A Big Year for Janelle

This has been a big year for Janelle Poa, who is currently in Pre-Primary at Rehoboth Christian College’s Wilson Campus. This year she has participated in two state Music Competitions.

In September, Janelle entered the North of Perth Music Festival and was awarded second prize in the Piano Solo (Grade One) competition.

In the following month, she entered the South Suburban Music Society (SSMS) Eisteddford and competed in the piano section. The SSMS Eisteddfod is a prestigious music competition which involves some of the best young musicians from around Perth playing their various instruments in a range of categories.

Janelle’s hard work and tenacity paid off when she was awarded the first prize in Piano Solo – Australian (Grade One) and second price in Piano Solo – Romantic (Grade One). It is indeed a testament to Janelle’s passion and determination for her music performance.

Congratulations to you, Janelle, for your excellent accomplishments and results. You have shown amazing determination and hard work in your music endeavours. Keep up your great work and may you continue to grow in your musical performance.

Emily’s Music Continues to Impress

On Saturday 15 September, Year 8 student Emily Hobday performed in the U16s classical guitar competition at the North of Perth Music Festival. She was awarded first place for an outstanding performance and was invited to perform at the prestigious “Winner’s Concert”.

This caps off a remarkable year for Emily with her guitar playing. She also won first prize at the Fremantle Eisteddfod and completed her 7th Grade AMEB external exam, the highest grade level attempted by any WA guitar student this year.

Congratulations to Emily on her incredible talent, work ethic and results.

Georgia’s Brave Shave for a Cause

One day, Georgia was on her way home from school with her mum and brothers in the car when she boldly stated that she wanted to shave her head!

Explaining that she was inspired by a Netflix series about two best friends journeying together as one battles cancer, Georgia went on to express how much it would mean to her if someone shaved their head for her, if she was sick. Thinking it was “just another phase” her parents brushed it aside and didn’t think anything of it.

However, as the weeks rolled by Georgia did not let up on her idea. She reflected on how much her own family has been touched by this deadly disease: losing her great grandmother early this year to lung cancer, her uncle that, sadly, she never had the chance to meet who died from cancer at the age of 18 years, and unfortunately, another uncle who is battling mesothelioma (asbestos cancer).

Georgia's Brave Shave for a Cause

When asked to summarise her thoughts and reasons for her decision, Georgia said, “I want to shave my head because I think it’s crazy that so many people have gone through – and will go through – experiencing this disease. So, I was weird enough to research it because I thought I should know more about the amount of people diagnosed with cancer each year. 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year and 7.6 million people die from this disease and to me this is literally insane. I think that more people should be aware of the struggles and pain that people with cancer suffer because it is not fun”.

Visit the Cancer Council to learn more about what cancer is, how to reduce your risks and more.

There was some thinking and processing that had to be done though, as Georgia says, “When I first started thinking about shaving my head, I did question myself and think, ‘Is this something you really want to do?’ I did think I might regret it once it’s done. But then I thought about the people who do have this disease and whether they wonder every single day, ‘Why has God chosen me? Why did I get this disease out of all the millions of people out there?’ God has a plan for everyone and some people after battling cancer become motivational speakers, like Diana Jordan who suffered breast cancer, which would encourage others to do the sort of things that I’m doing. I am so excited to shave my head and I need to thank my Nan for organising this, my family and of course, my friends. I believe that God has chosen me to do this and He believes I can make a change to help others. He is an amazing God who chooses random people to do the craziest things!”

Georgia’s mum reflected: “It was about a month after Georgia initially mentioned shaving her head for awareness that I made a joke about her having a bald head in her graduation pictures! Her response really put me in my place and I realised then and there not only how serious she was, but also how much this act of bravery really meant to her. She responded so passionately and emotionally that she would be glad to have a bald head in her graduation photos, because then people would start talking and ask questions about why she has a bald head. And then those questions would lead to a discussion about cancer and hopefully then people would donate money towards cancer research to help find a cure. I remember so vividly that moment as a parent, and how I had let her down by not taking her seriously. I realised that this act of shaving her head, despite her looming graduation pictures where her hair ‘do’ would be immortalised, meant more to her than I realised. That was when we rallied behind her and encouraged her to step out and stand up for what she is passionate about. This was about four months ago and she cannot wait to go bald and donate her beautiful, think, long locks to a wig making company who uses real human hair to make wigs for cancer patients. She also loves the fact that by helping raise awareness and employing the act of shaving her head to raise money she is doing what she can to help find a cure for cancer. To say we are proud is an understatement. Georgia has such a loving heart and this act is just another way she shows how she cares and thinks of others”.

