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rometheus Cup was conceived as the nternational debate tournament situated utheast Asia for youths from ages 14 We have not been disappointed with gnups! This year’s Prometheus Cup will e outstanding teams with strong debating ons, from a range of countries as diverse ng Kong, Australia and South Africa. We cited by the quality of the competition that s us.

d after the Greek Titan Prometheus who the gift of fire from the gods to benefit nkind, we hope that this competition, like omethean flame, will illuminate the moral, and political issues of today and kindle the f passion for debate. Moreover, we also that the Prometheus Cup will not only be ectually stimulating, but culturally engaging l. Though Singapore may be a small ry, we believe we have much to share with d to our history and diverse cultures. Indeed, ewsletter will offer you a (literal) taste of to expect when you arrive!

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We also hope to make your week-long stay as comfortable as possible. We will be providing you with quality accommodation at the Raffles Institution Boarding School, a short 2-minute stroll from the competition venue. You will also be in the good hands of 2 Care Officers (handpicked from our debaters) who will attend to your every need throughout the competition. More information about accommodation and amenities will be provided in subsequent newsletters. What makes a good debating tournament? The key lies in the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in preparation for the week of debates. For that, we have to thank the members of dedicated organizing committee who have been working hard to ensure the smooth running of the competition. We hope that their hard work will pay off and come November, you will have an enjoyable time. I look forward to meeting you in November and wish you all the best in your preparations for the Prometheus Cup. Lim Lai Cheng (Mrs) Principal Raffles Institution

About the

Raffles Debate Academy The Raffles Debate Academy (RDA) was established in 2010 – a natural extension for an educational institution steeped in rich debating history and tradition. Its objective is to promote the growth of debating in three key domains: within Raffles Institution, in the Singaporean debating circuit, and in the international debating arena. Hence, the RDA seeks to complement existing events and strengthen our ties with schools around the world. To this end, the Prometheus Cup is our signature imitative. In addition to this tournament, the RDA conducts primary school outreach programmes, hosts a multitude of debate competitions for varying age groups, and organises workshops to enrich debaters and adjudicators alike. With a strong focus on talent development and a strong alumni base, we hope to forge a brighter debating landscape for Singapore and the world.

Like any other competition, the Prometheus Cup is organised by a dedicated group of teachers and students. These are the people that have made Prometheus Cup 2011 possible:

Organising Committee (Staff) Principal Deputy Principal Tournament Convener Organising Committee

- Mrs Lim Lai Cheng - Mrs. Theresa Lai - Ms Umarani - Mr Kelvin Yap Mr Lawrence Sunderaj Mr Thyaga Rajan Mr Anthony Zitkus Ms Samantha Prakash

Organising Committee (Students) Student Heads - Tan Teck Wei Chua Jun Yan Lee Chin Wee Secretariat - Ting Wei Tai / Ong Kye Jing Finance - Tommy Koh Adjudication/ Workshops - Fong Yew Loong / Andrew Chia Boarding - Gloria Cheung / Andrew Seow Logistics - Magdalene Lu Corp Communications - Chua Jun Yan / Tan Kuan Hian Sightseeing - Martha Ching / Jonathan Tan Opening Ceremony - Antariksh Mahajan Grand Finals - Sarah Tan Quiz Night - Lim Jia Ying Student Secretariat - Eugene Phua / Samuel Teo




Singapore is a sunny equatorial island nestled at the southern-most point of continental Asia with plenty of erratic rainfall and a temperature of 25-31 degrees Celsius. According to legend, Singapore earned its name “Singapura” (or “Lion City”) when a Sumatran prince saw a beast resembling a lion as he first set foot on the island in the 14th century. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a British port, attracting merchants from all over the world, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Due to its prime geographic position, Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world. Today, it is a bustling, prosperous city well known not just for its small size and cosmopolitan landscape (think skyscrapers, an enormous Ferris wheel, and shopping malls galore), but also for its lush and ample greenery. What’s on this week? gives you a bird’s-eye view of events in Singapore, such as the recent F1 races, featuring the only night race on the F1 circuit!


At a Glance


At a Glance

Places to visit – the natural wonders of Singapore Singapore is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, and these are just some of the natural attractions you can find in the country.

The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari Occupying 28 hectares of land, the Singapore Zoo contains about 315 species of animals in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species, and it also houses the largest enclosed colony of Orangutans in the world. It is a major tourist attraction, attracting up to 1.6 million visitors a year. From the beginning, the Singapore Zoo followed the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, open exhibits, using hidden barriers behind moats and shrubbery. The same concept is brought to even greater heights at the Night Safari, an entire open-air zoo set in a humid tropical forest that is only open at night. Divided into eight geographical zones, it can be explored either on foot via three walking trails, or by tram. In order to simulate natural conditions as much as possible, the animals of the night safari, ranging from Indian rhinoceros to tarsiers, are made visible by lighting that resembles moonlight.


