Key Competencies

Students are supported to develop the key competencies on pages 12 -13 of the NZC.  Key Competencies are the key to learning in every learning area.

Participating & Contributing

  • Take an active part in local, national and global communities.
  • Engagement in Learning.
  • Balance rights, roles and responsibilities.
  • Confidently participate and contribute to the well-being of society.

We do this at Hikutaia School when…

  • We live by the ‘HIKUTAIA WAY’
  • Discuss, model and give understanding to what it means to have ‘Rights and Responsibilities’
  • We foster effective connections with others through co-operative activities, group work, sports teams, whanau activities, community events, national events, being aware of global events.
  • We involve our community in School activities, communicating and collaborating with our learning community.

Using Languages, Symbols & Text

  • Understanding, interpreting and using symbols, text.
  • Using appropriate technologies to communicate.

We do this at Hikutaia School when…

  • We present in a variety of textual forms in all areas of learning, including the following: oral, written, visual language experiences (integrated across curriculum)
  • We are able to receive, interpret, make meaning and respond to languages, symbols and texts
  • We confidently use ICT to express ideas, knowledge and understanding.
  • We learn the language of the particular learning area or context to further our understanding.

Managing Self

  • Acting appropriately
  • Self-motivate and a ‘Can Do’ attitude
  • Self-awareness and the ability to reflect, plan, prioritize and set goals
  • Making well informed choices
  • Take responsibility for our learning and behaviour – ‘The Hikutaia Way’

We do this at Hikutaia School when…

  • We follow the school guidelines ‘The Hikutaia Way’
  • Set individual goals with our teachers
  • Talk about what and how we are learning
  • Reflect on our learning and set next steps
  • Encourage and acknowledge success in ourselves and others.
  • Use time effectively and stay on task.
  • We are effective team members
  • We apply our knowledge and skills to the given situation.
  • We make positive choices

Relating to Others

  • Interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in differing situations.
  • Listen actively and recognize different points of view.
  • Linking and adapting ideas to/with our own.
  • Negotiate and sharing ideas.
  • Know when to compete and when to cooperate.

We do this at Hikutaia School when…

  • We take turns in group situations
  • We treat others with respect and consideration
  • We take responsibility for ourselves, group and as a member of the school community.
  • We can discuss our point of view in a respectful manner.
  • We are learning to communicate using a variety of skills and mediums.


  • Cognitive and Metacognitive skills, processes and strategies.
  • Critical, creative and logical processes.
  • Researching, organising and evaluating.
  • Self-awareness, reflection and decision making.

We do this at Hikutaia School when…

  • We think about, analysis and reflect about on our work for future direction – next steps/what next?
  • We are working to become competent and discerning thinkers and ‘problem solvers’.
  • We take risks to further our learning.
  • We think about thinking and how we learn.
  • We can use a variety of thinking tools