Tembusu is home to a large number of student-run interest groups. Students can join any of the existing groups; and if they are interested in something else, they are encouraged to form their own groups. Whenever they submit a successful proposal, the College provides seed funding that is administered through the student government.
A wide range of interest groups caters to a diverse student body. College residents who are inclined towards sports can join groups involved in floorball, ultimate frisbee, football, badminton and even night cycling. For those who have interests in music and the performing arts, there are also a number of groups, including a K-Pop dance troupe, our very own award-winning acapella group, the Tembusu Treblemakers, and a theatre company, Broadway @ Tembusu who performed the hit musical Grease at the Drama Centre in January 2013.
Agents of Change @ Tembusu seeks to create a culture of community service within the college and has successfully implemented a number of projects including a charity concert and a series of events aimed at raising awareness of people with special needs.
Here is a complete list of the interest groups in Tembusu:
Ukulele Beats @ Tembusu
It is a myth that the ukulele is a solo instrument, and an even bigger one that ukulele players are solitary. Our group aims to bring together people who share a love for the sound of the instrument, want to meet up, exchange tips, practise together, share scores, and perhaps even come together to perform. We believe that everyone can play the ukulele, regardless of whether you have a background in music or not!
As street dance is a medium with a legacy of expressing the vibrancy of daily life whilst questioning the environment in which we live, T-Crew — Tembusu's very own street dance crew — hopes to ignite the spirit of exploration, of thinking the everyday through movement, through our very own bodies. Nobody is born a dancer, and it takes diligence, passion and sheer determination to conquer those dance moves that look oh-so-cool! Join us as we sweat our way to the land of swaggg!
If you love performing, want to sing to crowds of people, have imagined yourself rocking-out in front of thousands, or spend evenings serenading your curtain in the shower, perhaps the Tembusu Treblemakers is for you. This group has been set up for everyone who has an interest in music, wants to make music, wants to be around music — and since our primary medium of communication is voice, we have chosen to focus on acapella singing and performance.
Our group provides a space for members who are passionate about this highly-versatile stringed instrument to share their enthusiasm, perform together with like-minded people, and just hangout. The ensemble explores varying shades and tonalities of music, and boasts a wide repertoire ranging from classical works to pop, jazz and popular contemporary pieces.
The Verse brings together a collective group of writers in Tembusu who are passionate about writing and sharing their experiences through this beautiful art. We do not simply appeal to people who are gifted — we, instead, call out to those who simply want to hone this skill and find a community who will journey together with them. The Verse will bring you opportunities to write, to read, to be heard. We will also try our best to bring you inspirational writers who will share their thoughts and skills with you. Forget anxiety, fear and feelings of inadequacy. Here, we dream big.
Through the enjoyment & appreciation of film — a lens through which we may attempt to understand our world and more importantly ourselves better — we at Filmbusu hope to open ourselves to the world through the magic of moving pictures.
Yarn and Glue
Yarn & Glue is Tembusu's arts & crafts interest group. Join us for lots of crafting madness — we gather together for all manners of making, including handlettering, crocheting, embroidery and bookbinding. And we're open to most, any, all, your suggestions!
Tembudoodles was born after a particularly boring day in class. Our pens moved effortlessly across our notes and before we knew it, a doodle was borne! We then thought, "hey, why not band together fellow doodlers to form a super Doodle group?" Thus, Tembudoodles was formed. And, in this whimsical — somewhat magical — way, we sketched ourselves into being.
For the recreational / semi-competitive playing of Ultimate Frisbee.
We hope to gather sporty, like-minded individuals who like playing frisbee to do just what they love, keep fit, and enjoy a healthy dose of competition every now and then. And, most importantly, bond through sport!
A highly informal group for football fans in Tembusu to interact with one another. Activities include live screenings, recreational kickabouts, and sharing of football news/stories/gossip (basically just football talk).
Tembusu Night Cycling Society
Our society organises themed rides — around notions such as heritage, food, and famous trails, amongst others — to open new registers of experiencing Singapore in students, both local and those with us on exchange programmes.
Taking advantage of the fact that we have a Multi-Purpose Hall with a perfect surface for the sport of floorball, this club was one of the first to form in Tembusu. And since then, it has grown from a gathering of like-minded enthusiasts to a lifestyle in the college.
