NTUC U Care Back to School Fair 2014

Is your child going to Primary School next year?

The annual “U Care Back to School Fair” (BTS Fair) organised by NTUC Care & Share Department returns this year with the theme –“Where Stories Come Alive”.

Complementing our U Care Back To School Voucher Programme, the BTS Fair is our annual signature event that helps parents and children pick up inspiration, tips and school-related items to get ready for school. Held from 12 to 14 December 2014 at the National Library Building, the fair invites parents and children (in particular those in primary and secondary levels) to step into the world of enchanting stories in books through the eyes of best-selling authors.

U Care Back to School Fair

We line up 14 reasons why you should be  at the fair this year!

1. Engaging line-ups for children and parents

Extended to three days this year (as compared to 2 days in 2013), BTS Fair 2014 will see an engaging line-up of free educational talks, meet-and-greet sessions, and creative workshops to prepare parents and children for the new school year with knowledge and tips on reading, financial literacy and parenting.

2. Project 1319

A new initiative, Project 1319, will be held on 12 December in conjunction with BTS Fair 2014 to set youths thinking of their life aspirations. A new “youth symposium” that aims to help youths aged 13 to 19 years old understand the importance of setting their life aspirations early through a self-discovery process. Be inspired by fellow youths who have overcome all odds to realise their goals in life, and ultimately achieve success. Youths can also pick up practical tips from speakers on effective communication and personal branding.

3. Children can meet and learn from their favorite local authors in person!

Adeline Foo, author of the best-sellling series “The Diary of Amos Lee”, will be introducing her new book “The Travel Diaries: Monkeying in Malaysia” and sharing secrets with the audience on how she gets the ideas for her book.

Sherlock and Sam4. Great for young aspiring writers (it’s never to early to start)

Your children can pick up tips on creating their own superheroes, writing an essay, plot creation and characterisation from popular children books authors behind the likes of the Sherlock Sam series, Ellie Belly series, and There’s Soup on My Fly.

5. A one-stop school bazaar 

School-related merchandise such as shoes, books, stationery, multi-media products and health supplements will be sold at special discounts.

6. Get some parenting tips

Daddy blogger Kelvin Ang (Cheekiemonkies) will be sharing useful parenting tips and his fatherhood journey in Keep Calm and Father On.

7. “Making Sense of Your Money” Parenting Talk

Financial expert from Singapore Polytechnic-Institute of Financial Literacy sheds light on your spending patterns and helps you set financial goals.

8. “Growing a Love for Reading” Workshop

Owner of Closetful of Books, Denise Tan, helps you expand your primary school child’s reading repertoire in this workshop.

9. Searching for credible information on the internet

Reference Librarian Roy Won offers practical tips to help your child search for credible information from the internet.

10. Acing Primary School English Comprehension

English PSLE Coach Adeline Yeo shares exam tips and how to score A* for comprehension

11. Special promotions for NTUC Union members

NTUC Union members can enjoy special promotions and discounts of up to 75% on their purchases. Visitors who are not currently NTUC Union members can sign up for membership prior to or at the BTS Fair to enjoy the offers.

12. Design your own SG50 cards at BTS Fair 2014 and their well wishes will be displayed at the event grounds as well as culminate in a mass display in 2015.

celebrating sg50

13. World of Dinosaurs – Fossil Collection

Children can try their hands at drawing workshops, and learn more about the diversity of species, culture and history through National Geographic talks. A fossil collection from the author of Fossil Finder series, Andy Chua, will be showcased at the BTS Fair 2014 as well to bring you into the mysterious world of dinosaurs.

Design Book Cover Contest14. Design A Book Cover Contest 2014

An unlikely friendship develops between two primary school boys with very different characters and backgrounds. They learn they have something special in common: fun-loving grannies…

Participants will be required to illustrate the book cover on the spot based on the short story.

Don’t think you can draw? Fret not, here are some illustration tips to help you.

Contest is open to all NTUC Union Members’ children^ aged 10 to 15 years old only.

Junior category: Ages 10 – 12 years (Born Jan 2002 – Dec 2004)
Youth category: Ages 13 – 15 years (Born Jan 1999 – Dec 2001)

The winner will walk away with an ergonomic chair (worth $699), gift vouchers and have his/her winning entry printed on the “storybook” and distributed in 2015! There will be 3 merit prizes + gift vouchers for each category as well. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and a U Care goodie bag.

U Care Back To School Fair 2014
Date: 12 – 14 December 2014 (Friday – Sunday)
Time: 10am to 8pm
Venue: The Plaza, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street
Website: www.ntuc.org.sg/btsfair

Watch U Care Back to School Fair 2013 Video to find out more