ALBURY WODONGA AFTER SCHOOL CARE ALBURY EARLY 2018-03-21آ  of the greatest minds have thought decidedly

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  • Newsletter 19

    21 June 2013

    PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE 421 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive Thurgoona NSW 2640 Telephone: (02) 6049 3402 Facsimile: (02) 6049 3490 Email:

    ALBURY 421 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive Thurgoona NSW 2640 Telephone: (02) 6049 3400 Facsimile: (02) 6049 3490 Email:

    WODONGA 34 Ellen McDonald Drive Baranduda VIC 3690 Telephone: (02) 6049 3480 Facsimile: (02) 6020 9125 Email:



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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 science.

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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 the future.

    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?

    Peter O’Neill Acting Principal

    From the Acting Deputy Principal

    RoboCup Competition 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:

    Malcolm Thomas Acting Deputy Principal

    From the College Chaplain

    The Trinity 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