Under the Banyan Tree: Collected Memories of Some Inspiring Rafflesians (1961-1964). Raffles Institution (RI), founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1823, is a secondary school for boys in Singapore. As one of the country's elite schools, it has produced its share of boys who have gone on to become influential and successful men, among them Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh. This book takes us back to 1961, when the contributors to this volume were just schoolboys. It is not a formal history of the school, but a "repository of events" as recalled by some of these Rafflesians, a collection of minutiae of their scholastic careers at RI. People and places are recalled, as are textbooks and extra-curricular activities. But their story is not confined to the classroom or the school corridor - to put it into context, one chapter chronicles what went on in the world beyond the school gate. The inclusion of a generous number of photographs serves to illustrate this history. The latter part of the book is devoted to these former RI students, now men, nearly 50 years down the road.
Under the Banyan Tree
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