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Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

The scorching heat sans the occasional rain does not dry up spirits, but creates more vibrancy in the coming months, as Janus Education Services prepares for its biggest event of the year: the Young Author Awards 2012/13, in conjunction with the Asian Festival of Children's Content this year. We laud the efforts of our partners– the National Library Board, the Media Development Authority, the Book Council and the Singapore Book Publishers Association– who tirelessly exert efforts to ensure that we truly build a next generation of thinkers and writers. Aside from this, a few more activities and partnerships have been lined up to ensure that we continue to assert our battle that truly Kids Can Write!

                                                                                                     ~ Catherine Khoo


Janus Education Services Managing Director Catherine Khoo To Launch New Book 12 May 2013 | School of Thought Auditorium | Real Women, Real Conversations 2013

Mother's Day this year just got even more meaningful as Janus Education Services partners with Daughters Of Tomorrow, a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps girls and women in Third World countries to become self-sufficient and independent, in organising Real Women, Real Conversations 2013.

Catered for young girls aged 14 to 20, and their mothers, the conversations is an important event for mothers and their girls, this event introduces topics critical to a teenage girl's growing journey. Program includes topics such as self-esteem, body image, the media's influence, relationships, and, feminine health among others.

Janus Education Services managing director Catherine Khoo will be launching her latest book entitled "Love! Live Dangerously! And Have Fun!" at the forum. The book highlights a woman's strengths, snippets of Catherine's sojourns, and realisations as a mother and a woman in general.

The conversations promise to be an afternoon of real life stories and learning from real life inspiring women of our time. Other special guests include NSP member Nicole Seah and entrepreneur Selene Chin of Dog Digital. For tickets, log on to

Various Schools | Starting January 2013

The Young Reader Club Magazine, an imprint of Experiences and Experiments– the sister company of Janus Education Services– welcomes the following partner schools who will have subscriptions to the magazine starting this year:

Greenview Secondary School
Madrasah Arabiah Kluang 
Marsiling Secondary School
Ngee Ann Secondary School
Tanjong Katong Girls Secondary School  
Woodgrove Secondary School
Rulang Primary School  
Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah Madrasah
Serangoon Garden Secondary School

Balestier Hill Secondary School
Beatty Secondary School
Fairfield Methodist Primary School

A year's subscription to the Young Reader Club magazine also comes with teachers' resource kits and worksheets for students to work on, plus access to e-versions of the YRC.

To learn more about the magazine, click here.

25 May 2013 | The Plaza, National Library HQ, Victoria Street | 5.00 p.m. onwards


Now in its sixth year, the Young Author Awards (YAA) rolls out the red carpet once again for its finale on 25 May 2013, in conjunction with the Asian Festival of Children's Content (, an international literary conference organised by the Book Council of Singapore for authors, publishers, illustrators, teachers, parents, and children.

Known as Singapore's biggest platform for acknowledging budding authors in the ASEAN, the YAA is a regional writing competition for under-18s. Winners of the YAA receive publishing contracts and the chance to be featured in the Young Reader Club magazine– a bi-monthly English magazine that is available in more than 150 schools islandwide and in all the libraries– in online and mobile platforms, and become part of an anthology series.

"Janus Education is a valued partner of the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC), having contributed writing workshops for parents and children in AFCC 2012, and the Young Author Awards have become a highlight of AFCC. Janus Education and Catherine Khoo have done a great job in spreading the word about AFCC and the rich and varied programmes on offer." (Kenneth Quek, Festival Convener, AFCC)

See pictures from the Young Author Awards 2012 here.

16 March 2013 | Selected Schools in Singapore

Janus Education Services is now an official Education Partner of the Public Utility Board's (PUB) celebration of Singapore's World Water Day that was held last 16 March 2013 at Gan Eng Seng Primary School, co-judging a creative writing cognate for primary school students, as part of the Primary School Festival 2013: Project H20, a water-themed multi-media competition under PUB.

The Primary School Festival was a fun-filled platform for children to understand the importance of conserving, valuing and enjoying our waters. The 2013 event was organised by Gan Eng Seng Primary School and publicised to schools through MOE channels and its hosting school.

The purpose of the workshop is to share tips on writing effective stories based on our theme Save Our Water, with participating teams and then translating it into a game. Know more about it on


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 magazine’s 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.

