Kids Can Write Newsletter broughtto you by Janus Education and Experiences & Experiments

Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

School’s out and it’s the time of year to review our goals and programmes for the year gone by. Here at Janus Education, that means acknowledging and rewarding the hard work our students have put in with the Young Creatives! Forum.

It is a privilege to be at the forefront of Singapore’s shift in education. While Singaporean children have been lucky enough, we also have to look at children regionally who need our help. In anticipation of the season of giving, Janus Education has decided to donate $10 to the Riverkids Project for every 1-year subscription of the Young Reader Club Magazine.

Read on to find out what else we’ve been up to this month! ~ Catherine Khoo

Young Creatives! Forum 2010
Facts about the Awards

The Young Author Award is a national story writing competition open to all Primary and Secondary students in Singapore. It aims to discover, inspire, and nurture aspiring young literary talent in the country, and to promote love for reading and writing among children. The Young Author Award 2010/11 finale will be held in March 2011 during Media Development Authority’s Media Fiesta celebration. The top three winners and 20 merit awardees will be selected.

Find out who made the shortlist!

The DigiTales Award is an innovative competition providing Primary and Secondary students the opportunity to participate in an interactive story writing process. It gives students the chance to unleash the writer, artist, storyteller, and techie in them set in a fun and exciting platform.

Watch some of the submitted videos by clicking Channel, then select Digitales 2010 (Primary)/(Secondary)

The Young Creatives! Forum was held on 13th November at the Tampines Regional Library. With over 200 attendees, the event brought together two awards celebrating creativity and literary arts - the Young Author Award shortlisting ceremony and DigiTales Award.

The keynote speech given by Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Jimmy Tan, Deputy Director (School Appraisal), Ministry of Education set the framework for the future of young authors in Singapore.

"With the changing landscape and challenges of the world today, it is not enough to simply equip our youth with knowledge. We need to constantly engage them and challenge them to succeed; not just with tried and tested formulas but with ideas that spring from them.

“With the stories they [the Digitales winners] researched and spun, we have a bigger picture of our Asian identities; a voice for untold stories that might have been lost if no one had asked. It is this thirst for for untold stories that might have been lost if no one had asked. It is this thirst for knowledge, the ability to question, that we hope to inculcate in the next generation of Singaporeans.”

~ Mr. Jimmy Tan, Deputy Director (School Appraisal), Ministry of Education

Watch our presentation video

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Young Author Club (November) Session

We had a record turn-out at our free Young Author Club (YAC) workshop this month: 30 students! The atmosphere was engaging and interactive as students rushed to volunteer suggestions.

We talked about Plot and explained how it was the stepping-stones in a river of words. Our challenge to the students to come up with a new plot resulted in an exciting idea of 3 middle-aged ladies trying to save an alien planet. Humans have decided to destroy the planet as the aliens are ugly and the three women must fight against the clock to convince everyone that beauty pales next to helpfulness. We can’t wait to hear the developed stories at our next session!

Interested in joining us? The YAC meets every last Friday of the month. Our next session will be held on 31st Dec from 3.30-5pm at the Everest Room, Level 4, Woodlands Regional Library. RSVP to!

Programmes For 2011

“Programmes such as the Young Digital Storyteller Scheme (YoDS) and the Young Author Scheme (YAS) seek to accomplish these goals by giving students an avenue for expression and a platform to showcase their capability. They start off with confidence-building before moving on to an affirmation of the student’s talents and finally, to the application of skills learnt to make a story. These are things which MOE strongly supports.” -- Mr. Jimmy Tan, Deputy Director (School Appraisal), Ministry of Education at the Young Creatives! Forum 2010

Janus Education’s motto of Breaking Boundaries in Education is about empowering the learner. Combining the best of traditional methods with recent approaches, Janus Education concentrates on a need-basis module for effective education. Every activity is designed to involve the student, making learning fun and above all, to stay with the student long after the course is finished.
Young Author Scheme (Primary 3 – Sec 3)
Endorsed by National Arts Council and eligible for the 60% subsidy, YAS is Singapore’s first-ever programme that stimulates and challenges your students to crafting an original story of 3,000 words and more. Students learn about story modelling, characterisation and plot development in this journey to their very first masterpiece!

Pic Caption: Students produce their own 3,000-word novel with an illustrated cover.

Awesome Authors (Primary 3 – 6)
Endorsed by National Arts Council and eligible for the 60% subsidy, Awesome Authors exposes students to literary classics to promote critical thinking and confidence building. The course culminates into a performance based on one of the books they’ve read.

Pic Caption: Pioneer Primary students performing a choral adaptation of The Christmas Carol.

Young Journalist Scheme (Primary 5 – Sec 3)
YJS introduces students to the process of being a young journalist, team-building and understanding their role in a group. It also further develops the students’ intuition in finding information and to understand how to interview people for stories.

All our programmes are customisable to your school’s needs. For example, in July 2010, Tampines North Primary customised our Young Journalist Scheme for an internal media-based competition as part of their curriculum.

Pic Caption: Tampines North Primary students raise environmental awareness.

To find out more about how our courses can work for you, please contact Catherine or Nannette at 6336 8985/6336 0832 today!
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