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Year 4 Recycle Right

This Term all the Year 4s are looking at sustainability and how we can be good stewards for God in looking after the Earth. On 25 July, the Year 4s and the Year 4 boys from Year 3/4 went to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale.

We saw what recycled material looks like from our local recycling bins. One student commented that it looked like a dune made of paper. We observed as some material was moved onto the conveyor belt and how it separated into paper, mixed plastic, metal cans, and aluminium.

This machine cost $20 million and is one of the biggest in Australia!

When they have separated the paper and bound it into large blocks, they are shipped off to South East Asia to be made into something else.

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Not only did we see how our rubbish is recycled, but we also saw how they make compost out of our waste from our leftovers, scraps, and green waste.

The process begins with the rubbish truck collecting and disposing of our weekly waste. They dump it into a large warehouse where it is sorted by removing plastic bags. The rest of the waste is transported to four large composts filters.

They are the largest compost filters in the southern hemisphere.

It turns for three days until it breaks down into compost and soil. Most of the class felt this was the smelliest thing they have ever smelt.

We have learnt how important it is for us to sort out our rubbish and to reuse what we can. If not, most of our rubbish will be placed in landfill and it can contaminate the land for almost fifty years. Even though grass and plants grow over this rubbish, it cannot be developed for living animals or people to survive in.

We understand now how imperative it is for all of us to look after and care for God’s planet. If we care for God’s world now, we will leave a legacy for future generations.

Andre Burger and Daniel Dalais

10 Reasons Why the Gonski 2.0 Reforms are Important

What the Gonski 2.0 Funding Means for Rehoboth (and Christian Schools in General)

Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle RightOn 23 June, the Federal Government passed the Gonski 2.0 schools funding package, worth $23.5 billion. There were many factors that contributed to the success of this legislation, not the least of which was the lobbying done by the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS), of which Rehoboth is a member.

In the Christian school sector, the great majority of schools are similar to Rehoboth, where fees are kept as low as possible as we try to make Christian Education accessible to families. Other schools are part of a “funding maintained” model, where they have received funding above the amount prescribed by their socioeconomic status (SES). These schools will now need to adjust to the new arrangements, and the Government will provide transition funds to facilitate this.

So, not all Christian schools will be better off financially under Gonski 2.0. Rehoboth, for example, will only marginally benefit, while some will receive significantly less than they would have expected under the old model.

Nevertheless, we believe it is a coup for Christian schools across Australia. We expect it to level the playing field over the next 10 years by introducing a fairer, more predictable, and sector-blind funding model that is “founded on the basic Christian principle of ‘according to need’” (AACS media statement).

A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Gonski 2.0

There has been so much confusion and contrary arguments surrounding the Gonski 2.0 funding changes that it is not surprising to find that many parents aren’t sure what to make of it. AACS has prepared a comprehensive Q&A guide that answers many of these questions. We’ve pulled ten reasons from the guide on why we think the Gonski 2.0 reforms are so important.

  1. It provides a long-term stable funding model. Schools can plan ahead and focus on educational issues.
  2. It is basically what AACS and Christian schools have been advocating for over many years – a needs-based, sector-blind, fair and predictable system of school funding.
  3. A model that provides the greatest funding to the greatest need (hence “needs-based”) is consistent with the Christian principle of “according to need” and looking after the disadvantaged.
  4. It seeks to correct the compromises that marred the original Gonski 1.0. Basically, it is a “purer” model. The deals and inconsistencies of Gonski 1.0 have been “cleaned up”.
  5. There is transparency and fairness. The same formulas apply to all and everyone can see “who gets what”.
  6. States will be required to “fall in line” with a simpler and more understandable system.
  7. There is an intention to increase accountability and tie funding to educational improvement. How this will occur is still being developed.
  8. It provides an opportunity to put an end to the ridiculous and toxic school funding wars, what has been called Australia’s “oldest and most poisonous debate”.
  9. Overall, the Australian Education Amendment Act 2017 (Gonski 2.0) is good policy and will hopefully stay in place for the next 10 years.
  10. Because of the fairer allocation of funds, there is no reason to expect that schools will have to endure any significant fee increases.

This article was written with the assistance of AACS.

