Welcome Freshers of Academic Year 2018/2019

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Hey there!

I’m Jacelyn, President of the 36th Executive Committee of ICSS. On behalf of everyone here, congratulations on your Imperial offer and a warm welcome to our family here in London :)

A year ago, I was just like you – filled with anticipation and the slightest bit of apprehension. Being 6736 miles away from Singapore may seem pretty daunting at first but the transition will be smoother than you think and before you know it, you’ll be having the time of your life! I’m sure you’re excited to start your adventure in London and to make settling down in London a little easier, we’ve prepared a Fresher’s Welcome Package for you.

I shan’t keep you in the introduction any longer. Below, you’ll find some events that we’ve lined up for you down so mark these dates down.

The Ultimate Sotong Guide

So I bet you’ve got tons of questions about starting student life in Imperial College and London. Don’t worry, we’ve all been through that phase. Over the years, we’ve compiled what’s essentially a dummies guide to London aptly titled – The Ultimate Sotong Guide. It’s the unrivaled guidebook to student life in London proudly produced by ICSS for all students heading to the UK. From pre-departure admin like VISA and hall accommodations applications (videos of hall included!) to things to do in London (bank and SIM card applications), we have it all!

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Pre-Departure Talk

Just in case that wasn’t enough to answer all of your questions, we’ll be holding our annual Pre-Departure Talk for incoming freshers and your parents if they’re interested! We’ll be covering VISA application, life at Imperial and the exciting activities we have in store for all you freshers :) It’s also a good opportunity to meet your future coursemates and bombard course-seniors with any questions you may have. Light refreshments will be provided so do register for the event!

Date: 15 July 2018, Sunday

Time: 1400 – 1700

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Sojourn

Held on the beautiful beaches of Sentosa, our freshers’ orientation camp is the most important pre-departure event on our calendar and should not be missed! It’s where you’ll meet the people who will go through the next 3-4 years in London together with you and forge lasting bonds with fellow freshers and seniors. With tons of fun in store, Sojourn will definitely be the highlight of your freshman ICSS journey!

Date: Friday – Sunday, 17 – 19 August 2018

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Arrivals Weekend

With tons of activities happening during arrivals weekend, you’ll have tons to do so let us take some of that stress of you! We’ll be ordering duvets for interested freshers, arranging a freshers’ pick up service from the airport on 29th of Sept and organising tons of events to get you settled in. Even before you leave for London, you’ll have tons of administrative things to settle and we’ve partnered with AIG to provide a 10% discount for students who apply for the AIG Student Assist Plan through us! You’ll find more information about these in my letter that the International Office has sent out :)

And More…

Well, that’s just a snippet of what’s to come! Do join our ICSS Freshers’ 18 Facebook group to keep up to date with all the upcoming events and info. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for all the events above as there will be tons of opportunities for you to connect with the rest in London. In the meantime, spend your last few months in Singapore exploring the beautiful city we call home, you’ll come to miss it :)

Till then, feel free to contact me via email at president@ic-singsoc.net or Facebook if you’ve got any burning questions!

Warmest regards,

Jacelyn See

President, 36th Executive Committee

Imperial College Singapore Society

Kit-Kat 2018

Kit-Kat 2018 was held on 26th April 2018 at Hyde Park and it was great success! Kit-Kat is an annual ICSS event to provide ICSS members with a breather from the hectic exam period, and to allow fellow Singsoc members to catch up, play sports and have a good time. Everyone immensely enjoyed the breather of fresh air and had much fun playing captain’s ball, soccer and frisbee. Moreover, the picnic spread this year was nothing short of splendid. There were even curry puffs! Hope everyone had a great break and all the best for the upcoming examinations :) 31755347_1952098691494159_536109070701035520_o

36th Executive Committee Election Results

The elections for the 36th Executive Committee was held as part of the Imperial College Union Leadership Elections 2018. The results for the 36th Exco following the elections held from 2nd March to 9th March are as follows:

36th Exco Election Results

President: Jacelyn See
Vice-president: Jiahao Chan
Secretary: Teo Jia Wei
Treasurer: Sean Lo
Event Officers: Jenny Lim & Sky Teo
Sports Officer: Andy Liew
Liaison Officer: Celine Mark
Major Event Officer: NIL

The detailed results are here.

