Trinity College London Communication Skills Top Achievers for May/June 2022

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Congratulations to our top achievers for the May/June 2022 examinations. To achieve this position at J Carter Centre, students must score the highest percentage for their grade level and/or above 90%. They will receive a special trophy and their photo will be displayed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ in the center’s reception area.

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Trinity College London Communication Skills – Semester 1 Intake, 2023 – Updated as of 4/12/2022

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Sign up for our ever-popular Communications Skills programme and earn an International Certificate from Trinity College London!

We are in the process of registering new students for the January 2023 intake. Places are filling up fast. For more information about the programme and registration details, email info@jcartercentre.com or call 67372700.

These are the vacancies for New Students as of 4 December 2022:

Age 7 yrs. (Pri 1) – Initial 1

  • Wed, 3.45 pm (Places: 2)

Age 9 yrs. (Pri 3) – Grade 1

  • Wed, 5.30 pm (Places: 1)
  • Thurs, 4 pm (Places: 1)

Age 10 yrs. (Pri 4) – Grade 2

  • Wed, 4 pm (Places: 2)
  • Sat, 10 am (Places: 1)

Age 11 yrs. (Pri 5 & Pri 6) – Grade 3

  • Thurs, 5.30 pm (Places: 1)
  • Sun, 12.30 pm (Places: 3)

Age 17-18 yrs – Grade 7

  • Sun, 2.30 pm (Places: 3)

You can also fill up an enquiry form at  https://jcartercentre.com/contact/

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J Carter Centre for Public Speaking – Nov/Dec 2022 Workshops – Update

Registration is ongoing for the November/December 2022 Holiday Workshops. Here’s an update on the vacancies for the workshops. These short workshops are a great introduction to public speaking. Sign up now and have fun while learning how to speak confidently. These workshops are also a great preview of what will be coming up in 2023 at J Carter Centre -COMPETITION TRAINING!

Nov/Dec 2022 Workshops

Holiday workshops are a great way for students to learn new skills in the area of performing in front of an audience or to excel in speaking festivals and competitions. At J Carter Centre, we have been preparing students for the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) since 2017. Students participate in different categories such as verse speaking, storytelling, impromptu speaking, public speaking, and many more. Our students have been achieving wonderful results at the festival over the years and some have gone on to represent their schools in speaking and debating competitions.

Achievements at speaking competitions are also a great way to build up a child’s portfolio for the DSA-SEC selection. Although not every student wants to participate in speaking competitions, learning the skill to speak confidently in front of others is always useful and a necessary talent in today’s competitive society. These workshops have been designed into short courses where students can choose to focus on a specific area of speaking in a fun and engaging way. The skills they have gained in the workshops will also prepare them for speaking competitions.

Impromptu Speaking

Life is a series of presentations and most of these are usually unscripted. Perhaps the most challenging form of speaking is to speak spontaneously. This workshop will teach your child to use a simple technique to speak without scripts relying more on their personal experiences and knowledge in order to share information and experiences on various topics.

Age Group DatesTimeVacanciesStudent Fee
10-1129 Nov – 30 Nov10 am to 1 pmFULLWorkshop Fee: $298
*Reg:$40 (*New Students only)
11-121 Dec – 2 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULL
Updated on 27/11/2022

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is a life skill everyone should aim to master no matter their age. Speeches come in many forms but persuasive speaking is perhaps the most useful and necessary form of public speaking that we must all learn to do if we want to convince others to understand our point of view.  Students will learn to craft and deliver a persuasive speech to an intended audience. Verbal and non-verbal techniques will also be taught in this workshop.  Click on the link to watch some of our students deliver a speech: https://jcartercentre.blog/

Age Group DatesTimeVacanciesStudent Fee
1 Dec – 2 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULLWorkshop Fee: $298
*Reg:$40 (*New Students only)
86 Dec – 7 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULL
98 Dec – 9 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULL
10-1112 Dec -13 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULL
Updated on 4/12/2022
Age Group DatesTimeVacanciesStudent Fee
12-13 14 Dec -15 Dec10 am to 1 pmFULLWorkshop Fee: $328
*Reg:$40 (*New Students only)
Updated on 4/12/2022

If you have any questions, you may call 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com

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Post-PSLE Workshop – Public Speaking

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The Art of Speaking

Workshops are a great way for students to learn speaking skills that will help them to deliver a speech in front of an audience. At J Carter Centre, we have been preparing students to speak publicly since 2008. Our students have been achieving wonderful results in the Trinity College London Communications Skills examination over the years and some have even gone on to represent their schools and our centre in speaking competitions. Although not every student wants to compete, learning the skill to speak confidently in front of others is a life skill that is necessary for today’s competitive society. These workshops have been designed into short courses where students can choose to focus on a specific area of speaking in a fun and engaging way. The skills they will gain in the workshops will also prepare them to present better in secondary schools.

Take advantage of PSLE Marking days to learn the Art of Public Speaking. Details of the workshop are as follows:

Sch LevelDatesTimeWorkshop Fee
Primary 619-20 Oct10am – 1pmWorkshop Fee: $328

*Reg:$40 (*New Students only)

All students will receive a video of their performance after the workshop.

For Registration details, call 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com

Opening Hours

Wed-Fri: 3 pm – 7 pm, Sat & Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Public Holidays

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DSA Domains/Talent Areas for Students with Trinity College London Communication Skills Qualifications

12 September 2022, 2.22 pm (Singapore Time)

10-Week DSA Preparation Course for Primary 6 students

It is that time of the year when parents whose children will be in Primary Six in 2023, start to consider whether they should attempt Direct School Admissions (DSA). If the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ then the next question would be: “Which Schools/Talent Areas should I choose?” For this article, I will only focus on Schools/Talent Areas to which students with the Trinity College London Communication Skills Qualifications can apply.

Integrated Programme (IP) Schools

Bilingualism (For this domain, students must also be taking Higher Chinese.)

  1. Dunman High School (Secondary)
  2. Catholic High School (Secondary)
  3. Hwa Chong Institution (Secondary)
  4. CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
  5. Nanyang Girls’ High School

Debate and Theatre (Students must also have an interest in Current Affairs)

  1. Victoria School

Debating (Students must also have an interest in Current Affairs)

  1. River Valley High School (Secondary)

English Language ( For this domain, students must also have strong writing skills and an interest in English Literature.)

  1. Temasek Junior College (Secondary)
  2. Hwa Chong Institution
  3. Raffles Institution (Secondary)
  4. Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)
  5. Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
  6. Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Humanities (Students must also have an interest in Debate and Current Affairs)

  1. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Secondary)
  2. Catholic High School (Secondary)

Specialised Independent Schools (SIS)

Theatre and/or Creative Writing (Student must have an interest in Acting and/or writing)

  1. SOTA (School of the Arts)

Express Schools (4 years)

Debate and Public Speaking

  1. Evergreen Secondary School
  2. Whitley Secondary School
  3. Yusof Ishak Secondary School
  4. CHIJ Katong Convent

Public Speaking

  1. Juying Secondary School
  2. Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
  3. Mayflower Secondary School

Debate and Theater (Students must also have an interest in Current Affairs and/or Acting)

  1. CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent

Debating (Students must also have an interest in Current Affairs)

  1. CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
  2. Hougang Secondary School
  3. Mayflower Secondary School
  4. Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Rd)
  5. St Gabriel’s Secondary School

Media/Journalism

  1. Bedok View Secondary School
  2. Deyi Secondary School
  3. Holy Innocents’ High School
  4. Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School

Journalism

  1. Evergreen Secondary School

English Language (Students must also have good writing skills and an interest in Current Affairs)

  1. Pasir Ris Secondary School

English Literary – Debate and Scrabble (Students must also have an interest in Current Affairs)

  1. Maris Stella High School (Secondary)

At J Carter Centre, we have been preparing students for DSA since 2010. We offer a 10-week DSA Preparation Course for students applying to different domains. For more information, click on this link: https://jcartercentre.blog/2022/07/07/direct-school-admissions-dsa-preparation-course-for-primary-5-students-starting-soon-register-today/

Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF 2022) Results – Category: Public Speaking

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Over the weekend (23 July 2022), results for the Public Speaking Category for SPAF 2022 was announced. This is one of the most challenging category in the festival as the criteria for achieving a ‘Gold Award’ is extremely demanding. This year, 18 of our students from J Carter Centre for Public Speaking were selected to represent our centre in the festival in both Class 1 (Ages 8-10) and Class 2 (Ages 11-12) of the Public Speaking category. We are happy to say that our students achieved the following results:

  • 3 Gold Awards
  • 9 Silver Awards
  • 3 Bronze Awards
  • 3 Participation Awards

Congratulations to all the participants. We are proud of your achievements. Thank you for your hard work. We would also like to thank the parents for their support.

Gold Award – Class 1: WONG HUEI YANG BENEDICT JOHN

Gold Award – Class 2: ZHENG QIYUE JOYCE

Gold Award – Class 2: AIDEN LENNOX MCEWAN

Silver Awards – Class 1

  • DARLENE JENNA GOH JING EN
  • GOH YI TING
  • SOPHIA ISABELLA TIDSWELL
  • YEE SHYAN HUI ELIZA
  • YU XINHUI

Silver Awards – Class 2

  • JAMIE LEE (LI QIANMIN)
  • LIM QIN DA, KYEUS
  • YU XINRUI
  • JACQUELINE LIM QIAN QI

Bronze Awards – Class 1

  • ALEXA ONG YI JING
  • PATEL VED PARESH
  • TOMA NG ZUN SENG

Participation Awards – Class 1

  • FONG XU KAI, ALEXANDER
  • KAYLA TAN WEN XUAN
  • LEE XI QUAN
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Direct School Admissions (DSA) Preparation Course for Primary 5 students starting soon – Register today!

DSA Preparation Course – 10 Weeks

Direct School Admissions (DSA-SEC) – Overview

We offer a holistic DSA preparation for Primary 5 students with a focus on Integrated Programme schools (IP), Specialised Independent Schools (SIS), Express, and International schools. This course is developed to include a wide range of activities that will prepare students for the DSA selection process in the following talent areas:

  • Sports and games
  • Infocomm and Innovation
  • Debate and public speaking
  • Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM, STEAM)
  • Languages and humanities
  • Leadership (for example, prefects)

This course is conducted by our founder, Jackeline Carter who has 12 years of experience coaching students successfully through the DSA-SEC selection process for IP, SIS, Express, and the 3 International schools- SJI International, ACS International, and Hwa Chong International. As an expert in communication skills, she has extensive experience training students to perform at their best during the selection trials and interviews. This course will cover the following areas and more:

  • Matching talent to schools and domains
  • Best practices for submitting online applications
  • Presentation skills
  • Impromptu speaking 
  • Group discussions
  • Problem-solving activities
  • Viewpoint essay writing
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Interview etiquette
  • Mock interviews

Jackeline Carter is the author of ‘Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions (DSA)’. One of the first books on DSA which was published in 2014, provides an easy-to-understand guide to preparing for DSA-SEC. Although this book is no longer in print, the updated version of the book will be given to students who enroll in the 10-week DSA Preparation Course.

Post-Course Materials and Support

  • Individualised feedback based on the participant’s performance during the course.
  • Guidelines and Interview list specific to school(s) and domain(s) selected by the student
  • Video recordings of student’s participation in the various activities including mock interviews
  • On-going support via email to parents and students if needed until the completion of the DSA selection process

For more information about our programmes or updates on vacancies, please email info@jcartercentre.com. You may also contact us at 67372700 during centre opening hours.

Vacancies for Semester 2: Trinity College London Communication Skills – Register Now!

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We still have a few vacancies left for Semester 2. Sign up now before registration closes. We do not take in students in the middle of the semester and the next intake will be on January 2023. For parents who have put off registering their children for communication skills/public speaking classes, don’t delay any further, especially if your goal is to improve your child’s confidence and speaking skills. It is great if your child is doing well academically however if they cannot communicate well, those academic scores are not going to help with achieving great success in the future. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now before it is too late.

我们在第二学期还有一些空缺。现在在注册结束前注册。 我们在学期中不招收学生,下一次招收时间是 2023 年 1 月。对于推迟为孩子注册沟通技巧/公共演讲课程的家长,不要再拖延了,尤其是如果您的目标是 是提高孩子的自信心和口语能力。 如果您的孩子在学业上表现良好,那就太好了,但是如果他们不能很好地沟通,那么这些学业成绩将无助于未来取得巨大成功。 那你还在等什么? 现在注册,以免为时已晚。(免责声明:由于使用了谷歌翻译,请原谅翻译中的任何错误。)

These are the vacancies as of 7 July 2022. (这些是截至 2022 年 7 月 7 日的空缺。)

Age 7 yrs. Starting from 15 July/16 July (年龄 7 岁- 从 7 月 15 日/7 月 16 日开始)

  • Initial 1: Friday, 4 pm – 5.30 pm (Vacancy 4)
  • Initial 1: Saturday, 2.30 pm – 4 pm (Vacancy 2)

Age 8 yrs (NEW CLASS!) Starting from 15 July (8 岁-(新班!)从 7 月 15 日开始)

  • Initial 2: Friday, 3.45 pm – 5.15 pm (Vacancy 4)

Age 9 yrs. Enrolment closes on 12 July (年龄 9 岁- 报名截止日期为 7 月 12 日)

  • Grade 1 Wednesday, 4 pm – 5.30 pm (Vacancy 1)

Age 12 yrs. Enrolment closes on 12 July (年龄 12 岁 – 报名截止日期为 7 月 12 日)

  • Grade 4 (Pri): Wednesday, 3.45 pm – 5.15 pm (Vacancy 3)

Age 16 – 17 yrs. Enrolment closes on 16 July (年龄 16 – 17 岁 – 报名截止日期为 7 月 16 日)

  • Grade 6: Sunday, 12.30 pm – 2 pm (Vacancy 3)

*Note: Weekday classes enjoy $100-weekday discount (*注:平日课程享受 $100 平日折扣)

For more information about the programme and registration details, email info@jcartercentre.com or call 67372700. (有关注册详情的更多信息,请发送电子邮件至 info@jcartercentre.com 或致电 67372700。)

Trinity College London Communication Skills Top Achievers for Nov/Dec 2021

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Congratulations to our top achievers for the Nov/Dec 2021 examinations. To achieve this position at J Carter Centre, students must score the highest percentage for their grade level and/or above 90%. They will receive a special trophy and their photo will be displayed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ in the center’s reception area.

