Interest Groups

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 College Students' Committee.

Arts

Ukulele Beats

Here at Ukulele Beats, our passion for this fun-sized instrument unites us. We welcome everyone - from absolute beginners with no musical background to people who wow us endlessly with their fingerpicking skills - as long as you have an interest. Sometimes we do performances, sometimes we jam a few songs, and sometimes we just chill together. It's really more like a group of friends who happen to adore the same instrument.


T-Crew

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!


Treblemakers

The Tembusu Treblemakers are a group of wacky people who make good music solely with their mouths. To be clear, we were the Treblemakers before Pitch Perfect. And no, we are not troublemakers. How can people with such angelic voices be troublemakers, right? During practice, you are wont to see (or hear) a bunch of focused people struggling to find that perfect melodic blend of music. After practice though, is where the real party begins. We love to jam to the latest radio hits, spicing them up with some treble flavor.


tGuitar

tGuitar is an informal platform where guitarists and aspiring guitarists are able to connect and learn from each other. Members are able to network with other members and may choose to perform on an ad hoc basis. Above all, we’d love it for our members to enjoy themselves!


Yarn and Doodles

Yarn & Doodles is borne out of the dual and complimentary passions of the visual arts and hands-on crafts. It is a biweekly interest group where your nimble fingers and tingly creative senses will be put to good use. We are constantly searching for new and attractive projects to share with the college community, in which people from all backgrounds can come together to enjoy the act of creating. We have featured projects like dip dyeing, handlettering, crocheting, and watercolours. Yarn & Doodles ultimately aims to present creative pursuits as being entirely accessible, and encourages anyone to share their interests with an audience through our easygoing sessions.


Transposition

Transposition consists of classical instrumentalists who share a passion for making music. Started in 2014, the ensemble plays an integral role in bringing classical music to Tembusu students, especially by the performance of pop pieces like Uptown funk, or movie music like the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, ensuring receptivity. Transposition is proud to be the organiser of the bi-annual Tembusu Classical Music Night, which allows for musicians of Tembusu to showcase their musical talents to the rest of the college .


Filmbusu

Be it anger, heartbreak, celebration or awe, the folks at Filmbusu firmly believe there is always a film out there to channel any emotion. Films don't simply appear on a screen for 2 hours and disappear. The good ones at least, stay etched in our minds forever, in any form. Our no holds barred selection helps us to promote a culture of film exposure and appreciation. Every week is framed distinctly, ensuring that Tembusians are exposed to a diverse range of films. We hold teas and local director forums and are looking out for opportunities to constantly evolve.


Performing Arts Council (PAC)

The Tembusu Performing Arts Council (PAC) is a sub-committee under the Tembusu College Students’ Committee (CSC). We are a team of individuals who love the performing arts, and seek to bring together our experiences to continually reinvent and invigorate the performing arts scene in the college. We aim to foster a culture of sharing and learning, by connecting passionate talents, as well as offering new opportunities to all who are willing to explore. Our responsibilities include providing technical support for events and maintaining our music studio – the Abbey. Our initiatives includes, Connecting Awesome Talents, Dining Hall Experience and the Crash Course Series, among others.


Slate

Slate is a theatrical collective comprised of individuals that wish to not only appreciate it with like minded peers but provide an avenue for those interested to find out more.


Curios Magazine

Curios Magazine is a thematic collection of essays, poetry, short stories, photography and illustrations, created and curated by our very own community in Tembusu. We feature works from the perspective of the Tembusu community that are interwoven into a critical and intimate examination of society, community and human experiences. Written and assembled by the people of Tembusu, Curios is intended to encourage our community to think, reflect and contribute to the Tembusu thought collective.


Tembusu Debate Society

The Tembusu Debate Society fosters intellectual engagement among students through discussing current controversies and questions for the College, Singapore, Asia and at a global level across different platforms. Over the years, the guest panel discussion series, the Elephant in the Room, has supported the debate of issues such as freedom or speech and non-heterosexual rights. In previous years, the Debate Society has supported intellectual engagement across different Colleges in UTown and beyond through being a key organizer of a debate competition, the University Town Intercollegiate Provost's Challenge Shield. The Debate Society conducts regular, professional training in debating skills and techniques, according to the British and Asian Parliamentary formats.

Sports

Tembusu Barefoots

Barefoots is Tembusu College's very own ultimate frisbee group. We welcome anyone to join us in our trainings regardless of your experience in ultimate. If you have never played ultimate before, there's no better time to pick it up than now! The Town Green where we have our trainings is right outside your doorstep! While we are in essence a recreational interest group, we have participated and achieved honours in various local tournaments organised by the universities. If you want to step up your ultimate game or are just looking to get your feet wet in the sport, Barefoots is for you.


Tembusu FC

We're the interest group for all football fans in Tembusu to interact with one another! Activities include live screenings, recreational kickabouts, and sharing of football news/stories! We also compete during Tembusu House Games, and represent our dear college during Inter-College Games! So what are you waiting for?


