DSA Exercise 2020

(For Secondary One Intake in 2021)

  1. Distinctive Programmes

Peirce Secondary School is providing experiences with the focus on:

  1. Developing Community Leaders with the Heart to Serve through Uniformed Groups


The Uniformed Groups (UGs) in Peirce Secondary is an important part of the Peircean community where the total membership forms almost a fifth of the student population.  Vibrant and energetic, we see Uniformed Groups as one of our pillars of character development and leadership education at Peirce.  They provide experiences for all-round holistic development of Peirceans to achieve our vision of ‘Resilient Learners, Gracious Citizens’.

Currently there are four uniformed groups in the school:

  • National Cadet Corps (Land) - Boys
  • National Police Cadet Corps
  • Scouts
  • St John Brigade

We are proud of the growth and development of our Uniformed Groups which have consistently attained good achievements all these years.

We are looking for students who can contribute to building our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in character and leadership development through the Uniformed Groups. Students who wish to be part of the Peircean experience should apply via the 2020 Direct School Admission Exercise.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Leadership

A student leader in primary school, preferably in a Uniformed Group (although other co-curricular leadership experiences may be considered).

  • Physical Fitness
  1. Attained at least a Bronze Award in the latest NAPFA test
  2. Is medically fit to participate in outdoor activities
  • Character

A disciplined and confident student with a conduct grade of at least ‘Very Good’ in his/her Primary 5 and Primary 6 school reports.

  1. Broadcast Journalism

Broadcast Journalism is offered through the Applied Learning Programme (ALP).  The programme offers authentic learning experiences using English Language in the various aspects of broadcast journalism. By integrating information technology (IT) and English Language lessons, students embark on a range of multi-media journalistic projects which engage and hone their language skills through their advocacy on social issues. This current affairs approach enables deep learning and better appreciation of the relevance of language learning in the real world. It also encourages keenness for current affairs and general knowledge as the students engage themselves in extensive research, interview and presentation of their news findings. Through this programme, students grow to be collaborative learners and confident speakers.

Qualifying Criteria

We are looking for enthusiastic P6 students who

  • possess accomplishments in journalism, drama, debating, public speaking, speech-writing, publications and/or other related skills and competencies;
  • demonstrate keen interest in current affairs, both local and global.

Shortlisted candidates will attend an interview via video-conferencing and be assessed on their experiences of the above as well as confidence and quality in oral presentation.

  1. Application Procedures

In choosing DSA schools, parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school’s academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

Students and parents may submit applications for DSA-Sec via a centralised online portal from 12 May to 5 June 2020. The link to the portal will be available on the DSA-Sec website(https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec) from 12 May 2020, 9:00am to 5 June 2020, 3:00pm. Applicants only need to fill in one online form to apply to multiple schools and talent areas, and their details will be provided electronically to the schools they apply to.

Below are some details of applying through the centralised DSA-Sec Portal:

  1. It is free-of-charge.
  2. Authentication
    • Applicants studying in MOE mainstream primary schools: Only one parent’s SingPass is needed to log in. If parent/ guardian is unable to apply online, they can approach the child’s primary school for assistance.
    • Applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools: They need to obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) at MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal.
  3. Choices – An applicant can indicate up to three choices. Each choice consists of a secondary school and a talent area offered by that secondary school.
  4. Maximum choices for each DSA-Sec school – Of the three choices, an applicant may use a maximum of two choices to apply to the same school, for two different talent areas of that school.
  5. Information to provide – To make the application easier, applicants will only need to provide (i) choice of schools and talent areas and (ii) contact details. An optional field will also be provided for applicants to indicate up to 10 non-school-based activities and achievements they may have participated in.
  1. Selection Details
  1. The school will contact short listed candidates by Friday, 17 July 2020.
  2. Short-listed candidates will attend an interview through video-conferencing on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. The interview, conducted at the short-listed candidates’ primary schools, will be arranged by Peirce.
  3. All short-listed candidates will be informed of the result of their application (confirmation of DSA offer / placement on DSA waiting list / unsuccessful application) via email by Monday, 31 August 2020.