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  Kids Can Write Newsletter brought to you by Janus Education and Experiences & Experiments  
 
Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education
,

The sun is bright and the winds are strong. Summer kisses our cheeks and slowly we look forward to the next set of holidays for the students this coming June. But before any of these come, we welcome these creative-juice-inducing events that have come by this March and will grace April and May. We look forward to more tie-ups and more opportunities for Janus Education, and its twin, Experiences & Experiments, as more partners are entering our doorsteps and joining us in our battlecry that Kids Can Write!

~ Catherine Khoo

YRC MAGAZINE TURNS 2

The young Reader Club Magazine, a bi-monthly English magazine for under-18s by under-18s, has just turned two years old! Under the helm of its publisher Catherine Khoo, and its editor Carlo Venson PeŮa, YRC Magazine now enjoys a guaranteed closed circulation of 20,000 and is seen islandwide in major primary and secondary schools, as well as all the public and regional libraries in Singapore. Striving to achieve greater heights, YRC Magazine is now partnered with SingTel, and is made available through the telecom giantís magazine platform called Delite, and is now also being used as supplementary material for EL curricula in schools islandwide. Kudos YRC Magazine!



JANUS CONDUCTS JUNIOR YAC-WICKED WRITERS AT MPPL

Marine Parade Public Library | 26 March 2012

Janus Education’s Creative Manager Carlo Venson Peña spearheaded an initial workshop that incepts the Young Author Club sessions at the Marine Parade Public Library, last 26 March at the library’s Activity Room. Eleven students and four parents who hail from the East Coast participated in the writing camp, which featured lectures and exercises on narrative constructs, idea generation, and The Unique Classroom’s™ SPACE.

Keen do to the same workshop in your school? Ask us about it here.



JUNIOR YAC SESSION IN MPPL STARTS 30 APRIL!

Every Last Monday of the Month | 4.00-5.30pm | Marine Parade Public Library

Following its successful two-year stint in Woodlands Regional Library, Janus Education brings the Junior Young Author Club (YAC) sessions to Activity Room 2 of Marine Parade Public Library every last Monday of the month, starting 30 April 2012. Learn the fundamentals of story and composition writing, and undertand the elements that make a good story, while developing creativity and critical thinking.

Interested to join the sessions? Click here to sign up!



JUNE HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The June holidays are just around the corner. Why not spend your holidays on a worthwhile programme? Join the following course offerings in either Joo Chiat or Bukit Timah, to make your June 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. Whatís 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.


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

JUNIOR YOUNG AUTHOR CLUB REGULAR SESSIONS AT WOODLANDS REGIONAL LIBRARY



Every last Friday of the month, join us at the Everest Room of the Woodlands Regional Library as we go through the rigors of writing and reading, while developing your composition skills and people-relations skills as well. Asking for benefits? Aside from learning better narrative skills, grammar and reading habits, you also get tons of perks:
  • ID cards that provide 30% to 50% discounts* on Janus holiday programmes

  • invitation to become part of Young Author Club CORE, an organisation of published young authors in Singapore

  • Open entry to the Young Author Awards*, an annual regional writing competition for under 18s

  • books and other door gifts** when attending initial sessions

  • 20% discount* on subscription packages to the Young Reader Club magazine.

*Terms and Conditions apply
**Depending on stocks

Interested and wanting to join the club sessions?
Email Nannette at books@catherinekhoo.sg to register.


YAA 2012/13 KICKS OFF EARLIER


1 April 2012

Singapore’s first and premier writing competition for young authors under 18 years old in the ASEAN region is back! The Young Author Awards (YAA) 2012/13 kicks off with an early acceptance of submissions starting 1 April 2012. So if you are currently enrolled in Primary or Secondary school in Singapore or any ASEAN country, and you have a great story to tell, log on to the Janus Website and click on to the YAA icon. Deadline for submission of entries is on 30 September 2012.

Click here to go directly to the YAA submission page.



JANUS & LOYANG PRIMARY SNCHOOL JOIN HANDS IN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT


10 & 19 April 2012 | 9.00am-12.00nn

Primary 5 students from Loyang Primary School, in co-operation with Janus Education Services, will visit Dignity Kitchen in Kaki Bukit View Tech on 10 and 19 April, as part of the social responsibility cognate of the Young Journalist Scheme, a digital storytelling course that teaches the value of social values through the use of media. As output for the trip, students will produce a five-minute video that would be entered into the DigiTales Awards, a national digital stortytelling competition open for primary and secondary students in Singapore.

To know more about the Young Journalist Scheme and DigiTales Awards, click here.

 
 
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