21 June 2013
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From the Acting Principal
It is amazing the different literature that comes across the desk of a school Principal. Some
of it finds a home very quickly, while other articles are interesting and make me think of how
I can make use of the message and who I should share them with? One such article written
by Michael McQueen is included for your interest.
The Galileo Effect
In the late 16th century, a medical student in the Italian city of
Pisa observed a swinging chandelier with interest. Later, after
scrutinising a collection of chandeliers of all shapes and sizes
arcing from left to right the student, one Galileo Galilei,
concluded that whatever their form or size, chandeliers take
roughly the same time to complete one arc.
Galileo’s subsequent experiments led to theories that rocked
the prevalent school of thought in Europe at the time – namely
that the universe revolved around the Earth.
Galileo’s new theory which placed the sun at the centre of the universe was seen as
threatening to the scientific and religious assumptions of the day and led ultimately to a
decree denouncing it as heresy. Despite this, Galileo staunchly defended his theory and was
placed under house arrest for his heretical stance until his death in 1642.
Although Galileo suffered greatly for his views, the ground-breaking discoveries he made in
the fields of mathematics and astronomy laid the foundations for what would later become
known as the Scientific Revolution. Today he is even referred to as the father of modern
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Great minds think … unalike
History is punctuated by great thinkers like Galileo who posed questions others were
unwilling to ask – and who saw things that others failed to see. These great men and women
were able to think beyond the paradigms of their times – and dramatically change the world
as a result.
Although conventional wisdom tells us that “great minds think alike,” the reality is that many
of the greatest minds have thought decidedly unlike their peers. From the scientific and
medical through to the organisational or commercial fields, history shows us that continually
relying on past assumptions and practices can prevent mankind from taking giant leaps into
As such, the secret to innovation and creativity is to re-frame the realities we see – to actively
look to see things from different perspectives or points of view. This goes to the very heart
of the theme of innovation. As Dr Wayne Dyer put it, “When you change the way you look at
things, the things you look at change.”
The Power of Fresh Eyes
Futurist Alvin Toffler once argued that Old information looked at through new perspectives
makes new information, and he’s right. Quite simply, leveraging the perspective of those who
have fresh eyes or a different point of view is a powerful way of imagining new opportunities
and solutions that may not otherwise have been apparent.
During the 1960s space race, for instance, the US spent millions developing a pen for
astronauts that would work in zero gravity. When faced with the same challenge, the Russian
solution was to have their cosmonauts use a graphite pencil instead. The idea was so simple
and obvious, but somehow had not occurred to NASA’s best and brightest.
From a business perspective too, fresh eyes can be a uniquely powerful source of creativity
and innovation. In IKEA’s early days, a marketing manager was struggling to fit furniture back
into a truck at the end of a catalogue photo shoot. Watching as one attempt after another
met with failure or frustration, the photographer suggested removing the offending table’s
legs – a simple but genius idea. Following on from this suggestion, it occurred to IKEA’s
leadership that if all their furniture could be shipped and sold disassembled that they could
save significantly on freight costs. This one suggestion from a fresh eyes perspective became
the foundation of IKEA’s enormously successful flat-pack business model. Having assembled
my fair share of IKEA furniture over the years, I often wonder how many relationship
breakdowns that one photographer has been indirectly responsible for in the years since!
Who is your Galileo?
In an era where imagining new ways of competing and doing business is critical for staying
relevant and competitive, it is vital that leaders allow for and embrace the input of their own
Galileos – those with fresh eyes or different perspectives. Galileos can come in a variety of
forms. They may be:
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1. The ambitious and naively optimistic young employee who has just joined your team.
Blissfully unaware of ‘how things have always been done’, this young team member
will often ask the most important innovation question of all – why do we do things
that way? This question alone is powerful because it breaks the spell of the status quo
and forces us to ask ourselves whether the way we have done things in the past is
appropriate in the future.
2. Those who are new to the industry or who are from a different area of specialty. The
value of this second group’s input is that they have no trouble thinking outside the
box as they don’t know what the box even looks like yet.
3. Outsiders who have no vested interest or insider knowledge. This may be in the form
of customers or the general public – people who don’t know your business as well as
you do. Such outsiders have an uncanny ability to see things that don’t make sense
and can point out the gaps (and even solutions) that those too close to the situation
often fail to see.
While the input of those with different points of view can be revealing and revolutionary, it
can also be highly uncomfortable and confronting. Like the 17th Century Catholic Church,
many organisations see fresh eyes perspectives as a threat and therefore dismiss or reject
such views to their own detriment. This is a mistake that leaders must be careful to avoid if
they hope to remain ahead of the curve as times change.
Galileos may come in many shapes and sizes but their voices are amongst the most important
to be heard. So who is your Galileo?
From the Acting Deputy Principal
After months of building and programming the Year 7 team of Harry Smith, Rohan Smith and
Jackson Walmsley reached the finals of the Riverina RoboCup competition in Wagga last
week. The competition involves programming a Lego robot to complete a number of obstacle
courses that get progressively more difficult. After five rounds of competition the boys
finished in third place and took on Wodonga Senior Secondary College Year 12 students in
the semi-final. Although they were beaten in the semi-final, the boys had a fantastic day and
can be proud of their achievement.
The Year 8 team of Luke Davis, Martyn Allwood and Doug Watson had a day where everything
that could go wrong did! With Doug unable to attend, Luke and Martin had their work cut
out on the day. Having a last minute major rebuild of their robot and issues with their sensors
challenged their patience and good humour.
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Both teams learnt a lot about working under pressure and the importance of team work. The
time spent in class and after school in preparation was worthwhile and both teams are keen
to tackle the competition again in 2014.
End of Term Assemblies
Parents are welcome to attend the End of Term assemblies that occur on the last day of term.
Assembly times are:
Acting Deputy Principal
From the College Chaplain
We long for community that is significant and creates earnest
relationships with others, so in turn we become part of a people
devoted to something greater and larger than our individual lives. In
the school setting this can happen, although imperfectly, and enables
people to pour out themselves for the benefit and well-being of
others. But why does the longing persist, especially in the face of
frustration and disappointment when it fails? The reason is that the
desire is a reflection in us of the community of God. The God of the
Bible is Triune, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the first
community and the ideal of all communities. The diversity of God the Father, Son and Spirit
is perfectly connecte