Tembusu Floorball

Floorball is a fast paced and exciting sport played indoors with floorball sticks and a ball. The sport is easy to pick up and equipment will be provided. If you are looking to have fun and make like-minded friends, come down for our IG sessions at the Tembusu MPH on Tuesdays 10pm to 12pm. No prior experience is required!


Tembusu Bladers

We are a group of enthusiastic rollerbladers who skate for leisure. Disco night, karaoke night and a game of captains ball; you name it, we have it. On good days, we explore UTown on skates, occasionally organising excursions to popular spots around Singapore in search of photo-worthy 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, so do not worry about having no experience in skating!


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. For everyone interested in playing table tennis casually every week. Inter-College Games held in semester 2 for those wishing to pit their skills against other opponents from our neighbouring RCs.


Tembusu Tennis

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

Bolt and Pace is Tembusu's very own road running group, and this is a group for all kinds of runners! Whether you're looking to get into the habit of running, or seeking to challenge yourself in becoming a speed demon on the road, Bolt and Pace is for you! This is also a good chance for you bond with your friends in college over running! We run twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 PM at Tembusu Drop Off point. See you there!


Tembusu Shuttlers

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

Stretch & Tone is a fitness interest group that uses Pilates matwork, to stretch and tone for a leaner, stronger you! Join us at our weekly sessions for a head-to-toe workout to work on your core muscles, reduce body aches and even burn more calories! Everyone is welcomed and no prior experience is needed. A 10 week course is held each semester, and lessons are taught by an external Pilates instructor.


Tchoukball

Welcome to Tchoukball, a game of teamwork, high-speed, and also great fun! We began our journey in 2014, when Tchoukball became an official sports of Intercollegiate Games. Through hard work and dedication, we claimed the Champion title in ICG 2015, rising over Yale-NUS, CAPT, and USP. Since then, we have kept building our team and training our next generations. We place the highest emphasis on team play and chemistry, and we always welcome newcomers. Come join us for an exciting time on court, and I promise you Tchoukball will get you hooked!


Basketball

Want to showcase your moves on the court? Shoot that sweet-stroking jumper like Steph Curry? Breaking the defender’s ankles ala Kyrie Irving? Channel your inner Durant with deceptive ball fakes? Or are you a one-man wrecking crew like LeBron James? Whatever your playstyle is, you’re welcome to join us to shoot some hoops or break a sweat via pickup games!


Tembusu Captain's Ball

Tembusu Captain’s Ball is a social sport for anyone and everyone. If you're looking for a fun way to keep fit and make new friends, Captain's Ball IG is for you! We welcome anyone and everyone who's interested, freshmen and seniors alike. Our sport is easy to pick up and there's no prior experience required. As long as you can throw and catch a ball, you’re in!We meet 8-10pm every Tuesday at the MPH, so feel free to join us!


tBalls

DODGE DUCK DIP DIVE DODGE That’s the 5 Ds dodgeball players will have. Welcome to tBalls, Tembusu College's homegrown group of dodgeball players! Weekly games will be held at the MPH! Join us for a therapeutic and fun-filled time of throwing and dodging! If you are new to dodgeball, don’t worry! We will be delighted to teach you, so don’t be afraid and come on down with your friends. 


tBoxing

Boxing is one of the most efficient combat sports with a rich history. Through proper body mechanics, you will learn how to utilise punches, footwork, and head movement to be an efficient fighter. Be prepared to experience jump ropes, heavy bag drills, punching mitt drills, physical conditioning, and much more. We provide a safe and fun atmosphere for Tembusians who are interested in learning the sweet science of boxing. Come join us on Thursday evenings at the MPH for a fun and explosive workout!


tCali

tCali is an IG focused on Calisthenics – body weight exercises that you can do anywhere and at any time, with the use of minimal equipment. We meet twice a week for workouts which are always accompanied by good music and great company. Beginners welcome – you know your own limits and how best to push those limits.


tSquash

tSquash was set up in 2014 to increase the diversity of the sports scene in Tembusu and provide a platform for Tembusians to play or try out this amazing sport of Squash. We are the only IG that promises patient and encouraging one-to-one coaching, and even visual aids upon request! Sessions are always fun and interactive while working up a good sweat in a safe and competitive environment!


Tembusu Volleyball

Volleyball is just a really intense version of Don’t-Let-The-Balloon-Touch-The-Floor.” tVolley welcomes all volleyball enthusiasts to come find out for yourselves! We hold biweekly combined training sessions with some of our fellow residential colleges. Whether you are an experienced player or a newbie excited to pick up a challenging new team sport, feel free to talk to us about joining!


