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2019 DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION EXERCISE

2019 DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SECONDARY (DSA-SEC) EXERCISE 
FOR ADMISSION TO SEC ONE IN 2020

A. 2019 DSA-Sec for Admission to Sec One in 2020. 

  1. Areas for DSA Application:  
    a)   Theatre and Debate 
    b)   Netball 
    c)   Student Leadership

    d)   Community Youth Leadership

  2. CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is The Art of Communication through Theatre and Debates.

    2a) Students who would like to seek entry into CHIJ SJC via DSA for the ALP (Theatre and/ Debates) would demonstrate a flare for theatre and/or debates. The following is a
    typical student profile for applicants  interested in Theatre/Debates:

    Student Profile

        • A high level of confidence when conversing about social issues. Interested applicants would demonstrate a genuine interest in current affairs or national, community issues and are able to articulate their thoughts in a clear and organized manner.

        • Experiences in either debates and/or theatre. This means that candidates have had experience related to debating and acting in productions, especially in the presence of an unfamiliar audience.

        • Possess strong command of the English Language as reflected in candidates’ written and oral communication.

        • Keen to adapt to the academic rigor and SJC’s  school  climate  which  focuses on the pursuit of excellence in all facets of education,

        • To be fully able to embrace the values-centric approach to development in SJC, applicants must uphold high standards of behaviour.

2b) Students who would like to seek entry into CHIJ SJC via Netball would demonstrate a passion and aptitude for the game.  The following is a typical student profile for interested Netball applicants:

        • Applicant has represented her primary school and competed skillfully in various youth  Netball competitions

        • Applicant has a rigorous standard of personal fitness

        • Keen to adapt to the academic rigor and SJC’s school climate which  focuses on the pursuit of excellence in all facets of education,

        • To be fully able to embrace the values-centric approach to development in SJC, applicants must uphold high standards of behaviour.

2c) Students who would like to seek entry into CHIJ SJC via Student Leadership or Community Youth Leadership would demonstrate evidence of having held leadership positions in primary school or demonstrated regular commitment in community service outside of school.

Audition and Interview

        • Applicants interested in applying for DSA through Drama will have to perform a short dramatic monologue as part of the audition process (dramatization). A choice of monologues to select from will be provided for  applicants, applicants are welcome to use a monologue of their own choosing as well. Applicants will be assessed based on their awareness of dramatic elements such as characterization, spatial awareness and interpretation of the dramatic monologue.

        • Applicants interested in applying for DSA through Debates will have to prepare a short presentation (3 minutes) elaborating their views on a recent social issue. We allow for discussions prior to the audition to clarify what sort of social issues would be appropriate and how elaborate we expect the applicants to be. Applicants will be assessed based on their mental agility, critical thinking and argumentative skills, as well as their clarity of articulation and diction.

        • All shortlisted Drama and Debates applicants will be required to compose a 200 word essay expressing why they have chosen SJC as well as what they hope in achieve in SJC.

        • Applicants interested in applying for DSA through netball must prepare for a trial audition to demonstrate their proficiency in netball skills. Applicants are also required to produce documents indicating their experience in netball outside of the school curriculum. Applicants will be assessed based on their experience in Netball as well as their individual skills on the court as well as their ability to coordinate with others.

        • Applicants interested in applying for DSA under Student Leadership or Community Youth Leadership should prepare either a digital or paper portfolio showcasing their initiatives and contributions from their work as student leaders (e.g. as a prefect/monitor/CCA student leader) or their service within the community as youth leaders.  Applicants need to be prepared to talk about their experiences and contributions as such youth leaders, e.g. discuss the nature of their contributions in the projects/ initiatives that they have worked on or implemented in their respective communities.  During the auditions, applicants will be given various thought experiments and scenarios to analyse and discuss. 

        • All applicants will be assessed on whether their academic aptitude is compatible with the school’s academic profile and whether we believe they can thrive and excel in the midst of the rigor of our academic environment.

Useful but not compulsory

        • Evidence of achievements at national competitions/ internationally recognized certification/ Participation or involvement in activities directly related to Netball, Drama or Debates outside of the school curriculum.

B. Application Procedure
  1. From 2019, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec

    More details will be made available following the official MOE press release on the 6 of May. Please refer to the official MOE DSA website.

  2. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange for an audition on one of the following dates. Applicants will be shortlisted based on the direct relevance of their past experiences to our relevant DSA talent areas. 

    Audition dates:

    Monday, 22 July 2019

    Wednesday, 24 July 2019


    Applicants will be informed of the time and venue at least 5 working days prior to the date audition.

    All applicants will be notified by Friday, 30 August 2019 of their results.

    Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.