for Direct School Admission (DSA) Exercise
Overview & Background of Springfield Distinctive Programme
Springfield achieved the Niche Programme status
for rock-climbing in 2008. With the award, Springfield can admit up
to 5% of their Secondary One intake through the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise,
in addition to receiving MOE funding.
With the introduction of the Applied Learning
Programme (ALP), Springfield will enhance the DSA exercise to include the
Distinctive Programme of Health & Sports Sciences. Selected students will
experience relevant health science areas through an integrated curriculum.
Talent development, school representation opportunities and leadership
development will be provided through the specific sports of Sports Climbing,
Floorball and Taekwondo.
For the DSA Exercise, students’ talents and
achievements in both academic and non-academic areas will determine if they
will be selected for direct admission into a secondary school. Each school has
its own merit-based academic and non-academic criteria for selection. These are
based on the qualities, such as talent in science, music or sports, that the
school would like to emphasize. To assess these qualities in applicants,
schools may conduct tests, interviews or trials as necessary.
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(a) Sports Development
(i) Sports Climbing
The Springfield rock wall is an outstanding Tampines
landmark that has captured the attention of many passing by. Built in 1995, it
was one of the first outdoor rock-wall in a secondary school. Over the years,
thousands of our pupils have learnt the basics of sports climbing and many have
excelled in the sport. Our climbers have always been recognized as the most
rugged and robust pupils in the school. Sports Climbing has developed mental
strength and inculcated qualities such as integrity, resilience and perseverance.
With the current emphasis on Character & Citizenship Education, sports
climbing will be an excellent avenue for the inculcation of values
and provision of social emotional learning.
This sport was introduced in 2007 in part due to the
potential talent of Springfield students. Along with the passion and technical
expertise of the teachers, the school was able to achieve significant results.
The team is now known for their all-round skills, teamwork and resilience. Opportunities
were also provided for overseas training trips to Finland and Malaysia.
With the official introduction of Taekwondo in the
National School Games at 2009, the Springfield Taekwondo was provided with
greater scope for involvement and achievements. Participating students are
given various participation opportunities ranging from team display to sparring
categories. Grading assessment is integrated in the CCA to promote rigour and
professionalism. Various aesthetics based activities like taekwondo aerobics is
also added to enhance the overall participation in the sport.
The 3 sports has contributed to many significant school achievements over the years.
(b) Lower Secondary Physical Education (PE) Programme
Secondary 1/2 pupils will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills and confidence in sports climbing – rock-wall climbing, rope ascending and rappelling. They will be able to appreciate the rigours of the sport and also the intrinsic value of climbing. Given the opportunity to participate, pupils can be engaged in self-discovery and cultivation of values. Secondary 2 pupils will be given opportunity to attain the Singapore National Climbing Standard Sports Climbing Certification Level I.
The CCA programme will support and reinforce the interest and ability of pupils. There will be competitions, courses, retreats, camps, overseas trips, community involvement projects and leadership training for pupils. As an integral aspect of CCA, the sports involvement will serve to bring about strong values and the desired outcomes of education in our students.
(d) Inter School
Inter school/organized competitions play a vital part in the long term excellence and sustainability of the sport. This will be a platform for talent development and maturity. A key feature is Let’s Rock – an annual inter school rock climbing competition organized by Springfield.
(e) Community & External Events
Sharing of resources, knowledge and experience will be enriching for both the school and also the community at large. This will be useful to inculcate National Education values in the pupils and also for them to venture beyond the confines of the school in order to develop an enterprising spirit. Our partnership with Tampines West CC and along with 5 other Tampines West Schools has enabled us to organize a bi-annual event – Games Involving Fitness & Teamwork (GIFT) from 2007. In GIFT 2008, we achieved a Singapore Book of Record by covering a combined vertical distance of 11,872m through 450 climbers in 4 hours. This event brought together pupils and staff from various schools as well as the community. This will also be an avenue to promote the various sports of our distinctive programme.
The life-long learning and appreciation of sport climbing cannot be over-emphasized. The programme will support the pupils in National Youth Achievement Award application and attainment. It is the aim of the niche programme that pupils and staff can continue the sport as they move on in life. We would also like to see the long term appreciation and transfer of the values acquired through the sport.