HELP! MY CHILD HAS A FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING!

  • Does your child suffer from intense anxiety prior to an oral exam or at the thought of speaking in front of the class?
  • Does your child avoid participating in events that requires him or her to share views and opinions?
  • Does your child suffer feelings of panic when required to attend an interview for a leadership position?

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, your child may be suffering from ‘Glossophobia’ which is the fear of public speaking.

In our 9 years of teaching over 1000 students from different schools, we realised that only ONE thing separates an inspiring speaker from an average one when it comes to communication. And that is:

Believing in yourself.

In fact,we found that 90% of our students that first come to us, struggle with this . . . and painfully it affects their self-confidence and self- esteem . . . making them feel that they have nothing worthwhile to share. They end up never speaking up or volunteering for opportunities to showcase their talents or abilities. Worst yet, you get that dreaded call from the form teacher informing you that your child is not participating in class discussions and it is going to affect their final grade by 10% – 15%.

At J Carter Centre for Public Speaking, we have the solution for you. Our Internationally recognised Programmes and graded examinations by Trinity College London and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) will propel your child to achieve the following:

  • Your child will be skilled at writing and delivering inspirational speeches without needing you to do it for them
  • Your child will start LOVING to communicate views and opinions on various topics, and become motivated to speak better and in a more succinct manner
  • Your child can finally secure that leadership position that he or she rightfully deserves

The earlier you enrol your child in our public speaking courses the sooner you reduce his or her fear of public speaking.

With years of experience and learning from the best educators in Australia and United Kingdom, our programmes uses 5 methods to help your children build confidence:

Method 1: All our students are taught to use a simple speech structure to write their own speeches and learn to use 10 speech delivery techniques to gain the audience attention. A child’s anxiety can be reduced if they know how to craft their speeches and believe in their ability to gain the audience attention with their topic.

Method 2: Our classes are small ranging from 6 to 10 students. It has been suggested that children should practise speaking in front of smaller, less intimidating groups when they’re getting started in public speaking so we try to create a supporting and safe environment for your children using our 4 PS Rules!

Method 3: We tell children that it is okay to make mistakes when delivering a speech and teach them techniques to hide it from the audience.

Method 4: Our Programmes are designed to run for 16 weeks (LAMDA) or 19 weeks (Trinity) as the children need to gain experience in public speaking so that it will become easier for them to do. Research has shown that it takes 21 days to form a new habit so our programmes are designed to meet this criteria as closely as possible.

Method 5: Our Teachers are trained to not only teach communication skills but to also incorporate ‘EQ moments’ into the lessons. Children are encouraged to display good manners and show respect to their Teachers and peers. A reward system called, “Reach for the Stars” is used to encourage students to display positive behaviours.

Our holistic approach to teaching public speaking has resulted in 100% passes in Trinity College and LAMDA graded exams in communication skills and speaking in public. We are also the only centre in Singapore with the highest number of students winning the ‘High Achievers Award’ from Trinity College London in 2016.

Many of our students have also been streamed into GEP, DSA into IP schools and attained leadership positions as perfects, councillors, school ambassadors and CCA leaders.

It is time to take action NOW by signing up for our introductory workshop this June holidays.

Each day you delay registering your child for our Programmes will mean that your child will keep struggling while his or her peers continue to improve and excel.

Do you want to look back and regret not helping your child become a better speaker?

Will your child end up being robbed of educational and career opportunities in the future just because he or she is unable to speak up thus allowing others to take credit for his or her work?

Don’t hesitate any longer, call Nanz at 67372700 or drop her an email: info@jcartercentre.com to register your child today.

She can also answer any questions you may have about our programmes.

Other than that, all I want to tell you is:

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, my friends. Do ‘Like’ and share it if you know someone who needs to read this.

Sincerely,
Jackeline Carter
Founder/Director – J Carter Centre for Public Speaking

Congratulations! You have read up to this point. As a gift to you, if you mention seeing this blog post on FACEBOOK to Nanz when you call to register for the workshop or any of our Programmes, I will waiver the $40 new student registration fee.

Looking forward to seeing your children bloom at our centre!

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S.T.E.M Domain? What is that?

You are attending a DSA talk by a popular secondary school. They are talking about the revised domains that the school will be offering from 2017. There are the usual domains such as Sports, Aesthetics, Bi-lingual and S.T.E.M. Wait . . . what in the world is S.T.E.M? How will my child be able to qualify for this domain when she is only 12 years old!

Don’t despair, let me explain in layman terms what it all means. This abbreviation is well-know to many who are in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths because it was introduced years ago in the United States to encourage students to focus more in these areas of studies. When it was introduced in the United States, it was considered “the next big thing” in education. The reasoning behind STEM education is that the United States was not preparing  sufficient number of students, teachers and practitioners in the STEM fields. Secondly, their industries needed more workers in these fields due to an aging workforce and an increasingly innovative world market.

Now this sounds very familiar especially since our Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong said that he wants to convert Singapore into a “Smart Nation”. Thus we are in need of workers who are able to work in STEM fields and are innovative as well. So, how does all this result in a secondary school coming up with a STEM domain for DSA?

Let me try to enlighten you on the logic behind this choice of domain. When the Education  Minister announced that IP schools should not offer academic domains for DSA, it places IP schools into a conundrum because they need highly proficient students to DSA into their schools. Without strong academic abilities especially in Maths and Science, the school will have difficulty preparing students for the A’levels with a focus on these subjects. (In general the humanities students are usually fewer in these schools or discouraged to take this route, if possible). So how can a school create a talent for students without non-academic talent?  The answer is S.T.E.M.

This domain is so broad that many students including GEP students can easily select this domain and successfully get a Confirm Offer (CO). The range of abilities that can fall under this domain are plenty and very subjective. After all IP schools still have full autonomy to make the final selection.

So what will students learn to do if they are place in the STEM programme? Hopefully they will be taught how to apply their knowledge to real world problems. After all that is the original purpose of a STEM education.

So how should you position your children’s list of achievements to quality for this domain? You can use the strategy describe below to help you submit an attractive application to the school:

  1. Excellent results in Maths and Science. (In STEM education, success in science and maths is important. Technology and Engineering is only integrated into the syllabus when appropriate.)
  2. Maths Olympiad and Science Olympiad successes make a great impact on your child’s application. (Students must also know how Maths and Science are used to solve real world problems. This question will most likely be asked during the interview.)
  3. Other areas of achievements/abilities to enhance your application:
    • Creativity, Design and innovation (All those E2K school projects/competitions where students had to create and build something is going to come in useful now)
    • Robotics
    • IT skills (e.g. coding which is the rage now)
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Able to work in teams
    • Public Speaking Skills (You need to be able to present your project ideas)

The good news is that 2017 is the first year this domain is introduced so they will focus more on those students who show a strong ability in Maths and Science. In the following years when it becomes a more popular domain, they will start looking beyond just Maths and Science and look for qualities similar to those I have highlighted in bullet no. 3.

As more schools start announcing new and unique domains, I will try to break it down  into layman terms for everyone. All the best on your DSA journey.

Regards,

Jackeline Carter (Public Speaking/DSA Coach)

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New Talent Development Communication Programme – starting January 2018

Dear Parents,

DSA selection process will be focusing on talent and not academics from 2018. Many children who will be going through DSA selection in 2018 are caught in a bind especially if they have not focused on developing a talent.

Moving forward, I will be introducing a Talent Development Communications Programme that will help students who will be attempting the DSA route in 2020 and 2021. Soothsayers may say it is a little too early to prepare for DSA however I beg to differ especially if you intend to develop a talent in your children. Talent development takes a few years especially if it is in the area of Public Speaking and Debates.

As the commitment on the part of your children will be 2 to 3 years, it is recommended that you only enroll your children in Talent Development if they have a love for public speaking, debates and creative writing or it will be extremely stressful for your children.

In order to ensure the success of every child who signs up for Talent Development, I will personally be coaching these classes. As my schedule is limited, I may only be able to offer one class per grade. Children in the regular LAMDA and Trinity College Communications classes will still be taught by the other highly qualified trainers at our centre. I will  return to teaching primary students full-time from January 2018 while the teen classes will be taught by Ms Joyce Carter.

(This will be the last year I will be teaching teens for a while so if you would like your teen to take my class this year, there are still 7 places in the Trinity Grade 4 class for Semester 2 starting in July 2017)


Here’s a timeline for Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018 (for students born in 2009):

Year 1 – (Primary 3)

Semester 1 (January to May 2018) – LAMDA Grade 2 (Foundation skills 1)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2018 competition (Creative Writing and verse Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2018) – LAMDA Grade 3 (Foundation skills 2)

Year 2 – (Primary 4)

Semester 1 (January to May 2019) – Trinity College Grade 2 (with focus on competition training in the areas of Story-telling and public speaking)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2019 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2019) – Trinity College Grade 3 (with focus on Impromptu speaking and Current Affairs )

Year 3 – (Primary 5)

Semester 1 (January to May 2020) – Trinity College Grade 4 (with focus on Debating)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2020 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2020) – Trinity College Grade 5 (with focus on Success principles.)

