not have been possible without the guidance and support of the Science Club teachers-in-charge, Mrs Joycelene Lim, Mr Mark Wee and Mrs Yau Pooi Har.

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Year 5 - 6

A GLORIOUS G’ALVEAN EXPERIENCE WRITERS Zydney Wong (11A01C) Ryan Anderson (11A01B)

The Year 5 Orientation 2010 was a phenomenal experience for the thousand-odd students who participated in it from 28 January to 2 February. The theme was G’alvéa, an ancient Peruvian term that means “Dare to Dream”. For that week, each ‘G’alvean’ found themselves a new family in their Orientation Groups (OG), allowing them the opportunity to have fun and make new memories with their fellow house-mates. The four days of hanging around the school campus and playing games in defence of each OG’s

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respective house ignited a fervent atmosphere of passion.

to the ridiculous to the plain farcical – but it was all in good fun.

Not only was rivalry between the houses very strong, intra-house rivalries turned up the heat during the camp, each attempting to outdo the other with loud cheers and boasting their might over the other OGs. Every group had a nickname starting with the letter ‘G’ in honour of Students’ Council President Aaron Goh, and these nicknames became the source of much pride for the OG, as well as of much ridicule from other OGs. Names ranged from the simplistic

House Directorates also played their parts in stoking the fires of rivalry. House Captains did their best to impress their houses, particularly in a segment during House Hour where the Captains sang their hearts out with fiery renditions of popular pop songs, and twisting the lyrics in their house’s favour. If ever the spirit for their houses had been fading over time, then surely over the course of the Orientation experience, that motivation must have begun


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roaring once more. Amidst all the euphoria, we did not forget the tireless work of the Students’ Council, who organised the event. Credit must go to them for organising a camp for more than 1,200 students. Four days of camp, four days of administrative and organisational hell, and not for one moment did the G’alveans see any sign of panic, worry or an impending crisis. Even greater applause should go to the councillors, who came up with a magical formula balancing school

matters, such as the teaching of school cheers, and House Hour, with entertainment value that kept the batch interested, intrigued and constantly excited by the next event. Moving away from the norms of what Rafflesians have come to expect from camps of this proportion, the refreshing nature of Orientation surprised the Year 5s and kept their spirits flying very high throughout.

new friendships forged, of little stories that OGs share among themselves, of games played, of times shared and of the brilliance that was G’alvean. Many superlatives have been showered upon this truly deserving camp: fun, awesome, excellent, fantastic, brilliant, magnificent, wow, and many more. Orientation will be fondly remembered by everyone who took part in, be it as an OGL or as a G’alvean, and rightly so.

At the end of Orientation, G’alveans took away many memories of this amazing experience: memories of

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Year 1 - 4

INCREDIBLE INDIA WRITER Brandon Yeo (4K)

Ecstatic, excited, eager – these were some of the feelings our group of 19 Year 4 students experienced as we gathered to leave for our Overseas Involvement Programme destination: Delhi, India. Little did we know what memorable experiences lay in store for us as we gathered at Changi Airport on 11 November 2009, ready to embark on our learning journey. On our first day, our host school, Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG), welcomed us warmly. We proceeded to tour the various educational hotspots of the school, which opened our eyes to a vastly different yet equally intriguing and effective system of schooling. The students also put an effort into further deepening our understanding of Indian culture. The sharing of leadership modules and programmes

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between the schools also helped to foster a deeper understanding of the ideas that had been inculcated into each school’s student leaders. But the most enriching part of the trip was the emotional experience. We collaborated with the DPSG Disha and Shristi schools, interacting with their students, and learning more about about students who are underprivileged or have special needs. When we arrived at DPSG Disha, the head teacher gave us a tour of the school grounds and the classes, and the students performed a welcome song and dance. At Shristi, we played some simple sports with the children and attended art workshops that teach students valuable life and work skills. All in all, visiting the schools was a throughly eyeopening and heart warming experience. As we neared the end of our trip, the students from DPSG once again pleasantly surprised us by preparing a farewell performance. We left this splendid country on 23 November, knowing that what we had gained from the trip was priceless.


Borderless Education

THEY’VE GOT IT GOING ON WRITER Bjorn Lee Varella (4K)

When the RI Infocomm Club won the National Infocomm Challenge for the third year running in 2009, eight club members were given the extraordinary privilege to set off on an all-expenses paid knowledge acquisition trip to Silicon Valley, for a greatest hits tour of the world’s undisputed technology hub. They touched down in San Francisco on a wintry December afternoon and were whisked off the next morning for a tour of the headquarters of Autodesk, a 2D and 3D design software company.

