7 hours of registered professional development


Rock and Water Training addresses 1.1.2,  1.2.2, 3.2.2, 4.1.2, 4.4.2 and  4.3.2  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Please Note: TQI endorsed hours can only be accrued by attending workshops run by Rock and Water Australia, however teachers seeking identified hours only may attend courses in any state.

This professional development training, delivered only by Master Instructor Brian Hayes, offers educators and professionals a new way to interact with young people, adolescents and adults. Through applied physical exercises you will develop an understanding of your own capabilities and methods to involve, instruct and inform others.

This workshop begins with simple body awareness exercises, boundary and communication exercises and some basic self defence.

The workshop aims to develop self-confidence, ability for self-reflection and respect for oneself and others.

Cost from: $3290.00 (for maximum of 30, additional participants will cost $66.00 each)

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This introductory workshop provides a survey of the entire 3 day course focusing on the first six lessons of the program which include standing strong physically and mentally, introduction to the Rock and Water attitude (in physical and verbal confrontation), Rock and Water in the school yard and in relationships (what kind of friend am I? Too rocky, too watery?). It will also include breathing exercises, exercises for boundary awareness, and a focus on body language. Maximum of 30 participants per workshop included in set fee, extra participants will cost $116 each. This is a great way to familiarise many staff with the Rock and Water principles in your school/organisation.

The 3 day Rock and Water Course – offers teachers a new way to interact with boys and girls in relationship to their physical and social development, though the program. Physical exercises are constantly linked with mental and social skills. In this way the program leads from simple self defence, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence. The program offers a framework of exercises and thoughts about boys and manhood to assist boys in becoming aware of purpose and motivation in their life. Topics include: intuition, body language, mental power, empathetic feeling, positive thinking and positive visualizing. Discussion topics in the 3 day workshop include bullying, sexual harassment, homophobia, goals in life, desires and following an inner compass.

1 day introductory workshop cost: $3290.00 (for maximum of 30, additional participants will cost $66.00 each) (includes GST, training by a professional Master Instructor, 15 starter manuals, perspective theory booklet and basic exercise video or dvd)

Rock and Water is unique in its delivery because of its emphasis on kinaesthetic learning patterns. The program is a series of physical exercises that evoke a physical and psychological response. Students learn to feel how their body reacts to situations and develop skills to control how their body responds by recognising the cues. They are made aware of how others respond and have opportunity to discuss how their social competency can be enhanced by following a series of steps promoting open and honest communication in the playground, classroom and wider community.

The Rock and Water course has a unique teaching methodology. The Primary School program involves 121 separate exercises that are designed to foster and enhance growth from the age of 5 to 12. These exercises have been designed to reflect the developmental capabilities of the children. This course contains a brief psychological sketch of primary school children and the various stages of development linked to these are the different developmental challenges they face and which in turn are connected to specific Rock and Water themes and exercises.

Rock and Water is characterised by a psychophysical didactic method. Simply put starting from a physical perspective, mental and social skills are presented and mastered. This course looks into learning through experience and actions and learning through expressing oneself and conversation. Both these aspects are as important as each other and together they create an intense learning process.

The program is strongly physical in nature and supported by short discussion sessions in groups offering space for self-reflection. This approach was chosen because boys have a physical presence in the world and boys often have difficulty putting their thoughts and feelings into words. Through this teaching method boys are taught to control and harness their energy and girls learn they are stronger than they thought. Rock and Water can runs for eight weeks which fits neatly into any school term. Ideally this course would be given 45 minutes a week and the new Primary Course enables this to start in the foundation infant years and developmentally grows with the children until year six.

Specific topics include:

Confidence, being a member of a group, emotional control, body awareness, working together, body language, intuition and listening, non-verbal cues, boundaries and mastering your emotions.
During the eight week course we discuss the following key issues:

* Safety       * Integrity       * Self-control       * Confidence       * Respect       * Self-awareness

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