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  • Janus Education » 2011 » April
    and secondary schools since it was first introduced in 1996 with my school arm Janus Education Services Pte Ltd MORE Archive for April 2011 New Year comes a facelift April 30 2011 at 7 21 am Writers Log Posted by Janus Education Team Add Your Comments It truly is a good year for everyone here at Janus Education With the New Year comes a facelift for the website and everything in it Now with even more useful tabs a more streamlined structure and more interactivity for teachers parents and students Janus Education promises to continue pursuing its mission of breaking boundaries in education in Singapore and beyond WRITING TIPS Breathing Life Into My Characters Part 1 From YRC s Volume 6 April 30 2011 at 6 46 am catherine blog Posted by Janus Education Team Add Your Comments Characters make your story possible A reader would be drawn into a story with well rounded believable characters rather than cardboard like or cartoon stereotypical types By all means give your character a name and simple physical attributes Read the rest of this entry Archives August 2011 July 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 April 2009 Recently Written That s Life

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  • Janus Education » 2011 » March
    Receiving the 20 merit awards out of 38 shortlisted semifinalists for YAA 2010 11 were Josh Lim Catholic High Mark Yeo Maris Stella High School Justine Hong Nanyang Primary School Serafina Siow Yuhua Primary School Jezreel Rei Castro Dunearn Secondary School Dayna Chong Clementi Town Secondary School Nihal Hameed Townsville Primary School Surya Selvakumar Henry Park Primary School Nicholas Chan Bishan Park Secondary School Ryan Wang Naval Base Primary School Ayden Mohan SJI Junior Nanda Min Htin Jurong West Primary School Mutia Hanifa Indiraputri Blangah Rise Primary School Ee Chong Hui Pioneer Primary School Yogesh Hidaramani Victoria School Luqman Aqil West Grove Primary School Amy Tan Raffles Girls Secondary School Hans Hu Xingnan Pri School Shawn Tan Anderson Primary School and Rachel Lee CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School Winning the special awards for Most Heartfelt Dedication was Han Yin Yii of Singapore Chinese Girl s School for her story a Hard Life while Emma Yong of Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School won the Best Cover Illustration Award Winning the top prizes for this year were the following Emilyn Foong of Changkat Changi Secondary School 3rd prize Lee Tat Wei of Anglo Chinese School Primary 2nd prize and Tessa Tan of Methodist Girl s School 1st prize All shortlisted finalists were acknowledged during preliminary ceremonies conducted last November 2010 Five previous winners of the YAA will also grace the event highlighted by YAA 2009 2010 awardees Pang Shui Hui and Kendrick Lam s message to the winners Early this year two of the books written by past YAA winners were translated into a television movie One of them is entitled Helpful or Deadly by Ng Hao Qin which he wrote when he was 11 years old and was aired on Okto Channel 8 carrying the title Super Duper Smartimizer a story about a boy who wanted to get smart the easy way by using his Grandfather s quick fix invention About Janus Education Since 2004 Janus Education Services together with its publishing arm Experiences and Experiments has been scouring the country for the next generation of writers with the aim of helping them actually publish their very own book The YAS which budded from an innovative thinking English Head of Department from Anderson Primary School who approached veteran author editor and Janus Education Services founder Catherine Khoo was a novel idea that motivated students to write a book good enough to be published Ms Khoo says the Young Author s Scheme was created to bring out the author in each child and does not only inspire him to write but also sparks his confidence and patience With the vision of becoming the premier creative education portal and the leading publisher of media created by and for 8 to 18 year olds in Singapore the Young Author Scheme intends to transcend from creative writing to creative educational platforms that lead to social responsibility advocacies and projects The Unique Classroom is the culmination of Catherine s media savvy with innovative educational concepts a

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  • Janus Education » 2009 » April
    Janus Education Services Pte Ltd MORE Archive for April 2009 Our stories as E books The Straits Times April 26 2009 at 5 18 pm News Posted by Janus Education Team Add Your Comments Featured in The Straits Times the Sundaytimes Four Primary school pupils have their stories published as e books after attending a writing course Click here for the actual press articles PDF Archives August 2011 July 2011

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » That’s Life!
    where pen meets paper and scribbling and biting on a pencil yes I love using the pencil sets my grey cells thinking So writing a blog pouring my innermost thoughts is quite alien to me but yes Catherine Khoo the pencil biter the scribbler will attempt the impossible and use the keyboard instead of the pencil That s Life I will share snippets about how I discovered the love for the written word to my favourite books to everything you always want to know about life minus the boring bits Let s start with school I remember never going to nursery There wasn t such a thing in the 1960s you stayed at home till you are ready for school But my mum decided kindergarden would be good for me so walked me three blocks to a boarded up place at the foot of a block of flats I sat on the floor the teacher shooed my mum away and I cried non stop for two hours That was the end of kindergarden for me Do you often wonder how children during my time fared when there were no TV no computer games no PSPs no handphones well wait for

