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Direct School Admission (DSA)

Introduced in 2004, the DSA scheme seeks to promote holistic education and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talent when seeking admission to a secondary school.

For more information, please visit https://beta.moe.gov.sg/secondary/dsa

At Bukit Batok Secondary School (BBSS), we believe that every child is unique and has innate abilities to be developed. Our school values,  mission  and  vision, represent our collective passion, dreams and aspirations, and guide us in how  we  work  with  our  parents,  community  and  partners  to realise the full potential of our students. We endeavour to build a culture of self-directedness and abundance mentality amongst staff and students. Children are firmly at the heart of our work and we seek to develop the whole child by providing meaningful and connected learning experiences that will allow every BBSSian to develop the right values, competencies and skills to do well in the 21st century.

 

DSA to Bukit Batok Secondary School 

We are looking for promising Primary 6 students who demonstrate talent in the following 4 groups of talent areas that are open for DSA.


Group 1 (Leadership)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Selection Processes for DSA

Student Leadership

  • Key appointments in student leadership bodies and / or CCAs
  • Active involvement in leadership activities / CCAs / community service 
  • Demonstrates the following character and qualities:
  1. Role model and good conduct
  2. Keen to serve and lead
  3. Takes initiative and is self-disciplined
  4. Able to work independently and in a team
  5. Open to learning and willing to embrace challenges
  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview



Group 2 (Sports & Games)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Selection Processes for DSA

Softball (Girls)

  • Passion to further develop and do well in this game
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week
  • Skills: Mon and Wed
  • Fitness and Conditioning: Fri
  • Experience representing primary school at National School Games will be an added advantage
  • Able to play in more than one position will be an added advantage
  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview
  • Confident in speaking up and positive attitude (receptive in learning and accepting challenges)
  • Show keenness to play in more than one position
  • Track records

Basketball (Boys)

  • Experience representing primary school at National School Games or equivalent
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week 
  • At least a Bronze for latest NAPFA
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of basketball concepts, teamwork and leadership abilities during Video Conferencing interview
  • Demonstrate the passion to excel
  • Able to share competition experience during Video Conferencing interview

Rugby (Boys)

We welcome both new and experienced rugby players who are:

  • Interested in holistic development: Athletics, Behaviour and aCademics
  • Passionate to learn new rugby skills and knowledge
  • Passionate to deepen their skills and knowledge to become better players
  • Interested in forging strong brotherhood / friendships with teammates
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week
  • Skills: Mon and Fri
  • Fitness and Conditioning: Wed


  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview
  • Demonstrate confidence when speaking
  • Demonstrate interest in playing rugby and representing BBSS 
  • Track records

Cross Country

  • 1.6km run time:
  • Boys: below 8m 00s
  • Girls: below 9m 30s 

Or

  • Finalist in National Primary Schools Track and Field Meet in any of the following individual Track events:
  • 100 m
  • 200 m
  • 300 m
  • 600 m
  • 1500 m
  • Hurdles
  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview


Group 3 (Performing Arts)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Selection Processes for DSA

Drama - English

  • Confident and eloquent
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Willing to take up both production and acting roles
  • Experience in drama productions or stage performances including emceeing is a bonus
  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview
  • Track records

Chinese
Orchestra

Meet at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate strong talent and interest in Chinese Orchestra
  • Minimum of 2 years playing experience in CO instruments like Dizi, Suona, Yangqin or Erhu etc.
  • Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public performances would be an advantage
  • Achievements / awards in international / regional / national competition an added advantage
  • Achieved quality grade in music examination for any specific instrument an added advantage

  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview
  • Track records

Malay Dance

Meet at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate strong talent, commitment and interest in Malay Dance
  • Minimum of 2 years dance experience in primary school - either contemporary or traditional
  • Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public performances would be an advantage

  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview
  • Track records 


Group 4 (Clubs & Societies)b>

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Selection Processes for DSA

Robotics Club

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Robotics club
  • Have experience in building Lego Mindstorms sets and fluent in writing codes using Mindstorms

OR

  • Have experience in Micro:bit or drones with basic block programming background
  • Represented primary school in Robotics competitions at national / international level an added advantage
  • Performance during Video Conferencing interview


Note for all applicants
: Achievements at the national/international level would be an advantage. Applicants may key in relevant information via the MOE DSA Application Portal. 


All applications are to be made via the MOE DSA Application Portal. Information on DSA will be available in local media on 11 May 2020.

Application Procedure
You have from 9am on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 to 3pm on Friday, 5 Jun 2020 to submit your child’s application. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Log in to the DSA-Sec portal with your SingPass. Find out how to register for a SingPass if you don’t have one.
  2. You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
  3. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for the 2 talent areas offered by our school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
  4. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child’s chosen talent areas.
  5. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during application. Your child’s primary school records (for example, P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school-based activities, achievements or awards) will be automatically shared with the schools.
  6. Enter your contact details correctly. This allows the schools to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process.
  7. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
  8. If you are unable to apply online, approach your child’s primary school for assistance.


Schedule

Process

Date / Time

Application Opens

12 May 2020

Closing date for submission of application online through the DSA-Sec portal

5 Jun 2020 (3pm)

Notification of short-listed applicants for interview (by phone call or post)

From 1 Jul to 6 Aug 2020

Interview sessions and performance tasks

Note: In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct selection using electronic mode and applicants need not visit our school in person. The school will liaise directly with short-listed applicants on dates of interview sessions and performance tasks (if any) to prepare for.

From 1 Jul to 8 Sep 2020

Notification Letter (Outcome of application)

By 14 Sep 2020 (or earlier)

Exercise School Preference by students

From 26 to 30 October 2020

Notification of DSA-Sec admission results (on the same day as the release of the PSLE results)

Between 25 to 27 Nov 2020 (tentative)



Successful applicants will join BBSS in January in the year 2021. Students will be assessed on both their demonstrated and potential ability to ensure that they benefit from the curriculum offered at BBSS.


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 throughout their years in BBSS.


Enquiries

  • Contact the General Office at 6566 3121. (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm) 
  • Email us at bbss@moe.edu.sg. Please indicate "DSA Enquiries" in the subject field