What’s In My Bag

What exactly do Eunoians bring in their bags? Notes? Snacks? Here’s your exclusive chance to look at your fellow Eunoians’ bags here!

 

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Bag – Kanken

Pencil Case- Muji

Files – Muji

Bottle – Nalgene

Glasses, Portable Charger

 

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Notebook – Muji, Bujo – Book Depository

Pencil case, pens – Muji, highlighters – Mildliner, brush pens, thumbdrive

Earphones – Sony, charger

Wallet, glasses

Soft toys – MINISO

File – POPULAR, notes

Bag – Jansport

 

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CCA in the Spotlight – MakerSpace

Photo credit: Ariel Tan

Interviewee: Ng Wei Han

Interviewer: Jacey Teoh

1. What is an average CCA session like?

Wei Han: We are an interest group so we don’t exactly have scheduled CCA slots etc but we do have projects that we are working on. Together with Yew Rei and Athena, we currently working on a Rube Goldberg project for college day and CCA sessions are nothing short of fun! Even though the project seemed quite daunting at first, working on it made us realize that the process can be really enjoyable too. Going to the MakerSpace to work on this project is something that I look forward to, especially after a hectic day of lessons.

2.What do you enjoy most about your CCA?

Wei Han: Quality time spent with people! Even though I’ve only been working closely with Yew Rei, and Athena under the guidance of Mdm Liu, I think the time spent in the Makerspace experimenting, building and designing is made so much more enjoyable because the people. Though we always argue, I think it’s the dissonance within the harmony that enriches our lives.

3.What are some essential qualities a person must possess to join this CCA?

Wei Han: People who are willing to devote their time to innovating, creating and engineering. Their willingness to learn and to pick up new skills. People with passion and purpose. People who can commit to promoting the Maker Movement and to take responsibility for the space.

4.What do you think was the highlight for your CCA last year?

Wei Han: It would be the Rube Goldberg College Opening Project. I had never thought that such an idealistic Rube Goldberg Machine could come to live, but I must say that it was only possible because of the many people who devoted their time to make this possible (whether or not they were in the Rube Goldberg Team). This project has definitely impressed upon me the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Without the advice, assistance and collaboration of our friends in the MakerSpace Interest Group, we wouldn’t have been able to present this project yesterday. From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely thankful.

5. CCA information

Wei Han: We don’t exactly have CCA timings. When projects come, we’d design a timeline and stick to it. It’s usually quite flexible because different people in the Interest Group would take up different projects, so we’d decide on our meet up time within our project group.

Achievements
– 1st runner up for Electric Vehicle Challenge
– A successful Rube Goldberg Machine for College Opening Day 2018
– Students also used the MakerSpace to build certain set ups for the Singapore Young Physicist Tournament of which they made it to the final round

Interested to know more about what they do during their sessions? Head on down to find out more about them!

¿?sick beats?¿

A list of new songs that you might not have heard before, recommended by our very own Eunoians!

Tired of hearing the same old songs over and over again? Here are some selected tunes as recommended by Eunoians! Each week, we publish 8 of our favourite submissions under our monthly playlist. Want to suggest a song? Click here! Thank you to everyone who have submitted a song suggestion, and be sure to hit us up if you want to see your songs on next month’s playlist!

 

  1. Billie Eilish, Khalid – Lovely
    Genre: Alternative, Indie
    A dose of them feels, calming, ghostly, somewhat floaty, a really nice harmony of two voices. 11/10. (Suggested by Andrea)
  2. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    Genre: Rock
    Good for studying, chill. For one, it’s 13 minutes long, nothing happens for the first minute or so, but overall, flowy; chill indeed. 9/10. (Suggested by Shi Yu, 18-U4)
  3. Calum Scott – What I Miss Most
    Genre: Pop
    Mood Booster. Soft start that builds up, peaceful voice, good drum beats that hypes you up. 10/10. (Suggested by Zi Lun, 18-E3)
  4. Rex Orange County – Sunflower
    Genre: Indie Pop
    A dose of them feels, slightly jazzy, feels like summer, oddly does sound like sunflowers and warm weather. 10/10. (Suggested by Andrea)
  5. CHEN X Punch – Everytime
    Genre: OST
    Gentle piano notes accompanied with vocals. Mood Booster. 9/10. (Suggested by Andrea)
  6. KATIE – Remember
    Genre: R&B, Soul
    Husky vocals, kind of EDM. Beat drops during chorus, overall pretty good. 9/10. (Suggested by Andrea)
  7. ClariS – Irony
    Genre: JPop
    Mood booster, electronic sounds, energetic! (Suggested by Yan Peng)

Bonus personal recommendation:

Kodaline – Worth It
Genre: Indie Pop
A nice gentle blend of vocals and guitar sounds. Motivational, feel goodTM song. 10/10.

