School Of The Arts, Singapore

Having survived PSLE. we still need to network with other parents with kids in the same Secondary school. While giving our teenagers their own space, we can update each other about the school.
Post Reply
kuts
GreenBelt
GreenBelt
Posts: 122
Joined: Sat Apr 28,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by kuts » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:09 am

Hi, Anybody care to share about the dance audition and its related procedure. I would like to enrol my daughter for non-ballet.

TIA

ginosister
KiasuNewbie
KiasuNewbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Mar 29,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by ginosister » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:36 pm

Dear parents,

This is a current SOTA student in music. For those parents who are considering sending their children to SOTA through music: I have heard seniors complaining the current head of music department being unfair when it comes to assessments. This also happened to my friends in the last end of year exam this year. And the department does play political games and something that happened because of this hurt my feelings(please do not ask and I did not leave contact form). I have also heard of seniors complaining that lesson hours are not filled for music for the designated specialised arts hours (it's the same for my year).

But as to the other artforms, I have not heard of such incidences, neither from my seniors. And do not mistaken me but I do enjoy my lessons in SOTA, for both academics and music. We have wonderful teachers for academics in my personal experience and opinion. But there is something flawed about the school that should have been addressed.

Happy holiday,
Ginosister

Kee Kor
GreenBelt
GreenBelt
Posts: 164
Joined: Thu Jul 10,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by Kee Kor » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:24 am

Hi Ginosister, hope things will get better for you this year. I heard that the music cohort is really small. Is the unfairness like as you mentioned across the board for all instruments? How many hours are designated specialized hours and how many hours do you actually get? Thanks for your input.

finnawong
KiasuNewbie
KiasuNewbie
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Jun 19,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by finnawong » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:20 am

Hi everyone

Is there anyone who is able to help putting portfolio for VA and Music, in application to SOTA?

My daughter is in Sec 1 this year.
Last year, we tried DSA with SOTA but she was not selected for TA and we were very disappointed.
We would like to try again this year.
Therefore would like some help in putting the portfolio.
Appreciate any tips.

Thanks much
Finna (96717977)

veronica
KiasuNewbie
KiasuNewbie
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Aug 16,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by veronica » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:53 am

How to prepare for SOTA Visual arts?
Someone who got into SOTA Visual arts, please advice on how to prepare the portfolios.


sembgal
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 3237
Joined: Tue Apr 28,
Total Likes:56

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by sembgal » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:12 pm

veronica wrote:How to prepare for SOTA Visual arts?
Someone who got into SOTA Visual arts, please advice on how to prepare the portfolios.
Look for Pibilotti Art as I went to find out info that they have experience in preparing students' portfolios for DSA to SOTA. There is a Pibilotti Art Studio at Chong Pang CC. Not related to Chong Pang CC. The husband teaches at Pibilotti at Chong Pang CC. The wife teaches at another Pibilotti at Pibilotti Art Studio is located at Blk 418 Yishun Ave 11 #01-393 S(760418). I visited the Chong Pang Pibilotti Art Studio personally and found out this info.

sembgal
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
Posts: 3237
Joined: Tue Apr 28,
Total Likes:56

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by sembgal » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:15 pm

https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/sota-open-s ... 1004746763


You're Invited!

Calling all parents and teachers of Primary 5 or 6 students! If your child or student has an aptitude for Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts, join us at the Open Symposium 2016! Find out more about studying at SOTA, including information on our 6-year integrated arts and academic curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Join us:
26 February 2016, Friday
6.30pm to 8:00pm
School of the Arts Singapore,
Multi Purpose Hall, Level 6,
1 Zubir Said Drive,
Singapore 227968
Admission is FREE! Hurry, register your attendance today!
(Registration closes 22 February 2016)

No harm going even if your child is in P3 or P4 now. Just go there listen.

blitz
GreenBelt
GreenBelt
Posts: 186
Joined: Fri Oct 09,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by blitz » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:01 am

veronica wrote:How to prepare for SOTA Visual arts?
Someone who got into SOTA Visual arts, please advice on how to prepare the portfolios.
VA is a very unique form, as in, a very personal sort of thing. What a teacher might like, another teacher might not.

I do not suggest going to outside art schools to get a professional to prepare the portfolio. Art has to come from the heart itself, from the student's perspective. When my daughter prepared her portfolio years back, she brought along a craftwork animal she made at home with kitchen towels no less. She also brought along her sketch book - things she doodles at leisure. Along with a piece of rock she painted and another canvas painting. She never had formal art lessons, and honestly, was abit skeptical of getting in to SOTA because at the TA, we saw children bringing in huge, professional looking art paintings and models of buildings some made.

She was more dejected when the judges didn't really look at her sketch book. They just flipped the pages, not more than a cursory glance at what she drew. 3 of her schoolmates, all of whom had formal extra cirricular art lessons, went for the TA too, bringing their best pieces of artworks that their art teachers chosen.I told her at least we tried and we'll just have to wait for the results.

Turned out that none of her schoolmates were chosen. I heard the judges want raw talent, and that is what they were looking for. Not guided art paintings by art teachers outside.

Having said that, on top of the portfolio, the child is expected to draw on the spot as well, and write an essay. That was 4 years ago,so I am not sure if things have changed then.

limws1
OrangeBelt
OrangeBelt
Posts: 79
Joined: Fri May 21,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by limws1 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:45 am

My daughter got into SOTA 5 years ago via theater without any formal training and no experience in stage performance. Just memorized the monologue and act it out during TA. She was rejected for theater CCA in her mainstream sec sch but SOTA accepted her.

juno99
KiasuNewbie
KiasuNewbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Feb 10,

Re: School Of The Arts, Singapore

Post by juno99 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:32 am

Hi all! Anyone has children studying Literary Arts in SOTA? My gal is keen but I am not sure if it is suitable for her.

Would like to find out if the teachers in SOTA are generally more relaxed so the child needs to be self-driven and self-motivated? My gal generally needs to be pushed so not sure if this suits her.

How is it like studying in literary arts? Is it where they enjoy a vast appreciation of literary works and guided by teachers or are they expected to do a lot of reading up and research on their own?

Is it also true that most SOTA students eventually move on to study in overseas universities? I read somewhere that IB graduates are compared with the rest of the world when it comes to determining the place in university while for A Levels, they are more compared to local students. Thus, a student who does well in IB may be good compared to the rest of the students in the world but in sg, they are compared to the few top schools who are taking IB so they stand a lower chance of getting a space in local university compared to A levels. ANyone has similar concerns about this?

Thanks in advance if anyone could share any valuable advice with me!:)

Post Reply