The University of Newcastle is hosting a free “Stop Bullying with UON” seminar on Nov. 16 for Hunter and Central Coast parents interested in helping their school-age children cope with bullying.
The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle provides professional development training across Australia for the internationally respected Rock & Water Program, which teaches practical anti-bullying strategies for children.
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Since 2002, more than 15,000 teaching professionals have been trained through the University of Newcastle‘s Family Action Centre across Australia. Internationally the Rock & Water program has trained over 35,000 professionals in 14 countries. As a result more than two million children worldwide have now been taught the Rock & Water approach.
“Children learn alternatives to aggressive verbal and physical responses to fear and doubt,” said Rock and Water Founder and educationalist Freerk Ykema, who will lead the free seminar at The Forum, University Drive, Callaghan, Newcastle.
“Children also learn thinking skills and the value and being in control, through grounding, centeredness and mental focus. Self-respect, self-control and self-confidence are important outcomes of the program,” he said.
Discussion topics for parents will include building resilience against bullying and other anti-social behaviours as well as helping children set life goals. Parents will learn how they can support their child, their school and their community by incorporating the Rock & Water philosophy, skills and language at home.
With a reported one in four Grades 7 to 9 students bullied every few weeks or more in Australia, parents can play an integral role in achieving a whole school and whole community approach to stop bullying.
“Parents can make all the difference in how a child copes with being bullied by others or bullying other children, but many feel they lack the tools to help,” said Family Action Centre Acting Director Penny Crofts, adding they are delighted to be able to offer this free community seminar while Freerk Ykema visiting the university.
Did you know…?
The University of Newcastle‘s School of Education is the largest school in the university with more than 4,500 students studying in teacher education programs, approximately 800 innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on education.
About the Master of Teaching (Primary)
The Master of Teaching program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of the Primary programs will be able to seek employment as K-6 (Primary) teachers. Primary teaching programs involve a combination of Educational Foundation Studies, Key Learning Areas or Curriculum Studies, Discipline Studies, and Professional Studies. Primary teaching degrees develop generalist teachers, capable of teaching many subjects.
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
The Master of Teaching Secondary programs in the School of Education aim to develop graduates who have the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in teaching. Graduates of the University of Newcastle‘s Secondary programs will be able to seek employment as 7-12 (Secondary) teachers.
Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: Late January each year
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.
Applicants to the University of Newcastle Master of Teaching must have
- at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
- a 65% average or above from their undergraduate degree.
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