There, they learnt the diverse applications of 3D modelling software in areas like architecture and product design. Similarly, the days ahead brought invaluable insights into the competitive and complex nature of the IT industry from the who’s who of the Valley: Apple, Intel, HP IDEALab and Microsoft.

2009), “Nowadays, one can always buy a plane ticket to almost any country in the world. But a fully-sponsored overseas trip with your best friends and teachers to some of the best IT companies in the world – priceless!”

Behind the scenes at every company, there was always a new product or implementation plan on the horizon and a creative department dedicated to anticipating future possibilities. This was a testament to the vibrancy of the industry and a reminder that its role at the forefront of our lives would not be called into doubt anytime soon. Over eight days and seven nights, the group had the time of their lives. But as they closed their weary eyes over the long flight home and drifted to dreams in the clouds – dreams of learning the ropes in Google or Apple – they had a few words to describe the experience they had been through. Said club chairman Ian Chua (4F

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Year 1 - 4 It was the journey of a lifetime. On 21 November 2009, a 32strong team from 02 Raffles Scouts travelled to New Zealand, a country recognised not only for its natural beauty but also as a haven for outdoor adventurers. The programme: a seven-day outdoor adventure at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, which was founded by the famed explorer himself.

A FREE-FALLING EXPERIENCE FOR THE 02s WRITER Adam Bin Rafey (3G)

The week was packed with exhilarating activities new to us all. We hiked, climbed, abseiled and tunnelled our way across and through plains, mountains, cliffs and caves. We rafted against icy currents and kayaked down a river to a lake the size of Singapore! On top of that, we faced the challenges of food preparation, laundry, and area cleaning in the wild. The programme ended with an expedition through the mountains at near-zero temperatures. Some of us took the plunge, literally, freefalling from a 40 metre-high swing, or were suspended in a wind tunnel. We were led by outdoor instructors whose knowledge and passion were awe-inspiring. The instructors were encouraging and spurred us on despite our blunders. It was truly difficult for us to part with them at the end of the journey. One unforgettable sharing was by our instructor, Julian, on his experiences. We were humbled by his knowledge and respect for nature. Through these activities, we had the invaluable opportunity to use the skills learnt during our training sessions. More importantly, we learnt to bond together as a group. The rigorous, team-based activities taught us leadership skills and effective teamwork, skills that will continue to stay with us in the years to come.

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Borderless Education over our similar interests, so there was no difficulty whatsoever.

RI HOSTS BRUNEIAN COUNTERPARTS IN TWINNING PROGRAMME WRITERS Wu Chin Wei (11S03H) Teng Bao Zhing (11S03B)

From 20 to 22 January 2010, RI hosted nine Grade 12 students from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah School, Brunei. The group consisted of five female and four male students attached to nine of our Year 6 students. The objective was to introduce them to RI and school life, as well as to Singapore’s culture and people. Three Year 6 student buddies – Bryan Lim (10S06T), Esther Tay (10S06J) and Li Hsuan (11S06J) share their reflections on the programme and their experience. Do you think the programme met its objectives? Bryan: They had numerous activities everyday and would only be in school until 12.30 p.m. before proceeding to other programmes, so they were exposed to numerous

facets of life in Singapore. Esther: They got to see and experience how we went about our daily routines in school, attending lectures and tutorials. Li Hsuan: They were with us a lot of the time, so they got a firsthand look at what school life is like for us. Did you encounter any difficulties interacting with the students? Bryan: Not really! The lack of a language barrier and the fact that they felt very at ease and were extremely friendly made for easy conversation. Esther: We talked about everything – their lives are really similar to ours and they would tell us about their daily visits to different parts of Singapore. They were more than willing to share their experiences with us. Li Hsuan: My buddy and I bonded

What difficulties do you think they faced during this exchange and how did they deal with it? Bryan: They were very friendly. The only difficulties they faced were during some lectures where they seemed lost, probably because they had not covered the same content in school. However, they were really enthusiastic and took a lot of notes. Esther: They were really open to new ideas and receptive to everything we had to tell them.   How much about Bruneian culture did you learn from this exchange? Bryan: I learnt a lot about the population density, the different ethnic groups they have and the lifestyles of their people. Esther: They shared with us about their country, including the tourist attractions. Li Hsuan: Yeah, like how they are a welfare state.    What about this programme left the greatest impression? Bryan: Interacting with people my age but from a different country was an interesting learning experience. I got to show them around and tell them more about Singapore and our school, and I think both parties learnt a lot. Esther: Their warmth and friendliness. They were also very sporting and readily participated in lessons and offered their opinions. Li Hsuan: The ease of communication – the lack of any language barrier made it a lot more engaging for both parties. Three words to sum up your whole experience? Bryan: Interesting, culturally enriching, eye-opening. Esther: Enriching, insightful and very fulfilling. Li Hsuan: Awesome, enriching and fun!

