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Class of 2023

Class of 2023

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

God, You were there from my beginning, for I was crafted by Your hands. You see my hopes and hesitations, my days are written in Your plan.

Major Award Winners

Long Tan Youth Leadership Award

Jacqueline Ardian

Sponsored by the Australian Defence Force

Citizenship Award

Nathan Budiman

Sponsored by Positive Stationery

Service Award

Samantha Ng

Sponsored by Positive Stationery

Personal Excellence Award

Joanna Paul

Sponsored by Positive Stationery

All Rounder of the Year Award

Alexandra Verkerk

Sponsored by Ampol

Vocational Excellence Award

Tadiwa Ngomamiti

Sponsored by Beautiful Plumbing

Sports All Rounder of the Year Award

Ellyssa Klomp

Sponsored by Campion Education

General Dux Award

Aliza Merlo

Sponsored by ACE

ATAR Dux Award

Devlin Nugteren

Sponsored by the Gosnells Lions Club

Message from the College Captain

Good evening class of 2023, parents, teachers, friends, family, distinguished guests, all joining us on this very special evening.

I don’t know if many of you remember, maybe this is more a memory for the girls, but in Year 9, Daniel Kim and a couple of his sidekicks (yes de Bruyn, that was
mainly you) would ‘Teams message’ us with 2 words.

Look up.

For those of you who haven’t been in the classroom for a while, Teams is a program in which classmates can message one another on the school computers. Us girls, being gullible and innocent little Year 9s would obey this command when that message popped up in the bottom right corner of our screen. So, we looked up and would look back down again in confusion only to see the delight on the faces of Daniel and Toby, laughing at us for being so naïve.

Now, although this was innocent fun, I’m not just bringing up this story to follow in Mr Butson’s footsteps of
mentioning Daniel Kim in every public setting.

All around us, various things make us look up. Have you seen those adverts on the side of the bus that just say, ‘Look Up’? Some other, not-so-obvious examples might be a plane that seems very close, soaring over-head, prompting you to look up. The shooting stars on a clear night’s sky in Leonora. A funny shape in the clouds, a colourful rainbow, Josh Moro, or the flashing of lightning across the sky.

Now here’s one you may not have thought of. Many of us here have been blessed to grow up in Christian homes, with parents consistently reminding us to look up. Not to idolise the result, but to put God first and look to Him for our security and blessed assurance. How about the teachers around us, with their reminders that we work hard for the glory of God and not for man?

I know for myself there have also been other influential Godly people in my life, such as youth leaders, family friends, and other family members like aunties, uncles, and grandparents. Many of these people may have asked to pray with or for you, again reminding you to bring these things to our Heavenly Father. 

We have also had each other. Whether you’ve interacted with everyone or just a small group of friends, I hope that you have all interacted with someone at school who has encouraged you to persevere and look up.

The last few years of school have been a breeze at times, and at other times, a real struggle. Not understanding that physics topic, not knowing whether you’ll be accepted into that course, unsure about whether that apprenticeship will happen, family or health struggles and issues with friends, to name a few. I think the fact that we are all gathered here to graduate from school is a testament to the encouragement of those who reminded us to look up and outward instead of inward.

Teachers, thank you for encouraging us to look up. We pray that you all continue to set the example and encourage the beautiful culture and community at Rehoboth.

Parents, thank you for the encouragement and support you have given us. Thank you for raising us to be disciples of Christ and pointing our gaze
upward, and for the sacrifices you have made to put Christ at the centre of our schooling.

And finally, as you go out into this world, may you all, as the Rehoboth Class of 2023, continue to look up at our Saviour. The band is singing a song tonight called ‘Known and Loved’. In it there is a line that says, ‘You’ve seen my weakest moments’. God has seen your weakest moments and will continue to see your weak moments. Take this as an encouragement. He loves each one of us and wants us to know Him. Wherever you may go and whatever you are faced with, continue to look up.

As we move on from here, leaving the ‘safety net’ of Rehoboth, challenges will be inevitable, but as we  continue to keep our gaze up at our Saviour, He promises to be a constant, to be with us and nurture us as His
children.

So, continue to look up to our Saviour, and when we meet other people who are looking down or looking for things that will never satisfy, may we point them upward and show them our beautiful Saviour.

The first part of Ecclesiastes 12:1 says: ‘Remember your Creator, in the days of your youth’.

Philippians 3:20 says ‘But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ’.

And finally, I want to finish up with a little Tim Keller quote: He says: ‘I am so sinful that Jesus had to die for me, yet so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.’

So, Class of 2023, let us go from here – Looking Up.

Thank you.

Alex Verkerk - College Captain