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Direct School Admission 2020

Holy Innocents’ High School

Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) 2020

The Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise was introduced by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to promote holistic education and provide students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to a secondary school.

In 2020, Holy Innocents’ High School is offering DSA in the following areas:

  1. Journalism & Broadcasting

  2. Student Leadership

  3. Basketball

  4. Modern Dance

  5. Scouts

  6. Chinese Orchestra

  7. Badminton

We would like to invite Primary Six students who demonstrate passion in these areas to apply for admission. (Note: Students from Holy Innocents’ Primary School need not apply for admission through the DSA exercise as they can be admitted through affiliation with our school if they select Holy Innocents’ High School as their first choice.) 

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent. Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4.

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May 2020 to 5 Jun 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website –

In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct selection using electronic mode and applicants need not visit our school in person. More details will be updated at our website by end-May.   

For a list of FAQs, please click here.

For any enquiries, please direct your email to or call 6283 3381.

Journalism & Broadcasting


The HIHS Journalism & Broadcasting Programme is an established and recognised Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Singapore. The programme aims to develop critical thinkers and confident communicators through a broad-based school wide curriculum and a rigorous and rewarding CCA for selected students. With the programme fully integrated with our language curricula, all lower secondary students undergo media training (with focus in Journalism and Broadcasting) in their English and Mother Tongue Languages lessons.

Students who demonstrate strong interest and aptitude in writing and public speaking can join the CCA - Journalism & Broadcasting Society (JBS) and be given specialised training and opportunities to represent the school in various national competitions.

The school has two broadcasting rooms to facilitate the media training of our students. Students also go on learning journeys at media organisations such as Mediacorp and Singapore Press Holdings. We also give students various platforms to participate in some workshops to improve their skills and knowledge in all aspects such as National Translation Workshop at Dunman High School, National Young Shutterbugs workshop at Singapore Poly and Mass Media workshop at NYP. The school also partners Mediacorp, Singapore Press Holdings, Ministry of Education Curriculum Planning and Development Division, English Language & Literature Branch and various primary schools to provide a holistic range of experience and opportunities for the students.

Latest Achievement:

  • National Micro Film Competition 2018-2019 (My Singapore Style)– Nominated The Most Creative Award.

  • Translation Workshop Cum competition – The Best Title Translation Awards.

  • YMCA Public Speaking Competition 2019 - National Top 6

  • Merit Award in National Editorial Competition 2019

  • Two Student Journalists selected by Lianhe Zaobao in 2019

Read press coverage of the HIHS Journalism & Broadcasting Programme:

Schoolbag: Nurturing Confident Communicators TODAY: School niche programmes help students hone creativity Catholic News: Holy Innocents’ pupils put broadcast skills in practice

Selection criteria: • Performance at Audition • Performance at Interview • Relevant Achievement


Student Leadership


HIHS has a long history of programmes catered to the development of student leadership and service. Titled, the Good Samaritan Programme (GSP), the school’s Learning for Life (LLP) programme is centred on the parable of the Good Samaritan which focuses on nurturing servant leaders who lead through service. In line with our school’s mission to nurture in students courage to lead and compassion to serve, we recognise the need to nurture and develop students with talent in leadership to help them realise their fullest potential.

Students will be provided with opportunities to learn and apply relevant knowledge, skills and values that will enable them to contribute meaningfully to the school and community. More importantly, the student leadership talent development programme aims to develop student leaders to become good role models for other students to emulate. With the use of the Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI) as well as the school-based socio-emotional profiling tool, students explore and understand their own interests, strengths, and potential.

The school provides leadership training in both hard skills (e.g. situational leadership, service-learning skills, crisis management, project management) and soft skills (socio-emotional competencies, and skills reflected in the Leadership Challenge Model (LCM)).

Upon successful entry into the school through DSA-Sec, prospective student leaders will undergo a mentorship programme where they will be attached to seniors to deepen their understanding of the student leadership culture in the school, as well as to learn and apply leadership skills through observing and contributing to the school and external community. Student leaders will be encouraged to build an individualised Leadership Talent Development Portfolio under the guidance of teachers.

Read more about our Good Samaritan Programme here.

Students who are successful in their DSA-Sec application and are admitted to HIHS in 2021 will be exposed to leadership developmental programmes and other opportunities to serve the school community. By the end of Secondary 1, students will be confirmed as Student Leaders on their own merits through their performance during the probation period.

Selection criteria: ● Performance at Situational Assessment ● Performance at Interview ● Achievement Past experiences in leadership and service-learning/VIA


Basketball 1.jpg The HIHS Basketball team is a force to be reckoned with in the South Zone. Both the B’ Division and C’ Division teams undergo rigorous training and they have been emerging in top zonal positions in recent years. At the heart of the Basketball programme is Character Development. Through the training and debrief sessions, the basketball players learn about the importance of tenacity and sportsmanship. The strong relationship between the students, coaches and teachers have spurred these young gentlemen to apply their learning in other aspects of their lives. The Indoor Sports Hall will facilitate better training for our boys.

