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21st Century Competencies

We have identified a list of competencies that are essential for your child to develop to prepare them for the future.

Globalisation, changing demographics and technological advancements are some of the key driving forces of our current times, and they will continue to shape our future. Our students will have to be prepared to face these challenges and seize new and exciting opportunities.

To help our students thrive in this fast-changing world, we have identified a suite of core values and competencies that are increasingly important. They underpin the holistic education that our schools provide to better prepare students for the future.

Together, schools and parents need to work hand-in-hand to help our students develop these 21st Century Competencies.

Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes


Core Values

Knowledge and skills must be underpinned by values: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Care, Resilience and Harmony.

  • Respect: Our students demonstrate respect when they believe in their own self-worth and the intrinsic worth of people.
  • Responsibility: Our students are responsible if they recognise they have a duty to themselves, their families, community, nation and the world, and fulfill their responsibilities with love and commitment.
  • Integrity: Our students are persons of integrity if they uphold ethical principles and have the moral courage to stand up for what is right.
  • Care: Our students are caring if they act with kindness and compassion, and contribute to the betterment of the community and the world.
  • Resilience: Our students are resilient if they have emotional strength and persevere in the face of challenges. They manifest courage, optimism, adaptability and resourcefulness.
  • Harmony: Our students value harmony if they seek inner happiness and promote social cohesion. They appreciate the unity and diversity of a multicultural society.

Values define a person’s character. They shape the beliefs, attitudes and actions of a person, and therefore form the core of the framework of 21st Century Competencies.

Social and Emotional Competencies

These are skills necessary for children to recognise and manage their emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, as well as overcome challenges in their personal journeys of growth and development. They are:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management

Necessary competencies for a globalised world

The following competencies are necessary for the globalised world we live in:

  • Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Critical and Inventive Thinking
  • Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills

Together, these core values and competencies will help our students embody the Desired Outcomes of Education so that they are able to capitalise on the rich opportunities of the digital age.