WHY Singapore Performing Arts Festival & Fringe event this 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.

We are Sponsoring SPAF 2018! $900 in Cash Vouchers to be given away to the Best Performers.

SPAF 2018


Once again, J Carter Centre for Public Speaking will be sponsoring SPAF 2018. A total of $900 in cash vouchers will be given out to the best performers. We will be sponsoring the following categories:


  1. Class 1 (Age 8-9 years)
  2. Class 2 (Age 10-11 years)


  1. Class 6 (Age 6-9 years)
  2. Class 7 (Age 10-12 years)


  1. Class 10 (Age 6-9 years)
  2. Class 11 (Age 10-12 years)


  1. Class 14 (Age 6-7 years)


  1. Class 21 (Age 8-9 years)
  2. Class 22 (Age 10-11 years)

For more information on registering for this exciting event, please go to SPAF 2018 event page by clicking here: https://msworks.sg/108

New Talent Development Communication Programme – starting January

Dear Parents,

DSA selection process will be focusing on talent and not academics from 2018. Many children who will be going through DSA selection in 2018 are caught in a bind especially if they have not focused on developing a talent.

Moving forward, I will be introducing a Talent Development Communications Programme that will help students who will be attempting the DSA route in 2020 and 2021. Soothsayers may say it is a little too early to prepare for DSA however I beg to differ especially if you intend to develop a talent in your children. Talent development takes a few years especially if it is in the area of Public Speaking and Debates.

As the commitment on the part of your children will be 2 to 3 years, it is recommended that you only enroll your children in Talent Development if they have a love for public speaking, debates and creative writing or it will be extremely stressful for your children.

In order to ensure the success of every child who signs up for Talent Development, I will personally be coaching these classes. As my schedule is limited, I may only be able to offer one class per grade. Children in the regular Trinity College Communications classes will still be taught by the other highly qualified trainers at our centre. I will  return to teaching primary students full-time from January 2018 while the teen classes will be taught by Ms Joyce Carter. However, I will still be teaching the Advance classes of Grade 6,7,8 for the time being.

Here’s a suggested timeline for Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018

Year 1 – (Primary 4)

Semester 1 (January to May 2019) – Trinity College Grade 2 (with focus on competition training in the areas of Story-telling and public speaking)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2019 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2019) – Trinity College Grade 3 (with focus on Impromptu speaking and Current Affairs )

Year 2- (Primary 5)

Semester 1 (January to May 2020) – Trinity College Grade 4 (with focus on Debating)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2020 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2020) – Trinity College Grade 5 (with focus on Success principles and Debating)

Year 3 – (Primary 6)

Semester 1 (January to May 2021) –  DSA Preparation for the following Domains:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Creative Expressions
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • Bi-lingual
  • Creative Writing/Literary Arts

Students in the Talent Development Programme are encouraged to participate in communications/writing competitions through their schools and public competitions. All students are also strongly encouraged to take the Trinity College Graded examinations for each grade in order to aim for the High Achiever Award from Trinity College London. For those who show a strong creative writing ability, they will be encouraged to participate in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

This programme focuses on developing communication talent and confidence in primary students to prepare them for the rigors of IP and Specialist secondary schools.

If you have any questions about the Talent Development Programme, you may email me at carter@jcartercentre.com


Jackeline Carter (Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)

p Our talented students

We are sponsoring the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2017

Dear Parents,

The Singapore Performing Arts Festival 2017 is now open for registration. This year J Carter Centre for Public Speaking will be sponsoring two of the Categories – Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. The organizers has decided to offer a $50 cash award to the top 3 overall best speakers for these two categories. 

All speakers who scores 75% and above will be awarded a report and a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate. You can choose one category or both categories as they will take place one after the other.
The competition for these individual categories will be on Sat morning, July 29, 2017. It will be held at Chinese Swimming Club near Marine Parade. For the Public Speaking Category, students will receive the topic one month before the competition. 
You can enroll directly with the organizers by downloading the form from this link:
If you have more questions, please contact MS Works directly.
Jackeline Carter

Julian Tay, winner of Gold Award SPAF 2016 – Public Speaking Category. (Student of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)




Congratulations to JulianTay for Achieving a GOLD at SPAF 2016!

We are proud to announce that our student Julian Tay has achieved a GOLD award for Public Speaking during the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2016. Julian is a student of Ms Jackeline Carter and has been under her tutelage since 2014. He has constantly achieved Distinctions in his Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations since Grade 4 and is currently working on completing Grade 8. We are all very proud of you!


Julian Tay with Carol Lamont (Adjudicator)