Year 4 – (Primary 6)

Semester 1 (January to May 2021) –  DSA Preparation for the following Domains:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Creative Expressions
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • Bi-lingual
  • Creative Writing/Literary Arts

Here’s a timeline for the Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018 (for students born in 2008) :

Year 1 – (Primary 4)

Semester 1 (January to May 2018) – Trinity College Grade 2 (with focus on competition training in the areas of Story-telling and public speaking)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2018 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2018) – Trinity College Grade 3 (with focus on Impromptu speaking and Current Affairs )

Year 2 – (Primary 5)

Semester 1 (January to May 2019) – Trinity College Grade 4 (with focus on Debating)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2019 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2019) – Trinity College Grade 5 (with focus on Success principles)

Year 3 – (Primary 6)

Semester 1 (January to May 2020)  – DSA Preparation for the following Domains:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Creative Expressions
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • Bi-lingual
  • Creative Writing/Literary Arts

Students in the Talent Development Programme are encouraged to participate in communications/writing competitions through their schools and public competitions. All students are also strongly encouraged to take the Trinity College Graded examinations for each grade in order to aim for the High Achiever Award from Trinity College London. For those who show a strong creative writing ability, they will be encouraged to participate in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

This programme focuses on developing communication talent and confidence in primary students to prepare them for the rigors of IP and Specialist secondary schools.

If you have any questions about the Talent Development Programme, you may email me at carter@jcartercentre.com

For students who are in Primary 4 this year, you may enroll in the Trinity Grade 2 class with competition training  starting in July 2017. There are still 2 places left. I will personally be teaching the class. Please call 67372700 to register.

Regards,

Jackeline Carter (Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)

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June Holiday Workshops: Oral Exam Preparation for Primary students

Especially for Worried Parents Looking For A Quick & Proven Way To Help Their Child Get Up to Speed In Time For The Upcoming English PSLE Oral Exam . . 

Jackeline and Joyce Carter have taught hundreds of students since 2009 to achieve full marks in the PSLE Oral Exam.

This Special June Intensive Oral workshop will prepare your child to converse in 15 Major PSLE Oral Exam topics that could appear in this year’s prelims or Exam. 

In 2016,  one of our topics appeared during the PSLE exams and several schools’ prelim oral topics were similar to those we taught in the workshop.

In This 3-Days Content Packed Workshop, We Share Our Proven Oral Techniques That Have Helped Many Students Ace this Challenging Exam.

So, If You’re interested In Preparing Your Chuld for His or Her PSLE And See A Huge Improvement In Their Ability To Read Expressively and Converse Knowledgeably, Here’s What To Expect At Our June Holiday Workshop & How It Can Benefit Your Child.

  • We will provide in-depth information on 15 topics that commonly appear in Prelims and PSLE exams and teach your children to develop their opinions and express them in a confident and succinct manner using good phrases and proper sentence structure.
  • We will cover essential reading techniques using our special PAFER-(P) method  to deliver a well-pace, fluent reading of a passage.
  • To sustain the interest of the students, lesson will be taught using exciting and informative videos, text, visuals and activities.

We will be running 3 workshops during the June school Holidays for Primary 5/6. Places are filling up so don’t delay if you feel your children need the extra coaching this holiday. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Primary 5/6

Weds to Fri (31 May-2 June)      10 am to 5 pm*             3 places left  – Registration closed

Fri to Sun (9 June-11 June)         10 am to 5 pm*             4 places left

Fri to Sun (16 June-18 June)      10 am to 5 pm*             2 places left

*Lunch and Snacks will be provided for full day classes. 

For more information or registration details, please contact our centre at 67372700 or email us at info@jcartercentre.com.

We are sponsoring the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2017

Dear Parents,

The Singapore Performing Arts Festival 2017 is now open for registration. This year J Carter Centre for Public Speaking will be sponsoring two of the Categories – Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. The organizers has decided to offer a $50 cash award to the top 3 overall best speakers for these two categories. 

All speakers who scores 75% and above will be awarded a report and a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate. You can choose one category or both categories as they will take place one after the other.
The competition for these individual categories will be on Sat morning, July 29, 2017. It will be held at Chinese Swimming Club near Marine Parade. For the Public Speaking Category, students will receive the topic one month before the competition. 
You can enroll directly with the organizers by downloading the form from this link:
 
If you have more questions, please contact MS Works directly.
Regards,
Jackeline Carter
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Julian Tay, winner of Gold Award SPAF 2016 – Public Speaking Category. (Student of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)

 

 

 

Another Perfect Score in the Trinity College Graded Examinations in Communication Skills – Themis Lai

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We have achieved another first at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking! Congratulations to our student Themis Lai for scoring 100 marks in the Trinity College Graded Examinations in Communication Skills – Grade 3.

In November 2016, at the tender age of 9 years, Themis was able to impress a tough examiner from United Kingdom with a speech based on a news article titled “Plot to attack Marina Bay with rocket from Batam foiled”. Although she is not the first student at our centre to achieve a perfect score in this exam, she is our youngest to date. Students attempting Grade 3 are usually 11 or 12 years old however Themis displayed an amazing talent in public speaking when she was doing the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme at age 8 and was talent spotted to move into the more challenging Trinity College Communication Skills programme by one of our trainers.

Themis is currently preparing for the Grade 4 examinations in May 2017 and will be completing her Grade 5 by end of 2017. We look forward to seeing her achieve even more amazing results this year.

If you are keen to enrol your child in our Trinity College Communication Skills programme, please call our centre at 67372700 for more information. We are currently registering students for semester 2 and places are filling up very fast. We will be offering classes ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 7 for semester 2.

You can also ask about our unique programmes such as the Grade 2 with Competition Coaching and DSA Preparation Course.

You may visit this link for updates on vacancies: http://jcartercentre.com/schedule-s2-2017/

Recommended Workbooks for GAT & HAST (Abstract Reasoning) Tests

Your child is sitting for an important Abstract Reasoning test. Many people advised you that it is not necessary to prepare your child for it so you did not think twice about the matter. On the day of the test, your child nervously enters the examination centre, he opens his test papers and is overwhelmed by  a series of diagrams that stares back at him. He doesn’t understand the questions. His six years of primary schooling has never prepared him for such a test. How is he going to answer all the questions in the allotted time?

Every year, thousands of students sit for the GAT or HAST test in order to gain entry to IP schools. This is usually the first phase of the DSA selection process and if your child is unable to test well for this segment, he/she will not move on to the next phase of the process. There are several ways to prepare your child for this test however the easiest and most inexpensive way is to purchase workbooks for your child to practise with. Unfortunately, such books are not produced in Singapore so most parents end up signing their children up for GAT preparation classes which can be expensive.

As a DSA coach, I am constantly looking out for workbooks produced in other countries that will be suitable for your children to use in preparation for these tests. When I find them, I will ask my publisher to order the books and recommend it to parents who are helping their children prepare for the tests. Early this year, I came across 3 new publications which I ordered from overseas. (It was very expensive as I had to order direct from the retailer). I was very excited upon receiving the books as it is perfect to use in preparation for GAT and the Abstract Reasoning segment of HAST.

For the past few years, I have been giving out GAT worksheets which I have compiled over the years to my students who are enrolled in the DSA Preparation Course. Last year the feedback I received from my students was that the worksheets were too easy. Upon hearing this, I started looking for replacement workbooks that would have clear explanations and more challenging questions. I am happy to announce that I have succeed in this aspect so now I would like to share these books with you.

The publisher of my book, Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions – has kindly agreed to take orders for the books and bring it in from her supplier. This will be more cost effective as she can offer the book at a better price if she is ordering in bulk. It will also save you a lot of time and money using this route as I have compared the cost verses what I paid for when I ordered it from overseas myself.

My publisher, September 21 Enterprise has also agreed to extend a 5% discount when you put in your order if you mention my name, Jackeline Carter or the name of my centre, J Carter Centre for Public Speaking. You can call them at 62560226 or visit their website for contact details:

http://www.september21.com.sg/contact.html

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DSA PREPARATION COURSE

If your child is in Primary 5 this year and intends to sign up for the DSA Preparation Course at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking in July, please don’t purchase the books as I will be issuing all 3 copies to my students as part of the course materials.

Registration is now open and the classes in July are filling up fast. The details are as follows:

Saturday, 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm – 2 places left 

Sunday, 10 am to 11.30 am – 6 places left

Classes start on 1 or 2 July 2017 and runs for 19 weeks. For more details please call our centre at 67372700 and speak to Nanz. She will furnish you with all the information. (Only for Primary 5 students in 2017)

3-Day Intensive Oral Exam Preparation for P5/P6.

