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Looking Back: ING 2018

Two weeks ago, CAPT kicked off recess week with the highly anticipated Inter Neighbourhood Games. Every houses sent their best players forward, all in the hope of clinching the champion title. Even though not everyone walked away a champion, many left with a greater sense of belonging to CAPT. Ong Qian Ying, the Captain of Garuda’s Captain’s Ball team shares her thoughts on the games.

“As someone who hasn’t had much exposure to sports, being part of ING was a really good experience for me as it gave me a comfortable platform to try out a variety of sports. Despite having limited experience in basketball or netball, I was chosen as the Captain for Garuda’s Captain’s Ball team. Initially, I was hesitant to pick up the role as I was afraid that I wouldn’t live up to the position but everything went smoothly and the whole experience turned out a lot better than expected. My teammates were very supportive and the seniors really helped me along the way, for example when it came to organising trainings for the team. Additionally, being a captain had cultivated my leadership skills and allow me to grow as an individual. Even though we may not have placed first, I am really proud of my team and will always treasure the bond that we had forged. I joined to play the sport, ended this journey truly humbled by the whole experience.

 

Other than Captain’s Ball, I also played for Garuda’s Soccer, Volleyball and Dodgeball team. And while it was tiring, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the whole experience definitely made me even more interested in the respective sports. I really appreciated having the seniors be so patient with us freshies, especially since many of us were quite new to these sports, and guiding us through it all – they are one of the reasons why I had enjoyed myself so much. Looking forward, ING has definitely made me really excited for the upcoming ICG.

Overall, despite it being a competition, ING was never competitive. Such an event really showcases the sports culture and its inclusivity in CAPT and that reaffirmed my decision to join the Sports Committee.”

Qian Ying’s reflection really brought out the true meaning behind ING: an event which allowed CAPTains across various houses to bond through their common passion for sports.

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Looking Back: CAPTISS 2018

On 22nd September, over 400 students attended CAPT’s biannual Student Symposium, also known as CAPTISS. This year, the theme was Sharing Spaces: Diverse Approaches and Communities, and it saw 60 presenters from diverse backgrounds coming together to discuss important issues at hand. We spoke to Jordan Tang, the PD of CAPTISS, to reflect on his experience helming this event:

“CAPTISS 2018 was a space for people to learn from each other’s ideas, practices and experiences. On 22 September, we welcomed over 400 attendees throughout the day with over 60 presenters at our 9 panels and poster sessions. Everyone came together with a single purpose: to learn. And it was truly a learning journey, even for us in the CAPTISS 2018 Organising Committee. Throughout this journey, I saw various members having their own stories of growth. An Academics Subcommittee member overcoming her hesitations and becoming an eloquent moderator for her panel. A director who learnt design skills and website-making skills from scratch. A team that innovated and persevered to create a beautiful art gallery.And there are even more stories to tell that I cannot capture here. I ask that you speak to those who were part of the process. Hear their stories of growth so that the learning does not stop here. Learn about how the Hospitality team created the perfect atmosphere for building connections between all attendees through their networking session and Finale Night; how the Logistics team implemented a QR code registration system that was the first of its kind in CAPT; how the Publicity team generated hype for CAPTISS; how the Academics team brought all our presenters together.

Thank you to all who contributed to CAPTISS in one way or another. This learning journey would have not been possible without all of you.”

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Looking Back: ACE Migrants Fledgling 2018

Last Saturday, in an event held jointly by the Ministry of Manpower and National Youth Council, some of our CAPTains engaged in a panel discussion on the changing narrative of creating a safe and fair workplace for migrant workers and explored Tuas View Dormitory. Natania Seah from Roc reflects on the experience:

“The tour around the Tuas View Dormitory was an engaging and intriguing experience. Despite being part of the ACE Migrants committee for a year, I had personally never visited a foreign workers’ dormitory prior to this opportunity by the National Youth Council. As such, I approached the trip with curiosity and with little knowledge of what to expect, eager to catch a glimpse into the lives of Singapore’s “invisible visible”.

The first tangible thing that struck me was the sheer size of the dormitory – spanning 8.4 hectares, it has a capacity of roughly 16 000 people. Available on the premises are clinics, several hardware stores, remittance services, a barber, and even a cinema. The idea of this whole separate, self-sustaining community existing within Singapore but not so-called “with” Singapore made me quite pensive – the dichotomy between the lives of Singaporeans, and the migrant workers who build up a country they have no idea about, was very stark to me in that instant.

The dormitory also has various amenities such as gyms, pool tables, dart boards, and air-conditioned reading rooms. While on tour, we noticed the clean, well-maintained grounds and large open areas. While assuredly impressive, as I shared later on during a group reflection, it is salient to note that this dormitory is among the best, if not the best of what Singapore has to offer in terms of accommodation for foreign workers. Overcrowding and poor sanitation are some of the many imperative issues that still exist. The efforts of civil society groups such as Healthserve, TWC2, and Itsrainingraincoats cannot be discounted in their crusade to better the lives of migrant workers in Singapore, of whom we should be more cognisant and appreciative of.”

As we can see from Natania’s reflection, the event was truly an eye-opening experience that gave our CAPTains many insights into the lives of migrant workers in Singapore. If you’re interested in engaging in similar events, do keep an eye out for more from our ACE committee!

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Looking Back: CAPT Affair 2018

CAPT Affair 2018, held last Tuesday, gave our freshmen a good overview of the many opportunities available in CAPT, ranging from interest groups to student committees to overseas trips! Nurbatrishia Bte Yazid, Director of External Affairs, reflects on the planning process:

“Right from the start, Joel (Director of ClubSocs) and I knew right away what we wanted as our CAPT Affair slogan: ‘Mapping Your CAPT Experience’. The objective of CAPT Affair has always been clear-cut to us; it was to let CAPTains be aware of the various opportunities for them to join this academic year. We want them to know that there is definitely something available for everyone.

