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Direct School Admission (DSA)

Introduction

Nan Hua High School is an Autonomous Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school. Our vision is to be a SAP school of distinction that celebrates thinking, learning and each child’s potential and talent. Our mission is to nurture confident, creative and cultured students with a passion for learning.

In this Direct School Admission (DSA) Exercise, Nan Hua High School will be admitting students who possess special talents in one of the following:

 · Performing Arts (Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Dance Society, Guzheng Ensemble,                  Symphonic Band and Drama – Chinese/English)

      ·Chinese Calligraphy

      ·Sports (Athletics – boys & girls, Badminton – boys & girls, Basketball – boys, Netball - girls, Softball – girls, Table-Tennis – boys & girls and Volleyball – boys)

 

Selection Criteria

1.  Attainment of at least Band 2 (70 marks) in at least 3 subjects in the Primary 6 (Mid-Year) School Examination of the applicant’s primary school AND offering Chinese Language as 1st or 2nd Language.)

2.  Outstanding CCA (Co-Curricular Activities) achievements in any one of the listed CCA namely, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Dance, Guzheng, Symphonic Band, Drama – Chinese/English, Chinese Calligraphy, Athletics – boys & girls, Badminton – boys & girls, Basketball – boys only, Netball – girls only, Softball – girls only, Table-Tennis – boys & girls and Volleyball – boys only.

3.  Attainment at Music or Dance examination/s from ABRSM, RAD, Trinity College, NAFA, NUS Centre for the Arts, etc where applicable;

4.  Please note that for musical CCAs (Chinese Orchestra, Guzheng Ensemble and Symphonic Band), it is essential that applicants are able to play the musical instrument(s) used by the groups (ie Ability to only play the piano, guitar or violin is not sufficient as these instruments are not offered in any of our CCA Groups).

5.  Possession of other credentials related to the listed CCA

 

Application

1.  All applications must be made on the prescribed Application Form that will be available for download from our school website from Monday 8 May 2017, and only those who satisfy the selection criteria need apply. 

Application will begin on Monday 8 May 2017. The closing date for application is Tuesday 27 June 2017 (5.00pm). Late submissions will not be considered.

2.   Copies (Originals not required. Copies also need not be ‘certified true copies’) of the following documents MUST be submitted with the application:

    a.) Primary 6 (Mid-Year) School Examinations Results or Results of equivalent School Examinations

     b.) Relevant Music or Dance Certificates (where applicable)

     c.) Supporting documents on Music/Dance/Drama/Sports Skills and CCA achievements

     d.) Other relevant documents.

3.  Applicants currently not studying in our national schools must obtain a CEN / REG Number from Ministry of Education Customer Service Centre (MOE CSC) before making their applications.

4.  All applicants for Performing Arts Groups or Chinese Calligraphy currently not studying in MOE schools gaining admission to secondary one in 2018 should be born between 2 Jan 2001 and 1 Jan 2006.

5.  All applications must be submitted by hand at the General Office at:

        Nan Hua High School, 41 Clementi Avenue 1, Singapore 129956

Note: Incomplete application forms or applications without the necessary supporting documents will not be considered. School operating hours will be from 7.00am to 5.00pm during the June Holidays.


Selection Process

1.  Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a selection test and an interview on a specific date and time (Weekday afternoon) between 10 July 2017 to 11 August 2017.

2.  Certified true copies of the following documents MUST be brought along on the day of selection and presented upon request:

    a.) Primary 6 (Mid-Year) School Examinations Results or Results of equivalent School Examinations

    b.) Relevant Music or Dance Certificates (where applicable)

    c.) Supporting documents on Special Music/Dance/Drama/Sports Skills and CCA achievements

     d.) Other relevant documents.

3,  The selection test includes (where applicable):

       Performing Arts

       a.) Test on Sight-reading (not applicable to Dance) / Script-reading (Drama)

       b.) Performing part of a dance / a piece of music of own choice (not exceeding 5 minutes) or

            Drama-improvisation (own act) (not exceeding 1 minute)

        Sports

        a.) Test on relevant skills specific to the individual sports

         Chinese Calligraphy

         a) On-the-spot calligraphy-writing

4.  The final selection will take place before the end of August and applicants will receive a reply by 31 August 2017. Successful applicants will either receive a confirmed offer or be placed on the waiting list.

4a. Successful DSA-Sec students are NOT allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise to opt for secondary schools; and

4b. Successful DSA-Sec students are also NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

 1.         Who are eligible for admission and how do they apply?

 Students from the Primary 6 cohort of Government and Government-Aided Schools and others (born between 2 Jan 2001 and 1 Jan 2006) who are suitable for admission to Secondary 1 Course in the coming year are eligible. They should also be offering Chinese or Higher Chinese Language.

Interested applicants currently studying in Government and Government-Aided Schools must complete an application form, accessible from our school website or obtainable from our General Office, and return the completed form to us by Tuesday 27 June 2017 (5.00pm).

Interested applicants currently not studying in our national schools should approach the Ministry of Education (MOE) Customer Service Centre for a CEN / REG Number before making the application to our school. A copy of the relevant document issued by MOE for the Registration Number must be submitted together with the application form.

 2.         What happens after submission of my application?

 Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an audition or selection test during the period from 10 July 2017 to 11 August 2017. The selection outcome will be decided by the audition or selection panel.

 All applicants will be notified by post of the application results by 31 August 2017.

  3.         How will I be short-listed?

To be short-listed, applicants should demonstrate the following:

Academic Performance:

Students from Government and Government-Aided Schools should have achieved at least a Band 2 (70 marks) for at least 3 subjects (English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics and Science) in Primary 6 (Mid-Year) School Examination. Other pupils should be able to show equivalent academic attainment.

CCA Achievements:

Students from Government and Government-Aided Schools should have outstanding CCA achievements in either Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Dance, Guzheng, Symphonic Band, Drama – Chinese/English, Chinese Calligraphy, Athletics – boys & girls, Badminton – boys & girls, Basketball – boys only, Netball – girls only, Softball – girls only, Table-Tennis – boys & girls and Volleyball – boys only. Other students should be able to demonstrate equivalent achievements.

Special Skills (Performing Arts):

It will be helpful if students possess certificate(s) for practical skills from ABRSM, Trinity College, RAD, NADA, Centre of the Arts or other creditable examining boards in any of the following:

- A Symphonic Band instrument

- A Chinese Orchestra instrument

- Guzheng

- Singing

- Dance or Ballet

 

4.         What do I need to do during audition?

 Performing Arts

At the audition, candidates’ level of proficiency will be assessed. They will first perform a prepared dance / piece of music or excerpts of it for not more than five minutes or perform an improvisation act of their own for not more than one minute, followed by a performance of an unprepared piece/unseen script and attend an interview.

 Sports

At the selection, candidates’ level of proficiency for the specific sports will be assessed. They will also be required to attend an interview. Candidates are encouraged to bring their own relevant sports equipment (Eg: Badminton/Table Tennis rackets) as well as be dressed in appropriate sports attire.

Visual Arts

At the selection, candidates' level of proficiency will be assessed. They will be required to demonstrate their skills through on-the-spot art creation/calligraphy-writing on subjects to be decided by the tester. They will also be required to attend an interview.

Candidates should be appropriately attired for the audition or selection test.


5.         When is the selection and when will the outcome be known?

 Selection will take place before the end of August and all applicants will receive a reply by post by 31 August 2017. Successful applicants will either receive a confirmed offer or be placed on the waiting list.


Updated as of 05 April 2017

Application Form

You may download and fill in the application form here .