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Year 5 - 6

GLOWING REPORTS WRITER Yeap Choon How (10A01A)

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The release of the A-level results each year is arguably the most anticipated event in the Year 5-6 school calendar. For teachers and students alike, the harvest of ripened fruit induces an almost manic buzz of anticipation. When the old students return, it will be a family reunion of sorts, but also a solemn farewell. On 5 March, many familiar faces from the graduating cohort of 2009 assembled in RI for what could possibly be the last time in their lives, to receive their A-level results. All of them arrived with the same look on their faces – a cool, almost nonchalant demeanour, belied by the slight furrow of the


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ambivalence possibly mean? ‘I’m incredibly surprised. I was expecting to do quite badly, but actually did much better than expected,’ Daniel Lee (09A01E) commented when I asked him how he felt about his results. ‘I think that the A-level exams are possibly easier than the Preliminary exams, so our fears turn out to be quite false in the end.’ brow which revealed irrepressible anxiety. At first, there was much laughter as old friends met and talked. However, the inevitable soon arrived; after the principal’s address, the look on each face was no longer the same. In reality, the situation wasn’t nearly as melodramatic as it might have seemed at first. Most students kept inscrutably neutral faces after looking at the slip of pink paper printed with their grades. Based on anecdotal accounts of the release of results in previous years, I should have seen some students burst out laughing in joy, and others burst into tears. What could this general

So that explained the palpable anxiety I saw as everyone entered the hall. But my question was still unresolved. I decided I’d go up to someone who looked genuinely ambivalent. I found Kevin Lim (09S06P) and asked about his results. He paused for a moment, as if thinking of something he’d forgotten, then confessed, ‘I don’t really feel anything right now. I guess it still hasn’t sunk in.’ The answer was short and simple, but had the ring of truth to it. Probing further, I found that he had actually performed quite well in the exam. Perhaps most of the other students felt the same way about their results.

How about those who achieved stellar results? In between a flurry of interviews, I managed to find out that Muhammad Haris B Iskandar (09S06X), one of the top scorers who had achieved no less than nine distinctions, was quite happy with his results, and already had plans to study Medicine at the National University of Singapore. I had little time to find out more when he was whisked away for photos with the media. The top scorers were undeniably satisfied with their effort, so I decided to try one last time to get a broader perspective. This came in the form of Jonathan Gan (09S05B), who viewed the A-level result he obtained as ‘the start of a new journey’. ‘It’s the start in more ways than one. I’ll have scholarships to tackle, universities to apply for, and of course, I have my National Service to complete.’ Indeed, the end of the A-level journey is merely the first step of another more grueling one. All the very best to the batch of 2009!

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Year 1 - 4

A NEW BADGE, A NEW BEGINNING WRITER Ariel Lim (1J)

When I stepped into RI, I thought that I had finally reached the finishing line. The journey here had been an arduous one and it was with great relief that I entered its illustrious corridors. However, I could not have been more mistaken that this was the end of my journey. My first experience was the Year 1 Orientation, where I met my Peer Support Leaders (PSLs), and learnt of the leadership positions and extensive programmes which they held and participated in. The Orientation programme served to thoroughly dispel all our misconceptions about life in RI. For example, instead of being mindless bookworms, our PSLs were extremely friendly in helping us adjust to our new environment. Our teachers were equally surprising.

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Encouraging us to be curious in class, their lessons were a hundred per cent refreshing. I am still amazed by the numerous programmes offered in RI. With the dedicated teachers and massive range of facilities, every day is an adventure. The choice of our CCAs was yet another important event: as we have to remain with our choices for the next four years, this was a commitment none of us was willing to make hastily. The smorgasbord of choices was overwhelming. My CCA of choice was rugby and I felt an immense feeling of triumph when I was shortlisted for it. As a new member of the rugby team, I was initially somewhat discouraged by the potential


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A CROSSROADS IN TIME WRITERS Gerald Tan (3D) Soh Qi Rui (3K)

disadvantage brought about by my small build. However, the teacher-in-charge cheered me up, with a story of the success of a former Raffles rugby player of a similarly small stature. I knew I had to put on more bulk. However, I could compensate for my size by working on other skills like speed and passing.

