Welcome to Rehoboth Christian College.
We would particularly like to welcome those who are new to Rehoboth. We pray that you will soon feel part of our wonderful community and that your children will settle in quickly and well.
We know that all families will be blessed by being a part of our school community as we seek to provide a Christ-centred education which develops the spiritual, cognitive, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing of our students.
We want to continue to build strong relationships between home, school, and church, with parents, staff, and volunteers working together. Rehoboth is partnering with families by providing Christian education where the Bible is the foundational document in every learning area of the curriculum. It is our desire to equip students by teaching them to think with the mind of Christ; to look at the world through the lens of God’s Word; and to develop a Christian worldview in the way they examine and interpret the world around them. Therefore, our focus is on preparation and equipping well.
Communication is important in building and maintaining a vibrant culture at Rehoboth. We ask that you be proactive in speaking to staff regularly, encouraging each other, discussing concerns that you may have, and celebrating successes. This is vital in establishing and building the strong partnership we desire to have with you – it is a two-way relationship where good communication is not only encouraged but valued by both parties.
This manual contains information detailing many expectations and procedures that ensure the smooth running of the College. Please read it carefully before school begins, even though your family may have been attending Rehoboth for some time, as some procedures are modified from year to year. It is also useful for parents new to Rehoboth to read through this manual with your children early in the school year. It will assist them in becoming familiar with their new school environment.
We are excited to continue to implement the College’s Strategic Plan, Axiom23. It is our aim to continue to improve in every area of the College so that we might glorify God in everything that we think, say, and do. Let us work together to provide this Christ-centred education that we value so much, so that each child grows in faith and in their knowledge and love of the Lord as they follow the path that He has prepared for them.
Mrs Willy Pike
Principal (Wilson K-6)
Mrs Nicole Pleysier
Principal (Kenwick K-6)
Mrs W Pike
Mr C Hunter
Teacher Mentor and Curriculum Support
Mrs S Vivian
Learning Support Coordinator
Mrs A Murray
Mrs R Sherlock
Mrs H Cocco
Mrs J Pollock
Miss K Chan
Mrs D Trubert
Miss M Heaysman
Mrs A Norman
Mr C Hunter
Mrs H Ferguson
Mrs K Rajanayagam
Miss K Goh
Mrs S Eng
Mr M Royce
Mrs S Vivian
Mrs A Murray
Early Childhood DOTT
Mrs J Yap
LEX@R Years 5-6
Mrs N Marmion
Mrs L Theaart
Mrs S Thygesen
Mrs T Muilenburg
Mrs N Pleysier
Teacher Mentor and Curriculum Support
Miss K Gibbon
Learning Support Coordinator
Mrs H Crosby
STEAM Development and Support
Mr A Norman
Mrs J Nieuwkerk
Mrs M van Dam
Miss E Bruce
Miss C Kent
Year 1 Red
Miss C Eikelboom
Year 1 Blue
Mrs N Henderson
Mrs S Ray
Mrs T Artie
Mrs P Ayre
Mr D Farr
Miss S Low
Miss K Gibbon
Mr A Norman
Miss K Goh
Mrs S Eng
Mr M Royce
Miss S Masters
Mrs S Vivian
Mrs R Howard
Mrs H Crosby
Mrs R Howard
Early Childhood DOTT
Mrs J Davies
Mrs K Joubert
Mrs K Witcombe
LEX@R Years 5-6
Mr D Farr
Mrs L Theaart
Mrs C Nagel
Mrs J Suckling
Mrs R Sands
Our history began over fifty years ago when Dutch migrants coming to Australia found something missing in the local schools. Many of these migrants had been educated at Christian schools – ‘Schools with the Bible’ – in Holland, where Christian parents where helped to raise their children to love and serve God in all areas of life.
In Perth, just as they did around Australia, these migrants spread the vision of establishing schools where God was proclaimed as the King of all life. They dreamed of schools with Christian teachers who were just as excited about these ideas and prayed that their children would have such schools where they could be taught to ‘think Christianly’.
In 1959, the Association for Christian Education (ACE) was established and planning began for a Christian school in Perth. ACE commenced a ‘Saturday School’ for the children of its members in 1961.
In 1966, ‘Rehoboth Christian School’ opened, with two teachers and 23 students in Years 4-7. Rehoboth celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.
In 1977, Rehoboth Christian High School commenced in rented facilities in South Perth, and then in 1979 moved to the current site in Kenwick. ACE expanded again in 1992 when a second primary campus was opened in Yangebup, but this school eventually closed at the end of 2001. In 2005, a primary school commenced at the Kenwick Campus. Currently, over 800 students attend Rehoboth Christian College across its two campuses.
What Does ‘Rehoboth’ Mean?
The name ‘Rehoboth’ comes from Genesis 26:22 and means, ‘For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land’.
We are thankful today that God has allowed our schools to be fruitful. We are thankful for the vision of Christian schooling that our founders had and the sacrifices they made to bring it about. We are also thankful that many other Christians have caught that same vision and that Rehoboth’s existence has encouraged many other groups to start Christian schools. We are thankful for the way that Rehoboth has touched the lives of thousands over the past fifty years, and the way that their lives have also been fruitful because of the Christian education they received. To God be the glory!
The College Crest
Our crest features the College colours (blue, red, and white) and its design has several important aspects which remind us of the nature of our schools.
The Cross is the symbol of our faith and salvation and draws our attention to the redeeming work of Christ. The world we now study is one spoiled by sin, but through Christ’s salvation and promise, we look forward to the full restoration of His creation and kingdom.
The Bible, symbolised by the open Word of God, reminds us that it is our aim to present all education and life in the light of His Word.
The College MottoSoli Deo Gloria – For the Glory of God Alone
This Latin phrase was a catch-cry of the Protestant Reformation. It points to both the reformed nature of our schools and the fact that Christian education should lead students to acknowledge God’s sovereignty in all things, ‘For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things…’ (Rom 11:36).
