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www.mn.catholic.org.au Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Walka Grange Lifestyle Village
Waterworks Road, Rutherford
PO Box 12 Maitland, NSW. 2320
Phone: 4932 1901 Fax: 4932 1929
Walka Grange will be a master-planned
retirement village in the Hunter Valley, offering
residents privacy and seclusion in a fully-
maintained over 55's community environment.
Walka Granges' design enhances the
magnificent natural environment. Set on eight
hectares with open spaces, tree-lined streets
and delightful vistas of Walka Water Works and
the Maitland region.
Expressions of interest
are now being taken
Call now on 4932 1901
A rural, tranquil ambience surrounds the estate.
In such a beautiful, natural and pituresque
village, it will be easy for our residents to forget
just how close to the city they are.
By TESS CAMPBELL
Students at St Brigid's Primary School
Raymond Terrace are supplementing
the textbooks with positive learning
programs which aim to reduce bullying.
St Brigid's is one of four schools in
the Raymond Terrace and Karuah area
participating in the program.
The "Rock and Water" program offers
practical anti-bullying strategies, alternatives
to aggressive verbal and physical responses
to fear and doubt through grounding and
The University of Newcastle's Family Action
Centre and the NIB Foundation created a
partnership to deliver the self development
program over a 10 week period this term.
The program aims to empower primary
school students through physical activities
and group exercises, teaching them
about personal space, promoting positive
behaviours and personal resilience which
go towards addressing behavioural and
"Physical exercises are constantly linked
to mental and social skills," program
co-ordinator Selina Darney, from the
University's Family Action Centre, said. "The
program offers a framework of exercises
and ideas about students and manhood to
assist boys to become aware of purpose
and motivation in their life.
"Topics include intuition, body language,
mental strength, empathic feeling,
positive feeling, positive thinking and
"Emotions are expressed in the body by
way of muscular tension and breathing, so
increasing body-awareness can lead to
more insight and experience of one's own
patterns of reaction which, in turn, can offer
a chance to deepen and further develop
emotional awareness and self-awareness,"
Ms Darney said.
"We have been having some fantastic
feedback from staff at St Brigid's who
say the program is already having a
positive effect on how students relate with
"This program has risen through community
consultation, undertaken in 2009 by the
Raymond Terrace and Karuah Communities
for Children (CfC), identifying that intervening
early in the lives of these children can have
Why "Rock and Water"?
The concept of the tough, immovable rock
versus the mobile, communicative water can
be developed and applied at the physical,
mental and social levels. At a physical level
it means an attack can be parried by firmly
strained muscles (rock) but also --- and
often even more effectively --- by moving
along with the energy of the attacker
(water). At a social level --- for instance in a
conversation --- it is also possible to choose
between a rock or a water attitude and the
same choice applies to the way in which one
maintains relationships with others. Finally,
at a spiritual level, the apparent opposites
between rock and water disappear. Insight
and experience come about with the
realisation that both ways are needed to
reach self-fulfilment and that people, in their
deepest essence, are connected to each
other and travel along a path together.
You may like to visit www.newcastle.edu.
Here children are generating force from their
basis in a balance exercise. This develops
into mental aspects of confrontation,
competition and the concept, what is
worth fighting for? Students (back) Jayden
Stephens, Adele Wyatt (front) Chris Rigby,
See our story by anti-bullying campaigner
Brett Murray on page 13.
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