2019 Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

 

Update on Applications to CHS through 2019 DSA Exercise

Dear Parent/ Guardian

Thank you for your son’s application to CHS through DSA.

 

Please know that we will be processing your application in the coming weeks. The staff-in-charge of the various DSA categories will contact you only if he is shortlisted for trials/ auditions/ interviews via email.

 

We have received an overwhelming number of applications and will carefully consider each one. If you do not receive a notification by 22 July for trials/ auditions and 13 August for interviews, it would mean that your son has not been shortlisted. We would like to encourage all students who are not shortlisted, to work towards a high level of achievement at PSLE, and we invite them to consider applying to CHS again post-PSLE.

 

If you have any further clarifications, please contact us at  chs@moe.edu.sg


 

All students interested in applying for a place to Catholic High School via DSA-Sec will need to do so via a centralized DSA-Sec Portal managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). More information, including application timeline, authentication, number of choices allowed is available via https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

 

The period of application is listed below.

 

Start of Application 0900hrs, Wednesday, 8 May 2019
End of Application 1500hrs, Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school’s academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

Requirements of DSA-Sec Applicants

Mother Tongue Language

Catholic High School is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school that is committed to nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in the Chinese language and culture, yet equipped with a global outlook. As with other SAP schools, it does not take in students who offer Mother Tongue Languages other than Chinese/ Higher Chinese. Students exempted from offering CL/ HCL for PSLE in Primary School cannot apply to SAP schools, including Catholic High. In addition:

  • Integrated Programme (IP) students must offer Higher Chinese Language in Years 1 and 2;
  • O-Level Programme (OP) students must offer at least Chinese Language.

 

General Academic Criteria

 

IP Track

Regardless of the talent area(s) an applicant applies for, he should have achieved consistent and excellent results for Primary 5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and Primary 6 Mid-Year Examination, or equivalent.

 

OP Track

Regardless of the talent area(s) an applicant applies for, he should have achieved consistent and very good results for Primary 5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and Primary 6 Mid-Year Examination, or equivalent.

 

Conduct

Applicants should conduct themselves with decorum, and have positive attitude and sound moral values.

 

Talent-specific Criteria for Selection of DSA-Sec Applicants

 

Talent Criteria
Leadership (IP) Demonstrate exceptional character, aptitude for leadership, ability for critical thinking and good communication skill

Have a track record of leadership experience and appointment(s) (e.g. CCA appointment, Prefectorial appointment), or other equivalent experiences that demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes in service of others

Leadership (OP)
Music Elective Programme (IP) Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in music study and/or composition and/or performance

Have a track record of outstanding achievement or portfolio in an area of music study and/or composition and/or performance

Music Elective Programme (OP)
Performing Arts (IP) Demonstrate passion and aptitude for any of the following Performing Arts: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band

Have a track record of outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Performing Arts, e.g. top placings or represented school at Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation

Performing Arts (OP)
Sports (IP) Demonstrate passion and aptitude for any of the following Sports: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field (Sprints, Cross-country, Throws and Jumps), Volleyball and Wushu

Have a track record of outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Sport, e.g. top placings or represented school at National School Games

Are medically fit

Sports (OP)
Bilingualism (IP) Demonstrate passion and aptitude for both Chinese and English languages

Possess excellent reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

Have a track record of outstanding achievements in  both English and Chinese languages (e.g. in competitions, projects and programmes requiring bilingual and bicultural skills)

Possess a strong interest and drive to excel and develop bicultural knowledge and skills for service to others

Humanities (IP) Demonstrate passion and aptitude for the Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences (e.g. current affairs, politics, international relations and sustainable development)

Possess excellent language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and research skills

Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work in areas of Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences

Mathematics (IP) Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in Mathematics study and research

Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work that demonstrates passion and aptitude for Mathematics

Science (IP) Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in Science study and research

Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work that demonstrates passion and aptitude for Science

Selection Process

Application and Selection Process

After the application closes on 4 June, shortlisted (IP and OP) applicants are required to undergo:

  • Trial, audition or other relevant assessment(s)
  • Interview

These do not require applicants to prepare ahead. Applicants should not enquire with the school on the nature and format of the assessments and do not need to specially prepare for them.

 

Timeline for Trials/ Auditions

 

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by  

Tuesday, 22 July 2019 (3 pm)

 

Sports and Performing Arts Trials/ Auditions

(1st cycle)

Friday, 28 June 2019 (9 am to 11 am)

 

Floorball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Drama, English Drama, Choir, Modern Dance, Symphony Band

 

Saturday 29 June 2019 (9 am to 11 am)

 

Basketball, Softball, Track and Field, Wushu

 

Student Leadership Situational Assessment  

July 2019 (2.00 pm to 6.00pm)

 

Music Elective Programme Audition  

Tuesday 23 July 2019 (2.30 pm to 4.30 pm)

 

Sports and Performing Arts Trials/ Auditions

(2nd cycle for applicants who are unable to attend the 1st cycle)

Friday, 19 July 2019 (3 pm to 5 pm)

 

Floorball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Drama, English Drama, Choir, Modern Dance, Symphony Band

 

Saturday 20 July 2019 (9 am to 11 am)

 

Basketball, Softball, Track and Field, Wushu

 

 

 

 

Timeline for Interviews/Relevant Assessments

 

Regardless of talent area(s) applied for, all shortlisted applicants for the IP track will be interviewed.

 

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by  

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2019 (3 pm)

 

Interview dates  

11 July to 15 August 2019

 

Interview timing  

Between 2 pm and 6 pm

 

Approximate Interview Duration 20 to 30 minutes

 

For inquiries regarding CHS DSA-Sec, please contact us at:

  1. Email Address: chs@moe.edu.sg
  2. Telephone: 6458 2177