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RI Prefects' Investiture 2015: Hearth
The Prefects' Investiture on 18 August marked the beginning of the 92nd Prefectorial Board's journey in serving the school.
Rafflesians shine at 2015 Special Awards
33 Rafflesians received this year’s Special Awards, which recognise students’ achievements in both academic and non-academic spheres.
Tan Kuan Hian receives the President's Scholarship and Singapore Police Force Scholarship
On 14 August, Tan Kuan Hian became the 94th Rafflesian to receive the President's Scholarship, which was established in 1965.
Rafflesians win accolades at the International Science and Mathematics competitions
Our students did the nation proud at the International Young Physicists' Tournament as well as the International Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics and Physics in the months of July and August.
How We Became Bishan
Becoming Bishan unveils the rich history of one of Singapore's iconic estates. The exhibition will run at the Bishan Library till 23 Aug, at Ang Mo Kio Library from 24 Aug to 30 Sep, and at Toa Payoh Library till 31 Oct.
National Day 2015
On 6 August we celebrated national day, which marks Singapore’s 50th year as an independent and sovereign state.
National Day Forum with Mr Ho Kwon Ping
On 5 August, our Year 6 students participated in a National Day forum with Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings.
Promethean Day 2015
On 28 July (for Year 1-4 students) and 5 August (for Year 5-6 students) we celebrated Promethean Day, where the outgoing student leaders of our Houses and CCA groups pass on the torch of leadership to their successors.
RI students achieve stellar results at 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics
Our students Lee Vint Ve, Jeremy Tian, and Shen Yu Jun were part of the Singapore team that took part in the recently concluded 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) held at Magelang, Indonesia from 26 July to 3 August.
Burial of Time Capsule to be opened in 2050
On 31 July 2015, we buried a time capsule in a simple ceremony held in the Looi Eng San Memorial Garden. The Time Capsule commemorates SG50 as well as our school's 192nd Founder's Day and the relocation of the Raffles Institution Archives & Museum (RAM).
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A-level certificates are ready for collection!
Dear Rafflesians (Batch of 2014), the ‘A' level certificate and SGC are now ready for collection at the Student Affairs Centre (office hours). Please bring your NRIC/passport for identification purposes.
2015 National School Games
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Rafflesian Times: Issue 4
Today marks the launch of our fourth issue of Rafflesian Times! In the spirit of going green, we have posted all our RT articles on http://rafflesiantimes.wordpress.com.
MOE Sexuality Education
Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships.
Information on the Haze
As part of the effort to provide the public with easy access to timely information on the haze situation and advisories to protect ourselves, the National Environment Agency has created a haze website, www.haze.gov.sg.
Whistle Blowing Policy in Raffles Institution
Whistle blowing refers to the act of disclosing internally to the school's authorised trusted representative of any alleged fraudulent activity.
Auspicium Melioris Aevi
(Hope of a Better Age)
5 June 1823
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
Griffles (a gryphon)
Year 1-4 (equivalent to secondary): Boys
Year 5-6 (equivalent to pre-university): Co-educational
Green, Black, White
(Academic as well as Management, Executive, Technical, Administrative): ~ 550
Raffles Girls’ School
* Girls who join the Raffles Programme at Year 1 study at RGS from Year 1 to 4 before joining RI for Year 5 and 6 of the Raffles Programme.
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We face challenges with comradeship, resilience, tenacity and courage
We honour our word and faithfully discharge every responsibility
We appreciate diversity among people and value the distinct contribution of each individual
We embark on every endeavour with foresight, daring and flexibility
Nurturing thinkers, leaders and pioneers of character who serve by leading and lead in serving
‘In intellectual pursuit,I shall reflect discipline and passionfor learningandIn personal conduct,I shall live in integrity and regardindividuals, groups and thecommunity with kindness and respect,and in so doing,uphold the RafflesianPrinciple of Honour.’
A mythical hybrid of two of nature's quintessentially regal creatures, the gryphon combines the speed, flight and penetrating vision of the eagle with the strength, courage and majesty of the lion. It sits atop the school's crest, ringed by a crown, symbolic of the institution's enduring strength and its trust in the nobility of intellectual endeavour.
The mighty and majestic ruler of the skies is portrayed in the crest as twin-headed. One head draws strength and insight from the lessons of the past while the other looks ahead to the rich potential inherent in the future. It is also indicative of the school's universality as it looks to both the East and West for inspiration.
A double medallion sits at the heart of the crest. They are a representation of the Order of the Golden Sword, a personal decoration that was conferred upon Raffles by the Sultan of Aceh in 1811. Inscribed upon the upper medallion in Jawi script is a salutation from Sultan Alaudin Jauhar Al-Alam that reads:
Seri Paduka Orang Kaya Berpedang Mas Thomas Raffles Sultan Alauddin Jauhar Al-Alam Shah Johan Berdaulat
Translated to English, it reads:
Honourable Nobleman Thomas Raffles - Order of the Golden Sword Sultan Alauddin Jauhar Al-Alam Shah Sovereign Ruler
Aceh at that point in time was among the most widely respected of kingdoms in the region, and the official letter from the Sultan of Aceh dated 27 April 1811 that proclaims the award of this title is still kept at the Royal Aceh Museum.It highlights the importance that Raffles had accorded to intercultural relations and understanding, and the sensitivity with which he approached both.
Raffles held this honour in the highest regard and had it incorporated as part of his coat of arms in 1817.The lower medallion bears the image of a kris, a distinctive, asymmetrical dagger indigenous to Southeast Asia. Both weapon and spiritual object, the kris is often regarded as symbol of heroism. Collectively, the double medallion embodies the school's founding tenet of multiculturalism, and the presence of both Jawi and Latin on the school crest should inspire Rafflesians of the need for an outlook that combines the east and the west.
The colours green, black and white are the standard colours of the House of Raffles. They occupy the central place in the crest and have been adopted as the colours of RI.
When Stamford Raffles held the torch / That cast Promethean Flame / We faced the challenge of the day / To give our school a name
The eagle eye and gryphon strength / They led us to the fore / To reign supreme in ev'ry sphere / The sons of Singapore
Come heed the call Rafflesians all / And let our hearts be stirring / We'll do our best whate’er the test / And keep our colours flying
Let comradeship and fervent hope / With one voice make us pray / Auspicium Melioris Aevi / With God to guide the way.
Raffles Institution was founded in June 1823 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a Briton who established the basis for Singapore’s emergence as a major centre of mercantile trade. It is the oldest school in Singapore, and also one of the most progressive – it welcomed girls and began offering pre-university classes in 1844 and 1886 respectively. In 1879, the girls’ wing was established as Raffles Girls’ School (RGS), and 1982 saw the establishment of Raffles Junior College (RJC), which took over RI’s pre-university enrolment. RI and RJC re-integrated in 2009 under the name Raffles Institution. It jointly offers the six-year Raffles Programme (its version of the Ministry of Education’s Integrated Programme) with RGS.
RI was originally located along Bras Basah Road, where Raffles City shopping centre now stands. In fact, the library building of RI’s Bras Basah campus is featured on the two-dollar bill in Singapore legal tender. RI moved to Grange Road in March 1972, and then to its current Bishan campus in 1990. At the end of 2004, RJC (which had moved from Paterson Road to Mount Sinai in 1984) held its moving ceremony to Bishan, beside RI.
In 1984, RI became one of the first schools to offer the Ministry of Education’s school-based Gifted Education Programme.
In 2004, it received the School Excellence Award, the highest award in MOE’s Masterplan of Awards. In 2011, RI was awarded the Singapore Quality Award, the pinnacle award for business excellence in Singapore.
RI's history is extensively documented in the book, The Eagle Breeds a Gryphon, written by former headmaster Eugene Wijeysingha. While the original edition chronicles the school's history up till 1985, the latest edition includes events up to 2003.
RI Headmasters and Principals RJC Principals
*In 2009, RI and RJC re-integrated under the name Raffles Institution. Mrs Lim Lai Cheng became Principal of RJC in 2008, and Principal of the re-integrated RI in 2009.
Located opposite the Year 1 - 4 General Office, the Museum witnesses the integration of historical documents and artefacts, arranged thematically to allow viewers to re-experience our school's history.
The idea of a Mace for Raffles Institution was mooted by Professor Tan Ser Kiat, the Chairman of Raffles Institution's Board of Governors in April 2009. It was commissioned in May 2009 and completed on 9th July of the same year. The Mace made its first official appearance at the 186th Founder's Day.
The Mace of RI is a tangible reminder of RI's history, as well as its aspiration of producing thought leaders for both Singapore and the world. The mace is made from solid dark teak wood; key Rafflesian motifs on the mace are highlighted and embellished with gold foil. The Mace was officially donated to the school by Professor Tan Ser Kiat.
The Mace head is sculpted in the form of a double-headed eagle. It symbolises the manner in which the school looks to its tradition and heritage as a source of strength, even as it prepares its students for the challenges of the future.
The school's crest is embossed on the shaft of the mace. At the base of the shaft are carved a pair of talons, a symbol of enduring might and power.
Stamford Raffles' Coat of Arms is engraved at the base of the Mace. This bears the image of a gryphon's head whose neck is encircled by a royal crown - signifying mastery in various fields of endeavour, as in the school's crest. Here, however, the image is contained within a round band.
Our Board of Governors guides the school, helping our students to achieve their full potential in learning, leading and serving
For demonstrating outstanding management capabilities and delivering superior performance and results.
In recognition of the institution's efforts in promoting the employment and retention of older workers, and implementing and sustaining innovative policies that recognise and empower mature employees
For RI's exemplary school processes and practices.
For having strongly demonstrated care and concern for students through the implementation of holistic and ability-driven programmes.
For having a distinctive quality of teaching and learning where risk taking and innovation are clearly evident in the teaching and learning processes.
For demonstrating administrative excellence in the way it manages and optimises resources.
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For male Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International students currently studying in local mainstream schools who possess outstanding talent in academics, sports, or music and aesthetics.Each applicant can only apply for one domain. Applicants are not permitted to switch to another domain. Successful DSA-Sec students are NOT allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise/PSLE Supplementary Exercise.Successful DSA-Sec students are also NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the school they were posted to.• Frequently-asked Questions about DSA• DSA Academic• DSA Sports• DSA Music • DSA Visual Arts
DSA Application for Year 1 (2016) closed at 12 noon on 1 July 2015.
For male Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International Students who are in the local mainstream schools and wish to enrol in Year 1 with their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) grades.
Please refer to this MOE website
For male Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International Students who are in the local mainstream schools and wish to enrol in Year 1 with their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) grades, and have opted for RI in the MOE Secondary One Posting Exercise but were unsuccessful in gaining admission. Students who have already gained admission into a secondary school via DSA are not allowed to participate in the PSLE Supplementary Exercise. Please note that only a small number of students will be admitted via this exercise.
Application for Year 1 (2015) has closed.
For male Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International students currently studying in local mainstream schools who possess outstanding talent in academics, sports, or music and aesthetics.• Criteria & Schedule
DSA Application for Year 3 (2016) closed at 12 noon on 21August 2015.
For both male and female Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International students currently studying in local mainstream schools who possess outstanding talent in academics, sports, or music and aesthetics.Each applicant can only apply for one domain. Applicants are not permitted to switch to another domain. Successful DSA-JC students are NOT allowed to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).Successful DSA-JC students are also NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the school they were posted to.
• Criteria & Schedule
DSA Application for Year 5 (2015) has closed.
The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level certificate holders to apply for admission to courses offered by Junior Colleges (JC), the Millennia Institute (MI), Polytechnics (Poly) and Institute of Technical Education (ITE).Successful DSA-JC students are NOT allowed to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).
• MOE's JAE Website
Application for Year 5 (2015) has closed.
'Returning Singaporean children' refers to children who are Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) who are living and studying overseas and are currently not attending local schools.
• Children who are going overseas to live and study.• Children who are currently living and studying overseas• Children who are returning home having lived and studied overseasReturning Singaporean students who wish to study in Singapore must go through the Ministry of Education's School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans – Secondary (SPERS-Sec) (for admission into Year 1-4) or School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS-JC/MI) (for admission into Year 5). This is applicable for all government, government-aided and independent schools in Singapore, including RI.
The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is a centralised admissions exercise conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) around September or October each year for new international students who wish to join mainstream Singaporean primary and secondary schools in January of the following year.International students seeking admission to mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction and are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves before sitting for the AEIS tests. They should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the level preceding the one they are applying for.
The Raffles schools are committed to supporting any student who requires financial assistance for the duration of his or her education withus. The table below shows a summary of the revised fee structure for local students (Singapore citizens), Permanent Residents, andinternational students currently in the Raffles Programme.
The school has undertaken the construction of facilities, namely the swimming complex, gymnasium and a visual arts design centre. The objective of providing these facilities is to promote and enhance the physical and aesthetic aspects of education. The school needs to charge a monthly supplementary fee of $35 to cover the operating costs which stem from manpower, utilities, repairs and maintenance.
Payment may be made in the following ways:
Every RI (Year 1-4) student is strongly encouraged to stay at the Boarding Houses for at least one term during his 4 years.
For enquiries on Boarding Fees, please drop us an email at boarding[at]ri.edu.sg.
Financial Assistance Information for Singapore Citizens
RI is committed to helping you experience the full Rafflesian Education.Click here for full information on RI's Financial Assistance Scheme for Singapore citizens.
Raffles Scholarship (Year 1-6)
Current RI students in the 50/70/90/100% Financial Support Tier or are in genuine financial hardship will receive:
Raffles Scholarship (Primary 5-6)
Primary 5 and 6 students in the 50/70/90/100% Financial Support Tier (refer to table for eligibility) or are in genuine financial hardship and who have an average of 85 marks and above for four subjects in their past year’s end-of-year examination will receive:
The Edusave Entrance Scholarships for Independent Schools (EESIS) is awarded to the top one-third of students posted to Secondary One in all independent schools, based on their PSLE results. Visit this MOE website for more information on the Edusave Entrance Scholarships for Independent Schools (EESIS)
Students under the MOE’s Special Programmes – Music Elective Programme will be given fees subsidy. The quantum of fees subsidy will be similar to the EESIS.
* Girls who join the Raffles Programme at Year 1 study at RGSfrom Year 1 to Year 4 before joining RI for Year 5 and Year 6 of theRaffles Programme. RI Year 1-4 is boys only.
By bypassing the GCE O-Levels, the Raffles Programme offers students multiple options for research and independent learning in addition to regular curricular subjects. There are opportunities for mentorship, research and attachment with institutes of higher learning or industry partners as well as options for service learning and aesthetic development. The Raffles Programme sets the context for students to realise their gifts and develop a sense of citizenship and stewardship in an environment that celebrates scholarship and self-actualisation.
The Raffles Programme is jointly offered by RI and RGS; girls who join the Raffles Programme in Year 1 study at Raffles Girls' School from Year 1 to Year 4 before joining RI for Years 5 and 6. RI (Year 1-4) is boys only.
Students who attended other Singapore secondary schools (neither RI Year 1-4 nor RGS) join the Raffles Programme at RI Year 5-6 via the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) after the release of their O-Level results.
Visit our Admissions section for more information.
Students in Year 5-6 will offer the Revised A-Level Curriculum implemented in Singapore from 2006. A summary of the requirements of the curriculum is given in the link below.
Given to graduands of RI alongside their GCE A-Level certificates, the Raffles Diploma (RD) is a certification that recognises and celebrates student participation and achievements in a wide spectrum of activities beyond academia. Upon meeting the basic criteria for all five development domains – Cognitive, Character & Leadership, Community & Citizenship, Sports & Health, and Arts & Aesthetics – Rafflesians are automatically awarded the RD, with exceptional students obtaining a merit or distinction in one or more domains.
The Gap Semester is a period of 10 weeks in the latter half of Year 4 where Rafflesians pursue their interests in a diverse array of disciplines that lie beyond the syllabus. Courses offered during the Gap Semester range from mentorship in specialised subject areas to international expeditions. The Gap Semester comes in all shapes and sizes; options include zooming off on a school attachment programme in Denmark or India, traversing the fabled Silk Road or volunteering in a village in Bhutan. Through the Gap Semester, students develop a greater sense of maturity and independence, and gain new perspectives on global issues and cultures.
A core aspect of our curriculum, the Raffles Philosophy Programme introduces students to the most important philosophers, questions and answers in human history. In doing so, students will come to understand what counts as ‘knowledge’ in the other subjects they take, how knowledge across various fields interact and how any given definition of ‘knowledge’ presents a reflection of societal values and ideologies. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for Knowledge and Inquiry at the GCE A-Levels.
