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DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION (DSA)


Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Direct School Admission Exercise 2018

Direct School Admission (DSA) is an MOE initiative designed to give selected schools greater flexibility in student admission, so that a more diverse range of student achievements and talents can be recognised.

In April 2008, MOE approved Ang Mo Kio Secondary School’s application for niche development in the area of Symphonic Band. Since then, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (AMKSS) has been offering discretionary admission to talented band pupils who displayed the passion for band music. With the introduction of the Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Arts Education, AMKSS has offered DSA places for a wider range of performing arts from 2017. For admission to the school in 2019, we will be offering DSA places up to 20% of the Secondary One vacancies for Band, Choir, Modern Dance and Malay Dance.  

Aligned with the school’s belief to provide a balanced and holistic education, the performing arts programmes have been crafted to allow our students to experience an enriching learning journey over the four to five years in the school, and to challenge each member to attain greater heights in their chosen Arts form.  The school’s goal is to instil a passion for the arts in every member and inculcate lifelong learning in arts appreciation.

AMKSS SYMPHONIC BAND
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Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Symphonic Band was first founded in the 1980s as a military band. It was converted to a symphonic band in 2001 and has a current strength of over 100 members. Led by conductor, Mr Brando Tan, the band has achieved Gold Awards and Certificates of Distinction for consecutive SYF Arts Presentation since 2005.

Over the years, the band has showcased its musical abilities at various performance venues such as Gardens by the Bay and Esplanade Concert Hall, and enthralled the public with different genres of music catering to different audiences. In 2014, the band had the great honour of entertaining our esteemed Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Commemoration Ceremony at Yio Chu Kang Stadium. In 2017, the band also had the privilege to perform at Istana during the National Day Open House.

Our comprehensive band programme aims to instil a passion for music-making in every member and inculcate lifelong learning in music appreciation. Besides acquiring the skills of playing an instrument, all Sec 1 and 2 band members will undergo a structured music theory programme based on the ABRSM syllabus. The music theory programme is structured such that it complements the learning and playing of band music. Our programme also seeks to provide band members with an enriching band experience through concerts, public performances, band exchanges with foreign school bands and overseas learning trips.

AMKSS DSA Selection Criteria

Symphonic Band
Selection
Criteria
Relevant instrumental skills in primary school bands and string ensembles
Pass selection test and panel interview.
Applicants are required to play at least 1 major scale on their instrument.
Applicants are required to prepare and play a piece of their choice. 
He/she will also be given a piece of Sec 1 music to sight-read.
Other Remarks  *  Applicants must bring their own instrument for the audition. Only percussion instruments will be provided by the school
* Applicants are reminded to bring along their choice piece of music.
Expectations  Students admitted through the DSA exercise must remain in the niche area throughout their 4 or 5 years in the school, and must continue to show commitment and passion in their respective CCAs.

AMKSS CHOIR
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Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Choir has a current strength of about 50 dedicated members, comprising the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Led by Ms Pua Beng Hoon Susanna, the choir has achieved Certificate of Distinction and Certificate of Accomplishment in SYF Arts Presentation in the year 2015 and 2017 respectively. 

To hone our students’ vocal skills, the choir participates in choral exchanges with other schools and attends vocal workshops and concerts every year. Theory sessions based on the ABRSM syllabus are also carried out for the choir members to better equip them with knowledge in music.

The choir showcases its talents at various school performances such as Awards Day, AMKsian Showcase and our school’s bi-annual event, the Night of Music, Arts and Dance (NOMAD). In the year 2015 and 2016, we had joint concert performances, “The Reason We Sing” and “The Reason We Sing II” respectively, with other school choirs.    

Besides singing, the choir also instils discipline, promotes teamwork, and builds confidence and commitment in the students. Choir committee members are tasked to organise CCA camps and lead others in helping out in various choir activities.   

AMKSS DSA Selection Criteria

AMKSS Choir
Admission Criteria Pass an interview and an Audition. The following will be tested:
         Tone of voice
         Rhythm
         Pitch
            Sight-singing
        •    Solfege singing
     Performance of a song of the candidate’s choice (max 2min)
Representation in SYF Arts Choral Presentation or representation in international choral festival competitions.
     Music theory background (at least a grade 3 will be preferable)
     Member of school choir
Expectations   Students admitted through the DSA exercise must remain in the niche area throughout their 4 or 5 years in the school, and must continue to show commitment and passion in their respective CCAs.