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PSLE Oral Communication consist of the following components:

  1. Reading
  2. Graphic Based Stimulus conversation

There are several  objectives which students must fulfill in order to achieve a good score:

  • read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage,
  • produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage,
  • express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively in conversing with the examiner, and
  • speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriate vocabulary and structures.

In the case of Reading Aloud, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm.

For Stimulus-based Conversation, candidates are assessed on their ability to give a personal response to a visual stimulus and engage in a conversation on a relevant topic.

To help students achieve the above criteria during the examination, our 3-Day Intensive Workshop will teach them to use the PAFER- (P)  method when reading a passage and the OREOS – (V) method when holding a conversation on a topic.

We will have 3 Runs during the June school Holidays and 15 topics will be covered over 3 days. Last year, one of our topics appeared in the PSLE oral exams which pleased the students who attended the workshop.

The booking details are listed in the flyer below. Registration is on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Once the classes are full, your child will be place on a wait-list and we will contact you if we are able to start another class.

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Results for November 2016 LAMDA -Speaking in Public Examinations

Once again, our centre has achieved amazing results in the LAMDA Examinations. We had 100% passes with a Distinction rate of 93%. 64 out of 69 students who took the examination at our centre achieved a Distinction. The highest scores were 96 out of a possible 100. We are happy to say the 4 of our students from various grades achieved a score of 96%. Congratulations to all of our students, parents and teachers for putting in the effort needed to achieve such amazing results.

In the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, Students are taught to write and deliver their own speeches using proper speech writing techniques as well as verbal and non-verbal techniques to deliver the speech in front of an audience. There is also a segment on ‘Discussion and Conversation’ which teaches the students to interact on a 1 to 1 basis  and to hold a conversation on topics that interest them. This segment of the programme has helped many of our students achieve high scores in English Oral Examinations in school.

There is still time to enrol your child in Public Speaking classes for Semester 1. We have very few places left. If you miss registering for Semester 1, the next intake will be in July 2017. We do not take in any students once the classes starts. The spaces remaining are mainly for lower primary students. All other classes are full. To find out more about the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, please go to this link:

https://www.lamda.org.uk/examinations/all-examinations/communications-examinations/speaking-in-public

Our programme is 16 weeks long with an In-house test at the end of semester. Students who are keen to acquire an International Certificate which is recognised by MOE can register for the LAMDA exam. The examiner will fly in from London to conduct the examinations at our centre.

All of our trainers are specially selected and trained by our founder Jackeline Carter. Every year, many adults apply to teach at J Carter Centre but only a selected few who meet the stringent requirements set forth by Jackeline will be selected to undergo training and be given an opportunity to teach at J Carter Centre. Trainers’ performances are constantly being reviewed and those that do not maintain the standard of teaching required will no longer be offered assignments at J Carter. This is to ensure that the quality of teaching will not be affected and every student will receive the attention needed even if they are not in a class taught by our Founder.

If you would like to find out more about our programmes or enrol your child in a Semester 1 class, please call our centre at 67372700 and our centre manager will recommend the correct grade and programme for your child. You can also visit our website at http://www.jcartercentre.com for more information.

The vacancies available for Semester 1 are as follows:

Entry 2 – Start Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 – 5 places left.

Entry 1 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 1 place left.

Grade 1 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 4 places left.

Grade 3 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 1 place left

Students who enroll in weekday classes will enjoy $100 weekday discount.

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Direct School Admissions – FAQ

2016 saw many changes to the DSA selection process and it was certainly a trial run to test out upcoming changes to the DSA system in 2017. Competition for IP schools was the toughest since its inception in 2004 due to increase applications. At the end of the 2016 selection process, there were many surprise outcomes as well as disappointments among the parents and students who undertook this route.  As the new year approaches, the rat race will begin all over again for students talking the PSLE in 2017. The enquiries are coming in and the same questions are being asked by a new cohort of students and parents. Preparation has already started for some while others are just beginning to consider attempting DSA. To start off the new year, I have put together a series of FAQs to help you understand this process better and to save myself the need to sound like a broken record. If you have more questions which I may be able to answer, you can post it on the Contact Form. So, lets get started.

What are the chances of my child getting a spot in an IP school without attempting DSA?

The chances are very good if your child has constantly attain excellent results since Primary 4 in all subjects. This will most likely mean that your child will achieve a T-score ranging from a possible high 250s and above. This will allow your child to meet the COP (Cut- off Point) of IP schools. The most coveted schools are RI, RGS, NYGH, HCI and their COPs range from 258-264. If your child’s academic results tend to fluctuate , there will be a 50% chance that your child can still meet the COPs of the other IP schools. The other option is to opt for coveted Express schools such as MGS, ACSI, CHJI St Nick, SJI, VS and SCGS as their COPs range from a high 240s to mid 250s.

From your personal experience, what were some of the lengths a parent would go through for their child to succeed in DSA?

If money is abundant, the sky is the limit. Even if that is not the case, parents will make sacrifices to ensure their children have a chance of entering a coveted school. It can start as early as kindergarten if the aim is to help the child develop a talent or life skill. Enrichment classes in areas such as sports, music and ballet are most common however parents are now moving towards developing communication and leadership skills in their children. The easiest way to figure out what kind of enrichment classes to consider is by looking at the domains offered by IP schools during the DSA selection process. Most parents do develop their children’s talent in one area if it shows up early in a child’s life however as many children are late developers, talents are usually discovered much later when they are in Primary 3 or 4 and some in secondary school. As such some parents will not leave it to chance and start placing their children through different enrichment courses in order to discover it. Its like being in a maze and you have to keep walking until you find the middle. Some times you take a wrong turn so you just have to double back and start all over again. This is a very expensive option so I don’t recommend it. Also your child will be extremely unhappy being forced to attend lessons that do not interest them.

Tuition (or in some cases ‘cram’ schools) with ‘Super Tutors’ are not uncommon. This is another expensive affair. Six years ago, some of my communication students told me that they would work with 10 to 14 different tutors per week but now a days the number has reduced to 4 to 7 tutors per week.

Competition is another popular area – the more the merrier! Well maybe not so merry for the children unless they are competitive by nature. Private competitions are becoming more popular as schools tend to select the same group of students for school base competitions leaving out many students who are keen. There are also many different types of competitions from Academic, Arts, Sports and more. The entry fees are usually affordable however once the children compete at the International level, it becomes very expensive.

Which group of children embark on the DSA selection process and why do they choose this route?

In the early days of DSA, GEP (Gifted Education Programme) and Sport students make up the bulk of the applicants. Now a days, anyone will try DSA if they are aiming for the IP track because these schools take in up to 50% of their students through DSA and the Specialise Schools like SOTA, NUS HIGH, SST and Sports school take in 90% to 100% via DSA.

I understand that the application process differs from school to school. Can you take us through the process briefly?

You are correct! Every school has their own unique selection process. The simplest only requires an application (usually Express Government Schools) while others require the the addition of Personal Statements, Portfolio, GAT/Subject testing, Half-day selection and Interview. If your child chooses the sports or performance domain, there will be trials and auditions. (Mostly IP schools). Specific information can be found on the school’s website.

The government recently announced some proposed changes to the DSA selection criteria. What is your reaction to the proposed changes? Will it help reduce stress?

Starting from 2017, DSA selection will have more emphasis on talents and less on academics. This is a return to the original purpose of DSA which is to provide talented students an opportunity to enter a coveted school without needing to achieve the required T-score.

Will this reduce stress? Yes, if we are looking at Express schools. More students will have a chance of securing a place with a lower T-score if they are talented in some area. No, if the goal is to enter an IP school. No matter how talented your child is in one area, academics still plays a major role. If students do not have good academic ability, they will not be able to complete the IP programme and will be place in the O’level track. Should too many students in an IP school end up in the O’level track, the standard and reputation of the school will be affected. So IP schools will try to take in those who are not only talented but show an ability to survive the academic rigours.  This means parents will spend more time and money developing a talent as well as focus on academics if the goal is the IP track.

The upcoming changes will also encourage more students to attempt the DSA selection in the hopes of getting a place. Thus competition will be tougher. 2016 saw a spike in the number of students attempting DSA. Many IP schools also started implementing changes to the selection process in 2016 as a test run before the official announcement in 2017.

Will GEP students still receive priority during the DSA selection in 2017?

I don’t know the overall percentage of GEP students getting a CO (Confirm Offer) in 2016 but I did notice more of my main stream students getting a CO or wait-listed in 2016. Those who were wait-listed received a CO after the PSLE results were released. Many of my students’ parents also gave feedback that fewer GEP students in their children’s schools received a CO from coveted IP schools. So, it may be safe to say that GEP students need to offer more than just academic achievements unless it is in areas such as Math/Science Olympiads.

Do you think DSA should be removed entirely?

Singapore believes in meritocracy and DSA is really about meritocracy. If one has the ability, one should be given the opportunity. Over the years, had it not been for DSA, 50% of the students that I have coached in Communications skills would not have gotten into IP schools because of the high T-scores.