A secular education, with its humanistic ideals, praises man and what he has made and discovered and understood. Christian education strives to glorify God at all times and to lead students to think and live for that goal in every aspect of their lives, to ‘demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God’ and to ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Cor 10:4-5).
What We Believe
God’s ultimate goal is to preserve, display, and glorify His own greatness and glory.
He has displayed that glory in creation and redemption.
God’s purpose for mankind, therefore, is to glorify Him and bring Him pleasure. Because of the presence of sin, we can only do this in the power of the Holy Spirit, sent by Christ, to all who look to Him for salvation.
God has given us His Word, the Bible, as the authoritative guide to living for His glory and pleasure.
The fulfilment of God’s plan, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is to make us partakers of His divine nature and continue in His presence forever.
Parents have been given the responsibility from God for the training and instruction of their children. It is the duty and privilege of Christian parents to consistently nurture their children to respond in faith and obedience to God in all areas of their lives.
‘To engage the whole child to think, respond, and live with excellent 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 task of nurturing and education 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. Such an education is distinctly Christian in its character, intentions, and outworkings’.
For more on our vision, mission, and purpose, see our current strategic plan.
We expect all of our staff and students to uphold the good name of the College and to reflect our shared values.
We aim to put God at the centre of all planning, decision making, and student learning. Our motto, ‘Soli Deo Gloria’, is often explicit, but always implicit in everything we do.
These principles originally developed during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. They summarise our view of God and the Christian faith and connect us to our Reformed heritage:
- Sola Fide: By faith alone
- Sola Scripture: By Scripture alone
- Sola Christus: Through Christ alone
- Sola Gratia: By grace alone
- Soli Deo Gloria: For the glory of God alone
Purpose, Partnership, Preparation
This is not simply an advertising slogan, but a summary of our beliefs and approach to Christian education. No educational model is values-neutral, and so we choose to make ours thoroughly Christ-centred, rather than man-centred.
Because we regard all members of our community – students, parents, staff, and visitors – as made in the image of God and empowered by Him for good works, it is one of the chief aims of Christian education to nurture a student’s God-given gifts and abilities and provide adequate opportunities for the exercising of those gifts.
Our aim as Christian educators, in partnership with the home and church, is to bring students to a more complete understanding of the sovereignty of Christ over all things, including their own lives, and to encourage them to accept God’s covenant promises for themselves.
We encourage our students to achieve their personal best in all their pursuits and to value the diversity of programs we offer, allowing all students to experience and excel in a range of academic pursuits, sports and arts programs, leadership positions, and personal development.
It is our firm belief that students should feel safe at all times and always have someone to turn to for advice or assistance while at Rehoboth.
All students are placed in one of our three Houses: Newton, Tyndale, or Wycliffe. House groupings may be used for sports carnivals as well as other whole school activities. Each student should have a House shirt that may be worn on days when they have Physical Education.
Motto: Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)
Colours: Green and Gold
This House is named after John Newton (1725-1807), hymn writer and pastor. Originally a ship’s captain, Newton was involved in the slave trade. His conversion followed his miraculous survival during a gale at sea. Newton later became a pastor and wrote many hymns including ‘Amazing Grace’. He also played a prominent role in the anti-slavery movement.
Motto: Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)
Colours: Black and White
This House is named after William Tyndale (1494-1536) who was a teacher, translator, and preacher. Tyndale believed in justification by faith alone. After moving to Germany, he completed his translation of the New Testament into English and had it published. This was significant in that it gave common people access to the Bible in a language they could understand.
Motto: Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)
Colours: Blue and Red
This House is named after John Wycliffe (c1330-1384). He was called the ‘Morning Star of the Reformation’ as he challenged a number of the accepted practices of the Church. Wycliffe based his views on the absolute authority of the Bible, God’s law, which he distinguished from the teachings of the Church. He argued that every man had the right to examine the Bible for himself.
We operate on a two-semester, with each semester divided into two terms basis. Between the two semesters there is a three-week mid-year break. There are also mid-semester breaks.
Term dates are published on our Community Calendar. Proposed term dates may be subject to change without notice. Please check the calendar for any changes and pupil free days.
In 2021, public holidays are scheduled for the following dates. Students are not required to attend school on these days:
Tuesday 26 January
Monday 1 March
Friday 2 April
Monday 5 April
Monday 26 April
Monday 7 June
Monday 27 September
Parents are always welcome to phone or email the College to make an appointment to speak with any particular regarding their child’s progress. Our staff members are often available to speak to parents, but we ask for your assistance in making an appointment through the Administration Office first.
Parents are requested not to phone teachers at home to discuss College-related matters.
22 Dalton Place
Wilson WA 6107
270 Brixton Street (Gate 1)
Kenwick WA 6107
Students should arrive at the College between 8:15-8:35am so that they are ready to start at 8:40am.
Unless waiting to be picked up, or waiting for the bus, students should depart by 3:15pm. No students should still be on campus after 3:30pm.
As punctuality is very important, please make every effort to have your children in class and ready to begin by 8:40am. The educational program starts at this time and arriving late distracts the rest of the class and disrupts the routines that teachers have in place for the beginning of the day.
If a student needs to leave during the day for any reason, a parent must sign the student out at the Administration Office. If a student returns after having been out of the College for a period (e.g. for a dental visit), the student must be signed in at the Administration Office upon their return.
Before and after school, students are not permitted to play in or around the undercover areas. Students must always be in full view of teachers.
If you move to a new address or change phone numbers or email addresses, please update your information in Consent2Go and inform the Administration Office as soon as possible.
Ensuring we have your current contact information is vital for emergencies.
Reception areas in the Administration Offices are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Please refer to Contact Details regarding contact information for Wilson and Kenwick Primary Schools.
All students in Kindy and Pre-Primary should be signed out from their classrooms by their parents.
