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Last Updated: 14 December 2022

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

Values are at the core of one's character. They shape the beliefs, attitudes and actions of a person, and therefore form the core of the framework of 21st Century Competencies.

Our core values include respect, responsibility, resilience, integrity, care and harmony, which are acknowledged as values that are at the foundation of our shared societal and national values.

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

Social-Emotional Competencies

These are skills necessary for children to develop healthy identities, recognise and manage their emotions, develop a sense of responsibility, care and concern for others, relate to others and develop positive relationships, handle challenges, make responsible decisions, and act for the good of self, others and the society. Students will learn skills from these 5 interconnected key competencies:

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

21st Century 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.