Rock and Water is a psycho-physical method for teaching mental health and social skills development to young people. It is centered on safety, integrity, solidarity and spirituality.
This programme has been in operation in the upper primary years for some years; however from 2017 teachers will be working through a carefully designed and expanded programme which allows progression from Kindergarten through to Year 6. These lessons will over a period of time, work towards developing a strong sense of awareness in self and others, and students will learn the skills to achieve mental and physical balance in themselves, in their lives and in their interactions with others.
Students will be confronted with numerous different and difficult situations throughout their lives and the Rock and Water programme attempts to equip them with the skills and strategies they can apply to any scenario. Children learn that some circumstances call for a Rock approach, where assertiveness and strength of character is required. Other situations may call for a Water approach, being a more flexible way of dealing with a situation, where things can be calmly diffused allowing all parties to simply move on.
Through discussion, movement tasks based around simple self-defence, boundary and communication exercises, as well as meditation, students will begin to form a deeper sense of self, allowing them greater regulation and control over their lives. Topics in the programme cover intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking, positive visualisation, as well as assertiveness and developing self-confidence.
Rock and Water emphasises “Self Confidence, Self Control and Self Respect” at its core. 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 children to develop a strong belief in themself and their abilities.