Vision and Values
Not All Schools Are the Same
A secular education, with its humanistic ideals, praises man and what he has made and discovered and understood; but even among Christian schools, there can be differences. We consider the singular purpose of Christian education is that it should lead students to think and live for the glory of God in every aspect of their lives. This feeds directly into our educational philosophy for what a distinctly Christian education means at Rehoboth, and forms the basis for our vision, mission, and purpose.
No educational model is values-neutral, and so we choose to make ours thoroughly Christ-centred because we believe that it is Jesus Christ, not man, who is at the centre of all things. This truth forms the basis of our Christian worldview and is at the heart of our teaching and learning. On the basis of this, we have developed four core beliefs.
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and our only means of salvation from sin (Jn 3:16; Rom 5:8; 1 Jn 4:9). God the Father has made Jesus King of kings and Lord of lords, which means that there is no authority higher than Him and the He has sovereignty over every aspect of our lives (Phil 2:5-11; 1 Tim 6:15-16). Christ is fundamentally central to everything (Col 1:16-17).
We believe that our students are made in God’s image (Gen 1:27). They are therefore due the dignity and respect that being an image-bearer of God entails. Each student is unique in character and gifted by God for His service (Eph 2:8-10). We view students as God’s children and hold that His Covenant of Grace extends to them also. Students have the potential to be future influencers for Christ in the culture and circumstances in which they live.
We believe families are a God-ordained and fundamental unit of society (Gen 2:18; Eph 5:25-28; Eph 6:1-3). Though subject to sin and imperfect relationships, it is within the family unit that children first encounter a model of Christian living and discipleship. Parents are primarily responsible for raising their children in the fear and knowledge of the Lord, and the Christian school exists to assist parents in meeting this responsibility via a God-honouring partnership. Rehoboth is therefore a community of like-minded believers, unified under the lordship of Jesus Christ (Eph 2:19-22).
Employees of Rehoboth are Christ’s representatives to the College and external communities. We believe our staff, like our students, are made in God’s image, are uniquely gifted, and are called to influence students for His glory. Staff are lifelong learners, both spiritually and professionally, and play a central role as custodians of our Christian worldview.
Over 50 years of providing Christ-centred education, we have developed several characteristics that are “distinctly Rehoboth” and help explain who we are and what we value. To learn more about some of the things that make Rehoboth unique amongst Western Australian schools, download our Rehoboth Distinctives booklet, written by former Principal Rob Geijsman and originally published as a series of newsletter articles.