J Carter Centre for Public Speaking – June 2022 Workshops

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PSLE Oral Examination Preparation 

In these workshops, we share our proven oral techniques that have helped many students ace this challenging exam. The workshop will help your child improve their ability to read expressively and converse knowledgeably. Each workshop will focus on 2 themes commonly tested during Primary 6 Prelim and PSLE. There are a total of 4 different workshops that will cover 8 themes. The workshops do not need to be taken in sequence as each workshop will cover the oral techniques required to do well in this examination. Students can choose to register for all 4 different workshops to be fully prepared for the oral examination.

The workshops will offer the following benefits to the learner: 

  • Develop opinions while expressing them in a confident and succinct manner using good phrases and proper sentence structure.
  • Learn essential reading techniques using our special PAFER(P) method to deliver a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage.

The themes covered in the workshops are as follows:

  1. Theme 1 – Values, Personal/Family
  2. Theme 2 – Community-related, National issues
  3. Theme 3 – School related, Activities

For the June school holidays, we will be offering Theme 1, 2 & 3. All workshops will be conducted Face-to-Face. The details of the workshops are listed below:

DSA-SEC(Pri 6): Interview Coaching Workshop

We offer intensive interview coaching for Primary 6 students who will be attempting DSA-SEC from July 2022. Students will be taught the skills needed to perform well during the DSA interviews. The workshops are grouped into specific domains to maximize the effectiveness of the coaching. The workshops cater to students applying to Integrated Programme (IP), Specialised independent schools (SIS), and Express secondary schools. 

At the end of the workshop, students will receive videos of the interviews carried out during the workshop. The DSA workshop will strengthen the communications skills of each student and provide them with the information and skills needed to perform confidently in front of a panel of interviewers.

The workshop will cover the following areas: 

  • Interview etiquette
  • Mock interviews
  • Guidelines and interview questions specific to domains/schools

The workshops are grouped according to the following domains:

  1. Academic domains – English, Bilingual, Mathematics, Science
  2. Sports – Individual and team sport
  3. Performing Arts – Music CCA, Music Elective (MEP), Drama/Theatre
  4. Others – Leadership, Innovation, STEM, STEAM

Lessons are taught over 2 days and each lesson is 3 hours. Students will be prepared for a maximum of two DSA choices only during one workshop run. (The two choices must be the domains offered for that workshop) 

Scenario 1

Choice 1: Mathematics/HCI

Choice 2: Science/RI

You only need to register for the Academic domains workshop.

Scenario 2

Choice 1: Bilingual/NYGH

Choice 2: Swimming/RGS

You will have to register for the Academic domains workshop and the Sport workshop if you want to be coached for both choices.

For the June school holidays, all workshops will be conducted Face-to-Face. The details of the workshops are listed below:

Art of Speaking – Overview

Holiday workshops are a great way for students to learn new skills in the area of performing in front of an audience or to excel in speaking festivals and competitions. At J Carter Centre, we have been preparing students for the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) since 2017.

Students participate in different categories such as verse speaking, storytelling, impromptu speaking, public speaking, and many more. Our students have been achieving wonderful results at the festival over the years and some have gone on to represent their schools in speaking and debating competitions.

Achievements at speaking competitions are also a great way to build up a child’s portfolio for the DSA-SEC selection. Although not every student wants to participate in speaking competitions, learning the skill to speak confidently in front of others is always useful and a necessary talent in today’s competitive society. These workshops have been designed into short courses where students can choose to focus on a specific area of speaking in a fun and engaging way. The skills they have gained in the workshops will also prepare them for speaking competitions.

For the June school holidays, all workshops will be conducted Face-to-Face. All students will receive a video of their performance after the workshop. The details of the workshops are as follows:

Storytelling

Telling a story is a great way to learn how to perform to an audience and convey a message in an entertaining manner. Everyone loves to listen to a story and it is even better to be able to tell one with gusto. This workshop will teach students to learn to use vocal variety, facial expressions, and body language to bring a story to life for an audience.

Public Speaking

This is a life skill everyone should aim to master no matter the age. Speeches come in many forms but persuasive speaking is perhaps the most useful and necessary form of public speaking that we must all learn to do if we want to convince others to understand our point of view.  Students will learn to craft and deliver a persuasive speech to an intended audience. Verbal and non-verbal techniques will also be taught in this workshop.

If you have any questions, you may call 67372700 during centre hours:

Opening Hours

Wed – Fri: 3 pm – 7 pm

Sat & Sun: 10 am-4 pm

Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays

WHY Singapore Performing Arts Festival & Fringe event this Saturday – 9 April 2022

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SATURDAY , 9 APRIL 2022

AM SESSION  (Morning)

  [1000am – 1045am] Verse Speaking

  (Presenter: Alicia Kim Chua  – SPAF Adjudicator)

  1. Using your voice
  2. Words and meaning
  3. Using Breath, Pause and Emphasis
  4. Let’s practice
  5. Notes about recording performance video
  6. Q & A

  [1100am – 1230pm] Welcome and SPAF Introduction

  (Presenter: Mary Ann Tear – SPAF Committee Chair and Chief Adjudicator) 

  1. Our mission for Singapore Performing Arts Festival.
  2. What to expect.
  3. Brief introduction to the categories offered.
  4. What’s NEW! for 2022.

PM SESSION (Afternoon)  

  [200pm – 245pm] Performance Arts

  (Presenter: Amina Jindani – SPAF Adjudicator)

  1. Preparing Candidates for Pre-Recorded Performing Arts Submission.
  2. Help participants to examine the vital elements of performance acting and storytelling.
  3. Explore how to improve the clarity of voice through an exploration of the elements of emphasis, articulation and pace; as well as compare actioning to movement.
  4. Props versus mime
  5. Position yourself in the space in pre-recorded video submissions.

    [300pm – 430pm] Creative Writing

  (Presenter: Amina Jindani – SPAF Adjudicator) 

  1. An Introduction to Plot-Twists in Creative Writing
  2. Join us for a fun and exciting virtual board game experience on how plot twists work in storytelling narratives.
  3. Amina will take the participants through a 1 hour 45 minute introduction to the game, The Snakes and Ladders of Plot Twists.
  4. Participants will be writing down their Hero’s Journey ideas as the game evolves with some sharing of story notes at the end.

To Register for the AM Zoom session, please click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodOCtpj0qHNEHHAKGCsz1jOuskV13K6Fw

To Register for the PM Zoom session, please click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuc-6rpj4rE9ED1Ck7gqmNbqV21QNo2xzR

J Carter Centre for Public Speaking has been supporting the Singapore Performing Arts Festival since its early inception. Every year, our communication skills students will participate in several categories. The experience has expanded their skill sets in the area of public speaking and helped them gain confidence in the area of performance. We look forward to working together with the organisers MSWorks in this year’s event.

J Carter Centre for Public Speaking – March 2022 Workshops

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DSA-SEC(Pri 6) Portfolio Workshop  (Zoom online)

This workshop will teach students techniques to prepare effective portfolios to highlight their strengths and achievements to school admission officers. The workshop will focus on different approaches which students can use to increase their chances of getting shortlisted for an interview during the DSA selection process. This workshop is catered to Primary 6 students attempting DSA in 2022.

The workshop will cover the following areas and more: 

  • Preparing a standard portfolio (Hardcopy)
  • Preparing creative portfolios (soft copy/online) 
  • How to highlight achievements on DSA application form using google suite

The methods taught in this workshop will be suitable for students applying to most domains except visual arts.

For the March school holidays, we will be offering the Portfolio Workshop only. Interview coaching workshops will be offered during the June holidays. All workshops will be conducted online using Zoom conferencing software. The details of the  workshops are listed below:

DSA Portfolio

  • Run 1 – 16 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Run 2 – 18 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Fee: $158
Reg: $40 (new student only)

PSLE Oral Examination Preparation Workshop (Zoom Online)

In these workshops, we share our proven oral techniques that have helped many students ace this challenging exam. The workshop will help your child improve their ability to read expressively and converse knowledgeably. Each workshop will focus on 2 themes commonly tested during Primary 6 Prelim and PSLE. There are a total of 4 different workshops that will cover 8 themes. The workshops do not need to be taken in sequence as each workshop will cover the oral techniques required to do well in this examination. Students can choose to register for all 4 different workshops to be fully prepared for the oral examination.

The workshops will offer the following benefits to the learner: 

  • Develop opinions while expressing them in a confident and succinct manner using good phrases and proper sentence structure.
  • Learn essential reading techniques using our special PAFER(P) method to deliver a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage.

The themes covered in the workshops are as follows:

  • Workshop 1 – Values, Personal/Family themes
  • Workshop 2 – Community-related, National issues themes
  • Workshop 3 – School related, Activities themes
  • Workshop 4 – Travelling/Transportation, Financial themes

For the March school holidays, we will be offering Workshop 1 only – Values, Personal/Family themes. The rest will be offered during the June holidays. All workshops will be conducted online using Zoom conferencing software. The details are listed below:

Workshop 1 – Values, Personal/Family

  • Run 1 – 16-18 March 2022 – 10 am to 1 pm
  • Run 2 – 16-18 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Fee: $498
Reg: $40 (new student only)

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to register for the workshops, you may call 67372700 during centre hours or email: info@jcartercentre.com

Opening Hours
Wed – Fri: 3 pm – 7 pm
Sat & Sun: 10 am-4 pm   

Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays

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Trinity College London Communication Skills Top Achievers for June/July 2021

Congratulations to all of our top achievers for the June/July 2021 examinations. To achieve this position at J Carter Centre, students must score the highest percentage for their grade level and/or above 90% whichever is higher. They will receive a special trophy and their photo will be displayed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ at the reception area of the centre.

DSA-SEC: How COVID-19 changed the way schools conducted their selection process

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Testimonials from former students who took the 10-week DSA Preparation Course

COVID-19 fatigue – we are all experiencing it but how did this pandemic affect the way DSA-SEC selection process was carried out in 2020 and 2021. This is what I will be discussing in this article. I will focus more on the way Integrated Programme (IP) schools changed the way they conduct their DSA selection process as I prepare more students for these schools in our 10-weeks DSA Preparation Course. Details of this course were shared in the previous post: https://jcartercentre.blog/2021/11/25/january-2022-intake-j-carter-centre-for-public-speaking/

Let’s talk about the situation in 2020. The pandemic took everyone by surprise as a result secondary schools had to rush to set up online options to continue with the selection process. There were many teething issues moving the process online – not only were the schools grappling with video conferencing software, but they also had to change the way they conducted the trials, auditions, written tests, and interviews. At the same time, they had to work closely with the primary schools to set up the video conferencing equipment on their end in order for the candidates to connect with the secondary schools they had been shortlisted for.

The following information that I am sharing is based on the feedback given to me by parents and students who had taken my DSA Preparation Course. As such it will be an overview of how some of the schools carried out their processes. For confidentiality reasons, I will not mention the name of the schools in this article nor entertain questions in the comments section or through private messaging (PM).

  • *Application Stage
    • Due to time constraints and the need to seek the help of primary schools to carry out the selection process, secondary schools were more stringent in the way they shortlisted the candidates after the application stage. They only shortlisted those who had credentials that reflected strong abilities and interest in the specific talent domain applied for.
  • *Hardcopy Portfolios and Personal Statements
    • Many schools did away with the need for portfolios because primary schools were tasked to send the student’s performance records directly to the secondary schools. The online application also asked for a list of achievements or activities carried out privately but this was limited to 10 so those with lots of enrichment activities had to scale down what they could share with the schools they were applying for. Only certain domains still required a portfolio and usually a soft-copy version to be uploaded to the school site or sent by email to the school. Some of the domains are: English, Science, Innovation, and visual arts.
    • As for personal statements, mostly leadership domains require one.
  • *Sports domain
    • Sports students were asked to send videos showing how they played although it was optional – before the school shortlisted them for the next stage. This caught many off-guard as parents do not normally video taped any of their children’s practise sessions. Some parents who invested in private coaching on the other hand were luckier as they had videos of their children’s private coaching sessions.
    • On selection day, some schools recruited the help of primary school P.E. teachers to put the students through some activities and exercises while they watch the performance through video conferencing. These were mainly for team sports. Individual sports candidates had to depend on their past performances and competition achievements to secure an interview with the school.
  • *Performing Arts domain
    • Students were asked to send videos of their performances before being shortlisted for an interview.
    • Some required shortlisted candidates to audition live through video conferencing before conducting a 1-to-1 interview.
    • Others required videos, auditions and interviews.
  • Academic domains
    • Several schools did away with online interviews for academic domains and only required students to complete written tests online. The software used by some of the schools prevented students from going back to the previous questions to change their answers once it had been submitted. There was also a time factor involved and students were unable to continue with the test once the time limit was up.
    • Others required the students to undergo a vocal Q & A segment. Students heard a recording of a series of 5 questions and were given 15 minutes to plan how they were going to answer them. They were then given 5 minutes to record their answers. Not everyone was able to answer all the questions in 5 minutes.
    • Some showed the students videos on certain issues and asked them to share their thoughts through a written essay.
    • For schools that retained the interview portion of the selection process, they chose to conduct group or individual interviews via online video conferencing. The individual interviews were smoother but the group interviews faced some issues due to students logging in from different primary schools at the same time. Some candidates joined the meeting later than the allotted time due to technical difficulties. As a result, some group interviews were rather rushed and less confident students had difficulty speaking and standing out from the group.

