DSA Admission Exercise 2012

This June school holiday is no fun because my 12 years old genz kid will be sitting for his  PSLE  end September this year.  He is very busy …. busier than me with days packed with school supplementary lessons, revisions, homeworks, etc.

After his SA1 results was out in mid May, the school had a Meet the Parent Session (“MTP”).   His form class teacher feedbacked during that session that  my genzkid has commented he wanted to go to a good secondary school.  When asked what  is his definition of a “good secondary school”, he couldn’t answer that question. So my first mission after the MTP was to sit down with him and set out his goal; define his definition of “good secondary school”.

The outcome –  he was aiming to get into Dunman High School or Victoria School – both IP schools in Singapore.   Coincidentally these two schools were having open house to attract students for their DSA admission exercise that weekend; hence we decided to visit the two schools to find out more about what they are offering.

That Saturday, our first stop was Victoria School; followed with Dunman High School.   Victoria School is a “all boys” school.   Both schools look impressive and students are well mannered (IP schools – what do you expect rite !)

At Dunman High School, we managed to catch the principal speech and to our surprise, my genz kid was actually qualified for the DSA Admission Exercise via the academic results route. According to the principal, the school was offering 410 seats for 2013 intake and half of the seats will go to DSA Admission Exercise.   Ratio was 1 out of 5 applicants will get a seat via this exercise.   My genz kids’ jaw immediately dropped as that would mean there will only be 205 seats available based on PSLE results. Sensing his uneasiness, I told him to just try his best for PSLE and works towards getting the results that would get him into the school (i.e. a minimum aggregate score of 260 – easier said than done rite !).

That afternoon, we met a relative whose genz kid will also be taking PSLE this year and applying for 3 schools via DSA Admission Exercise – CCA.   She encouraged my genz kid to do the same since he is qualified and the belief is it would be easier to get into your dream school via DSA Admission Exercise than relying on PSLE results.    That evening, my genz kid told me that he would like to give it a try – i.e DSA for DunmanHigh School.   I explained to him the whole exercise could possibly take months and he would need to sit for test, go for interview on top of  preparing for his prelims and PSLE.  This could lead to lots of stress. We discussed and after due deliberation, we decided to give this a miss and just concentrate in preparation for the exams.

Aftermath thoughts – Kids go to school today to enjoy learning or compete with each other to get into niche schools. Seriously, I don’t recall myself studying that hard for PSLE when I was just 12….    Educators always advocate that we should study for knowledge not results!  However, in this society, can we really study for knowledge and not results?

DSA Admission Info: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/dsa-sec/

List of IP Schools in Singapore: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/gifted-education-programme/integrated-programmes/


Setting up a Tution Center

Anyone out there has any experience or knowledge of setting up a tuition center? A few friends of mine are looking into the feasibility of setting up a tuition center. Why? Because it seems like 9 out of 10 children in Singapore have tuition for at least one of the subjects.

As a parent to the z gen kids, I do admit that I send my 12 years old z gen kid for tutions too. It’s after all the critical year for him – it’s PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) and like all parents, I hope my z gen kid can do well enough to get him to a good secondary school too. And mind you…. The tution fees doesn’t come cheap. It is easily $500 a month … But then again, if he does do well in PSLE, it would be money well spend .. Won’t you agree? If I am willing to part my hard earn money to pay for his tutions helping he will do well in his exams, I bet a lot of parents will do the same too. Hence, I think it’s a feasible business. However, having said that, being in an education business is different from other businesses, we are talking about the kids’ future here. I believe that one who is keen in education business should always have the heart to help the kids to do well in school. Of course, it has to be profitable but besides the $ and cents, the most important thing is still the “heart”. Without that, I don’t think one will sustain long in this business.

So if any of you have the relevant experience or knowledge to share, please do leave us a note 😉

Home Tutor

I have met quite a number of home tutors but have only come across few whom i would consider as “qualified”. In my dictionary, a “qualified” tutor is not only one who just have paper qualification but one who is passionate and teach with the child’s interest in mind.