The DSA process is also a learning journey for students who attempt it as they learn valuable life skills while preparing for the selection process. Skills such as persuasion, social interaction, problem solving, interview etiquette to name a few. All this will come in useful even if they do not receive a CO.

Getting a CO also means less stress during PSLE for both students and parents. With less worry, students end up performing better in the examination.

If I want you to coach my child on Interview Skills, how can I contact you?

You can click this link and submit your request. If my service matches your child’s need, we will instruct you on how to do the online booking.

http://jcartercentre.com/dsa-booking/

If we are unable to help you, I will advise you on how to move forward.

Here’s wishing everyone a successful DSA journey in 2017!

Regards,

Jackeline Carter

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Direct School Admissions to Raffles Institution – Speech by Brendan Hong

Majority of parents in Singapore dream of their children entering a top school. They will do everything in their power to help their children succeed.

As most of you are aware, entry into secondary schools is usually based on the results of the Primary School Leaving Examinations or PSLE. However, this route can be the toughest as you need to achieve a near perfect score in order to gain a place in a top school. Recognising that not all students can achieve such high academic scores, top schools will admit students via the Direct School Admissions scheme or (DSA).

What is DSA? For those who don’t know, the DSA exercise is an admission exercise that allows participating secondary schools to select Primary 6 students for admission to secondary one. The selection will be based on the students’ achievements and talents before the PSLE results are released.

There are many secondary schools in Singapore and some of them are more “popular” than others. I wanted to get into either Raffles Institution (RI) or Hwa Chong Institution (HCI), both of which are considered by many as the top boys’ schools in the nation. So, it was not easy to get an offer from either schools.

As I have a talent in playing table tennis, I knew that I had a chance of entering one of the top school through DSA. My parents did not want me to try for RI as they preferred HCI instead. However they allowed me to decide which schools I wanted to DSA to and since there was nothing to lose I decided to try both schools. Over the next few days, I felt that my decision was a little rash. There were many students trying for RI and most of them were the best of the best. It would be an incredibly difficult challenge. My table tennis coach decided to train me even harder for the DSA trial for RI, and it was a tiring process. I had to run 6 rounds in the stadium during every training session instead of the usual 3.

The DSA process also included interviews and selection tests. To increase my chances of being selected by the schools, my parents decided to enroll me at J Carter Centre to prepare me for the interviews. I was taught many useful techniques by the helpful Teachers to prepare me to succeed. I was painfully shy during the first lesson but after a few more lessons, I warmed up to the sessions and I had a memorable time learning from the teachers.

Three months to the DSA trials, my table tennis coach began training me harder than before. I was introduced to a lot of new but tedious techniques that was tougher than what I had been doing previously. To make it worse, I had to change the rubber on my table tennis bat to a completely different one. It was hard to adapt and get used to playing with a totally different rubber bat.

I was extremely anxious that the last minute changes would affect my performance during the DSA trails.

On the day of the Raffles Institution’s trial, there were a total of twelve players, ten of which were from the national youth squad. Upon looking at them, I could tell that it was not going to be an easy road ahead for me. I was extremely afraid when the coach arranged for me to play with the singles champion in my age group. It was surprising that I managed to defeat him after an extremely tough fight. All the workouts and training had paid off! After that, I played with a few more youth players and even though I lost to some of them, I felt that I had outdone myself on that day.

Hwa Chong Institution’s trial was a breeze compared to RI but there was still the selection tests which assess the students on academic ability. Both the tests and the interview were difficult but thankfully my teachers at J Carter Centre had prepared me well enough so it was simpler than what I thought it would be.

The weeks before the release of the DSA results, I could feel the tension at home. I could tell my parents were extremely anxious about the DSA results. I was also worried that I would not be able to get a ‘Confirm Offer’ from either schools.

Finally, the letters with the RI and HCI school crest came through the mail. I was over the moon to receive confirmed offers from both schools. I was thus in a dilemma. I did not know which school to choose as I favoured both schools. However, after a long consideration, I decided to go to Raffles Institution as their Table Tennis record in recent years were better than Hwa Chong’s. I also felt that the programs and learning environment in RI would be better for me.

I have now completed my first year in my dream school and I have not regretted my decision to go there.

The school is huge and the learning environment has been good. The classrooms are air-conditioned and the facilities are amazing. The seniors are friendly and not afraid to share their knowledge with the rest of us. The teachers are helpful and creative, often planning interesting activities to enable us to learn better. Direct School Admissions was not only a route to the school I wanted to be a part of but it was also a learning opportunity for me. Surrounding myself with supportive people like my parents, teachers and coaches also prepared me to go through the process with confidence and ease.

The experience also taught me that hard work and perseverance is necessary to get what I want in life.

Thank you.

Brendan Hong – Trinity Communication Skills Grade 5

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P.S. Thank you Brendan for the vote of confidence. Ms Joyce and I enjoy having you as a student at our centre.

Regards, Ms Jackeline

DSA Preparation Course (2017) – Semester 2 Open for Registration

Latest update:

Dear Parents,

Registration for DSA Preparation Course Semester 2 is now open for registration. Details about the course is listed below. Classes are filling up fast. Please call our centre at 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com for registration details.

Class Details

Sat, 1/07-11/11          12:30 – 2:00       2*   (New Class)

Sat, 1/07-11/11          4:15 – 5:45       FULL*

Sun, 2/07-12/11        10:00-11:30     FULL*

*Vacancy

Registration is only on a first come first serve basis. Recommended for Primary 5 (2017) students only.

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Dear Parents,

We are officially launching our new 19 weeks DSA Preparation Course in January 2017. This course includes many activities that are conducted by various IP schools during the Direct School Admissions Selection Process. Jackeline Carter designed this course with the help of parents and students who had previously gone through the DSA process successfully. As every school conducts DSA differently, she has tried to incorporate as many of the methods used by all the schools so that the students will be ready for any of the schools. It also includes preparation for Trinity College Graded Examination in Communications – Grade 3 (Group Disscussions). You can include this certification  in your child’s portfolio to highlight your child’s communication ability.

Jackeline Carter will also work hand in hand with parents to ensure that all work is completed on time and to brief the parents on how to help their child prepare for DSA. Direct School Admissions are becoming more competitive and students can no longer achieve success on their own. Support must come from both parents and trainers. Follow up support will be given to all students after the conclusion of the course through email and updates.

This course is suitable for students who are keen to attempt DSA in 2018. dsa-prep-courseHowever, if your child is extremely shy and has difficulty sharing their views and opinions,  it may be advisable to sign up for one to one coaching in Primary 6 so that the trainer can focus solely on your child.

We have included a feedback from one of our parents whose child has benefited from one-to-one coaching:

Hi Jackeline,

Hope this finds you well. 

Like to share with you that N______ was offered a confirmed place in SOTA for Literary Arts. She is pleased and the family is very proud of her. I am over the moon that her efforts have reaped results and that she is able to pursue an area that she is interested in, on her secondary education journey. 

The interviews for visual arts and literary arts were gruelling – although she did not describe much about the respective auditions, I could tell from her expressions after, that she had a difficult time at both visual and literary interviews. I am just so proud that she was resilient enough to pull through them. Getting a place is really a bonus achievement. She has since been working hard to prepare for the coming exams. 

Would like to thank you for guiding N_____, and for being patient and flexible with her during her 3 sessions with you in May and June. Though her lack of response limited her getting the most of your usual DSA preparation, your modified approach to her reserved personality helped to prepare her for what to expect and boosted her esteem and confidence. 

All DSA Preparation Courses will be taught by Jackeline Carter, author of Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions – DSA. Currently, there are limited spaces left in two of the classes. If your child is in Primary 6 in 2018 and would like to attempt DSA, don’t wait any longer, call our centre at 67372700 to book your place. We are opened from Tuesdays to Fridays – 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays – 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays – 10 am to 4 pm.

*From 2018 onwards, schools will not require students to take a GAT test so this segment will NOT be covered in the course.

 

New Trinity Grade 2 Communication Class with focus on Competition Training

Latest Update – There are no more vacancies left for this class. Please call our centre at 67372700 if you would like to be placed on our wait list.

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Dear Parents,

I have decided to start a Trinity Grade 2 Communications Class with focus on Competition training for Primary 3 and 4 students. With changes in DSA taking place next year, the focus will move away from General Academics to Sports and Talent. This means that students who are strong in English but do not have a keen interest in Sports, Music or the Performing Arts need to find a talent which they can excel in. As more schools are offering the Communication domain as an option, I feel that there is a need to start a class on Speech Competition training as an addition to the International Certification in Communication Skills Grade 2. Competition training must start at the Primary 3/4 levels as primary schools start to select students for Speech, Debate and Story telling competitions from Primary 3. As the focus will be on preparing students for competition, it is recommended that students who sign up for this class be verbal and competitive in nature. For those students who are shy and needs a confidence booster, we have the LAMDA programme which will cater to the needs of  these students.