Annual General Meeting 2018

ICSS concluded its Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the academic year on 28th February (Wed).

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During the meeting, the 35th Executive Committee concluded their term with a summary of our financial report and the events and initiatives organised throughout the past year. The hustings for the Leadership Elections 2018 was also held in conjunction with this meeting.

The 35th Exco would like to thank all our members for your support over the past year! It has been a pleasure serving you and we hope that you will continue to give your utmost support to the 36th Exco!

Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young

ICSS was proud to stage Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young on the 24th of February this year at the Imperial College Great Hall.

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A tribute to Major Event over the years as ICSS celebrates its 35th anniversary, this year’s production, The Infinite Wallace Young”, was a fourth-wall-breaking comedy that explored the theme of finding yourself and writing your own story. The plot revolved around average Singaporean Wallace Young’s rebellion against a cruel Narrator, who forced him into several different stories set in the Singaporean multiverse. The setting of each story fell into a different point in Singapore’s history and gave the audience members a chance to explore our heritage and see what Singapore was, is and could be.

Major Event is known for its showcase of our members’ talent and it delivered once again this year. This year’s show presented a script, live music, complex dances and breath-taking props and sets that were all crafted by our own members. Our performers and crew members have dedicated their sincere efforts over the past five months into making this show what it is, forging strong friendships along the way. Though our Major Event journey may have ended with our curtain call, it’s heartening to know that the beautiful memories we all made will continue to live on.

A lucky draw was held alongside this year’s Major Event and the lucky winner walked away with a grand prize of 1 x Economy Class Return Ticket from London to Singapore (vice versa) on Singapore Airlines. This prize was proudly sponsored by Singapore Airlines and was presented by Mr Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines’ General Manager, UK & Ireland, to the lucky winner.

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We would like to thank the Deputy High Commissioner of Singapore to the UK, Ms Rozana Bte Abdul Majid, for making some time in her busy schedule to come down to watch our show, along with our audience who came down to watch and support us. We would also like to express our gratitude to the performers and crew who worked so tirelessly to make this show possible.

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We would also like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible.

We hope you all enjoyed your Major Event 2018 experience and hope to see you next year!

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-Rasika Kale, Major Events Officer (35th ExCo)
Photos by: Ang Ter Shien, Caden Ho, Celine Mark, Chan Bingjie, Ivan Tee, Nathanael Tan, Nicholas Sim & Zenas Lim  (view full album here)

36th Executive Committee Elections – Candidates

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The following are the candidates running for the 36th Executive Committee. The voting portal will be open from 2nd March 12pm – 9th March 12pm and can be accessed here: imperialcollegeunion/vote. Good luck to all the candidates and may the odds be ever in your favour.

Click on the candidate’s name to access their manifesto.
Note: candidates running for more than one position have written separate manifestos for each position and has to be accessed separately.

President

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Jacelyn See                       Teo Jia Wei

Vice President

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Jiahao Chua

Secretary

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Teo Jia Wei

Treasurer

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Sean Lo

Events Officers

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Chun Yi Teo           Jacelyn See           Jenny Lim

Sports Officer

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Andy Liew

Liaison Officer

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Celine Mark

Major Event Officer

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35th Anniversary Celebrations

A Time Capsule was sealed on 7 February 2018 as part of our 35th Anniversary Celebrations that was held in conjunction with our Chinese New Year Dinner.

It is in our hopes that with this Time Capsule, which will be opened in 15 years’ time on our 50th Anniversary, we will be able to capture the little bits and pieces of life in Imperial as a Singaporean in 2018.

Before sealing the Time Capsule, we took a look back at our 35 years of history with this video montage:

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The Time Capsule contained 35 representative items of the 35th year of ICSS.

