Rocking a new attitude
Students at Chifley College Shalvey Campus are reaching a new level of awareness – slashing rates of anti-social behaviour at the same time.
ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour at Chifley College Shalvey Campus has been cut by more than half since the Rock and Water program was introduced three years ago.
It focuses on ways to help students relieve stress and make informed decisions rather than acting without thinking.
Before the program began, more than 1500 anti-learning incidents had been reported each year at the school. This has dropped to less than 600 in the past year.
The program involves mar- tial arts, group activities and games, and a debriefing at the end of the session.
The college’s deputy principal, Ivan Baker, said as a result of the program, children were now able to walk away from dangerous situations.
“The real learning comes in the debrief, where teachers ask students questions about difficult situations,” he said.
“Children are able to think, breathe and make correct decisions.
“We are seeing kids be more engaged in the classroom and less anxious about learning difficult subjects in the classroom. They have also learnt to trust their teachers better.”
Two hundred students from Years 7 and 8 engage in the lessons once a week, with the program set to expand to Year 9 next year.
Ben Copson and Viliami Manupuna learn strategies to manage anger while other participants watch on.
Ben Copson, 13, and Villami Manupuna, 13, go through some martial arts moves.