Of course, I am not saying that you teach free of charge .. You need to make a living too right? However it should not be a “how much you pay me = how much effort I will put in”. I have seem tutors who just teach top “clock the required hours” and when times up, he will vanish like superman.

I am really keen to start a database of those good “qualified” tutors. If you think you are one of those “qualified” tutors and really like to help the kids to excel, please drop me a note.

Wondering if you are really qualified? Ask yourself this question – if your student is performing badly in school not because he is lazy but because he is a slow learner, what would you do to help him. Touch your heart when you answer this question, and if your answer touches your soul, you may be one of those tutors we are looking for.

Anything, just anything under the sky

Parents, I guess you are just like me, facing  more and more challenging issues everyday while watching our genzkids grow up.  They are so different from us when we were young, weren’t they?

Genzkids, wondering why your parents don’t understand you? Why do they always say “NO” instead of “YES”? Why do they have to keep stressing that you need to study hard now? 

Well, how about sharing your thoughts, concerns, views or just anything you would like to tell your kids / parents out there in this blog.  This can be an avenue for all of us to air our view, share our thoughts & interest, exchange tips, etc… 

Let’s keep the communication open …

Kpops, K songs, K drama – anyone?

Ask me about CN Blue, Super Junior, Lee Min Ho,  … I can have endless chat with you.

Talk to me about k drama – City Hunter, Heartstrings, Secret Garden … I can do a quick recap of the story for you immediately.

Need help which web to visit for the latest kpop news? Ask me – I have a few links in my favourite.

K songs? No problem …. Love Girl, Mr Simple, You Are So Beautiful, JoJo, Gee .. Just to name a few … Need the lyrics? Sure !

Amazing hah… Well, thanks to my 11 year-old Genzkid who is so ” in” to those k dramas, k songs and kpop that I have to keep myself up to-date so I can have common topic with him. Guess what, I am now so into these that I am enjoying myself too. Now, I’m even considering having my own k blog!

But most importantly, I am my Genzkid’s idol cos his mom is so “hip”!

Anyone out there like me to introduce some nice k drama?????

Graceful Society – Teach by Examples

You were about to get into the lift, the door closed and the people inside just stared at you. It was like they were telling you, “too bad, you are too slow.”. Okay, you waited for the next lift and the lobby was soon crowded with people. The lift finally reached the ground level, zoom… people started rushing in.  The door was about to close before you managed to squeeze in. Phew … You looked around and realized that people were giving you dirty stare. “Why?” You wondered innocently.

The lift reached 4th level and those behind tried to squeeze through you. You gracefully moved aside and looked at the little boy standing in front of you – he didn’t press the “DO” button.  “Maybe he forgot” you thought.  “Would you mind holding on to the “DO” button?” you asked. Blank stare from the little boy, filthy stare from his mother standing next to him.  Most unwilling, the mother stretched out her hand and pressed the button. What’s wrong with my request?

Finally, the lift became less crowded.  The mother held her son’s hand and asked him to move to the back of the lift.  She whispered, “move back, if not the auntie will asked you to be the “door holder man” again”.  Was she referring to me ???

The lift reached the top level.  I being the nearest to the button pressed the “DO” button and suddenly I felt a gush of winds passing by. Oops … was everyone late for his appointment? The mother and son suddenly had supernaturally power – they whom were right at the back became 3rd to exit the lift.  Within seconds, my duty was done and I stepped out of the lift feeling relief.

Parents thinking of teaching your kids to be graceful with their acts? Errr.. think again … I seriously suggest we teach by examples.

The Singapore Kid by Jessica Alejandro

The story started off with an “uninvited guest” trying to steal from The Tay’s Home – a HDB flat in Sengkang.  Thereafter, the story suddenly changed …. with no connection to the first chapter, moved to introduce the characters of the story. Inn Kiat, the main character of the story, is a 11-year-old boy growing up in affluent Singapore.

Like most primary school children, he faces the pressure from school, Tution, expectation from parents to do well. The story gives an insight story of how a kid “grows” from a child to a pre-teenager.  The story also touches on the “jealousy” of child from an average income family when he is with his rich friend, sibling rivalry, friendship and honesty.  

