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…….
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