AMKSS DANCE CLUB
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The Dance Club specialises in 2 broad categories of dance, namely Modern and Malay Dance. Two external instructors, who are professionally-trained dancers, train the two dance groups in the technical and artistic aspects of the dance. Through our yearly Dance auditions conducted at the start of the year, we hope to recruit members who are passionate about dance and are committed to undergo rigorous training to build on their flexibility, physical strength and stamina. 

The Modern Dance group achieved the Certificate of Distinction in 2015 and the Certificate of Accomplishment in 2017 at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation. The group also had the honour of performing for the SYF Opening Concert at Esplanade in 2016. The Malay Dance group achieved the Certificate of Distinction at the SYF in 2015 and 2017. 

Through our Dance camps and Dance Exchange Programme, we give our students opportunities to learn from other instructors as well as dancers from other schools. These programmes help build confidence in our students when performing on stage.

Dancers who display exceptional talent and leadership will also be shortlisted and identified to attend various leadership and dance talent programmes organised by MOE Arts Education Branch (AEB). Some of the key programmes include the Dance Talent Development Programme and the Youth Dance Camp. These programmes nurture young dance enthusiasts by bringing them together as a community and giving them the opportunity to interact with local dance artists and choreographers.

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AMKSS DSA Selection Criteria

AMKSS Modern Dance 
Admission Criteria All applicants will be required to prepare a solo piece of not more than 2 minutes. Applicants may choose to perform a piece from any dance genre. E.g. ballet, contemporary, jazz, street, lyrical, swing, tap, hip-hop, fusion
In the second segment, shortlisted applicants will then be invited to follow our resident choreographer through a short piece of choreography, 
Shortlisted applicants after the second segment will have to undergo an interview.
Grade 5 in Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance or Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance 
Member of a dance club in primary school 
Representation in SYF Arts Presentation / Accomplishment at National level
 Other Remarks
*  All applicants should audition in the dance gear and footwear suitable to their dance genre for the first segment.
*  For the 1st segment of the audition, applicants are required bring their own music to accompany the dance. Audio can be played through mobile phone. Props are allowed if necessary.
* For the second segment of the audition, applicants are required to be in leotards and tights for girls; and T-shirt and track pants for boys.
 Expectations  Students admitted through the DSA exercise must remain in the niche area throughout their 4 or 5 years in the school, and must continue to show commitment and passion in their respective CCAs.

Malay Dance 
Admission Criteria All applicants will be required to prepare a solo piece of not more than 2 minutes. Applicants may choose to perform a piece from any of the 5 basic Malay dance genre. E.g. Inang, Asli, Joget, Zapin, Masri
In the second segment, shortlisted applicants will then be invited to follow our resident choreographer through a short piece of choreography
Shortlisted applicants after the second segment will have to undergo an interview. Member of a dance club in primary school 
Representation in SYF Arts Presentation / Accomplishment at National level
 Other Remarks * All applicants should audition in a school-based t-shirt and long track pants.
*  For the 1st segment of the audition, applicants are required to bring their own music to accompany the dance. Audio can be played through mobile phone. Props are allowed if necessary.
  Expectations Students admitted through the DSA exercise must remain in the niche area throughout their 4 or 5 years in the school, and must continue to show commitment and passion in their respective CCAs. 


Application Procedure

1. The application form can be downloaded below.

2. All applications must reach the school by 13 July 2018

Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
6 Ang Mo Kio St 22
Singapore 569362
RE: Direct School Admission

3. All application forms submitted will be acknowledged
4. Only shortlisted applicants who meet our selection criteria will be informed by 20 July 2018 to attend the selection test and interview on 27 July 2018, between 2.30pm - 6pm. Applicants who are not shortlisted will not be informed that they are unsuccessful in their application. 
5. For any enquiries, please contact the Administration Manager, Ms Leona Cheong at 64548605 Ext 803      or Leona_CHEONG@schools.gov.sg. 

Download AMKSS DSA Application Form 2018