2017 Senior School Ball

Glamour, glitz and glorious gowns: the Year 11/12 girls of Rehoboth rapidly got ready for the night of nights. In trim, taut and terrific tuxedos, the boys gathered the vital element for the ball, the corsage, and vigorously went to pick up their dates. April 21 was the night of nights – the 2017 Rehoboth Christian College Teen Challenge Ball.

Excited teachers waited patiently at the top of the stairs, greeting students with beaming smiles. To kick off the night, students were served delicious mocktails and a fruity punch until 7:00pm, when the doors to the Swan Room in the Parmelia Hilton were opened, and students were presented with the polished and exquisite decor that the teachers had created with the prodigious Paris themed room.

The ladies were treated to a single stem wrapped rose, whilst all were given their name held by a Eiffel tower. Mr Taylor once again wowed everyone with his brilliant MC skills, creating an atmosphere of fun and eloquence as he produced many laughs throughout the night. Students were also informed of the four awards up for grabs, “Best Male Dancer”, “Most Joyous Dancer”, “Most Delightful Female” and the “Most Courteous Male”.

A colourful buffet with an array of different cuisines like Moroccan Lamb and Slow-cooked Chicken topped with mushrooms, were served as many hungry stomachs devoured the delicious food. The ballroom dancing then began as Todd encouraged everybody to get up and show off the moves they had been practising in Senior Sport.

Dessert was then served, which simply entertained every taste bud! The dance floor was opened where many showcased their moves, shout out to Mr Martens!

The night concluded with the votes being counted and the awards handed out. Everyone eagerly waited for the winners to be announced.

Shona Bonnington was voted the “Most Joyous Dancer” with her riveting moves that got the whole room dancing.

Michael Fobister, with his passionate funk, got awarded the “Best Male Dancer”.

Gloria Kennedy was voted, with her delightful demeanor, the “Most Delightful Female”

Ezra Pleysier, with his warm smile and gentlemen-like attitude, was awarded “Most Courteous Male”.

The night was full of fun and many went home with a smile on their face and a handful of mementos including photos from a hilarious photo booth which at one stage managed to fit 12 people in at once. Once again, a massive thank you to all those who contributed to the evening to make sure it was perfect. It sure was a night to remember!

Heleema Rawlings and Shona Bonnington

2017 Indonesian Mission Trip

Day 1

Our adventure of a lifetime began at 5:00am on Thursday 13 April, at Perth International Airport. We boarded the plane all rugged up in jumpers and jackets, but the sweaters soon came off when we were welcomed by the sweltering heat of Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali.

After a two-hour stopover in Denpasar, we arrived in Surabaya around 2:00pm. We were picked up by Mrs Anggadjaja and after a short break we headed to a children’s home. On arrival, we were greeted by excited children staring at us. We got to hold the children and cradle them and learn about each and every one of them. As sad as some of the stories were, we were all amazed at how God has used these people to save these children and give them hope, and a future. We took the Primary and Secondary children to dinner to an Indonesian Restaurant.

Day 2

It was Good Friday and we went to church with 35,000 people. From there we headed for Mount Bromo, which is an active volcano.

Day 3

Finally, at 5:00am, we slowly saw the sunrise from behind the mountains! What a breathtaking view. God is good.

Day 4

Easter Sunday. We left Surabaya and headed to Jakarta, and finally arrived at SMAK Penabur Kota Wisata (one of our sister schools). We were welcomed with a flood of warming shouts and general yells of excitement. A group of at least a dozen students were waiting for us outside the school on the steps, many were students that had visited Rehoboth last year and we were excited to see everyone again.

After the opening ceremony, we all headed to our homestays. My homestay was amazing and my buddy made me feel very at home and we became friends quickly. The next day we hopped on two buses and headed down to Cidokom, a small remote rural village. The people of Cidokom made us feel right at home, despite few of them being able to speak English well, but they tried their best and we tried ours and it worked out.

We stayed with the locals in their homes in the village, as some of the villagers had kindly offered these for us to stay in. The homes I personally found a little challenging. Everything was traditional – the toilet (squat) the shower (bucket and scoop). It was an enjoyable but challenging experience.

Day 5

The next day, we had breakfast and then started construction. We were doing the finalisations on two blocks of toilets, so we split into two teams. That day we did two sessions on the blocks – both were filled with mixing cement, and throwing it at the walls. It was fun – a lot of fun actually – and although it was messy I think most people enjoyed it. Lunch was between the sessions, a traditional meal, and after that we headed for a waterfall.

