Direct School Admission (DSA) 2021
Learning for Life (Sports) Programme
Character Development Through Sports
(Floorball (Mixed) / Basketball (Mixed)/ Tchoukball (Girls))
for Academic Year 2022
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.
For more information, please visit http://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec
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)
|B Div Boys||2nd Runner-Up||1st Runner-Up||–||2nd Runner-Up||–||National
|B Div Girls||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
|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|
Achieving Sporting Excellence through Tchoukball (Girls) CCA
Bukit Merah Secondary School’s Tchoukball (Girls) CCA was formed in 2018 and has participated in the annual Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS) Inter School Championships since 2019. Our Tchoukball (Girls) CCA seeks to develop young athletes holistically through structured training programs and character development led by experienced teachers and coaches. Besides skills acquisition and physical development through our training programs, students will be exposed to competitions throughout the academic year so that they can put into practice what they have learnt during the training sessions. Students will learn to exhibit positive character traits through sporting excellence in a competitive setting.
Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 5 May 2021, 11am to 1 June 2021, 3pm.
Follow these steps to submit your child’s application:
- 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.
- You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
- You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for 2 of the 4 talent areas offered by our school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
- You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child’s chosen talent areas.
- 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.
- Enter your contact details correctly. This allows the schools to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process.
- You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
- 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.
Students who intend to apply for admission to our Character Development Through Sports (Floorball (Mixed) / Basketball (Mixed)/ Tchoukball (Girls)) Programme must satisfy the following criteria:
a. Member of Floorball/ Basketball/ Tchoukball 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
*In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct selection by e-Mode (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
Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/given an offer.
Students admitted through DSA exercise must remain in their respective Sports CCAs throughout his/her 4–5 years in the school.
a. Short-listed applicants will be notified to attend an interview by e-Mode (Video Conferencing) at the student’s Primary School in the month of July/August.
b. Short-listed candidates will be notified by post by 13 September 2021.
|Process||Date / Time|
|Application Opens||5 May 2021|
|Closing date for submission of application online through the DSA-Sec portal||1 June 2021 (3pm)|
|Notification (by phone call, email or post) of short-listed applicants for Floorball / Basketball / Tchoukball Interview via e-Mode (Video Conferencing)||July/August 2021|
|Floorball / Basketball / Tchoukball Interview via e-Mode (Video Conferencing) at Student’s Primary School||
|Notification Letter (Outcome of application)||By 13 September 2021|
|Exercise School Preference by students||
25 October 2021 –
|Notification of DSA-Sec admission results (on the same day as the release of the PSLE results)||Late November 2021|
Reflections from Current and Ex-BMSS students
Navin s/o Kumaran (2018)
2018 – School Team Champion & National ChampionI 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 (2015)
2021 – Singapore National Floorball Player
Mohamad Rashid Bin Jalaluddin (2008)
2021 – BMSS Boys Coach
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 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 (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 guidance.
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.
Nina Qareenah Binte Razalee (2021)
2018 to 2021 – Tchoukball Player
I am glad and felt honoured when my teacher-in-charge chose me to be the Captain of the C Division Team when I was in Secondary 1 as I knew that I can contribute to the CCA. I was happy that I could help my Tchoukball teammates and go through a lot of challenges with them. We had to go through vigorous training sessions but the friendships and bond forged during these sessions helped me get through each challenging time. I am proud to be a Tchoukball player because of the self-discipline and respect that I have learnt in my CCA. I am always grateful to my teammates and teachers for trusting me with their sincere heart.
Koh Wan Ting (2021)
2018 to 2021 – Tchoukball Player
For further enquiries, please contact:
|Mr Kek Boon Ann Zubi||Mr Peh Kian Chai|
|HOD PE & CCA||Administrative Executive|
|Ext: 115||Ext: 245|
|Mr Clement Xiao||Mr David Ho||Ms Suzanne Eng|
|Teacher in Charge of Floorball||Teacher in Charge of Basketball||Teacher in Charge of Tchoukball|
|Ext: 215||Ext: 214||Ext: 305|
8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays
(Subject: DSA Enquiries)