DSA 2019

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by zac's mum » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:02 am

I came across this article (in a property website, apologies for the marketing links) that provides a nice introduction/summary write-up on 3 specialized independent schools: SOTA, SSP and SST.

https://www.99.co/blog/singapore/near-a ... education/

Extracts from the website:

SOTA
With perhaps one of the most aesthetically appealing campuses located right in the heart of town, SOTA is Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum. Students at SOTA may choose to take either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, or their Arts Excellence Programme (AEP).

In both these programmes, students are required to take subjects such as English Language & Critical Thinking, as well as dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Their curriculum, which focuses on both academics and arts-related subjects, aims to help students realise their artistic potential without neglecting their academic side. In short, SOTA is perfect for students who are interested in or show early talent in the arts.

Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Singapore Sports School is a specialized Independent School that provides its students with an integrated academic and sports programme. The list of core sports they offer include Badminton, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Netball, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Track and Field. Aside from these, they also admit exceptional students in other sports on a discretionary basis.

Students who enroll in Singapore Sports School are encouraged to board at the school, in order to benefit from a highly structured schedule and optimize their time for training, academic learning and rest. After graduating, depending on which option they choose, students may proceed on to study at Junior Colleges or Polytechnics, or progress to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the customised Republic Polytechnic-Singapore Sports School Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management (RP-SSP DSLM).

School of Science and Technology (SST)
Technology-related skills such as programming and coding might be seen as a nice bonus today, but it’s been expounded many times by various ministers that these same skills will be essential for the next generation. Catering to this new wave of demand, the curriculum at School of Science and Technology revolves around key academic concepts in Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Unlike other schools, School of Science and Technology offers a small class size restricted to 20 to 25 students. Students will get to get their hands dirty by learning through cognitively demanding hands-on applications, and cultivate essential competencies such as innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset, responsible risk-taking and resilience.

(Too bad they don’t have any write up on NUS High).

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by whybel » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:37 am

Dear All
The DSA 2018 thread had served me well. Been wanting to share my views but did not managed to find the time.
So I thought I will offer my perspectives, observations for those who may find my journey relevant.
My boy tried DSA HCI in 2017, didn't get it, ended up in another SAP School not having his sport as CCA. He had to take another CCA and continue training externally. He is vying to be C Div Champion this year, and make it to National Training Squad next year. I can say that it has not been easy for him, and I foresee tougher days ahead to balance sports, CCA and studies. We are working with CCA head to find a solution at the moment. Profile in primary school (NYPS), playful, intelligent, but can't be bothered with PSLE.
My girl tried DSA MGS and RGS in 2018. She (also NYPS) was diligent, among the top students from P1 to P4. At P4, she pursued a lot of interests, winning national individual medals in swimming, fencing and track & field, also in school team for Guzheng. Studies suffered as a result. It was a journey to get her to drop to only 2 in P6, in which she tried DSA for both. She eventually DSA into RGS, which gave me some insights into RGS DSA approach, my observation of their enrollment philosophy in general, and also my understanding of DSA support in RGS.
Kind folks here have given a lot of wonderful and level-headed advice.
However, if anyone finds my journey, experience relevant, feel free to PM me if you have specific questions.
Qualification statement: I am not an expert on DSA.
All the best for those trying DSA in 2019.

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Re: DSA 2019

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by phtthp » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:28 am

FantasyLandDreams wrote:Sota symposium:

https://www.sota.edu.sg/events-calendar ... osium-2019
The timing that SOTA set : 22 Feb, is bad, because many schools are "smacked " after celebrating Chinese New Year festive Week, are having P6 CA1 or TA (new terminology, based on new MOE changes made) from week 9 starting, hence clashing into February month exam period.
Those students from those schools no CA1 exam, can still attend SOTA Open house.
Eg.
p6 students from Gongshang primary, located in Tampines, since they no CA1 commitment, in 2019 P6

Or another example is,

2019 P6 students from St Anthony Canossian Convent primary (SAC) located in Bedok, can also attend SOTA.

Although SAC do have a February CA1 coming up in week (9 and 10), however, the weigtage of their SAC 2019 P6 CA1 is zero percentage, that means, this CA1 weightage is not accounted for into the Report card. Only just let them do the Practice (mock-up) papers, as a warm-up exercise, for coming up SA1 (May) which constitute 100 percent, enter into Report card.

