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Relationships Matter: CONSENT is essential is a Course

Relationships Matter: CONSENT is essential

Apr 28 - May 12, 2021

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Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are wanting to enhance/create programs which authentically and powerfully address the formation of quality relationships.


Teachers, students and parents all live and learn within relationships. All need to learn about the elements of a quality relationship, the formation of such relationships, the nurturing of relationships, the constructive management of mistakes made within relationships, how to manage the changing nature of relationships and how to conclude relationships. The obligations inherent in relationships need to be understood as does the use of power within relationships.

Build your understanding of relationships and develop skills to communicate, discuss and debate complex relationship power issues and the role schools have in this life defining process. With a focus on research, critical thinking, building compelling arguments and engaging with others, you will learn strategies that enable you to present your ideas with influence and be able to assist all to establish, live and behave well within quality relationships.

All schools who have worked with this approach have found it uplifting, enabling and essential.  This approach enables learning to be effective, teaching to be a joy and performance to be enhanced. The approach reduces relationship dispute and conflict, reduces bullying and promotes learning and teaching engagement and overall health and wellbeing of students and teachers. 

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Child safety
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student welfare

Key takeaways                

  • an understanding of the elements of a quality relationship and the relational quotient
  • an understanding of how to form a quality relationship based upon giving not taking
  • an understanding of obligation within relationships (including consent)
  • strategies and methods for teaching students about relationships
  • an understanding of the sciences associated with relationship formation, behaviour and the impact on health and well being, as well as achievement and meaning in life.


Presenter information

John Hendry                     

John Hendry has been an educator for more than 50 years.

He has taught at a variety of schools including Geelong Grammar School where he spent 36 years. He has been an Acting Principal, Assistant Principal, Careers Master, Boarding House Master and Director of Student Welfare.

John is one of the originators of Positive Education, a Life member of the Careers Development Association of Australia, a consultant to schools across all systems in Australia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and a consultant to UNESCO on bullying and school violence. He consults and works with many institutes and professional associations.  He has created a Relationship Quotient and established Relationship based Education (RbE), has co-created (with Andrew Fuller) the Resilient Mindset concept, and has created the Affect Performance Model.

In 2014, John was awarded an OAM for Education and an OAM for Cricket.

John believes that culture determines how we live and how schools educate. He believes that “relationships matter” and that general health and well-being, as well as mental health, are directly tied to the capacity to forgive. He has created the Relationship Reparation approach to mistakes and has introduced this into many schools, families, communities, businesses and clubs in Australia and internationally.