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Keeping Exams in Perspective

You are probably aware that I see the value of exams and the skills learnt through the process of revision. There’s no doubt that exams are an important measure of a student’s academic ability (primarily for university entrance). However, they are just one measure of a child’s academic performance on a particular hour and day, under quite stressful and time pressured conditions. Many other skills and tasks go together to give an assessment of a…

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Introducing Our New Principal (Secondary)

Mrs Louwen will take over as Principal (Secondary) from Mr Stirling in 2018

On behalf of the Board, and after many weeks of reviewing applications, interviews, and discussion, it gives me great pleasure to announce that our very own Mrs Marilyn Louwen has accepted the appointment as Principal (Secondary).

This comes following the announcement in February of Mr Rob Stirling’s resignation after serving ten years in the role.

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Enlarge the Place of Your Tent: Learning from William Carey

I was reading something on the life of William Carey (the missionary to India) the other week and noted that it was a sermon on Isaiah 54:2-3 which gave him his life’s mission. The passage reads:

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants…

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Success, Safety and “Real” Schools

With this issue, we begin an occasional series we’re calling “Be Distinct”. We ask Rehoboth’s leaders and senior staff to choose three of the frequently asked questions we receive, and to give us their views. We encourage you to read through their answers. They’ll help to explain some of characteristics that make Rehoboth distinct and will deepen your understanding of Christian Education. They’ll also provide useful information whenever you might be discussing Rehoboth with family and friends.

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Addressing the Issues: What Makes the Wise Men Wise?

The 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…

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Addressing the Issues: A Message from a Year 12 Student

Last week, Josiah Kappert, one of our leaving Year 12 students, delivered an address on the final day in a farewell assembly to our Year 7-11 students. I thought that readers might be interested in what he had to say, and I have included most of his address below. For all those who have come to know Josiah over his time at Rehoboth, he is a remarkable young man.

Mr Stirling

Now I come, on…

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Familiarity breeds Contempt

“Familiarity breeds contempt”. I have always thought that this is a harsh saying. Contempt is a strong word. However, I have also found that there is a lot of truth in this. At the very least, familiarity often leads us to take things for granted. At the very worst, we can ignore or become blind to the things that are right in front of us. It seems like the more we know something, the more…

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Keep Your Heart with All Diligence

The story of the journey that the people of Israel took fleeing from Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, crossing the desert, and wandering for 40 years is retold a number of times in the Old Testament. One of the lessons that comes across to me about this story is that these people (who had been in bondage and slavery for 400 years in Egypt) were turned back from their destiny by their negativity.…

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Supporting Your Year 12 Student with Stress

During the holidays, I have been thinking about the issue of stress.

Not that stress is unique only to Year 12 students, but Year 12 is full of ups and downs which can be a major source of stress for most students. This reveals itself in a lot of different ways. Small issues can become large ones, as emotions can often be exaggerated during these times. Students can find that interrupted sleep becomes a pattern and they…

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The WOW Moments

In Psalm 77, Asaph is going through a low patch and dealing with stress and disappointment. He is troubled and can’t sleep. He had been the music director who arranged musical scores to the Psalms of David and had been there at the building of David’s kingdom, and at its highest point. His role had continued through the leadership of Solomon, and the start of the unraveling of the nation. Then he held that position when the…

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