Day 6

Our last day in Cidokom. We worked on the toilets again, this time painting them and doing the finalisations – along with painting our names on the finished building (we were asked to do so, so it wasn’t graffiti!). We returned to Penabur to our individual homestays in Jakarta.

The next morning we were due to leave for Perth. It was fun and I think that I speak for everyone when I say that we will miss Indonesia.

Here are some testimonials from our team members:

“My highlight of the trip, was the night time activities in the village. We made Indonesian crafts, ate an enormous amount of fried bananas and sang worship songs. Although the people we stayed with were not rich, they still provided for us in their own way. I am blessed” – Luritha Martens 

“I really enjoyed being able to experience a very different environment, meet new people and learn so much about the Indonesian language and culture. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget” – Heleema Rawlings

“Indonesia was such an amazing experience. There were many challenges (such as doing construction in broken thongs!). Although many of us were not used to living the way the locals lived in the village, friendships were made and for me, I have a new little brother who will be in my prayers every day. God’s love and blessings were evident through the whole trip” – Gloria Kennedy

“The trip was quite an experience, especially our time in Cidokom village. It brought unity among the team and helped us to appreciate the things we so often take for granted” – Moses Budiman

“This trip exceeded my expectations and I am beyond grateful and blessed for the opportunity. A highlight for me would be going to the Children’s Home in Surabaya and just spending some time and laughing endlessly with the kids. The village in Cidokom was challenging with torrential rain one minute and sweltering heat the next, but it was all for God’s Glory. Stay Blessed!” – Shona Bonnington

“Indonesia was amazing – aside from the heat. However, everything else made up for the heat. The people are really nice. The friends that I made there were amazing and I am extremely glad that I met them. I was lucky enough to be put with an amazing buddy from our sister school in Penabur that I got along with extremely well with. I am thankful for all the love and hospitality that we received in Indonesia and I will miss it dearly” – Sean Gibbon

Indonesia is a wonderful nation, and as a team we felt so blessed to have been able to go and do God’s work for His glory. A big shout out to Mrs Anggadjaja, for all her hard work in looking after us in Surabaya.

This trip allowed all of us to step out of our comfort zones and experience the lives of people who are less fortunate than us, which made us realise how fortunate we truly are. As a team we were able to bless others with the blessings we have, and it was such a rewarding experience.

If the opportunity arises to go on this trip, don’t brush it off, God is providing you with an opportunity to serve him. Grasp it and you will be grateful.

Finally, a massive thank you for all those who supported us and helped us fundraise through the Sausage Sizzle! It really meant the world to us.

God Bless

Shona Bonnington and Sean Gibbon

The Glory of God

Recently I was re-reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and I came across his suggestion to view the video below:

I am sure that many of you have seen similar videos – it starts with an image of a majestic place somewhere and then progressively works outwards until you see the curve of the Earth, the stars, the galaxies, the universe – on and on and on – until you begin to understand how very, very big God is and how very, very small we are – and yet, we are the people of His good pleasure!

We read in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

And in Isaiah 6:3, “God is Holy, holy, holy and the whole earth is filled with His Glory!”

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Mitchell Falls in the Kimberley, WA (Click image for source)

It is good to contemplate the works of God’s hands because, in them, we begin to get a sense of His holiness, His majesty, His immense power, His creativity and His glory. We love and serve an awesome God!

As we look forward to celebrating Easter, let us remember that this glorious God, the Creator of all, loved His people so much that He was willing to sacrifice His one and only Son so that we could be reconciled to Him.

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The Bungle Bungles in the Kimberley, WA (Click image for source)

As a staff, we have been reflecting on the principles of the Reformation during this 500th anniversary year and we have been reminded again of the last sola – Soli Deo Gloria to God be the glory! We are not the centre of the universe, God is. Everything we have and are is from God and not of ourselves. Even in salvation we are not central – the sovereign, covenant Lord tell us:

“I, I am He who blots out your transgression for My own sake” in Isaiah 43:25.

It begins and ends in what God has done for us – He chose us; He saved us while we were yet sinners and the glory is His and His alone. We are saved by grace through faith – all given to us so that we may not boast – so that we may glorify God for what He has done and for Who He is.

