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


“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/


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.


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!


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


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’.


“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.