After overcoming all the teething issues the schools faced in 2020, the 2021 selection process was better. However, changes were implemented again and some of the methods were done away with as they did not work well the previous year.

  • * Application stage, Portfolios, and Personal Statements
    • There was no changes for these segments and schools were just as strigent in shortlisting students for the DSA testing, auditions, and interviews.
  • *Sports Domain
    • This year, there were less requirements for trials and videos. Instead students were shortlisted directly to the interview segment if they showed some potential. As there weren’t any National School games or competitions and hardly any sports training for students, IP schools gave out less Confirm Offers (CO) for this domain. Many were waitlisted (WL) instead and these were later switched to CO after PSLE results were released. However, unique sports like Fencing and Shooting for example were assessed differently as students in these sports mainly compete and train privately. Shooting for example was able to compete virtually while fencing had some private competitions running this year.
  • *Performing Arts
    • Not much changes for this domain and students still send in videos, audition and interview through video conferencing. Private competitions and examinations for music were still happening although virtually so students from this domain were able to enhance their musical portfolio of achievements. However, similar to the sports domain, fewer CO and WL were given out for this domain by IP schools as there was a reduction in public performances and practice sessions in schools due to cancellation of CCA.
  • Academic domains
    • Some of the schools conducted written tests only for some of the subject domains like Mathematics and Bilingual, while most carried out both testing and interviews and others only focused on conducting interviews.
    • There were fewer technical difficulties this time around as schools were more familiar with using the video conferencing software.
    • More COs were given out under Academic and Leadership domains.

*Please take note that the information shared about DSA application, portfolios, personal statements, sports, and performing arts domains does not apply to SOTA or The Singapore Sports School. These SIS schools conduct their own application and selection process and are not part of the DSA-SEC selection process offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

There is a good chance that the 2022 selection process will still be conducted online as the COVID-19 situation is still uncertain. However, the process may change again depending on how the situation will be by the time July 2022 comes around. We will have to wait and see in May 2022 when schools will publish their criteria for DSA to be sure how they will conduct the selection process. In the meantime, all the best to those who will be attempting DSA selection next year. If you would like to register for the DSA Preparation Course for Primary 6 students starting in February 2022 the details are as follows:

Programme Details and Dates

  • For Primary 6 students attempting DSA in 2022
  • Maximum of 8 participants
  • 1.5 hours weekly for 10 weeks
  • Course dates: Thursdays, 17/02/2021-28/04/2021
  • Time: 5.30 pm-7 pm
  • Venue: Face-to-Face at J Carter Centre
  • Vancancies: 4 (as of 5/12/2021)

For more information, please refer to the previous blog post: https://jcartercentre.blog/2021/11/25/january-2022-intake-j-carter-centre-for-public-speaking/

Happy Holidays!

January 2022 Intake – J Carter Centre For Public Speaking

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Updates regarding January 2022 Intake

Greetings from J Carter Centre. First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your interest in our programmes.

As we are in the process of registering students for the next semester, we feel that it would be appropriate to post an update regarding the available vacancies for next semester’s intake – January 2022.

Vacancies for our signature programme-Trinity College London (TCL) Communications Skills 

We have consolidated our available vacancies for our signature programme – TCL Communication skills programme. Those who have not registered can still do so. The timetable is shown above and the number of vacancies available is correct as of 25 November 2021. However, to get the latest updates on vacancies, please email us at info@jcartercentre

Entry to Trinity Programme at J Carter

  • Initial 1 – Primary 1 in 2022
  • Initial 2 – Primary 2 in 2022 or completed Initial 1
  • Grade 1 – Primary 3 in 2022 or completed Initial 2
  • Grade 2 – Primary 4 in 2022 or completed Grade 1
  • Grade 3 – Primary 5 in 2022 or completed Grade 2
  • Grade 4 (group exam format) – pre-requisite: Completed Grade 3
  • Grade 4 (Solo exam format) – Secondary 1& 2 in 2022 or completed Grade 3
  • Grade 5 (group exam format) – pre-requisite: Completed Grade 4 (group exam format)
  • Grade 5 (solo exam format) – Secondary 3 & 4 or completed Grade 4 (solo exam format)
  • Grade 6  – JC 1 & Poly Year 1 or completed Grade 5 (solo exam format)
  • Grade 7 – JC 2 & Poly Year 2 or completed Grade 6 (solo exam format)
Testimonials from former students who attended 10-weeks DSA Prep course

Direct School Admissions (DSA-SEC) – Overview

For students who are keen to attempt DSA in 2022, we suggest that you enrol in the DSA Preparation Course in Semester 1, 2022. We offer a holistic DSA preparation for Primary 6 students with a focus on Integrated Programme schools (IP), Specialised Independent Schools (SIS), Express, and International schools. This course is developed to include a wide range of activities that will prepare students for the DSA selection process in the following talent areas:

  • Sports and games
  • Visual, literary and performing arts
  • Debate and public speaking
  • Science, mathematics and engineering
  • Languages and humanities
  • Leadership (for example, prefects)

This course is conducted by our founder, Jackeline Carter who has 12 years of experience coaching students successfully through the DSA-SEC selection process for IP, SIS, Express and the 3 International schools- SJI International, ACS International and Hwa Cheong International. As an expert in communication skills, she has extensive experience training students to perform at their best during the selection trials and interviews. This course will cover the following areas and more:

  • Matching talent to schools and domains
  • Best practises for submitting online application
  • Presentation skills
  • Impromptu speaking 
  • Group discussions
  • Problem-solving activities
  • Viewpoint essay writing
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Interview etiquette
  • Mock interviews

Jackeline Carter is the author of ‘Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions (DSA)’. One of the first books on DSA that was published in 2014 provides an easy to understand guide to preparing for DSA-SEC. Although this book is no longer in print, the updated version of the book will be given to students who enrol in the 10-week DSA Preparation Course.

Programme Details and Dates

  • For Primary 6 students attempting DSA in 2022
  • Maximum of 8 participants
  • 1.5 hours weekly for 10 weeks
  • Course dates: Thursdays, 17/02/2021-28/04/2021
  • Time: 5.30 pm-7 pm
  • Venue: Face-to-Face at J Carter Centre

Post-Course Materials and Support

  • Individualised feedback based on child’s performance during the course.
  • Guidelines and Interview list specific to school(s) and domain(s) selected by the student
  • Video recordings of student’s participation in the various activities including mock interviews
  • On-going support via email to parents and students if needed until the completion of DSA selection process

For more information about our programmes or updates on vacancies, please email info@jcartercentre.com. You may also contact us at 67372700 during centre opening hours.

Please take care and stay safe. Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Gold Award for Creative Writing – Devin Ding

Congratulations to our student Devin Ding for achieving a Gold Award for Creative Writing at this year’s SPAF 2021. All of us at J Carter Centre is so proud of your achievement. You can read his wonderful story below:

An Act of Kindness By Devin Ding

“Help!” A familiar voice rang out. Noting that the sound was coming from the other side of the park, I limped towards the source of the noise. Hiding behind the bushes, I peered over them…

“Are you done yet?” My brother shouted up the stairs. “Almost done! “I replied. I bolted down the stairs to join my brother. It was an average Sunday morning, and the sun was shining majestically. “The perfect weather to rollerblade, “I thought. Clad in protective gear, I was ready to roller skate with my brother. “Let’s go! And last one to the lake is a rotten egg!” He sped off, leaving me grumbling about the unfair head start he got. I soon followed him, determined to make him succumb to defeat! Soon, I was gaining on him, and we were still a distance away from the lake. “Oof!” I crashed into a bush. I had failed to notice the innocuous stone in the middle of the path until the very last minute where I swerved right and crashed into the bushes. “Looks like I’m the rotten egg again!” I sighed.

Getting up, I felt something trickling down my leg. I looked down, only to see vermilion blood all over my knee. Taking my gear off and placing them into a small bag, I made my way to the toilet and managed to clean my wound. I then placed a plaster over it. Resting on the bench, I looked off into the distance, lost in my reverie. “Help!” a voice screamed, breaking me from my trance. The voice was familiar, but I could not make out the owner of the voice. Worried, I made my way to the source of the sound and hid behind some bushes. Peering through the gap in the bushes, I screamed internally in horror. Sarah, my classmate was being bullied by Jake, our school bully! Must have been because Sarah told our teacher what Jake was doing behind their backs. Though I was larger than him, he was known to put up scuffle with anybody and in the process, seriously hurting them! If I decided to confront him, I would be beaten like piñatas!

I was caught in a moral dilemma as I pondered what to do. “Go and help Sarah, Sam.” A voice in my head said, “You should stand up to bullies and help your classmates.” “But what if he hurts me? “I murmured, waiting for a response. However, the voice was no more, reduced to a mere echo in my head. “Okay, I shall help her.” With that, I stood up walked into the open field.

“Stop picking on her, you bully!” I shouted at Jake, who turned his head around and looked at me in shock. All of a sudden, he threw his head back and hollered with laughter. “You think you can stop me, wimp? Of course not! Stop trying to be the hero!” He replied maliciously, amused by my sudden outburst. However, I was not at all affected by his untrue words. “No, you are the wimp! You bully others because you just want people to know that you are strong, but you’re not!” “How dare you…” With that, he charged at me, his fists raised.

The blow never came, and I slowly peeked out of the tiny slits in my eyelids. “Sorry, sir!” Jake was apologising meekly. Looking around, I could see my headmaster, towering over Jake, arms akimbo. Turning towards me, he smiled kindly. “Are you okay? I am proud that you stood up to Jake!” he said, before turning to Jake, his face stern again, and said, “As for you, I will call your parents!” Mumbling, I said I was okay. “Thanks, Sam! Thanks for helping me!” Sarah said gratefully.

I then walked home with my brother, who had a perplexed look on his face as he had searched for me around the park but had not found me until now. As I related the incident to him, he gaped in awe and patted me on the shoulder said, “Whoa, brother! You stood up to Jake? Cool! He will know never to mess with us again!”

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Gold Award for Verse Speaking – Joyce Zheng

We are happy to introduce another Gold Award Achiever for the category of Verse Speaking at the recent SPAF 2021. Congratulations to Joyce Zheng for her outstanding achievement. Everyone at J Carter Centre is very proud of you. You can watch her performance by clicking on the video below.

The Dragon by Kevin Mccann

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Gold Award for Verse Speaking – JAMIE LEE (LI QIANMIN)

Another Gold award achiever for SPAF 2021! Congratulations Jamie for a wonderful achievement in Verse Speaking. We are all so proud of you at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking. Please enjoy the Jamie’s performance by clicking on the video below:

Verse Speaking: Attention to a Spider by John Coldwell
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Gold Awards for Public Speaking & Verse Speaking -SPAF 2021 – Ella Loo

Congratulations to Ella Loo for achieving Double Gold at SPAF 2021. Watch her performances below. Well done Ella, we are so proud of your achievement!

Verse Speaking – The Dragon by Kevin Mccann
Topic: Physical exercise is good for the body and the mind
Audience: Members of the Chess Club CCA

Trinity College London Communication Skills Top Achievers for the Year 2020

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Congratulations to all of our top achievers for the 2020 examinations. To achieve this position at J Carter Centre, students must score the highest percentage for their grade level and/or above 90% whichever is higher. They will receive a special trophy and their photo will be displayed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ at the reception area.

Trinity College London Communication Skills – Exam Results: Nov/Dec 2020

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Trophies for Distinction Holders

2020 was a year of upheavals and difficulties trying to prepare our students for the Trinity College London Communication Skills exams. Considering the situation, we are happy to announce that our students managed to complete the year achieving excellent results in the examination. Many of our students had to complete two graded examinations within the same time period because of the postponement of the June exams. However, thanks to the teachers at J Carter Centre who conducted refresher lessons while at the same time teaching the regular classes, we were able to get our students ready to take the communication skills exams.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work. Extra ‘shout out’ to those students who achieved Distinctions in their exams.