Therefore, schools like SOTA or any other organization that wish to conduct Open house -
should first examine (check) the date of their Open House first, check if it will clash into any major P6 exam period. In this case, since it does, many students who wish to go, in the end, may give it a miss, thus defeating the purpose of even organizing the Open House, in the first case, since your ultimate attraction is to draw as many P6 students as possible, to your Open House.

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by zac's mum » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:31 am

You have a very strong point there. Or maybe SOTA is so confident that the interested P6 people have such strong interest that they will finish their revision using the whole morning of that Saturday, and then take the few hours of evening time to relax and have dinner + a fun concert/look-around SOTA?

For those who are super interested in SOTA, I doubt u will have any other opportunity to hear from the P and the teachers/students themselves directly (website info does not always show the full picture). Unless u already know students (family or friends or ex-seniors) studying there.

This also implies that P5 and P4 students *may* be able to get a place at the open house. Just register and see whether there are excess places left over for you. Quite possibly, if so many P6 aren’t free to attend.


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Re: DSA 2019

Post by nms1 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:20 am

It's not always practical for them to consider all schedules. For example, my son's CA1 doesn't start until Mar 5th. If you really have a strong interest in SOTA, you will find a way to be there. They cannot accommodate everyone.
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Re: DSA 2019

Post by floppy » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:56 am

If you are interested in SOTA, you will be there, even if you have to come through hell and high water.

If you are not interested in SOTA, picking the most auspicious and convenient date won’t matter.

If you are merely interested but undecided, or couldn’t be assed to go and find out more, it’s your lost, not SOTA.

It’s not a numbers game and SOTA is a SPECIALISED institution. Not all Open Houses have the intention of drawing as many people as possible, some OH only want to draw as many RIGHT TYPE of people as possible.

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by phtthp » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:12 am

zac's mum wrote:You have a very strong point there. Or maybe SOTA is so confident that the interested P6 people have such strong interest that they will finish their revision using the whole morning of that Saturday, and then take the few hours of evening time to relax and have dinner + a fun concert/look-around SOTA?

For those who are super interested in SOTA, I doubt u will have any other opportunity to hear from the P and the teachers/students themselves directly (website info does not always show the full picture). Unless u already know students (family or friends or ex-seniors) studying there.

This also implies that P5 and P4 students *may* be able to get a place at the open house. Just register and see whether there are excess places left over for you. Quite possibly, if so many P6 aren’t free to attend.
Another thing to note is, SOTA Open House event is only 1.5 hours duration so short, from 6.30 pm to 8 pm ?
Only a 1.5 hour such a short duration, and still call it Open House ? Then what if there are people who want to go, but cannot make it, during this time frame ? When use the word "Open house", what come to your mind ? Some event very big, very great, usually is a whole day event. If one have attended a Secondary school or a Polytechnic or a university NUS Open House or even a specialised School like NUS High, just like SOTA (also a Specialised school), they are all whole day event, not miserable 1.5 hours short duration


So far, those open house from Dunman High, NJC, RI, RGS, NYGH, Hwa Chong, SCGS, MGS, NUS High or any other Secondary schools : usually cover the whole day event, from 8.30 or 9 am am to around 4 pm, so that if parents or P6 children are not free to come in the morning eg tuition, they can still come in the afternoon after lunch, & vice versa, make it flexible for people.
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Re: DSA 2019

Post by zac's mum » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:32 am

Note that you can get someone to register as

“(b) attending on behalf of a child in Primary 6 or its equivalent.”

Anyway...when I clicked on the link to try register, this is what I saw: FULL with waiting list. And here’s another upcoming open house in April:

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Re: DSA 2019

Post by floppy » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:29 am

zac's mum wrote:...

Anyway...when I clicked on the link to try register, this is what I saw: FULL with waiting list. And here’s another upcoming open house in April:

Image
floppy wrote:If you are interested in SOTA, you will be there, even if you have to come through hell and high water.
...
Not all Open Houses have the intention of drawing as many people as possible, some OH only want to draw as many RIGHT TYPE of people as possible.
:wink: :evil: :wink:

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