Friday, February 18, 2011

Flowchart of Stages in 2010 DSA-Sec Exercise (last year)

check the process out on the link above......

List of Secondary Schools Participating in DSA 2010 for Admission to Secondary One in 2011

List of Secondary Schools Participating in DSA 2010 for Admission to Secondary One in 2011 (last year)

for your reference......

List of Secondary Schools with Niche Programme (NS) School Niche
Admiralty Secondary School Robotics Enterprise
Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School Shooting
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Symphonic Band
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Drama, Water Polo
Bendemeer Secondary School National Education
Bowen Secondary School Band
Bukit Merah Secondary School Floorball
CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent Hockey
Chong Boon Secondary School Environmental Education
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Chinese Orchestra
Clementi Town Secondary School Uniformed Groups
Deyi Secondary School Performing Arts
Evergreen Secondary School National Education
Fuhua Secondary School Robotics
Gan Eng Seng School Uniformed Groups
Hong Kah Secondary School Soccer
Jurong Secondary School Basketball
Jurong West Secondary School Uniformed Groups
Manjusri Secondary School Wushu
Marsiling Secondary School Environmental Education
Montfort Secondary School Badminton
Northland Secondary School Hockey
Outram Secondary School Rock Climbing
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School Fencing
Pasir Ris Secondary School Chinese Orchestra
Peirce Secondary School Uniformed Groups
Presbyterian High School Uniformed Groups, Volleyball (Girls’ Team)
Riverside Secondary School Dance, National Education
Seng Kang Secondary School Hockey
Siglap Secondary School Gamelan and Angklung / Kulintang Ensembles
Springfield Secondary School Rock Climbing
St. Andrew’s Secondary School Rugby
St. Hilda’s Secondary School Volleyball
St Patrick’s School Military Band
Unity Secondary School Basketball
West Spring Secondary School Air Pistol
Woodlands Ring Secondary School Robotics
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Performing Arts
Yuhua Secondary School Concert Band
Zhenghua Secondary School Uniformed Groups

2010 Direct School Admission - Secondary Exercise (DSA-Sec) for Admission to Secondary 1 in 2011

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has been giving schools greater flexibility in their admission of students to allow a more diverse range of student achievements and talents to be recognised.

This year, under the Direct School Admission - Secondary Exercise (DSA-Sec), 80 secondary schools will select some of their 2011 Sec 1 students earlier using criteria other than the PSLE results. These criteria are schools-based and seek to allow a greater range of student achievements and talents to be recognised.

PSLE students have a choice of whether or not to participate in this exercise. If they choose to participate in 2010 DSA-Sec, they should be aware of the procedures as listed below well before the start of the 2010 DSA-Sec. If they choose not to, they can continue to gain admission to secondary schools through the usual centralised Secondary One Posting Exercise.

What is DSA-Sec Exercise?
For the DSA-Sec Exercise, students’ talents and achievements in both academic and non-academic areas will determine if they will be selected for direct admission into a secondary school. Each school has its own merit-based academic and non-academic criteria for selection. These are based on the qualities, such as talent in science, music or sports, that the school would like to emphasise. To assess these qualities in applicants, schools may conduct tests, interviews or trials as necessary.

Information on the participating schools, their areas of focus, their selection criteria and their application and selection processes can be found in their respective school websites.

The 2010 DSA-Sec Exercise will be conducted in 3 stages between 28 June 2010 and late November 2010. Here is the list of Secondary Schools participating in the 2010 Exercise.

The 3 stages of the 2010 DSA-Sec Exercise are:

1.Selection Stage (28 June 2010 to 3 September 2010)
2.Exercise School Preference Stage (25 October 2010 to 29 October 2010)
3.Results Release Stage (late November 2010)
Selection Stage (28 June 2010 to 3 September 2010)
During the Selection Stage, the participating secondary schools will conduct selection exercises, which might include trials, interviews or tests, to assess applicants. By the end of this period, schools will inform their applicants as to whether they:

■have been given a Confirmed Offer; or
■have been put on a Waiting List by the school; or
■have not been successful in their application.
Exercise School Preference Stage (25 October 2010 to 29 October 2010)
On 25 October 2010, all students with Confirmed Offers or who have been put on the Waiting List of a school will receive a School Preference Form from their respective primary schools. The School Preference Form will clearly list down:

■all schools which have given the applicant Confirmed Offers; and
■all schools which have placed the applicant on their Waiting Lists.
During the Exercise School Preference Stage, students with School Preference Forms will be able to indicate their preferences for up to 3 schools. A student who indicates his preference for a school which had given him a Confirmed Offer will be guaranteed a place in the school, provided that he is eligible for a course (e.g. Express) which is offered by the school.

