Globalisation is one of the Future-Focused themes in the revised NZ Curriculum. It is recognised as one of the significant themes that will impact on the lives of our children.

In the textbook globalisation is defined as the process by which people, their ideas, and their activities in different parts of the world become interconnected and integrated. Globalization means that it is now easier for people in places that are far apart to communicate. It also means that people can travel between far away places much more easily. This has happened because of inventions like mobile phones, the internet, planes and satellites. In fact, ‘globalisation’ is sometimes referred to as “the death of time and distance”.

At Otonga School the Globalisation theme allows us the  opportunity to explore what it means to be part of a global community and to live amongst diverse cultures. Being a small island nation tucked away at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean has not isolated us from the impact of globalisation. At our school we have children from 26 different countries. We need our children to be tolerant of different cultures.

Our school logo represents the children being welcomed from the four corners of the world. We will be adding a new motif of a carved koru to the centre of the logo. This represents that the children are being welcomed to our place of the tangata whenua.

Over the 6 years of globalisation inquiry our children will look at NZ’s place in the Pacific, how people around the world work together to address global issues such as climate change, poverty, trade and peace.

In 2010 we focused on change through time as we celebrated our 50th Jubilee.

In 2009 we had an Asian focus. Our theme was "One light brightened by many flames".

In 2008 our globalisation inquiry was based on The Olympic topic. It provided a  great avenue for looking at one of the ways that people from all parts of the world can come together in peace, for a united purpose.