Learn more about Philosophy
Our Research Education programme helps students develop the critical thinking, interdisciplinary competency, resourcefulness and grasp of group dynamics necessary for research work at all levels. The programme exposes them to real-life issues in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, IT, business management, the humanities, creative writing, the fine arts, and social and community service. This is supported by insights and experiences contributed by partner organisations – such as the Boston Consulting Group and various research institutes – who are available to mentor students in specialised areas. Many Rafflesians go on to showcase their work at local and international forum and competitions, including the World Scholars’ Cup, Odyssey of the Mind, Destination Imagination and Community Problem Solving.
Learn more about Research Education
The Raffles Academy is a talent development programme designed to meet the learning needs of students who are exceptionally gifted in a particular subject. It is a four-year programme spanning Year 3 to Year 6 where students attend special pull-out classes that have been designed to offer an enriched and accelerated curriculum with a focus on advanced and conceptually challenging topics. Students can offer a maximum of up to two of the following eight subjects in the Raffles Academy: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Literature, History, Geography and Music. Students join the Raffles Academy at Year 3 and at Year 5.
The Humanities Scholarship Programme replaces the Raffles Academy for humanities subjects in Years 5 and 6. Lessons are conducted in an interactive and discursive mode that hones the critical minds of our most talented humanities students. Enrichment activities, including weekly guest speakers and humanities workshops, are organised during the combined civics lessons. Outside the classroom, students are offered a range of opportunities, including the Raffles Asia Programme, regular theatre performances, charity drives, outward bound camps and summer schools. At the end of their first year in the programme, students embark on an overseas enrichment trip to an Asian country to experience different cultures, political regimes, economic climates and social milieus.
The Raffles Science Institute (RSI) nurtures students to become the future leaders and pioneers of the scientific community. RSI houses the OpenLab, which is staffed by PhD researchers who act as teacher-mentors to RI’s brightest science students. Many of our students use RSI’s resources to initiate their own research projects in strategic areas such as water technology, viral biology, marine ecology, and gene-chip technologies. Some of these projects are collaborations with RSI partners such as the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Veredus Laboratories.
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The CEP is a three-year course that opens a window to key information technology (IT) areas, and gets our students to apply what they learn by developing solutions to real-world problems. At Year 2, students focus on game programming and 3-D modelling. At Year 3, they are introduced to computational thinking via Python and work on developing mobile applications. At Year 4, they can choose to continue developing mobile applications or branch into web development.
Learn more about Infocomm Technology in RI
The Raffles Leadership Institute runs programmes for Year 5 - 6 students that places them in unfamiliar situations so they can learn from personal experience. These include the International Service Learning Elective (ISLE), Ecological Literacy Programme and Adventure Leadership Programme (ALPs).
Visit the RLI website
The Raffles Leadership Programme for Year 3 students prepares them for future leadership positions in life through lessons and other personal development workshops. To promote the vital spirit of independence and discipline, the programme also features a one-term residential component at RI Boarding. By living and interacting with local boarders and international students, students gain a global outlook and a better appreciation for the social and cultural diversity in our world.
Character Education at RI helps Rafflesians develop into civic-minded citizens of sound character. All Rafflesians undergo a character and civics course under the mentorship of their teachers and civics tutors. This includes civics elective modules and the Class Camp programme run by the Raffles Leadership Institute in Years 5 and 6.
The Sexuality Education Programme aims to help students understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature. It provides them a foundation to develop healthy relationships with the opposite sex and to make responsible choices.
Find out more about the Year 1 - 4 Sexuality Education Programme in RI
Find out more about the Year 5 - 6 Sexuality Education Programme in RI
In the Community Education Programme, students make a positive impact on the lives of others. Students get the opportunity to serve and interact with the wider community and, in so doing, gain a deeper understanding of social, governmental, economic and ecological issues. With CCA-based initiatives and programmes such as the Ecological Literacy programme and the International Service Learning Elective, students can learn about and serve their community according to their strengths and interests.
Find out more about the projects our students organise and participate in at Raffles For Community
Citizenship Education develops an intellectual appreciation for the context, constraints and challenges faced by Singapore. Students consider the cultural diversity of our nation and learn to think critically about the importance of racial and religious harmony in creating a stable and progressive society. The RI Lecture Series, RI Speaker Series and RI Ambassador Series complement the citizenship education students receive in class by allowing them to interact with Ministers, Members of Parliament, top civil servants, leaders of industry and representatives of foreign governments.
RI has always had an unbroken tradition of sporting excellence with many Rafflesians representing the country at regional and international sporting events, while a number of the school’s former sportsmen and sportswomen contribute to the sporting scene as administrators, facilitators and patrons.Off the field, RI also actively develops students in the area of sports science, organising the annual Sports Science Symposium to encourage and showcase student research in this emerging area.
The Physical Education programme aims to develop students’ physical, mental, ethical and social wellness and is an integral component of our students’ holistic education.
Physical Education in RI
Launched in 2011, the E W Barker Institute of Sports (EWBIS) aims to groom leaders in sports research, science, medicine, education, administration and coaching. Named after our former Law Minister and alumnus of the school who also did much to promote the cause of sports in Singapore, the Institute is RI’s hub for sports-related scholarship, teaching and practice.
Apart from offering the well-established Music Elective Programme (MEP) and the RI Arts Elective Programmes, the Raffles Arts Institute conducts Design Thinking courses for all Year 1 students, and runs the Art and Music camps in tandem with the Raffles Leadership Institute for Year 5 and 6 students. The department seeks to developing curiosity, critical acumen and creative drive in our students by giving them a humanistic education, coupled with rigorous preparation and practice to impart the skills and techniques. The ARTSpace and Year 5-6 Art and Music programmes also share close ties to the national arts scene.
The Design Thinking Programme is incorporated into the common Year 1 Aesthetics curriculum. Students learn to use a repeatable design process to make non-linear connections in thinking, and visualise and communicate ideas to achieve maximum impact.
From painting to printmaking to photography, the Art Elective Programme provides students with a fundamental understanding of art history, theory and criticism, and the opportunity to explore a wide range of media in the studio.
Art Elective ProgrammeFrequently Asked Questions
The Music Elective Programme emphasises the cultural and technical dimensions of music. The comprehensive and flexible programme offers rigorous instruction in musical theory, intellectual approaches to the history of music literature and an introduction to the cultural contexts, meaning and significance of classical, world and popular music genres. The importance of authentic learning through music writing and live performances of canonical pieces, as well as student compositions and inter-disciplinary collaborations with students from the Art Programme are emphasised.
Music Elective ProgrammeFrequently Asked Questions
Through these activities, students experience leadership and organisational challenges and bond with like-minded peers while pursuing their interests and passions.
>> Year 1-4 CCA Training Schedule for 2015
The five Houses are named for headmasters and key figures from RI's early years. Each House is led by a student committee, and has its own unique identity, colour, flag, and a set of cheers.
RI’s Year 1-4 House system was introduced by Headmaster D A Bishop in 1922. There were four Houses to begin with, named simply One, Two, Three and Four. In 1932, Headmaster D W McLeod renamed the Houses after four famous Rafflesians: Morrison, Buckley, Hullett and
Phillips. By the end of the year, the number of Houses had increased to ten, with the addition of Houses named after Johnston, Moor, Bayley, Lim Boon Keng, Bishop and Song Ong Siang. Each House was issued with its own jerseys bearing the House colours. The number of Houses was later reduced to six. Sometime after that, Phillips House was disbanded, leaving RI with the final five Houses of Bayley, Buckley, Hullett, Moor and Morrison.
Over at the former RJC, students were instead grouped into faculties: Arts, Commerce, Computing and Pure Science, Engineering and Medicine. In May 2005, after the school had shifted from Mount Sinai to its current Bishan campus, the faculties were replaced by the current Year 5-6 Houses: Bayley-Waddle, Buckle-Buckley, Hadley-Hullett, Moor-Tarbet and Morrison-Richardson. Each House is an amalgamation of its Year 1-4 predecessors in RI and RGS.
Year 1 – 4 Houses
Year 5 – 6 Houses
John Barret Bayley assumed the post of headmaster on 20 March 1857 and served the school till 1870. He was one of RI’s most important contributors, laying the foundations upon which a great institution arose. Under his charge, the fledgling school was converted into a proper educational establishment which soon began to register notable academic achievements. In 1864, the Upper School was thoroughly examined and the results of the school were above average. Originally known as the ‘Singapore Institution’, the school's name was changed to Raffles Institution in 1868. In the last year of Bayley's term, a system of pupil teachers was introduced, where two senior pupils were bound to and trained by the headmaster for three years. At the end of the pupils' apprenticeship, they qualified to be assistant teachers.
