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DSA @ Northbrooks

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About DSA

The Direct School Admission (DSA) is an opportunity for Primary 6 students to directly apply for admission into participating secondary schools based on their talents and achievement which might not have been demonstrated at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). 

Northbrooks Secondary School offers DSA in the following areas in 2021:

About Northbrooks

The school offers a variety of enrichment programmes to widen the students' learning experiences for greater development in cognitive, physical and aesthetics domains.

The school's distinctive Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Aerospace provides our students an edge when applying for Aerospace-related courses in ITE and the Polytechnics, which in turn opens a career pathway for them in the rapidly growing Aerospace industry. All Lower Secondary students are equipped with basic knowledge in general Aerospace topics and essential Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) skills. Students who demonstrate passion in this field of study would be further engaged/stretched in related external competitions and programmes.

Our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Outdoor Education is known as A.C.E. and stands for Adventure, Character, Environment. The programme aims to develop character, inculcate values of grit and resilience and build leadership traits in all students as they learn adventure skills such as orienteering, rock climbing and abseiling as well as cultivate an appreciation for the outdoors and the environment during PE lessons and Level Camps. Students who excel at the various adventure skills may have the opportunity to participate at a higher challenge level in various outdoor competitions.

General Criteria for All Talent Areas

1.    Applicants should have a keen interest and passion for the respective talent areas.

2.    Applicants should have a positive learning attitude and a growth mindset.

3.    Applicants should have demonstrated good conduct and leadership skills in school.

Criteria and Selection Process


Talent AreaCriteriaSelection Process
Aerospace

  1. Strong interest in Aerospace and STEAM fields
  2. Highly motivated and resilient when faced with an unfamiliar setting
  3. Good content knowledge on basic physics of flight and STEAM concepts
  4. Demonstration of skills in the areas of critical thinking and reasoning, problem solving, adaptability and teamwork
  5. Demonstration of skills related to Aerospace

  1. Online Test (Multiple Choice Questions) on Theory of Flight and Aerodynamics
  2. Interview via video conferencing

 

*During the interview, applicants are encouraged to share their STEAM related projects done in their primary schools through portfolio.

Outdoor Adventure

Demonstration of

  1. Positive attitude and conduct
  2. Leadership skills
  3. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences in outdoor adventure-related activities

Interview via video conferencing







LeadershipDemonstration of

  1. Positive attitude and conduct
  2. Leadership skills

Prior experiences in leadership-related activities

  1. Interview
  2. Leadership Challenge

 

*Both interview and Leadership Challenge will be conducted via video conferencing

Floorball (Boys)Demonstration of

  1. Positive attitude and conduct
  2. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences in Floorball/Hockey competitions

  1. Sports Trial
  2. Interview

*Both sports trial and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

Guzheng Ensemble
  1. Demonstration of good performance skills and techniques in Guzheng
  2. Participated in performances/ events in or outside school
  3. Demonstrate high level of commitment and self-motivation
  4. Positive attitude and conduct








  1. Submission of any existing video recording of a performance (not longer than 10 minutes). If a video recording is submitted, applicants must ensure that he/she is in the video frame and that the recording is not edited.

Applicants who do not have any existing videos will not be required to make a new video to support this application.

Details on video submission will be sent to applicants via email

2. Audition

3. Interview

 

*Both audition and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

Modern Dance
  1. Demonstration of good performance skills and techniques in Dance
  2. Participated in performances/ events in or outside school
  3. Demonstrate high level of commitment and self-motivation
  4. Positive attitude and conduct



1.    Submission of any existing video recording of a dance performance (Not longer than 3 minutes). If a video recording is submitted, applicants must ensure that he/she is in the video frame and that the recording is not edited.

Applicants who do not have any existing videos will not be required to make a new video to support this application.

Details on video submission will be sent to applicants via email.

2.    Interview

*Interview will be conducted via video conferencing.
Concert Band
  1. Demonstration of good performance skills and techniques in playing of a musical instrument
  2. Strong aesthetic background and demonstrate interest in music
  3. Participated in performances/ events in or outside school
  4. Demonstrate high level of commitment and self-motivation






  1. Submission of any existing video recording of a performance (Not longer than 3 minutes). If a video recording is submitted, applicants must ensure that he/she is in the video frame and that the recording is not edited.

    Applicants who do not have any existing videos will not be required to make a new video to support this application.

    Details on video submission will be sent to applicants via email.

  2. Interview

*Interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

Badminton
Demonstration of

  1. Positive attitude and conduct
  2. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences/ achievements in Badminton







  1. Sports Trial

    Applicants may be requested to demonstrate the following skills:
    - Shuttle control with a badminton racket.
    - Agility Tasks

  2. Interview
    Applicants may be asked theoretical questions about Badminton gameplay.

*Both sports trials and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

*Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee that the student will be shortlisted/ given an offer.

Application Process

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 5 May 2021, 11 am to 1 June 2021, 3 pm. For more details, please refer to MOE DSA-Sec 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. Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4.

Outcome

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application via a letter by Monday, 13 September 2021. The letter will indicate whether the applicant has been given a Confirmed Offer, put on the Waiting List or Unsuccessful.

Key Dates

DatesProcess
5 May 2021 – 1 June 2021DSA Application period
28 June 2021 – 13 September 2021Selection and Interview period
By 13 September 2021Release of Outcome of DSA Application
25 October 2021 – 29 October 2021School Preference Submission by Applicants who have received at least one DSA-Sec offer
Late November 2021 (To be confirmed)
DSA-Sec Allocation Results Release