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Direct School Admission (DSA)

DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION – SECONDARY (DSA-SEC) EXERCISE

Edgefield Secondary School invites Primary 6 students to join the school in Secondary One 2021 through the 2020 Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. Interested candidates can apply for DSA through the school’s distinctive programmes:

Applied Learning Programme (ALP):  INNOVATION

Student Leadership Development: LEADERSHIP

Learning for Life Programme (LLP): TAEKWONDO (TKD)

1.     INNOVATION

Student Outcomes:

·       Nurturing Collaborative Innovators with capabilities to better prepare them for the future.

Selection Criteria:

·       Displays strong passion and keen interest in developing skills and attributes in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

·       Exhibits aptitude in high performance capability in creativity and problem-solving, and displays high level of self-motivation and self-directedness.

·       Demonstrates willingness and openness to attempt and experiment with new and challenging ideas, and alertness to opportunities.

·       Active involvement/participation in innovation and entrepreneurship programmes/competitions in their primary schools or has similar experiences in other          platforms.

·       Personal traits and values that will help nurture an innovative and entrepreneurial mind set.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend the following:

(i)              An online Situational Test where they will be put into a problem-solving scenario and generate plausible solutions within the given time; and

(ii)             An interview session via video conference.

To better support successful DSA candidates in developing their areas of passion, he/she would take the lead in Innovation related projects/ competitions for the duration of his/her studies in Edgefield Secondary School.

2.     LEADERSHIP - Nurturing Compassionate Leaders

Student Outcomes

·       Nurturing Compassionate Leaders who are anchored on values and committed to serve the school and the community with passion and empathy.

Selection Criteria

·       Demonstrates the values Compassion, Moral Courage, Sincerity and Honour.

·       Exhibits strong leadership qualities and has held a leadership position in primary school, e.g. Class Chairpersons/Monitors, Prefects, CCA leaders/Captains,          etc.

·       Actively volunteers and made meaningful contributions to their primary schools and the community.

·       Obtained “Very Good” or “Excellent” in conduct grade in Primary 5 and Primary 6.

·       Leadership and Character Awards such as the Edusave Award for Achievement, Good Leadership and Service (EAGLES) and Edusave Character Award                (ECHA) will be taken into consideration.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend the following:

(i)              An online questionnaire to assess candidates’ passion and perseverance; and

(ii)             An interview session via video conference.

To better support successful DSA candidates in developing their areas of passion, he/she would have to serve in one of the Student Leadership bodies for the duration of his/her studies in Edgefield Secondary School.

3.     TAEKWONDO (TKD)

Student Outcomes

·       To develop good character and a resilient mindset in our students through TKD.

·       To develop and nurture sporting talents in TKD.

Selection Criteria

·       Obtained “Very Good” or “Excellent” in conduct grade in Primary 5 and Primary 6.

·       Exhibits aptitude in general athletic abilities and/or sports-specific competencies, and displays high levels of motivation and grit.

·       Candidates with participation and achievements in TKD, including competitions at zonal, national and/or international levels, will be considered more                     favourably.

·       Candidates with no TKD background are also welcome to apply. You will be considered based on our selection criteria for beginners.  

Shortlisted candidates will be required to demonstrate/ attend the following:

(i)     Performance Task via video conference; and  

a.   Mandatory requirement (1 min)

·       Agility and flexibility test to demonstrate physical ability; and

b.   TKD specific requirement (2 mins)

·       Students with TKD background: To demonstrate poomsae pattern of their current or last grade level.

·       Students with Kyorugi background: To perform a short shadow sparring session with emphasis on movements and kicks.

·       Students without TKD background: To demonstrate a pre-determined set routine comprising simple kicks and hand movements. The routine will be                       communicated to shortlisted candidates at least 2 weeks before the interview.

You may wear your TKD dobok if you have one, or your school’s PE T-shirt and track pants.

Please inform your primary school to set up the video conference in a room that provides you with sufficient space to complete this performance task.

(ii)   An interview session via video conference.

To better support successful DSA candidates in developing their areas of passion, he/she would join TKD Club as his/her Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) for the duration of his/her studies in Edgefield Secondary School.

APPLICATION PROCESS

1.     The application period is from 12 May 2020, 9am to 5 June 2020, 3pm.

2.     Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May 2020 to 5                June 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/ dsa-sec.

 SELECTION PROCESS

1.     Shortlisted candidates will be notified latest by 17 August 2020.

2.    Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for the required situational assessments, questionnaire and interview sessions as specified under the different             distinctive programmes.

3.     Please note that shortlisted candidates will have to attend separate sessions of situational assessments/questionnaire/interviews if they have applied for              more than one talent areas.

4.     The situational assessments/questionnaire/interviews for shortlisted candidates will be conducted between 1 July 2020 and 25 August 2020 online.

5.     Shortlisted candidates will receive notification of results by 14 September 2020.

KEY DATES (in a glance)

DSA-Sec Application Period

12 May 2020, 9am – 5 Jun 2020, 3pm

DSA-Sec Selection Period

1 July 2020 – 14 September 2020

Shortlisted Candidates

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email or by phone latest by 17 August 2020

Situational assessments/questionnaire/ and interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for situational assessments/questionnaire and interviews between 1 July 2020 and 25 August 2020.

Release of result

Shortlisted candidates will receive notification of results by 14 September 2020.

Exercise School Preference (through primary schools)

Students to indicate up to three school preferences from 26 Oct 2020 – 30 Oct 2020.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

1.     Candidates who are currently NOT studying in MOE mainstream schools are to obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) at MOE Customer Service Centre            (CSC) from 12 May 2020, 9am to 5 Jun 2020, 3pm before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. Refer to MOE website at:

https://va.ecitizen.gov.sg/cfp/customerPages/moe/displayresult.aspx?MesId=5509687

2.     All International Students are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) before they are considered for DSA-Sec allocation.

3.     For successful applicants not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools and not taking the PSLE, the school will conduct placement tests to assess the          course suitability of the applicants.

4.     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.

5.     The school’s decision of the DSA-Sec application is final. No appeal or correspondence will be entertained.

6.     The school reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for the non-selection of applicants.

7.     Successful DSA-Sec candidates who took PSLE are NOT allowed to participate in the annual Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise. However, if they are               eligible for third language and/or course options, they may enter these options during the S1 Option Submission period.

8.     Successful DSA-Sec candidates are NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results. Students who are successfully                       admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are                       selected for from year 1-4.

9.     For further queries, please contact the school at:

Tel: 68839511

Email: dsa@edgefield.sg

DSA-Sec Coordinators: Ms Toh Su Yi (Subject Head/Potential Development)

                                          Miss Tan Sio Ling (Year Head/Upper Secondary)