It was Bayley’s untiring zeal and ability that brought the institution “from a comparatively small and inferior school” to “a large and flourishing establishment”, as recorded by the school’s trustees in 1870. Under his leadership, the school’s enrolment more than tripled from 130 to 410. After his retirement, he became headmaster of a school in Sarawak. He died in England in 1893.
Gloria Illustris Semper (Glory Shining Forth)
Bayleyeans are well-known for their tenacity, determination and courage in the face of adversity as well as their supportiveness for their fellow house-mates. It is a House blessed with a diverse range of talents, both in sports and aesthetics.
Mr Leonard Kokzuihua.kok[at]ri.edu.sg
Ms Divina Teodivina.teo[at]ri.edu.sg
Charles Burton Buckley was the Secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1883 to 1900, and a prominent resident in colonial Singapore. He had a keen interest in acting, music and cricket. He performed in many amateur theatricals and concerts, and was also a talented stage-manager. Like many other European residents in the colony, Buckley was a cricket enthusiast and frequently went to the field after work. He was also remembered as the owner of Singapore's first motorcar, a 4.5 horsepower Benz Victoria which he nicknamed ‘The Coffee Machine’.
Buckley bought over and revived the Singapore Free Press, which had ceased publication in 1869, and he sponsored the publication of the fortnightly Rafflesian newsletter, printing it at his office. He was a true friend of the school, serving it as trustee from 1883 to 1900 and was secretary to the Board of Trustees between 1883 and 1888. He was also the adviser to the Sultan of Johore. Buckley Road, near Newton Circle, was named after him.
Buckley was passionate about the welfare of young people and organised many events for them. Popularly known as the “Children's Friend”, he held Christmas parties for children annually from 1864 to 1911. Some of these parties were attended by as many as 1,000 children.
In March 1912, he travelled to England with Tunku Ismail, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johore, to arrange for his education in England. During the trip, Buckley caught a chill from which he never recovered, and he passed away on 22 May 1912.
Unos Spiritus Forte (One Strong Spirit)
Buckley will fight to the very end with One Strong Spirit - Unos Spiritus Forte.
Mr Alvin Chongalvin.chong[at]ri.edu.sg
Ms Kristie Chenkristie.tay[at]ri.edu.sg
Richmond William Hullett was head of RI from 1871 to 1906, and is our school’s longest-serving Principal. His chief effort was directed towards making RI a centre of advanced education. RI was expanded and developed into a secondary school, and this policy was justified by results – in 1879 the total number of boys examined in the lower standards was 331 and in the higher standards 107; in 1892, only 71 were in the lower and 212 in the higher standards. Two subsidiary schools – one of which was the Victoria Bridge School (today’s Victoria School) – were established as feeder schools. 1883 marked the institution of Queen’s Scholarships, and the Institution became well known for producing many Queens Scholars in the Straits Settlements in the years to come. Mr Hullett was popular amongst the boys, and his departure from the school was regretted by none more than the Queen’s Scholars, whose successful careers owed so much to his kind-heartedness and sound advice. At his farewell ceremony on 27 September 1906, Dr Lim Boon Keng, a distinguished Old Rafflesian, gave a sincere appreciation of Mr Hullett’s work.
A shy and modest man, Hullett left a legacy which stretched far beyond the shores of Singapore. His influence in the fields of language and education, conservation, exploration and botany has had a lasting impact on the lands of Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia, England and beyond. During breaks in the academic calendar for school holidays, Hullett would embark on a number of exciting and sometimes rather dangerous expeditions to collect and record exotic plants. He made many significant plant discoveries on Mount Ophir in Malaysia, which was in those days a perilous mountain to climb. One of the plants he discovered is the Bauhinia hullettii (also known as Bauhinia ferruginea var. ferruginea), the flower of which is featured in the centre of Hong Kong’s regional flag.
On his departure, the Free Press described him as having had ‘more to do with the instruction of the youth of Singapore than anyone living, and probably more than any one person ever had.’
Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith)
All Hullettians are tenacious, determined and supportive of one another.
Hullettians always stay strong and never back down when facing worthy adversaries. Hullettians always strive for excellence and are never satisfied. Hullettians always watch out for each other's backs and united we stand, we're a single entity. This is Hullett House.
Mr Muhammad Fazly bun Abdul Rahmanfazly.a[at]ri.edu.sg
Ms Liew Li Pinlipin.liew[at]ri.edu.sg
Born in Macau in 1803, Headmaster Moor came to Singapore in 1830, where he taught in a private school. He became editor of the Singapore Chronicle in 1831, and held the post of Editor of the Free Press till 1837. That year, he gave up journalism and devoted himself to the development of education in Singapore. The Singapore Institution Free School (as RI was known until 1868) moved from High Street to the renewed Institution Building in September 1839, and Headmaster Moor and his family moved to a bungalow built on the land where the attap building which housed the Singapore Institution Free School once stood. Under his supervision, RI progressed from an elementary school with an enrolment of only 50 boys in 1834 to a school with an enrolment of nearly 200 boys in 1843.
Headmaster Moor’s background in journalism and interest in writing and print led him to contribute largely in promoting a taste for reading in the settlement as well as adjacent islands. In RI he established the first library in Singapore, which was free to all (although only subscribers to the school fund could borrow the books). This was to be the beginning of the Hullett Memorial Library, and consequently Singapore’s National Library. Headmaster Moor obtained books from London publishers and then distributed them throughout the region, but it was so difficult collecting the money for books dispatched to neighbouring islands that he was constantly out of pocket.
J H Moor held the post of Headmaster until his sudden passing in May 1843. A large number of local people attended his funeral to mark the respect in which they held his character.
Redoutable et Fougueux
Fire. Passion. Energy. Moor House - Fiery & Formidable.
We are from the Red and Mighty houseOur flame burns bright for all to seeWe are one together in unityThere is none we fearOur strength's in loyalty
We are from the Red and Mighty houseOur eagle flies high for all to seeWorking hand in hand in harmonyShowing faith and courage in adversity
We are fiery and formidableWe will uphold our nameThere is none we fear we'll top them allMoor House forever we proclaim!Moor House forever we proclaim!
Mr Romi Musaromi.musa[at]ri.edu.sg
Ms Tang Keen Yeenkeenyeen.tang[at]ri.edu.sg
Dr Morrison, who co-founded the Singapore Institution which came to be known as RI, was born in 1782 and was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church in 1807. That year, he travelled to China to translate the scriptures to Chinese. It was on his initiative that Christian schools came to be set up at various places, one of which was the Anglo-Chinese College of Malacca. On 1 April 1823, Raffles took the opportunity to convene a meeting with Dr Morrison, and told him of his plans to establish a college in Singapore similar to the one in Malacca. Dr Morrison felt that his own intentions in setting up the College in Malacca could be better realised through the Singapore Institution. Both men worked closely to draw up plans and structures for the Institution - to educate the sons of the higher order of the local people, to afford the means of instruction in local languages to such of the Company's servants as may desire it and to collect the scattered literature and traditions of the country, so as to understand the laws and customs, with a view to helping people. Unfortunately, due to lack of support from Raffles' successor, the Institution building fell into disuse.
Even though the building of the Institution remained derelict for a decade, Dr Morrison, who was then based in China, wrote: ‘I would rather, even it were a hundred years hence, have the land and the building reserved for the original purpose of native education than for the sake of any object consent to alienate it.' He contributed $1000, which he had collected in China, and promised to contribute an additional $400 as soon as the school building was actually used for education. Although Dr Morrison fell ill and passed away in August 1834, works to complete the new RI building began, partly funded by the money he had bestowed. The Institution building was completed in 1837. The Singapore Institution Free School moved from High Street to the renewed Institution Building in September 1839.
Orior Supremus (To Rise Above)
Morrisonians are not overly demonstrative of their abilities but when faced with adversity, they often surprise their opponents with their determination and tenacity. Once they have made up their minds to achieve something, it is usually difficult to stop them. Morrison is closely-knit.
Mr Jai Singhjai.singh[at]ri.edu.sg
Ms Siti Melissasiti.h[at]ri.edu.sg
Bayley-Waddle House was named after Mrs K Waddle and Mr J B Bayley.