It is always our aim to keep students as safe as possible, and we will not allow students to enter car parks without supervision. Please talk about car park safety with your children at home, as we do at school.
We would appreciate your cooperation in collecting your children promptly after school.
No students should be on campus after 3:30pm.
We request that all Year 1-6 students be collected from the front areas of the campus. Students who are still at school when the bus arrives from Kenwick will be taken to the Administration Office to wait in the reception area.
When the final bus leaves, any remaining students will be taken to the Administration Office and parents will be contacted. If you know you are running late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the Administration Office know as soon as possible.
Students who have not been collected by parents at the classroom will be escorted to the oval where supervision is available. Primary students are asked to wait quietly until their parents arrive. Should students need to use the toilets, they should use the Secondary School toilets for duty of care reasons.
Please note that, at Kenwick, any students still on campus after 3:40pm will be taken to our after school care program run by Camp Australia, and the cost of this will be the responsibility of parents. We thank you for your understanding in this matter as we seek to ensure the safety of students.
Assemblies (called Celebrations) will be held on a regular basis. Parents are advised to check the Community Calendar for specific dates as they are subject to change. We also hold special assemblies throughout the year.
Celebration and Encouragement Certificates are usually presented during these occasions. Parents will be notified beforehand if their child is to receive a certificate.
Parents, friends, and relatives are always welcome to attend our Celebrations. They are a wonderful opportunity to share in the hard work and success of our students.
General assemblies are held on some Wednesdays at 2:30pm in Term 1, and then on some Fridays at 2:30pm in Terms 2-4. Major assemblies begin at 2:15pm.
General celebrations are held fortnightly on even weeks from 8:40am.
The Association for Christian Education (ACE) is the body that owns and governs the College. All parents will be either Ordinary or Affiliate Members, depending on which level was chosen at the time of enrolment. You can find out more about ACE here.
ACE holds meetings for its members twice per year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is normally held on the last Monday in March. Election of Board members and other Association business is conducted at this meeting. A General Meeting is also held on the last Monday in October. As a parent-direct College, the support of parents through attendance at Association meetings is essential for the welfare of our College and is a key way that parents can participate in the direction and governance of the College.
Any interest from parents in the activities of the Board and becoming Board member is always welcome. Please contact the Business Office for further information.
ACE is also a long-standing member of Christian Education National (CEN). With a national office located in Blacktown NSW, CEN promotes parent-directed Christian schooling and provides support, training, consultancy, and more to a network of over 65 schools across Australia, representing some 20,000 students.
The National Institute for Christian Education (NICE) is the vehicle by which CEN supports Christian teacher education and development, offering postgraduate training tailored for Christian education.
All new Rehoboth teachers are required to undertake foundational courses in Christian education via NICE in the first first four years of their employment.
We have obligations under the Education Act as well as accountability to parents to ensure that children enrolled at Rehoboth are attending school. Attendance at school is compulsory. We would request that parents aim to keep all appointments (dentist, doctor, etc.) for outside of school hours wherever possible.
In the event of a student absence, parents should contact their Administration Office by 9:00am either by phone or email to advise that children will be absent on each of absence. If a student is absent for three or more consecutive days, a written note must be sent to the school stating dates and reasons for the absence (if parents have emailed the school, the written note will not be necessary). In the case of longer absences (i.e. more than one week), a doctor’s certificate may be required.
Parents must contact the Administration Office (not class teachers) early on the day of their child’s absence by phone or email. A note may also be sent with a sibling or, if parents are aware of forthcoming absence, they should inform the Administration Office. If the Office has not received any information by 9:15am, we will contact parents either by phone or SMS to ensure the student is safe.
Parents may be asked to put the reason of their child’s absence in writing if required by the Principal.
Students in Years 5-6 who take private instrumental music lessons or who demonstrate strong singing skills will have the opportunity to join the Year 5-6 Band through an audition process.
Band rehearsals are held once a week during lunchtime and provide students with the opportunity to create music together. Students are expected to commit to the Band for the entire year and attend all rehearsals and performances.
Auditions are held early in Term 1. For more information please contact our Music teacher, Miss Goh.
The following bell times apply for both Wilson and Kenwick:
Students may enter classrooms
Start of school day
End of school day (K-PP)
End of school day (Years 1-6)
Students riding bicycles to school are required to obey traffic laws, including wearing a helmet and taking extra care in and around the campus car parks. Students are strongly urged to lock their bicycles when they arrive at school for protection and safety.
Bike racks at Wilson are located at the front of the school adjacent to the stairs.
Bike racks at Kenwick are located in front of the Secondary Block 2 (Design and Technology building).
Bicycles are not to be ridden on College grounds. Students must dismount and walk alongside their bikes once they enter the campus.
The Board consists of individuals elected from the membership of the Association for Christian Education. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting and Board members serve for a term of three years before retiring or seeking re-election. The Principals work closely with the Board to achieve educational goals and report monthly on school matters.
The Board’s stated objectives include:
- the provision of a quality, Christ-centred education taught from a consistent Christian worldview by committed Christian teachers
- partnering with parents to provide an education that is in harmony with the Christian home
- providing an education that demonstrates how the world is God’s and there is no area of life where Christ is not Lord and King.
- training students to apply a Christian worldview in their thoughts and actions
- encouraging and equipping children to serve Christ in their chosen life roles and careers
Booklists contain all the stationery and textbooks a student will need for their year of study. They are issued towards the end of Term 4 each year for students entering Years 1-6. In place of a booklist in Kindy and Pre-Primary, parents are charged a stationery levy. This amount is included on our Fee Schedule.
Booklists can be downloaded through SEQTA Engage. The Administration Office will also have limited copies.
On occasion a student may need more stationery than originally listed and parents will need to provide these.
Bullying is a problem that exists in our society. Though we would wish it to be different, our students are capable of this behaviour and it may at times be present in our school.
We do not accept this type of behaviour.
