Developing Key Competencies
Key competencies are an important component of the New Zealand Curriculum and at NZSJ we want to provide learners with the skills they need to succeed in the future.
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies that are critical for learners to develop and apply throughout their lives. These competencies are:
Thinking is about using creative, critical, and reflective thinking strategies to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. It involves asking questions, making connections, and exploring possibilities to solve problems and make decisions.
Using language, symbols, and texts
This is about using language, symbols, and texts to communicate effectively in different contexts. It involves developing and applying literacy and numeracy skills, as well as understanding how language and symbols are used in different contexts.
This competency is about learners taking responsibility for their own learning and wellbeing. It involves setting goals, managing time, and being aware of personal strengths and weaknesses. It also involves developing resilience and the ability to adapt to change.
Relating to others
Relating to others is about learners developing positive relationships with others. It involves working collaboratively, listening actively, and respecting diversity. It also involves understanding how to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts.
Participating and contributing
This competency is about learners participating actively in their communities and making a positive difference. It involves developing an understanding of civic responsibility, contributing to the wellbeing of others, and taking action to address social and environmental issues.
At New Zealand School Jakarta, the key competencies are not taught in isolation but are integrated into all areas of the curriculum. They are intended to be developed and applied across all learning areas and in different contexts, including school, home, and the wider community. The importance of the key competencies lies in their relevance to the changing world in which we live. The competencies are designed to prepare learners for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. In a rapidly changing world, learners need to be able to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively to solve complex problems. Learning is not just about acquiring knowledge and skills but is about developing the whole person. The competencies encourage learners to develop a sense of identity, belonging, and wellbeing, and to be active participants in their communities.