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The application for Direct School Admission 2018 is OPEN from 7 May to 17 August 2018


The DSA-Sec is an annual admission exercise that allows participating schools to invite shortlisted Primary 6 students for admission to Secondary 1 based on their character, potential and talents before the release of PSLE results. Under this exercise, students with good character from varied backgrounds are provided an opportunity to demonstrate their passion and talent in seeking admission to a secondary school.


Yio Chu Kang Secondary School believes in a well-rounded education and is committed to provide learning opportunities beyond the core academic and student development programme. The school offers the following distinctive programmes:

  • Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – To nurture inquiring minds and inventive thinkers through Technology
  • Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - Character Development through the Arts, Media and Design (AMD)

This year, YCKSS will offer 20% of Secondary One vacancies on a discretionary basis to talented students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) ALP (Coding, Mechatronics, Aeronautics and Robotics) and Performing Arts, Media and Design LLP.


Successful applicants will join the school in January 2019 and embark on a learning journey in the ALP and LLP programmes. Students will undergo training in specialised modules and will be given opportunities to further develop their talents and interests in the respective forms.


In DSA-Sec Exercise 2018, we are looking for promising primary six students or students not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools who demonstrate special talents in the following areas:


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 talent area. 



Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – Nurturing Inquiring Minds and Inventive Thinkers through Technology


Applied Learning Programme (ALP)


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This is a structured programme during curriculum hours, over a period of 13-14 weeks for two years. The programme uses the 3E Approach - Exposure, Experience and Excellence.


The objective of the Sec 1 ALP curriculum is to EXPOSE our students to the basics of coding and make use of Micro:bit to read inputs and turn it into an output. In Sec 2, all students will EXPERIENCE coding in greater depth and complexity. Students will be introduced to more advanced Micro:bit with multi-functional outputs and/or higher level of computer programming with Arduino in a progressive approach. In groups, they will apply their knowledge and skills in coding to improve lives through inquiry-based learning projects.

Selected students who are talented or interested would be offered Smart Electrical Technology, a MOE-ITE Applied Subject, at Sec 3 Normal (Technical) or identified to complete Advanced Elective Modules offered by polytechnics and/or participate in competitions to build EXCELLENCE in respective areas/topics.

STEM RELATED CCAS

Clubs
Mechatronics, Aeronautics and Robotics (MARs) Club

POSITIVE OUTCOMES OF ALP
Our participation and achievements over the years:

  • 19th Elementz Science Research Conference 2018
      • Bronze and Silver Awards
  • ITE College East: Robotics Challenge 2018
      • Merit Award
  • Singapore Polytechnic: Future Transportation Challenge 2017
      • 6th position in the fastest car category
  • 3D-Tronics: Maze Challenge 2017
      • Best Presentation
      • Champion
      • 1st Runner Up,
      • Fastest Maze Explorer
  • Nanyang Polytechnic: Science and Technology Challenge 2016
  • 3D-Tronics: Maze Challenge 2016
      • Best Presentation
      • Champion
      • 1st Runner Up,
      • Fastest Maze Explorer

    SELECTION CRITERIA FOR APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAMME
    In considering the applications, the following Selection Criteria (SC) will be used:


    Category

    Selection Criteria

    Evidence to be provided

    SC 1 - Coding/Programming/

    ICT Skills

    ·     Evidence of relevant skills or equivalent in basic Lego Mindstorm, EV3 robots, Java, C+ programming, Micro:bit or Arduino coding will be a bonus.

     

     

     

     

    Attach a photocopy of certification/achievements with the application form.

    SC2 - Accomplishment

     

    ·      Evidence of attainment of any levels of awards, participation or experiences in relevant context. (e.g. Robotics, ICT or Science-related competitions) or holding leadership positions in STEM-related clubs or societies.

    SC3 - Ability / Potential (Audition)

     

    ·      Ability to demonstrate talent and aptitude in relevant areas of interest (Mechatronics, Aeronautical, Robotics or Coding) and problem-solving skills via a performance-based assessment.

    During audition

    SC4 - Interview

    ·      Assessment of attitude and suitability by a School Leader, Key Personnel and specialised teachers.

     

    During interview


        Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - Character Development through the Arts, Media and Design
         

        ARTS, MEDIA & DESIGN (AMD)

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        Sec 1

        Sec 2

        Sec 3

         

        Exposure to all 5 modules during curriculum hours

         

        Specialistion in 1 out of the 5 modules

         

        Talent Management Programmes (e.g. CCA leadership, workshops, Advanced Elective Modules)

         

        The AMD Programme is a structured and progressive programme in YCKSS. Students embark on a foundation programme in Secondary One and are exposed to five different modules. In Secondary Two, depending on their interests, they will specialise in one module. Students attend their chosen modules weekly during curriculum time throughout the academic year. In Secondary Three, students who are keen can further hone their talents and skills through relevant Advanced Elective Modules or other platforms through the school’s partnership with external organisations and pathfinders. Opportunities such as YCKSS Showtime and school concerts are provided for students to showcase what they have learnt. This also heightens the appreciation of the Arts, Media and Design amongst our students.