Students in this special class will be groom to attain High Distinction in the Trinity Communications Exam with the aim of winning the High Achiever Award from Trinity College London. They will also be encouraged to participate in SPAF 2017 either in the public speaking or Impromptu Category of the competition. Students should also try to represent their schools in Storytelling, Debate and Speech Competitions. If your child is keen to horn their speech competition skills, you may want to consider sending them for this programme. I will be accepting only 9 students in this pilot programme. For information on registration, please call 67372700.

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Congratulations to Augustus Tay for Achieving a Perfect Score in the LAMDA Speaking in Public Examinations!

Once again one of our students have achieved a first at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking! We are happy to announce that our student Augustus Gerald Tay has achieved 100 marks in LAMDA Speaking in Public Grade 3 Examinations held in June 2016. Augustus’ speech was based on his personal interest Magic.  Augustus is a student of Ms Jackeline Carter and is currently working on Trinity College London Communication Skills Grade 3 with DSA preparation.

If you are keen to enroll your child in our LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, please call our centre at 67372700 for information on 2017 schedule. We are currently registering students for 2017 Semester 1.

Congratulations Augustus, we are all very proud of you!

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AUGUSTUS GERALD TAY – Overall Top Scorer/Top in Grade June 2016

Congratulations to JulianTay for Achieving a GOLD at SPAF 2016!

We are proud to announce that our student Julian Tay has achieved a GOLD award for Public Speaking during the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2016. Julian is a student of Ms Jackeline Carter and has been under her tutelage since 2014. He has constantly achieved Distinctions in his Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations since Grade 4 and is currently working on completing Grade 8. We are all very proud of you!

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Julian Tay with Carol Lamont (Adjudicator)

Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations Results – May/June 2016

Once again our students at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking have achieved amazing results in the Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations for May/June 2016. Congratulations to all of our students. I am very proud of your achievements. Thank you for your hard work. 

Jackeline Carter 



GRADE 8

  1. Lakshana Kumar – Joint Top in Grade

  2. Leon Long Zeyu  – Joint Top in Grade

  3. Laranya Kumar – High Distinction

  4. Kelly Ong Si Hui – Distinction

  5. Carman Chew  – Distinction

  6. Charlene Chong Jia Xin – Distinction

  7. Long Zepeng – Distinction

  8. Toh Qian Qi –  High Merit

  9. Koh Bei Li – High Merit


GRADE 7

  1. Michael Lang Li-Yuan – Top in Grade

  2. Julian Tay Yong Sheng – High Distinction

  3. Ng Yan Khai Ryan –  Distinction

  4. Yue Shi Quan Sean – Distinction       

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Michael Lang Li-Yuan



GRADE 6

  1. Lau Shen-I – Top in Grade

  2. Loh Yih-Hang – High Distinction

  3. Maya Raisha Zainudin  – High Distinction

  4. Joanne Yate  – High Distinction

  5. Gabriel Alexander Wong Jun Yi – High Distinction

  6. Emmanuel Chong Chen Wei – Distinction

  7. Loh Xian Guo Bryan  – High Merit

  8. Loh Xian Yang Brendan – High Merit

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Lau Shen-I



GRADE 5

  1. Wee Li LIng Zara Grace –  Top in Grade

  2. Chong Rui Ting – High Distinction

  3. Sanshray Karthikeyan – High Distinction

  4. Xan Ng – Distinction

  5. Chong Chan How – Distinction

  6. Loh Li Ing Amelia – High Merit

  7. Jacob Tay Zhi Sheng – High Merit

  8. Stacey Jade Lo – Pass

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Wee Li Ling Zara Grace


GRADE 4

  1. Jermaine Ang (Hong Zhuomin) – Top in Grade

  2. Lim Xin Ni – High Distinction

  3. Alwyn Tok Hong Sheng – High Distinction

  4. Joye Lim Qian Qi – High Distinction

  5. Tan Wei Jun – High Distinction

  6. Khua Yan Han Cedric – High Distinction

  7. Chua Yaw Hong Frederick Vyner – Distinction

  8. Chong Kaelie – Distinction

  9. Hong Chun Yong Brendan – Distinction

  10. Nicholas Yee Sheng Cheung – Distinction

  11. Reyna Ong Si Ting – Distinction

  12. Stephanie Louisa Lo – Merit

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Jermaine Ang (Hong Zhuomin)


GRADE 3

  1. Jethro Lim Lei En – Joint Top in Grade

  2. Skylar Gen Johnson – Joint Top in Grade

  3. Koh Khee Png Mathew – High Distinction

  4. Yee En Ning – High Distinction

  5. Elizabeth Lang LI-Yuan – High Distinction

  6. Isaac Tay (Zheng Yiliang) – High Distinction

  7. Megan Lim Pei Xuan – High Distinction

  8. Janelle Teng Mei Xuan – High Distinction

  9. Darius Lye Ze Qi  – High Distinction

  10. Lim Sheeann  – Distinction

  11. Donald Chan Deng Tin – Distinction

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Jethro Lim Lei En


If you would like to see your child achieve excellent results in communication skills, you can consider signing up in 2017. The 2017 schedule is now available. Do call our centre at 67372700 for information.

DSA Book – As seen on Talking Point on 26 May 2016 is Out of Stock at J Carter Centre

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Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support in purchasing my book on DSA. For those of you who are keen to get a copy of my book, please purchase it directly from my publisher as my centre has run out of stock! I understand that my publisher still has copies of the book in stock. 

This is their contact information:

September 21 Enterprise Pte Ltd
No. 13 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #04-06
Braddell Tech, Singapore 319261
TEL: 62560226
Email: info@september21.com.sg

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

 

Schools offering Communication/English Domain under DSA scheme

On April 8, 2016 – MOE has announced, “The Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme will be reviewed to recognise achievements and talents in specific areas – which was its original objective – instead of general academic ability.”

Like many parents, I was worried that it could mean denying a large group of students from the DSA scheme. For the last 8 years, I have been coaching many students on their speaking and interviewing skills and the majority of students that pass through my centre opted for the Academic domain when applying for DSA to the schools of their choice. I was silently praying that the changes would not be implemented until next year.

On May 9, schools across Singapore posted information on DSA selection criteria on their school website and I have to say it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Some schools did take away the Academic domain but they replaced it with domains related to it. For example, River Valley High School introduced “Communication” as a new option. For schools retaining Academic domains, they were asking for talent and qualifications in specific academic related areas – such as participation in Speech, Storytelling, Debates and Writing competitions under the English domain.

I am happy  for the majority of students who have come through my doors over the years because their LAMDA Speaking in Public or Trinity Communications Skills International Certification in Graded Exams can now play an even bigger role in helping them succeed in Direct School Admissions.

For  parents with younger children who may consider opting for these domains in the future, my advice to you is to start investing time and effort improving your children’s skills in Public Speaking, Spoken English, Storytelling, Debating and Creative Writing in order to build their portfolio in these areas. To help you, I have compiled a chart listing all the secondary schools which offer domains related to communication skills. I have also created a list of certifications and competitions that your child can participate in so as to boost their abilities in these areas.

Do bear in mind that primary schools do not always offer these competition experiences to every student. As a parent you have to speak to your child’s form teacher and tell her that you want your child to be considered for these competitions. As I come across more competitions, I will update the information in my blog.


SCHOOLS OFFERING ACADEMIC (ENGLISH) / COMMUNICATIONS DOMAIN

SOTA
http://www.sota.edu.sg/
Domain – Literary Arts

  • Creative Writing Portfolio (4 to 10 original works completed in the last 12 months)
  • Personal Story of 500 words (describe an event or incident which has made an impact on them or someone close to them)
  • Published Works/Relevant Credentials (Optional)

RAFFLES GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL
http://www.rgs.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Able to demonstrate interest and talent beyond the abilities of students in the same age group and/or have a history of consistent high academic achievements in English.

RAFFLES INSTITUTION
http://www.ri.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Demonstrate interest and talent in English Language beyond the abilities of children in your age group, and/or have a history of consistently high academic achievement.

RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.rivervalleyhigh.moe.edu.sg//
Domain – Communication / Literacy (English)

  • Candidates should possess strong communication skills with achievements in writing or speaking in English
  • Achievements at the national/international level would be an advantage. Applicants will need to attach evidence of achievement at an appropriate platform that illustrates a high level of competence.

DUNMAN HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • 80% or higher score (or 70% or higher score for Gifted Education Programme students) for P5 Overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent,
  • Special Achievements in English Language

NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE
http://www.nationaljc.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – NA

  • Academic excellence and potential
  • Leadership qualities
  • Active participation in CCAs
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to be both a team player and an independent learner
  • Sound character: has integrity and is responsible, resilient and compassionate

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.catholichigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Special achievements in English
  • Attained excellent outcomes for national and international competitions and proficiency assessments;
  • Demonstrated contributions to the advancement or spread of knowledge in English.

