Key Compentencies

At St Patrick’s School, the key competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum are not separate or stand-alone but are the key to learning in every learning area.

People use the competencies to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities. More complex than skills, the competencies draw also on knowledge, attitude and values in ways that lead to action.


  • Using creative, critical, metacognitive and reflective processes to make sense of and question information, ideas and experiences
  • Developing understanding
  • Making decisions and shaping actions
  • Constructing knowledge

Thinkers are intellectually curious. They are problem solvers and active seekers, users and creators of knowledge. Thinkers ask questions and challenge assumptions.

Using language symbols and text

  • Making meaning of written, spoken and visual codes
  • Using e-learning confidently
  • Recognizing how choices of language and symbols affect people’s understanding

Each learning area has its own language. By learning to use them well, students are able to think in different ways, access new areas of knowledge, and see the world from new perspectives
They will use written, spoken, visual, informative, imaginative, informal, formal, mathematical, scientific and technological skills well.

Managing self

  • Having self-motivation
  • Having an “I can do” attitude
  • Having the ability to set personal goals
  • Having the ability to make plans
  • Setting high standards for oneself

Managing self is about students knowing who they are, where they come from, and where they fit in.
Self-managers are enterprising, reliable and resilient. They act appropriately and have strategies to meet new challenges

Relating to others

  • Interacting effectively with others
  • Listening actively
  • Recognizing different points of view
  • The ability to negotiate
  • The ability to share ideas

Students who relate well to others are likely to be open to new learning and be able to take different roles in different situations. They know when it is appropriate to compete and when it is appropriate to co-operate

Participating and contributing

  • Participating in local, national, and global communities
  • Participating through learning, culture and recreation
  • Being a responsive group member
  • Creating opportunities to include others in activities
  • Understanding responsibilities and rights

By participating and contributing students develop confidence and strategies to actively contributing to a wide range of groups. They understand the importance of balancing rights, roles and responsibilities in quality and sustainable groups.