         
        Successful DSA applicants through AMD are also expected to enrol in the relevant performing arts and media-related CCAs to help develop their talents progressively. The students will be involved in performances, workshops with arts practitioners and competitions in order to gain greater exposure and hone their skills. They also attend a variety of external performances so as to develop their critical understanding of the art form.

        ARTS, MEDIA & DESIGN RELATED CCAS


                           Visual & Performing Arts Groups

        ·         Band

        ·         Choir

        ·         Dance – Chinese

        ·         Dance – Indian

        ·         Dance - Malay

        ·         Drama – English

         

                           Clubs

        ·         Infocomm Club – 3D Animation

        ·         Media Club – PA/Audio

        ·         Media Club – Photography

        ·         Media Club – Videography

        POSITIVE OUTCOMES OF ARTS, MEDIA & DESIGN

         

        1.      Our participations and achievements over the years :

         

        Co-Curricular (CCA)

        2017 Achievement in Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Presentation

        Symphonic Band

        Certificate of Accomplishment

        Choir

        Certificate of Distinction

        English Drama

        Certificate of Distinction

        Chinese Dance

        Certificate of Distinction

        Malay Dance

        Certificate of Distinction

        Indian Dance

        Certificate of Distinction

         

        2.      Drama Club – Performed at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 and National Day Parade 2017

        3.      Choir – Participated in the Esplanade Limelight Series 2014 and 2016 and National Day Parade 2017

        4.      Dance groups – Participated in Chingay Parade – Lights of Legacy 2016 and National Day Parade 2017

        5.      Media club – Achieved Silver in School Digital Media Award (SDMA) 2015 and 2016 and Students' Video Competition Gold and Silver Award Winners in 2017.

         

        SELECTION CRITERIA FOR LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMMES

        In considering the applications, the following Selection Criteria (SC) will be used:

        Category

        Selection Criteria

        Evidence to be provided

        SC1 - Qualification/s in Art Form

         

        ·       Evidence of relevant qualifications from recognised institutions and academies of reputable standings (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM); Beijing Dance Academy; Trinity College of London International Exam Board Certification for Speech and Drama) or equivalent.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Attach a photocopy of certification/achievements with the application form.

        SC2 - Accomplishment

         

        ·       Evidence of awards, performance or relevant experiences (e.g. competitions, school/public performances, skill sets such as choreography, scriptwriting, directing).

        ·        Applicants who are applying for 3D Animation, Videography or Interior Design must provide evidence of a personal portfolio, if shortlisted. 

        SC3 - Ability / Potential (Audition/Personal Portfolio)

         

        ·       Ability to demonstrate talent and aptitude in relevant areas of interest via an audition or showcase of personal portfolio.

        During audition

        SC4 - Interview

        ·       Assessment of attitude and suitability by a School Leader, Key Personnel and specialised teachers.

         

        During interview


    APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR 2018

     

    DATE

    INFORMATION

    TO-DOs

    8 May –  17 August

    Application opens on 7 May, 9:00am and closes on 17 August, 5:00pm

    ·       Complete and submit application form with supporting documents.

    2 July – 31 August

    Audition and interview for short-listed applicants

    ·       Applicant will be informed of the audition item (especially for Performing Arts) upon submission of application form.

    ·       Prepare personal portfolio if applicable.

    ·       Only shortlisted applicants are required to submit certified true copies of supporting documents at the trial/interview.

    20 – 31 August

    Issuance of letters to

    all applicants

    ·       Contact the school if no letter is received.

    29 October – 2 November

    Exercise School Preference

    ·       Submit via DSA-Sec Internet System.

    22 – 26 November
    (Tentative)

    Release of DSA-Sec results

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    20 December

    (Tentative)

    Report to secondary school

    -

     


    APPLICATION PROCESS

     

    The application process is as follows:

     

    Stage 1A (7 May – 17 August 2018)

    Applicants may download and complete the DSA Application Form. Hardcopies can also be obtained from YCKSS General Office during office hours (Monday - Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm).

     
    Submission with supporting documents should be made in person or by registered post to:

    DSA-SEC 2018 APPLICATION

    Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
    3063 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

    Singapore 569868

    Attention: Miss Irene Heng

    (HOD PE & CCA)


    Applications via fax and/or electronic mail will NOT be accepted.

    Note that application closes on 17 August 2018, 5:00pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted.


    List of Supporting Documents:


    Compulsory

    ·     Certified true copies of Primary 5 and 6 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examination result slips, showing all academic results, CCA/s and conduct rating.

    ·        A personal statement.

    If available

    ·       Copies of certifications in special talent (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory and/or practical certifications). If shortlisted, true copies will be required to be submitted.