Mrs K Waddle took over as principal of RGS in 1939, just when the Second World War broke out. Mrs Waddle chose to remain in Singapore to head the school – even when her child left for Australia with her grandmother – out of a sense of dedication to the job. This decision cost her her life. On February 12, 1942, Mrs Waddle left on the last evacuation boat just before the Japanese occupied Singapore. She drowned when the boat was torpedoed.
Mr J B Bayley was principal from 1857-1870 – a trying time for RI, which was plagued by financial difficulties. However, Bayley’s untiring zeal and ability that brought the institution from a ‘comparatively small and inferior school’ to a ‘large and flourishing establishment’, as recorded by the school's trustees in 1870. Under his leadership, the school's enrolment more than tripled from 130 to 410. After his retirement, he became headmaster of a school in Sarawak. He died in England in 1893.
The SeraphThe Seraph, our house animal, is looked upon as an angel of great rank in many religions. It is a golden lion with the wings of an angel. The lion, king of all animals, commands respect through its courage and majesty. The angel, exemplary in its actions, is the embodiment of dignity and grace. There can thus be no animal more worthy of honour and respect as one which is the combination of both a lion and an angel.
Gloria Omnibus LucetThe core of Bayley-Waddle is honour - the presence of dignity in our actions and the worthiness of our peer’s respect. Our House Motto, Gloria Omnibus Lucet (‘Glory on us All’) reflects how each Bayley-Waddlean seeks to build a tradition of honour and victory for our house, by setting a good example through our exemplary conduct, and earning the respect of our peers so as to be worthy of the glory that is “on us all”.
Honour · Dignity · Glory
Buckle-Buckley is named after Ms D M Buckle and Mr C B Buckley.
Ms D M Buckle was the principal of RGS from 1910-1937, and she remains the school’s longest-serving Principal. She made her mark as a trainer who produced teachers with high standards of efficiency, traits which she herself possessed strongly. She was so well-liked by her teachers that they were known to refuse offers of promotion for fear of losing the privilege of working with her.
Mr C B Buckley was Secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1883 to 1900. He was very interested in the welfare of the school children in Singapore, and popularly known as the ‘children's friend’. In fact, his annual Christmas party for children was attended by as many as 1000 children. In 1886 he also met the entire cost of the school publication, the Rafflesian.
The DragonThe Dragon – a symbol of courage and bravery since
ancient times – is our House Mascot. The Dragon is a protector, and has come to symbolise bravery in achieving one’s goals and executing one’s vision. To this end, we trust that BBians will uphold the House and its essential values so that they may be passed down to future generations.
In Alis Virtutis; Buckle-Buckley is more than just a group of people wearing green. Buckle-Buckley is an identity. It is neither something tangible nor physical but is instead best represented by a strong and courageous spirit. With the motto In Alis Virtutis (Soaring on the Wings of Courage) as the main guiding principles, it is our sincere hope that BBians both new and old will continue to manifest the values of bravery and courage.
Courage · Strength · Flight
Hadley-Hullett was named after Ms M Hadley and Mr R W Hullett.
Ms M Hadley headed RGS from 1946-1950. She returned RGS to her pre-war standards, and was also a strong advocate for sports and the Arts; she initiated weekly music and drama classes as well as an annual Sports Meet. Ms Hadley introduced the House system to RGS and laid down the foundation for a strong culture of music and drama in today’s RGS.
Richmond William Hullett was head of RI from 1871 to 1906, and is our school’s longest-serving Principal. His chief effort was directed towards making RI a centre of advanced education. On his departure, the Free Press described him as having had ‘more to do with the instruction of the youth of Singapore than anyone living, and probably more than any one person ever had.’ A shy and modest man, Hullett’s influence in the fields of language and education, conservation, exploration and botany has had a lasting impact on the lands of Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia, England and beyond. During breaks in the academic calendar for school holidays, Hullett would embark on a number of exciting and sometimes rather dangerous expeditions to collect and record exotic plants. He made many significant plant discoveries on Mount Ophir in Malaysia, which was in those days a perilous mountain to climb. One of the plants he discovered is the Bauhinia hullettii
(also known as Bauhinia ferruginea var. ferruginea), the flower of which is featured in the centre of Hong Kong’s regional flag.
The Dark StallionThe spirited Dark Stallion shines despite all odds, always gathering speed to outrun its toughest opponents. The unwavering purple flame of the Dark Stallion is testament of its determination, its strength of character and clarity of purpose. With astuteness and confidence, the Dark Stallion will not be subdued in the pursuit of its dreams. Like the Dark Stallion, Hadley-Hullettians will transcend all limits.
E Tenebris Lux“When Darkness Shines”Hadley-Hullettians always look out of one another. We never lose our cool and nothing can make us break our stride. No matter how dark our circumstances may seem, we never give up. The darker it gets, the brighter we shine, and that is the mark of a true hero.
Confidence · Tenacity · Trancendence
The house was named after Mr J H Moor, RI’s first Headmaster, and Ms Tarbet, who was a Principal of Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary).
Born in Macau in 1803, Headmaster Moor became editor of the Singapore Chronicle in 1831 and held the post of Editor of the Free Press till 1837. That year, he gave up journalism and devoted himself to the development of education in Singapore. The Singapore Institution Free School (as RI was known until 1868), which he headed, moved from High Street to the renewed Institution Building in September 1839. Under his supervision, RI progressed from an elementary school with an enrolment of only 50 boys in 1834 to a school with an enrolment of nearly 200 boys in 1843. In RI he established the first library in Singapore, which was to be the beginning of the Hullett Memorial Library, and consequently Singapore’s National Library. Headmaster Moor obtained books from London publishers and then distributed them throughout the region, but it was so difficult collecting the money for books dispatched to neighbouring islands that he was constantly out of pocket. J H Moor held the post of Headmaster until his sudden passing in May 1843. A large number of local people attended his funeral to mark the respect in which they held his character.
Ms Tarbet was the Principal of RGS from 1904 to 1910. She pushed for the start of a teacher training establishment within the school. Trained teachers from this establishment could not only teach in the Girls’ School but also in the Primary school for the boys as well. The training establishment for girls was started in 1906, as the equivalent of an English Grammar School. Six girls attended the school that year.
The PhoenixOur House Mascot, the Phoenix, is a powerful and immortal creature that will erupt into flames upon death, and rise again from the ashes upon its rebirth. This rebirth represents our undying will for the House no matter how difficult the challenges.
Conprendite Flammam“Igniting the Flame”Moor-Tarbet’s aim is to ignite in each member the passion and fiery endeavour that will motivate all to strive for their best. Our house motto symbolises everlasting flames of passion and drive fuelled by the undying hope and optimistic nature of all Moor-Tarbetians.
Drive · Passion · Hope
Dr Morrison, who co-founded the Singapore Institution which came to be known as RI, was born in 1782, and was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church in 1807. That year, he travelled to China to translate the scriptures to Chinese. It was on his initiative that Christian schools came to be set up at various places, one of which was the Anglo-Chinese College of Malacca. On 1 April 1823, Raffles took the opportunity to convene a meeting with Dr Morrison, and told him of his plans to establish a college in Singapore similar to the one in Malacca. Dr Morrison felt that his own intentions in setting up the College in Malacca could be better realised through the Singapore Institution. Both men worked closely to draw up plans and structures for the Institution. Unfortunately, due to a lack of support from Raffles' successor, the Institution building fell into disuse.
Even though the building of the Institution remained derelict for a decade, Dr Morrison, then based in China, wrote: ‘I would rather, even it were a hundred years hence, have the land and the building reserved for the original purpose of native education than for the sake of any object consent to alienate it.' He contributed $1000, which he had collected in China, and promised to contribute an additional $400 as soon as the school building was actually used for education. Although Dr Morrison fell ill and passed away in August 1834, works to complete the new RI building began, partly funded by the money he had bestowed. The Institution building was completed in 1837. The Singapore Institution Free School moved from High Street to the renewed Institution Building in September 1839.
Ms C Richardson was the principal of Raffles Girls’ School from 1938-1939. She was known for her meticulous English and she constantly drilled in her pupils the importance of articulating the language correctly. She was strict in her management of pupils and evinced a strong focus on discipline. In her short one-year stint as Principal, Ms Richardson stayed in the Principal’s Quarters just behind the school along Victoria Street. She was also known to play a good game of lawn tennis.
