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Catherine says Hello

MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

The New Year has dawned upon us and truly 2013 is a year to look forward to. With new horizons to venture into and more partnerships to foster and build, this year of the water snake presents many opportunities that push forward our mission of building the next generation of thinkers and writers. Breaking the boundaries in education is no easy task, but the first quarter of the year shows promising ties and challenges that highlight how important it is to remember that truly Kids Can Write, and that dreams are realities for us to conquer.

                                                                                                     ~ Catherine Khoo

 
 

JANUS EDUCATION SERVICES CONDUCTS PA PLAYGROUP AUDITS
3rd Week January 2013 and onwards | Playgroup Centres Islandwide

Janus Education Services has been commissioned by the People's Association (PA) to conduct audits of playgroup centres operating under Residents' Committees and Community Clubs (RCs/CCs) all over Singapore, starting on the third week of January 2013. Janus Education Services has been commissioned by the People's Association (PA) to conduct audits of playgroup centres operating under Residents' Committees and Community Clubs (RCs/CCs) all over Singapore, starting on the third week of January 2013.

With the objective of identifying the best playgroup centre operators from the roster that is approved by the PA, the audit looks into three main areas: Hygiene and Safety; Administrative Procedures; and Programme Structure.

A total of 75 centres will be audited by the end of 2013, with Janus Education Services as the recognised auditing agency. Results of the audit will help the PA identify commendable playgroup operators and establish benchmarks for the operation of such centres in Singapore.


YOUNG AUTHOR AWARDS SET IN AFCC 2013
25 May 2013 | The Plaza, National Library HQ, Victoria Street | 5.00 p.m. onwards


AFCC

Now on its sixth year, the Young Author Awards (YAA) rolls out the red carpet once again for its finale on 25 May 2013, in conjunction with the Asian Festival of Children's Content, an international literary conference organised by the Book Council of Singapore for authors, publishers, illustrators, teachers, parents, and children.

Known as Singapore's biggest platform for acknowledging budding authors in the ASEAN, the YAA is a regional writing competition for under-18s. Winners of the YAA receive publishing contracts and the chance to be featured in the Young Reader Club magazine– a bi-monthly English magazine that is available in more than 150 schools islandwide and in all the libraries– in online and mobile platforms, and become part of an anthology series.

See pictures from the Young Author Awards 2012 here.

PUB AND JANUS PARTNER FOR CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR 2013 WORLD WATER DAY
Selected Primary and Secondary Schools | Starting February 2013
World Water Day

Janus Education Services is now an official Education Partner of the Public Utility Board's (PUB) celebration of Singapore's World Water Day on 16 March 2013, co-sponsoring a creative writing competition for primary school students, as part of the Primary School Festival 2013.

The Primary School Festival is a fun-filled platform for children to understand the importance of conserving, valuing and enjoying our waters. The 2013 event will be organised by Gan Eng Seng Primary School and publicised to schools through MOE channels and its hosting school.

YRC HELPS BUILD LIBRARY OF LITERATURE IN YAC LIBRARY SESSIONS
YAC

Every last Friday of the month |Woodlands Regional Library, 4/F Everest Room | 4.00-5.30pm

Every last Monday of the month | Marine Parade Public Library, Activity Room 2 | 4.00-5.30pm

Building the next generation of thinkers and writers, the Young Author Club sessions at the Woodlands Regional Library and Marine Parade Public Library will have more interactive use of the Young Reader Club magazine, a bi-monthly literary magazine for 10 to 16 year olds.



YAC



Using both print and online versions of the magazine, attendees of the sessions have more opportunities to broaden their writing horizons and be further inspired by the magazine’s features and award-winning stories. With monthly focus on issues that affect children, teens and parents, the magazine also provides resources for parents and teachers to use, to increase awareness, interactivity and general knowledge in English and literary arts.

Register to the Young Author Club sessions here.







 
 

A compilation of the best entries will be worked into a book of short stories about water. Janus Education will co-publish the collection, contributing its expertise in publishing children's books, while PUB will contribute to the printing for distribution into all primary schools and libraries.

The purpose of the workshop is to share tips on writing effective stories based on our theme Save Our Water, with participating teams and then translating it into a game. Know more about it on www.pub.gov.sg.