At a Glance

Singapore Botanical Gardens Founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society, the Singapore Botanical Gardens was initially planned as a leisure garden and ornamental park. Today, it is a tropical botanical institution of international renown and a key tourist destination. The main attraction is the National Orchid Garden, and it contains a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. It also features a VIP Orchid Garden, featuring orchid hybrids named in honour of famous people that have visited the Botanical Gardens. Other popular attractions include the Ginger Garden, the Evolution Garden, and a Coolhouse that recreates the environment of tropical highland forests and features famous carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant. If you would like to check out Singapore facts and details from the point of view of Singapore’s students, do check out these links at the Thinkquest Library ( – Singapore Iconised Singapore’s Arts scene - Singapore flag and other emblems html - Featuring games on icons such as the Merlion (hmm… what’s this?)

No. 5: Satay

No. 4: Roti Prata

No. 3: Durian

No. 2: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Satay may have originated in Java or Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meat served with a delicious peanut sauce. Common types of satay sold in Singapore include Satay Ayam (chicken satay), Satay Lembu (beef satay), Satay Kambing (mutton satay), Satay Perut (beef intestine), and Satay Babat (beef tripe).

Widely known and revered in Southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, uniquely pungent odour, and formidable thorncovered husk. Many Singaporeans affectionately call the Esplanade (our major performance arts venue as shown on the right) the “Durian” due to its remarkable resemblance.

Roti prata is a traditional South Indian fo fried flour-based pancake that is cooked grill. It is usually served with a vegetable based curry but now there are interestin with Chocolate Prata and Dessert Prata. Roti Prata House very near Raffles Institu is popular among our students.

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Singapore Cuisine

Singaporean Cuisine A multicultural nation, Singapore is at the crossroads of various cultures and our cuisine indicates the ethnic diversity in our globalised island city. It is a product of centuries of interaction between native Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan and Western traditions. Here are the top 5 items that you must try in Singapore!

No. 1 Chilli Crab

Chilli crab is one of Singaporean favourite dishes and was ranked 35th on the list of “World’s 50 most delicious foods” published online by CNNGo lifestyle guide. This dish uses mud crabs and is stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce.

Ulysses by the Merlion by Edwin Thumboo (b. 1933, award-winning Singaporean poet)

I have sailed many seas, Skirted islands of fire Contented with Circe Who loved the squeal of pigs; Passed Scylla and Charybdis To seven years with Calypso Heaved in battle against the gods Beneath it all I kept faith with Ithaca, traveled, Traveled and traveled, Suffering much, enjoying a little; Met strange people singing New myths, made myths myself.

Singapore Poetry In this section, we feature two poems on Singapore – an old classic by a renewed Singaporean poet, Edwin Thumboo, and a piece by a budding poet and current student of Raffles Institution, Chua Jun Yan.

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Despite unequal ways, Together they mutate. Explore the edges of harmony. Searched for a centre, Have changed their gods, Kept some memories of their past In prayer, laughter, the way Their women dress and greet. They hold the bright, the beautiful, Good ancestral dreams Within new visions, So shining, urgent Full of what is new.

Perhaps having dealt in things Surfeited on them, Their spirit yearned again for images, Adding to the dragon, phoenix, Garuda, naga, those horses of the sun, This lion of the sea, This image of themselves.

My Flag Flies High and Free

Singapore Poetry

by Chua Jun Yan (b. 1995, RI Student)

CK Tang dress / NSman’s No.4 / threadbead pas singlet / cheap Prada imitation‌ Apparels stitched with a quintillion fabrics, drip haphazardly from bamboo poles. But when the bitter monsoon wind gusts, they flutter in silent solidarity: knowing, seeing a

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In exotic lands, fly delicate silk emblems. But not for a nation under constant siege. A pragmatic people manufactured our ensign -- grounded in realism lest it gets blown away; yet soaring high in muted poise! Amid the hum of our utilitarian heartland, The ubiquitous flags tremble in a stifled murmur, Waving in the tropical breeze of a young nation’s hope, weary of the impending Sumatran storm.

Raffles Intitution

One Raffles Institution Lane The logo of the Prometheus Cup was designed by Julius Sander, a Year 3 student from Raffles Institution.

Prometheus Cup Newsletter 01/2011  

This is the first newsletter of the Prometheus Cup, organised by the Raffles Debate Academy (Singapore).

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