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.