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » CLIMBING TO THE TOP
    school work as if there wasn t enough to do in school There wasn t anything wrong with the competition except that we became so engrossed with being on top that we forgot the lessons that we should have been learning as we climbed to the top life lessons that could have helped many of us become better citizens of the world Here are a few of the things I learned during my journey as a student who was struggling to climb to the top 1 A smile makes a difference People take it for granted and sometimes even think it s eerie to find people who smile back but a smile does make a difference when you climb up to reach your goals Maintaining a healthy happy outlook has both physical and mental benefits Plus did you know that it takes lesser effort for facial muscles to smile than to frown So why strain yourself with a glum face right 2 A sincere thank you means more than just three words Some people are starting to forget the virtue of gratitude If you want to climb up to the top without gathering too many detractors along the way it would be great to learn to thank people who helped you en route to the top 3 Saying sorry doesn t mean you re a weakling Admitting that you ve made a mistake doesn t mean you re a dunce It means you are well aware of both your capacities and incapacities and shows willingness to learn Mistakes aren t there to pull us down they happen to teach us life lessons So jot down notes and learn from them 4 There are good people out there Trust is something earned not bought Finding trustworthy people is a Herculean task

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » Calling All Budding Writers & Digital Storytellers in Singapore and Beyond!
    at the Auditorium of the Woodlands Regional Library 10am to 1pm A regional search for budding authors in fiction writing under the Young Author Scheme YAS and a national search for young journalists and digital storytellers under the Young Journalist Scheme YJS and Young Digital Storyteller Scheme YoDS of Janus Education Services the event is supported by the Media Development Authority MDA the National Library Board NLB the National Book Development Council of Singapore NBDCS and the Singapore Book Publishers Association SBPA Its first launch after it was incepted in 2007 the Young Author Awards and the DigiTales Awards take pride in lauding young talent and providing them with opportunities for both publication and exposure Winning authors get an opportunity to be published as part of an anthology series while winning digital artists are featured in the awards technology partner NewsMaker under Eyepower Games Featured in this year s launch are the following a free workshop on improving composition writing skills among primary and secondary students a presentation of available software for language development among preschoolers a book launch of inspirational author Oh Siew May s latest book Scaling Walls and a lucky draw with major prizes from our sponsors All short listed finalists will be acknowledged during preliminary ceremonies this coming November 2011 Early this year two of the books written by past YAA winners were translated into a television movie One of them is entitled Helpful or Deadly by Ng Hao Qin which he wrote when he was 11 years old and was aired on Okto Channel 8 carrying the title Super Duper Smartimizer a story about a boy who wanted to get smart the easy way by using his Grandfather s quick fix invention The Young Author Awards and the DigiTales Awards are made possible through the

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » New Year comes a facelift
    is a good year for everyone here at Janus Education With the New Year comes a facelift for the website and everything in it Now with even more useful tabs a more streamlined structure and more interactivity for teachers parents and students Janus Education promises to continue pursuing its mission of breaking boundaries in education in Singapore and beyond Comments are closed Archives August 2011 July 2011 May 2011 April

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » WRITING TIPS: Breathing Life Into My Characters Part 1 (From YRC’s Volume 6)
    simple physical attributes But what moves your story forward would be how your character feels and behaves in situations they are planted in Take the story of Rosequartz pages 7 to 14 It is a story of how a filly evades her enemies Man How does Michelle Neoh build the character of Rosequartz her protagonist Through the character s thoughts and actions How can I outsmart Man Here goes I muttered to myself and with a ringing neigh I leapt out from my hiding place Michelle did not tell her readers that Rosequartz was headstrong and reckless as any young filly would be she showed it through Rosequartz actions Note how brilliantly she painted the young filly s attempt to prevent being captured Excited barks and howls from Man s hounds could be heard and I could vaguely imagine slavering jaws snapping at my long neck slobber dripping all over my neatly groomed glossy coat Morbid thoughts entered my head poisoning my mind and fear lent an extra burst of speed to my tiring legs How else can you depict character Nicholas Chan s formula in Days in Malaysia was to use the eyes of another character I fell asleep as my grandmother read The Lion King to me She would so effortlessly narrate the parts and impersonate the characters Simba the wise baboon the hyenas She was phenomenal Through this simple device Nicholas gives the reader a sense of his childhood days and most important his grandmother s love for him Isn t it simple how to effortlessly build your character One method is through the character s thoughts and actions Another is the use of the eyes of another character There are many ways to develop character In my next installment I would share a few more Now

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