T-OWLS: Tembusu On Wheels (Lepak & Supper)

Exploring scenic locations near Tembusu on wheels, our interest group aims to gather cycling enthusiasts to enjoy the cool, night breeze while cruising along on a bicycle. We ride to locations such as West Coast Park, Jurong Lake, Labrador Park, and even Sentosa. Everyone loves supper and we don’t forget to stop at supper places each time. We own a small fleet of bikes and maintain them ourselves. Join us on our rides into the night with great company, scenic views and yummy food!

Community

tFreedom

tFreedom is an LGBTQIA+-affirming community that aims to build a more diverse and inclusive college. We organise events to advocate and educate on matters regarding gender and sexuality, fostering greater awareness and understanding amongst Tembusians on such issues. tFreedom also host private gatherings for LGBTQIA+-identifing members to create a safe space for them to freely express themselves. Ultimately, tFreedom aspires to be the pillar of support for LGBTQIA+ Tembusians while actively engaging with the general college community to promote an inclusive residential environment.


Adestes Fideles

Adeste Fideles is a Catholic community that aims to reach out, share the faith and journey with both Catholics and non-Catholics in Tembusu.


Green T Movement

The Green T Movement is an IG that aims to promote environmental sustainability in Tembusu by providing the infrastructure and small reminders for lifestyle change. Our primary aim is to increase the recycling rates and reduce the electricity and disposal usage amongst Tembusians.


T.A.L.L — (Tembusu Animal Lovers’ League)

Tembusu - Animal Lovers League (T.A.L.L) conducts weekly visit to our beneficiary, Animal Lovers League (A.L.L), an animal farm that caters for dogs, cats, rabbits and some turtles, etc. We are looking forward to you joining us, we don't expect strict commitment, because we believe that helping out on voluntary basis whenever you are free can better enrich our shared experiences. More information on what we do and on how you can join us can be found in our Facebook group link.


Treehouse - Tembusu's Online Student Journal

Treehouse is home to a community of writers who are both curious and committed. We bring together individuals who are excited about exploring issues and ideas, both within and beyond Tembusu College. Through our writing, we seek to make meaning of our observations, experiences, and interests, and are dedicated to the purpose of deepening the landscape of thought in Tembusu College, by inspiring reflection and conversation among our readers.


Urban Gardeners

The Tembusu Urban Gardens Strategic Project was initiated in 2013 to build sustainable urban food gardens within Tembusu College. In an increasingly dense and urban environment, it is important not to lose touch with nature and to appreciate that food production is a time-consuming process that requires effort and lots of patience. Our urban farmers experiment with different farming systems, such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and traditional soil planting. We bond over farm excursions and tending to the garden at Level 3, which we have christened “Tembusu Misty Garden.” We also hold mini-events on farm-related topics and to share our labour of love.

Lifestyle

IG²

IG² provides a fun and supportive environment that allows students to learn various intellectual games such as wei qi and contract bridge in the hopes of establishing a warm vibrant culture of learning. These games both train the minds and allow people to bond together through challenging players mentally while at the same time broadening their skill set and understanding of the different games developed around the world. IG² will focus on unconventional intellectual games and hopes to promote the awareness of these unique games and nurture interest in them for years to come.


Tembusu Tabletops

Tembusu Tabletops was started by a group of students to promote board gaming culture in Tembusu. It provides an avenue for Tembusu students as well as alumni who have an interest in board gaming to meet up and have fun. The weekly sessions with members of the IG helps to build social bonds between the students of the college and also helps to bring people from all walks of
life closer to one another. Cultivating a friendly and intellectual environment, Tabletops helps to build a strong community of like-minded individuals to socialize and make new friends in a casual and comfortable setting, while gaining a deeper appreciation of the various game mechanics.


Tembusu Stargazers

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!


Tembusu Coffee House

Six students, one machine and a united passion to brew a good ol’ cuppa joe. Founded in 2015, Tembusu Coffeehouse is the college’s resident barista team. From conducting coffee appreciation sessions, to regularly providing coffee for college students, Tembusu Coffeehouse believes that all Tembusu residents should get access to good coffee. We meticulously select our coffee beans on the advice of our in-house connoisseur and use the finest brewing techniques to ensure that every cup is delivered with passion, precision and perfection.


tMeditate

tMeditate is a collective of enthusiasts who would like to cultivate the art of meditation. Held thrice weekly in the morning on the ERC Rooftop in UTown, we would form a circle, practice meditation and revel in the first rays of sunlight. Talks from experienced meditation practitioners and workshops held by meditation experts do preach to us about right meditation techniques and mindfulness. Eventually, we hope to bring this movement to all UTown residents, so that we can all reap the benefits of focus, stress relief, self-discovery and inner happiness.


Gather For Christ

Gather for Christ (GFC) is a weekly meeting for Christians to gather, pray and fellowship. We are working towards building a Christian community within the college, and even within the house. We hope that by doing so, we are able to encourage our fellow Christian brothers and sisters in their Christian walk during their stay in college (and university). And there is no pre-requisite to join us! GFC is for anyone who needs prayer, or just plain curious.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.