Prevention is better than punishment. Both the home and the college need to continually talk about this issue and discuss acceptable behaviour and strategies for dealing with offences. When cases arise, however, we will deal with the bully and the bullied, including those passively watching and not reporting the offence.
Bullying can take many forms including verbal, physical, social, cyber, and psychological. For bullying to be dealt with effectively all staff, students, and parents need to be vigilant. We need to be diligent in listening to all instances and as much information as possible about the offence and immediately report any incidents to the College. Please do not wait for events to reoccur several times before reporting. Students need to know that bullying is unacceptable at Rehoboth and will be dealt with in a serious but appropriate manner.
For further information, please refer to our Bullying and Countering Bullying Policy.
We are very pleased to be able to offer new, modern buses for our families, complete with air-conditioning and a range of safety features. Rehoboth operates this service in-house, employing our own drivers and Fleet Manager to take good care of our students.
Three daily routes are available, servicing the Canning Vale, Cockburn, and Southern River areas. A transfer service between Wilson and Kenwick is also available.
All students are welcome to use the bus service on a full-time, part-time, or casual basis. Fees, route guides, and application information are available from our website, or contact the Business Office for more information.
It is not common, but occasionally the need arises for families to move their children from one Rehoboth campus to the other. Parents who are considering a transfer should follow the procedure below:
- Parents are asked to put their request in writing to the Principal of their current campus so that it can be placed on file.
- A meeting will be arranged between parents and the Principal to discuss the request.
- The request will then be discussed by both Primary School Principals who will consider the reasons for the transfer. Please understand that there are a range of factors to be considered during the decision making process.
- Transfers will only be considered for the next academic year; however, extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.
- Parents will be informed of the final decision by Term 4 so that students may be prepared for the transfer the following year.
The Rehoboth Canteens provide quality food choices and offer a range of hot and cold foods, drinks, and snacks. Most of the products sold at the Canteens comply with the State School Canteens Traffic Light System Guidelines. Our Canteens do offer a variety of home-baked treats that are generously donated each week by parent volunteers.
The profits generated by the Canteens are used to provide resources and equipment for the benefit of the College community.
The Canteens provide:
- lunches and food sales
- café meeting place for parents
- opportunities for parents to qualify for College Support
- basic training for all volunteer assistants
- support to the Secondary School Food Science and Technology Department
- catering for College functions
For a copy of menus and how to order online, visit our website.
If you would like to volunteer at either Canteen, please contact the relevant manager. We could not run them without our dedicated volunteers!
The Canteen at Kenwick is operated by Mrs Charmaine Nagel who works closely with a team of committed assistants and parents volunteers. All fresh food menu choices are prepared onsite to the highest food health and safety requirements. Mrs Mac’s Good Eating range, designed especially for school canteens, is also available on set days.
The Canteen is open 8:15am to 3:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
The Wilson Canteen is operated by Mrs Sue Thygesen who works closely with a team of committed assistants and parents volunteers. All fresh food menu choices are prepared onsite to the highest food health and safety requirements.
The Canteen is open from 8:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our approach to child safety has been developed by the Senior Leadership Team and endorsed by the Board. We recommend that all parents familiarise themselves with our Child Safe Framework.
We seek to provide a learning environment in which all students are protected from harm of any kind and places the highest possible priority on the safety and nurture of children. We expect all people and organisations who partner with us – including staff, students, parents, volunteers, visitors, and contractors – to espouse this approach.
Because we believe that children are created uniquely by God, we understand that they are precious in His sight and loved by Him. From that, it follows that their voice should not be ignored, whether positive or negative.
The Association’s CEO is Mr Mark Steyn. His office is located in the Business Office at 92 Kenwick Road, Kenwick. Mr Steyn is available for appointments with parents which can be booked via the Business Office.
Students in Years 4-6 will have the opportunity to join the Primary Choir through an audition process. Auditions are normally held in Term 1.
Choir rehearsals are held once per week during school time. Students are expected to remain in the Choir for the entire year and to attend all rehearsals and performances.
The purchase of a short sleeve white collared shirt will be required as part of the Choir uniform.
For more information, please contact our Music Teacher, Mrs Kimberley Goh.
Our Church History program is a unique Rehoboth offering which reflects the distinctiveness of the College.
The curriculum has been designed by, and for, Rehoboth staff and forms part of the Year 5-6 program.
Throughout the years at Rehoboth both ‘straight’ and ‘composite’ classes have operated. There are a wide range of factors taken into consideration as we arrange classes each year. Parents should be assured that a student’s placement in a composite class is not necessarily an indication of ability. In any class, there are varying abilities within a group regardless of whether it is a straight or composite class.
The mix of straight and composite classes in a school can provide wonderful opportunities for differentiated teaching and learning to assist every student to reach their full potential in many areas.
It also assists in enhancing social skills, communication, cooperative learning, and independency. This supports the College’s vision and purpose of developing the whole child, which includes their spiritual, moral, and academic growth and their personal and social development.
Additionally, there will be many opportunities during the year where students will come together with other classes for instruction and group learning.
Regardless of whether a student is in a straight or composite class, they will be completing the curriculum required for their year level. They will also have opportunities to come together to do whole-year level work in Literacy and Numeracy Groups and Science activities.
Regardless of which class a student is placed in, we endeavour to provide a quality Christ-centred education for all our students. Class lists are usually posted in late January at the Administration Office. This allows us to accommodate any last minute change such as new enrolments, student movements, and confirmation of class teachers. However, once Term 1 has commenced, all placements are final.
Many of the activities that parents are able to be involved in qualify for our College Support discount. All that is needed is for parents to complete a minimum five hours of approved activities over the course of a semester and submit a completed College Support Form to the Business Office by the due date. Discounts will then be processed and applied to the next family statement.