Results Release Stage (late November 2010)
The results of the 2010 DSA-Sec Exercise will be released in late November 2010, together with the PSLE results.

Successful DSA applicants will be informed of the school they have been admitted to through their primary schools. Since these applicants already have a place reserved for them in a Secondary school, they will not be allowed to opt for a school in the Secondary One Posting Exercise. However, they may still indicate their interest in a third language programme or specify the academic course they would like to pursue where applicable.

Unsuccessful DSA applicants will also be notified through their primary schools. During the Secondary One Posting Exercise, these students may still opt for the schools that had not been able to offer them a place under the DSA-Sec Exercise. Other than Integrated Programme (IP) schools, 80-95% of places in DSA participating schools will continue to be available to students under the Secondary One Posting Exercise.

How and when to apply?
As each Secondary school will have its own selection process, students may refer to the school websites for details on their respective application and selection procedures well before the start of the Selection Stage. View the flowchart showing the steps in the DSA-Sec Exercise.

Interested students may also refer to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information on the DSA-Sec Exercise, or call the MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

School principals in Singapore getting younger

RazorTV meets three teachers who have become school principals in their 30s.

In Singapore, the average age for school principals usually hovers around the late 40s but in recent years, younger faces are taking on this role and managing schools.

RazorTV met three teachers who were appointed school principals while still in their 30s. But don't be fooled by their youth, this new breed of educators are not only capable school leaders but also successful in their respective fields ranging from art, to music and even sports.

Learn more about these young and talented principals who talk about their passions, talents and how they are making a difference in their schools - Anderson Primary School, Mayflower Primary School and Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School.

Art teacher becomes principal
Clifford Chua started his career as an art teacher in 1994. Five years ago, at 39, he was appointed principal of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School. But even though he's the principal, he still conducts art lessons in school.

Mayflower principal makes music
At 39, Valarie Koh is one of Singapore's youngest school principals. Trained as a musician in London, she plays the piano, organ and bassoon.
When she's not at work at Mayflower Primary School, she conducts the choir and plays for her church and the community orchestra.

My PE teacher is my principal
42-year-old Martin Tan is an active golfer, badminton, rugby and soccer player. This multi-talented sportsman is also the principal of Anderson Primary School. He tells us how he combines his love for sports and teaching into a fulfilling career.

Amanda Wong | RazorTV | Tue Feb 8 2011

Pakistani teen breaks O Level world record

He achieved 23 A grades out of 24 subjects in the Cambridge exam.

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani school boy has smashed a world record by getting 23 A grades in his O Levels, taking inspiration from the controversial father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb who is hailed a national hero.

Ibrahim Shahid, 17, the son of a university professor of electrical engineering and educated at the private Beacon House School in Islamabad, set the record last month by achieving 23 As in 24 subjects in the Cambridge exam.

“It’s a recognition for my country. This has never been done at O Level,” he told AFP, dutifully thanking his parents and teachers.

“My teacher in Australia told my father ‘Mr Shahid your son is an average student and he never can excel,’ and then I decided to prove myself,” he said in reference to two years he spent in Australia at primary school.

Shahid has yet to decide what to study at university, but said he is drawn to physics and economics, wanting to do something to help his homeland, teetering on the edge of economic meltdown and beset by poverty.

“I want to do something for my country – something unique,” he said. He confessed to being “worried” about Pakistan, which suffers a critical “brain drain” of talent to the West.

Shahid said he takes inspiration from Abdul Qadeer Khan, widely hailed a hero in Pakistan, but reviled in the West after he confessed in 2004 to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Until February 2009, Khan was subject to a house of arrest for operating a nuclear proliferation ring, but Washington says he still represents a risk.

“I’m impressed by Doctor Qadeer Khan. I want to serve my country.

“The future generation has to believe in hardwork. They should not be disheartened. They should work hard to make the impossible possible,” he said.

The Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification for children aged 14 to 16, as part of preparation for university entrance and before end of school examinations.

It is designed especially for the international market and students whose first language may not be English.

Shahid’s teacher Qurat-Ul-Ain welcomed his achievement as a rare piece of good news and a “message of hope” for Pakistan’s future.