The Year 3 Orientation marked a place of endings, beginnings, progress and hardships – a crossroads in time. The reputation of the Outward Bound Singapore programme preceded itself and we had heard the intimidating stories of physical rigour and endurance from our seniors. However, now that we have gone through it, it is impossible to fathom the thought of getting to know many new people whom we now call friends without having had this experience.

our comfort zones, we caught glimpses into the true characters of our friends, while learning to pitch tents, cook rice, sleep on tree trunks and kayak. Though the learning of new skills could sometimes be described as failures of epic proportions – such as when the rafts that we built disintegrated into sinking objects once we pushed them onto the water – it was ultimately the experience that mattered. Having lived through it, we emerged all the stronger.

Our five-day, four-night stay at Pulau Ubin was dominated by walking and kayaking. Miles away from human civilisation, with the nearest fire station an island away and only the stars and the people beside us for companions – not to mention serving as the most convenient food source for Ubin’s insect population – it was a harrowing experience, but all the more unforgettable because of it.

On 15 January, the finale arrived. The quiet tiles and concrete of the Raffles Square became the epicentre for the culmination of our Orientation programme. A blazing campfire dominated the scene and as we basked in its glorious light, we were officially indoctrinated into the role of seniors; we had finally earned the right to wear long pants. Throughout the whole journey, we found true friendship, true hardship and, most importantly, true happiness.

It was, honestly, a time of discovery and friendship. Forced out of

Finally, at the Raffles Investiture Ceremony, I formally received my school badge. We may start our journey in RI as hatchlings, but we will leave as soaring gryphons. The ceremony marked not only the donning of our badges; it was the dawn of a new batch of Rafflesians, the genesis of many new beginnings yet to come.

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Year 1 - 4

THE SINGAPORE YOUNG PHYSICISTS’ TOURNAMENT WRITER Brandon Yeo (4K)

RI organised the inaugural Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT) on 23 and 30 January 2010, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Planning & Development Division (CPDD) and the Institute of Physics, Singapore (IPS). SYPT is a competition among teams of three students to solve complicated physics problems. It seeks to bring students through the process of what real physicists do, from research to modelling to experimentation and finally, an oral defence before experts and their peers. SYPT 2010 was a scaled-down and modified version of the International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), making use of the IYPT 2010 problems. A total of eight Category B and ten Category A teams participated in the 2 days of competition. The competition attracted teams from many schools such as Hwa Chong Institution, NUS High School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). However, the teams from RI were undaunted and eventually emerged tops, sweeping the Team Champion and

GETTING HANDS-ON IN MATERIALS SCIENCE

Team Second awards in both Category A (Years 3-6) and Category B (Years 3-4). Team champions won $120 worth of book vouchers, while runners-up were awarded $60 worth of book vouchers. The winning RI teams were: Category B (Years 3-4) • RI Team 1 : Ding Yue (4J) Wang Ye (4J) Nathanael Wong Zhixin (4J) • RI Team 2 : Huan Yan Qi (4J) Kuan Jun Jie Joseph (4J) Li Er Lu Lawrence (4K) Category A (Year 3-6 in 2010) • RI Team 1 : Li Kewei (11S06I) Lin Jiahuang (11S06J) Daniel Ng Zhe-Sheng (11S06I) • RI Team 2 : Kang Zi Yang (11S06K) Matthew Lee Kay Fei (11S06I) Chew Hong En(11S06I)

WRITER Mr. Ong Chiau Jin (Science Department)

In November 2008 and again in 2009, several of our Year 3 and 4 students were attached to the School of Applied Science at Republic Polytechnic (RP). The two-day attachment aimed to expose our students to aspects of Materials Science, such as reverse engineering and thin film fabrication. Students

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also received hands-on experience in sputtering and handling the atomic force microscope. Said Davin Ryanputra (4P 2009), “I feel that the two days spent at RP were interesting as I was exposed to many new pieces of equipment and methods for specific procedures … I commend the lab scientists for their guidance and clear explanation, and I would recommend this attachment to others.”


