Hyde Park Picnic 2017

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This year’s annual Hyde Park Picnic was held on a pleasant Saturday afternoon (14th Oct 2017). Thank you to all who came down to spend their precious weekend with ICSS! :) We hope that everyone had enjoyed themselves whether they were playing sports, card games or simply catching up with their friends. Not only were we blessed with amazing autumn colours, we also had delicious homemade sandwiches to share!

Lastly, as your hectic schedules start to kick in, don’t forget to relax and take a breather once in a while! In the meantime, all the best  for the new term and see y’all around soon :) Do also look forward to our exciting singsoc events in winter!

– Carys Hor, Sports Officer (35th Exco)
Photos by: Chan Bingjie, Ivan Tee, Nathanael Tan, Tricia Teo and Lim Yu Jie
(view the full album here)

Freshers’ Move-In Day!

Hey Freshers! Welcome to London and Imperial College, your home for the next three to four years!

30th Sep 2017 (Saturday) was a busy day for most of you as you breezed through the buzz of Freshers’ Move-In Day.

Some of you arrived at London Heathrow Airport early in the morning and hopped onto our very own Airport Pick Up service that took you directly to your halls to settle in.

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For the most of you, our Singaporean seniors from various halls brought you around the vicinity during Hall Walkabout to explore and get all your move-in essentials. Look at all the barang-barang in your hands! And for those who have ordered your Duvets with us, you should have collected them in preparation for the chilly London nights.

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Have a good night’s rest and all the best your your studies here!

Congratulations to ICAAS on its 40th Anniversary

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The Imperial College Alumni Association of Singapore (ICAAS) celebrated its 40th Anniversary on 4th September 2017 with a Gala Dinner at the Fullerton Hotel.

40 of our current students attended the dinner which was graced by DPM Teo Chee Hean, who himself is an alumni of Imperial College London and ICAAS Patron.

We would like to express our heartiest congratulations to ICAAS on its 40th Anniversary!

We thank ICAAS and ICAAS President, Mr Jayson Goh, for giving our talented students the opportunity and privilege to perform at this special occasion. Two songs – “I Wanna Be Someone” & “You’ll Be Mine” – originally composed for our recent annual production, Major Event 2017: GETAI, was performed.

“I Wanna Be Someone”
Written and Arranged by: Liu Shijia (Year 4) & Jia Le Lim (Class of 2017)
Performed by: Jia Le, Maurice Ng (Year 3), Yi Sheng Koh (Class of 2017), Rasika Kale (Year 2) & Lim Hua Chong (Year 2)

“You’ll Be Mine”
Written by: Trina Ng (Year 2), Johnny Yeung (Year 3) & Maurice
Arranged by: Maurice
Performed by: Maurice, Tan Hui Yee (Year 3), Douglas Chan (Year 2), Titus Ong (Year 2), Yi Sheng, Rasika & Hua Chong

Once again we would like to wish ICAAS a very happy 40th Anniversary!

UKBound 2017

UKBound 2017 was successfully concluded on the 2nd of September (Saturday), where over 250 students who are heading to over 20 United Kingdom Universities gathered on Stewords Riverboat. It was a wonderful night of mingling and participants thoroughly enjoyed the various bonding activities.

This year’s UKBound was revamped and evolved from a pageant format to a gala party event. The event was a platform for participants to mingle and forge new friendships before heading off to their various universities. Each deck of the riverboat flaunted a different flavour and diverse styles of activates were held.

On the Main Deck, participants enjoyed a scrumptious buffet spread. It was also a deck for chilling and some intense board games!

Above on the Upper Deck, stage programmes were hosted where participants took part in pub quizzes which introduced UK culture, as well as interesting facts and tips for freshers to look forward to during their time abroad.

Imperial College student band ‘+65’ and University of Exeter student pair ‘Pred Ferry’ also put up wonderful performances and brought great vibes and music to the audience.

A highlight of the event was the lucky draw with amazing prizes proudly sponsored by Mapletree Investments and Sudio Sweden. Congratulations to all lucky draw winners!

On the highest deck, the open-air Bridge Deck was full of life as DJ Tanzo rocked the deck with heart pumping beats and participants socialised, grabbed a drink with friends or partied to their hearts’ content.

We hope everyone enjoyed their night at UKBound 2017 and that the new friendships forged will carry on even as everyone settle into their respective universities in the UK.

Acknowledgements

Our Event Officers, Hua Chong and Huang Guan, together with the rest of the 35th Exco, would like to thank Gerald Lim, Timothy Low, Titus Ong, Kian Chong, Jeremy Eu and Douglas Chan from ‘+65’ and Kevin Ngo and Andrew Chan from ‘Pred Ferry’ for their time and effort in putting up their amazing performances.

We would also like to thank our Society Partner: Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) and Event Sponsors: Singapore Pools, Mapletree Investments and Sudio Sweden for sponsoring this event.

