Rock and Water is a social skills development programme centred on safety, integrity, solidarity and spirituality. The programme offers teachers a new way to interact with boys and girls through physical-social teaching. It is based on simple self-defence, boundary and communication exercises that assist in the development of a strong notion of self-confidence. Topics in the programme cover intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualisation.
Teachers from Year 3 to Year 6 undertake training in Rock and Water and incorporate the philosophy behind the programme into their everyday classroom teaching; teachers undertake skill development with their classes across one phase of teaching each year.
Rock and Water emphasises “Self Confidence, Self Control and Self Respect”. Children are taught how to be confident and stand up for themselves, how to manage their own behaviour and how to control their emotions. Most importantly the programme encourages all children to develop a strong belief in themselves and their abilities.
Rock and Water derives its name from the natural elements: Rock symbolises an awareness of one’s own possibilities and personal path in life. It stands for strength and inflexibility and says, I can defend myself and I can stand up for myself, if I have to.
Water symbolises a deep sense of solidarity with others and implies a genuine desire to communicate and co-exist with others. It stands for peace, friendship, solidarity and communication and says, I am open to others and my first basic intention will always be to communicate with others to try to work things out.
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School is a school of The Anglican Schools Commission with a mission to build a Christian community of learners, to provide a quality educational experience, and to nurture the whole person in the three dimensions of mind, body and spirit.