Top in Grade – Solo Exam

Initial – Goh Yi Ting

Grade 1 – Alyssa Lam Shang Leen

Elizabeth Lu Yi Rong

– Meredith Erina Wong

Grade 2 – Lau Yhi Sun

– Kayla Low Kai En

Grade 3 – Elizabeth Choo Rong Le

– Sonya Ruth Tan

Grade 5 – Darius Chan Wing Yew

Grade 6 – Lang Wen Ling Laura

Grade 7 – Poon Ky-Shan

Grade 8 – Sean Tey Yi- Shuen

Top in Grade – Group Exam

Grade 4 – Lock Ming Yeung Walter

– Heng Teng Kiat Kayden

– Cayden Chong Ming Xuan

High Distinction – Solo Exam

Grade 3 – Jenson Foo Jheng Kiat

– Kuo Shou Yi

– Leah Sasayiah

– Lock Ming Yeung Walter

Grade 6 – Wong Zen Joi Lionel

Grade 7 – Lang Wen Ling Laura

Grade 8 – Augustine Chong Jun Xuan

– Meng Fantian

Distinction – Solo Exam

Initial

Blake Lim Yang Rui

Cheung Jeann

Ishan Moosa

Mahasacca Samadhi Murdaya

Peh Zi Xin Janelle

Sayf Khaliq Sophian Hadi

Sophia Isabella Tidswell

Grade 1

Lai Yi Xuan Kyler

Lok Si Nign Zenith

Looi Jernynn

Sophia Kua Jia Ying

Yu Xhe Song Michael

Zhang Ruian

Zhang Ruining

Grade 2

Alyssa Lam Shang Leen

Chiu Kai Wen Caellum

Emily Ng Min Qi

Jane Ooi Shin Yi

Lee Ming En

Leem Jia En

Lock Ming Zeon Warren

Lok Si Ning Zenith

Yu Zhe Song Michael

Shriyaa Dinesh

Theone Liew Hui En

Grade 3

Chua Yi Xuan

Devin Ding Yuxuan

Ell Loo Yunfei

Fan Yuankai Justin

Goh Zi Han

Heng Teng Kiat Kayden

Jamie Lee (Li Qianmin)

Jane Ooi Shin Yi

Li Wu

Liang Tianxin Jasmine

Lim Yee Hern Caleb

Lim Yih Tat, Lucas

Loh Si Woei Thora

Zheng Qiyue Joyce

Grade 4

Chia Ze lyn Tricia

Chua Zi Ein

Ellicia Sevita Shunmugam

Giselle Chiam Kai Ting

Gwen Tey Yijuen

Kyle Lim Liangyu

Prinaka Lala

Grade 5

Chen Bohao

Chua Zi Ein

Elena Ng Sze Hwee

Ernest Tan En-Rae

Felicia Duwana

Liu Jiayue

Tan Guang Yi

Tan Jing Quan Jaizer

Wang Yijie

Grade 6

Alaniah Imaan Ong

Chuah Ee Jay

Claire Lim Yi Hui

Enya Loo Yingshan

Gong Zekai

Lau Linn-I

Li Yiheng

Lim Kai Jun

Tan Guang Yi

Grade 7

Andrew Jonathan Lee

Claire Lim Yi Hui

Ryan Nathaniel Thesman

Tharani Nedumaran

Grade 8

Chuah Ee Zen

Lau Shen-I

Leong Yuk Seng Gordon

Distinction – Group Exam

Grade 4

Wong Bohui

Wong Boxi

Ng En Rui

Fiona Chua (Cai Siting)

Li Wu

Prajna Mahaviriya Murdaya

Makayla Loh Chao Lin

Elizabeth Choo Rong Le

Allison Rae Yeoh

Tan Liu Yui Megan

Ethan Foo Fang Teng

Overall Results for Nov/Dec 2020

Solo Examinations

Top in Grade: 13

High Distinctions: 17

Distinctions: 62

High Merits: 68

Merits: 16

Pass: 1

Group Examinations

Top in Grade: 1 group

Distinctions: 3 groups

Merit: 3 groups

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Nov/Dec 2020 Holiday Workshops-Early Bird Specials

Art of Speaking – Overview

Holiday workshops are a great way for students to learn new skills in the area of performing in front of an audience or to excel in speaking festivals and competitions. At J Carter Centre, we have been preparing students for the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) since 2017. Students participate in different categories such as verse speaking, storytelling, impromptu speaking, public speaking and many more. Our students have been achieving wonderful results at the festival over the years and some have gone on to represent their schools in speaking and debating competitions. Achievements at the festival are also a great way to build up a child’s portfolio for the DSA-SEC selection portfolio. Although not every student wants to participate in speaking festivals, learning the skills to speak confidently in front of others is always useful and a necessary talent in today’s competitive society. These workshops have been designed into short courses where students can choose to focus on specific areas of speaking in a fun and engaging way. Click below for schedule or  to register:

For New Students: https://jcartercentre.com/registration-new-student/

Verse Speaking

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.” — William Wordsworth, from “Preface to Lyrical Ballads.”

A fun way to learn verse recitation where students are introduced to the beauty of poems. Techniques learned involved Vocal expressiveness, facial expressions and gestures. Students will also be taught to understand the meaning in poems. Click on the link to watch some of our students reciting poetry: https://jcartercentre.blog/

Ages 6-7 24-25 Nov 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 8-924-25 Nov 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 10 -1130 Nov- 1 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Early Bird: $298 (Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Regular: $348
New student Registration: $40

Storytelling

“Stories are the most powerful form of human communication.”— Peg C. Neuhauser, author, Corporate Legends and Lore

Learning to tell a story is a great way to learn how to perform to an audience and to convey a message in an entertaining manner. Everyone loves to listen to a story and it is even better to be able to tell one with gusto. Storytelling is a great way for students to learn to use vocal variation, facial and body language to bring a story to life for an audience. Click on the link to watch some of our students telling a story: https://jcartercentre.blog/

Ages 6-7 26-27 Nov 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 8-926-27 Nov 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 10 -113-4 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Early Bird: $298 (Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Regular: $348
New student Registration: $40

Impromptu Speaking

Life is a series of presentations and most of these are usually unscripted. Perhaps the most challenging form of speaking is to speak spontaneously. In truth all the world’s a stage and we are always performing whether to one person or to many. This workshop will teach your child to use a simple technique to speak without scripts relying more on their personal experiences and knowledge in order to share information and experiences on various topics.

Ages 8-9 30 Nov -1 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 10-113-4 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Early Bird: $298 (Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Regular: $348
New student Registration: $40

Public Speaking

“Words mean more than what is set on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelou, author & poet

Public Speaking is a life skill everyone should aim to master no matter the age. Speeches come in many forms but persuasive speaking is perhaps the most useful and necessary form of public speaking that we must all learn to do if we want to convince others to understand our point of view.  Students will learn to craft and deliver a persuasive speech to an intended audience. Verbal and non-verbal techniques will also be taught in this workshop.  Click on the link to watch some of our students deliver a speech: https://jcartercentre.blog/

Ages 8-9 7-8 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 10-1110-11 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Early Bird: $298 (Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Regular: $348
New student Registration: $40
Ages 12-13 7-8 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Ages 14-1610-11 Dec 202010 am to 1 pm
Early Bird: $348(Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Regular: $398
New student Registration:$40

Direct School Admissions (DSA-SEC) Overview

We offer intensive DSA preparation for Primary 5 students. Lessons are taught over 5 days and each lesson is 3 hours. At the end of the workshop, students will receive detailed feedback and videos of the interviews and various activities carried out during the workshop. The DSA workshop will strengthen the communications skills of each student and provide them with the information and skill to perform confidently in front of a panel of interviewers. The workshop will cover the following areas and more:

  • Matching talent to schools and domains
  • Presentation skills
  • Impromptu speaking 
  • Group discussions
  • Problem solving activities
  • Viewpoint essay writing
  • Portfolio
  • Interview etiquette
  • Mock interviews
Primary 530 Nov-4 Dec 20202 pm to 5 pm
Primary 57-11 Dec 20202 pm to 5 pm
Early Bird: $898(Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Reg: $998
New student registration: $40

PSLE Oral Exam Prep

In these workshops, we share our proven oral techniques that have helped many students ace this challenging exam. The workshop will help your child improve their ability to read expressively and converse knowledgeably.To sustain the interest of the students, the lessons will be taught using exciting and informative videos, text, visuals and activities. The workshops are taught in three phases with each phase covering 5 different oral topics. Students can choose to register for one or more phases.

The workshops will offer the following benefits to the learner: 

  • In-depth information on 15 topics that commonly appear in Prelims and PSLE exams.
  • Develop opinions while expressing them in a confident and succinct manner using good phrases and proper sentence structure.
  • Learn essential reading techniques using our special PAFER-(P) method to deliver a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage.
Phase 125-27 Nov 20202 pm to 5 pm
Phase 22-4 Dec 20202 pm to 5 pm
Phase 39-11 Dec 20202 pm to 5 pm
Early Bird: $498 (Ends 30 Sept 2020)
Reg: $548
New student registration: $40

If you have any questions, you may call 67372700 during centre hours:

Opening Hours

Tue: 4pm – 7pm  Wed – Fri: 3pm – 7pm

Sat: 10am-4pm Sun: 10am – 6pm

Closed on Monday and public holidays

Click below for schedule or  to register:

For New Students: https://jcartercentre.com/registration-new-student/

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Gold Award for Verse Speaking – Gloria Leong

Introducing our student Gloria Leong. At SPAF 2020 Gloria recited a poem titled ‘Shadow Collector’. She performed very well and was given a Gold Award. This is the second year Gloria has participated in SPAF. Last year, she achieved Gold Awards in Verse Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Storytelling. Congratulations Gloria, we are so proud of you.

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Gold Star Award in Verse Speaking – Atharv Joshi

Atharv Joshi – GOLD STAR AWARD for Verse Speaking at SPAF 2020. Atharv is one of our most amazing speakers. Whether he is reciting a poem or telling a story, he is able to bring his words to life while entertaining his audience. This is Atharv second Gold Star award from SPAF. Last year he received a Gold Star Award for storytelling. Atharv you make your teachers so proud of your achievements. Well done!

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Zheng Qi Yue Joyce-Gold Award Public Speaking

We are so excited to share with you another Gold Award achiever at SPAF 2020 for public speaking from J Carter Centre. Congratulations to Zheng Qi Yue Joyce. Listen to her speech about TEACHING GRANDPARENTS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA. Well done Joyce we are very proud of you!

Gold Award for Public Speaking

Gold Star Award in Creative Writing ‘Dream’ by Allison Rae Yeoh

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We are extremely excited to announce that our student Allison Rae Yeoh has achieved a Gold Star Award at SPAF 2020. This is an amazing achievement as she was the only Gold Star recipient for her age category this year. We are so proud of her and we would like you to read her entertaining story about a boy wizard. The title of her story is ‘Dream’.

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“Ugh! Why is this happening to me?” I cried when I tried to change a stone into a chocolate bar, only succeeding to explode a jar. My name is Harry Patter, the Exploder. I am at a wizard school to learn magic. Now, I am trying a simple transformation spell but I still could not master it. Sighing, I flopped on my bed and imagined myself graduating from school. Nonetheless, it was hopeless as I was still in the lowest level!

The next day, I got detention for accidentally making another explosion and setting fire to the teacher’s beard. Glumly, I sat in the naughty corner, waiting for break time so I could go play.

Unfortunately, as soon as I went out for break, everyone stopped chattering and fingers pointed at me. Whispers of scorn could be heard. My heart became heavier by the minute and tears threatened to burst out. When the bully came over and teased me in a pathetic vice. It was too much. I gave a little sob and made a beeline for the big tree in the school garden and bawled my eyes out.

After what seemed like days, I finally stopped bawling and glanced around. The air smelled fresh and sweet and birds fluttered through the trees. This garden was special because it was full of nature.

Soon, my eyelids began to flutter and my body decided to take forty winks. Today, I dreamt whilst I slept.

Unusually, my dream today was about me becoming the most powerful wizard in the universe! When I woke up, I felt different. Unexpectedly, I raised my hand and yelled, “Huzzah!”. As usual, nothing happened. Feeling embarrassed at myself, I began to walk back to the main building of the school.

As I entered my class, the teacher’s stony glance told me I was late. Ignoring everyone, I strolled to my seat and sat down

One uninteresting hour later, our teacher finally finished her lecture. “Class, go work on your transformation spell!” she instructed. Cries of joy came from the class as they sped to get their objects.

Soon, everyone had finished except me. Taking a deep breath, I shouted at the top of my voice, “Watch me!” Everyone turned in surprised and looked in my direction. Sheepishly, I stared at the object and muttered the spell.

The class burst into laughter as nothing happened. Feeling angry, I muttered the spell again. Suddenly, pink dust came from my wand and hit the stone, turning it into a bar of chocolate.

There was a moment of stunned silence during which I had a triumphant smile on my face. I did it!

A few years later, I graduated from school and became the most powerful and feared wizard in the universe and to think that my powers came from a dream!

Finally everything changed. From the most unpopular kid in the school to the most powerful wizard in the universe. From one dream. Just one.

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Emma Quek – GOLD AWARDS Storytelling and Verse Speaking

Congratulations to Emma Quek for achieving a double Gold at SPAF 2020. Emma has come a long way from a very shy child to a confident young lady. From someone who refuses to speak in front of an audience to one who is entertaining with an ability to ‘Wow’ her audience. Listen to Emma as she recites a poem about a Mosquito who bothers her at night and a story about ‘The Mouse Ghost’ who is rather cheeky.

A message to a mosquito who shares my bedroom – Gold Award for Verse Speaking
The Mouse Ghost – Gold Award for Storytelling
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Emanuel Quek – GOLD AWARDS Verse Speaking, Storytelling, and Public Speaking

We are so excited to share the achievements of our student Emanuel Quek who achieved Triple Gold at SPAF 2020 in the categories of Verse Speaking, Storytelling, and Public Speaking. Emanuel has been a student with J Carter Centre since he was in Primary 1 and we are so proud of how far he has come. Listening to his recitation of the poem ‘A Smile’ will just put a smile on your face. His story about ‘The Ungrateful Lion’ will not only entertain you but also teach you an important lesson and finally, his speech about teaching his grandparents how to use social media is just adorable.