Activities that qualify for College Support include, but are not limited to:
- Administration support
- general gardening and maintenance
- classroom assistance
- Information and Community Technology (ICT)
- accompaniment on excursions and camps
We appreciate that whenever people work together in community, concerns and issues develop. For Rehoboth to work effectively, we need to be able to openly and honestly share our concerns with each other in a Christ-like manner. Although this may not always be easy, it is important to deal with issues sooner rather than later. It will prevent any issue from getting bigger than it should.
Our Complaints and Grievances (Parents) Policy is available from Rehoboth Alpha. The policy outlines a three stage approach to resolving complaints: informal resolution, formal resolution, and a panel hearing.
Our Complaints and Grievances (Students Policy), also available from Rehoboth Alpha, outlines a child-friendly approach for students to raise any concerns.
We are committed to developing an educational and organisational culture based on mutual trust and respect, and to following procedures that resolve issues in a manner that is honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and worthy of the calling to which we have been called (Eph 4:1-6).
We welcome your success stories and compliments and take seriously any concerns, questions, or complaints. There are many ways that a concern or compliment can be made:
- Talk to a trusted friend
- Use our Complaints and Compliments Form
- Place a note in one of our Communication Boxes
- Speak to the Principal or Chaplain
- Speak to a teacher
- Send a message using SEQTA Direqt
- Send an email or make a phone call
Consent2Go is a platform to help us manage student health and medical information, aid teachers in planning and running excursions and activities, and facilitate parent permissions for those activities. It eliminates our need for paper forms by using email and secure online student profiles for parent approvals. With each activity, parents will receive an email to update and approve the information we hold about their child and to give permission for them to attend the activity. Where there are additional costs for an activity, these can be paid online using the Consent2Go form.
Consent2Go does not require parents to set up an account or remember a password. If parents need to update their child’s profile, they do not have to wait for the next excursion invite – this can be done at any time using the Student Profile Invitation.
Curriculum addresses not only the skills and knowledge that students are expected to learn, but also the manner in which it is presented.
At Rehoboth, we are committed to a distinctly Christian curriculum. We seek to provide a Biblical-based and God-honouring perspective in every learning area and activity. Our desire is to prepare students for lives of service to God wherever He may call them and to help them think and discern with the mind of Christ.
Our curriculum includes English, Mathematics, the Arts, Biblical Studies and Church History, Indonesian, Science, Digital Technology, Health and Physical Education, and Humanities and Social Sciences.
Both campuses are enrolled in the School Dental Service, which provides dental examinations and treatments for students.
The School Dental Service we are enrolled with is the Mt Henry Dental Clinic, located at 43 Mt Henry Road, Como WA 6152.
The School Dental Service we are enrolled with is the Thornlie Dental Centre, located on Thornlie Avenue, Thornlie.
Phone: 9459 7540
Discipline is something that is done for students, not to them. It means guiding students toward maturity and the development of character. Discipline is to instruct, educate, guide, and train with faithful consistency. It is more than giving orders and rules or punishing misbehaviour. It is the making of a disciple and the development of Christ-like behaviour.
Discipline at Rehoboth may sometimes include the concept of punishment, but this must be seen more broadly than simply punishing wrongdoing. In its fundamental meaning, discipline refers to the idea of discipling students, leading them to conformity to the person of Christ. As such, it includes many aspects, including praise, encouragement, teaching, nurturing, example, and correction. The ‘other side of the coin’ includes chastisement, retribution, punishment, and restitution, as well as aspects of justice, graciousness, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Our Discipline (Foundational Understandings) Policy is a comprehensive guide to our philosophy, while our Discipline (Students) Policy outlines our practices. These policies are available from Rehoboth Alpha.
The basic principle underpinning our Discipline Policies is that the student receives a warning prior to a consequence in an effort to instruct and guide, and that there is an escalating series of consequences if the student’s behaviour does not improve.
In the event of a serious breach of the Code of Conduct (Students), the consequences may be escalated more quickly.
If parents would like their student to be readmitted following an exclusion, they will need to have a meeting with the Principal at the end of the suspension period to discuss this. Sometimes, a student may only be readmitted on a conditional enrolment basis, with various conditions document in a Student Contract that the student and parents will sign to indicate that they are aware that continued enrolment is subject to the conditions being met.
In certain cases, a student may be excluded from attending the College. A student can only be excluded if the Board (or its representative members) agrees to a recommendation from the Principal that such an action is necessary. This occurs after a review of the circumstances by a Discipline Panel.
Suspension and exclusion are very rare at Rehoboth, but parents and students need to be aware that these policies do apply.
Role and Responsibilities of the Classroom Teacher
- Deals with day to day classroom issues.
- May notify parents of positive student behaviour by phone or email.
- Keeps documentation of all actions including anecdotal notes.
- Discipline procedures may include apology, restitution, think sheet, time out, seating changes, suspension from special activities, pre-arranged buddy teacher classes, and other teacher-initiated consequences.
- Implements behaviour programs to enforce positive behaviours (e.g. ‘Stop, Think, Do’).
- May notify parents of student concerns by phone or email and may invite parents to an interview.
- Implements an Individual Behaviour Plan with student input and parent notification.
- Refers significant discipline or pastoral care issues to the Principal.
- May be involved with the Principal in interviews with parents.
Role and Responsibilities of the Principal
- Teacher discussion and documentation is reviewed.
- Student is withdrawn from class for certain activities.
- Student is given an in-school suspension.
- Interview with parents.
- Ongoing consultation with parents and outside agencies will continue towards a positive outcome.
- Student is given an in-home suspension.
- Meetings with parents to discuss the ongoing issues.
- Letter of warning sent to parents if the student is likely to be excluded from the College.
- Student is given a second in-home suspension, followed by a further meeting with parents and a letter of intent to exclude the student from the College.
- Withdrawal of student from school or exclusion.
- Suspicions of child abuse should be reported directly to the Principal.
As a general rule, each class plans one excursion per semester.