We are a group of rollerbladers who skate around Utown, occasionally having excursions to popular spots around Singapore in search of nice sights and good food. Join us as we cruise along on 8 wheels and we'll promise you a good workout as well! Rental is free of charge, with the option of knee, elbow, and wrist guards.
Tembusu Table Tennis
This club was formed as a response to the interest of Tembusians in playing table tennis. Through a shared love of the sport, this group hopes to foster a spirit of collaboration and community. While competition and hard training fosters talent, the club never forgets that it is enjoyment of the game that first and foremost brought everyone together.
The tennis spirit is buzzing around with the WTA finals coming down to our red dot for the next five years, so why not have a go at the sport. No racquet? No worries we have Tembusu-owned racquets acquired specially for you, so we'd like to encourage all players experienced and beginner alike join us. For the beginners we will teach you how to play as well as give you drills to improve your stroke and your game. So if you're interested do join our "Tembu Tennis" Facebook page for updates on tennis sessions!
Bolt & Pace
What better way to see an island than on foot? Join us as we traverse the space in which we live while having a work out — after all, there is absolutely no reason one cannot get in shape while enjoying a view.
The Tembusu Shuttlers aims to provide a platform for fellow badminton enthusiasts in Tembusu College to gather, recognise each others' potential, and refine our skills as a team. Ranging from beginners to more advanced players, our team aims to grow together — not just as players but also as part of a community through badminton.
Stretch & Tone
We hold weekly beginners Pilates session taught by a wonderful external instructor. Looking for a full-body fitness program that builds core strength, improves posture and increases flexibility? Pilates is for you! Everyone is welcomed, no prior experience required!
A game of teamwork, deftness, and reflexes, all beautifully blended in the spirit of fun, intensity, and sportsmanship. We train hard, play hard, have friendly games with other colleges regularly, and all in all, we are a group of fun-loving trailblazers who are always looking to improve ourselves with enriching experience!
For all of you Tony Hawk wannabes
A group for basketball lovers in Tembusu. Yes, you can play basketball just by yourself but it is better to have friends than go it alone. Share the work, share the love. We love basketball.
tMentors is a one-to-one mentoring programme for students from New Town Secondary School who are struggling with their studies, either because of financial difficulties or issues of motivation. Beyond mentoring them in their curriculum, we also engage them through sports, games, and interactive activities — with the aim of both building their confidence, and developing soft-skills that will be useful to them in other areas of their lives.
Our project aims to reduce poverty in Cambodia, whilst also highlighting the state of poverty in many communities in South East Asia. We are currently working towards introducing and installing a hydroponics system in the community. We are also partners with two organisations in Siem Reap: Touch a Life, a soup kitchen which provides healthy meals for underprivileged children; and Journey of Grace, a school which provides English lessons for underprivileged children on weekdays.
Under the Youth Expedition Project Framework of the National Youth Council, a group of Tembusians travel to Roslin Orphanage in West Timor every May for two weeks. Besides interacting with the children by teaching English and Music, we also plan on extending our support to a local school in the community. Through this project, we aim to mentor and connect with the children, while at the same time expose ourselves to the culture and environment of West Timor.
Board games are an excellent platform for residents to socialize and make new friends in a casual and comfortable setting. For residents new to this genre of gaming, board games offer a chance to travel to new worlds, role-play a sheriff (or an outlaw!) or even sabotage a secret mission. Our wish is for each resident to leave each session feeling like they had a wonderful time, while gaining a deeper appreciation of various board game mechanics.
Have you ever gazed at the star-filled night sky with awe and wonder?
If you have, that's great! Tembusu Stargazers was conceptualized in the hope of uniting like-minded individuals like us. Even if you haven't seen the most beautiful of skies here in Singapore, so long as you're interested in the possibility of discovering them, you're in the right place! What are you waiting for? Join us for an astronomical journey to the skies!
Hanging out with Jesus
We form a support community of and for believers — and we aim to grow together in the faith through better knowing Jesus.
Offtrek is an ad hoc outdoor recreational group in Tembusu, focusing on trekking in Singapore and in Malaysia to help expose us to more of the outdoors.
Tembusu Debate Society
Since ideas are sharpened through constant sparring, debate is an integral part of a college experience. With this in mind, the Tembusu Debate Club has — in collaboration with the University Scholars Programme — been organising an inter-college debate series. Since its advent, the series has grown to include teams from Yale-NUS College, and the College of Alice & Peter Tan.
More details about the College Students' Committee (CSC) and interest groups can be found at the CSC website.
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