A Smile – Gold Award for Verse Speaking
The Ungrateful Lion – Gold Award for Storytelling
Teaching your grandparents to use social media – Gold Award for Public Speaking

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Prinaka Lala GOLD AWARD-Storytelling

Congratulations to our student Prinaka Lala for achieving a Gold Award for storytelling at SPAF 2020. We are so proud of her. Listen to her spectacular story – ‘How the leopard got its spots’. Prinaka is a very entertaining storyteller and we know you will enjoy listening to her story.

How the leopard got its spots – Gold Award
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Sarah Ting – GOLD AWARD Public Speaking

We are excited to announce that Sarah Ting has achieved a Gold Award for Public Speaking at SPAF 2020. We are very proud of her as Sarah is someone who is rather shy and has to put in extra effort to speak confidently in front of an audience. Thank you Sarah for your hard work. Your teachers at J Carter Centre are very impressed with your achievement. Listen to Sarah’s speech about ‘Learning to Cook’.

Learning to Cook – Gold Award
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Thomas Ting – GOLD AWARDS Public Speaking and Verse Speaking

Congratulations to Thomas Ting for achieving two Gold Awards at SPAF 2020. We are very proud of his achievements. We would like you to listen to his wonderful speech about teaching his grandparents to use social media and his poem ‘Rushing’.

Rushing – Gold Award for Verse Speaking
Teaching your grandparents to use social media – Gold Award for Public Speaking

A HAUNTED LIBRARY- by Leem Jia En Gold Award in Creative Writing

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We are extremely elated to announce that our student Leem Jia En has achieved a GOLD Award for Creative Writing at SPAF 2020. This is a great achievement on her part and we are very proud of her. We would like to share her story with all of you. It is titled ‘A Haunted Library’.

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“Ding ding ding…” the school bell rang as it was recess time. I rushed out the classroom with my best friend, Lily. Lily loves to read books and we decided to head to the library as we were feeling full. Gleaming rows of books lined the shelves as we entered the library. We went to her favourite section of the books – on Animals.

While, we are immersed into our books, we heard something… “Click clack…. Click clack….” We looked nervously around but there was no one else besides the both of us. Goosebumps appeared on my arms as I stared at what it might be. As the sounds of the keys get closer, it made us even more frightened. “Stay calm…” Lily muttered. We ran pell-mell helter-skelter towards the door but no matter how hard we tried; we could not open the door. All of a sudden, it went pitch black. “Oh, come on!” I cried as we sat there. Our faces were a mask of horror. We could practically hear our own heart pounding like drums.

“Who is there?” Lily yelled out, fear making her voice squeak. A wall of silence greeted us, I wanted to run off but was determined not to be the first to run. Bang! Suddenly a door banged somewhere, and I heard a loud hacking cough. Squeezing our eyes shut, Lily and I held onto each other and screamed our heads off. “What are you girls doing?” she hollered! We opened our eyes and stared at the white figure that just spoke. She had messy hair and was holding a pen and book. She glared at us like an angry bull. Lily and I tried climbing out the library window since we could not open the door. Just then, we realised the white figure was our teacher, Mrs Tan….

Shamefaced, we apologised to the teacher and she unlocked the library door, walking out furiously. She took down our names and hurried us back to our classroom. Till now, we still don’t know why the library door was locked.

Trinity College London Communication Skills for Teens – Sign up today!

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Is your Teen having difficulty with presentations in Secondary school or High school? Since 2009 J Carter Centre has been preparing Teens to ace their presentations in school and to impart skills that help them to do well in their IB and A’Levels project work. In the case of Poly and University students, the knowledge they have gained from the Trinity programme has help them performed spontaneously and effectively in all their modules which required a presentation.

Listen to our student Kasey talk about an issue which she was concern about – Eating disorder among Teens in Singapore. This was a topic she had chosen for her Grade 7 Trinity College London Communication Skills exam where she scored a Distinction. Kasey started learning public speaking with J Carter Centre in 2017 when she was in Secondary 1.

NEO XUE QI KASEY – Grade 7 Presentation

Don’t wait till the last minute to get help for your Teen and sign up today for our Teens programme starting in July 2020. We still have vacancies in the following classes:

Grade 4 ( Sec 1 & 2 or Grade 8)
– Sun, 2.30 pm to 4 pm

Grade 5 (Sec 3 & 4 or Grade 9 )
– Sat, 10 am to 11.30 am
– Sun, 12.30 pm to 2 pm

Grade 6 (JC1 & Poly yr 1 or Grade 10)
– Sat, 2.30 pm to 4 pm
– Sun, 2.30 pm to 4 pm

Grade 7 ( JC 2 & Poly yr 2 or Grade 11)
– Sun, 12.30 pm to 2 pm

For information on registration:

Email: info@jcartercentre.com, Or
Call: 8726 2033

Singapore Performing Arts Festival 2020 will be going Online! Register Today!

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J Carter Centre for Public Speaking will be sponsoring cash awards for Singapore Performing Arts (SPAF 2020). Due to the COVID-19 situation, the organisers have decided to go online this year. We will be offering CASH AWARDS in 4 main categories. The Star Gold performer in our sponsored categories will receive $50 cash. There will be a total of 30 cash awards to be given out this year.

We are encouraging you to register your child to participate in this festival because there are hardly any opportunities for your children to participate in any form of competitions this year. The certificates from the festival can help to build up your child’s portfolio for DSA for achievements and activities outside of school.

We will be sponsoring the following categories for cash awards:

  1. Public Speaking Solo
  2. Storytelling Solo
  3. Creative Writing
  4. Verse Speaking

This year, there will not be an Impromptu Speaking Category. For more information and to register online, you can go to this website: https://msworks.sg/152

If you are in need of any clarification, you can contact the organisers at SPAF@msworks.sg

See you Online at SPAF 2020!

J Carter Centre for Public Speaking – Precautionary Measures Against 2019 nCoV

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In view of the change in the DORSCON level from Yellow to Orange, J Carter Centre has further enhanced current provisions to protect students and staff at our centre. The new measures are in line with MOE recommendations for private centres. We have implemented the following procedures with immediate effect:

  1. Parents are advised to drop off and pick up their children before and after classes at the entrance.
  2. Parents and visitors who wish to enter the centre will have to make a travel declaration with contact details before they can enter the centre. (We reserved the right to turn away any persons who may pose a health risk.)
  3. Students, parents, visitors and staff will have to undergo temperature checks and wash their hands following the 7 steps method.
  4. Students who are showing signs of being unwell will not be allowed to attend classes. Make-up sessions will be arranged at a later date.

The above measures are in addition to measures already put in place earlier, including issuing of leave of absence for those returning from China or have family members returning from China within the last 14 days. Please do not send your children for lessons if they are unwell. Just inform us via phone or email and we will take note of it. Make-up sessions will be arranged at a later date.

We also want to assure all parents that the center’s premises, equipment, and materials are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority.

We would like to seek the cooperation and understanding of the parents and visitors during this moment of crisis and we are sincerely apologetic for the inconvenience caused as a result of implementing the above measures. 

If you would like to communicate with the centre on any matters, you can contact us at 67372700 or email us at info@jcartercentre.com

Yours sincerely,

Jackeline Carter (Director)

Image credited to Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Eye Research Institute

8 Reasons Why Communications Skills Will Help Your Child Succeed in the 21st Century

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Music, drama, or dance , these are the most common enrichment programmes parents tend to choose for their children. Although they all have their individual merits, these enrichment programmes do not help your child succeed academically or be employable once they leave school. Thus, in today’s competitive world, only one enrichment programme will provide the transferable skills that can have a positive impact in education and the future workplace – Trinity College London Communication Skills.

Here are the 8 reasons why you must send your child for Trinity College London Communication Skills training at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking:

No. 8 – Team Working

In today’s world, the ability to work well with people from different disciplines, background and expertise is crucial when it comes to accomplishing a task or goal. The Trinity Syllabus supports this by allowing students to work in groups through speaking activities and the option of preparing for group exams.

No. 7 – Critical Thinking Skills

This term critical thinking is banter about frequently. But what does it mean to have critical thinking skills? Well, it means that a person has the ability to analyse material and deconstruct it to understand how its specific impact is achieved through language and syntax. In the Trinity syllabus, students are required to rehearse and prepare for presentation and key-skills task. In the process, they will be able to hone their critical thinking and analytical skills.

No. 6 – Organisational Skills

Are you tired of supervising your child’s schedule? Is procrastination a habit you want your child to overcome? If your answer is ‘Yes’ for both or either questions then you have come to the right place. Our communication skills programme will teach your children to be more organised and methodical. They must learn to plan work in order to meet deadlines and targets. They are strongly encourage to develop the habit of monitoring their progress of work to ensure that they are on track to complete the grade and achieve a distinction in the Trinity exams. This is because being prepared and organised within the exam room is a key part of the assessment. Students are expected to research and prepare their presentations and take responsibility for the equipment and hard copy information required for the exams.

No. 5 – Working Under Pressure and To Deadlines

Each student in our programme must develop the ability to manage the workload that comes with deadlines and ensuring that they meet them. Excuses for not completing the required preparation is unacceptable and students who do not show commitment in completing the grade successfully will not proceed to the next grade level. This is necessary because the challenge of the Trinity exam environment requires each student to prepare accurately and fully together with the ability to respond quickly to new information and questioning.

No. 4 – Confidence

Believing in oneself and one’s abilities are the secrets to success in life. Having the mindset of ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I can’t do it’ are strictly discouraged in our classes. Students are encouraged to develop a positive mindset rather than a negative one. The experience of preparing for performance, presenting and the exam can build students’ belief in themselves and their own abilities.

No. 3 – Creativity

Many say creativity cannot be taught, we bag to differ. In our Trinity Communication skills programme, students learn to apply knowledge from many different areas to solving a task. They also learn to develop creative responses to challenges and in doing so, create original and imaginative situations. The Trinity exam assess this skill area through the tasks that require students to express their own view and to take personal ownership of their ideas and knowledge.

No. 2 – Problem-Solving Skills

The ability to understand a problem by breaking it down into smaller parts, and identifying its key issues and implications so as to identify solutions will separate the leaders from the followers. Thus, many of the tasks in the Communication Skills exams focus on problem-solving skills. Students are assessed via verbal communication and with particular focus on their ability to respond quickly to new information.

No. 1 – Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Every one of us must be able to explain what we mean in a clear and concise way. We must also be able to listen and relate to people, and to act upon key information and instructions. This is the main aim of our communication skills programme. It is also central to the Trinity exams which conducts the assessment of effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Each task at each grade level encourages candidate to develop knowledge of and confidence in these skills. Through the reflection task and the discussion following each presentation, students develop their skills in listening and responding articulately, as well as self-analysis.

To every parent who is reading this blog post, I say to you – “Time is of the essence” – the ability to communicate early in life will result in success later in life. The best investment you can ever make for your child is to enroll them in our Communication Skills programme. I invite you to give us a call today. “Time and tide wait for no man” thus you should not wait to call us either.

November 2019 Exam Results – Trinity College London Communication Skills

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We are so happy to announce that our students achieved excellent results in the Communication Skills examination at the end of last year. Congratulations to all our students and special mention goes to our teachers for working so hard preparing our students for this International examination.

Solo Examinations Results

Initial: 8 Distinctions, 1 Merit & 1 Pass

Top in Grade – Treanne Ting En-Eee ( Teacher: Ms Shirin)

Grade 1: 19 Distinctions, 4 Merits & 1 Pass

Top in Grade – Jamie Lee (Li Qianmin) (Teacher: Ms Kat)

Grade 2: 15 Distinctions & 7 Merits

Top in Grades

  1. Chua Yi Xuan (Teacher: Ms Kat)
  2. Ling Ee Ming Shane (Teacher: Ms Jackeline)

Grade 3: 17 Distinctions & 6 Merits

Top in Grade – Ethan Foo Fang Teng (Teacher: Ms Kat)

Grade 4: 10 Distinctions & 4 Merits

Top in Grade- Sem Shan Ya (Teacher: Ms Sharon)

Grade 5: 7 Distinctions, 2 Merits & 1 Pass

Top in Grade – Henrietta Tjan Shii Ern (Teacher: Ms Joyce)

Grade: 7: 7 Distinctions

Top in Grade- Augustine Chong Jun Xuan (Teacher: Ms Jackeline)

Grade 8: 1 Distinction & 2 Merits

Top in Grade – Michael Lang Li-Yuan (Teacher: Ms Jackeline)

Group Examinations Results

Grade 4 (Group): 4 Distinctions & 2 Merits

Top Performing Group – Lemonade (Teacher: Ms Jackeline)

  1. Alison Lim Yi Xuan
  2. Sung Faye
  3. Chloe Hua (Pan Jiayu)
  4. Chow Li Tong

Once again, we want to congratulate all of our students for achieving such excellent results in the International exam.

If you are keen to enrol your child in our Communication Skills programme, there are still a few places left for Semester 1. Check out our previous post for an update on vacancies:

https://jcartercentre.blog/2019/12/30/2019-a-year-of-changes-and-achievements/

You can also call 67372700 or email: info@jcartercentre.com for details

2019 – A Year of Changes and Achievements

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In a blink of an eye and 2019 is coming to an end. This year was eventful and J Carter Centre crossed several milestones making it a busy year for us. Let’s look back at the major events that happened this year.