It talks about the disappointment of his parents when they learnt about what Inn Kiat has done, the wise wisdom of the old grandma, the bravery of admitting ones mistake and taking responsibility and the act of “forgive and forget” of a good friend.

I was nearly in tears when I read how disappointed his parents were when they learnt what Inn Kiat has done (I can relate this well because I have a 11-year-old boy myself). I was moved when I read how the old grandma tried to use that incident to teach her grandson the value of honesty. I was amused when I read how Inn Kiat drew out his damage control list and lastly with all smiles when his best friend forgave what he had done.

Personally, I think this book is a good read though there is a bit of Singlish.  My genz kid gives it a 4 out of 5.  For children, this book instils the importance of honesty.  For parents, it allows you to understand your preteens better.    

The Diary of Amos Lee – I’m Twelve, I’m Tough, I Tweet!

Have you read the newly launched “The Diary of Amos Lee – I’m Twelve, I’m Tough, I Tweet!” If you have not, grabbed a copy quick.

Knowing that my son is the die-hard fan of The Diary of Amos Lee, I bought the book for him as his Christmas gift. And you guess it right, he thanked me profusely !

Well, he finished reading the book in a day, so have I 😉 I can see why my son likes the book so much. It’s easy to read and the diary relates very well to what’s happening around him. In the book, Amos Lee is in his last year of primary school (though my son will only be in P5 next year). The internet reality surfaced in this book (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, blogging, etc). It also touches on what friendship, relationship between siblings, and the big word – BULLY! I must give Adeline Foo a thumb-up.

As a mother of a primary school kid, it helps me to understand the “in” things and issues what primary school students are facing.  I’m encouraging you, all mothers, read The Diary of Amos Lee if you have not. It’s awesome !

Now, I’m wondering if Amos will be writing his diary now he will be in secondary school ????


PS: I read from my blog that some of you do not really like The Diary of Amos Lee. Well, personally, I think the book is a good read for young children and as an adult, I do enjoy reading it.  Individual preference, I guess 😉

Moral Education

What had happened to the world today? The recent stabbing case, causing the death of a 19 year old Polytechnic student, by 4 youngsters (students & NS men) between the age of 19 and 21 at Downtown East, shocked me. Why are the youngsters so violent these days? Have they thought of the consequences when they did the act?

Two years later, my Z generation son would be officially be “classified” as a teenager and it naturally worried me as a mom, wondering whether he would be leading the right path.

He is following the news on this matter closely and we talked about it. I told him that the whole incident saddened me. For the boy who had died, their parents would be devastated. He was their only son! For the 4 suspects, they are at their prime age and I believe their parents are heartbroken and worried for their children. Which parents wouldn’t?

I wondered what would happen to the 4 suspects? Even if they are not facing the death penalty, they would be in jail. What would become of them after they are released from jail? Who should be responsible for this unfortunate incident? The society, the parents, the teachers or the kids themselves ?????

This incident keeps me pondering. Indeed, academic education is important; however moral education is important too. How we teach our children affect how they behave when they grow up. It would be too difficult to impart them with the right moral education when they reach their “teenage hood”, hence, it’s important for us, as a society, parents and teachers, to cultivate them with the right moral education when they are young.

The Z generation’s future are in our hand and let’s work together to ensure they grow up in the righteous way.

Article : Three men charged for Downtown East murder http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2010/11/03/three-men-charged-for-downtown-east-murder/

Kid’s Talk

My son’s friend called when he was doing his school work last night. My 3 year old answered the call and told the caller that her gor gor was studying and would return call later.

She hung up the phone and proudly told her brother that his friend called, and this is their conversation.

Her gor gor asked, “Who was that on the line just now?”

“Your friend.” she answered.

“What is his name?” my son questioned. 

“You don’t know your friend’s name?” she looked surprise.  Pause for a while and she continued as a matter of fact, “You ask him tomorrow when you are in school, okay?” 

We have a good laugh.