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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!”

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.

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.

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

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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.

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!

This 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.

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

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.

The 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

A 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 GirlElla Young 

Izelke Nagel 

Adele Olde 
Year 4 BoyMicah Radford Andre Burger 
Year 5 GirlOlivia Seet Rebecca Morling 
Year 5 BoyAkira Hunter Elijah Hunter 

Shem Radford 

Year 6 GirlEllyssa Klomp Clarissa Sandjaja 
Year 6 BoyLewis Kik Isaac Kuilenburg 


Year 5 Board Games (Project Based Learning)

This semester the Year 5 class has engaged in Project Based Learning (PBL). The task that was set for them was to create a board game for a specific age group that they believed could be sold at Toys R Us.

The students were placed in small groups and they were required to design, create and construct a game that does not resemble any game on the market today. They also had to write the instructions on how to play the game.

All the groups made draft copies of their games and prior to the final good copy being made, it was tested by other groups. Feedback was given and any issues were addressed by the group. This could have meant re-writing instruction to make clearer or changing a part of the game that didn’t work.

Aimee, Ella, Amy and Sarah’s game was called “Mr Preece Around the World”. In this game Mr Preece travels the world collecting pets and souvenirs. If you get the right card, you can steal something from another person. The winner of the game is the person who has the most souvenirs.

In Alex and Liam’s game “Sensations Soccer Match” you roll the dice and move your counter around one side of the board, trying to avoid getting a yellow or red card. On the other half of the board you move towards the goal. You can play either timed or to a certain amount of goals.

Rebecca, Kate, Shalom and Aliza’s game was called “Free the Endangered Animals in 10 Seconds”. By rolling the dice you pick up a 10 seconds of fun card, and do what the card says within 10 seconds. The object of the game is to get the key and free the animals from the castle. On the way, there will be some challenges that you must overcome.

The Year 5 class has had a great time with this project. It has extended their knowledge in analysing and evaluating their game concepts as well as how to critique another group’s game and provide relevant feedback. Groups receiving feedback have addressed the comments and have implemented changes suggested to make their game more appealing to their target age group.

Judging by the sounds of laughter and cheering, the class have enjoyed playing each other’s games. A great effort by the entire class. Well done!

Mr Preece

Emergency Services Cadets

As the academic year draws to a close, on behalf of all the Cadet Instructors at Rehoboth, I would like to thank the Cadets for their involvement and participation this year with Cadets.

The year of Cadets started out very enthusiastically with a great complement of students signing up, but we could not have imagined the changes we would go through. Sadly, the Australian Red Cross withdrew their support for the Cadet program state-wide; however, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services stepped in to support us, which required a name change from Red Cross Cadets to Emergency Services Cadets.

This will take our Cadets in a slightly different direction for 2017, but it has meant the Cadets could participate and enjoy the activities we were committed to throughout the year. The change also meant a postponement to the camp that was planned, but this will now happen in Term 1 next year as an acknowledgement for all those that worked hard in 2016.

The Rehoboth Emergency Services Cadets have enjoyed both practical and theory-based activities, undertaken some brainstorming and problem-solving situations, conducted fundraising events, planned and worked on a sensory garden for East Kenwick Primary School and conducted practical gardening activities for members of our school community.

Many students have learnt new skills and participated in activities that conventional schooling doesn’t reach, as well as had fun and supported each other in building community within our Cadet unit.

I would like to thank our Student Cadet Leaders, Heleema Rawlings, Nelson Nieuwkerk, Sean Gibbon and Jack Pleysier, for the responsibilities they gladly took on this year. It was great to see students across year groups intermingle in their Squads (smaller sections of Cadets), and particularly to see students that developed the responsibility of active involvement rather than passive attendance. Development of Teamwork and Leadership is fundamental to the Cadet program.

A massive thanks also to our great Cadet Instructors who often went above and beyond the call of duty: Mr Murray, Mrs James, Mrs Stewart and Mr Peletier.

Students that have not been a part of Cadets this year but would like to become members of the Emergency Services Cadet Corps in 2017 should see Mr de Bruyn or obtain an Application form from the Secondary Office. Cadets will start in Week 2 next year, again on Thursday afternoons in the gym between 3:15-4:45pm. We look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces then!

Mr de Bruyn

What a Year It’s Been for Music at Rehoboth!

Our students have learnt about music around the world, keyboards, ukuleles, drumming, music technology and composition, among other things. We’ve also seen performances from various ensembles including our Junior and Senior Worship Bands, Secondary Choir and Year 8, 9 and 10 Music students.

Term 4, as always, is a busy time of year for our Music students. Our Secondary Choir visited Manoah House this week to sing for and spend some time with the residents. We performed five pieces for the residents, who sang along to the popular favourites that they were familiar with. It was great to be able to give back to the community, and share our love for singing.

Our Instrumental Music Program (IMP) also has continued to grow this year, with almost 200 students undertaking weekly lessons with our specialist music tutors. Our students have performed at various concerts and events, including the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the Arts Festival Evening Concert and the Wilson Open Day.

Our Kenwick piano and flute students had the opportunity to perform in front of their family and friends at the Piano and Flute Concert on Thursday, 17 December.

We enjoyed a great night of music, and it was wonderful to see how many people turned up in support of our students. The students are all to be commended on their performances, as it’s not always easy performing in front of a large crowd!

The IMP will be offering the following instruments in 2017: clarinet, flute, saxophone, violin, voice, guitar, piano and drums. If you’d like to enrol your child for lessons in 2017, please fill in an IMP Application Form 2017, which can be found here on the College website.

Enjoy the break, and we’ll see you next year for another year of music-making!

Miss Khoo

Addressing the Issues: What Makes the Wise Men Wise?

Three Wise Men camel-316894_640The story of the wise men is an interesting one.

For one thing there weren’t necessarily three. There were three gifts, that’s why we assume there were three wise men. Secondly, they are invariably pictured on camels. The Bible says they rode, but it doesn’t say on what. We assume they were camels, because they came from the East, but we need to be careful and make sure that our understanding doesn’t come from Christmas Cards, but from what it actually says in God’s Word.

The wise men went in search of a king, and found their way to Herod’s palace. They had wrong expectations and therefore ended up looking in the wrong places.

The will of God doesn’t always take you to the spectacular, nor the comfortable, nor to your preferred direction, but it will take you to the significant, to a place that matters. Who could believe that something so significant would occur in a stable? Who could believe that “anything good could come out of Nazareth”?

As I read this story, it seems to me that there were three wise things about the wise men:

They adjusted their expectations rather than their vision

Unwise people give up on God when disappointment or trouble comes. Trouble or disappointment isn’t necessarily a sign that you are being tested or that you aren’t on the right track. Perhaps you just need to adjust your time frame.

They were willing to ask for directions

The attitude of “no-one can teach me or tell me anything” is unwise. The wise men stopped at Herod’s palace, but they also knew when to move on. Proverbs 12:15 says that it is “A fool [who] is wise in his own eyes”.

They stayed open to God’s leading, even when they had a measure of success

The attitude of “I’ve made it” can be an issue. People forget so quickly what they did to get them there. The problem isn’t that God has stopped speaking, but that in the busyness of life and success, we have stopped listening. Sometimes we only look for leading when we get into trouble.

The wise men didn’t just start well, they finished well. Jesus didn’t just get born well, but He died well. Even in death, while He was dying for the sin of mankind, His amazing grace is shown by His concern about His mother and John, the thief crucified next to Him, and those who were crucifying Him. He was so concerned about others that He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing”.

We serve an amazing Jesus.

Rob Stirling 002 EDIT 350pxMr Stirling
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