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– Hua Chong & Huang Guan, Events Officers (35th Exco)
Photos by: Stewords Riverboat (view the full album here)

Warwick Summer Games 2017

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This year’s annual Warwick Summer Games was held on 26th August at Republic Polytechnic. ICSS sent in strong teams to compete in Captain’s Ball, Floorball, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Bridge and Monopoly Deal. We hope that everyone had enjoyed themselves amidst the friendly yet intensive competition! :) We are proud to say that all our participants put up a good fight, winning the Gold in Floorball and Bronze in Captain’s Ball

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The Floorball team with their Gold Medals at WSG 2017

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The Captain’s Ball team with their Bronze Medals at WSG 2017

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
– Jesse Owens

No matter the result, it’s always the experience that counts and we believe that everyone had gained invaluable experiences and forged stronger friendships.

A really big THANK YOU to all participants for giving your all!! This year’s WSG experience would not have possible without your hard work and dedication :)

Of course, our ICSS sporting scene does not end here — respective sports sessions will still be held throughout the year whether in Singapore or in London so continue to keep fit & look forward to Notts Winter Games at the end of the year :) In the meantime, have a good rest everyone and hope to see you around soon! :)

We thank Warwick SingSoc for organising this annual sports games for Singaporeans going to UK Universities.

- Carys Hor, Sports Officer (35th Exco)
Photos by: Carys Hor, Celine Mark, Ivan Tee, Jacelyn See, Tricia Teo and Lim Yu Jie
(view the full album here)

Sojourn 2017 – Voyagers

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We recently concluded our Freshmen Orientation Camp, Sojourn 2017: Voyagers! This camp, which ran from 18th to 20th August 2017, brought together over 150 ICSS members from across the batches for a weekend of fun in the sun. Sojourn’s main emphasis was to forge meaningful friendships amongst the freshers and with the seniors so as to better prepare themselves for life in London.

This year’s theme was Voyagers: Tales of the Legendary Land of Donlon. It is said that the mystical island, Donlon, holds the key to end all suffering. In the span of just three days, the brave freshers-turned-voyagers from six Orientation Groups (OGs) embarked on the voyage of their lifetime in search of Donlon.

Day 1:

After a series of ice-breakers, the voyagers started their search through the blazing sandstorms on Sentosa as they fought it out through a series of Beach Games.

After an intense day at Sentosa, the voyagers completed some Night Games and seeked refuge in the caves of Aloha Changi .

Day 2:

The voyagers travelled through the “continents” of Singapore, solving clues, hitting checkpoints and carrying out bonus tasks during an Amazing Race – “The Race to Donlon“.

The day ended with a Campfire Night where the voyagers showcased their different talents.

Day 3:

The paths of all six OGs crossed again as they battle it out through several War Games conducted beside the unforgiving seas of Changi.

At the end of the three days, all six OGs fought hard and arrived at the fictitious land of Donlon. Through the friendly games and interactions, our voyagers made many new friends and prepared themselves well for the real journey of their lifetime – studying abroad at Imperial College London.

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Acknowledgements

Our Event Officers, Hua Chong and Huang Guan, together with the rest of the 35th Exco, would like express our huge thanks to all our OGLs for all the effort that you have put in and thank you freshers for being super enthusiastic and sporting throughout the camp!

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In addition, we would like to give a shout-out to these very important groups of people, without which Sojourn 2017 would not have been possible! To our OGHs Red Elmo RachelBlue Dory JoejynYellow Spongebob Guan Ming, Green Yoda NicoleBlack Pearl-yn and Pink Pony Vishnu, you guys are the gel that keeps your OGs going strong so keep it up! To our Game ICs Christine, Shao Kai, Alvin, Ram, Michael, Wei Jian, Kimberly and Marvin, thanks for making sure our freshers and seniors had so much fun taking part in all the games during Sojourn! Lastly, thank you to all our committees – Ninjas, Gamemasters and Media and Pubs - for all the hard work you did to ensure the camp ran smoothly!

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We would also like to thank our Society Partner: Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) and Event Sponsor: Singapore Pools for sponsoring this camp.

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We hope all of you have thoroughly enjoyed yourselves at Sojourn 2017! Sojourn is simply the start of your SingSoc journey so do stay excited for all our upcoming events!

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– Hua Chong & Huang Guan, Events Officers (35th Exco)
Photos by: Aaron Lau, Collin Wan, Douglas Chan, Ivan Tee, Jace Tan, Joel Yeow, Lim Kai Liang, Lim Yu Jie, Mark Gee, Nathanael Tan, Tricia Teo, Vivian Feng & Yinghao
(view more photos in the following albums: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3)

UKBound 2017 – Event Details

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UKBound is an annual inter-university event organised by the Imperial College Singapore Society, primarily for Singaporean students heading to the UK for their studies.