Dialogue with the High Commission

Dialogue with the High Commission

Dialogue with the High Commission

By everyone who went on this trip

 

On the 6th of June, we visited the Singapore High Commission in London. We were greeted by Ms Cheryl and Ms Rozana. It was extremely exciting to be stepping on Singapore ground so far from home. We instantly felt welcomed by their warm smiles and their confident postures and after being ushered into a room, we started our discussion.

The Singapore High Commission was set up to form strong international relations with the United Kingdom as well as to care for the well-being of Singaporeans in the UK, especially since such a large population live or study there.

it was a very fruitful and unforgettable experience as it was a rare opportunity for us to openly voice our questions on any issues ranging from international problems to even questioning their personal opinions about the issues that Singapore and the world is facing.

To Singapore, the UK is a partner to enhance capabilities, investment opportunities and technical expertise. Singapore is trying to create partnerships and forge strong ties with different countries (as seen from the Trump-Kim summit) The UK is one of the permanent five members in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the 5th largest economy and also having the long defence cooperation with Singapore through the 5 Power Defence Agreement and Cybersecurity. We have learnt how the UK’s relationship with Singapore plays an imperative role and the importance of establishing good international relations since Singapore cannot sustain itself.

Having a job at the High Commission does not come easy. It is indeed a privilege to serve one’s country in a diplomatic capacity. One of the challenges they face is the different stances and views that they have as diplomats regarding government and global issues which causes many political uncertainties. They often have to stand from Singapore’s perspectives in terms of policies because thought they may disagree with it, there are always points that are beneficial to Singapore. At times, Singapore may be forced to take sides on controversial issues. We will face some form of opposition for whichever choice we make, however, diplomats have to stay true to Singapore’s beliefs and principles and make informed decisions that will best benefit us. For diplomats, however, this means always prioritising the country’s stance and interests over their own. Ms Cheryl and Ms Rozana also shared about the techniques of how to achieve our country’s interest when handling issues without crossing borders and offending others; which is to understand the other party’s position and be aware that they’re both trying to achieve what’s best for their country, which will then enable us to work towards a win-win situation and achieve common ground.

As we were about to leave the High Commission after the fruitful dialogue, the phone rang and after answering a call, Ms Rozana hastily left the room. It turns out, there was a fire that had started at the Mandarin Oriental hotel (just a 10 minute walk away from the High Commission, and the hotel that we were standing at while waiting for a few of our friends earlier) they were worried that there might be Singaporeans staying in that hotel and had to confirm their suspicions. Fortunately, no one got injured in the fire.

All in all, it was a really enriching and eye-opening experience. Ultimately, everything is done in the interest of Singapore, and the people at the MFA have done an extremely good job in establishing good ties with other countries.

 

Education in the UK

Interested in studying in the UK? Read more about the facilities and opportunities provided by Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and LSE here! Also find out what they are looking for in potential students.

Education in the UK

By Ashley Ng

The long-awaited article on education in the United Kingdom is finally here!

Oxford

As many of you may know, Oxford was where the world-renowned Harry Potter movies were mostly filmed at.

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The Divinity School

Two scenes from Harry Potter films were shot in the Divinity School: Hogwart’s infirmary (The Philosopher’s Stone) and the ballroom dancing class scene (The Goblet of Fire). We also visited the Bodleian library, where we found out that Oxford actually houses the world’s largest collection of books, holding every book published since 1602. The library takes in 200,000 books every year which results in the search for 2km of shelving a year. All of their books are housed underground and there are no browsing of books in the Bodleian library.