For class excursions, a bus is usually booked. Teacher will ensure that diligent supervision is maintained throughout the excursions and that student behaviour is of a high standard.
The ratio of adults to students will not be greater than 1:10; however, we prefer a lower ratio of 1:6 for increased levels of student safety and supervision.
Parents may be eligible for College Support hours when accompanying an excursion. Hours may only be allocated when parents take responsibility for a small group of students for the activity under the direction of the teacher. If there are not enough parent helpers to achieve the necessary supervision ratios, an excursion may be cancelled.
Details of excursion are sent via Consent2Go. Parents will receive an email regarding their child’s excursion asking them to provide permission to attend. All excursions during school hours are compulsory and considered the same as attending regular classes.
It is the responsibility of parents to respond to the Consent2Go invitation for their child. Failure to do so will mean the child will be unable to attend. It is not the responsibility of the Administration Office to follow up with parents for consent. If parents are not receiving the Consent2Go emails, it is vital that the Administration Office is informed immediately.
Full school uniform is compulsory for all excursions unless otherwise specified.
Teachers will ensure that the College’s First Aid Kit and a mobile phone are taken on all excursions.
We have specialist teachers in a number of learning areas in Years 1-6, including LOTE (Indonesian), Literature Appreciation, Music, and Physical Education. We also have Church History in Years 5-6.
In order to protect the gym floor, only students wearing sports shoes with non-marking soles will be permitted to use the basketball court either for PE lessons or at break times. Students may take their shoes off in the gym.
Students are not permitted to use enter the AV Booth or use any of the audiovisual equipment without the express permission and supervision of their teacher.
The only hat that may be worn at school is the broad-brimmed uniform hat with the College crest.
We have a ‘No Hat, No Play’ policy that applies in Term 1 and from 1 September each year. All students are required to wear hats during outdoor PE lessons.
Students have lessons in their Health program that address wise choices and being sun-smart. They are encouraged to learn to use common sense when playing outside.
Head lice is an ongoing concern in all schools. We need the cooperation of all parents to keep on top of this. If a student has head lice, we ask that they be kept at home.
If head lice are noticed at the College, parents will be called and asked to collect their child and commence treatment immediately. A letter will be sent home with your child advising you of the situation. All lice eggs need to be removed before the student can return. This applies even though treatment may have begun.
Upon returning to school, the student’s hair will be checked. If eggs are found, parents will be asked to take their child home again to remove them.
Lice checks are conducted discreetly by parent volunteers for students in Kindy to Year 3.
Homework is an integral part of a student’s education. It aims to establish good, regular study habits and is conducive to a student’s present and future education.
Years 1-2: Homework will be of a short duration and consist mainly of oral reading to parents and reviewing spelling words.
Years 3-4: Other activities may be added and approximately 20-25 minutes per weeknight is expected.
Years 5-6: Other activities will be added and approximately 30-40 minutes per weeknight is expected.
Reading should be a part of every student’s homework.
Parents are requested to provide supervision of their child’s homework, including a suitable place to do their homework and that it is adequately completed.
If parents know that their child is regularly exceeding the homework time limit, or if they have any other concerns or questions regarding homework, they should speak with their child’s teacher.
Indonesian is our ‘Language Other Than English’ (LOTE) taught at Rehoboth. All students from Years 1-3 will receive a 30min lesson each week. Students in Years 4-6 will receive a 60min lesson.
We invite parents to consider enrolling their children in our expanding Instrumental Music Program (IMP). Music lessons are an important part of the overall education that we provide at Rehoboth. Our aim is to enrich the lives of young people through the passion and love of music and instrumental practice.
We offer individual and small group tuition on a wide range of instruments:
Learning Extension @ Rehoboth (LEX@R) incorporates students from Years 5-8. The aim of the program is to extend learning beyond the normal class curriculum with students who show an aptitude for academics as well as artistic talents. Students are taken out of class once a week to work with a specialist teacher on various programs and activities.
Students wishing to be considered for LEX@R will be required to fill in an application form. As part of the application process, parents and students will need to fill in a questionnaire regarding their children. Students who are chosen will need to meet certain criteria based upon testing and NAPLAN results, teacher recommendations, and portfolios of work where appropriate.
LEX@R will have a limited number of students for optimum learning and may incur additional fees depending on the program in which the students are involved.
Students will have the opportunity to visit the Library every week for book borrowing and for literature promotion.
Our librarians, Mrs Annechiena Murray (Wilson Campus), Mrs Helen Crosby, and Mrs Roslyn Howard (Kenwick Campus), will take weekly sessions of Literature Appreciation. This program seeks to foster a love of reading through literature promotion and activities. In addition, during this time, students can also borrow books.
Parents will be advised of their child’s Literature Appreciation day via their class teacher.
Students will also have access to the Library before and after school as well as during lunch time on the days that the Library is staffed. If a child damages or loses a Library item, they may be required to pay for the cost of a replacement item.
All clothing and personal items brought to school must be clearly marked with the student’s first and last name.
Lost property is kept in a box in the Administration Office as well as in the foyer of the Upper Primary Block at Kenwick. Students and parents may check before and after school. Items that are not clearly labelled will be forwarded to the Secondhand Uniform Shops at the end of each term to be sold.
Please note that it is the responsibility of students and parents to claim items from Lost Property.
Lunches will be available from the Canteens on:
Wilson: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Kenwick: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Parents are encouraged to provide a healthy, nutritious lunch for their children. Providing them with junk food is inappropriate and contradicts the Health Program we teach at Rehoboth.
It is also important to ensure that students have adequate drinks for the day. In hot weather, a frozen bottle of water is suitable, and we also have drinking fountains at each campus. We encourage all students to drink water often and have a piece of fruit or vegetable during the afternoon for Crunch and Sip.
Rehoboth is a Nut Aware school as some students have nut allergies. Please be considerate when making lunches not to include nut products.
Please note: parents should supply students an appropriate thermos style container and utensils if they wish their students to have hot food for lunch.
