Judgment, Discernment, Comprehension – An Integrated Whole

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, and comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.” Stephen R. Covey

When we began the process of planning the Mary MacKillop Cross or as one of the Sisters pointed out “honoured Mary of the Cross” we embarked on a process of synergy. From the beginning we as a staff knew that if the project were to be successful it would be the culmination of input from all sections of the school as well as the Mary Immaculate Primary situated next to us. It began with a brainstorming session which left us with a plan for a white pine cross with holes black from being burnt with coals. They were to be filled with aluminum cast sculptures designed and created by each form class as a Week of Excellence activity. The plan was a simple one….to start with…….

Preliminary Planning Sketch

As you would expect, a process that takes a year to plan and complete will change greatly along the way.  The wood it self was changed twice before we settled for some old fence posts.   The aluminum smelting process seemed so arduous and costly that we decided to wait to embark on that venture until we make a small smelting process of our own.  By the time we finished, the only thing that remained as we planned it, was the rope used to figuratively “tie it all together!”

You may well ask that if that is the case, were we “happy with the end product?”  The answer is a definite yes.  It was the process of problem solving and developing creative working relationships that mattered.  The truth is that when great people cooperate – fantastic things happen. 

The student work was simple and elegant.  The cross created from such old and disused timbre had all the more character for its rugged history.  In the end the crowning of the thorns added just the right amount of symbolic reference to the suffering that would most assuredly have accompanied some of MaryMacKillop’s life journey.  Nica eventually changed her choice of music too!  It was beautiful and it set the scene for the words crafted by Mrs.Kay Gleeson and KaitlinNufer.

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” Stephen R. Covey


About Brisbane Artist

Jo is a Creative Arts Teacher from Down Under, Jo lives in tropical paradise Brisbane Queensland.AU The topic that fascinates Jo is a Rapid eLearning The types of subjects Jo writes about thrive on synergy and so does she. Creativity and self expression are essential components of the curriculum, and yet so often they are overlooked as the source of self efficacy and resilience. Jo has been studying how to harness the power of multimedia and the creative arts as a therapist and community worker. Passionate about developing communities of like minded people who accompany each other on a path toward spiritual, psychological and physical health, Jo seeks to remain open to all possible forms and ways of personal and community expression. By challenging all educators to connect the various kinds of art, Jo hopes to dialogue about how the Creative Arts can be a made a more explicitly vital part of everyday lived experience. Teaching Art and being a Creative Arts Therapist has fostered a passion for personal development and for healing within community. Jo has an interest in all aspects of natural healing that promote inner balance and well being.
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