Department Initiatives

Editor’s Note: Look out for department initiatives from Year 5 - 6 in our next issue

A JOURNEY OF WORDS WITH MR ALVIN PANG WRITER Theophilus Kwek (4P)

Did you know that RI’s school archives house some of the oldest recorded poems in Singapore? This tidbit of local literary history was revealed to us, along with many others, over the course of last year’s poetry mentorship by our tireless and extremely young-at-heart poet-in-residence, Mr Alvin Pang. Armed with a wicked sense of humour, Mr Pang’s tutelage introduced us to local bards and their works, opening our eyes to the wider realm of global poetry. More importantly, he brought us to develop the depth and breadth of our writing, and ultimately, link the world of words to the one where we live. Some of us even had the confidence to take on various

poetry contests, including the RI-organised Uniquely Singapore Poetry Competition. The class also submitted works to the RI (Year 5-6) Writers’ Guild anthology initiative, Doors. Field-trips to the Merlion and the less commercialised precincts of Change Alley, Ann Siang Hill and Little India were also conducted. While there, we learned the history and sampled the poetry of each place, and gained inspiration for our own work. In the words of Arjun Vadrevu (2M), one of the youngest members of our class, this process saw us “refining both language and thought to break the ground as emerging poets”. We found a fulfillment and hope we could never have gleaned on our own.

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Year 1 - 4

‘The world is a stage, and all the men and women only actors; it is how we play our part that makes a difference.’ This philosophy – and a keen desire to make a difference to others – has taken Mr Edmund Chow to where he is today, as the newest addition to the teaching faculty in RI.

TAKING THE STAGE WITH MR EDMUND CHOW WRITER Lionel Foon (3G)

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Mr Chow’s current portfolio includes being Hullett house master and organising the drama workshop ‘Inspirations 101’. Juggling the different commitments, though, comes fairly easily to this Literature teacher, whose previous experience of teaching in the Prison School moulded him to meet difficult challenges. As a Life-Skills and Drama teacher there, he had the opportunity to interact with many adults who had previously taken the less straight forward path in life. Lionel Foon (3G) speaks to Mr Chow about work and life. What made you leave the Prison School and come to RI? For six years, I was without computer technology in the classroom. While I cherished the notion that I had to create exciting lessons beyond the chalk-and-talk method, there was only so much one can do with zero technical support. The environment was spartan. My mobile phone was locked away for the entire day outside the prison gates for six years. Many things changed as a result. It was then that I realised I needed a ‘prison break.’ (chuckle) Actually, the stint with the Prison School was part of my secondment, a choice I made in 2004 after teaching in a neighbourhood school. But after six years on secondment, an MOE teacher generally has to return to mainstream schools. So leaving

the Prison School was a natural stage in my career path at that point. The next phase was to challenge myself and get into a school I would not have previously imagined being part of – RI. Did you use to take drama courses? Many years back, I had taken Theatre Studies in my first year at NUS, but focused thereafter on English and Literature as those were the subjects I was permitted to teach. My involvement in drama remained dormant for many years. It was in 2004 that my Principal asked me if I was keen on starting a Drama Club in the Prison School, which really transformed my entire professional life. That was when I realised that drama had a huge potential for education and therapy. What do you hope to achieve by teaching literature and drama to the students of RI? Assuming that RI students possess critical minds regardless of the subjects they are taught, it is my sincere hope that Literature and Drama can instill in my students a love for humanity. What is it like to be the Hullett house master? Allow me to adapt a line from the popular 2005 movie Batman Begins: “People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Edmund Chow. As a man, I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol … as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” And so will my Hullettians. What would you be doing now if you had not become a teacher? I am a teacher, and will continue to be one until I retire.


A PARAGON OF PASSION, A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

Rafflesian Speaks

WRITER Yeap Choon How (10A01A)

Justin Foo (10A01B) is a student councillor, a Humanities Programme student and also an avid artist. What links these three facets of his student life? What is your passion? My passion and my focus is on my art and participation in the Students’ Council. In Council and art there are numerous opportunities to grow and realise our potential, and to go where our interest takes us. In both of these activities, it is extremely satisfying to take an idea from the drawing board to reality very quickly, which links to my interest in art. In art, we are given so many resources to pursue not just given assignments but also our personal artistic intentions. Our art teachers, Mr Chia Wei Hou and Ms Tan Meng Hua, constantly remind us that developing our art is really about growing as a person because the tasks are merely a part of a system to inspire us further. We need to go out of the classroom and experience art the way that it should be experienced, as something to be enjoyed, not just something to be taught or learnt. Do you find your work in the Students’ Council very closely related to your interest in art? Absolutely! I set out this year wanting to pursue my passion,

