Raffles Institution

Astronomy Club (Year 1-6)

  • taken by Abigail Yeow and Sonali for Deck the Walls 2017, a project by the Raffles Photographic Society

    taken by Raffles Photography & Art Club (Year 1-4)

    It is just him, caffeine, and the stars tonight. For the Astronomer, the day has just begun.

    Starting 6 pm every Friday, we delve deep into our place in the vast cosmos, learning topics ranging from relativity, cosmology and astrobiology (aliens!), to other disciplines like history of astronomy, astrophotography and mythology. There is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced! If skies are clear, we proceed for stargazing within the school using our very own equipment.

    Our club comprises Year 1-6 members, creating a culture of sharing suitable for every level of experience. More knowledgeable seniors guide juniors through weekly lectures, in addition to competition training for those interested. Members enjoy a first-class stargazing experience, both local and overseas. For better skies, we have an annual optional retreat to Bintan, Indonesia or Port Dickson, Malaysia. Closer to home, we make trips to Semakau Island together with The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS), or simply an overnight Geminids Star Party at East Coast Park. Did you know Semakau is the only island in Singapore reserved for astronomy purposes, having minimal light pollution, and exclusive access by TASOS?

    For a fulfilling, fun and fascinating journey, join Astronomy Club now for an out-of-this-world experience!

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    Achievements and Highlights

    10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Silver: Lee Vint Ve & Wang Zi Wei
    • Bronze: Matthew Wong & Keane Ng

    Singapore Space Challenge 2016
    • Winner: Space System Category ($10,000)

    NYP Astronomy Competition 2016
    General Category (< 16 years old)
    • Team Merit Award (4th place)
    Alliance Category (students from different schools form a team to compete)
    • Second runner-up: Lee Zhihao Milton
    • Third runner-up: Koh Jin Hao

    Astrochallenge 2016
    • Senior Team: Champion
    • Best Astronomer: Lee Vint Ve
    • Junior Team: Champion

    NUS/NTU Astrochallenge 2016 Senior Category
    • Champion: Lee Vint Ve, Rachel Teng, Matthew Shi, Zhong Daoxin

    Overseas Learning Journey
    IPS-NYP 23rd Astronomy Retreat to Kuantan Malaysia (14 – 17 June)

    AstroNite 2016
    • Outreach and interest event organised for non club members from RI Y1-6, as well as invited guests from other schools including RGS, NUSH, NUS, HCI, AJC, SST, VJC, ACS(I), SOTA, NJC, Christchurch Secondary School & Yishun Town Secondary School.

    Night Under the Stars
    • VIA Activity in collaboration with Tampines Central CC YEC and Temasek Polytechnic

    Singapore Astronomy Olympiad
    • Gold Medalists: Lee Vint Ve, Wang Ziwei, Keane Ng, Wang Yangwu
    • Silver Medalists: Shen Yu Jun, Lee Yu Tse
    • Bronze Medalists: Ramgopal Venkateswaran, Zhong Dao Xin
    • Honorable Mention: Rachel Teng, Kimberly Han, Wei Zhiyuan

    Astrigue 2016 (April 9 and 16)
    • Convention and competition for secondary schools in Singapore, co-organised with HCI. 116 participants from 10 schools took part./p>

    Teacher Mentors

    Year 5-6

    Mr Wong Tze Yang (Year 5-6)

    Ms Lim Ai Lin (Year 5-6)

    Year 1-4

    Ms Geraldine Tan (Year 1-4)

    Mr Conrad Zheng


    Social Media

    @RafflesStargazers on Instagram