VICTORIA SCHOOL
http://vs.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (Languages)

  • Excellent academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent, and
  • Participation and achievements (e.g. competitions) in the talent areas applying for:
    – Languages
  • Shortlisted students will be requested to bring their portfolio of work for the interview

CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS’ SCHOOL
http://www.chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Creative Expression Talent

  • Students who are accomplished in the creative / literary / oratorical arts such as bilingual orator, published writer, music composer, etc.
  • Portfolio and/or published works (in PDF) / awards / other credentials

CEDAR GIRLS’ SECONDARY
http://www.cedargirlssec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Special Achievement in English Language
  • Excellent results in national/or international competitions in English Language such as the University of New South Wales Competitions
  • Any other academic competitions/achievements

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER RD)
http://acsbr.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Language and Humanities (Debates and Public Speaking)

  • Students will be required to come to auditions with a prepared speech (1 minute) on one of the following topics:
    -Social Media: Good or Bad?
    -Respect should be earned.
  • Students will also be given an impromptu topic to speak on during the auditions. They may also be required to discuss any points of interest with the auditioner/s.
  • They will be assessed on Style, which will include voice projection, articulation, clarity and expression.
  • They will also be assessed on Content, which will include their knowledge of current affairs, the nature of their arguments and how they express their opinions.
  • We will personally call all applicants who meet the requirements to attend the audition.

CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent
http://www.chijstjosephsconvent.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
The Art of Communication through Theatre and Debates.

  • A high level of confidence when conversing about social issues. Interested applicants would demonstrate a genuine interest in current affairs or national, community issues and are able to articulate their thoughts in a clear and organized manner,
  • Experiences in either debates and/or theatre. This means that candidates have had experience related to debating and acting in productions, especially in the presence of an unfamiliar audience,
  • Possess a strong command of the English Language as reflected in candidates’ written and oral communication,
  • Applicants will perform a short dramatic monologue as part of the audition process (dramatization). The choice of monologues will be provided to applicants.
  • Oral presentation during the interview process.
  • Achievements at national competitions/ internationally recognized certification (Drama and Debates)/ Participation and level of representation in school/public performances.

CHIJ Katong Convent
http://www.chijkatongconvent.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Communicative Arts

  • Strong oracy skills and a flair for public speaking
  • Top honours or awards won at Inter-school Oratorical or Debate competitions
  • Carried out master of ceremony duties for school-wide/community events e.g. Speech Day

Tanjong Katong Girls’ Sch
http://www.tkgs.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Debating

Students will be eligible if they have excellent performance (with commendations) in one of the following:

  •  National oratorical, public speaking, storytelling or debating competitions (e.g. Wits & Words, organized by MOE) or
  • Other oratorical, public speaking, storytelling or debating competitions

Greenridge Secondary
http://www.greenridgesec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Learning for Life Programme (Literary Arts)

Interested applicants must produce a portfolio to show evidence of ability. The portfolio could include:

  • Records of participation (for CCA, competitions etc.) and achievements
  • Records of any involvement in school wide projects or community level programmes or projects
  • Records of any other achievements which are relevant to support your application
  • Testimonials or recommendation letters by primary school teachers or aesthetic coaches/instructors
  • Letter of reference from external coaches/instructors (if any)
  • Interview
  • Auditions or trials (where applicable) – Recite a poem, story-telling etc.

Holy Innocents’ High School
http://www.holyinnocentshigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Journalism & Broadcasting

  • Portfolio: Comprising achievements in journalism and broadcasting related performances, competitions, publications, etc.;
  • Audition: Quality of voice / writing and confidence in presentation;
    Demonstrate commitment and passion in Journalism and Broadcasting and participate actively in the related programmes throughout their 4 years in the school;
  • Take up Journalism and Broadcasting as the core CCA throughout their 4 years in the school.

Mayflower Sec School
http://www.mayflowersec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Public Speaking & Debate

  • Participation in Oratorical/Public Speaking /Debating competitions
    Equivalent certification in area of participation
  • For Public Speaking requirements:
    Present a 3 minute speech on a given topic
    Be fluent in spoken English Language
  • For Debate requirements:
    Present a 5 minute argument on a given topic
    Be fluent in spoken English Language

Pasir Ris Crest Sec School
http://www.prcss.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Effective Communication

  • Applicants must demonstrate a passion for communication related programmes /competitions and be committed to contribute to PRCS in the area for which they have been given DSA.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to go through a selection test as well as an interview.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills (e.g. public speaking, debates or drama)
  • Achievement in competitions and performance experience are preferred.
  • Do well in the selection test. The selection test involves an audition that serve to assess the applicant’s mastery of the following: Confidence, Vocal Projection,  Clarity, Fluency, Stage Presence

Westwood Sec School
http://www.westwoodsec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – LEARNING FOR LIFE PROGRAMME: Arts for Life! (Speech and Presentation)

  • Display project management and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent past performance in debate/story telling competitions or qualifications in the respective disciplines

Interested applicants must produce a portfolio to show evidence of the above. The portfolio could include:

  • Evidence of participation and achievements in a particular art form (can be in the form of an official certificate, photographs, drawings, video etc)
  • Testimonials or recommendation letters by primary school teachers or aesthetics coaches/instructors outlining qualities of creativity, resilience and
  • Letters of reference from private coaches/instructors (if any)

Selection Process

  • Stage 1: All applicants will be expected to go through a selection interview conducted by a panel chaired by Principal, Vice-Principal and Dean. Applicants who successfully clear the interview will move on to Stage 2.
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants from Stage 1 are required to attend a selection test / audition.

Methodist Girls’ School
http://www.mgs.sch.edu.sg/
Domain – NA

  • I have added MGS IP as an option because they will consider students base on academic ability only.
  • The feedback from the DSA talks is that more emphasis will be placed on English in the areas of writing and communication.

Areas of Achievements which you can use for DSA consideration

  • Trinity Graded Exams in Communications Skills.
  • Top scorer for TRINITY College London Graded examinations in Communication Skills.
  • LAMDA Speaking in Public
  • SPAF – Singapore Performing Arts Festival – (Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Creative Writing)
  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – English and Writing – Distinction/High Distinction
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) Medals – English or Writing
  • YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA)
  • Babble & Speak Competition
  • The Moo-O Awards (Story-telling)
  • National Story Challenge (Story-telling)
  • Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship
  • Primary School Debate Open
  • SOTA Creative Writing Competition
  • Young Authors Award
  • International Scenario Writing Competition
  • Commonwealth Essay Competition (Junior Under 14)
  • Budding Writers Competition
  • Odyssey of the mind (An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for primary students. Team members apply their creativity to present their own interpretation of literary classics)
  • School Base competitions
  • Zonal/Inter-school competitions

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Heema Zainudin – LAMDA Grade 5 Distinction – Top Student November 2015

UNOFFICIAL COP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL-2016 COHORT

Dear Parents,

I compiled this list based on feedback given by parents from the PSLE Parents – 2015 Facebook Group. The list is incomplete. If you know the COP for secondary schools that are not on the list, please leave a comment with the information and I will add it to the list. I am trying to help all the parents who are seeking this information so your contribution to the list will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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UNOFFICIAL COP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS -2016 COHORT

No SCHOOL IP/IB EXP NA
1 Nanyang Girls’ High 264
2 Raffles Institution 261
3 Methodist Girls’ 261 253
4 Hwa Chong Institution 260
5 Raffles Girls’ 260
6 National Junior College 258
7 CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ 258 253
8 Dunman High 258
9 ACS Independent 256 250
10 Cedar Girls’ 254 250
11 Victoria School 254 248
12 Temasek Junior College 253
13 River Valley High 253
14 Catholic High School 253 251
15 St. Joseph Institution 253 246
16 Singapore Chinese Girls’ 253
17 Paya Lebar Methodist girls’ 247
18 Bukit Pajang Government High 247
19 CHIJ Toa Payoh 247 184
20 Anderson Secondary 247
21 Nan Hua High 245
22 St Andrew Secondary 245 189
23 St Margaret’s Secondary 244
24 Fairfield Methodist 243
25 Crescent Girls’ Secondary 243
26 Nan Chiau High 243
27 Swiss Cottage Secondary 241 184
28 Anglican High 240
29 Commonwealth Secondary 239 183
30 Chung Cheng High (Main) 239
31 Ngee Ann Secondary 238
32 Yishun Town Secondary 237
33 Chung Cheng High (Yishun) 237
34 Tanjong Katong Girls’ 236
35 Xinming Secondary 236
36 Maris Stella High 235
37 CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent 234 173
38 Fuhua Secondary 234
39 Tanjong Katong Secondary 233
40 Temasek Secondary 233
41 Presbyterian High 233
42 Riverside Secondary 233
43 Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary 232
44 Clementi Town Secondary 232 174
45 St Patrick School 232
46 Kranji Secondary 232-248 175-199
47 St Anthony’s Canossian 231 169
48 CHIJ St Joseph Convent 231 180
49 Dunman Secondary 231
50 Holy Innocents High 229
51 Bedok View Secondary 228
52 Ang Mo Kio Secondary 227
53 Bedok South Secondary 227-231
54 Jurong Secondary 225 176
55 Evergreen Secondary 225
56 St Gabriel’s Secondary 224
57 Edgefield Secondary 224
58 Bukit Batok Secondary 222
59 Hua Yi Secondary 222
60 Unity Secondary 219
61 Pei Hwa Secondary 216 180
62 Queensway Secondary 216
63 Woodlands Ring Secondary 215
64 Peirce Secondary 214-229
65 Yuan Ching Secondary 210-215
66 Montfort Secondary 209
67 Tampines Secondary 208
68 Bedok South Secondary 206
69 New Town Secondary 202
70 Jurongville Secondary 200
71 Kent Ridge Secondary 200
72 Westwood Secondary 200-205
73 Mayflower Secondary 200-239
74 Queenstown Secondary 195 170
75 Punggol Secondary 194
76 Jurong West Secondary School 192 167
77 Juying Secondary 192-194
78 Sengkang Secondary 191 170
79 Jun Yuan Secondary 190
80 East Spring Secondary 188-237
81 Dunearn Secondary 188
82 Yuying Secondary 188-227