Here are some comments from our participants:

“I have learnt how to build up characters, create plots and more! It has helped me write better stories in school. Now I know how to develop characters and suspense, and create an excellent climax to the story.
Sharan, 11 years old from Woodgrove Primary School (WRL YAC)

“The YAC helped me to be more creative, and write a better story.
Matthew Chua, 8 years old from (YAC MPPL)

“Since I always have no time to go to the library, this (YAC) allowed me to give more importance to visiting the library. Through the lessons, I got a chance to relieve my stress, while I improved my vocabulary, and improve in Language Arts.
Nagamuthu Ganesh, 13 years old from National Junior College (WRL YAC)

“I learnt how to incorporate dialogue, use perspectives, build plots, develop originality and improve vocabulary.
Chow Yu Oracle, 11 years old from Taon Nan Primary School (MPPL YAC)

“I have learnt that writing is not just about characters and plots. I learnt how to describe characters fully too. The sessions helped me get good marks for composition in school. (The sessions are) interesting since we got to play games as well.
Khaneesha Zahrita Asia Fauzi, 9 years old from New Town Primary School (WRL YAC)

“I wasn’t good in my composition but when I joined YAC, I got good marks in my composition tests and my teacher appreciated me. I feel the YAC is helpful for people who are not good in English, especially in their compositions.
Vibavathi, 11 years old from Woodlands Primary School (WRL YAC)




18 March 2013 | Innova Junior College | 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.

As the Centre for Excellence for New Media, Innova Junior College annually organises the New Media in Fiesta (NMiEF) to provide secondary school students with opportunities to acquire new media skills and competencies, and to engage educators in the exchange of ICT-enriched pedagogies. Taking place from 18-20 March, Janus Education Services to come on board as training partner of the New Media Academy component, conducting basic and advanced podcasting/broadcasting workshops during the NMiEF.

The workshop will be attended by select secondary students from various schools in Singapore, with the hope of creating an output that shall be posted online and will be judged by local IT and New Media experts.

Janus Education Services will also be conducting a Radio and TV Production class for selected Innova JC students by the middle of 2013, with the aim of improving broadcast-based skills among students who take Broadcasting as their CCA in Innova JC.

Starting 20 March 2013 | Varied libraries | 3,000 pre-school students | 100 centres

As part of its aims to imbibe unto children the love for reading from their early years onwards, the National Library Board has commissioned Janus Education Services to conduct the Early Childhood Library and Reading Programme.

The programme aims to orient close to 3,000 pre-school students from 100 centres all over Singapore, about the library, its functions and services, as well as the books readily available for use and borrowing, through a fun-filled and interactive set of exercises and activities.

This 1.5-hour programme develops the love for reading by immersing the child into the library set-up, its guidelines, technologies and etiquette, as well as hands-on reading, storytelling and writing activities to improve the child's macro language skills. The package comes with books and stories designed for pre-schoolers, to help them develop vocabulary and reading skills in the long run.

The programme runs in varied libraries across Singapore until 31 March 2013.

Varied Schedules starting Term 2 | Bukit Timah Facility | Varied Timings


Looking for worthwhile modular programmes for the year of the water snake? Take a look at Janus Education Services' roster of programmes offered through HanIP, our partner facility in the west:

ENGLISH RULES. A total of 12 hours, this is a highly-intensive programme which helps students overcome common difficulties with English grammar. The course fills gaps in grammar foundation and moves to applications in a wide range of exam-oriented contexts.

THE READING DETECTIVE. 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.

WIZARD WITH WORDS. This 12-hour module gives a vocabulary booster shot in the arm, broadening the child's self-esteem, range of expressions and comprehension skills.

WICKED WRITERS & TERRIBLE TALES. Children's stories come alive in this 12-hour module which immerses students into a writing programme that mentors them through genre-specific storywriting.

Want to know more about our programmes? Get the schedules and registration form here. Pay via PayPal or credit card for these programmes here.

HSBC cardholders can now get as much as 30% discount if you use your cards to pay for our programmes online! Click here to pay using your HSBC card!

Starting 15 June 2013 | Mountbatten CC | 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. / 2.00-5.00 p.m.


Now on its third year, Janus Education Services renews its commitment to corporate social responsibility, by renewing its tie-up with the South East CDC's Learning Family Programme, a 20-weekend programme that provides additional English and Math revision for K2 children, as well as workshops on mentoring and revision skills for the children's parents. We are heartened to receive a commendation from SE CDC's Ms Janet Choo, Manager-Social Services:

"Janus Education has proven to be a responsible trainer, with CSR elements in our LFP/LFPA programmes. Importantly, they have experiences conducting community projects and are well versed in a number of fields, including reading, writing, enrichment activities, family bonding, etc."

Piloted in 2007 following Edu-Bridge's findings, the LFP is an educational programme aimed at preparing K2 children to be socially and academically prepared for Primary One. It aims to improve literacy and numeracy, build mentoring capacities among parents, develop a culture of family learning, and strengthen the family bond.

Starting on 15 June, the LFP under Janus Education Services culminates with a graduation ceremony that gathers all parents and children under the varied service providers of the SE CDC.

Find out more about the South East CDC Learning Family Programme here

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