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DSA Application Instructions

SELECTION PROCESS

Phase 1: Interview / Audition
All shortlisted candidates are required to attend an interview / audition.  Please refer to Key Dates for the date and time. 

  • Applicants who apply for DSA in Westwood’s Applied Learning Programme (Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship) will undergo an interview via video conferencing.
  • Applicants will need to arrange with their respective primary school to provide them with video-conferencing equipment and suitable venue for the interview.

    • Shortlisted students, based on portfolio submitted, will be invited for a video interview where the panel will ask questions on the following:
      • An innovative solution that the candidate has either implemented or thought of to solve a problem/improve a process either at home or school.
      • Values-In-Action (VIA) experiences (both in and beyond school).
      • Leadership positions held/opportunities in school.
      • Possible contributions to Westwood Secondary School.

  • Applications who apply for DSA in Westwood’s Learning for Life Programme (Arts for Life!) will have to go through audition in the specific art form.
  • Applicants will need to arrange with their respective primary school to provide them with video-conferencing equipment and suitable venue for the audition.

    • Concert Band
      • Candidates to email the following to the Teacher-in-charge (nur_nadiah_razni@moe.edu.sg) at least 3 days in advance.
        • the instrument that candidate is playing
        • the piece that candidate will be playing
      • Candidates to prepare one music piece of their choice for the audition.
      • Candidates may be asked to play only part of the prepared piece during the audition. [They must provide a copy of the music score at least 3 days in advance via email to the Teacher-in-charge.]
      • Sight-reading exercises will be administered.
      • Candidates are to bring their own instrument for the audition.
      • Audition will be conducted over Zoom.

    • Dance – International
      • Candidates to put up a 1-minute dance item with music.
      • Audition will be conducted over Zoom.

    • Show Choir
      • Candidates to sing a song item of their choice for the audition. They are strongly encouraged to sing with the backing track of the song on audition day.
      • Candidates might be asked to sing only part of the song during the audition.
      • Basic aural and range tests will be administered.
      • Audition will be conducted over Zoom.

    • Guitar Ensemble
      • Candidates to play one music piece of their choice for the audition.
      • Candidates to email the following to the Teacher-in-charge (ho_shwu_huey@moe.edu.sg):
        • the music piece of their choice at least 3 days in advance,
        • indicate the type of performance and the duration (e.g. solo strum and sing, 5 minutes).
      • Candidates might be asked to play only part of the prepared piece during the audition.
      • Sight-reading exercises will be administered.
      • Candidates are to prepare their own guitar for the audition.
      • Audition will be conducted over Zoom


Phase 2: Dialogue Session with School Leadership Team

Applicants who are shortlisted from the Interview / Audition in Phase 1 will be invited to attend a Dialogue Session with the School Leadership Team. Applicants will need to arrange with their respective primary school to provide them with video-conferencing equipment and suitable venue for the Dialogue Session.

APPLICATION OUTCOME

  • The decision of the DSA-Sec application interview panel is FINAL
  • Westwood Secondary reserves the right not to reveal the reasons for the non-selection of applicants
  • Successful applicants who have accepted the DSA-Sec application are NOT allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise 
  • Successful applicants who have accepted the DSA-Sec application are NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results

KEY DATES


Application
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, 9am to 5 Jun 2020, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec.

Westwood EventsIn view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the students, parents and our staff, the school is unable to organise our DSA Open House as in previous years. 

For information on the talent areas for DSA, namely our Applied Learning Programme – Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (ISE) and Learning for Life Programme – Arts for Life!, please refer to our school’s 2020 WE STories hosted on your child’s primary school website.  You may also access 2020 WE STories here.

For more details, please contact us directly at 6792 9737 or email to westwood_ss@moe.edu.sg.

Shortlist Outcome for DSA Selection                
1 July 2020

Selection ExercisePhase 1: Interview / Audition – 17 August 2020 @ 2 to 5 pm

Phase 2: Dialogue Session with School Leadership Team – 21 August 2020 @ 3 pm

Results ReleaseAll applicants will be informed of the DSA outcome by 14 September 2020


Parents and students are strongly 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.

For further clarifications and enquiries, please contact Westwood at:
Telephone Number: 6792 9737
Email Address: westwood_ss@moe.edu.sg

For email inquiry, please indicate “Westwood DSA 2020” as the subject title of your email.