DRIVE and the New Zealand Curriculum

Key competencies are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Participating and contributing

This video of Mary Chamberlain, Ministry of Education, provides a brief description of the key competencies, explaining their importance for employment and personal well-being. (Duration 0.33)

At Newbury School we see strong alignment between the key competencies and our DRIVE values.


DRIVE Values Key Competencies
Determined and Confident Participating and Contributing
Respectful Relating to Others
Inspired Leaders Participating and Contributing
Visionary – Innovative and Creative Thinking
Empowered and Agentic Managing Self

We understand that the key competencies work together and influence each other, just as our DRIVE values do; however, Using Language, Symbols and Texts is woven through all aspects of our DRIVE values and doesn’t align with any one particular DRIVE value.