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Instructions for DSA Application

APPLICATION PROCEDURE


Phase 1: Simulation Challenge / Audition

All shortlisted candidates are required to attend a simulation challenge / 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 a simulation challenge
    • Candidates will be put through 2 group/team tasks involving creativity and problem solving.
    • Candidates are required to propose a solution and/or make recommendations that could possibly contribute to improvement.
    • Candidates are required to make a 2-minute team presentation on their ideas/solutions/recommendations.

  • 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:

    • Band - Concert
      • Candidates will prepare one music piece of their choice for the audition.
      • Candidates might be asked to play only part of the prepared piece during the audition.  They must provide a copy of the music score on audition day.
      • Sight-reading exercises will be administered.
      • Candidates are to bring their own instrument for the audition
    • Dance - International
      • Candidates are required to put up a 1-minute dance item. 
      • Candidates will prepare the dance track for the audition.  They must provide a copy of the dance track on audition day.
    • Show Choir
      • Candidates are required to put up a song item of their choice for the audition.  
      • Candidates might be asked to sing only part of the song during the audition. They are strongly encouraged to provide the backing track of the song on audition day.
      • Basic aural and range tests will be administered.
    • Ensemble - Guitar
      • Candidates will prepare one music piece of their choice for the audition.
      • Candidates might be asked to play only part of the prepared piece during the audition. They must provide a copy of the music score on audition day.
      • Sight-reading exercises will be administered.
      • Candidates are to bring their own guitar for the audition.
    • Visual Arts
      • Candidates are required to produce a piece of artwork on the spot, which can be pencil drawing or poster painting.  Basic materials will be provided by the school.  Candidates are expected to bring along any other special art materials that they need on audition day.
      • A short critique session to share on the creation process and considerations might be conducted.
      • Candidates are required to bring along their portfolio.

Phase 2: Dialogue Session 
Applicants who are shortlisted from the Simulation Challenge / Audition in Phase 1 will be invited to attend a Dialogue Session with the School Leadership Team.  

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 5 May 2020, 9am to 2 Jun 2020, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

Shortlist Outcome for DSA Selection                
1 July 2020

Selection  ExercisePhase 1: Simulation Challenge / Audition
17 August 2020 @ 2.00 pm

Phase 2: Dialogue Session with School Leadership Team
21 August 2020 @ 3.00 pm
Results ReleaseAll applicants will be informed of the DSA outcome by 31 August 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. 

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 opening subject title of your email.