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The Cockburn Range in the East Kimberley (Click image for source)

When we consider all of this, we can truly say with Paul in Romans 11:33-36

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!
‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor?’
‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?’
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”

Mrs Pike
Principal – Wilson Campus

Images sourced via a Google Image noncommercial reuse.

Mornings with Mike Crichton

Over the past year, “Mornings with Mike” on 98Five Sonshine FM has interviewed Mr Craig Hunter, our Assistant Principal at the Wilson campus, to talk about parenting, school and life.

Topics have included technology, kids with disabilities, handling homework and the importance of playing sport.

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As a result, families and communities across Perth have been exposed to a Christian worldview on parenting. Not only that, it has been great promotion for Rehoboth Christian College and the things we value. We have had lots of positive feedback from the show and are trusting for great fruit in terms of enrolments and parents encouraged to keep going!

Why not tune in!

Grow! Grow! Grow!

Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle RightThis Term, students in Wilson Year 4 have been coming to school with great anticipation. Who would have thought a tiny bean could cause so much excitement?

Students are learning the basics of orderly, scientific study – how to conduct a fair test, and what variables are. From Week 3, students have cared for and looked after a bean. Some beans have grown very well. Some beans have not even cracked from their shell.

As scientists, we understand that, to investigate God’s wonderful world, we need to be observant and by consistent discussions, form conclusions that will glorify God.

It has been exciting to have the opportunity to look at a tree trunk and discover how old it is. With magnifying glasses in hand, students went to work examining how old the trunk was. It surprised some that the life of this tree was the same as our school-   fifty years old. One student concluded that it must have been planted when the school was planted.

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I wonder what will happen when we put celery sticks in coloured water?

Mrs K Rajanayagam

Learning from the Past: Year 10 at the Holocaust Institute of WA

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Students study the Holocaust in Year 10 as part of the new Western Australian Curriculum syllabus for Humanities. Last week students had a worthwhile and impactful experience visiting the Holocaust Institute of WA in Yokine.

The visit brought home the realities of war, especially for civilians caught up in the Nazi occupation of Europe. The long-lasting effects of trauma on the victims, including young children, was seen when we listened intently to the account given by a Dutch Holocaust/Shoah survivor. The pain of the vivid imprints on his memory was tangible and several of the students commented on what his life must have been like as a young boy growing up. We had several good talks that pointed out the sacrifices that the Righteous of the Nations made to help some of the Jewish people survive.

One of the students, Muko Saw found a link to the book in which the Survivor told his story – click here to find out more.

Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle Right Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle RightThe main emphasis was positive and helped the students recognise the signs that a society could be in trouble with the way it treats different groups of people, how genocide can be avoided and so on. Most of the students seemed to come away from this experience with an appreciation for the blessing of family and the society we live in, and the responsibility to speak up when this is threatened by bullying of any kind.

We are most grateful to the volunteers who gave up their time to help us gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and for the positive way they encouraged us to live our lives.

The students were wonderfully behaved and were a credit to their school and parents. What a blessing it is to be at this school.
You can read some of the comments from our Year 10 students below:

“I felt very privileged to be a part of the learning experience, going to the Holocaust Museum. It was such an interesting experience and very amazing to see and listen to the man who was actually living throughout these times and moved constantly throughout Hitler’s rise. Hearing his stories were quite sad, listening to how he had to let go of his family and moving into uncomfortable areas and situations against his beliefs was all very saddening. However, I enjoyed examining all the photographs, it just shows us the reality of it and what people had to go through. It was also very interesting to hear the man’s views on the holocaust and how he was very passionate about the suffering and the history of the holocaust” – Tanya Allen

“I was really glad that I had the privilege to go the Holocaust Museum, to be able to experience the devastating events that occurred during those times. When we listened to the Holocaust survivor I really felt for what happened. It brought me closer to the reality of what it was like for him and many other survivors. The struggles, those things that they had to experience at such young ages – it’s just devastating. How could the world have come to the conclusion of war and Hitler to the conclusion of killing of main groups, millions? I think that my generation has grown up with all these privileges, all these things we take for granted and honestly we don’t know anything, we haven’t experienced anything more traumatic than they did. This experience really makes me realise the reality and depth and devastation” – Leah van Dam

“The excursion to the Holocaust Institute in Yokine was extremely fascinating. I realised that, after this trip, I have learnt so much about what it was like, simply from the words of a Holocaust survivor. It shocked me to see the hatred of the Nazis so strong as to persecute these Jews in an era where they would receive no love. I wish I could have been there to help them, to pray with them as they faced this awful period of history. Yet, we can still make a difference for these men and women who struggled their way through the Holocaust.

