In the final weeks of March 2013, Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore, began its move to 51 Merchant Road. Relocation was fun and enlightening process. We managed to unearth random lost treasure, and took with us what was most important. The rest of the clutter, we left behind. And we looked forward to a new future together as a school.
Parting glances at our old campus:
Did we say we love uptown areas?
A common trait of all Raffles campuses is that they are either located near uptown areas or prime districts. As a premiere education provider, we value accessibility. An MRT station is located within a 5-minute walk. And there are several bus routes around school that students can ride to explore Singapore town after hours.
Change is good – especially at Raffles
A school is like a second home to our students and staff.
Our new campus at Clarke Quay sports a bright and modern edge. And we must say, our appointed architecture firm, DP Architects, did a great job with their minimalist, open, and intersperse concept.
[Image: Old school on the outside, modern on the inside. This is our new seminar room!]
The interior design intent is best utilised with the practice of the “5S” – an idea derived from the Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke.
“5S” concept explained:
People in general are happier and more productive in a clean and tidy environment. The 5S theory works on eliminating waste through proper organisation, which is implemented in many world-class manufacturing environments. The core elements of this theory focus on maintaining only the necessary thoughts, actions, and materials for a simplistic, effective, efficient, and visually-appealing workplace.
1) Seiri (Sort)
A focused individual only keeps what is needed. Unnecessary items are removed or discarded so that there are fewer hazards and clutter that can interfere with work. The more things you own, the more time and effort you need to maintain them. A minimalist approach to your endeavours will help you to utilise your time well.
2) Seiton (Set in order)
Whether you are a design, business, or science student, knowing where your tools are is important! It saves the hassle from running around looking for something that is probably in your hand or pocket. Practising seiton cures that. When tools are placed in dedicated and easily accessible places, efficiency increases. There should be a place for everything and everything should be in place.
3) Seiso (Clean)
A healthy environment is a clean one. Regularly cleaned tools also last longer so you do not have to replace them as often. Clean workspaces also look more inviting – which is important when entertaining and impressing high-profile guests.
4) Seiketsu (Standardise)
High standards of workplace organisation do not just project a professional image – it also keeps the facility safe and efficient. This is managed by maintaining cleanliness and order.
5) Shitsuke (Sustain)
People have to be reminded to continually practice the 5S system. When it becomes habitual and widely-practiced, it becomes the school’s culture and organisation.
More about our new area – Clarke Quay!
Over the years, this historical riverside quay in Singapore has grown into one of the country’s best entertainment districts. Students will get to enjoy a good range of food around the area including local fare like bak kut teh at food courts or international fare like shoyu ramen at widely-raved Japanese restaurants.
Clarke Quay used to be a warehouse area that stored incoming goods from Boat Quay during the colonial era. In the early 19th century, Singapore was a famous port city for traders. The port activities were eventually moved to the western shores of Singapore.
It was not till years later that Clarke Quay was revamped to become the flourishing commercial, entertainment, and residential area that it is today. The historical value of the place was to be preserved by conservation of certain elements in old buildings. Several details of Singapore’s old shop houses can be found in the new RCHE campus.
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