Mandatory Reporting is key element of our Child Safe Framework and has to do with the duty of care obligations of teachers to report sexual abuse.
If a teacher forms a reasonable belief that a student is the victim of sexual abuse, it is their legal responsibility to report such cases.
If a student confides in a teacher or a teacher forms an opinion that abuse has occurred, the teacher is legally obligated to report the matter to the appropriate Government Department. Failure to do so involves serious penalties.
By law, no staff member can question the child about the abuse.
A voluntary mission offering is held once a week in each classroom. Children are encouraged to give from their own money. We also recommend parents talking to their children about the Biblical instruction to give freely out of what God has already given us.
The College community is kept informed of the offerings at Celebrations and via our newsletters.
Each campus has a sponsor child in Indonesia through Compassion Australia. We also distribute money among missionaries and Christian organisations that are known to the school.
It is our preference that students do not bring mobile phones to school; however, we are aware that some students who use public transport or who may find themselves in a vulnerable place may need the ability to contact their parents.
There are some strict guidelines that have been set for those students who do need to bring a mobile phone to school:
- The use of a mobile phone must be discussed with the Principal and the student’s teacher.
- A student name must be clearly visible on the phone.
- Mobile phones are to be used only for parent contact.
- We take no responsibility for loss, theft, damage, or any other misadventure.
- If a student uses a mobile phone in an inappropriate way, the incident will be treated under our Code of Conduct (Students) and Bullying and Countering Bullying Policy.
Students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 sit the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test during May. The assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned in class.
NAPLAN consists of four tests covering Numeracy, Reading, Writing, and Language Conventions (spelling, punctuation, and grammar). Results are usually sent to schools in the last week of Term 3.
It is important to remember that NAPLAN is only testing regime that we conduct and is a snapshot of a particular student on a particular day. The results are useful for teachers to assess the individual literacy and numeracy needs of all students.
All student information must be entered by parents through Consent2Go. An invitation is sent to new families prior to commencement.
For all our Pre-Primary and Year 1 students, proof of age and notation of immunisation (or exemption) records are required by law.
A welcome event is held twice a year to better acquaint new parents with the philosophy and structure of our College and Association. As all our families enter as members of the Association for Christian Education, this event contains important information. The Business Office will send all new families notice of upcoming dates.
We endeavour to keep parents fully informed about all College news and activities. Communications will be in the form of:
Each year we hold a community open day at the Wilson Campus, usually late in Term 3 or early Term 4. The purpose of this event is to:
- showcase the College to families who may be contemplating Rehoboth as an option for their child’s education
- build a sense of community within the College
- convey our purpose to the broader Wilson community
- fundraise for the College.
The Open Day can only be a success with the help of many volunteers and the willingness of families to invite relatives and friends along. With stalls, games, performances and more it is a fun event and enjoyed by people of all ages.
In partnership with Camp Australia, we offer after school care at Kenwick from 3:10-6:00pm each weekday. A qualified team from Camp Australia deliver a tailored program, combining active games, structured and unstructured play, quiet time, and a healthy snack. Homework will be encouraged and supported to ensure children are ready to return home at the end of a busy day.
Parents wanting to register their children for after school care need to contact Camp Australia directly. Although they use our facilities, they are an independent company.
Unless booked in with Camp Australia, no students should be on campus after 3:30pm. Please note that students still on campus after this time will be taken to Camp Australia for supervision. The cost of this will be the responsibility of the parent.
Wilson: Tuesday 9 February 2021
Kenwick: Tuesday 16 February 2021
Information Evenings are held annually early in Term 1. Notice will be given during the first week. We strongly encourage parents to attend so that they are informed of classroom procedures and practices.
The evening acts as a ‘get-to-know-you’ opportunity and for teachers to explain class procedures and expectations for the coming year. These times are also a good opportunity for parent and teacher fellowship. Please come along, even it is a teacher that you have met before to be informed of changes that will affect your child.
Further meetings can be arranged by the teacher or parent as the need arises.
If parents plan to go away for a holiday, work, or other reasons and leave their children in the care of relatives, friends, or adult siblings, they must inform us about who will be responsible while they are away, and how we can contact them.
If a child is sick or injured, or if there is a problem with their schoolwork or any other issue, we need to be able to contact a responsible adult. Before parents travel, please send the College a note containing the name and contact details for the person who will be responsible, and also whether the children will be at their usual home or with someone else.
It is vital that we are all vigilant when using the campus parking areas because of safety concerns for students and other drivers. We ask for your cooperation in this matter so that all parents are treated fairly and equally. We will be monitoring this situation closely.
Please do not park across driveways in residential areas or in any way impede our neighbours from entering and leaving their homes.
Year 1-6 parents are asked to park in the main car park via Gate 2, 280 Brixton Street.
Kindy and Pre-Primary parents, visitors, and deliveries, can access parking through Gate 1, 270 Brixton Street.
Families are asked to use the designated drop off bays when dropping or collecting students. There is a ‘Kiss and Drop’ on Dalton Place and the usual parking inside the school grounds and along Armstrong Road will remain the same as it has in the past.
We consider fitness to be an important part of our Physical Education Program. Students in Years 1-6 will have PE for an hour each week as well as engage in fitness activities.
All year levels are coached in various athletic skills and prepared for our House Carnival early in Term 4, followed by the WACSSA Athletics Carnival later in the year.
Kenwick and Wilson will continue to meet for the traditional House Carnivals in Swimming and Athletics. At the interschool level, we will compete against other Christian schools in the WACSSA competition. Swimming training will be offered to all students in Year 4-6 and dates will be published in our newsletter.
Edu-Dance will be provided for students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 on Fridays during Term 1. Further details will be available on the community calendar. This will culminate in our concerts at the end of Term 1.
All students participate in Health lessons which include our Protective Behaviours Program.