The time capsule was sealed by Benjamin Wong, President of the 35th ICSS Executive Committee, after the final ten items were placed into it.

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The final ten items were:
1. Singapore Day 2018 Poster from the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU)
2. The Kaya and Toast Times Printout
3. Imperial Success Guide – Academic Calendar 2017-18
4. Retrospect
5. The Ultimate Sotong Guide 2017
6. Script of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young
7. Music Score for Curtain Call of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young
8. T-shirt and Logo of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young
9. T-shirt and Logo of Sojourn 2017: Voyagers
10. Message from ICSS 2018 to ICSS 2033

1. Singapore Day 2018 Poster from the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU)

The OSU has been an ardent supporter of ICSS and its activities, providing a very strong and stable source of financial support for many of our events. The inclusion of the Singapore Day 2018 poster not only marks 2018 as the year Singapore Day returned to London (previous Singapore Days in London were in 2009 and 2014), but is also a nod to our years of partnership and support between ICSS and OSU. The upcoming Singapore Day 2018 in London, will be held on 24 March 2018.

We certainly hope that in 15 years’ time our organisations will still share the same strong
and meaningful partnership.

2. The Kaya and Toast Times Printout

The Kaya and Toast Times is a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed to everyone subscribed to our mailing list. To date it has over 1000 subscribers, including alumni and interested students of other nationalities. The newsletter is used to disseminate important information about our events and also information about careers and opportunities from our sponsors.

3. Imperial Success Guide – Academic Calendar 2017-18

The Imperial Success Guide offers students advice and resources to excel at Imperial College London. This large academic calendar of 2017-18 was given out to students during the Freshers’ Fair at the start of the academic year. It is common to see this calendar pasted in the rooms of students.

4. Retrospect

Retrospect is a publication done once every three years by ICSS to chart the progress and events of ICSS and functions in a similar way to a yearbook. This edition was printed in 2015 by the 33rd Executive Committee.

5. The Ultimate Sotong Guide 2017

The brainchild of generations of Singaporeans who have come and gone from Imperial, this is the legendary Sotong Guide with all the information necessary for our freshers to settle into a comfortable and assured life in London. Rumour has it that our guide is also used by other schools because of its quality. Within it you will find the information and procedures unique to our time, which may have perhaps changed since this Time Capsule was sealed.

6. Script of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young

Every year, ICSS organises an event that showcases Singapore’s culture to the Imperial Community. In recent years, it has taken the form of an entirely original musical production, with its original dances, songs and script each year.

2018’s Major Event script is a fourth-wall- breaking ironic comedy, in which the protagonist, Wallace, is made to embark on a series of adventures that span Singapore’s history, rallying the help of those he meets along the way to help Singaporeans break free of the Narrator’s tyranny so that they can write and achieve their own stories.

7. Music Score for Curtain Call of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young

The 2018 edition of Major Event comprised 6 original songs all written and composed by
Singaporeans in Imperial. This year, the music team consists of 26 talented individuals with
instruments ranging from the cello to the trumpet, and we even have a fellow Singaporean from the neighbouring Royal College of Music who was a part of the production as well.

The score included in this Time Capsule is the Curtain Call, a medley of all of the songs produced this year. Interestingly, the composer, Maurice Ng (Aeronautical Engineering Class of 2019), wrote 35 figures in the score, along with the Birthday Song chord progression, in celebration of our 35th Anniversary.

8. T-shirt and Logo of Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young

Every year, the Major Event T-shirt is given free-of- charge to all participants and contributors to Major Event. This year’s logo was inspired by the mathematical symbol for infinity, and the shirt also features our special 35th Anniversary logo at the front of the shirt.

