DSA Exercise 2021

Visit https://tinyurl.com/PSSDSA2021 for more information.

(For Secondary One Intake in 2022)

  1. Distinctive Programmes
    Peirce Secondary School is providing experiences with the focus on:

    i. 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 Achievers, Responsible 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 2021 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

    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. Deepening Reflection and Developing Critical Thinking Through Media

The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Peirce Secondary School facilitates students' reflection of print and non-print materials they read and view, allowing them to connect with and respond to what they read and view personally and critically. Responding both in written and audio formats, the programme provides students an authentic learning platform to hone their writing and oral skills. Students also participate in peer critique where they learn to think critically and provide constructive feedback to their peers for improvements. Collaboration is conducted via e-platforms such as Padlet and Google Slides, building not just the digital literacy of our students but also providing opportunities for them to blossom into collaborative learners and confidence speakers.

Qualifying Criteria

We are looking for enthusiastic P6 students who

  • possess accomplishments in 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.


B. Application Procedures
Below are some information of applying through the centralised DSA-Sec Portal:

  1. You may submit your application through the online DSA-Sec portal from 5 May 2021, 11am to 1 June 2021, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website -- www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec
  2. It is free-of-charge.
  3. Accessing the DSA Portal
    • 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 apply for a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) to access the DSA-Sec Portal. Please visit the MOE website at: https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application for details.
  4. Choices – An applicant can indicate up to three choices (maximum of two choices for the same school under two different talent areas). 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.

C. Selection Details

1. The school will contact short listed candidates by Thursday 15 July 2021.

2. The selection process for short-listed candidates will be conducted via electronic means on Friday 13 August 2021, at 3.30 p.m.

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 Tuesday 31 August 2021

4. Do note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted or given an offer.


D. Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4.