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  Newsletter Aug 2012  
Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

The third quarter of the year is usually the most challenging, but here at Janus Education, we have come to master the elements and make the most out of the challenges by making them into opportunities. There are quite a number of changes that would happen in the next few months: new contenders for the Young Author Awards, new sponsors, new classes, and new partners in building the next generation of thinkers and writers. In the midst of all of these, we take them all head-on and acknowledge them as key indicators that we are taking the right steps, moving ever closer to helping everyone realise that Kids Can Write!

~ Catherine Khoo

Known for its tie-ups with the National Library Board, Janus Education has recently tied up with the NLB for “My Preferred Book,” a joint programme between NLB and the Vaggeryds Library in Sweden, as part of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) project that will be presented in the upcoming IFLA conference in Finland this August.

In the programme, children get to talk about their favourite books, create a “book” about their favourite books with photos and accompanying messages about their books of choice, and to share these books with the partner library in Sweden. Likewise, the partner library will undertake a similar activity with the children in their country. The book, in either e-book or video format, would then be shared with the partner libraries and the children who contributed to the programme.

Tied to the Young Author Club (YAC) sessions in Woodlands Regional Library and Marine Parade Public Library, Janus Education has asked the participation of more than 30 children to read their favourite books and write out their thoughts about them. The NLB has specifically assigned the two libraries to take over the project because of the clubs’ existence. Write-ups would then be collated by NLB and be presented in a conference in Sweden this coming August 2012.

To join the YAC sessions at Woodlands or Marine Parade, please click here

August to October 2012 | Various Schools | Varied Timings


Janus Education Services welcomes the following schools to the Unique Classroom™ Learning Suite:

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) : Young Author Scheme

  • Fuhua Primary School: Young Author Scheme

  • W3 Cluster: Young Author Scheme

  • Townsville Primary School: Young Author Scheme

  • Eastview Primary School: Wicked Writers & Terrible Tales; Storywriter’s Magic

  • Yuhua Primary School: Young Author Scheme

Students under the TUC™ get a year’s subscription to the Young Reader Club magazine, both print and online, while their teachers get resource kits and worksheets too. Welcome to the family!

To learn more about our Programmes. Click here.


Woodlands Regional Library | 4.00-5.30 PM | Everest Room | Every Last Friday of the Month

Marine Parade Public Library | 4.00-5.30 PM | Activity Room 2 | Every Last Monday of the Month

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.


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 magazineís 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.

To know more about the YRC Magazineís current focus, click here.


7 July to 17 November 2012 | Mountbatten CC | 1.00-4.00 pm

Nokia Video

Now running on its second year, the Southeast Community Development Council has commissioned Janus Education Services to continue with the Learning Family Programme, teaching both children and parents with techniques to improve English and Math skills, while at the same time, creating opportunities for family bonding.

The LFP targets to help children explore learning through phonics, games, storytelling & hands-on activities, whilst increasing their confidence in listening, reading, writing & speaking. Children are also taught the importance of co-operating with others to achieve goals.

Parents, on the other hand, are given tips to mentor their children in their homework, and learn hands-on experience in helping their children revise.

Happening every Saturday starting 7 July, the 20 sessions culminate with a graduation ceremony. Last year, this ceremony was held at the Singapore Discovery Centre, with families under Janus Education Services presenting a book about their thoughts and experiences about the LFP.

See photos of the 2011 LFP here.

1 April to 30 September 2012 | Students from ASEAN or Originating from ASEAN
Amazing Journeys

Singapore’s premier writing competition for under 18s is back! Students from all over the ASEAN, or anywhere in the world, whose background is Asian, are invited to submit their stories to the 2012/13 Young Author Awards, organised by Janus Education Services and Experiences & Experiments.