The White WolfHighly regarded for its ferocity, the white wolf symbolises the fearlessness of the house in the face of adversity, never bowing down to challenges. Together with its fun-loving and intelligent side, the wolf best encapsulates the all-roundedness of the individuals in the house. Yet the most striking quality of the white wolf beyond its individual prowess is its sense of camaraderie. The house motto, Una In Anima Concordes (united as one soul) aptly describes this strength of togetherness, embodied by the forming of a closely-knit wolf pack, and captures the distinguishing value that defines Morrison-Richardson.
Una in Anima Concordes“United as one soul”Our house motto aptly describes the strength of togetherness. A united front is important for a house of diverse talents that strive towards a common goal. It is this sense of fellowship amongst strong individuals that holds us together as we face each challenge head-on.
Intelligence · Unity · Fearlessness
CultuR is a collaborative project between the Raffles Writers' Guild and CARA. An online magazine showcasing the literary and cultural scene in RI, CultuR focuses on intellectual, cultural and creative currents in the school, and aims to provoke thought and deepen reflection. The magazine brings together the school’s writing community with other creative groups – photographers, film enthusiasts, musicians, dancers, artists and theatre students – in a happy burlesque act.
Many Rafflesians initiate projects to benefit or involve the community-at-large in creative and meaningful ways.
As part of a wider project undertaken with other schools in the S7 cluster, a group of Raffles Archives & Museum (RAM) students, alumni and teachers launched the ‘Becoming Bishan’ initiative, which unearths the heritage of the housing estate where our school is currently located. With the help of former residents and battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper, the Becoming Bishan team vividly reconstructed a sense of life in Bishan in the last century through an informative booklet and an eye-opening exhibition in the Bishan Public Library.
Visit Becoming Bishan on Facebook
Helmed by Amanda Yew, Rachel Koh and Tessa Wong who are now in Year 6, The Golden Page has improved the living conditions of more than 17 elderly households by tapping HDB’s EASE (Enhancement for Active Seniors) grant. The girls and their team have installed elderly friendly equipment such as ramps and handle-bars and also improved the homes in other ways, including fumigation, painting and cleaning.
'Every senior is different, but common traits we always see shining from the seniors is their optimism and their resilience. Even when faced with the toughest situations, both physical and emotional, they always pull through,' says Rachel
Visit the Golden Page on Facebook
The passionate youth guidance counsellors provide students with social and emotional support, and regularly conduct workshops for students, parents and staff. The Raffles Guidance Centre also works in close partnership with staff, parents and guardians to ensure that every student can be provided with the best care.
The Guidance Centres are located:
Throughout the year, we work with almost a hundred colleges and universities to schedule talks and information sessions to give our students a better idea of the options available to them.
You can find us on:
Level 1M, Block H of Raffles Institution Year 5-6 Campus.
We are open on weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
You can reach us at 6419 9741 or email
Note: If you need to certify documents as True Copies, please do so at the Student Affairs Centre, Level 1. You need not do this in person; a friend or family member can do this for you. Remember to bring the original certificates and photocopies of the required documents.
We pride ourselves on providing our boarders with a safe and comfortable ‘home away from home’ that readies them for the challenges of school and life beyond school. In addition to great facilities, our caring team of professional staff organise value-based programmes for the students founded on leadership and character development as well as activities such the Amazing Food Trail, RIB Night and month-end movie screenings. These build a great sense of community and camaraderie amongst our boarders. In addition to maintaining the cleanliness of physical space and conducting stringent checks on the quality of our dining and laundry services, we also take a keen interest in the emotional and mental well-being of our students.
We were nominated for Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore – Schools at the Singapore National Education Awards in 2009. We also won Most Caring / Homely Hostel and the SPARKS Award in 2013, and Most Integrated Hostel in 2014.
The Raffles Leadership Programme – a Year 3 residential leadership development programme – is held in RI Boarding.
Breakfast, lunch (weekends, Public & School holidays) and dinner are served in the Shaw Foundation Dining Hall. We also provide Muslim and Indian vegetarian meal options.
Prep Time is an essential study period scheduled after dinner on Sunday to Thursday evenings (except during public and school holidays). Tutors and residential boarding staff ensure that the students are studying in their rooms or in the assigned venue in Boarding.
Block/Cluster Assemblies are conducted between 9.30pm and 10.00pm by our residential boarding staff and tutors in all the blocks of the complex to ensure that boarders are back safely.
Administered by our boarding staff, it features a system of rubrics that set the tone and guide boarders toward self-discipline in maintaining a high level of room hygiene and cleanliness.
For enquiries, please drop us an email at boarding[at]ri.edu.sg.
RI Year 5 – 6 Campus, Block B, Level 1(65) 6354 2871
545 Orchard Road, #02-28 Far East Shopping Centre Singapore 238882(65) 6732 7022
Open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 7.30pm; on Sundays from 10am to 6pm
As a school with a long history, RI has alumni aged anything between eighteen and upwards of eighty. The Alumni Relations team was thus set up in 2010 to ensure that alumni can continue to connect back to the school easily, and to enable alumni to assist in the task of nurturing tomorrow’s thinkers, leaders and pioneers.
One of the main points of connection between alumni and RI is Raffles Alumni, the school’s Alumni Portal. The Portal regularly carries news about alumni reunions, as well as stories about Rafflesians who have made significant or interesting contributions to society, or are engaged in a unique career path.
If you would like to use a facility or venue in the school campus for a cohort or extra-curricular activity reunion, do drop us a note. We similarly welcome recommendations regarding Rafflesians whose stories we could feature.
In addition, if you’re a graduate of Raffles Institution or Raffles Junior College, and would like to update your particulars with the school, we would love to hear from you.
Email us at rafflesalumni[at]ri.edu.sg
Or call us at 6419 9218
One of ORA’s first acts was to establish the Raffles Centenary Memorial Fund to erect a memorial for old boys and school masters who had lost their lives in WWII. The balance of the Fund was then channeled to the Hullett Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund. In recent years, ORA has been actively contributing to RI’s 1823 Fund and RGS’ Filiae Fund.
In April 2012, a fourth chapter – the ORA Youth Chapter – was formed for alums aged between 18 and 35; in September 2012 an ORA Golf Interest Group was formed for alumni members who are golfing enthusiasts to hone their skills with each other.
The ORA Office is currently located within the RI Boarding complex. With regular networking sessions and talks and setting of interest groups, the ORA seeks to continue to leverage and increase the value of the Rafflesian alumni network to propel a new structure for support and engagement with the schools and the students.
RI envisions RFL as a series of small, organic self-sustaining communities that are digitally linked up to a wider alumni community and also to the school. These communities are led by passionate, driven individuals, and through physical events and activities, help foster among their peers a sense of rootedness to the wider Rafflesian community.
RFL groups fall into one of two types: young adult/undergraduate or working professional. RI graduates will gravitate toward one of these two communities depending largely on their age and current station in life. For example, RFL-JKT and RFL-HKG were set up to network professionals while Rafflesians Unite, affiliated to RFL, largely caters to undergraduates in United Kingdom.
Apart from the obvious goal of relationship building and networking, the school also hopes that RFL will work toward meeting the needs of current staff and students.
By establishing a networked system of communication with overseas Rafflesians, current staff and students will be able to learn of relevant developments and available opportunities overseas – university places, careers, exchange opportunities, internships, project funding and so on. These networks, once put in place, can also play an advisory role to the school, and support the school’s overseas and local activities.
If you're a working professional, do consider joining one of the following RFL chapters on Facebook:RFL-JKT (Jakarta, Indonesia)RFL-HKG (Hong Kong, China)RFL-SHA (Shanghai, China)RFL-NY (New York, USA)
If you're an undergraduate in the UK, you may want to join Rafflesians Unite (United Kingdom)
RI values and treasures all of our alumni who have gone on to achieve a great deal in life. Here is a list, by no means exhaustive, of Rafflesians who have made their mark in a range of fields: politics, sports, health, and the arts. Together, they have established a strong tradition of public and community service, and among their ranks are people who have made an indelible impact on the nation.
The merchandise are customised with the school colours, and feature either the numbers 1823 in a collegiate typeface, the Gryphon or the school crest. All merchandise can be purchased either at Popular Bookstore in RI (Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm) or via email (online purchase and delivery).
Our tradition of giving can be traced back to 1823, when Raffles’ vision for education was supported by philanthropic funding from various individuals and groups. Raffles himself gave $2,000 from his personal funds, and the Sultan and Temenggong contributed $1,000 each. Donations also came in from the merchant community. The initial funds collected were $17,000 to build an institution of excellence.