in terms of leadership and art in particular. I guess it’s all about doing what you love most and doing it to the best of your ability so as to contribute to the community. In the house directorate, I was able to put the skills I learnt and my passion to use in my work as the Publicity I/C. It’s interesting how work becomes play because it’s something that I truly enjoy. Within the Council I was also part of the organising committee for the 2010 RI Open House. I felt I made a very tangible difference to the school, especially since the publicity was very well received! How has being in the Humanities Programme helped you to pursue your passion? Over the last year I’ve been involved with Project Pink Lemonade, which I first came across when I met Ms Carolyn Lim, who was struck by lightning while windsurfing some years ago. She came by RI early last year and sought our support in realising her vision of publishing a book to share her experience. She said life gave her lemons but she wanted to make lemonade out of them, thus the name Project Pink Lemonade. Since the first meeting, we have never looked back. I helped with organising fundraising sales of Snapple pink lemonade, designing

the book cover and chapter illustrations, and organising the book launch. However, all this would have never been realised without an amazing group of people from the Humanities programme, especially the EXCO of Project Pink Lemonade. These things were closely related to my passion for publishing, design and making a difference to society in the smallest but possibly the most personal and meaningful of ways. So would you say it’s a very different experience from what you do in the Council? Not entirely, because both are about serving a community, about giving back in many ways, about pursuing our interests and achieving something. While doing what I enjoy, it’s also a great opportunity to give back to the school, to the students and to the community at large. Any closing words? If there is one thing I value most, it is passion. When you feel strongly about something because it connects with a deeper part of yourself, you give it your all and the returns are immeasurable. It’s about doing what you feel for and seeing how it fits into a bigger picture, how it benefits people around you in a more collective manner.

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Year 1 - 4

WHEN OLD AND NEW BECOME ONE WRITER Mohd Amzar B Shafarudin (4R)

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Student Development

We wanted to do something different – something that would forge and strengthen bonds within the Malay Cultural Club (MCC), something that would instil a sense of brotherhood among the members, and something that would introduce the new batch of Year 1s to the club. What better way to do this than during the MCC Kenal Suai? Rather than an Amazing Racetype event which would not highlight the essence of bonding, we decided that this Orientation camp would be simple yet extraordinary. So we stripped the well-planned island-wide escapades of our seniors down to the basics, and set out to have loads of fun. On the morning of 16 January, the day started with ice-breakers, which were expectedly successful. Friendships were struck up in record time. We then packed the programme with a whole line-up of activities such as soccer, water games, catching and dodgeball. When we saw the Year 1s interacting casually with their seniors, especially in the games where teamwork was crucial, we knew we were off to a good start.

Our initial fears that the programme would be too tiring were soon quelled when we realised after a while that everyone was thirsty for more. Inevitably, there were a number of knocks and bruises, but it was all good fun and exactly what we wanted from the games. Towards the end of the orientation, we took to the field for water games and soccer, and turned it into an endless playground. All the stress of Rafflesian life seemed to disappear, and in a flash we were children again with not a care in the world. As the day drew to a close, we laid on the field, simply amazed. Everyone was overwhelmed with exhaustion and elation, but most importantly, we were no longer simply members of MCC, but now, we were brothers.

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Year 1 - 4

ACTORS IN THE MAKING WRITER Shawn Tan Teng Jie (4C)

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Student Development

The theme of ‘New Beginnings’ is the most apt description for Raffles Players as we move into the new decade. This year, Raffles Players has been converted into a core CCA and all Year 1s of future batches will enter the CCA as core members. This change is truly momentous and it presents a multitude of new opportunities and challenges. The first and most important event for us this year will be our Annual Production. In contrast to the previous years when we had always performed established scripts by published writers, we will be writing our own scripts for this year’s production. The result is a triple bill which will be held on 30 April and 1 May at the Alliance Française Theatre. After the annual production, we plan to organise an overnight scriptwriting competition, modelled after the Writer’s Lab 24-hour Playwriting Competition. In the competition, participants

will be given only one night to write a full-length play, while concurrently being limited in their content by central themes or ideas that will be fed to them periodically. The change in our CCA status also brought about a change in the preparation for a play. Previously, during our sessions in the early part of the year, we worked with an external mentor to brainstorm potential ideas to be used in our playwriting. Now, sessions also involve script reading, blocking of actor’s movements on stage and rehearsals. Following that, we will select audio pieces to use in our play and make our own props and sets. The result of all the hard work will be a mindblowing production, crafted solely by students. Change is brought about for a purpose. For us, that purpose is to bring theatre production by Raffles Players to a whole new level.