9. T-shirt and Logo of Sojourn 2017: Voyagers
Sojourn, which means a temporary stay, is our annual freshman orientation camp held in August every year. This orientation camp provides an opportunity for the freshers to get to know their peers and seniors before embarking on their overseas education journey.
The Sojourn 2017 shirt features our logo and theme for the year: Voyagers. It symbolised the start of a new journey that freshers will embark on as they head to London. Sojourn 2017 was held as a 3D2N camp at Aloha Changi and featured a bright sunny day of beach games at Sentosa and an amazing race that took us to all corners of Singapore. As part of tradition, the Sojourn shirt comes in 2 colours, with the seniors in black and the freshers in white.

 

10: Message from ICSS 2018 to ICSS 2033
It is in our hopes that with this Time Capsule, we will be able to capture the little bits and pieces of life in Imperial as a Singaporean in 2018. Perhaps through this initiative we will all be able to gain insight as to what has remained the same about our lives even though we are 15 years apart, and more importantly, what significant changes have occurred in the years between us.

35th Anniversary Group Photo

We wish all past, present and future members of the Imperial College Singapore Society (ICSS) a happy 35th anniversary! ICSS will always be our home away from home!

Photos by: Ang Ter Shien and Lim Yu Jie
(view the full album here)

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018

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Our annual Chinese New Year Dinner was held in conjunction with our 35th Anniversary Celebrations on the 7th Feb 2018. 120 members gathered at Dragon Castle Restaurant for a night of festivities and we hope all of you enjoyed yourselves!

We started the event off with Lou Hei, also known as Prosperity Toss, with loud shouts of ‘huat ah’ to usher in a prosperous New Year.

The sumptuous 10-course dinner certainly got us really excited, and brought us a step closer to home with tastes of Singaporean Chinese cuisine.

And of course, how can we celebrate Chinese New Year without karaoke! Through entertaining rounds of ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’ 不要忘记歌词喔, we discovered various ‘talents’ within ICSS.

We were also graced with the appearance of our very own Feng Shui “Master”, Wong Shifu to deliver an comedic presentation of the Chinese Zodiac fortune predictions.

Once again, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year! 祝大家狗年吉祥, 旺狗贺岁, 狗年行大运!

–Hua Chong and Huang Guan, Events Officers (35th Exco)
Photos by: Ivan Tee, Nathanael Tan, Ang Tershien and Lim Yu Jie
(view the full album here)

Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young – Event Details

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Imperial College Singapore Society warmly invites you to join us at our annual musical production, Major Event 2018: The Infinite Wallace Young!

Synopsis: They say fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, but what happens when the two collide? The decidedly non-heroic Wallace Young is about to find out. Chosen by an eccentric Narrator as a Protagonist, Wallace is immediately whisked off on a series of adventures. However, along the way, he begins to realise that he, along with every Singaporean in the multiverse, is being held hostage to the Narrator’s wacky – and sometimes cruel – desires. So begins his real quest, as he gathers the people to revolt against the Narrator’s tyranny and give Singaporeans back the freedom to write their own stories. Follow Wallace on his journey to explore a tale of individualism, determination, and what it truly means to be Singaporean.

Details are as follows:
Date: 24 February 2018 (Friday)
Time: 1900 – 2130
Venue: Imperial College London, Great Hall 
Price: £9 (Early Bird) / £10 (Regular)

Ticketswww.tinyurl.com/ME2018tickets
You may also approach any Major Event 2018 team member for tickets

*Each ticket entitles you to a chance at winning our lucky draw prize:
1 x Economy Class Return Ticket from London to Singapore proudly sponsored by Singapore Airlines

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This event is proudly sponsored by Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU), Singapore AirlinesShopee, Biju and Singapore Tourism Board.

 

 

ICSS Ski Trip 2017

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We have just concluded the 2017 calendar of events with our annual ICSS Ski Trip from 16 Dec to 23 Dec 2017 at Tignes, France. The weather was amazing, and the huge variety of slopes kept us longing for more skiing / snowboarding time even after 6 days of adrenaline rush and intensive cardio!

We hope that everyone on this trip has enjoyed the slopes, the beautiful snowy scenery and the company. Thank you for all your support on this trip and for making it a success!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and all the best to those having January exams!