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  Newsletter Oct 2012  
Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

October is truly a busy month for the team, since we are preparing for one of the year’s most anticipated events: the short-listing ceremony for the Young Author Awards (YAA) 2012/13. But this month isn’t just about the YAA; it’s also about the Amazing Journeys: Cambodia, a trip that bonds families together while helping them to write a travelogue about it. As the year comes to a close in the following months, we grow closer to realising many of Janus Education’s plans for the coming year: licensing for our programmes, expanding the distribution reach of the Young Reader Club magazine across the ASEAN, and delivering innovative and fun programmes that help build our next generation of thinkers and writers. Join us for the ride and we’re sure that you’ll enjoy every bit of the way!

                                                                                                     ~ Catherine Khoo


30/11, 1/12, 2/12, 3/12, 4/12 2012 | Chambok, Cambodia | Limited to 30 slots

Cambodia trip
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.

Imagine yourself helping young underprivileged children build a school kitchen, and have the time of your life writing about it! Join our travelogue bonding tour and experience Cambodia in a unique way, for you and your child:
* Learn local culture & experience it!
* Help build schools and facilities for Cambodian children
* Bond with your child for 7 days
* Join a writing workshop along the way!

Your guide in this writing journey is Catherine Khoo, who will take you along this journey of self-discovery. Journeys is a published, printed compilation of thoughts and experiences of you, the participants, as you help the underprivileged and build bonds along the way. Not only that, your family will also get to write your own travel app, and stand a chance to upload it to popular travel sites.

Know more about the trip here. Pay via PayPal or credit for this trip here

Submission closes; Short-listing of Finalists in 17 November


Singapore’s premier writing competition for under-18s is back! Students from all over the world submitted their stories until the 30th September to the 2012/13 Young Author Awards, organised by Janus Education Services and Experiences & Experiments. The announcing of finalists will be on the 17 November 2012 at the Auditorium of the Woodlands Regional Library.



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.


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.

Register to the Young Author Club sessions here.


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 should be under 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.

Sponsored by Singapore’s telecom giant SingTel, top winners also get nifty Samsung Galaxy SII units.

The awards is endorsed by the National Book Development Council (NBDCS) and sponsored by the Media Development Authority (MDA), the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), and the National Library Board (NLB).

To find out more about the Young Author Awards, click here.
See last year’s pictures here.


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. 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.

ADVANCED YOUNG AUTHOR SCHEME. Intended for Secondary students, this is more than just a writing programme. The Advance Young Author Scheme has mentored hundreds of secondary school students into writing their own first book. Best stories from the A-YAS are entered into the Young Author Awards, a regional writing competition for under 18s. To help secondary students build up their descriptive power, vocabulary and writing skills, the A-YAS aims to: (1) to expose secondary students to writing at an advanced level workshop facilitated by established foreign and local writers; (2) to equip secondary students with advanced writing techniques and tips for structuring their narratives in the different genres; (3) to introduce them to fiction and non-fiction writing anchored on research and logical construct; and (4) to serve as a platform for secondary students to put together their own story book so that they can attain a sense of achievement from seeing their names in print.

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

November to December 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
W3 Cluster – 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

November to December 2012 | Various Schools | Varied Timings

As an active sponsor of the Hands-On Literacy conference on 17 November 2012, organised by the International School Libraries Network, Janus Education Services will conduct a series of seminars on teaching creative writing to children and teens.

Now on its third year, Hands-On Literacy is the region’s largest gathering of international school librarians, teachers and administrative staff, which fosters the four macro skills of language for primary, secondary and upper secondary students.

To register for the workshops, click here

17 November 2012 | 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!

For more information, visit our website: