Direct School Admission (DSA) 2020

Learning for Life (Sports) Programme

Character Development & Leadership Through Sports (Floorball / Basketball)

for Academic Year 2021

Direct School Admission

The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2004 to promote holistic education and provide students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to a secondary school.  Under this DSA-Sec Exercise, participating schools will be able to select some Primary Six (P6) students for admission to Secondary One. The selection will be based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released. In March 2018 and April 2019, MOE approved Bukit Merah Secondary School as one of the schools under the DSA-Sec Exercise to build on our niche areas – Floorball and Basketball.

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School Vision 

Our vision is “Every Merahan a resilient, caring and self-directed learner”. We believe that the sporting arena provides an authentic learning experience for our students to develop the values of Resilience, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Empathy as envisioned by our school.

Achievements in Floorball National School Games Championship (National Level)

Teams/Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
B Div Boys 2nd Runner-Up 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up National


B Div Girls National




2nd  Runner-Up National


3rd Runner-Up 3rd Runner-Up 3rd Runner-Up
C Div Boys 2nd Runner-Up 2nd  Runner-Up
C Div Girls 2nd Runner-Up National


3rd Runner-Up 2nd  Runner-Up

Achievements in Basketball School Games Championships

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Name of Competitions Teams/Year 2016 2017 2018 2019
SSSC South Zone B Division Basketball Championships B Div Girls Fair Play Award 3rd Runner-Up
SSSC South Zone C Division Basketball Championships C Div Boys Fair Play Award Fair Play Award Fair Play Award
C Div Girls 2nd Runner-Up Fair Play Award Fair Play Award
ActiveSG – BAS Basketball Development League C Div Girls 2nd Runner-Up 1st Runner-Up
T-Net Under 16 Invitational Basketball Tournament B Div Boys Champion in Level 2 Category 3rd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category 1st Runner-Up in Level 3 Category
B Div Girls 1st Runner-Up in Level 3 Category 2nd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category Champion in Level 3 Category 3rd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category
T-Net Under 14 Invitational Basketball Tournament B Div Boys Champion in Level 2 Category 3rd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category 2nd Runner-Up in Level 2 Category
B Div Girls 2nd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category Champion in Level 3 Category 3rd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category 2nd Runner-Up in Level 3 Category

Application Procedure

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May 2020 to 5 Jun 2020.

Follow these steps to submit your child’s application:

  1. Log in to the DSA-Sec portal with your SingPass Two-Factor Authentication (SingPass 2FA). Find out how to register for a SingPass and 2FA if you don’t have one.
  2. You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
  3. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for 2 of the 3 talent areas offered by our school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
  4. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child’s chosen talent areas.
  5. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during application. Your child’s primary school records (for example, P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school-based activities, achievements or awards) will be automatically shared with the schools.
  6. Enter your contact details correctly. This allows the schools to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process.
  7. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
  8. If you are unable to apply online, approach your child’s primary school for assistance.

Important Things to Note before Applying

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.

Admission Criteria

Students who intend to apply for admission to our Character Development & Leadership Through Sports (Floorball / Basketball) Programme must satisfy the following criteria:

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a. Member of Floorball/Basketball Teams or any Sports CCAs in primary school

b. Represented school at Inter-School Sports Competitions

c. Represented Singapore Schools etc.

d. Good track record of sports performance in primary school

Physical Fitness Component
a. Achieved at least a Silver Award in the most recent NAPFA Test

Basketball Girls


a. Physical Assessment & Testing in

  • Skills (Ball Handling Skill, Teamwork and Game Awareness)
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Cardiovascular Endurance

*In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct selection by Video Conferencing at the student’s Primary School.

a. Demonstrates strong leadership potential, resilience and self-discipline

b. Medically fit for Outdoor activities

c. Recommendation by coaches or teachers in charge

d. Strong academic performance is an advantage

Students admitted through DSA exercise must remain in their respective Sports CCAs throughout his/her 4–5 years in the school.

Selection Process

a. Short-listed applicants will be notified by their respective Primary School CCA Teachers to attend an interview by Video Conferencing at the student’s Primary School in the month of July/August.
b. Short-listed candidates will be notified by post by 14 September 2020.


Process Date / Time
Application Opens 12 May 2020
Closing date for submission of application online through the DSA-Sec portal 5 June 2020 (3pm)
Notification of short-listed applicants for Floorball / Basketball Video Conferencing (by phone call, email or post) July/August 2020
Floorball / Basketball Video Conferencing July/August 2020
Notification Letter (Outcome of application) 14 September 2020
Exercise School Preference by students

October 2020 (tentative)

Notification of DSA-Sec admission results (on the same day as the release of the PSLE results) November 2020 (tentative)

Reflections from Ex-BMSS students

  Navin s/o Kumaran Sec 4E (2018)

2018 – School Team Champion & National Champion

I was formerly from band in primary school and I wasn’t that vocal, confident and outspoken. after picking up floorball in secondary one, I started gaining confidence to be more vocal and outspoken. I was also offered the captain role in secondary 2 and this shaped me to become a leader who is vocal and driven to win matches. However, we didn’t have a good run in that season. In secondary 4 I got another shot at being the captain and I corrected myself on my previous mistakes I made as a captain. With floorball constantly boosting my confidence during the past 4 years, I became way more vocal, confident, resilient and self-disciplined this year.

  Siti Nurhaliza Binte Khairul Anuar Sec 5N (2015)

2018 – Singapore National Floorball Player

I am glad to have played for the BMSS Floorball Girls’ Team. Through the many sporting and academic challenges & achievements here in BMSS, I was able to use it to help me pursue a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Sciences via the direct polytechnic admission programme (DPA) at Republic Polytechnic.

  Mohamad Rashid Bin Jalaluddin Sec 4 (2008)

2019 – BMSS Boys Coach

2018 – Singapore National Floorball Player

Floorball has developed a ‘never say die’ attitude in me. The experiences of the numerous victories and failures throughout my floorball career has proven to me that if I pursue what I want to achieve and put in my maximum effort, the results will eventually show. It’s definitely a principle that stuck with me through my daily lives.

Floorball has also taught me to adapt to different situations and make quick decisions. Being a very tactical game, there are many instances where there is a need to change decisions on court to shift the game momentum to our advantage. Similarly in our daily lives not everything will go according to plan and there is a need to adapt or make changes.

Nurul Shakira Nurul Shakira Bte Zainal (2019)

2016 to 2019 – Basketball Player

Through the Basketball CCA, I learnt that no matter how tough my opponents are, I must try my best not to give up until the end of the game. I learnt that communication, teamwork and self-awareness are important in a game because it sets the tone on both sides of the court and on how I want to push myself to play my best in the game.  These are important qualities to being a good basketball player.  I go by this motto and hope to inspire the future of BMSS Basketball players, “Be the best version of yourself in anything that you do”.

Leona Yoong Leona Yoong (2018)

2018 – Basketball Girls’ Vice-Captain

I joined the Basketball CCA without really understanding what I was going to achieve. Being in the basketball CCA has nurtured me into a self-disciplined and responsible individual.  It taught me values that could be applied both on and off the court.  It made me understand the importance of teamwork, hard work and perseverance. Through these, it gave me a goal to work towards and to focus on.

I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to lead as the Vice-Captain of my team. The chance to lead and guide my team through the trainings and games has allowed me to become more self-directed and empathetic towards helping my peers and juniors in the game. The setbacks and experiences always made me self-reflect to correct my mistakes and overcome my shortcomings so that I would become a stronger and better player.  My achievements will not be possible if not for my teachers’ and coach’s dedication and guidence.

Adrian Then Adrian Then (2017)

2017 – Basketball Boys’ Vice-Captain

Discipline. Leadership. Teamwork. These are essentially the main 3 takeaways during my journey in the Basketball CCA.  All the blood, sweat and tears my teammates and I had gone through over the course of my 5 years in the school, enriched me with the best experiences that are precious to me.  From running laps around the court, to sweet twilight camp moments, I will not forget these memories. I am blessed with the most hardworking and caring teachers who constantly go the extra mile, just to see the smiles on our faces. Without these experiences I had in Basketball CCA, I definitely would not have become who I am today.

Contact Us

For further enquiries, please contact: 

Mr Kek Boon Ann Zubi Mr Peh Kian Chai Mr Clement XIao Mr David Ho
HOD PE & CCA Administrative Executive Teacher in Charge of Floorball Teacher in Charge of Basketball
Ext: 115 Ext: 245 Ext: 215 Ext: 214

8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays

Tel: 64748934


(Subject: DSA Enquiries)