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Direct School Admission 2020

(This document is correct as of 11 May 2020)

Do you have a strength, interest or talent area we are looking for? 
Do you think that Ngee Ann Secondary School will be a good fit for you? 

The Ngee Ann Secondary School Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) to Secondary 1 in 2021 is open to interested applicants. 

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 Jun 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website 

“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.”


Think it Through


How do you know if Ngee Ann Sec Sch’s DSA suits you? The following considerations might help:

(i) The Ngee Ann DNA. Check out what Ngee Ann stands for from the information on our school website. Do the flagship programmes and the Ngee Ann Experience excite you? Is it aligned to what you look for in your secondary education?

(ii) Learning Culture and Rigour. What sort of learner are you? Do you learn well with technology? Do you want breadth with depth? Can you handle independence with discipline? Do you take ownership of your own learning? Can you learn in groups? Decide if our pace and pitching is right for you.

(iii) Your Strength, Interest and Talent Area. Can our DSA programmes meet your needs? Can we take you further? How can you use your strength, interest and talent to enrich, build and serve the Ngee Ann Sec community?  

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-Sec Talents Offered


The following talent areas are offered by Ngee Ann Secondary School:

(1) Art & Design
(2) Coding
(3) CCA: Band (Concert)
(4) CCA: Chinese Orchestra
(5) CCA: Badminton
(6) CCA: Basketball
(7) CCA: Volleyball (Girls only)
(8) CCA: Wushu 

Students who are successfully admitted to Ngee Ann Secondary via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for throughout their years in school. 

The following is a write-up of the talent areas offered by Ngee Ann Secondary School and the programmes and activities for students successfully admitted via DSA.

Art and Design

Students are expected to commit to the Art and Innovation Club CCA throughout their years in school and take up the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) or Design and Technology coursework studies in Secondary 3 and 4. To balance the curriculum load for students, Triple Science subject combinations will not be available for coursework students. Nonetheless, eligible students are able to offer up to two pure Science subjects with Additional Mathematics in Upper Secondary.

 

The Art and Innovation Club provide students with many opportunities to showcase their work through workshops, art exhibitions, competitions and community involvement programmes. Through these platforms, students develop their aesthetic abilities, collaboration skills and leadership qualities.

 

The Enhanced Art Programme provides another platform for passionate student artists to hone their craft and develop critical and thinking skills. More information on EAP can be found on the website, please click here


Coding

DSA Coding is designed for students with passion and innate talent to develop the relevant skillsets and mindsets and be well-positioned for the digital economy.

 

DSA Coding students will go through our Technopreneurship programme which includes both coding enrichment courses and exposure to entrepreneurship skills. Students will learn programming skills as they brainstorm, innovate and create digital prototypes that can solve or address real-world problems. There will also be internship and industry exposure opportunities in the upper secondary years.

 

In Upper Secondary, students are expected to take up O Level Computing which will provide them with further opportunities to hone their coding skills and to understand the current Tech industry better.

 

CCA:

 

Band (Concert)

 

Chinese Orchestra

 

Badminton

 

Basketball

 

Volleyball (Girls only)

 

Wushu

 

CCAs are an integral part of the holistic education in Ngee Ann Secondary. Through CCA experiences, student develop enduring positive values and character traits as they strive for excellence and hone their skills.

 

Our Performing Arts CCAs of Concert Band and Chinese Orchestra aim for every member to develop their musical skills with opportunities to perform in numerous school and public performances and in the SYF. Students develop resilience, discipline, teamwork and leadership as they learn to play cohesively as one unit.

 

Sports CCAs of Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball and Wushu have a disciplined and structured training that inculcates the values of commitment and dedication, stretching students to their fullest potential. Students develop positive attributes including leadership, grit, and good sportsmanship.

 

For DSA talent areas associated with a CCA, students are expected to commit to and remain in the CCA throughout their years in school.

 

More information on respective CCAs can be found on this website

 


 



DSA-Sec Talent Shortlisting Criteria


For all talent areas, applicants are expected to demonstrate:

aptitude and strong motivation in their respective talent areas;
commitment, perseverance and resilience in their talent area endeavour;
good character with a minimum conduct grade of “Very Good”;
positive attitude and commitment to excellence in academic areas.  

In addition, each talent area has specific shortlisting criteria and requirements, as shown below:

Talent

Shortlisting Criteria

Art & Design

Compulsory:

Individual Artwork Portfolio

§ 5 pieces of your best Individual works with “Title”, “Media” and “Description” (30-50 word) by the candidate. These descriptions should include your thinking and technical processes as well as the Date and Place of completion.

§ At least 1 Artwork from your Primary School curriculum.

§ You can include artwork from a range of media form such as Painting, Sculpture or Design.