  83.               West Spring Secondary                                                             221


List compiled by J Carter  Centre for Public Speaking PL – 24/12/2015

HOLIDAYS – A Grade 5 SPEECH BY LAU SHEN-I

Over the years, I have had many students who have written wonderful speeches and achieved Distinctions for the LAMDA and Trinity exams. I will begin posting some of these amazing works so that more people can enjoy reading them. The first one is by my student Lau Shen-I titled ‘Holidays’

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What type of holidays do you enjoy?

There are many different types of holidays such as relaxation, shopping and adventure holidays. Today, I am going to tell you about my holiday to Chengdu in China which was a shopping and adventure holiday. These two types of holidays allow you to explore and see what the place that you are going to has in store for you instead of just staying in your hotel. However, if you are usually very busy, I recommend that you go for a relaxation holiday as you can get away and rest from the rush of your daily life.

My holiday to Chengdu was a very memorable one as I went to many interesting and fun places and it was also the first time I visited a country during winter. I went to Chengdu for a total of five days. On the first day of the trip, my family was very tired from the flight so we rested. On the second day of the trip, we went shopping in a shopping mall called Global Centre. I enjoyed myself as I was able to interact with the locals and shopped for items that were inexpensive. I bought many art supplies as my hobby is painting and drawing. I also went ice-skating with my cousins and sister. After that, we went to an ancient building that has been around for more than 100 years. All the shops there were very old and they sold items that were related to ancient Chengdu. I bought some souvenirs to remind me of that place.

On the third day, we went to the panda reserve. Chengdu takes a lot of pride in its panda reserve, as it has been so successful that it has managed to breed its pandas and they are now thriving in their 5-star reserve. I saw many healthy-looking giant pandas and I even caught a glimpse of a cute red panda! Not only that, I managed to carry one of the adorable baby pandas. After looking at all the panda enclosures, my parents bought some unique panda stamps for me. I learnt that the Chinese worked extremely hard to have their own panda reserve which they finally succeeded in doing.

On the fourth day, my family and I went tobogganing on Chengdu’s snow mountain. We took a cable car up the mountain as it was very steep. As it was my first time seeing snow, I was very thrilled by the sight of it. We each bought a toboggan and slid down many steep slopes. Later, we ate the local food for lunch and it was really delicious. My family and I really enjoyed eating the Chengdu hot pot, which was great during cold weather. It consisted of a spicy broth and many vegetables and meat inside. On the last day of the trip, I felt very reluctant to go home as I really enjoyed my trip to Chengdu.

 All in all, I had a great time in Chengdu and I was also  exposed to the culture and different way of life of the Chinese. I know that you will enjoy your experience too and look forward to leaving for your trip.

Thank you

*Copyright J Carter Centre for Public Speaking PL. Please do not repost this speech. 

5 Reasons why you should consider an Integrated Programme (IP) School

(This is an updated version of the article that first appeared on Smartification)

 

In 2013, the principal from Jurong West Secondary School asked a daring question during a discussion at an education forum on the topic of making every school a good one.

“How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it),” she was quoted as saying in The Straits Times. Her question went viral on social media and she was even hailed a ‘hero’.

Since that incident, there has been a divide between IP schools and non-IP schools. Many parents wonder why they should send their child to an IP school.  If every school is a good school and all the teachers are just as qualified, is it really worth the hassle of going through the Direct School Admissions (DSA) process and spending huge amount of money on tuition lessons to ensure a high T-score in the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE)?

First let me clarify the statement by former Education Minister Heng Siew Keat. When he used his now famous tagline, what he really meant was that every school in Singapore is a good school because each school can nurture a student to perform his/her best; the teachers are supportive and caring; parents are willing to work hand in hand with the school/teachers to motivate the students to succeed. Minister Heng was not talking about academic excellence! Therefore the attraction of IP schools is offering all of the above including the assurance of academic excellence. It is this component that parents are most concern about thereby making IP schools extremely attractive to many.

If you are still not convinced that IP schools are the better choice, here are 5 reasons for your consideration.

  1. Low Student-Teacher Ratio in the classroom

IP schools have an average of 25 students per class. Why are small classes important? Small classes ensure that your child will not be lost in the crowd or fall through the crack. Non-IP schools have an average of 40 students per class. The heavier workload will make it difficult for teachers to reach out to students who need more help. Students in IP schools come from the top 10% of the Primary 6 cohort each year and the learning structure in these schools is self-directed learning. This means that should a student have any difficulty, the form teacher will have time to help the student in need.

Using Temasek Junior College as an example, the school practices the following to ensure that their students will succeed in their programme:

“TJC prides itself for a warm environment and a caring culture.  In Year 3, we dedicate 2 form teachers to each class of a small class size of not more than 25 students to engage them at a more in depth and personal level to better understand their development needs.  Our student welfare team consisting of full time counsellors and a strong team of teacher counsellors work together closely to ensure that students are provided with effective support to handle the rigour and demand of the programme.’ (http://www.temasekjc.moe.edu.sg/home/4-year-integrated-programme/faqs-on-tjc-4-year-integrated-programme)

  1. Professional Development for Teachers

NIE has been doing a good job training and preparing teachers. The problem is teachers in non-IP schools do not have a choice as to which schools they are placed. The stress level of these teachers are high and the high turnover rate reflects that too. Many teachers become disillusioned after a while and some good teachers leave for the private sector to set up tuition centres or provide tuition services. IP schools on the other hand are allowed to recruit their own teachers. As such you can find highly qualified teachers from Singapore and other foreign countries teaching at these schools. Teachers are hired based on qualification, experience, competence and passion for the subjects they will teach.

Some of these schools also provide and encourage professional development through foreign universities for their teachers as with the case of Hwa Chong Institution. HCI runs a Graduate School of Education for their teachers offering Masters of Education and Doctorates of Education in collaboration with The University of Western Australia. (http://www.hci.edu.sg/about/careers/3)

  1. Unmatched Facilities

Although the Singapore Government spends a lot of money on education by upgrading all the schools, the money allocated to each school is not always the same amount. No one can deny that IP schools have the best facilities. The money to build these facilities do not come just from the government but also from donations. Their libraries house the widest range of books and research materials that rival any public libraries. They use the latest technologies in the classroom to enhance learning. They have first class sporting facilities with some of the best coaches to manage the sporting programmes. CCA is also a major part of IP schools and they offer the widest array of activities for the students to participate in. Raffles Institution, for example, boasts the following facilities:

“At Raffles Institution, our students are provided with state-of-the-art facilities – both for academic and non-academic pursuits. Our facilities include:

  • 6 Lecture Theatres (LTs)
  • Computer laboratory with 40 workstations
  • Fully-equipped gymnasium
  • 2 Libraries with over 105000 items
  • Media Studio
  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Running track with field
  • Students’ Lounge
  • Wireless campus”

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  1. A Holistic Education

Not having to take the O’levels frees students from mugging for a national exam thus having more time to learn life skills. This can take the form of elective studies such as philosophy, psychology, social etiquette, public speaking, leadership, character development, problem solving just to name a few. More time can also be spent on participating in competitions from sports to academic. Students are also given opportunities to plan events for schools and their communities which teaches them responsibility and empathy.

Cedar Girls’ Secondary for example, requires secondary 4 students in the IP Programme to work during a gap month. Students are required to apply for internship with a local company and work for a period of one month. This exposes them to the working world from a young age. They will learn about the importance of having a good education, the difficulty of earning a living and the responsibility of working hard.

