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Marie Curie
House Mascot: Wolf
House Tutors: Goh Kong Yong (Senior), Diana Barron, Phua Dong Haur, Gerald Tan, Yu Hai Yang

Marie Curie’s works were revolutionary—the discovery of radioactivity forever changed our perception of life. In rogue hands it had borne us nuclear weapons; in clinicians’ hands it had borne us powerful diagnostic tools.

No less revolutionary was Marie Curie’s life.

The patriot returned to Poland during the World War 1 and personally drove x-ray equipped ambulances to the front lines, ensured that her France-raised children knew their native language and had seen their native land, and dedicated naming one of her discovered elements, Polonium, after her native country.

Her hunger for excellence undergirded her pioneering spirit, where, disregarding social norms against female education, she worked her way to a place in Sorbonne, France, and ultimately became the first female Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences in Sorbonne. Her intrigue in radioactivity was not mere fascination but extended to a pursuit of greater understanding of the works of physicists Roentgen and Becquerel.

Hence, in piety, pursue. Piety, because she had a dogged appreciation for her homeland, and an unwavering focus on individual excellence societal contribution regardless of fame or tribulation. Pursue, because in all her life she knew she had a potential she had yet fulfilled.

And so we shall. As she remained true to those who mattered, and true to herself; as she challenged herself all her life—so we must, in piety, pursue.

Which creature more fitting to portray Marie Curie’s traits, than a wolf? They are pious towards their pack, and grace every challenge.

With that, our house has decided to honour Marie Curie with a wolf as our house mascot, and yellow, in remembrance of her great contribution to radioactivity, as our house colour.

 

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Alexander Fleming
House Mascot : Otter
House Tutors: Endean Tan (Senior), Claire Canning, Chen De Quan, Chong Yaw Khian, Lambert Low, Song Weihua
Sir Alexander Fleming is best known for his discovery of penicillin in 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945. His discovery heralded the dawn of the antibiotic age, forever changing the face of modern medicine. The Alexander Fleming House chose the otter as our House Mascot, and green as our official colour, in the hopes of embodying the virtues of this incredible role model.
The otter is curious, resourceful and adaptable.  They have been known to live in a variety of habitats, and are well-known for using tools such as rocks to open shellfish. These are qualities surely seen in the story behind penicillin. While others may have very easily discarded the mouldy petri dishes, Fleming instead took it and discovered something great. In the same way, we as a house hope to emulate this sense of discovery that Fleming had.
The otter is shy and humble. By one biographer’s account, Fleming was given 25 honorary degrees, 26 medals, 18 prizes, 13 decorations, the freedom of 15 cities and boroughs, and honorary membership in 89 academies and societies. Yet in the midst of his fame and honours Fleming remained modest, and chose not to patent penicillin, hoping that this would help to develop the product as a cheap and effective drug.
Lastly, the otter is also associated with joy and playfulness, and are social creatures that live in large communities. Above all, we chose the otter as these values represent our vision for the house. As a house, we aspire to create an environment of support away from the academic rigours of school, where above all we are able to unwind and enjoy our lives as students.
The colour green has always been associated with balance, health and life. More importantly, it is the colour of spring, nature, and represents growth and newness. We believe that this aptly symbolizes the incredible achievement of Sir Alexander Fleming in the discovery of penicillin, and how his discovery has grown and opened the world to the new field of antibiotics.

 


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Lim Boon Keng
House Mascot: Horse
House Tutors: Lawrence Quek (Senior), Kevin Pethe, Katie Powell, Nandini Rao, Vivian Siu
Lim Boon Keng was a man known for his servant leadership; he pioneered change through social and educational reforms in the early 1900s, empowering Straits Chinese women through education. Similarly, the horse has for centuries served man as a form of transport and a comrade in war, and we want to be inspired by its humility, loyalty and industriousness.
In both Eastern and Western culture, the horse is associated with strength, nobility and steadfastness. The French word for horse is "cheval", and it is the root word for Chivalry. So it is that Lim Boon Keng House strives to be trustworthy and honorable. While the stallion is prized for its speed and power, it is its elegance that we wish to emulate. Just like the horse, we emerge from adversity gracefully and with composure, ready to forge ahead.
In the modern age of domesticated horses, horse lovers will tell you that they are sensitive, knowing creatures, responsive to the moods and nuances of its rider. It is our hope that as future clinicians we will be as gentle and wise in caring for our patients as a mare to her foal.
We chose blue as our house colour because it is associated with intelligence and strength. Not an unbridled, wrathful display of power, but a calm assurance of inner fortitude. While on our journey to become doctors, the colour blue reminds us to cultivate a habit of contemplation as we seek to provide the best care to our future patients. With inner strength, we can then be resilient as a House, come what may.
 

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William Osler
House Mascot: Deer
House Tutors: Mary Wong (Senior), Ho Eu Chin, Ho New Fei, Jason Maroothynaden, Yung Chee Fu
Our choice of the deer embodies the magnificence of the stag and the gentleness of the doe. William Osler was a firm believer in having a balance between books and men. He recognised that the medical student should be able to sit still and focus on gaining knowledge, while also acknowledging the importance of student life and social circles that goes beyond out studies. In the same way, we want our house to exceed in and out of the classroom, being a house that we are proud of, while at the same time provide the family of support that we need throughout our rigorous medical education.
Unlike other horned creatures such as the antelope, most species of deers shed their antlers every year. Similarly, we know that we need to keep up with the times, as Osler stressed upon multiple times, keeping up to date in terms of knowledge as well as in our thinking.
We chose burgundy as our colour for our house as it is associated closely with controlled power, determined ambition and Dignity, qualities that we would like associated with our house. Furthermore, burgundy is famous for its pinot noir and chardonnay wine varieties, and they believe firmly in the concept of terroir, which, loosely translated refers to the combination of soil, climate, aspect to the sun and geography being fundamental, defining influences on a finished wine. In the same way, we acknowledge that there are many things needed to be good doctors, and are dedicated to diligently working on these components, eventually graduating as doctors you and I would like caring for us.
 

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Wu Lien-Teh
House Mascot: Phoenix
House Tutors: Jeeve Kanagalingam (Senior), Alice Lo, Lee Oh Chong Leng, Lynda Puthucheary, Preman Rajalimgam
The phoenix was chosen as our house animal because it represents the element of fire, which ties in very closely with Dr Wu's belief in the use of cremation to stop the spread of the plague at all cost. His never-dampening resolve and strength of will as demonstrated in his fight against the plague lives on to this very day in all healthcare professionals, and is represented by the eternal flame of the phoenix. Lastly, the whole idea of rising from the ashes represents our belief that our house will always grow in adversity and stand up stronger wherever we may fall.
The main reason why we chose black for WLT is because black represents ash, which is where the Phoenix (our house animal) undergoes its rebirth when it is struck down. It also ties in with the modus operandi of Dr Wu Lien Teh, which was cremation of the bodies of people who have passed on from the plague.