There were a couple of things that struck me about the story of Henk. He lost his family (not in death) when he was taken away from his Mum, Dad and siblings. He stated that he had a close family and to be separated from them must have been nightmarish. Henk faced the most awful circumstances, such as being stuck in an attic for several weeks with hardly any food, water or even warmth. He was in Holland and winters over there would have been freezing.

When he was finally given to his foster parents, he was expected to keep his Jewish religion hidden. One such example was when he was at the dinner table just as they were going to pray, he put his hand over his head because in Jewish culture, a cap would cover the male heads when they prayed. This was frowned upon by his Catholic foster parents and they sternly told him never to do that again (as this might have jeopardised the safety of their entire family).

He also had an experience of his foster parents telling him to go out into the wheat field and hide because the Nazis were shooting. The immense horror he must have been feeling was something that I could not even begin to imagine. Yet he went out into the cold, wet, muddy fields to hide from the Germans. Henk stated that he still has respiratory problems to this day from sitting out in that field for two hours.

I think what we should learn from this excursion is that the world is most definitely, not perfect. In fact, it is filled with evil and wicked people who want to do things against God’s purpose for man. We were created for this earth to praise and honour God. We instead choose to do the thing that God hates: sin.

What we can learn from the Holocaust is how we can prevent such hate and wickedness come into power. We can be people who love, no matter what religious background we’re from, we all have the capability to love. God may not seem present in so many people’s hearts. But we, as Christians, know that God is working even through the most troubled people in this world. Such was Hitler and he is a man of whom we can learn from our mistakes” – Aynsley Vivian

Mrs Drennan

Balancing Learning and Life in Year 11-12

Last Thursday, 2 March, sixty Year 11 and 12 students participated in a two-day study retreat at the Serpentine Baptist Campsite in Jarrahdale. The purpose of the camp was twofold – to learn useful study skills to assist students in their academic journey at Rehoboth Christian College, and to place their academic life in a balanced perspective within the context of their relationship with God.

The students started with three study skills sessions led by Miss Smith from Academic Task Force. This was followed by various activities, which included talks by Mrs Gwynne on how to thrive rather than survive in our lives, talks from previous Year 12 students, swimming and sports.

The talks by our previous Year 12 students included topics such as stewardship of gifts, intimacy with God, evangelism, discipleship and goal setting. The first day was concluded with a concert that highlighted the various concepts that the students have learnt presented in skits and songs.

Friday started with a “boot camp” style exercise session led by Mr Peletier to further emphasise that exercise is a part of having a balanced approach to a student’s academic journey.

All in all, it was a busy two days that was educational, relaxing, inspirational and fun. The most common feedback from students were the connections built, and renewed, with one another and with God.

Thank you to all the teachers who helped in the organisation of the camp, in particular Mrs Nathan, Mr Kuipers, Mrs Louwen, Mrs Gwynne and Mrs Nightingale. A big thank you to our previous Year 12s who have given their time to connect with students and leave a positive legacy amidst their busy university life – Josiah Kappert, Paul Kennedy, Rowell Sarmiento, Alena Yun and Oriana Luntungan.

Mr Vasquez

Newton House Makes History

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Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle Right Rehoboth Christian College Year 4 Recycle RightA piece of Rehoboth history was made today as Newton House won the 2017 Primary Swimming Carnival.

For many years the Newton team has watched on as their counterparts held up numerous trophies, but finally it was their turn, edging out Tyndale 1048 to 1034. Wycliffe rounded out the table with 988 points, making the Carnival a closely fought competition.

In the pool, students competed in 50m races to determine the age champions as well as 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke and team relay events. There was a great turn out of students and parents – thank you to everyone who was involved, and congratulations to Newton House!

Year 4 Girl Ella Young 

Izelke Nagel 

Adele Olde 
Year 4 Boy Micah Radford  Andre Burger 
Year 5 Girl Olivia Seet  Rebecca Morling 
Year 5 Boy Akira Hunter  Elijah Hunter 

Shem Radford 

Year 6 Girl Ellyssa Klomp  Clarissa Sandjaja 
Year 6 Boy Lewis Kik  Isaac Kuilenburg 


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