It is a tradition that has continued through the generosity of alumni, parents and friends over the decades. Dr Lim Boon Keng and Sir Song Ong Siang, prominent alumni who graduated in the 1880s, returned to gift the school with its Hullett Memorial Library in 1923. Alumni support was critical in helping the school build its boarding facilities in 1990, with many others pitching in over and above what state funding covers so that Raffles Institution can surpass itself.
The 1823 Fund is part operating fund, part endowment fund. As an operating fund, it enables the school to address immediate areas of financial need not met or not fully met by government funding. As an endowment fund, it sustains the school's programmes and initiatives.
We urge you to continue RI's powerful tradition of giving. When you make a gift to RI, it has a lifelong impact. Each gift has the power to make a difference and provide our students and faculty with an environment that encourages leadership, community service, innovation and all-round excellence. RI deeply appreciates the support of our donors and the difference your gifts make.
Our students come from all walks of life. RI is committed to support those who need financial help so that they may focus their minds and efforts on their education. We are very grateful to the alumni, parents and friends who give back to the school by funding scholarships and bursaries for academic, sports and other programmes.
"Our idea is that we should take the lead in serving the community. So the idea of community outreach, being a positive force is central to our mission and vision of Hope of a Better Age." – Mrs Lim Lai Cheng, Principal, RI (2009 - 2013)
RI has a longstanding history of community service. Our alumni have devoted their lives to public service and administration. Today, students continue to initiate and engage in a wide range of service projects, partly funded by the 1823 Fund. In 2013, we launched the Raffles Community Initiative to ensure that every Rafflesian understands, appreciates and actively participates in community service as a student and beyond.
In 2010, the Junior RI Scholarship (JRIS) was founded to motivate potential students who may think that studying in RI is too expensive and beyond their reach. Each year, the school gives out about 20 scholarships. In 2014, this number increased to 34. Not all the recipients came to RI, but it is heartening to know that RI was able to inspire the students to work harder to surpass themselves.
To make a gift, simply download our Gift Form, fill it up and send it to us via post, with your cheque, to the following address:
You may also download the GIRO form for your own use.
If you wish to make a gift of shares, artefacts or a bequest, kindly give us a call at 6419 9234 for a discussion, or email us at 1823Fund@ri.edu.sg
You know how important it is to give your child every opportunity available - opportunities your child’s schoolmates, even those who come from financially-challenged families, also deserve. Make a gift to help our children stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers.
You understand the spirit of excellence that fuelled your schoolmates and you as Rafflesians. Rally your schoolmates, whether as a group or a Class, and make a gift to support your juniors who may need a little help to succeed.
As a tribute to two of his former Rafflesian schoolmates, Soh Eng Hwa and Chua Koon Meng, who were struck down by terminal illness, Teh Bong Lim (RI, 1971/73) set up a scholarship fund with $250,000, to help current RI students who are struck by adversity in life. It has already been used to help two Rafflesians who lost their fathers suddenly. Through the fund, Bong Lim also hopes that people will get to know his two friends who touched his life in different ways.
'The spirit of giving back is innate in every Rafflesian. Setting up this scholarship in Eng Hwa's and Koon Meng's names is a good way of carrying on that tradition of the school and keeping their memories alive for as long as we can. Hopefully the beneficiaries of the scholarships can carry on the Rafflesian traditions of pursuing excellence, as well as looking out for and caring for people who are less fortunate.' – Teh Bong Lim (RI, 1971/73)
Find out more about the scholarship which Teh Bong Lim established to honour the memory of his former classmates Soh Eng Hwa and Chua Koon Meng
Tan Teck Chwee (RI, 1933), former RI teacher, and chairman of the Public Service Commission and Jurong Shipyard, was one of the pioneering civil servants of post-Independence Singapore who helped to steer the country to greatness. Mr. Tan regularly donated to RI since its Bras Basah days, and after his passing, the Tan family continued to support RI, supporting the school's enriched programmes while also maintaining a special concern for underprivileged RI students. In 2010, the school approached the Tan family for permission to commemorate Mr and Mrs Tan by naming a lecture theatre in honour of Mr Tan.
'There is merit in reminding past and present students of RI that they must give back to society, be it in a small or big way, through public service or monetary support.' – Tan Soon Hoe (RI, 1978), Mr and Mrs Tan's youngest son
Learn more about Mr and Mrs Tan Teck Chwee
"I am truly thankful for the doors that have opened for me, when others seemed shut, and I hope that this spirit of giving and helping will continue."
"I am very grateful for the RI Scholarship. I want to sincerely thank you and hope to one day follow in your footsteps."
- Words of thanks penned by RI scholarship recipients to their donors
YEAR 1 TO 6
28th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)
The Singapore team clinched the 1st position in a field of 27 countries and was awarded the Gold medal at the 28th IYPT held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, from 27 June to 4 July 2015. Singapore is the first country to be running champions for three consecutive years.
Team members: Shen Yu Jun (16S06E), Lee Yu Tse (16S06E), Wittmann Goh Ghin Fong (4D) and Lim Jun Heng (4G)
26th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
The 26th IBO was held in Aarhus, Denmark from 12 to 19 July 2015. Singapore was placed overall 3rd.
Gold: Fong En Lei Samuel (15S03R) and Chang Jia Geng (15S03E)
47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
The 47th IChO was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 20 to 29 July 2015. Singapore was placed 8th.
Gold: Li Bingjian (15S06F)
Silver: Kang Yi Cheng (15S06F)
56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
The 56th IMO was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 4 to 16 July 2015. Singapore was placed 10th.
Gold: Sheldon Kieren Tan (16S06E)
Silver: Lin Kewei David (15S06J), Ma Zhao Yu (4G) and Tan Siah Yong (15S06J)
Bronze: Liu Yijia (16S06E)
27th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)
The 27th IOI was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 26 July to 2 August 2015. Singapore was placed 27th.
Bronze: Feng Jiahai (16S06E) and Pang Wen Yuen (4E)
46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
The 46th IPhO was held in Mumbai, India, from 5 to 12 July 2015. Singapore was placed 10th.
Gold: Chua Yee Shuen Darren (15S06F)
Silver: Peter Yuen Ho Hin (15S06J)
9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)
The 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) was held at Magelang, Indonesia from 26 July to 3 August.
Gold (youngest Gold medallist; Overall 4th): Lee Vint Ve
Honourable mention: Jeremy Tian
Certificate of Participation: Shen Yu Jun
YEAR 5 TO 6
Raffles Entrepreneurs' Network—Champions
Team members: Ernest Low (15S06O), Rachel Lee (15S03O), Sheryl Lee (15S05A) & Wong Qi Hui(15S03N)
YEAR 1 TO 4
Raffles Debaters - 3rd
Out of our school’s total participation of 63 projects finalists and 107 students in the competition, RI garnered the following awards:
Selected to represent Singapore in ISEF: Lee Shi Ya Claudia (15S03N) & Tommy Ong Zhi Xian (15S03N)
Gold Awards: Kwok Ling Yi Samantha (15S03R), Soh Hui Ling (15S03R), Lee Shi Ya Claudia (15S03N), Tommy Ong Zhi Xian (15S03N) & Li Bingjian (15S06F) – 2 golds
Silver Awards: Chang Jia Geng (15S03E), Elliot Chong Yeung (15S03O), Li Bingjian (15S06F), Cheryl Chin Qian Ni (15S03U) & Wu Chin Ying (15S03R)
Bronze Awards: Mani Hemaavathi (15S03N), Judy Hong Ruilan (15S03R), Choo Zheng Chen (15S03E), Ong Seeu Si (15S03H), Liew Mei Xian (15S03O), Su Mengyue (15S03I), Goh Wei Ping Jenny (15S06E), Chua Yee Shuen Darren (15S06F), Yao Yiheng (15S06F), Hoe Kian Guang (15S06F), Isaac Lee Ting Hong (15S06B), Loke Yen Chin (15S06R) & Vikaesh Moorthy (15S03R)
Merit Awards: Yu Chee Yan Julius (15S06Q), Huang Yanxi (15S03U), Jamelynn Wong Wen Teen (15S03U), Lin Xin Ru, Yvette (15S03A) & Kavya Sivakumar (15S03O)
Special Award: Chua Yee Shuen, Darren (15S06F)
Bernie Chin - Champion
RI finished second overall in the U17 category.