Dad, meanwhile, had this to say: “Finally, she is listening to her father and shaving her head! Something I tell my boys to do all the time! But seriously, I am so proud of my daughter. I think it’s great that she’ll have the same haircut as me for a while!”

It always gives us a thrill when students act so selflessly, especially when they can see God at work in their actions.

Georgia is shaving her head this Saturday 22 September at the “Fight Like a Girl” Breast and Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser Luncheon. You can support her by purchasing a ticket to attend or making a donation at the link below.

Where: Mater Christi Hall, 340 Yangebup Road, Yangebup
When: Saturday 22 September, 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: Tickets $35

For more information about the fundraiser, call Dot or Sherene.

Claris and the Theft of the Century

Recently, Claris Chiang, one of our Year 4 students at the Wilson Campus, placed second in the Make Your Own Storybook writing competition organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Claris’ Mum explains: “When Claris first told us that she would like to enter the MYOSB (Make Your Own Story Book) competition, we were very supportive as we saw that she truly enjoys writing. She had so many ideas what she wanted to write, and to watch her put all those ideas into words was just an eye-opener. It wasn’t easy. She was so close to giving up at times when she didn’t know how to continue or end the story. We thank God that she chose to keep going and finished the story eventually. Her perseverance paid off when the story was finally compiled and bound into a book. To then receive news that she had won the second prize out of over 200 contestants is very rewarding. We are very proud of Claris’ achievement, but most of all we are thankful that God has given her the strength to keep going. That to us is an important lesson in life.”

When asked about her experience developing her book, Claris said: “I like writing stories. I went to a workshop in a local library that taught us how to write stories. They gave me a flyer about how to enter the MYOSB competition. It took me a while to write the story and the hardest part was how to end it. As you can see from the blurb, the story is about a man who stole the Crown Jewels and and hid for one hundred years.”

Here is the blurb Claris wrote to her story, “The Theft of the Century”:

It’s been years since the theft of the Crown Jewels and no police or detective has solved it. A boy called Billy found the thief who committed the crime and has the precious jewels. Billy soon becomes good friend with him. One night… someone stole the jewels! Who could it be? Billy and his friend try to avoid those people, but they are still after them. Will Billy and his friend get the jewels back? Or… will they be sent to prison for the rest of their lives?

We value reading and literacy highly at Rehoboth and are very excited to see students putting their knowledge and creativity into practice in real-life situations like the MYOSB competition. In the tradition of great writers like C. S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia Chronicles, how great would it be to have graduates from Rehoboth using their gifts for storytelling to tell stories that touch the heart and mind like Claris has done. Well done Claris, and congratulations on this great achievement.

Heat and Humidity No Barrier for Athletic Tori

Tori Moss (Year 9) was selected to represent WA in the International Athletics Championships, held in Singapore on 11-12 July. The Championships allowed Tori to put her Little Athletics training to the test against a tough field of competitors.

The heat and humidity of Singapore didn’t stop Tori from earning an impressive three medals from four events:

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EventPlace
U14 Girls 200mGold
U14 Girls Long JumpGold
U14 Girls 4x100m RelaySilver

In addition, Tori has also been selected to attend an elite athletics training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in October. Her selection places her among the top female athletes in her age group not just locally, but Australia-wide.

Tori’s family were justifiably proud of her achievements, saying, “She’s done WA and herself proud. We praise God for these opportunities He has given Tori.”

We join with the Moss family in saying congratulations to Tori on her incredible sporting achievements!

National Bronze for Gymnast Josiah

Congratulations to Josiah Hunter (Year 12)!

Josiah has trained competitively in gymnastics for over 12 years. He currently trains 15 hours a week with Forefront Gymnastics at Jandakot. His coach, Darren Hicks, has been coaching him for over 7 years. This year he was chosen alongside 6 other athletes to represent WA at the National Championships in Melbourne from 21-25 May, after competing successfully at the State Championships in April. He competed with other Level 7 gymnasts from all over the country. WA came fourth overall in Australia.

There are six apparatus they must compete on: pommel, rings, high bar, vault, parallel bars and floor. Each routine is judged by a panel of judges with points awarded and deducted based on difficulty and execution. The harder the routine, the higher the points… but the higher the risk! Gymnasts have broken many bones trying to master more complicated routines.

Josiah had his best result in pommel, where he came third and got bronze. His training partner, Joel Humich, came first in rings. Big thanks to his coach, teammates, school and parents for their support and encouragement.

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