§ It is recommended to submit work that is highly Personal, Original, Creative and completed without external guidance.

§ Portfolios should be submitted as a pdf or PowerPoint file. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted for consideration.

Optional: Sketchbook

§ 1-5 photos or scans of your current sketchbook. These can show experimental work in different media or document your process in making art.

§ Sketchbook Portfolios should be submitted as a separate pdf or PowerPoint file. This portfolio will help the panel understand the applicant better but will not be used for assessment.

Optional: Collaborative Artwork Portfolio

§  1-2 pieces of Collaborative works with Title, Media and Description (30-50 word) by the candidate. These descriptions should include your thoughts on the collaborative process as well as the date and place of completion.

§  Collaborative Portfolios should be submitted as a separate pdf or PowerPoint file. This portfolio will help the panel understand the applicant better but will not be used for assessment.

Details on portfolio submission will be emailed to applicants after application closes.

 

Coding

·     Possesses computational-thinking skills or basic programming knowledge in Arduino (Sketch) or LEGO Mindstor

·   Has participated in local or international coding-related competitions (e.g. National Junior Robotics Competition, First LEGO League, National Robopreneur Carnival).

·   Provide portfolio of coding-related work and projects. Portfolio should be submitted as a pdf or compressed folder of works and related certificates.

 

Details on portfolio submission will be emailed to applicants after application closes.

 

CCA: Band (Concert)

·   Demonstrate strong performance in the respective talent areas or strong aptitude in the respective talent areas.

·       Provide documentary proof of the following in the respective talent areas:

(1)  Training, Experience and Exposure;

(2)  Competition participation;

(3)  Achievements.

·   Be medically and physically fit. (for badminton, basketball, volleyball and wushu).

·   Attained at least NAPFA Bronze Award in Primary school (for badminton, basketball, volleyball and wushu).

·  Wushu and badminton applicants may be required to submit a video previously recorded from a previous competition. Details on video submission will be emailed to applicants after application closes.

 

CCA: Chinese Orchestra

CCA: Badminton

CCA: Basketball

CCA: Volleyball (Girls)

CCA: Wushu

 


DSA-Sec Video Conference Interview/Audition


Applicants who are not shortlisted will be notified via email by early July.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview/audition over video conferencing. Applicants will attend the interview via video conferencing at their primary school.

The interview/audition will be scheduled from 7 July to 31 August. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email to inform them of their interview date and time.


What to expect during the Video Conference Interview/Audition?

The interview will focus on the applicant’s interest and passion for the talent area, previous experiences and motivation to join Ngee Ann Secondary.

In addition, the following talent areas have specific performance tasks for the applicant during the interview/audition, as shown below.

Art and Design
(i) Applicants will be given a short observation assessment on painting and drawing.
(ii) They will be assessed on their technical capabilities during the assessment.

Coding
(i) Applicants will be given a logic problem and asked to explain how it can be solved.
(ii) They will be assessed on their problem solving ability and creativity during the performance task. 

Band (Concert) 
(i) Applicants are required to prepare a musical piece of their choice and perform the piece.
(ii) Applicants are also required to prepare major scales of at least one octave.
(iii) Applicants will be assessed on their articulation, intonation, tone and dynamics in the audition.
(iv) Applicants are required to bring their own instrument for the interview/audition. If they do not have their own instrument, they should arrange to loan it from their primary school.

Chinese Orchestra
(i) Applicants are required to prepare a musical piece of their choice and perform the piece.
(ii) Applicants will be assessed on their rhythm, pitch, musicality and tone in the audition.
(iii) Applicants are required to bring their own instrument for the interview/audition. If they do not have their own instrument, they should arrange to loan it from their primary school.

Badminton
(i) Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their footwork, serve (high deep serve / shorthand) and shots.



Communication with Applicants


All communication will be made via email to the email address that is indicated in the online DSA-Sec Portal during application. Please ensure that the email address provided is accurate and that the email address is accessed actively during this period.

Summary of Timeline


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Enquiries


For more information about our programmes and CCAs, please visit our school website.

For other enquiries, please direct your email to:

Talent Area

Teacher-in-Charge

Email

General enquiries

Mr Tan Hee Pheng

Miss Evelyn Koh

tan_hee_pheng@moe.edu.sg

koh_ruiyin_evelyn@moe.edu.sg

Art & Design

Mr Ben Khor

khor_teng_chih@moe.edu.sg

Coding

Mr Neo Guang Xian

neo_guang_xian@moe.edu.sg

Band Concert

Mr Tan Hee Pheng

Miss Evelyn Koh

tan_hee_pheng@moe.edu.sg

koh_ruiyin_evelyn@moe.edu.sg

Chinese Orchestra

Badminton

Basketball

Volleyball

Wushu