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Direct School Admission - Secondary Exercise (DSA-Sec)

Direct School Admission Exercise is now closed
(Resuming on 8 May 2019)


A         INTRODUCTION

Jurong West Secondary School (JWSS) welcomes Primary Six students eligible for Secondary One admission in 2020 with talents in various areas to apply for Direct School Admission to Secondary One in 2020.


B         WHY APPLY FOR DSA TO JWSS

In JWSS, we place a premium on the holistic development of our students. This is anchored in our strong belief that both academic excellence and character development are pillars of a holistic education which make our students future ready learners, thinkers and leaders. Our CCAs and Student Leadership groups offer a multitude of exciting opportunities for students to enhance their skills and pursue their passion.

JWSS offers DSA to students who display talent/passion in the following areas:
[ Sports and Games ]

Basketball (Boys)
Volleyball (Boys)

Our Sports and Games have been making steady progress with the most recent achievements being the school’s Basketball boys achieving West Zone Top 4 Placing in 2018 and Volleyball boys achieving West Zone Top 4 Placings in 2017, 2018 and 2019


[ Performing Arts ]

Dance - International

Our International Dance CCA has been doing well at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Presentations achieving Certificates of Distinction consistently over the years.
 
[ Leadership and Uniformed Groups ]

Student Leadership



 Our Student Leadership programme offers a wide range of platforms for students to take on leadership roles in the school. JWSS Student Leaders are exposed to numerous highly customised developmental opportunities such as the Leadership Training Camp, Community Youth Leadership Projects, Public Speaking Workshops, Member of Parliament (MP) Attachment Programme and Overseas Student Leaders Exchange Programmes which enable them to shine as confident, competent and caring leaders who will make a positive impact in school and the community. 

 [ Leadership and Uniformed Groups ]

National Cadet Corps (Land) - NCC(Land)
National Police Cadet Corps - NPCC
Boys' Brigade - BB
Red Cross Youth - RCY
JWSS is well known in the West or its highly established Uniformed Groups (UGs) - NCC(Land), NPCC, BB and RCY which have been achieving numerous Gold Awards over the last 10 years.

The UGs develop our students’ leadership potential in various ways. Leadership development courses impart to students the basics of leading others. They are regularly given opportunities to take on leadership roles, such as organising camps and events, and purposefully designing activities to help their juniors grow as individuals. The UGs also has a strong culture of mentorship, wherein senior members exercise care and concern for their juniors and nurture them to be leaders of character.

As UG cadets, students will be developed to be confident leaders and inspire others to make a positive impact to the society and the nation.  
[ Visual Arts, Design and Media ]

Visual Art - Media Arts / Film / Photography

The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in JWSS focusses on equipping students with ICT skills such as coding and app creation, knowledge of design principles in areas such as webpage creation as well as communication skills such as persuasive speaking. Students use these knowledge and skills to create innovative ICT-based solutions for real life issues in the community.  

 JWSS is one of only 2 secondary schools in the west to offer the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) to artistically talented students. The EAP is a 2-year upper secondary programme that aims to expose students to different art media, creative processes, professions and practices in the arts and creative industries, while providing in-depth development of students in select art practices which will enable them to further their passion in fields of art, design and multimedia. 



C         APPLICATION CRITERIA

 Primary Six (P6) students eligible for Secondary One in 2020 may apply for Direct School Admission to Secondary One in JWSS based on their holistic achievements and talents as well as the following criteria:

Talent AreasCriteria
Basketball (Boys)
Volleyball (Boys)

Students applying should satisfy at least two of the following:

· a proven and sustained record of representing Primary School at the Cluster, Zonal or National levels in the relevant sport

· possess interest and passion for the relevant sport

· demonstrate proficiency of skills and abilities during the relevant sport trial

· achieved a placing at the relevant sport competitions conducted at Cluster, Zonal or National levels (e.g. Top 4 placing in West Zone)


Dance - International


Students applying should satisfy at least two of the following:

· a proven and sustained record of representing Primary School at the Cluster, Zonal or National levels in the relevant performing art CCA

· possess interest and passion for the relevant performing art CCA

· demonstrate proficiency of skills and talents during the relevant performing art audition

· achieved an award at the latest Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (e.g. Certificate of Accomplishment)


 Leadership


Students applying should satisfy at least two of the following: 

· held the position of Prefect, Student Councillor, Ambassadorial roles or other leadership roles in Primary School

