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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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Addressing the Issues: 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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Addressing the Issues: 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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Addressing the Issues: 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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Addressing the Issues: 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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Addressing the Issues: 10 Tips for Maintaining Your Privacy

Children are spending more and more time online to connect with friends, to learn, and to be entertained. Online environments give children the chance to express themselves and build an online personal identity. Sharing personal information online can be risky and it’s important to educate your children on how to make good decisions and limit those risks.

Your children need as much support online as they do offline. As parents, we teach children to take…

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Addressing the Issues: God in a Box

A great statement of faith is confessing that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviour. We are pretty good at knowing what Jesus saved us from and what He saves us to, but we don’t talk about His Lordship as often.

Colossians 1:13-18 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.…

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Addressing the Issues: Just Who is on the Throne in Our Lives?

Once we have committed our lives to Jesus, we know that God is sovereign and is on the throne of our lives. But do we live like this in practice, and how does it influence our thinking and our actions?

The choice to be independent is one of the virtues encouraged by our culture. But cutting ourselves off from people, responsibility, and families leads to increasing loneliness, which has become one of the greatest social…

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Addressing the Issues: How Does ATAR Work?

One of the areas that I regularly get questions about is the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank, or ATAR, and how it works. What follows are some answers to a number of the most frequently asked questions:

The ATAR – How does it work? What is the TEA score? How does the TEA score convert to an ATAR? What is moderation and scaling? What is the UWA bonus?

If parents or students want to seek…

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