Term 1 students in Years 3-6 will receive consecutive swimming lessons at Cannington Leisureplex. During Term 4 students in Pre-Primary to Year 2 will receive consecutive swimming lessons at Cannington Leisureplex. Consent2Go invitations will be sent to inform families of the dates students will be attending lessons.
All students are expected to purchase a House shirt. They are permitted to wear this shirt or the red sport shirt for all sport lessons. If your child is required to attend an interschool sporting event, they will be expected to wear a red college sport shirt. Sport shoes and the sports uniform are a requirement to participate in Physical Education and students will be informed about their PE days at the start of the year.
Our staff meet on a regular basis for prayer and a devotion. Parents often form prayer groups too, and this is a wonderful opportunity to upload the College, students and staff.
If parents would like to be involved in a prayer group please speak to your Principal or the Chaplain.
All students are expected to arrive at school on time, ready to start the school day by 8:40am. We prefer students to arrive by 8:30am.
Students in Year 1-6 arriving after 8:40am must go to the Administration Office first to be signed in and collect a late note to give to their teacher.
Students in Kindy and Pre-Primary should go straight to their class and be signed in as usual.
Records of student lateness are kept and the Principal may request an interview with parents in cases of for consistent lateness. Teaching students to be punctual is important.
If a student is sick while at school, thy will be sent to the Administration Office where the team will contact their parents.
Parents are expected to keep sick children at home as a courtesy to the rest of the students and staff and for the wellbeing of the child.
If the sickness is sufficiently serious, parents will be contacted immediately and required to pick up their child. There is a legal requirement, particularly in Early Childhood years, that requires teachers to isolate sick children to prevent infection. We ask for your understanding and prompt response if you are asked to pick your children up from the College if your child is unwell. We will call your emergency contact if you are unable to do so within a reasonable time.
If an injury occurs, parents will be contacted immediately and required to seek medical assistance. If the injury is perceived to be serious, we will have the child immediately hospitalised by ambulance. The cost of the ambulance service will be charged to the family’s account.
In the case of injuries, an Incident Report Form will be filled out by the staff members who attended the event.
Throughout the year we have several Pupil Free Days. The purpose of these days is to provide time for staff to engage in:
- whole College professional development days
- strategic and operational planning
- the CEN State Conference with other Christian schools
- Curriculum planning and development
- Conferences and other dates will be confirmed in future newsletters
Semester reports are sent home at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with their child’s teacher to discuss these reports. Teachers may also indicate on the report that they would like an interview with parents.
We also send work sample books home home regularly throughout each term. These focus on literacy and numeracy, which are assessed regularly, and the assessments take various forms. Other learning areas are also be assessed less frequently. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the work they have done at school. Work Sample books must be signed by parents and returned to school as soon as possible.
Rehoboth Principal’s Scholarships are available to new enrolments at the College.
If you know someone who may be interested, these scholarships are based on merit and take the form of 40% discount on tuition fees per annum. Details of the selection criteria, conditions and the application procedure can be found on the Scholarship Application Form, obtained via the Business Office.
Principal’s Scholarships are available to new students who are seeking enrolment in Years 6-12 at Rehoboth and whose parents qualify for membership in the Association of Christian Education.
The Scholarship Award
These scholarships are awarded annually based on applications which meet the criteria. Each scholarship provides a reduction of 40% off the annual tuition fees for Year 6-12 students, which is deducted from the annual College fees charged to the student.
Should a student who is awarded a scholarship withdraw or have their enrolment terminated, the scholarship is not redeemable for cash, and is not transferable to another student or sibling at Rehoboth. It is also not transferable to other schools within or outside Western Australia.
As the scholarship is for one year’s duration, students who have been successful in being granted a scholarship in a particular year and who wish to continue their study at Rehoboth need to reapply in the following year to be considered.
Scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who:
- demonstrate how Jesus is real in their life and express what it means to be a Christian
- excel in areas such as academic, sport, cultural/aesthetic, or Christian leadership
- can demonstrate that they will make a significant contribution to Rehoboth
- have skills and abilities that will contribute to Rehoboth’s existing programs
Students are required to come to school dressed and presented neatly in the official Rehoboth uniform. This is a non-negotiable matter because we believe that a high standard of dress and adherence to the our uniform are important in helping students develop a sense of respect for themselves, for each other, and for the reputation of the College. The cooperation of parents in helping to maintain the high standards of appearance we expect is much appreciated.
Parents and students should be familiar with our Uniform Manual, or enquires can be made at the Uniform Shops for the correct items. All uniform items can be purchased from one of the College’s three uniform shops.
New uniform items can be purchased online or at our Kenwick Campus shop. Special ‘back to school’ hours are published in our newsletters. Regular opening hours are:
Tuesday: 8:30-10:30am, 2:30-4:00pm
Secondhand items are available from at both campuses. Regular opening hours are:
Kenwick: Tuesday 8:30-9:15am
Wilson: Wednesday 2:45-3:15pm
Parents may be able to volunteer to help in our uniform shops to earn College Support hours. Please speak to the shop managers to discuss this further.
One term’s notice is required to withdraw a student.
We reserve the right charge one term’s fees where this notice is not given. If families are experiencing financial difficulties, please speak to our Finance Manager.
Each year, the Year 6 class is divided into leadership teams. Each team is given an area of responsibility and opportunities to serve the school and the wider community in a fun but giving way. The teams may include:
- Assembly Team: Responsible for setting up and packing away all assembly-related items
- Student Duties: Responsible for helping around the school, raising the flags daily, and organising recycling related activities
- House Team: Responsible for collecting and counting weekly House tokens and taking on responsibilities at House meetings, carnivals, and events.
- Missions Team: Responsible for collecting weekly mission money and organising fundraisers for our various missionary organisations.
- Environmental Team: Responsible for taking care of our outdoor areas and facilities
During the year, the Year 6 classes from both campuses will also be involved in various team building and leadership games and activities, including an overnight camp.