Planning CAPT Affair was a hectic process, as we had to liaise with many parties for various purposes such as budget, procurement of logistics and much more. Despite the hecticness, I wouldn’t have had it any other way, seeing how willing people were to help us through it all. Triston (Director of Publicity) helped us a lot in terms of publicity especially with the video. Bernard (CSC Finance Secretary) was also a great help with the budget and procurement of logistics.

To me, the best part of the planning process was filming the publicity video. I personally had my doubts about whether people would be willing to be a part of it as they would have to sacrifice time during summer to do it. Knowing how willing they are to be part of the video has made me really appreciate CAPTains even more. We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in CAPT Affair 2018 in one way or another, and for making it a huge success!

And to Joel, thank you so much for being such a trusty partner whom I relied a lot on throughout this entire journey!”

Thanks to CAPT Affair 2018, hopefully you have a good idea of the many exciting opportunities CAPT has for you! We’re sure many of you can’t wait for the exposure sessions you have signed up for. Have a good week ahead!

Also, be sure to check out the bloopers from behind the scenes of the CAPT Affair 2018 Video below!

 

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Looking Back: Soap For Hope 2018

17 August marked the first of two ‘Soap for Hope’ (S4H) exposure sessions as well as the start of Social Innovation (SI) Wing’s plans for the academic year 2018/19. 20 Hua Yi Secondary School students visited CAPT to experience the soap-making process while mingling with CAPTains who came to learn the innovation story behind S4H.

Hua Yi Secondary previously organised a fund-raising campaign for Healthserve, which saw its students pledging soap bars for migrant workers by making a $2 donation. The secondary students were thus here to fulfil the pledges made. They had fun throughout as they learnt how to split the tasks while working together in some parts of the process. More importantly, they formed camaraderie among themselves when they saw the end product of their hardwork, recycled soap bars, and when they cleaned up the soap-making area, even including the toilets where they washed some of the equipment (the floor was wet after the washing)!

This mode of fund-raising was conceptualised by the SI Wing Director, Yu Xiang, who saw value in the S4H sessions. He wanted to give this socially innovative idea a new lease of life by using it to inspire more secondary school students to play a role, however simple, in contributing to marginalised communities. CAPTains, on the other hand, get to interact with the students through the soap making process, and establish relationships that will allow future sustained partnerships between CAPT and the secondary schools.

The idea behind S4H is born out of a desire to meet the needs of the Filipino rural communities, and was brought back to CAPT to showcase how different existing ideas can be combined together, improved on or refined to give rise to a novel solution which addresses a social problem. This is what the SI Wing stands for – to develop novel and yet feasible solutions to address real social issues.

In order to do that, the SI Wing needs your ideas and passion to contribute. Visit www.tinyurl.com/cscrecruitement2018 to check out what SI Wing has in store for the year and to join it!

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Looking Back: FOC 2018

Our college’s Freshmen Orientation Camp (FOC), held from 24th to 27th July, was indeed a huge success; and we owe it all to the hard work of the organising committee and seniors involved, be it as orientation group leaders or councillors. Phua Keng Yung, project director for this year’s FOC, reflects on the planning process:

“When I signed up for FOC PD just little less than a year ago, I would never have expected my FOC Journey to have been such a tumultuous one. When I look back on my journey, despite all the pain and frustration, I wouldn’t change a single thing about my journey, for through this colossal project I have found a family and experienced so many crazy and awesome moments that I never knew I could have in such a short period of time.

Having come into the appointment with little to no experience leading a large team, I was apprehensive as it was the first time that I would be responsible for such a huge project that could and would influence the lives of many incoming CAPTains. The weight of the responsibility bore down on me, and although I began with the intention of actively seeking to change the established camp structure to provide a greater experience but as we progressed, the Directors failed to actively do so, partly due to our busy schedule and partly due to our going through of the planning motion without active thought being put into the process. In semester 2, my VPDs suddenly arranged an urgent meeting to speak about the structure as they realised that we should have put in more thought about the structure of the camp instead of blindly following the established structure. That moment, I finally understood in reason and practice what it meant to think out of the box. By breaking the mood, we removed all constraints and allowed ourselves to dream and allowed ourselves to actually address the real problems at hand. That moment, I knew that I would forever be indebted to my VPDs, Daniel and Genevieve.

The description of any Project Director appointment will be filled with the words “Liaison” or something to that effect. Toward the end of semester 2, the reason why such a term was included hit me like a truck. I was overwhelmed with coordination, requests and many other groups of CAPTains and fellows to engage. Throughout this process, I had to balance the welfare of my committee, the interests of my committee against the various requests. Being a person who would normally try to accommodate requests, this process of learning to be firm and ensure that the voices of the CAPTains in the committee were heard was a difficult process. Nonetheless, throughout this process, I learnt the importance of being firm and the importance of handling relationships with care.

These are just 2 of the many lessons I learnt working alongside the awesome people of FOC Organising Committee 2018. Without their hard work and effort FOC would not have been anywhere close to the way it was. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and more importantly a family that I wouldn’t trade for any other.”

Organising the camp was certainly not an easy task, but the effort amounted to an experience that was truly fulfilling for both seniors and freshmen alike. Finally, we also owe a big thank you to the freshmen as the camp would not have been complete without your enthusiastic participation and involvement. May the friendships we forged during FOC grow stronger as we embark on the new academic year together as one CAPT family.