This year, UKBound will be a gala party event; a night of mingling and bonding, complete with buffet-style dinner, lucky draw and filled with games and performances to facilitate friendly interaction between different UK universities. Come September 2017, UKBound will be held at a unique venue and is all set to rock your world. Come Celebrate your last few weeks in Singapore with old and newly-forged friendships – it’s BOUND to be a blast!

Details are as follows:
Date: 2 September 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 1900 – 2300
Venue: Stewords Riverboat (Visit http://riverboat.com.sg/tour/ for Virtual Tour)
Address: 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Berth 1, Marina South Pier, Singapore 018988
Attire: Smart Casual
Price: $30 (Early Bird, first 100) / $33 (Regular)
*Ticket includes an additional standard drink from the bar (worth $10) and dinner!

FOR TICKETS: www.tinyurl.com/ukb2017

This event is proudly sponsored by Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU), Singapore PoolsMapletree and Sudio.

Edit:
UPDATE at 16/08/17, 22:23hrs (Singapore time)
Early Bird tickets are all SOLD OUT!
Don’t worry if you can’t get the early bird tickets, you may still purchase regular priced tickets at $33 from www.tinyurl.com/ukb2017

Pre-Departure Talk 2017

Our annual Pre-Departure Talk concluded successfully on Sunday, 16th July 2017, with an amazing turnout of more than 150 guests.

As the very first event held in Singapore for the incoming batch of freshers, our Pre-Departure talk signifies the beginning of a new chapter in Imperial College Singapore Society’s book of life, and the start of an exciting journey for all freshers. This is where all freshers first meet their future course mates and seniors – people whom they will soon grow to know as their second family.

Preparations for the event began early and excited seniors arrived prior to the start of registration to welcome all freshers.

Soon, freshers and their parents slowly but steadily trickled in. Freshers were greeted with goodie bags containing useful items such as files, notebooks, pens and UK SIM cards kindly provided by our event sponsors!

The event began promptly and members of the 35th Executive Committee took turns to engage the audience on a range of topics from pre-departure administrative matters to upcoming events and initiatives. We aimed to address all the concerns the audience had and at the same time, hype the freshers up for the string of events planned for them this summer and beyond! Hopefully the freshers are better prepared for the London weather after listening to all our cold jokes!

The freshers were soon split into their individual courses for a more casual course mingling session! Friendly academic reps and course seniors helped to address any queries the freshers had. Through personal stories, the seniors provided freshers with a better picture of what to expect over at London.

Parents also took the time to clear their doubts with regards to pre-departure matters and life in London. We hope all parents feel more reassured following our sharing!

A delightful spread of refreshments was available for all to enjoy as they continued their lively conversations.

The 35th Executive Committee was heartened to see freshers and parents leave the event venue feeling more informed and reassured. We would like to thank all parents and freshers for making time to attend our Pre-Departure Talk. We would also like to thank all seniors, especially all academic reps, for volunteering your time and for helping to make the event a success. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Furama RiverfrontThe Singapore Public Service, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore-Industry Scholarship, Signarama and giffgaff without whom our event would not have been possible.

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Sponsors

We hope the event has been beneficial for all freshers and parents and we look forward to seeing all freshers at our upcoming events, the first of which is Sojourn 2017: Voyagers, our Freshers Orientation Camp!

-Tricia Teo, Secretary (35th Exco)
Photos by: Lim Yu Jie (view the full album here)

SingSoc Farewell Party 2017

SingSoc Farewell Party (SFP) 2017 is an annual event organised for our graduating seniors.

sfp2017-73This year’s SFP was held on the 26th of May. It was a great opportunity for our seniors to reminisce about the friendships and hardships they went through in the past three to four years at Imperial College London. It was also an event for juniors to show appreciation to our seniors. The event, which was sponsored by our society’s Gold Sponsor: Singapore Economic Development Board – EDB, saw over 130 members from all batches gathering for an evening of food, games, performances and friendship.

I’m only 6747 miles away from you,
so don’t forget me,
your home away from home
will be right here for you.

This year’s SFP also saw a heart warming performance which can be viewed here. “6747“, the distance in miles to Singapore from London, is a song written by Tham Wan Qing, our 33rd ICSS President and arranged by Maurice Ng, Year 2 Aeronautical Engineering student. Wan Qing will be graduating this year and she wrote this song with emotions of love, happiness, gratitude and sadness. The touching yet celebratory song about friendship recalls her memories of the past three years with the Singaporean community at Imperial College. The song was performed by Daren Sin (Year 4), Wong Siow Pin (Year 3), Maurice Ng (Year 2), Tan Yuan Rong (Year 2) and Douglas Chan (Year 1).

We hope everyone enjoyed the performances, games and programme at SFP 2017! To our graduating seniors, all the best in your future endeavours and we hope you’ll always remember ICSS as a home away from home!

Photos by: Aaron Lau & Lim Yu Jie; Video by: Rasika Kale (view the full album here)