JANUS EDUCATION SERVICES OFFERS REGULAR PROGRAMMES
Varied Schedules starting Term 2 | Bukit Timah Facility | Varied Timings

Programmes

Looking for worthwhile modular programmes for the year of the water snake? Take a look at Janus Education Services' roster of programmes offered through HanIP, our partner facility in the west:

ENGLISH RULES. A total of 12 hours, this is a highly-intensive programme which helps students overcome common difficulties with English grammar. The course fills gaps in grammar foundation and moves to applications in a wide range of exam-oriented contexts.

THE READING DETECTIVE. Veteran author Catherine Khoo and her team of published authors will guide and mentor your child to craft his very own story of at least 3,000 words. Since its successful launch in 2003, the Young Author Scheme (YAS) has mentored hundreds of children. Many of its students have seen their own books published as paperbacks or e-books, which are available in all NLB branches. The YAS preludes the annual Young Author Award, supported by MDA, NLB, NBDCS and the Singapore Book Publishers Association.

WIZARD WITH WORDS. This 12-hour module gives a vocabulary booster shot in the arm, broadening the child's self-esteem, range of expressions and comprehension skills.

WICKED WRITERS & TERRIBLE TALES. Children's stories come alive in this 12-hour module which immerses students into a writing programme that mentors them through genre-specific storywriting.

Want to know more about our programmes? Get the schedules and registration form here. Pay via PayPal or credit card for these programmes here.

HSBC cardholders can now get as much as 30% discount if you use your cards to pay for our programmes online! Click here to pay using your HSBC card!


NEW PARTNER SCHOOLS WITH YRC MAGAZINE

Varied Schools | Starting January 2013

The Young Reader Club Magazine, an imprint of Experiences and Experiments– the sister company of Janus Education Services– welcomes the following partner schools who will have subscriptions to the magazine starting this year:

  • Rulang Primary School
  • Dunman Secondary School
  • Woodgrove Secondary School
  • Sengkang Secondary School
  • Pasir Ris Secondary School

A year's subscription to the Young Reader Club magazine also comes with teachers' resource kits and worksheets for students to work on, plus access to e-versions of the YRC.

To learn more about the magazine, click here


INNOVA JC GETS JANUS AS A RESOURCE PARTNER FOR STUDENT MEDIA CONFERENCE
18 March 2013 | Innova Junior College | 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.

As the Centre for Excellence for New Media, Innova Junior College annually organises the New Media in Fiesta (NMiEF) to provide secondary school students with opportunities to acquire new media skills and competencies, and to engage educators in the exchange of ICT-enriched pedagogies. Taking place from 18-20 March, Janus Education Services to come on board as training partner of the New Media Academy component, conducting basic and advanced podcasting/broadcasting workshops during the NMiEF.

The workshop will be attended by select secondary students from various schools in Singapore, with the hope of creating an output that shall be posted online and will be judged by local IT and New Media experts.

JANUS RENEWS LFP TIE-UP WITH SOUTH EAST CDC
Starting 15 June 2013 | Mountbatten CC | 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. / 2.00-5.00 p.m.

LFP

Now on its third year, Janus Education Services renews its commitment to corporate social responsibility, by renewing its tie-up with the South East CDC's Learning Family Programme, a 20-weekend programme that provides additional English and Math revision for K2 children, as well as workshops on mentoring and revision skills for the children's parents. We are heartened to receive a commendation from SE CDC's Ms Janet Choo, Manager-Social Services:

"Janus Education has proven to be a responsible trainer, with CSR elements in our LFP/LFPA programmes. Importantly, they have experiences conducting community projects and are well versed in a number of fields, including reading, writing, enrichment activities, family bonding, etc."

Piloted in 2007 following Edu-Bridge's findings, the LFP is an educational programme aimed at preparing K2 children to be socially and academically prepared for Primary One. It aims to improve literacy and numeracy, build mentoring capacities among parents, develop a culture of family learning, and strengthen the family bond.

Starting on 15 June, the LFP under Janus Education Services culminates with a graduation ceremony that gathers all parents and children under the varied service providers of the SE CDC.

Find out more about the South East CDC Learning Family Programme here



 
     
 
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