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Year 1 - 4

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Student Development

BRAND NEW HANDBALL TEAM EMERGES CHAMPIONS WRITERS Dang Van Trang (11A03B) Ignatia Devy (11S05B)

Although the RI boys’ and girls’ handball teams are made up of students who were not trained in the sport until a few weeks before the tournament, they made history as the very first interschool handball champions. Team captains Cheryl Lee (10S03M) and Kristian Lee (10A01A) share the highlights of their achievement. We know Handball is not a CCA in our school so what motivated you guys to form the teams? Cheryl: For the girls’ team, we just walked by the notice board near the PE Department and we noticed an announcement to sign-up for the handball interschool competition. We thought this would be a good chance for our CCA mates to bond (I’m a netballer) and we also recruited some members who were basketballers at RGS. Kristian: Curiosity and interest in the game were the main objectives for forming the handball teams. Furthermore, it was the competitions that allowed us to bond as friends and teammates, and to have fun. What was the training like? Cheryl: Training for the competition was a totally new experience. Since we did not have prior experience and proper coaches, we had to be content with watching videos and consistently reviewing, analysing and modifying the strategies we used, and spotting where we had gone wrong, as we progressed through the competition. Kristian: You can call us ‘The Thinking Team’ because we really studied every game closely. We even developed our own distinct ‘Butterfly Move’, which stumped our opponents. We played in a non-conventional way, making us more creative than the other teams.

How was the final? Cheryl: We won by a big margin. The final was against Damai Secondary School and they had five Youth Olympic Games (YOG) players. That was the most challenging game we ever played. Our passion, the bond that we forged, and our camaraderie got us through to the finals. And as we were able to constantly modify our strategies, it allowed us to remain one step ahead of our opponents. Kristian: We entered the competition with the mindset of ‘having fun’. We were penalised a few times because we were not used to the style of dribbling. Although we lost one match to St Andrew’s Junior College – and they have six YOG players in their ranks – we managed to win the tournament eventually because we enjoyed playing in the competition, which meant that we did not stress ourselves by playing to win. Who do you wish to thank? Cheryl & Kristian: Definitely Mr Leong Chee Mun, Senior Teacher, PE Department who was very committed in coaching and caring for us. His commitment to the game gave us the extra push to achieve victory. Our teammates are equally important. The contribution of each player speaks for himself with this victory in the first interschool handball tournament.

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Orientation pushes your boundaries. Orientation tests your physical spirit and your mental dexterity. Orientation makes you hungry for the Rafflesian way of life. Orientation makes you more Rafflesian than you have ever been. Orientation ignites the Rafflesian spirit and passion, which sustains us for the rest of the year, and beyond.

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Photo Journal

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Year 1 - 6

The Rafflesian Spirit will never diminish, as long as Rafflesians are around. We are one Raffles – one school united, and the bonds we share are unbreakable.

The Rafflesian Spirit is something imparted to us by our PSLs when we were all in Year 1. We need to not only build up the spirit but find a way to keep it burning.

Ernest Yee (3G)

Tommy Koh (3C)

The Rafflesian Spirit is always thought to be unstoppable, powerful and everlasting. The question is not whether it is diminishing, but how can we continue to sustain and keep the spirit burning. Song Gil Seob (4A)

IS THE RAFFLESIAN SPIRIT DIMINISHING? COMPILED BY Quek Zi Hao (3E)

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Your Say

I believe that the Rafflesian Spirit has always been omnipresent. This is evident in our daily lives, as we cheer till our throats turn sore, in competition finals and school events, as we strive hard to achieve our best, and also as we help one another along the path to success. Edward Lim (10S031)

I think the Rafflesian spirit is not really diminishing, especially at match support, where students always turn up with enthusiasm. Afterwards, they always talk about the event memorably. I believe that everyone has the Rafflesian Spirit, and with a little time management and effort, everyone can show it too, by turning up for match support and other such activities. Edward Koay (1G)

As Rafflesians, the Rafflesian spirit is constantly being instilled in us − a quality that is present in all Rafflesians that binds us together. It is the pride that we have for our school and the desire to bring glory to it and push it forward to greater heights; the courageous pursuit of excellence, and achieving it as a school. More importantly, it is the cherishing of all fellow Rafflesians and knowing that behind all the glorious achievements, it is the people – staff, teachers and friends that make Raffles what it is. The Rafflesian Spirit is all around us, in the camaraderie of any team in Raffles, and the gruelling trainings that fellow schoolmates undergo. But above all, I feel that the Rafflesian Spirit need not be explicitly stated or seen, but is rather a feeling that is felt deep down, and a feeling that will remain for a long time to come. Priscilla Chew (11A01A)