    ·       Portfolio of works and achievements to support evidence of special talent. This could include certificates / documents of participation in relevant competitions or events.

    ·         Referral letter/s.

    ·         Testimonial/s.

    ·         Any other relevant document/s deemed useful to support the application.

     

    Short-listed applicants will be informed of the details for their audition and interview via phone or email.

     

    Applicants who are not short-listed will also be informed.

     

    For International Students / Students not studying in MOE schools

     

    International students or students not studying in MOE schools, including Singapore Citizens (SC) and permanent residents (PR), will require a letter from MOE HQ before they are issued with a DSA Application form. The letter will contain a unique Registration Number, which will help identify the candidate in the system. The letter may be obtained from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre, located in 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block MOE Building, Singapore 138675.

     

    Applications from international students without Dependant’s Pass (DP), Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) and whose parents are not SC/PR may be considered. However applicants must take part in the AEIS (Admission Exercise for International Students) test. International students who fail AEIS will not be considered for DSA- Sec allocation. AEIS website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/internationl-students/admission-exercise

     

    Age Criteria

    ·        SC/SPR applicants not more than 4 years overage i.e. born between 2 Jan 2002 and 1 Jan 2007.

    ·     International Students (i.e. non-SC/SPR) not more than 2 years overage i.e. born between 2 Jan 2004 and 1 Jan 2007.

    ·        Underage applications not allowed.

     

    Stage 1B (2 July – 31 August 2018)

    Short-listed applicants will go through an interview and audition and will be assessed by a panel made up of school staff and specialists in the relevant niche area (SC3 and SC4).


    Applicants would be expected to demonstrate their ability/potential during the audition (SC3). The interview panel will also be looking for evidence of positive attitude and commitment through a conversation with the candidate (SC4).

     

    Stage 1C (20 August – 31 August 2018)

    All results will be compiled and applicants will be notified of the selection outcome. A letter will be issued to all applicants informing them (i) if they have been given a Confirmed Offer (CO), (ii) placed on the Waiting List or (iii) rejected by 31 August 2018.

     

    Applicants given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school in a course [Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the student’s PSLE aggregate score.


    The school reserves the right not to release the details of the audition and interview.

     

    You could contact the school if you have not received the letter from the school by the stipulated date.

     

    Stage 2 (29 October – 2 November 2018)

    On 29 October 2018, MOE’s Pupil Placement Section (PPS) will send a School Preference Form to all applicants through their primary schools. Those not studying in MOE schools will need to collect their School Preference Forms from MOE Customer Service Centre.

     

    Candidates who have been identified under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List of a school will be asked to indicate their school preferences, up to a maximum of 3 schools. This can be done at their primary schools or online via the DSA-Sec Internet System from 29 October – 2 November 2018.

     

    Stage 3 (22 – 26 November 2018, Tentative)

    After PPS has allocated candidates to the various schools (based on their indicated school preferences and selected school ranking), the results of the DSA-Sec Exercise will be announced together with their PSLE results. Non-mainstream candidates can collect their DSA-Sec results from MOE Customer Service Centre.

     

    Successful DSA-Sec candidates who took PSLE are NOT allowed to participate in the S1 Posting Exercise. However they are eligible for special programmes and/or qualify for the course option bands.

     

    Stage 4 (20 December 2018 – Tentative)

    Successful DSA-Sec candidates must report to the secondary school on Sec 1 Registration Day.

     

     

    FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

    1.      What information do I need to submit together with the application form?

     

    You have to submit the DSA application form together with all supporting documents. Teachers’ references will be an added advantage.

     

    2.     After I have submitted the application form, when will I know if I have been short-listed for the auditions and interviews?

     

    The school will contact you by 18 August 2018 to arrange for audition and interview.

     

    3.      I have received several DSA - Sec offers. When must I decide to accept one?

    You will have to indicate your preferences for up to 3 schools during the Exercise School Preference Stage. This will be conducted from 29 October to 2 November 2018.

     

    4.      Do I have to pay for the programme?

    The school will bear the basic cost incurred in the programme e.g. costumes, instruments, etc. and heavily subsidise the cost of the programme. Students will be expected to bear partial payment for items such as special workshops/courses, overseas cultural exchanges and attendance of relevant performances as we seek to provide a comprehensive learning experience for them. Edusave Funds can be utilised for this purpose.

     

    5.      Can I change the audition / interview dates given?

    Yes, as long as there is valid reason given. Do note that due to the limited window period for the school to conduct the selection, interested students should make arrangement to be present on the given date. Applicants who fail to turn up without prior notice and valid reasons will be disqualified.

     

    FURTHER ENQUIRIES 

    For any enquiries, please contact the following staff:

    Miss Irene Heng  
    HOD PE & CCA
    Tel: 6456 0669 Ext. 116.
    heng_siew_hoon@moe.edu.sg

    Please indicate email subject heading as “DSA-SEC Enquiries


    DSA-Sec Application Form