Stories need to be authored by students who are 18 years old or younger, either fiction or non-fiction, at least 2,000 words, written in English, and must carry any of the following genres: Magic & Fantasy, Ghost & Ghouls, Heartwarmers, Animal Tales, Mystery & Adventure, Asian Tales, and Science Fiction. Winners of YAA get cash prizes, sponsors’ vouchers and a publishing contract either in print or e-book.

The awards is endorsed by the National Book Development Council and sponsored by the Media Development Council, the Singapore Book Publishers Association, and the National Library Board.

To submit your stories, click here. Know more about the awards, click here.

AMAZING JOURNEYS: Discovering the Hero in You
30/11, 1/12, 2/12, 3/12, 4/12 2012 | Chombok, Cambodia | Limited to 30 slots
Amazing Journeys

Janus Education is proud to partner with STA Travel on a unique series of travelogue programmes which helps to bond your family as you learn social responsibility. Each end-of-the-day workshop moves away from the competitive atmosphere that can pervade writing activities into an exploratory, creative atmosphere which honours and celebrates individuality, your shared experiences during the workshop, and your unique responses to these experiences of helping others.

An invitation to discover an amazing journey. Publish your very own travelogue. Join Catherine Khoo as she takes you on a journey to discover yourself and lifeís simple pleasures. Experience Cambodia like no other trip can, for you and your child:
  • will be introduced to the history, culture and various aspects of Cambodia lives
  • visit the National Museum & Tuol Sleng Museum
  • students will be introduced to the Chombok Eco-tourism project
  • short trek to the waterfall (ox cart experience included)
  • you will learn how to prepare the traditional bamboo rice
  • dinner with camp fire and activities at the women commune kitchen in Chombok
  • visit the People Improvement Organization (PIO) and conduct English lesson for the children
  • explore the Russian Market

    Know more about the trip click here.

Late November | Young Creatives Forum, Woodlands Regional Library

Hang on to your seats, boys and girls! A new batch of anthology books will be coming out late this year, during the Young Creatives Forum, the shortlisting ceremony for Young Author Awards, in 17 November. Catch your favourite Magic & Fantasy, Ghosts & Ghouls, Asian Tales and many more in these newest imprints from Janus Education and Experiences & Experiments!


Amazing Journeys

The November holidays are nearing and itís time to plan your holidays right! Why not spend your holidays on a worthwhile programme? Join the following course offerings in either Joo Chiat or Bukit Timah, to make your holidays even more creative:

ASPIRING WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS SCHEME. Draw and write? Yes, Research in early childhood development has indicated that the visual senses in 9 to 11 year olds are acute. What’s important is for him to express his thoughts. This highly interactive programme will get him to discover the creative writer in him. It also serves as an intensive introduction to composition writing. Aspiring writers will also learn the art of illustrating from a professional artist. The result: a compilation of the best stories in a specially-designed volume.

YOUNG AUTHOR SCHEME. 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.

ADVANCED YOUNG AUTHOR SCHEME. Young Authors will craft a story of 10,000 words or more! They explore in-depth charac- terisation and story structure as well as tools to grip readers from the first page right to the end of their story. The YAS preludes the annual Young Author Award, supported by MDA, NLB, NBDCS and the Singapore Book Publishers Association.

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.

Know more about our Programmes. Get the schedules and registration form here.



As part of the growing partnership with the National Library Board, the junior Young Author Club sessions will adapt the NLB’s Read, Write & Tell project by August. Under the programme, attendees of the YAC will come up with compiled short stories that would then be used for storytelling sessions in the library. To join our sessions, click here


Janus Education Servicesí Managing Director Catherine Khoo will be attending the 2012 Beijing International Book Fair from 28 August to 2 September, as part of the companyís bid for expansion in the China market. The book fair would provide opportunities for distribution into the China for Young Reader Club Magazine and the Young Author Club anthology series. Experiences & Experiments, Janus Educationís publishing arm, is currently working with Singapore-based company EonBoo Publishing Pte Ltd to help introduce e-books in mobile markets under one of Chinaís biggest telecom providers.

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