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Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA - Sec)

What is DSA - Sec?

The Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise allows students to seek admission to Secondary 1 based on their talents and achievements. The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2004. It seeks to promote holistic education and provide students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to a secondary school. The selection will be based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released.

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

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.

DSA @ Woodlands Secondary School

In line with the school mission to nurture enduring hearts and creative minds ready to serve society, WDL is looking for promising students who have the aptitude in and attitude towards one of these 3 areas, CCA, Learning for Life Programme (LLP) or Applied Learning Programme (ALP). More specifically they are Football (Boys and Girls) or Sepak Takraw (Boys) for CCA, Community Youth Leader for LLP or Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for ALP.

Do refer to the respective pages for more info on each programme.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct selection using electronic mode and applicants need not visit our school in person. More details will be updated at our website by end-May.

Criteria and selection process for each of the talent area.

DSA Domain

Talent Area

Programmes and Opportunities

Selection Process

Sports and Games

Football
(Boys and Girls)

 

1) Represent the school in the National School Games
2) Represent the school in external tournaments
3) Contribute to the community through CCA based VIA programmes
4) Leadership trainings and opportunities within and beyond CCA

 

1) E-interview* for shortlisted applicants (July – Aug)
2) Performance task – Juggling or dribbling the ball around cones/ markers (during the E-interview)
3) Shortlisted applicants may also present a video recording of themselves performing the performance task or a snippet of a video of them in a football match  (optional)

*Information on the platform for the E-interview will be provided to the shortlisted applicants.

Sports and Games

Sepak Takraw (Boys)

1) Represent the school in the National School Games
2) Represent the school in external tournaments
3) Contribute to the community through CCA based VIA programmes
4) Leadership trainings and opportunities within and beyond CCA

 

1) E-interview* for shortlisted applicants (July – Aug)
2) Performance task – Juggling of the ball (during the E-interview)
3) Shortlisted applicants may also present a video recording of themselves performing the performance task or a snippet of a video of them in a sepak takraw match  (optional)

*Information on the platform for the E-interview will be provided to the shortlisted applicants.

Leadership

Community Youth Leadership (Boys and Girls)

1) Training opportunities to be Youth ambassadors where they would mentor and facilitate school events such as Values-in-Action and be a guide for the Woodlands Heritage Trail
2) Learning journeys to parliament sittings
3) Student leadership Camps
4) Attachment opportunities to NorthWest Youth Assembly and champion youth causes.

 

1) E-interview* for shortlisted applicants (July-August)
2) Presentation of portfolio from shortlisted applicants on their community involvement within and beyond school (during E-interview)

*Information on the platform for the E-interview will be provided to the shortlisted applicants.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STEM
(Boys and Girls)

Molecular Gastronomy:
1) Molecular Gastronomy Modules
2) Design Thinking Modules
3) Drinks Competition
4) Enrichment Activity
(a) Learning Journey to Industry Partner
(b) Science Centre workshops
(c) Competitions

Drones Programming:
1) Introduction to Electronic
2) Introduction to Arduino
3) Introduction to Quadcopter
4) Quadcopter Programming

 1) E-Interview* for   shortlisted applicants   (July-August)
 2) Presentation of   sample artefacts or   science project that has   been done before ie   prototype or report on   findings (during E-   interview)

 *Information on the   platform for the E-   interview will be   provided  to the   shortlisted applicants.


Shortlisted Applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the interview dates which the applicants must attend. This will be between 1st July to 14th September 2020.

Offer of Places

Successful applicants will be offered a place in Woodlands Secondary School for the academic year 2021. The results will be released on 25th to 27th November 2020 (tentative).