Core Competencies - Focus of the Week







This Week’s Focus:


March 9 - 13 - "Critical and Reflective Thinking"

By Mina Y. and Tamara D.

By emphasizing the importance of critical and reflective thinking, students will be able to better
gather, evaluate and synthesize information whilst staying open-minded towards others’ ideas.
This fundamental skill offers an insight to students on how to examine multiple perspectives,
examine their thinking, seek feedback and recognize that they may not be immediately
successful. Furthermore, this competency will help guide students to make decisions that will
positively impact them and help attain their goals.



March 2 - 6 - “Creative Thinking”

By Sydney X. and Kezia K.

With the pressure of achieving university acceptance, or entrance into the competitive workforce, creative thinking can be overshadowed by the emphasis of getting high marks. The stakes of achieving a certain GPA can cause us to fear taking risks and failing, but in fact, creativity is currently the most crucial problem-solving skill. Employers are increasingly placing value in this skill and will continue to do so as the 21st century progresses. So therefore we should too! It’s often thought that creativity is a talent that certain people are born with, but it is actually a skill that needs to be taught, stimulated, and explored. Keep in mind that the most groundbreaking events in human history started with a shift in perspective.



What are the Core Competencies?

From BC’s New Curriculum

“The Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need in order to engage in deep, lifelong learning. They are central to British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum and assessment system and directly support students in their growth as educated citizens.

Students develop Core Competencies when they are engaged in the “doing” – the Curricular Competencies – within a learning area. While they manifest themselves uniquely in each area of learning, the Core Competencies are often interconnected and are foundational to all learning.

Before students enter school, development of Core Competencies begins at home and then continues throughout their life. Students encounter opportunities to develop their competence in formal and informal settings. They move from demonstrating competence in relatively simple and highly supported situations, to demonstrating independence in more complex and varied contexts. Competency development does not end with school graduation but continues in personal, social, educational, and workplace contexts.

Students, teachers, and parents/guardians share responsibility for the ongoing development of Core Competencies.”


Each week students from the Student Core Competencies Committee will summarize one of the competencies in their own words, to share with parents, students and staff. 



Previous Week’s Focus:


February 24 - 28 - “Collaboration”

By Mina M. and Tamara D.

Collaboration is a key competency used in everyday life that enables us to work better with others, take on new roles and give/receive constructive criticism. By developing this skill, students are able to learn how to start/develop relationships and step outside their comfort zones, whilst remaining respectful of everyone.