November/December – This year our centre had holiday workshops taking place all the way to 21st December. In the past, we would have shut down by the second week of December however due to demands for DSA Coaching, Public Speaking, Oral Exam Workshops and The Art of Speaking Camp, we were running at full force, 6 days a week!

Prizes for Performance Day – Art of Speaking Camp
Best in Verse Speaking, Storytelling and Impromptu Speaking

October – We had the biggest change this month. We finally moved into our new location at Sin Ming Plaza Tower 2 a short distance from our old location at Soo Chow Walk. After 6 years, at the old location, it was time to upgrade to a larger centre with better facilities so that we can accommodate the increase in enrollment. As it was in the middle of the second semester and classes were running at full steam, we had only one day to move! It was exhausting but worth it! Thanks to the hard work of everyone at J Carter Centre, we were able to accomplish this feat.

August – Once again this month saw 8 of our students attending the annual Trinity College London, Singapore Conferment and Award Presentation Ceremony 2019. This award is given out yearly by Trinity College London to students who have achieved the highest score in their respective Graded Examinations the previous year. This prestigious award is hard to come by as a student needs to top his or her grade for the year in Singapore. With thousands of students taking the Trinity College London Graded Examinations yearly, it is no mean feat to be able to come up tops in Singapore. Our students have been achieving top positions in the Communication Skills exams since 2011 and we will continue to ensure that our students will keep on receiving this award for many years to come. This year, the following students were given the High Achievers Award:

  1. Ailisan Rae Yeoh – Initial
  2. Chua Yi Xuan – Initial
  3. Wong BoHui – Grade 1
  4. Cheong Jia Qi Evan – Grade 1
  5. Jayden Joseph – Grade 2
  6. Emma Quek Hwen Hwee – Grade 3
  7. Alison Kuo Kit Ying – Grade 3
  8. Maya Raisha Zainudin – Grade 8
Maya Raisha Zainudin – Grade 8 High Achiever in Communications Skills 2018

July – An exciting month for many of the students at J Carter Centre. This is the month when we send our students to participate in the Singapore Performing Arts Festival. Our students competed in 5 categories ranging from Ages 7 to 16 years. They participated in Verse Speaking, Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Storytelling and Creative Writing. To read more about the event, you can click on this link: jcartercentre.blog/2019/11/08/the-art-of-speaking-a-course-that-created-winners-at-spaf-2019/

Featuring students from J Carter Centre at SPAF 2019

June – The June holidays were pretty hectic as we saw a huge surge in demand for Oral Exam Preparation Workshops. In total we ran 12 Oral Exam Preparation Workshops during the 4 weeks holiday. This was also the month we conducted the final DSA Preparation Workshops for those who were attempting DSA in 2019. For those interested in Oral Exam Workshops or DSA Preparation in June 2020, you can call our centre for registration details.

DSA Preparation Course – Our Signature Programme

May – Trinity Exams were conducted at the end of May for students taking Semester 1 classes. Once again, the results were outstanding. Below are the students who achieve the top score for their respective grades.

February – This year we took 36 students to PY-MUNOFS – Model United Nations Conference at Overseas Family School. The experience was exciting for our students and they learned about United Nations and issues affecting our world today. Students played the roles of delegates from various countries and worked together to come up with solutions to solve a real world problem.

The New Year – We are looking forward to an exciting year in 2020. Semester 1 will begin on January 3. We still have a few places left so there’s still time to sign up for Trinity College London Communication Skills classes. As of 5 January, 2020 the vacancies are as follows:

Initial 1 – Age 6 – 7 years
Wed, 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm (FULL)
Sun, 10 am to 11.30.am (1 pax)

Initial 2 – Age 7- 8 years
Thurs, 4 pm to 5.30 pm (1 pax)
Sat, 12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)
Sun, 12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)

Grade 1 – 8 – 9 years
Wed, 4 pm to 5.30 pm (3 pax)
Fri, 4 pm to 5.30 pm (3 pax)
Sat,10 am to 11.30 am (1 pax)
Sun, 12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)

Grade 2 – 9 – 10 years
Thurs, 5.30 pm to 7 pm (4 pax)
Fri, 5.30 pm to 7 pm (FULL)
Sat,12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)
Sun, 2.30 pm to 4 pm (FULL)

Grade 3 – 10 – 12 years
Tues, 5.30 pm to 7 pm (2 pax)
Fri, 5.30 pm to 7 pm (FULL)
Sat, 10 am to 11.30 am (FULL)
Sun, 10 am to 11.30 am (FULL)

Grade 4 – 12 – 14 years
Tues, 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm (FULL)
Sat, 10.00 am to 11.30 am (FULL)
Sun,12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)
Sun, 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm (FULL)

Grade 5 – 14 – 16 years
Tues, 5.30 pm to 7 pm (FULL)
Sat, 2.30 pm to 4 pm (FULL)
Sun, 2.30 pm to 4 pm (FULL)

Grade 6 – 16 – 18 years
Sun, 12.30 pm to 2 pm (FULL)
Sun, 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm (FULL)

Grade 8 – 18 and Older
Sat, 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm (FULL)

Grade 4 (Group exam) – Upper Primary Only (must have completed Grade 3)
Sat,12.30pm to 2pm (FULL)

Weekday classes enjoy $100 off the course fee. We will re-open on January 2, 2020 so do call us at 67372700 or email: info@jcartercentre.com for registration details. Better yet, come visit us at our new location!

Happy New Year to everyone and we wish you the very best in 2020!

The Art of Speaking – A Course that Created Winners at SPAF 2019!

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J Carter Students at SPAF 2019

“You are all winners because you had the courage to perform in front of an audience!”

These were the words I uttered to our students before they went on stage to recite a poem, tell a story or shared their opinions in a speech. For many it was nerve-racking and yet fulfilling as the results of months of hard work were unveiling right before our eyes. Friends, family, teachers sat in the audience anxiously hoping that the performances will receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold Star Award. Our students did not disappoint. Everyone was amazing and everyone delivered as they should. I couldn’t be happier. There were a few tears of happiness when a Gold Star was awarded and a few tears of sadness when the award was not a Gold but everyone learned an important life lesson at the Singapore Performing Arts Festival – with hard work, determination and the willingness to face your fears, you can achieve wonders.

Preparation started in January 2019, when 25 students signed up for ‘The Art of Speaking’. This was a special course which I had designed to prepare students to perform in front of an adjudicator and an audience in a competitive arena. It involved different genres of speaking such as verse speaking, storytelling and impromptu speaking. These genres of speaking required spontaneity, maturity and a strong sense of personal voice. Besides that students had to develop the ability to speak in front of an audience. We had to incorporate different activities in the programme to encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and let their hair down. Some were naturally extroverted which made it easier for them while others had to be less self-conscious. Through it all, the experience produced speakers who dare to take the stage, to compete for excellence and be confident in their own shoes.

Storytelling Participants

During the two day festival, I was a nervous wreck. Although I had been teaching public speaking for more than 10 years, I was sending my students into categories that were new to us. In 2018, when I first fielded students for verse speaking, storytelling and impromptu speaking segments, we performed rather poorly, Our centre dominated the public speaking category but nothing else. We lost to the Malaysians who had a strong background in drama. The competitor in me could not take the defeat in silence. So I reflected and I pondered on how we could do better at SPAF 2019. Thus the Art of Speaking was born. With the help of one of my trainers, Ms Kat, we descended like vultures to hand pick students from the different grade levels in the Trinity College London Communication Skills Programe. We felt that we could coached the chosen ones to do well in the 3 genres we were aiming for. We coax them to sign up for The Art of Speaking and to participate in these 3 categories at SPAF 2019. After 3 months of hard work, Ms Kat and I sat in the audience with smiles plastered on our faces, last minute words of encouragements and fingers crossing. We were more nervous than our students! And they delivered! Some of our students walked away with Gold and Gold Star Awards! What was even more rewarding for me was when a teacher from a Malaysian team came up to me after the storytelling segment and told me that my students were outstanding storytellers! I was so elated yet humbled.

Our Courageous Students at SPAF 2019

These are the Gold and Gold Star Achievers for SPAF 2019:

ATHARV JOSHISTORYTELLINGPA – SOLO (6) 6-9YRS Gold Star
CAYLA LEE XIN ENSTORYTELLINGPA – SOLO (6) 6-9YRS Gold Star
ALISON KUO KIT YINGSTORYTELLINGP A – SOLO (7) 10-12YRS Gold Star
HENG YAN YA REISTORYTELLING PA – SOLO (6) 6-9YRS  GOLD
CHONG JIA QI EVANSTORYTELLING PA – SOLO (6) 6-9YRS  GOLD
GLORIA LEONG MINSTORYTELLING P A – SOLO (7) 10-12YRS  GOLD
CHOW LI TONGSTORYTELLING P A – SOLO (7) 10-12YRS  GOLD
ATHARV JOSHIVERSE SPEAKINGVERSE SPEAKING (15) 8-9YRS   Gold
CHEONG JIA QI EVANVERSE SPEAKINGVERSE SPEAKING (15) 8-9YRS   Gold
CAYLA LEE XIN ENVERSE SPEAKINGVERSE SPEAKING (15) 8-9YRS   Gold
CHAK EU JUENVERSE SPEAKINGVERSE SPEAKING (16) 10-11YRS   Gold
GLORIA LEONG MIN QIVERSE SPEAKINGVERSE SPEAKING (16) 10-11YRS   Gold
ELLA LOO YUNFEIIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 21 (Age 8 – 9)Gold
CHLOE HUA (PAN JIAYU)IMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 22 (Age 10 – 11)Gold
CHOW LI TONGIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 22 (Age 10 – 11)Gold
GLORIA LEONG MIN QIIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 22 (Age 10 – 11)Gold
PRINAKA LALAIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 22 (Age 10 – 11)Gold
RAPHAEL TAN YI YANGIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 22 (Age 10 – 11)Gold
CHEONG HOH IAN REUBENIMPROMPTU SPEAKINGClass 24 (Age 14 – 16)Gold
KHUA KENG LI KENRICPUBLIC SPEAKINGSOLO (2) 10-11YRS Gold Star
ALISON KUO KIT YANG PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (2) 10-11YRS  Gold
ALISON LIM YI XUAN PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (2) 10-11YRS  Gold
JASMIN GAN JIE MIN PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (2) 10-11YRS  Gold
WONG BOXI PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (2) 10-11YRS  Gold
ANDREW JONATHAN LEEPUBLIC SPEAKINGSOLO (3) 12-13YRS Gold
CHEONG HOH IAN REUBENPUBLIC SPEAKINGSOLO (4) 14-16YRS Gold
CAYDEN CHONG MING XUAN PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (1) 8-9YRS  Gold
ELLA LOO YUNFEI PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (1) 8-9YRS  Gold
HAN YUSHAN JACINTHA PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (1) 8-9YRS  Gold
CHUA YI XUAN PUBLIC SPEAKING SOLO (1) 8-9YRS  Gold
LIM QI XUAN KADENCE CREATIVE WRITING11 (10-12 years)GOLD STAR
CHLOE HUA (PAN JIAYU)CREATIVE WRITING11 (10-12 years)GOLD STAR
CHLOE LIM SI ENCREATIVE WRITING11 (10-12 years)GOLD STAR
CAYLA LEE XIN ENCREATIVE WRITING 10 (6-9 years) GOLD
ALISON KUO KIT YINGCREATIVE WRITING 11 (10-12 years) GOLD
GLORIA LEONG MIN QICREATIVE WRITING 11 (10-12 years) GOLD
LEE RUI EN RIANNECREATIVE WRITING 11 (10-12 years) GOLD
TEH XIN NI CHARLOTTECREATIVE WRITING 11 (10-12 years) GOLD
CLAIRE LIM YI HUICREATIVE WRITING 12 (13-16 years) GOLD

We also had many students that achieved Silver and Bronze awards and I would like to say that I am just as proud of their effort and courage for participating and I hope they will try again in 2020. Kenric Khua is a good example. In 2018, he achieved a Silver for public speaking but he did not give up and came back even stronger in 2019 and earned the Gold Star Award which was the highest award given at the festival.

Kenric Khua – Gold Star in Public Speaking

I am now searching for the next group of students for SPAF 2020. If you would like your child to earn up to 5 International Certificates for Speaking over a 2 day Festival, don’t miss the chance to sign up for our Art of Speaking 6 day camp in November 2019 or 12 weeks programme in February 2020. We will get your child performance ready to do his/her best.

These achievements will not only build your child’s confidence and speaking abilities but also his/her portfolio for Direct School Admissions. We have the success strategies to get your child ready. Look out for my next blog post on DSA coming soon. Before I leave, let me share a video of Cayla Lee telling the story that won her the Gold Star Award at SPAF 2019. Enjoy!

Cayla Lee – Gold Star in Storytelling

We are Sponsoring the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF 2019) Again! Register Online Today!

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SPAF 2018

It’s time to register for SPAF 2019! Our students performed so well last year that we have decided to sponsor the festival again. This time we will be offering CASH AWARDS in 15 categories ranging from 6 years to 16 years. The Star Gold performer in our sponsored categories will receive $100 cash. 

