Holistic Excellence (Is Only Tradition)

By: Julailah Wahid

Spirits were high at Raffles Institution (RI) as the class of 2012 received their GCE ‘A’ Level Examination results on 1 March. This is the fourth cohort to complete the six-year Raffles Programme, a through-train programme offered by RI and Raffles Girls' School.

Instead of making comparisons between the 2012 cohort and those from preceding years, Principal Mrs Lim Lai Cheng focused on the students’ all-round achievements in fields such as music, sports, and leadership. In her speech, she also unveiled that 53 students had already been offered places at Cambridge University, 39 at Oxford University and 28 at Ivy Leagues. This is one of the highest, if not the highest, record of students from a single institution who’ve been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge in the world.

A record-breaking number of 10 students who offered 13 units of study obtained distinctions in all of their nine subjects. A total of 129 students clinched distinctions in all subjects offered, and Rafflesians conquered the General Paper once more, with one in two students scoring distinctions.

Samuel Ching, a student from the Humanities stream, was all smiles when telling us about his straight A’s. On his plans upon graduation, he commented, “After serving the nation, I’d like to study Liberal Arts at a university abroad, preferably in the USA.”


Averill Chow, 19

Sharing Samuel’s enthusiasm is Averill Chow, a Science student who obtained straight A’s. As she regaled us with stories about her supportive family and studying habits, it was easy to imagine the bubbly young lady as a TV or radio personality one day. She expressed, “I’d love to study Law in the UK or Liberal Arts in the USA. Broadcast journalism is also at the top of my list, since I love interacting with people, and talking!”

Not one to hide her excitement, Atiqah Bte Azhari, hadn’t expected to score mostly A’s. Beaming with joy and disbelief, the Science student revealed, “I’m interested to pursue a degree in business, psychology or even writing. I’m also looking at scholarships from all-rounded organisations, such as SPRING Singapore.”

RI produced the crème de la crème yet again, proving to the nation that its tradition of cultivating an all-round development in students would endure through the years. As graduates bid farewell to their alma mater, we knew that we’d be seeing them again soon, perhaps on the news or up on a podium – as future leaders, pioneers or magnates.

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