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Our discussion with students from OUMSSA

Aside from visiting the Bodleian library and the Divinity School, we also had lunch with a few students from the Oxford University Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association (OUMSSA). We got to know more about the lifestyle there and what it took for them to study in such a prestigious school. These are some of the responses we’ve got when we asked them to share a little:

  1. Firstly, to apply to any UK universities, you have to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), filling in your personal details, writing a personal statement and indicating the 5 universities you wish to apply for. Bearing in mind that the same one personal statement will be sent to all the 5 universities, hence your chosen courses should not vary too much.
  2. Once you pass this round, (for Oxford) you are required to attend an interview round. Most of the undergrads we spoke to said that they did their interview through Skype, instead of flying all the way down to UK for a face-to-face interview (which will not be an added benefit unless you want to look at the facilities and explore the campus). The interview will be conducted by two professors. They would present you with a question (depending on the chosen course), and you will have to talk them through your thinking process. Along the way, they may prompt you to help you through, but the main focus of the interview is more for the professors to see how you think and how you would function under a tutorial setting that is more student directed (instead of the teacher spoon-feeding you and students passively sitting there receiving answers)
  3. Oxford is like the SMU of UK. Oxford, itself, is a town, with shops and houses situated around the university and colleges scattered around the town.
  4. Riding a bicycle is very common there. Not many cars are allowed in the streets of Oxford, hence foot traffic is extremely common. Your lectures may not be held in your college, hence you may have to cycle or walk to another college for your lectures, before heading back to your college for tutorials with your professors.
  5. Being a Singaporean will not subject you to discrimination or hinder your learning in any way. There are many Singaporeans currently studying there, and with the help of OUMSSA, you will be well taken care of!

 

Cambridge

In the World University Ranking, Cambridge is ranked above Oxford.

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Punting

In Cambridge, one of their unique cultural experiences is punting, where a boat is manoeuvered down the river by a person sticking a long stick into the riverbed and pushing the boat along. Although we did not get to try it out, it seemed very exciting. In addition, we did visit King’s Chapel to listen to the Evensong, which is basically a series of evening prayers conducted in a set form, especially that of the Anglican Church. There are many of such church processions occurring throughout the day in different colleges.

Cambridge has many connections to Singapore. Our Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong graduated from Trinity College in Cambridge. The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew also visited the Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge. In fact, one of our own teacher, Mr Lye, also graduated from Cambridge!

One of the stories I can recount from the walking tour around Cambridge is that there used to be a group of people, who named themselves the Nightclimbers. Why the Nightclimbers? They would scale the large facades of buildings and carry out their shenanigans at night. One of the hilarious things they did was changing the Sceptre, Edward the III is holding in his right hand, to a measly chair leg.

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Trinity College, Edward the III in the middle of the building

Besides these, there are many more interesting stories that our tour guide, Mr Steve, told us. He said that between 1904 and 1974, there were 22 nobel prize winners from Cambridge. Some of their discoveries may be familiar to you: for the splitting of the atom, discovering the double helix of the DNA, discovering electrons. Such discoveries and realizations truly shaped the world we live in. We even visited the very bar that Crick and Watson (the 2 astounding men who discovered the double helix of the DNA) came to have lunch, The Eagle.

We ended off the day listening to bell ringing at St. Mary The Great. They were not by your typical handbells, but were real, massive church bells! We could not enter the place where the physical bells were situated, but the demonstrators were tugging on the strings at stipulated times and strength in order to make the bell ring at a very specific time and way.

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The Bell Ringers

Here is a demonstration of how the bells are rang:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of-T3T-dwws

Walking along the river at night was another sight to behold, with beautiful white swans gathering by the riverbed and the gleaming white reflection off the water surface. The cool breeze was blowing as we held our cups of hot chocolate and gathered at a field near the river. It was truly the full Cambridge experience.

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Beautiful Swans at the river

 

Imperial

At Imperial, we were brought around the campus by two students studying Medicine. They were very friendly and personable, and we struck up conversations with them very easily. I found out that the interview round in Imperial is fairly more straightforward as compared to that of Oxford, where the interviewer will ask simple questions like, “Why are you interested in this course?”. (Although Imperial also does not have business course for undergraduates)

Imperial college is located near many fascinating museums, the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the National History Museum. In addition, since the college is located near the Royal College of Music, they have the advantage of being able to hold an interesting BSc Physics and Music performance course.

 

London school of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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Firstly, LSE has a wide variety of courses to choose from (not only econs). It is located in the heart of Theatreland and many theatres, such as the Duchess Theatre and the Theatre Royal are just a stone’s throw away.

 

We were brought on a short tour of the campus and what amazed me the most, was the astonishing library. It was like a shopping mall for books. The comfortable seats, the wide collection of books, the spiral platform leading from one level to the next, the lifts! It was the ideal place to study and collect research materials.

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The library at LSE

But, what if you are studying there and suddenly you miss Singaporean food? Have no fear! There is actually an Old Chang Kee located a few minutes away from LSE! The delicious curry puffs and a refreshing bowl of Laksa will be sure to keep your homesickness at bay.

