Vision and Values
Our 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.
To engage the whole child to think, respond, and live with excellence for the glory of God alone.
Rehoboth exists as an extension of the Christian home, partnering with parents as a covenant community to support them in their taks of nurturing and educating their children to equip them for all of life.
We believe that it is our purpose as educators and parents to orient our students Biblically toward the knowledge of God, the Gospel, humanity, and all of God’s creation, so that they would seek His will, see things as He sees them, and engage with and influence the culture in which they live.
We believe that the Christian school must partner with parents and churches to develop the whole child (i.e. their spiritual, moral, academic, personal, and social growth), to inspire them to excel, to be intolerant of mediocrity, and to make wise choices.
We believe such an education is distinctly Christian in its character, intentions, and outworking.
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.