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 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. However, I will still be teaching the Advance classes of Grade 6,7,8 for the time being.
Here’s a suggested timeline for Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018
Year 1 – (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 2- (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 and Debating)
Year 3 – (Primary 6)
Semester 1 (January to May 2021) – DSA Preparation for the following Domains:
- Creative Expressions
- Public Speaking and Debate
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackeline Carter (Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)