  1. Entry to Top JC followed by a place in University.

Being in an IP school means that your place in a first tier Junior College is more or less guaranteed. Although there have been cases of students who did not succeed in an IP programme, the numbers are relatively small. These students are instead coached to sit for the O’Levels and later move on to Polytechnics or second tier Junior Colleges and eventually to local and overseas Universities.

For those who enter the first tier Junior Colleges, majority move on to Ivy-League Universities overseas or enter Law and Medical Faculties in NUS. Many receive scholarships too. Some students from RJC and HCI were given a place in overseas universities even before they received their A’level results. These schools also provide education councilors to advice students on completing University applications.

Beyond the 5 reasons I have shared with you, there are more I have not mentioned. For me personally, a holistic education that does not follow the standard Singapore education system allows our children to compete better in a competitive society like Singapore.

However as parents we must be realistic and allow our children to progress at their own pace. Success comes to those who are willing to work hard and it does not always have to be through an IP school.

As long as you choose the school that best fits the learning ability of your child, with caring teachers and a great learning environment, success will most likely be the outcome.

To listen to Minister Heng Siew Keat’s speech in Parliament, go to this link:  https://youtu.be/tHS7PWnxc6s

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Jackeline Carter is the author of ‘Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions DSA’. She is the Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking offering courses in DSA preparation and communication skills for children, teens and adults in Singapore. For more tips on DSA preparation or to enroll in our communication workshops and courses, you may ‘Like’ our facebook page: www.facebook.com/dsasuccess or visit http://jcartercentre.com/

TRINITY COLLEGE GRADED EXAMS IN COMMUNICATION SKILLS RESULTS – JUNE 2015

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Overall Top Student: ONG YU XIAN -GRADE 8

PROFESSIONAL CERT IN COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  1. Wong Zhengwei – Distinction

GRADE 8

  1. Lim Ting Li Nicole – Distinction
  2. Low Wey Hsuan – Distinction

GRADE 7

  1. Long Zepeng – Joint Top in Grade – Distinction
  2. Long Zeyu – Joint Top in Grade – Distinction
  3. Koh Bei Li – Distinction
  4. Toh Qian Qi – High Merit
  5. Charlene Chong Jiaxin – Merit

GRADE 6

  1. Kumar Laranya – Joint Top in Grade – Distinction
  2. Yip Xin Hong Kaizer – Joint Top in Grade – Distinction
  3. Chloe chua E-Shyan – Distinction
  4. Michael Lang Li Yuan – Distinction
  5. Carmen Chew – Distinction
  6. Kumar Lakshana – Distinction
  7. Yue Shi Min Grace – Merit
  8. Kwik Feng Yuan – Merit

GRADE 5

  1. Nikhita Raj Terence – Top in Grade – Distinction
  2. Julian Tay Yong Sheng – Distinction
  3. Ryan Ng Yan Khai – Distinction
  4. Curtis Aaron Chiu Min Ern – Distinction
  5. Sean Yue Shi Quan – Distinction
  6. Su Jing Long Brian – Distinction
  7. Lim Swee Sen Samuel – Distinction
  8. Lee Zhang Ze – Distinction
  9. Rama Venkatesh – Distinction

GRADE 4

  1. Jimmy Lok Zoen Yhong – Top in Grade – Distinction
  2. Tan Jen Kai – Distinction
  3. Emmanuel Chong Chen Wei – Distinction
  4. Jacob Tay Zhi Sheng – Distinction
  5. Edmund Su Ye Kai – Distinction
  6. Wong J-Min – High Merit
  7. TAn Tag Han – High Merit

Grade 3

  1. Khua Yan Han Cedric – Top in Grade – Distinction
  2. Zheng Zhixin – Distinction
  3. Zheng Zhihui – Distinction
  4. Isabelle Khang Loo Ping – Distinction
  5. Claudia Khang Loo An – Distinction
  6. Lim Xin Ni – Distinction
  7. Jermaine Ang – Merit

Congratulations to all of our students for doing so well in the exams.

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WE BROKE OUR OWN RECORD! – LAMDA RESULTS FOR JUNE 2015: 78 DISTINCTIONS & 7 MERITS!

Overall Top Student  

Heema Izzati Zainudin (Grade 4 – Age 9 years)

Top Students:

  1.  Ong Tze En Gareth (Grade 3)
  2. Pang Zhi Yong (Grade 3)
  3. Wee Hai-Ley Victoria (Grade 3)
  4. Thevenon Nicolas (Grade 3)
  5. Li Wan Lin Phoebe (Grade 3)
  6. Chong Yu Ning Shannon (Grade 3)
  7. Lam Kai Hui Evon (Grade 3)
  8. Jethro Lim Lei En (Grade 2)
  9. Laura Lang Wen Ling (Grade 1)
  10. Aniq Bin Arizan (Grade 1)
  11. Shayna Menon Rakesh (Grade 1)

Distinction – Grade 5

  1. Ong Yi Xian Seth
  2. Natasha Chia Wen Xi
  3. Khoo An Xian
  4. Chong Jo Ee
  5. So Lok Si Faith

Distinction – Grade 4

  1. See Hoo Onn Zee
  2. Anwen Wong
  3. Lim Rei Han
  4. Tan La En Valerie

Distinction – Grade 3

  1. Chin Xin Hui Ezanne
  2. Megan Lai Yu Xuan
  3. P Nikita Anjaili
  4. Vera Choo Yan Ying
  5. Elizabeth Lang Wan Ling
  6. Ong Yu Kai

Distinction – Grade 2

  1. Nuriffah Binte Andy Azaly
  2. Chong Wen Hao
  3. Emma Chong Xin En
  4. Ng Chu Hui
  5. Lim Zhi Ying
  6. Thevanon Thomas
  7. Tan Guang Yi
  8. Khoo An Ying
  9. Khua Ka Keng Henric
  10. Charlotte Chia Yun Xi
  11. Chew Le-Tong Charlotte Tammy
  12. Choo Zi Xuan
  13. Eng Kay Ling
  14. Levanne Ong Heng Ying
  15. Lim kai Jun
  16. Wong Zi Yao Joel
  17. Dylan Chong Shao Feng
  18. Gregory tan Jie Hui
  19. Katelyn Ho Kar Huen
  20. Lam Kai Ting Eden

Distinction – Grade 1

  1. Teong Chee Kai
  2. Jonathan Yeo Tze Ho
  3. Thean Chang-Soong Philip Benjamin
  4. Yap Cheng Hoe
  5. Lau Linn-I
  6. Chong Jo Lynn
  7. Colette Chua
  8. Ang Xuan Xi
  9. Jerome Gabriel Lee Jun Yi
  10. Jonathan Kwek Wei Ming
  11. Wong Yong Rui

Distinction – Entry

  1. Chua Zi Bin
  2. Khoo Qian Jun
  3. Loh Si Wing Tara
  4. Teo Xin Xin
  5. Teo Yang Tze Marc
  6. Yap Kuan Cheng Bryan
  7. Isabel Choo Yan Xi
  8. Cheng Jia Qin Phoebe
  9. Li Zong Rui Preston
  10. Sophie Ang Jia Shuen
  11. Tan Jin En
  12. Lai Tze Ee Christabelle
  13. Tan Jen Yih
  14. Tan Kia Hui
  15. Tan Kia Min
  16. Chua Kai Ting Velda
  17. Ang Yu En

Distinction – Solo Introductory Stage 3

  1. Koh Yu Xuan
  2. Lorena Kuek Wen Xi
  3. Meghan Nim Yi En

Merit

  1. See hoo Sen Hon (Entry)
  2. Guo Xin Er (Entry)
  3. Lim Qi Xuan Kadence
  4. Sarah Jane Chin Min En (Entry)
  5. Dominique Law Sze Yu (Grade 3)
  6. Donald Oh (Grade 3)
  7. Poh YiJian (Grade 3)

Congratulations to all of our students. We are very proud of you!

ANNOUNCING LAMDA SPEAKING IN PUBLIC EXAMINATION TOP SCORER – RAYSHA MENON RAKESH

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Congratulations to our LAMDA student, Raysha Menon Rakesh for achieving    the top position – at our centre – for her Grade 4 Speaking In Public Exams!

She is not only our overall top student for the November 2014 exams but she is also  our youngest studentAge 9 years –  to have achieved such a high score for the  intermediate LAMDA Grade 4 level.

Well done Raysha. All your hard work has paid off! I am very proud of you.    Regards, Ms Jackeline

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TOP 12 EXPRESS SCHOOLS DSA SELECTION- AT A GLANCE

This is a compilation of the Top 12 Express Secondary Schools DSA selection criteria. Most people focus on the DSA process for IP schools however you may want to consider going through DSA for Top Express schools if your child has what they are looking for. Their DSA process is simpler and students are not required to take the GAT test.

You may re-post the table on your own sites on the condition that you credit and mention that it originated from J CARTER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING’s blog. Thank you.

Express DSA Top 12 schools