We are encouraging you to register your child to participate in this festival on July 27 & 28. The sponsored categories are:

  1. Public Speaking Solo – Ages 8 to 16 years
  2. Storytelling Solo – Ages 6 to 12 years
  3. Creative Writing – Ages 6 to 12 years
  4. Verse Speaking – Ages 6 to 11 years
  5. Impromptu Speaking – Ages 8 to 16 years

During the festival, students must stand on the performance space to speak in front of an audience. The adjudicator will be present to assess each participant. A certificate (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and a written report will be given to every participant. 

This is a great opportunity for your child to use their speaking skills and to elevate their self-confidence and to build up their portfolio of achievements for Direct School Admissions (DSA). With the new online registration portal, students are allowed to submit up to 10 non-school based awards/activities related to the selected talent area. SPAF certificates qualifies for Public Speaking, Drama, Language Arts and Creative Writing talent areas. Parents will also have an opportunity to watch their children perform by purchasing Observers Passes. 

You can register online from the organiser’s website by clicking on this link: https://www.msworks.sg/130

If you are in need of any clarification, you may contact the organisers at  SPAF@msworks.sg

SEE YOU AT SPAF 2019

Introduction to Trinity Communication Skills qualifications – Semester 2 is Now Opened for Registration

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ABOUT TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON

Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877. They specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts and English Language. With over 850,000 candidates a year in more than 60 countries worldwide, Trinity qualifications are specially designed to help students progress. At the heart of Trinity’s work is the belief that effective communication and performance skills are life enhancing, know no boundaries and should be within reach of everyone.

ABOUT J CARTER CENTRE

J Carter Centre started in 2006 as a training consultancy specialising in communication skills and customer service training for front-line employees in different industries. In 2008 we started focusing on communication skills training for children and teens using techniques formally taught only in adult training. We soon gain recognition among parents as a leader in teaching communication skills to children and teens. Thus we made the decision to move away from adult training and to focus solely on educating students from K2 to JC/Polytechnic levels. In 2009, in order to elevated the credibility of our programmes, we decided to prepare our students for the Communication Skills Exams offered by Trinity College London. This is to ensure that our students not only learn the skill of speaking but also has an Internationally recognised Certificate from a renown examination board. Since then we have expanded our programmes to include Oral Exam Prep for P5/P6, The Art of Speaking and DSA Prep. To expand the learning horizon of our students, we have participated in events such as PY-MUNOFS and Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF). More exciting events relating to communication skills will be introduced yearly in order to provide opportunities for our students to become inspiring and confident speakers.

OBJECTIVE OF THE TRINITY QUALIFICATIONS

Trinity’s graded exams in Communication Skills are designed to support candidates to develop a range of transferable 21st Century communication skills that can have a positive impact in both education and the workplace. The exams assess the following skills through a range of contexts:

  • Verbal and non-verbal Communication skills
  • Conversation and discussion skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Research and reflection skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • Skills in using equipment and materials to aid communication
  • interpersonal skills

By working towards these exams, a range of other skills are developed that are highly valued by employers but are not assessed directly: self-motivation, ability to learn and adjust, working to deadlines and under pressure, teamwork, organisational skills, numeracy and IT skills.

LEVELS OF QUALIFICATION

Classes are group into four levels:

Entry – Initial 1 & 2

Level 1 – Grade 1, 2, 3

Level 2 – Grade 4, 5

Level 3 – Grade 6, 7, 8

WHY CHOOSE J CARTER CENTRE TO PREPARE FOR TRINITY QUALIFICATIONS

We have been preparing students for Trinity Communication Skills exams since 2009 and we are regarded as one of the early pioneers to offer the communications skills syllabus to children and teens. We believe strongly in focusing on a niche area. Although Trinity College London offers many different exams, we decided early on to only focus on one – Communication Skills. As such we prepare a large number of students for the communication skills exam every year. We offer exams in June and November each year. To date, we have coached over 2000 students. Since 2011, our students have been invited to the Trinity College London Award Ceremony as an award recipient for achieving outstanding results in the Graded exams. This is truly a testament to the effectiveness of our programme.

VACANCIES AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 2, STARTING JULY 2019

Initial 1: (Primary 1) 
Sat 12:30~14:00 (FULL)
Sun 12:30~14:00 (5 pax)

Initial 2: (Primary 2) 
Fri 16:00~17:30 (4 pax)
Sat 14:30~16:00 (FULL)
Sun 12:30~14:00 (2 pax)

Grade 1: (Primary 3)
Thurs 17:30~19:00 (5 pax)
Fri 17:30~19:00 (4 pax)
Sat 10:00~11:30 (3 pax)
Sun 14:30~16:00 (FULL)

Grade 2: (Primary 4)
Tues 17:30~19:00 ( 6 pax)
Fri 17:30~19:00 (FULL)
Sat 10:00~11:30 (FULL)
Sun 10:00~11:30 (FULL)

Grade 3: (Primary 5/6)
Tues 15:45~17:15 (5 pax)
Sat 10:00~11:30 (2 pax)
Sat 12:30~14:00 (FULL)
Sun 10:00~11:30 (FULL)

Grade 4: (Sec 1/2)
Sat 14:30~16:00 (FULL)
Sun(1) 14:30~16:00 (2 pax) 
Sun(2)14:30 – 16:00 (FULL)

Grade 5: (Sec 3/4) 
Sun(1) 16:15~17:45 (1 pax)
Sun(2) 16:15~17:45 (FULL)

Grade 7 (JC/Poly) 
Sat 16:15~17:45 (FULL)
Sun 16:15~17:45 (1 pax)

Grade 8 (Prerequisite: Completed Grade 7) 
Tues 19:30~21:00 (2 pax)

Weekday classes enjoy $100 off course fee (except for Grade 8). Call 67372700 for registration details

DSA is the Abbreviation for …?

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Everything you wanted to know about DSA but didn’t know what to ask.

The New Year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Our children are back in school and this year more than 39 000 students will attempt the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 2019. The race is heating up and parents and students have already begun the preparation. In fact, many of our own students started preparing during the second half of Primary 5 last year!

Why the rush some of you may wonder? Well for one, the PSLE results in 2018 turned out to be very good overall with many students achieving a high T-score. As a result, the same old rumour has already begun circulating.

You know the one where students claim that a school teacher or a tuition teacher say that PSLE is going to be more difficult in 2019 as MOE is going to set the paper at a higher level to reduce the number of high T-scores!

This may also explain why our June P5/P6 Oral Exam Workshops are already full and I have had to open up more workshops for June!

At this point, you may be wondering why I brought this up and how it concerns DSA 2019. Well, if parents and students are panicking over PSLE so early in the year, it is a premonition that the number of students who will attempt DSA this year is going to be even greater than last year. Couple with the new changes to the DSA registration process where it will be easier to submit an application and there will be no cost involved, competition is going to be tough.

So let me go ahead and answer some of the questions parents who are unfamiliar with DSA are constantly asking.

  • What does DSA stand for?

DSA is an abbreviation for Direct School Admissions and in the context of this article, I am referring to Direct School Admissions to Secondary 1.

  • When did Singapore introduce DSA?

Direct School Admission (DSA) is a program introduced in 2004 for students who are studying Primary 6 to be guaranteed a place in a secondary school. All secondary schools in Singapore are allowed to offer DSA. This includes Normal Academics, Express, IP and SIS schools.

  • Why are schools allowed to offer this option for admission?

MOE wants to allow secondary schools more autonomy in choosing their own students instead of accepting just students who have achieved the required T-score through PSLE. Students who participate in the DSA selection process may receive a “Confirmed Offer”, “Waiting List” or “Rejected” as an outcome. Students will be ranked base on their performance during the series of testing held by the school. “Testing” may involve, trials, auditions, half-day selection camps, written tests, and interviews. Schools are not required to give a reason why they “Waitlist” or “Reject” a student.

  • How does DSA works?

The first few number of students in the ranking determined by the school are given a confirmed offer. The student will then receive a School Preference Form from their primary school. The form will include the DSA-Sec Pin for you to log in online to submit your child’s preferences. This takes place in late October after PSLE. Once the form is submitted, your child will not participate in Secondary 1 Posting Exercise. However, eligibility will still be based on the T-Score achieved during PSLE. For SIS, IP and Express schools, students have to attain the lowest academic score to qualify for Express stream. For schools offering Normal (Academic), they have to attain the lowest score to qualify for Normal (Academic) and for schools that offer Normal (Technical), they have to attain the lowest score to qualify for Normal (Technical). If students do not achieve the minimum require scores they will lose the DSA offer and they will be returned to the Secondary 1 Posting exercise.

  • How do I apply for DSA?

From 2019, students and parents will submit their applications via a common online portal. All schools will have the same application timeline and applicants only need to fill in one online form for multiple schools. The details provided will be sent electronically to the schools selected. Certificates, transcripts or testimonial will no longer be required and only Primary 5 and Primary 6 academic results, CCA, and school-based achievements/awards will be entered into the online application. Application will be free-of-charge and can be made by logging in with a parent’s SingPass. Parents without SingPass can approach their child’s primary school for help. (SOTA and Sports School will not be participating in the online portal and applications will have to be made directly to the schools.)

  • How many schools can I apply to?

Each applicant can choose up to three schools and three talent areas in their DSA-Sec application. For students with multiple talents, there is flexibility for them to use up to two choices to apply for two different talent areas from the same school.

  • Please provide examples of DSA-SEC choice combination.

Example 1

The applicant can apply to three different schools, with no restrictions on the talent areas.

Choice (unranked) DSA school choice DSA talent area
1. School A Art
2. School B Art
3. School C Art

Example 2

The applicant can apply to only two talent areas from the same school. He will still be able to apply to another school and talent area if he wishes to.

Choice (unranked) DSA school choice DSA talent area
1. School A Art
2. School A Tennis
3. School B Art

Example 3

If the applicant only wishes to apply to one school, he can apply to two talent areas from that school and leave choice (3) blank.

Choice (unranked) DSA school choice DSA talent area
1. School A Art
2. School A Tennis
3. Blank Blank
  • What are the changes to DSA in 2019?

All secondary schools can now admit up to 20% of their non-Integrated Programme (non-IP) Secondary 1 intake via DSA-Sec. IP schools are advised to take in 30-35% via DSA. SIS schools will take in 100% of their cohorts via DSA. (SIS schools are NUSH, SST, SOTA, and Sports School).

MOE will now work with schools to refine the selection process and even co-develop a set of selection principles to support schools in selecting the students’ with potential. This means MOE is now controlling the DSA selection and not leaving it solely to the schools. However, this does not apply to SIS schools who will retain full control of the selection process.

All schools have discontinued the General Ability Test (GAT) and High Ability Selection Test (HAST), but this does not mean that the schools are not allowed to administer their own academic tests to replace these National Tests.

  • Whose eligible to apply through DSA?

It varies for every school as each school will choose their own DSA domains. However, the domains will fall into one of these criteria and students need to show a strong ability in one or two of the criteria:

Sports and games,
Visual, literary and performing arts,
Debate and public speaking,
Science, mathematics & engineering,
Languages and humanities,
Uniformed groups,
Leadership (e.g. prefects).

  • How long does the whole process take?

Preparation, application and the actual selection will take place from January to July and sometimes even to August of Primary 6 year when the results will be released.

  • Can I reject a DSA offer?

Yes, you can. Just do not submit the Preference form in October of Primary 6 year. If you have already done so, just log into the online portal and edit your submission before November dateline. Your child will then return to Secondary 1 Posting Exercise.

  • Why should my child attempt DSA?

DSA selection process is a good experience if your child prepares well for it and has a positive mind-set going through the process. This will not be the only selection process your child will undergo during their long academic career and every opportunity to participate in such a process will allow your child to gain the experience needed to do better in the future. If your child does not get a “Confirm Offer”, it is also a good opportunity to reflect on what could have been done differently and to not repeat the same mistakes in future selection processes. Such experiences are life skills that our children need to learn. It also includes handling disappointments and failures positively.

On the other hand, if your child chooses an SIS school, this is the only route available so there’s no choice in the matter. As for IP schools, the requirement for an extremely high T-score means that attempting DSA may be the only option to get into the schools unless your child is an extremely High Achiever academically and will certainly attain the high T-scores required.

Finally, students who managed to gain a place via DSA tend to be more relax during PSLE and end up achieving better than expected T-scores. The knowledge of having secured a place in a secondary school puts your child in a better frame of mind during PSLE which in turn allows them to perform better.

  • Where can I get more information about DSA?

You can check out this MOE website by clicking here or drop me a “Comment” and I will try to answer your questions.

  • I think I want my child to attempt DSA. Is there any preparation course I can send my child to?

I am glad you asked this question. I have been preparing students for DSA since 2010 and I have a very good and effective DSA Preparation Course which you can sign your child up for. Click here for more information about my course.  The 8-STEPS system I have developed to help your child excel during the DSA selection process will allow your child to master the strategies needed to get a Confirm Offer.  He or she will be able to display an incredible performance by being able to think, say and do what is necessary in front of the interviewers.

I hope that this extremely long blog entry has answered most of your questions about DSA. Whether you decide to attempt DSA or not, don’t wait till the last minute to make your decision. Every day that passes is one day less you’ll have to get your child ready for DSA.

