Feedback

The feedback from schools and students who have participated in a Rock and Water programme is very consistent:

  • An increase in confidence
  • More skills to deal with difficult situations such as bullying and violence
  • An enhanced ability to use self-control and
  • The understanding that we always have a choice - to make a Rock action or a Water action.

Schools (primary, intermediate and secondary) and organisations across New Zealand are using Rock and Water to enhance their programmes and develop their students and clients.

The latest scientific evidence for Rock and Water 

The Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands have conducted a scientific evaluation of Rock and Water, primarily with a focus on sexually transgressive behaviours in boys. The results show that "Rock and Water helps to boost self-confidence, curb impulsive behaviour and deter sexually transgressive behaviour in boys". You can find more about the findings here

 

Local results

Naenae College

Naenae College in Lower Hutt has been using Rock and Water for all their Year Nine and Ten students since 2008. The programme is introduced through their Health programme and delivered by a cross-section of staff, including support staff. Rock and Water is acknowledged as one of the three focuses (the other two being Restorative Practices and Te Whanau Tahi) of the school that has lead to the fantastic rejuvenation and success of the college. Rock and Water is now part of the fabric of the school, with the students throughout the school using the language and strategies that Rock and Water provides.

All the information provided in these feedback pages is presented as it was written - we don't edit which feedback to show - what you see is what was written completely independently by participants (we even keep the original feedback sheets!)

Upper Hutt counselling services

Rock and Water is also used by many counsellors, often in 1:1 or small group formats. The feedback below was received from Rick Wildman of Upper Hutt's Family Works organisation on 21 August 2012...just one month after Rick had participated in a three-day training:

"Hi Rob, Just have to tell you the excellent results I am with 1/1 counselling using Rock and Water. I have two ADDH young men who are now able to ground centre and slow their process to a manageable level, their parents are seeing slow but steady changes in their behaviour.

I have a bully who is now looking at his victim in a different light and looking at maybe befriending him. Last but not least I have a bullied victim who has gone to school for the last two weeks without any tears and tantrums his mothercan’t believe this, his g/counsellor said he is more visible on the grounds.

I cant wait to do a full group when I have finished my current commitments."

Wellington Year 6 boys

The results below are from a programme run in a Wellington school by an RTLB with a targeted group of Year Six boys. We have many more such evaluations if required.

Rock and Water Student Evaluation for a Wellington Primary School

What does centring and grounding mean or feel like?

No idea: 1 Some idea: 6 Clear idea: 12

What were your favourite activities?

Team line pull: 13 Punching/Kicking: 10 Chinese boxing: 7 Other: Everything, finger fencing

What were your least favourite activities?

None: 7 Finger fencing: 4 Press ups: 2 Other: Kneeling, pulling partners

Rate the teachers, Jason and Marcus, on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being awful and 10 being awesome. Circle your choice.

Median: 10 Range: 8-10

Rate the programme on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being awful and 10 being awesome. Circle your choice.

Median: 10 Range: 7-10

Rate the programme on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being awful and 10 being awesome on how useful it might be in your life at school, life and the playground. Circle your choice.

Median: 9 Range: 6-10

Should we run the programme with next year’s boys and if so why?

Yes: 100% Reasons- Useful Skills: 7 Boys need to learn to defend themselves: 6 Fun: 4 Others: Good to prepare ‘fight’ for what’s worth fighting for.

How did this programme benefit you? Is there anything you would like to see or any other comment to make? When did you use Rock and Water in your life?

Taught self defence: 6 Used to calm myself: 4 Grounded me before sport or exams: 4 Kept me out of fights: 3 Other: Built confidence, helped me make decisions, I was water in an emotionally difficult situation.

Suggestions: More time for programme, more blocking moves

Key points from teacher feedback

  • Philosophy is simple, well communicated - emphasis on Water especially good
  • Boys need to learn to be grounded, they enjoyed physicality of programme
  • Delivery by RTLB was excellent: calm, consistent and fun
  • RTLB formed good relationships with the students
  • Fitted in well with our focus on boys education
  • I'm looking forward to continuing to apply some of the ideas.

There are also many anecdotal comments about how students have used their Rock and Water skills to resolve situations. Such examples include retrieving stolen equipment, keeping calm in the face of provocation and in arguments (from peers, strangers and family members), using strong body language when intuition determines that it is needed (for example walking past an approaching stranger who generates a nervous feeling). As with many self-development courses, some of the benefits of Rock and Water are difficult to measure straight away. Often the impact has to be measured over a greater period of time. What is important, is that participants are taught to choose how they wish to react to situations - they have a choice. Having a choice helps to develop self-confidence.

Workshop feedback

Workshop feedback from whole school training workshops for the staff of Manurewa East School in South Auckland and Corinna School in Porirua (July 2014) was outstanding.


100% of participants felt ready and willing to deliver the programme to their students and every participant felt that their students would benefit hugely from the programme.

"Terrific potential to change young people's lives - school leaders need to be involved in it"

Brendon Henderson
Principal, Tawa Intermediate
December 2013 workshop evaluation


"Fits in perfectly with Glasser and Restorative Justice"

Primary teacher, July 2014


The Office for the Commissioner in New Zealand has produced a report about bullying and anti-violence programmes in New Zealand. Rock and Water is featured in their publication, School Safety (see page 121 of the report).

"Excellent results"

"Hi Rob, Just have to tell you the excellent results I am with 1/1 counselling using Rock and Water. I have two ADDH young men who are now able to ground centre and slow their process to a manageable level, their parents are seeing slow but steady changes in their behaviour.

I have a bully who is now looking at his victim in a different light and looking at maybe befriending him. Last but not least I have a bullied victim who has gone to school for the last two weeks without any tears and tantrums his mothercan’t believe this, his g/counsellor said he is more visible on the grounds.

I cant wait to do a full group when I have finished my current commitments."

- Rick Wildman, Family Works, Upper Hutt


"Tu meke!"

"Tu meke! Mean as programme"
- Marae kaiwhakahaere

"Best PD ever"

"Best PD ever...A+++"
- Primary Teacher

"Perfect"

"Fantastic course. Perfect as it is"
- Child Behaviourist

"Awesome"

"Fantastic. Excellent. Awesome. Can't say enough"
- Secondary Teacher

"Immensely rewarding"

"The almost immediate connections that get made with total strangers was immensely rewarding"
- Counsellor


"Inspiring"

"Thank you for surprising, educating and inspiring me."

- Male teacher, secondary school.

"Exceeded expectations"

"It was great and exceeded my expectations – thank you!"

- Female secondary teacher

"Awesome"

"Awesome course – everyone should do it. It is so rewarding...very inspirational."

- Female teacher aide

"I've grown"

"I absolutely enjoyed this course. I discovered a lot about myself. I’ve grown…thank you so very much."

- Female teacher / Dean, secondary school.

"Better than I hoped"

"Thank you…this course was better than I had expected or hoped."

- Male teacher, primary school