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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » Budding Writers Lauded at Annual Writing Awards
    may be fitted to air through the digital audio broadcast platform a programme which shall go full blast sometime within the year 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

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » Young Author Award winners announced!
    story made the judges top choices Among the shortlisted participants were our top 3 winners and 2 special awardees In the lead up to the awards our special guests gave speeches concerning creativity in children their experiences being a YAA winner and the potential opportunities including adaptations of their stories into TV and radio channels The winners were 20 Merit Awards 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 Rachel Lee CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School Most Heart Felt Dedication Han Yin Yii Singapore Chinese Girl s School Best Illustration Emma Yong Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School 3rd Prize Emilyn Foong Changkat Changi

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  • Janus Education » Blog Archive » What Inspires You to Write?
    when I was 10 years old scribbling on pieces of nicely cut paper and then pasting them on pretty much every inch of my bedroom wall I took inspiration from the wretchedness I felt growing up pretty much as a recluse since I had no real clique to hang out with all I had were casual acquaintances classmates who thought I was überly weird and I guess when one s hormones kick in you can t help but associate inspiration with angst and despair At least during my time we did Like any other young adolescent writer I enjoyed absorbing all the angst I felt and translating that into melancholic chants and somber realisations of how my life was leading into This I pretty much dragged on until I graduated from Uni and then moved on to my Masters Eventually though I came to realise that all the angst did fuel a lot of the creativity I also found out that when I was happy I rarely had the inspiration to write at all because I was already living out the emotions I longed for People all over have their own kooky ways of getting inspired Some people would enjoy writing while sitting along the shores of an uncharted beach while seagulls fly above freely and the sunset blankets the ocean while some would be perfectly comfortable with acing a narrative while slumping on the living room couch eating a tub of ice cream and have earphones blaring alternative rock tunes onto their eardrums Either way I guess as a writer we all need to find our own way of getting inspired to capture that moment where we could fully express the emotions we want out pieces to imbibe In the end making our readers and fans feel what we

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  • Janus Education » Amazing Journeys
    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 Date 30 11 1 12 2 12 3 12 4 12 2012 Limited to 30 slots ITINERARY Day 01 SINGAPORE Phnom Penh Assemble at Changi Airport to board your flight to Phnom Penh On Arrival meet and greet by local guide Guide will introduce the history culture and various aspects of Cambodia lives We will first visit the National Museum The museum houses one of the world s largest collections of Khmer art including sculptural ceramics bronzes and ethnographic objects The Museum s collection includes over 14 000 items from prehistoric times to periods before during and after the Khmer Empire which at its height stretched from Thailand across present day Cambodia to southern Vietnam The Museum buildings inspired by Khmer temple architecture were constructed between 1917 and 1924 the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920 and renovated in 1968 Lunch in city restaurant Continue to visit the Tuol Sleng Museum Known as the Museum of Genocidal Crimes it was used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention and torture center in the late 1970 We will arrange for an interview with a survivor of the facility Dinner Writing From The Heart with Catherine Khoo Overnight in Phnom Penh Day 02 Chambok Convenient stop at supermarket before making our way to Chambok ecotourism site On arrival we will go on an orientation tour Students will be introduced to the Chambok Eco tourism project Lunch at the Women Commune Kitchen Take the afternoon to settle into homestay and a short trek to the waterfall ox cart experience included Take some time to learn traditional

    Original URL path: http://www.catherinekhoo.sg/amazingjourneys/ (2012-12-22)
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  • Janus Education » Confidence Booster (pri)
    interest It teaches and applies the key devices used for literature analysis English Rules This is a highly intensive programme which helps students overcome common difficulties with English grammar Fills gaps in grammar foundation and moves to applications in a wide range of exam oriented contexts Reading Is Right This programme was developed to improve reading habits among young people It consists of an interactive play and two workshops The interactive play creates awareness of the importance of reading in a fun way while the workshops introduce students to important authors and their works and to useful concepts in literature and performance Reading into Writing The programme demonstrates the way in which good reading leads to good writing It is an intensive introduction to composition writing skills drawing from personal experience The programme uses models and practise activities to teach story structure enjoyably while building the student s vocabulary along the way Check out the available schedule Reading Detective Analyses and addresses the problems students have with context clues tone nuances of language and the thrust of exam questions The Creative Composition Course The course teaches students tools from the writer s trade to effectively write with skill Wicked Writers Terrible Tales Pri 4 Children s stories come alive as they immerse into a writing programme that mentors them through genre specific storywriting Storywriter s Magic Pri 5 Let your students wildest come alive in this interactive 10 session programme which aims to develop strong writing prowess vocabulary enhancement and narrative character development The Craft of Writing Pri 6 Take students through the compelling and magical world of creating one s own world through words STAND DELIVER Confidence in Public Speaking The Storyteller s Craft Stand Deliver a Project Send your students to this best selling series of confidence boosters

    Original URL path: http://www.catherinekhoo.sg/confidence-booster-pri/ (2012-12-22)
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  • Janus Education » Confidence Booster (sec)
    common difficulties with English grammar Fills gaps in grammar foundation and moves to applications in a wide range of exam oriented contexts Effective Reading Comprehension This programme analyses and addresses the problems students have with context clues tone nuances of language and the thrust of exam questions STAND DELIVER Confidence in Public Speaking The Storyteller s Craft Stand Deliver a Project Speak Write Understand This challenging course focuses on analysis preparation and delivery across a range of occasions using inspirational models from history Students will improve 3 important skills understanding how critical thinking skills can improve analysis of the spoken word writing how to use logical speech structure to aid audience understanding and speaking using proper diction rhythm and pronunciation LITERARY COURSES The Great Leap Forward The Lord of the Flies Romeo Juliet Rice Without Tears Understanding Prose Poetry All the World s a Stage Essential introduction for secondary school English skills Helps builds your child s confidence as he tackles literal and inferential comprehension vocabulary how to plan a composition identification of key points and linking in a summary passage These courses are also designed as an introduction to Shakespearean drama and literature this course uses vibrant video clips

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  • Janus Education » Education: Awesome Authors
    the box highly interactive and fun series of programmes to accelerate the teaching of English The Unique Classroom 8482 programmes have found a niche in more than 150 primary and secondary schools since it was first introduced in 1996 with my school arm Janus Education Services Pte Ltd Awesome Authors Awesome Authors The appetite for writing is alive and well In Awesome Authors students are exposed to seminal works in

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  • Janus Education » Education: YJS
    secondary schools since it was first introduced in 1996 with my school arm Janus Education Services Pte Ltd Young Journalist Scheme Young Journalist Scheme Junior PRINT BROADCAST Students will be introduced to the basic rules and functions of broadcast journalism where writing and oral communication skills are highly put to practice The NewsMaker software will be used in this course providing the students a fun and easy platform to develop

    Original URL path: http://www.catherinekhoo.sg/yjs/ (2012-12-22)
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