To your success in DSA,
Jackeline Carter

Communication Skills and DSA Success Expert
Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking PL
10 years in the business of inspiring students

Our DSA Successes

Congratulations to our Top Scorers for Trinity Communication Skills Examinations – May 2018

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Emanuel Quek Jeng Yong Initial
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Jayden Joseph – Grade 2
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Alison Kuo Kit Ying – Grade 3
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Foo Shuen Hui Janelle – Grade 4
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Foo Jietian Jonathan – Grade 5
Student of Teacher Joyce
Jodan Kerk Yu Liang – Grade 6
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Sarah Rose Binte Mikhail Leung Grade 6 
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Maya Raisha Zainudin – Grade 8
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Li Xinyan – Grade 1

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2018: A Year in Review J Carter Centre

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It is that time of the year when we sit back and reflect on what we have accomplished, the lessons we have learned and the mistakes we have made.

The year-end holidays have always been one of my favourite time of the year. Not just because of the festivities but also because it is a time to look forward to the New Year and the new happenings it will bring.

Before we ring in the bells for 2019, follow me back in time as I review the highlights of 2018 with you.

Highlights of 2018!

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January – The year began with lots of excitement as we were celebrating our Tenth Year in business. Since our centre began in 2008 at Novena with only four (4) students taking the Trinity Communication Skills Examinations, we now have more than two hundred (200) students taking the examinations on a yearly basis. To date, more than three thousand (3000) students have passed through our doors.

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March – Another exciting event that started this year for our students was the Primary School Model United Nations Conference (PY-MUN) organised by Overseas Family School. It was a great milestone for our centre as we were the first enrichment centre in Singapore invited to attend such a prestigious event. Twenty of our most outstanding students were selected to attend. They spend two days learning the art of diplomacy and understanding the workings of the United Nations. The theme of the conference this year was “Waste Reduction”. The highlight of the event was when our student Laura Lang was invited to speak at the closing ceremony. She was selected from two hundred delegates who attended PY-MUN.  Watch the video of her speech here.

trophiesMay – This was the month of Trinity Graded Examinations. We had a continuous four days of examinations, the most days since we started offering the Communications Skills Exams. One hundred and twenty (120) students took the Solo Communications Skills Exams while twenty-six (26) students took the Group Communication Skills Exams. We achieved 100% passes for the May examinations with 95% achieving a Distinction or Merit. The following students achieved Top Scores in their respective Grades at our centre:

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  1. Emanuel Quek – Initial
  2. Li Xinyan – Grade 1
  3. Jayden Joseph – Grade 2
  4. Alison Kuo Kit Ying – Grade 3
  5. Foo Shuen Hui Janelle – Grade 4
  6. Foo Jiehan Jonathan – Grade 5
  7. Sarrah Rose Binte Mikhail Leung – Grade 6
  8. Jodan Kerk Yu Liang – Grade 6
  9. Maya Raisha Zainudin – Grade 8
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June As usual, this was the month of DSA Interview Coaching. We had a large number of request for one to one interview coaching this year. In total, we conducted Seventy-seven (77) hours of DSA coaching in the month of June alone! We had to turn away many students as we just did not have the capacity to coach everyone!

July – One acronym to describe July and that is SPAF (Singapore Performing Arts Festival)! This was the second year J Carter Centre supported the festival. As a member of the Advisory Committee for SPAF, my goal is to eventually encourage 80% of our students to participate in this exciting event. This year, more than 50 of our students participated in at least one category while some participated in three. J Carter Centre also sponsored $900 in cash for the Gold Star Awardees in the areas of Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Storytelling, Verse Speaking, and Creative Writing. Six of our students achieved the Gold Star Award and received $100 each.

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  1. Laura Lang – Public Speaking
  2. Maya Zainudin – Public Speaking
  3. Sarah Limb – Impromptu Speaking
  4. Jonell Leong – Impromptu Speaking
  5. Ian Lai – Storytelling
  6. Cayla Lee – Creative Writing
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August – A few of our students were selected by their individual schools to participate in PESA 2018 (YMCA Plain English Speaking Award). Two of our students managed to make it to the Finals. For Lower Primary, Cayla Lee Xin En represented Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) while Lang Wen Ling Laura represented Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) in the Upper Primary category. Laura Lang achieved Second Runner-Up for her category and received her award at the prize-giving ceremony in September. Congratulations to both of our students.

September – Every year, our students would anxiously await the announcement to find out who had topped the grade in Communication Skills for the previous year in Singapore. These students were invited to attend the Trinity College London, Singapore Conferment and Award Presentation Ceremony where they were honoured for their achievements. Since the Award Ceremony was introduced in 2012, students from J Carter Centre have received this special award yearly. The award recipients for 2018 are as follows:

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  1. Grade 2 – Luke Wang
  2. Grade 3 – Gauri Madhu
  3. Grade 4 – Majeethia Himanshu
  4. Grade 5 – Hasel Soh
  5. Grade 5 – Sarrah Rose Binte Mikhail Leung
  6. Grade 6 – Joye Lim
  7. Grade 7 – Loh Yih Hang
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November – It was the Trinity Communications Skills Exam Period again. This time we had 116 students participating in both Solo and Group Exams. We are confident that our students performed well and we look forward to receiving the results at the end of 2018.

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December – Launch of 6 days Accelerated DSA Preparation Course. In response to the request by parents, I have amended the DSA Preparation Course in order to offer it during the December and June school holidays,  The response was encouraging as both classes were fully booked in December. However, we are still offering our regular 12 weeks semester classes. For those who are interested to enroll their Primary 6 children in this class in 2019, we do have a few vacancies left for the 12 weeks Semester 1 classes. However, places are limited so do call our centre at 67372700 for registration details.

There will be more exciting things happening in 2019 so do subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to receive information about what we are doing at J Carter Centre.

Thank you to all the parents and students who have supported J Carter Centre for Public Speaking over the years. We would not have lasted 10 years if you did not have confidence in our programmes. We look forward to your support for the next 10 years.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Jackeline Carter (Founder/Director)

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SPAF 2018 – Our Achievements at Singapore Performing Arts Festival

After months of preparation, students from J Carter Centre for Public Speaking were finally able to showcase their speaking and performing abilities at Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2018. A total of 52 students ranging from ages 7 years to 16 years represented our centre at the festival. This yearly festival is organised by MS Works Pte Ltd and we have been sponsoring the cash awards for the best speaker/performer since 2017.

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This year, being the 10th Aniversary of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking, our founder, Jackeline Carter decided to increase the cash awards and supported more classes at the festival. In total, $900 worth of cash awards were given out. The sponsored classes were public speaking, impromptu speaking, storytelling, verse speaking and creative writing. The festival which was held on July 28 and 29 had 650 participants from Singapore and Johore. The ability level of the students was higher than in 2017 which is a testament to the growing popularity of this festival.

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The results achieved by our students exceeded our expectations and we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the festival. Special appreciation goes to the parents who put in extra effort to assist in preparing their children for the festival. In 2017, we sent 22 students for Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking and in 2018 we decided to double the numbers to include our little ones who participated in verse speaking and storytelling as well.

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The courage displayed by all the students was amazing. In front of adjudicators, parents, teachers and guests, each student spoke with enthusiasm. Although some faltered due to nervousness, no one gave up and everyone completed their speech or performance to the best of their ability. Awards were given out in the form of Gold Star, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Parents were advised not to admonish their children if they did not achieve a Gold but to celebrate their bravery for standing in front of an audience of friends, family and strangers to perform at their very best. It is because of this encouraging atmosphere that J Carter Centre loyally supports and participates in this yearly event. The eyes of the audience were also opened to how this festival was able to motivate their children to reach the next level of speaking and performance.

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Overall our students were able to achieve 3 Gold Stars, 29 Gold, 35 Silver and 24 Bronze. We are very proud of them. As for the best speakers for the 9 classes that we sponsored, 5 of our students managed to receive the cash awards. The results are as follows:

Creative Writing
Class 6 –    Cayla Lee Xin En (student of J Carter Centre)
Class 7 –    Chan Yi Yi

Impromptu Speaking
Class 21 –    Sarah Limb Jia Jing (student of J Carter Centre)
Class 22 –    Leong Yu Lin Jonell (student of J Carter Centre)

Performance Arts Solo
Class 6 –    Ian Lai Kui Feng (student of J Carter Centre)
Class 7 –    Ganesh Mani Vannan

Public Speaking
Class 1 –    Mithran Thevindran
Class 2 –    Lang Wen Ling Laura (student of J Carter Centre)

Verse Speaking
Class 14 –    Chan Yan Xin

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Cayla Lee Xin En – Creative Writing, Class 6

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Sarah Limb Jia Jing – Impromptu Speaking, Class 21

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Leong Yu Lin Jonell – Impromptu Speaking, Class 22

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Ian Lai Kui Feng – Performance Arts: Storytelling, class 6

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Lang Wen Ling Laura – Public Speaking, Class 2

Although we did not sponsor the Teen classes, special mention goes to our student Maya Raisha Zainudin for achieving a Gold Star for Impromptu Speaking – Class 24 and a Gold for Public Speaking – Class 4. Maya is a graduate of J Carter Centre and she has completed her Grade 8 Trinity Certificate in Communication Skills in May 2018. She started her public speaking journey with us at the age of 9 years and completed the full course of the programme at the age of 16 years. She was personally coached by our founder, Jackeline Carter from the very beginning and was specially invited by her to participate in SPAF 2018 representing J Carter Centre for the Teen classes in the areas of Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. Well done Maya!

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Maya Raisha Zainudin – Gold Star: Impromptu Speaking Class 24

We are now looking towards preparing for the next Festival and we are keen to groom a new group of students to represent J Carter Centre for Public Speaking at SPAF 2019. If your child has the following qualities, do not hesitate to give us a call:

  • Verbal and Spontaneous in front of an audience
  • Some experience in Speech and Drama, Storytelling and/or Public Speaking/Communication Skills
  • Willing to devote 12 weeks to train and prepare seriously for SPAF 2019
  • Must be willing to participate in 3 out of 5 speaking/writing events, namely, verse speaking, storytelling, public speaking, impromptu speaking and creative writing
  • This special training is only for students who will be 9, 10 or 11 years old in 2019.
  • Training starts in January 2019 and ends in April 2019.  SPAF 2019 will be at the end of July. Students in this special class must be prepared to return in early July for extra practise sessions.
  • Selection for this special class will be made by the founder and all decisions will be final. Please call 67372700 for more information on course fee if you are keen to register for this class.

 

 

 

June Holidays Workshops 2018: Public Speaking Works!

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Let your child learn a valuable new skill this June holidays. Sign up for our signature workshop – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKS! – avaliable for all age groups from K2 to Teens. It’s a great way for your children to have fun and learn at the same time. These are the remainding vacancies as of 30 April 2018:

K2:
June 6-June 8, Wed-Fri: 10 am to 1 pm – 5 places

P1/P2
May 31-June 1, Thurs-Fri: 10 am to 1 pm – FULL
June 12-June 13, Tues-Wed: 10 am to 1 pm – FULL

P3/P4
May 31-June 1, Thurs-Fri: 10 am to 1 pm – 5 places
June 12-June 13, Tues-Wed: 10 am to 1 pm – 3 places

P5/P6
June 6-June 8, Wed-Fri: 10 am to 1 pm – 7 places

Teens
June 19-June 21, Tues-Thurs: 10 am to 1 pm – 6 places

P6 – Oral Exam Preparation Workshop (NEW!)
June 19-June 21, Tues-Thurs: 10 am to 1 pm – 6 places

Please call 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com for instructions on how to sign up for the workshops.

Visit our website for more information about our programmes:
http://jcartercentre.com/trinity/

New Communication Skills Classes for Semester 2, 2018 – July to November.

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Due to overwhelming response to Semester 2 starting in July 2018, we have decided to add more classes for the next semester. Let your child gain a valuable skill that can help them succeed academically and in the future! These are the classes with vacancies as of 28 April 2018:

Initial 1, Sat: 10 am to 11.30 am – 3 places (K2)

Initial 2, Tues: 5.30 pm to 7 pm – 8 places (P1/P2 – New!)
Initial 2, Wed: 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm – 6 places (New!)
Initial 2, Thurs: 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm – 6 places (New!)
Initial 2, Sun: 10 am to 11.30 am – 2 places

Grade 1, Tues: 3.45pm to 5.15 pm – 8 places (P3 – New!)
Grade 1, Wed: 5.30 pm to 7 pm – 8 places (New!)
Grade 1, Thurs: 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm – 8 places (New!)
Grade 1, Fri: 4 pm to 5.30 pm – 3 places
Grade 1, Sun: 10 am to 11.30 am – 2 place

Grade 2, Tues: 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm – 8 places (P4 – New!)
Grade 2, Wed: 3.45 pm to 5.15 pm – 8 places (New!)
Grade 2, Thurs: 5.30 pm to 7 pm – 8 places (New!)
Grade 2, Fri: 4 pm to 5.30 pm – 2 places
Grade 2, Sat: 12.30 pm to 2 pm – 3 places

Grade 3, Tues: 5.30 pm to 7 pm – 8 places (P5 – New!)
Grade 3. Sat: 12.30 pm to 2 pm – 6 place (New!)

Grade 4, Sun: 2.30 pm to 4 pm – 3 places (Sec 1/2)

Grade 5, Sat: 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm – 3 places (Sec 3/4)

Grade 6, Sun: 2.30 pm to 4 pm – 2 places ( prerequisite: Completed Grade 5 individual exam with at least a Pass)

Grade 7, Sat: 2.30 pm to 4 pm – 4 places (prerequisite: Completed Grade 6 individual exam with at least a Pass)

* Weekday classes enjoy $100 weekday discount.
* We reserve the right to cancel a class with less than 4 students.

Please call 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com for advice on which grade to sign up for.

Visit our website for more information about our programmes:
http://jcartercentre.com/trinity/