The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced by MOE to provide students who possess diverse range of achievements and talents to seek admission into secondary schools before the release of their PSLE results. There is no priority through affiliation and all students seeking admission will be selected based on the students’ achievements and talents in comparison to all applicants in the same category.
Parents and students are 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.
Boys who are interested in pursuing their talents and passion in St Patrick’s School are encouraged to apply for DSA through the following domains:
Area of Interest
A current member of the school band / guitar ensemble with some playing experience with relevant instrument
Attainment of an ABRSM grade (Theory and/or practical) or equivalent on a musical instrument
Displays talent in music during audition
Audition & Panel Interview
For Performing Arts:
1. Applicants are required to play a piece of their choice on their instrument. Applicants will also be given a separate piece to sight-read followed by a short listening test.
2. Applicants are to bring their own instruments for the audition. Only percussion instruments and piano will be provided for audition.
3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on a separate date
Represented school or any external organisation in a dance event
Displays talent in Dance during audition
Represented school or any external organisation in a Drama/Play/Musical event
Displays talent in Drama during audition
Represented School/Club/Academy in any tournaments or any local / overseas competitions
For Sports and Games:
1. Applicants are required to attend a trial for the respective sport.
(Trial dates will be posted on school website by 1st July 2023)
2. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for additional trials and/or interview.
3. Applicants are to bring their own personal sporting equipment or gear for the trials.
Track & Field
Participated in National Inter School Championships or any local / overseas competitions
Able to demonstrate talent / attributes in track & field
Participated in National / Zonal Inter School Championships or any local / overseas competitions
Able to demonstrate talent / attributes in badminton / floorball
Participated in National Inter School Championships
Participated in tournaments organised by SPEX, Intermediate or KLM
Able to demonstrate talent / attributes in tennis
Minimum USGA Handicap Index of not more than 24.0 (as of 1st April 2016) from a bona fide club affiliated to a recognized golf association
Represented School / Club in SCA competitions equivalent
Able to demonstrate talent / attributes in cricket
Leadership & Uniformed Groups (NCC Land, NPCC, Scouts)
Hold key leadership positions in any student leadership boards or Uniformed Groups in their primary school
Demonstrated exemplary character and leadership in their primary school
For Leadership and Uniformed Groups:
1. Applicants are required to attend an interview.
(Interview dates will be posted on the school website by 1st July 2023)
Community Youth Leadership
Able to demonstrate talent in videography and presentation skills
Confident, well-spoken and suitably expressive
Able to demonstrate initiative in student-led project
1. Create a 1 minute video of them sharing about a specific spot/activity in their school. Video must be filmed in their school.
Some possible ideas would be: - Day in the life of a student at XXX School where the student can be the main subject - Interview/quiz peers on commemorative days (eg. Racial Harmony Day, National Day) where the student can play host.
Parents and students are 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.
Shortlisted applicants may be notified to produce certified true photocopies of supporting documents.
For any enquiries, please contact the following personnel:-