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Old Chang Kee visit

Some important things to note when writing your personal statement for this school is that:

  1. 75-90% of your personal statement should be about your academic achievements
  2. 10-25% should address relevant extracurricular activities such as voluntary/charity work, work experience, internships or paid employments, sporting achievements and social activities, additional positions of responsibility etc.
  3. The school would really like to see that you are deeply passionate about the course, so be sure to find a way to show it!

 

CCA in the Spotlight – Drama

Photo credit: Jayden Sim Hong Kai

Interviewee: Satini Sankeerthana

What is an average CCA session like?
Keerthana: For the first half an hour or so, we do warm-ups which are of a few types namely, vocal, physical and games which require concentration like splat for example. After which, if there are any productions or performances coming up, we split up into our committees and get the work done. If there aren’t any events coming up, then we do group or individual activities like acting or freeze frame and sharings (sometimes) about drama and theater in general so we are equipped with skills about backstage work as well. Lastly, we have a debrief.


What do you enjoy most about your CCA?
Keerthana: Definitely Interacting with people and the synergy among the members! It really hypes me up! And that’s why CCA is one thing I look forward to even on long days as I feel that’s when my energy level automatically shoots up! Also, everyone in Drama is really friendly and we have a lot of funny memories together. I also enjoy playing the games and dancing during warm ups sometimes and most of all acting!


As seniors, what is your CCA looking out for in prospective members?
Keerthana: We look out for people who are committed, responsible and hard working, as we believe that although acting skills or expertise with regards to backstage are important, they can still be learnt and improved over time once you join us, but the right attitude and mindset towards acting or CCA as a whole is really important for our dynamics and in order to get the work done.


What do you think was the highlight for your CCA last year?
Keerthana: OUR VERY FIRST PRODUCTION!! “PEOPLE” It really taught us a lot and there were ups and downs along the journey and I personally have learnt a lot of skills not only pertaining to the sets( I was head of sets) but also life skills such as teamwork and coordination. It was also very exciting as some of us did not have any prior background knowledge or experience, for example, it was some of the actors’ first time on stage and it was my first time doing sets!


CCA information (Timing, achievements, etc)
Wednesdays from 3.30-6.30 and Fridays 3.00-6.00pm.

Do you have a penchant for owning the stage? Think your up for the challenge to embody different characters? Or even manage stage lighting and design? Head over to the drama club and find out more!

CCA in the spotlight – Service Learning

Photo credit: Teri Tay

A new school year means new friends, new teachers, new subjects. BUT what’s missing? The activity that we get to pour our hearts and souls into – CCAs!

Interviews conducted by Claire Hsieh and Soh Wen Sheun feature questions and answers one will rarely have time to find out on a normal day.

CCA: Service learning

Interviewee: Kay

Interviewer: Claire Hsieh and Soh Wen Sheun

What is an average CCA session like?

Our CCA is split into 4 groups (of about 10 people each) and each group is partnered with a different organisation. During Wednesday CCA sessions, we will usually be in our groups, either planning our next outreach activity for our chosen organisation or out of school doing volunteer work. On Friday CCA sessions, we will be planning and executing our club VIA.

What do you enjoy most about your CCA?

For me, I enjoy interacting with the less fortunate as well as the community around us during our volunteering activities, because it is really heartwarming to see that you’ve made someone’s day even through a simple visit with games and food.

What are some troubles you encountered in your CCA and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge for me is the sheer size of our club (46 people and more to come!), which makes it difficult to coordinate activities and ensure that everyone is involved and not feel left out during discussions. To overcome this issue, we split our CCA into our four groups, each with 1-2 Exco members to guide the group members. This made admin matters such as attendance taking and travelling to our VIA locations much easier.

As seniors, you will be holding auditions for your juniors, so what is your CCA looking out for in prospective members?

We want our members to make a difference in people’s lives and give back to the community, so we will be looking out for juniors who are passionate about serving others. Prior volunteer experience will also be useful, but it is not the most crucial thing that we are looking out for.

What do you think was a highlight for your CCA last year?

One of our highlights last year was DDD 4, when some of our members, along with other Ej students, visited senior citizens at Ulu Pandan CC and Lions Befrienders. They had lots of fun with the seniors through teaching them Zumba and playing Bingo with them. They also got to learn a lot about them through interacting with them.

Stay tuned for the next CCA’s interview!