Latest Achievements:


B Division - Zonal (Second Round)

Read press coverage of the HIHS Basketball Team: Holy Innocents’ roll over Raffles to set up showdown with Guangyang for semis berth Holy Innocents’ take out Henderson 48-23 Holy Innocents’ edge out Kuo Chuan by 1 point

Selection criteria:

• Performance at Try-out • Performance at Interview • Relevant Achievement


Modern Dance


The HIHS Modern Dance family is in a class of its own. The versatile girls and boys receive training in various genres of dance, such as contemporary, hip-hop and street dance. The success of the CCA lies not only in the excellent results it produces at competitions. Many of the students who have discovered their passion in dance at the CCA continue to pursue dancing after they graduate.

With the strong partnership between the school and coaches, the students not only develop in dance techniques, but also in their character as well. Students learn to lead, to care and to empathise as they train and plan for events such as concerts. For two years, the Modern Dance group performed to a full-house hall in their concert series, Within Us.

Latest Achievements:


  • SYF Arts Presentation: Certificate of Distinction

  • Super 24 2019 (Secondary School Category) - Finalists


  • Super 24 2018 (Secondary School Category) - Finalists


  • SYF Arts Presentation: Certificate of Accomplishment

  • Origins: BBoy Interschool 3v3 2017 - Top 16

  • Super 24 2017 (Secondary School Category) - Finalists

  • Central Berzerk Vol 2. 1v1 - Top16

Watch video clips of HIHS Modern Dance:

Concert: Within Us trailer Super 24 Dance Competition Teachers’ Day Celebration

Selection criteria:

• Performance at Try-out • Performance at Interview • Relevant Achievement




The HIHS Hornet Scouts Troop was founded on 1st March 1963 and has since been active in the North Area district, clinching the Gold Award under the 2018 Frank Cooper Sands Award assessment exercise. Through a myriad of scouting activities, the Hornet Scouts Troop aims to provide opportunities for our scouts to realise their potential and develop their physical, emotional, social and intellectual capacities as individuals and as important members of the society as they serve the community and others around them.

Our scouts will be equipped with Scouting skills such as campcraft, first aid, outdoor cooking, orienteering, pioneering and water activities while being inculcated with values such as respect, self-management, integrity and perseverance. Our scouts will also be provided with various leadership opportunities to lead their juniors and peers in training activities and serve the community through annual Job Week activities and voluntary work. Furthermore, interpersonal skills will be honed through participation in inter-school competitions and campfires organised by other Scouts Troops.

Latest Achievements:

  • Frank Cooper Sands Award for year of assessment 2019 ( Under review )

  • Frank Cooper Sands Award for year of assessment 2018 ( Gold )

  • Frank Cooper Sands Award for year of assessment 2017 ( Gold )

Selection criteria: ● Performance at Try-out ● Performance at Interview ● Cub Scout in primary school ( Bonus )



Chinese Orchestra

 Singapore Youth Festival.JPG Holy Innocents' Chinese Orchestra (HICO), is a vibrant, united and dynamic community of students with a common passion of bringing Chinese Orchestra music to the school and public. Here in HICO, we strive for excellence in standards and performance, with determination, hard work and help from our dedicated teachers and peers. In our HICO journey, we learn about different forms of music and traditional instruments. We play not only traditional Chinese music but also western pop songs and other modern music forms. We also form strong and lasting bonds with our members, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and most importantly, have fun! Our objective in HICO is to bring awareness of Chinese music and instruments to not just the students in HI, but also to the people and community all around as well. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn and apply relevant knowledge, skills in Chinese Orchestra music and culture as they contribute meaningfully to the school and community through performances and cultural showcases. Latest Achievements: 2019
  • SYF Arts Presentation: Certificate of Accomplishment
Watch video clips of HIHS Chinese Orchestra:

Selection criteria:

• Performance at Try-out • Performance at Interview • Relevant Achievement



Girls Team.jpg

The HIHS badminton team is devoted to the development of a positive and high-performing culture. Both the ‘B’ and ‘C’ division teams go through a meticulous training plan and are committed to continual advancement and achievement.

In line with our School’s focus on the Good Samaritan Programme, our badminton team places great prominence on excellence, sportsmanship and team unity, enabling us to holistically develop our students in terms of skills and values. Our emphasis on self-improvement and resilience has propelled our boys to achieve  3rd runner up in the ‘B’ division South Zonal Competition, qualifying  for the National Competition in 2019. A culture of mentorship within the team has also allowed the students to reach their fullest potential at their own pace, while inspiring them to pursue excellence in the sport. 

Latest Achievements: 


B Division (Boys) - South Zone 3rd Runner Up 

Selection criteria:

• Performance at Try-out • Performance at Interview • Relevant Achievement