Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

Rock and Water

International,award winning anti bullying program




13.30 – 14.30

Workshop: Rock and Water


with Carl Marshall (Qld), Paul Stein and Bill Johnstone (WA), Ray Messer (Vic), Elizabeth Mahler (NSW)



Rock and Water


Rock and Water offers educators a new way to interact with students  through physical /social teaching

So why is this program so popular? What does it teach?

•       Practical anti bullying strategies

•       Self control, self confidence and self awareness

•       Communication skills and interpretation of body language cues

•       Boundary awareness

•       Alternatives to aggressive verbal and physical responses relating to fear and doubt

•       Thinking and being in control through grounding, centredness and mental focus

These skills develop in both boys and girls a culture of safety, assertiveness, communication, boundary awareness and finding their own way. All activities are a lot of fun yet each contains a powerful message that allows for the development of resilience and self regulation.

Rock and Water is now taught in over 30 countries world- wide and is organised in Australia by the University of Newcastle. It is an evidence based program that is strongly endorsed by luminaries such as Steve Biddulph, Dr Arne Rubinstein and Ian Lillico.

Workshop participants will take away with them a series of powerful strategies that can be implemented into a practical setting the very next day.

This will be supported by the availability of free literature that will deepen their understanding of the concepts relating to Rock and Water .

About Carl


Carl Marshall completed his education at the University of Canberra. He has been teaching for 29 years. He has extensive experience in education and has taught in two states. Carl has been involved in the Rock and Water Program for over 10 years and was engaged as a Master Instructor for the Family Action Centre to facilitate Rock and Water training in the state of Queensland. He has successfully taught students across a wide range of ages and academic abilities, including those in academic enriched programs as well as to students with mild physical and intellectual disabilities. He is presently teaching in the Far North Coast of NSW at Murwillumbah High School. Most recently, he is pursuing an interest in emotional intelligence as well as the development of the brain. He has been recognized for his ability to reach students who have been disengaged from their education and he has a genuine passion for life which comes through when he teaches. Carl is currently responsible for presenting 1 day Introductory and 3 day Rock and Water Workshops in Queensland and the 2 day Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshops nationally. These training programs are delivered as professional development for educators, support service workers and health professionals.


About Paul and Bill


Paul Stein has been a primary and high school teacher, school administrator, university lecturer and environmental scientist with over 35 years experience. He is currently a Master Trainer/Instructor in Rock and Water and now devotes much of his time facilitating workshops for teachers, administrators, school psychologists, chaplains and youth. He was nominated for the prestigious 'Premier's Teachers Award' in 2007 and was the coordinator for Follow the Dream, an innovative program for indigenous youth, in both Kalgoorlie in 2006 and at Mt Lawley Senior High School in 2011. Paul still teaches part time


William (Bill) Johnstone is a primary school teacher with over 30 years of experience. In a wide and varied career Bill has had roles ranging from pre primary to deputy principal. He is a recipient of a National NEiTA Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, an Australian Scholarship Foundation Research Grant looking at Boys in Education issues, The Westfield Premiers Education Prize and a Rotary Civic Award for Innovations in Education. Bill has been a presenter at numerous local, national and international workshops on topics related to Boys in Education. He currently manages the Rock and Water Program in Western Australia. Bill served as a judging panel member for the NEiTA Foundation in Western Australia. He has many community links and is the volunteer coordinator for the Fremantle Men's Community Shed.



About Ray


Ray Messer is a Master Instructor with the Rock and Water Program, a Consultant on Adolescence and Education and a Student Welfare Coordinator at Parade College, an all boys secondary college in Melbourne (~1800 students). Ray has been in education for 15 years teaching in both co-ed and single sex settings here in Australia and also the UK. He has spent time overseas investigating educational trends and issues. Ray has undertaken undergraduate studies in Melbourne, Canada and is currently completing a Master of School Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Ray has a real passion for connecting with young people and helping them through the maze of adolescence.


About Elizabeth


Elizabeth (Liz) Mahler is a Master Instructor of Rock and Water for Girls and Women. Liz has taught Rock and Water to boys and girls from pre school age to high school since 1999. She is an advanced trainer of Rock and Water and has taught the One Day Introductory Rock and Water program to hundreds of teachers and associated professionals in the Eastern States of Australia over the last 13 years. Liz has been a full time martial arts professional since 1987. She is a 6th dan in karate and a 2nd dan in Okinawan weaponry. She is the founder and Master Instructor of Black Belt Martial Arts which has four full time schools on the Central Coast of NSW, and part time schools in Sydney and The Snowy Mountains. Liz had a very successful competition career spanning 10 yrs from 1982 - 1992. During that time she was a multiple NSW State Karate Champion, multiple Australian Karate Champion, an Australian Karate Team member for 5 years and international medallist. From 1992 to today she has held positions as NSW State Karate team coach and Australian Karate Team Coach. Liz is also a Martial Arts Business Coach, helping martial arts professionals from all codes improve their systems and services to their communities. Before taking on Martial Arts full time, Liz was a registered nurse and midwife and studied philosophy, psychology and sports science at university.