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Year 5 - 6

10 SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR A DAY HIKE BY Outdoor Adventure and Activities Club (ODAC)

Advice From CCAs 1. Consult and gather information on the place you are going from relevant organisations. Find out any guidelines or regulations on hiking at the place and where to seek help. 2. Always check the weather. Be prepared for the weather and any changes in weather conditions. 3. Let someone know your planned route, start and estimated end time. Let that person know you have returned safely. 4. Be appropriately dressed (both rain and sun protection) and wear proper footwear. 5. Bring food and water for the duration of hike. It is also useful to find out where you can top up your food and water along the hike.

6. Bring along your mobile phone in case of emergency. Note down all relevant emergency contact numbers. 7. Bring equipment like torch light, whistle and personal first aid kit and also some money. 8. Use designated hiking tracks to reduce impact on the place. Never try to go off-route through forested areas. 9. Do not feed and harass the wildlife. Do not damage any plants and trees. Practice the ‘Leave No Trace‘ principle: take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but memories. 10. When lost, stay where you are. It is easier for others to locate you.

TAKING PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MALWARE BY Raffles Computer Club

Malware (viruses, worms and Trojans) has plagued computers since the dawn of the computer age. Fortunately, the principles of shielding your computer from them have not changed that much. Computer Alerts Every modern browser makes some attempt to alert you if you’re about to visit a site known to host malware, or one with security certification that doesn’t match up. If you are using Windows and have not updated Internet Explorer to its latest ver-

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sion, regardless of whether it is your primary browser, you should do so now. User Intelligence Contrary to popular belief, software security is no replacement for user intelligence. Most systems are infected by malware because of poor judgment on the part of the user. Never click on or download anything until you’re sure what it is or does. The same caution should be applied to thumbdrives – public computers and printing shop terminals are

often festering with viruses. Malware spreads in a multitude of ways, which increase by the day. The best way to avoid getting infected is to know what you introduce to or allow access to in your computer – ultimately, keeping your computer clean depends on you, the user.


Editorial Team Teacher Advisor:

Ms Divina Teo Mr Daniel Lim Mr James Koh

Year 1 - 4: Editor-in-Chief: Sub-editors:

Photographers:

Shaun Yeo (4P) Theophilus Kwek (4P) Samuel Lim Wen Yan (4K) Soh Qi Rui (3K) Quek Zhi Hao (3E) Duranka Viran Jayasinghe (3L) Teng Hao (3K) Gerald Tan Wei Hao (3D) Lionel Goon (3D) Tay Zhi Yuan (4P) Vijay Periyannan (4H) Benedict Tan (4M) Ryan Quek (3M) Toh Han (3E) Arjun Jayaraman (3H) Reudi Chan (2Q) Wang Ziren (2C) Yang Yingbo (2E) Alvin Ryanputra (2P) Matthew Yeo (2I) Ang Qi Wei (2B) Tan Wei Ler (2P) Lim Jin Jie (2B) Wong Shi Hwa (2B)

Year 5 - 6: Contributors:

Photographers:

Dang Van Trang (11A03B) Ignatia Devy Dwiastuti (11S05B) Wu Chin Wei (11S03H) Teng Bao Zhing (11S03B) Yeap Choon How (10A01A) Tang Kai Wen Aaron (10S03O) Zhao Yang (10S03O) Mark Tan Ti Khiang (10S06G) Benjamin Aw Chun How (10S06Q) Koh Joo Wee Joewie (10S06E) Tan Kia Hau Matthew (10S03O) Cho Hui Hui Cherise (10S03K) Luo Xiangyu (11S06D) Wang Chenying Rebecca (10A01E) Geoffrey Lim (10A01A)

Published by Raffles Institution, Eagle Eye is the first publication of the school following the reintegration of Raffles Institution. This publication is written by current students, and includes articles from Year 1 – 6. Eagle Eye showcases the vibrancy of the people and programmes at Raffles Institution, and is distributed free to all current students, alumni, friends and benefactors of the school. For comments on the articles and feedback to the editorial team and change of mailing address, please email us at: eagleeye@ri.edu.sg Design: ampulets Printed on 100% recycled paper



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