· a proven and sustained record of playing key leadership roles in their respective CCAs in Primary School

· active involvement in school level projects or community level programmes or projects

· a keen interest and passion in advocacy as well as leading and serving the student body and the community

 

National Cadet Corps (Land)

[NCC (Land)]


National Police Cadet Corps

[NPCC]

 

Boys’ Brigade

[BB]

 

Red Cross (Youth)
[RCY]


Students applying should satisfy at least two of the following:

·       a proven and sustained record of playing key leadership roles in their respective CCAs in Primary School

·       active involvement in school level projects or community level programmes or projects

·       a keen interest and passion in the relevant UG activities

·       held the position of Prefect, Student Councillor, Ambassadorial roles or other equivalent leadership roles in Primary School

Obtain a Conduct Grade of ‘Very Good’ or better in Primary 5 (overall) and Primary 6 (mid-Year) 

 Visual Art - Media Arts / Film / Photography

 
Students applying should satisfy at least two of the following:

· provide sufficient evidence of Visual or Digital Arts talent through portfolios reproduction (to submit softcopy of their artwork as photographs)

· demonstrate proficiency of skills through a Visual Arts Task (interviews will be conducted where necessary)

· represented school at Cluster, Zonal or National level art exhibitions or relevant events

· took part in school-based art exhibitions or similar events

* Applicants do not need to submit actual portfolios with their applications.  Applicants may choose to bring actual portfolios when he/she attends the interview.  

 ** Students admitted through DSA for the Visual and Digital Art should have the intention of pursuing Art as a GCE O-level subject at the Upper Secondary level.



The timeline for the MOE DSA-Sec Exercise is as follows:


Application Stage

Submission of online application

8 May - 4 June 2019

Stage 1

Selection Stage

1 July – 30 August 2019

Stage 2

Exercise School Preference Stage

21 October – 25 October 2019

Stage 3

Results Release Stage

Late November 2019



D         APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Centralised DSA-Sec Application Process

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 (9.00am) to 4 June (3.00pm) 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec


 

 E          SELECTION PROCESS BY SCHOOL

All shortlisted students will be informed latest by 12 July 2019 to attend an interview, auditions, trials or an aptitude test (where deemed necessary) depending on the DSA area.

Students who are shortlisted to attend the interview and trials are to report to the school’s General Office where the teacher overseeing the DSA Exercise will meet them to give further instructions.

 

The details of the selection processes for each of the talent domain are as follows:

 

Talent Areas

Selection Process

Date & Time

Visual Art - Media Arts / Film / Photography

·         Interview

·         Visual Arts Task

2 August 2019 (Fri) from 3.30pm

Leadership, NCC(Land), NPCC, BB, RCY

·         Interview

31 July 2019 (Wed) from 3.30pm

Dance - International 

·         Auditions

2 August 2019 (Fri) from 3.30pm

Basketball Boys & Volleyball Boys

·         Sports Trials

31 July 2019 (Wed) from 3.30pm

 

F          RELEASE OF OUTCOME OF DSA-SEC EXERCISE

 

All shortlisted applicants would be informed of the outcome of their application by 30 August 2019. [i.e. Confirmed Offer (CO), Wait List (WL) or Unsuccessful].


Applicants given CO are guaranteed admission only if they:

-Indicate the school during School Preference Submission (21 – 25 October 2019)

-Qualify for an academic course offered by the school (i.e. Express, NA, NT) based on PSLE results.

 

DSA-Sec allocation results will be released through Primary Schools together with PSLE results. 

Please note that students successfully allocated to their DSA-Sec schools will NOT be allowed to participate in the annual S1 Posting Exercise to opt for secondary schools, and are expected to honour the commitment to the allocated DSA-Sec school for the entire duration of the programme. They will also NOT be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.


G         ENQUIRIES

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools 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.

If you would like to have further details or require any clarification, you may contact any one of the following staff:

 

 Mr Lee Kah Onn

Head of Department,

Physical Education and CCA


lee_kah_onn@schools.gov.sg

+65 6262 3593

 Mr How Choon Keat
Subject Head, 
Co-Curricular Activities
how_choon_keat@schools.gov.sg 

 Ms Angela Sim

Administrative Manager  

 


jwss@moe.edu.sg

 

 

 Mdm Lim Lay Hoon

Vice Principal

 

 

We would like to wish you all the best in your DSA Application.