Joey Yeo (15S03H) - Champion
Raffles Bridge - Champions
Team 1: Liu Yuchen (15S06J), Yu Yuxiang (15S06J), Teo Xue Heng (15S06C), Liang Shi Yi (15S06G), Wang Tingxuan (15S06L), Ren Siyu (15S06L).
Team 2: Wu Hao Hsuan (15S06C), Ng Wei Jie (15S03F), Daniel Tan (15S06P), Reuben Foo (15S06L), Cheng Xingyu (16S06M), Shi Jing Lin (16S06J).
Raffles Voices participated in the international choral competition, Orientale Concentus VIII International Choral Festival. Competing with Senior High school choirs from Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong, University choir from Philippine and adult choirs from China and Korea. They won the following prizes:
· Gold Award and Category winner
· Outstanding Performance of Singapore Work Award
· Jury Prize for Most Promising Young Conductor Award (Yr 5 Student Conductor Clevereno Sam conducted RV for the competition)
· Winner of Orientale Concentus VIII International Choral Festival - Grand Prize which has a cash prize of S$10,000.00
Two Music Elective Programme and RA (Music) students were recently finalists in the Symphony 92.4FM Young Talents Project 2015 – Basil Ong (2H) and Wang Hao Jia (3M)
Hao Jia emerged as the overall winner, receiving the coveted Amadeus Prize.
Organised by Jurong Junior College, a total of 12 JCs took part in this competition. RI was awarded the Vaanavil Challenge Trophy for taking part in all three competitions and placed within the five positions.
Short Film Competition
1st Prize and Best Director Award - Rishi Varman S/O Sekar (15A01E)
1st Runner-up - Rishi Varman S/O Sekar (15A01E) & N Arun Alagappan (15S06N)
Stand- Up Comedy
2nd Runner-up - Sambhavi Rajangam (16S06K)
Short Film Competition
Rishi Varman S/O Sekar (15A01E), Muthunatarajan Saaradhaa (15S03T), Neelakantan Vijay Sam (15S06K), Rajasekaran Ramani Rajsree (15S03B), K Keerthana (15S06D) & N Arun Alagappan (15S06N)
Cheng Wah Hay Wilfred (4C), Chua Xian Wei (4F), Chua Yu Jing Jonathan (4C), Lieu Tze Ern Samuel (4Q) and Tan Rui Xuan (4F) have been selected by ASEAN Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME Singapore) to perform with peers from Germany as well as other ASEAN countries at a Workshop Concert, ENSEMBLE 2014 Junior I, which will be held in Germany on 7 August 2014 as part of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music.
Student Erica Ngiam (15SO3E) was also commissioned to write A Concerto?, which the Ensemble ACME (Singapore) will premiere at the Festival as well as in Cologne.
01 Raffles Scout Group
Chin Zen Jie Joshua (15S07C)
Goh Zhong Xian Lionel (12S06G)
Paul Keh Sze Keat (15S03A)
02 Raffles Scout Group
Lim Zheyuan Daniel (14S03L)
Oh Wei Ming Nicholas (14S07C)
This competition was organised by the 01 Scout Seniors for scouts in the South Area. Approximately 10 schools and 50 scouts took part and the overall results are:
1st Place: Lian Kok Hai (2I), Zhang Wei Yao (2M), Hu Yang (1L) and Aaron Tan Zhi Hui (1J).
2nd Place: Nabeel Muhammad (3T), Kenneth Han (2G), Justin Quek (2F) and Li Zhijian (3F)
3rd Place: Ethan Sim (3G), Alexander Hideki Leong (1H), Samuel Woon (1G) and Tan Wei (2G)
This is an annual event which fosters strong bonds forged in competition between the various Scouts groups in the South Area. 02 Scouts won first place in the Frisbee competition and the team comprised Toby Yan (3E), Jeremy Yeo (3M), Jed Chew (1L), Ethan Sim (3G), William Zheng (3J), Hu Yang (1L), Shawn Chua (3F) and Bryan Ling (3C).
Established in 2010, the Raffles Teacher Academy (RTA) oversees the professional standards and practices of the teaching faculty in RI. It comprises three specialised departments:
1. Professional Development & Accreditation
We champion professional excellence in teaching and learning, and work with the Senior and Lead Teachers of the school to build teacher capacity in customising curriculum and pedagogy for gifted and talented learners, with a strong emphasis on character and values education. We also work with partner universities to develop certification programmes and milestone courses for RI teachers, thereby ensuring that teaching standards are maintained.
2. Teaching Innovation & Research
We encourage and support RI teachers who are interested to test out new teaching ideas, and who are keen to embark on a process of reflective practice that is supported by data-driven experimentation and research. Such teaching innovations are subsequently shared with the education fraternity in RI and beyond.
3. Standards & Assessment
We work to develop teacher capacity in validating and benchmarking RI’s standards in teaching, learning, and student programming. In this way, we hope to build a culture of decision-making that is based on data gathered from valid assessment practices.
The three departments adopt a comprehensive development framework for teacher professional learning, so as to nurture the traits of a Raffles Teacher amongst its faculty.
The Raffles Teachers' Academy also publishes an online journal, Munshi Journal.
Besides being regularly informed of school developments through various communication channels such as town hall meetings and the RPA blog, parents can also actively involve themselves in the school activities such as open houses, overseas community involvement projects, hosting of overseas students for Chinese New Year, and the annual RPA Golf tournament.
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Over the years, RI has formed strong strategic partnerships with over 100 educational institutions, think tanks, government bodies, private corporations, charitable bodies and international organisations. These partnerships provide opportunities for our students to apply their knowledge and learn from real-world situations. RI places great emphasis on growing alliances, and the need for its students to be exposed to multiple social and cultural perspectives. As part of our efforts to extend our reach to local and global communities, we seek to inspire all Rafflesians to become people who are open-minded, world-ready, sensitive and empathetic to others.
The Gap Semester – a period of ten weeks in the latter half of Year 4 in which students pursue their interests in a diverse array of disciplines beyond the syllabus – includes a range of courses that offer international expeditions.
Visit the Gap Semester website
The ISLE, a year-long Year 5 elective programme which focuses on social issues rather than charity, gives students a chance to work with communities around the world to tackle needs through specific community service projects. Through these projects and supplementry classroom lessons, students acquaint themselves with issues such as reciprocity and cultural diversity, as well as social, cultural, political and environmental awareness.
Read more about the ISLE on the Raffles Leadership Institute (RLI) website.
The Adventure Learning Programmes for Year 5 students are run by the Raffles Leadership Institute. They entail technical and adventure-based activities such as kayaking and expeditions through alpine national parks. Through these, students develop and articulate their own philosophies of leadership whilst sharpening their outdoor living skills on a journey of self-discovery.
Read more about the ALPS on the Raffles Leadership Institute (RLI) website
In the GCEP, a Year 5 elective, Rafflesians discuss and debate issues related to citizenship, society, governance and politics. They also meet and converse with invited speakers. The GCEP also includes an attachment with a Member of Parliament for a Meet-the-People session. The programme concludes with a year-end trip overseas, where students study a foreign system of government.
The Raffles Bicultural Programme (China) comprises four modules and a 10 to 14-day immersion trip. It equips students with skills and competencies needed to operate in China. Guest speakers from organisations such as Singapore Press Holdings, NUS and NTU are also invited to conduct modules for the students, focusing on an in-depth understanding of the culture and history of China, and the contemporary issues she faces.
The Raffles Bicultural India Programme (BCIP) delves into India's comlex history, politics adn culture. This programme engages students with its line-up of speakers, activities and events, an overseas immersion trip, as well as an attachment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The RRP helps students dip their toes into five core areas of philosophy - ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of the mind.
The programme encourages students to engage with the 'big questions' of life and to develop their own responses to seminal philosophical texts, through teacher-led group discussions and the writing of a short original paper.
The RMEP takes students into the Middle East’s fascinating historical, political and socio-economic development. It revolves around four broad themes – Glimpses of the Middle East, International Relations, Opportunities & Challenges, and Government Structures – and includes guest speaker sessions, basic conversational Arabic classes, a local-overseas internship component and a study trip to the UAE.
Taking students deep into the issues and cultures of contemporary Asia, the Raffles Asia Programme is run on seminar-style forums. Students additionally prepare and present policy papers to distinguished leaders and policymakers for debate and discussion.
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