Lessons from geese
People often ask why we have geese for our school logo!
It wasn't always so - for many years the logo was a book. Then, on a staff training day, we watched a video called "Lessons from Geese". The lessons seemed so appropriate for Alexandra that we decided to adopt the goose as a mascot.
As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation, and another goose flies to the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we seek.
Honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk...