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In this series of short blogs, I am going to refer to ‘Lessons from Geese’. This was originally written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish, Baltimore. Dr McNeish was a science teacher for many years before he became a school leader. Many educationalists have found parallels in his work with teaching in schools today. Teacher trainers have used the piece as the messages about community are helpful for teachers working together for a common goal.


I think we can extend this to our whole school community as we work closely with home to support our students to achieve in their academic and personal goals.


Each ‘Geese Fact’ has a lesson that we can draw from it in our community at Highdown.


Fact 1

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.


Lesson 1

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going faster and more easily, because they are traveling on each other’s effort and momentum.  Knowing our values and ethos and valuing each other enables us all to be more productive.