At Rehoboth Christian College, we value your children as individuals; their progress, both spiritually and academically, is in the forefront of our hearts and minds.
We offer a safe and supportive environment for our students that includes a strong pastoral care framework.
We pray that all our students will have a desire to learn and achieve their potential in a positive atmosphere where they are encouraged to do their best. It is our firm belief that students should be safe at all times and always have someone to turn to for advice or assistance while at the College.
The Year 7-9 Curriculum at Rehoboth is built around the learning areas of Christian Studies, the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, LOTE (Indonesian), Maths, Science, Humanities and Social Science, and Technology and Enterprise. It includes programs which develop life skills and has an emphasis on specialist programs which will extend our students. This balance of key learning areas aims to assist students in choosing their vocational pathway and to prepare them for the future God has for them.
The aim of our Year 7-9 program is to provide a challenging learning environment that enables each student to expand their horizons. It provides them with the opportunity to ‘shine’ in areas of their gifting, and to flourish.
We aim to create a curriculum that is hands-on with learning-rich activities designed to engage students, teach them problem solving skills, creativity, and ways of learning that will benefit them in their later years of study.
The Year 7-9 Head of Students is Mr Peletier. He can be contacted for any pastoral care needs or concerns that parents may have.
May God bless each of us as we work together to help our children grow into their full potential in Christ.
Mrs M LouwenPrincipal (Kenwick 7-12)
Year 7-9 has three Forms per year group. We believe that the relationship with a few key teachers provides the security and structure that students need at this age. This is also important in the transition to Year 10-12, where students will often have more than 8-9 teachers who will specialise in particular subject areas.
Form teachers can often work in a team-teaching arrangement across the year groups. The Form teacher has the opportunity of getting to know every student in the class, allowing for a stronger relationship to develop between the teacher and individual students. This has been designed to help your child’s transition from Primary School, as one core teacher remains the central source of pastoral care and allows them to understand each student’s needs and abilities. The Form teacher can be aware of achievements, difficulties, changes, and celebrations in a student’s life and will assist them in organisational skills (study and timetabling, in particular). Having a central Form teacher also makes communication between staff and parents easier, so that parents can be confident that their child is well looked after.
Each of the Year 7-8 classes also have a Home Room for the majority of their studies. Classes will sometimes move to specialist areas like the Science Labs, Woodwork and Food Science rooms, with specialist teachers.
In Year 9, we seek to aid in the transition to Senior School. This is done in a way that aims to cater for the specific needs of the Year 9 students and allow them to have time to get used to Senior School routines. This transition model prepares them for the Senior Secondary years, which involves a greater range of teachers and students moving to where teachers are located. These measures are in line with the educational research which currently indicates how students of this age group learn most effectively.
Mrs M Louwen
Principal (Kenwick 7-12)
Mr S Peletier
Head of Students (Years 7-9)
Mrs L Theaart
Mrs C James
Year 7A Form Teacher
Mr C Murray
Year 7B Form Teacher
Mr J Marrell
Year 7C Form Teacher
Mrs S NightingaleMrs L Jones
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.
At Rehoboth, students are taught that they are unique and special; that they are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-28); and that they have a destiny and purpose that God reveals to them (Eph 2:10).
We believe that nothing happens by chance or fate, but within the context of the ‘big picture story’ of Scripture. This story started with what God intended (the Creation) and developed into what went wrong (the Fall, when sin and death entered and corrupted the world, separating us from God). This lead to how God addressed the problem of sin (Redemption). The story finishes with our response to God and how He will renew His creation (Restoration).
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!
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.
Soli 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).
‘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:
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 staff and students are assigned to one of Rehoboth’s three Houses.
Each year there are a number of House Activities in which the three Houses can compete to obtain points. At the end of the year, the perpetual House Trophy is awarded at the Celebration Evening to the winning House.
House Activities include sports carnivals and different activities organised during lunch times or Form periods throughout the year. There is a different House Activity organised each term and may include basketball, soccer, chess, Bible quizzes, and so on.
As Secondary students, Year 7-9 students are included in the Secondary Carnivals and House Activities.
Motto: Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)Colours: Green and GoldHead of House: Mr Eikelboom
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 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 WhiteHead of House: Mr Butson
This House is named after William Tyndale (1494-1536), a teacher, translator, and preacher. He believed in justification by faith alone. After moving to Germany, Tyndale completed his translation of the New Testament into English and had it published. This was significant in that it gave people access to the Bible in a language they could understand.
Motto: Sola Scripture (By Scripture Alone)Colours: Red and BlueHead of House: Mr Kuipers
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. He 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 everyone had the right to examine the Bible for themselves.
Endeavour is Rehoboth’s Year 7-9 program. It is a fusion of Primary and Secondary schooling that enables our Year 7-9 students to recognise that they are moving into the next stage of their education. It focuses on the acquisition of skills more than specific subject domains, aiming to ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed. The program emphasises the safe and responsible use of technology as a tool in learning as a key feature, and the development of creativity and problem-solving skills.
The Endeavour Program is based on documented evidence regarding the development of children aged 11-14 years and on ‘middle schooling’ principles.
In Years 7-8, Endeavour retains key elements of Rehoboth’s Primary School program while introducing elements Secondary schooling. It includes features that are unique to this age group.
In Years 7-9 students encounter many things in the transition from childhood to adulthood, especially who they are as people made in the image of God.
We want our students to develop a sense of endeavour (striving hard to achieve their goals) and to increasingly take responsibility for their own learning. We do this by encouraging them to strive to achieve their very best, be willing to attempt new things, and develop a sense of discovery in their own learning.
The Year 7-9 Endeavour program is a bridge between Primary and Senior Secondary schooling. It is designed to equip students for this transition and aims to make schooling at Rehoboth as smooth and developmental as possible. Well-researched educational strategies will be specifically utilised to make the transition from Primary to Secondary less stressful and less threatening to students.
Our desire is to see students learn and grow as they understand more about God’s world and their place in it. Every student is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and deserves to be respected and valued. Christian education seeks to prepare students to become active workers for God’s Kingdom. Each subject is taught from a Biblical perspective. Students are encouraged to look at God’s plans for the world and to celebrate their purpose in relation to it. As members of the body of Christ, they will be encouraged to care for, and encourage one another.
The Year 7-9 Curriculum will provide a range of activities that will allow students to explore the gifts which God as given them and provide opportunities to develop their individual skills.
All creation finds its purpose and place in God because all things were created by Him. So too, all things have been affected by the Fall. As creation awaits its restoration in Christ, students need to see and appreciate for themselves the beauty of God’s handiwork and the plan that He has for the restoration of all things to Himself. The Year 7-9 Endeavour Program seeks to help students see that their whole lives – whether at school, at home, or wherever else they happen to be – comes under the Lordship of Christ.
Our goals are to develop the potential that each child has as a unique individual made in the image of God. Endeavour seeks to meet the child’s personal, academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs and to see them grow in these areas, without comparing themselves to others.
Endeavour provides a safe place where students are free to express their problems, struggles, and concerns without the fear of being judged. It is intended to grow students’ sense of who they are, their leadership skills, their responsible use of technology, what it means to be stewards in this world, and their sense of citizenship. It is a place where students can be themselves and where teachers not only help them overcome difficult issues but celebrate their achievements.
A Christian education acknowledges that all of life is part of God’s creation and, as such, all subject areas will be studied from a Christian perspective. The following diagram shows the basic framework which will form the basis of our curriculum planning:
Our teachers are Christians who build the curriculum on Biblical foundations while still fulfilling the State and National requirements. As we teach from a Biblical perspective, we believe that we present God’s world as a coherent and connected whole – created by our one creator God.
Students will be encouraged to respond to their learning in the way in which they treat others, in the way they encourage and respect other, their focus on sharing Christ, and by doing their best in all things. Students will be encouraged to develop honesty and integrity in order to be salt and light in the world (Matt 5:13-16).
Students will be encouraged to respond in relation to what they learn. Just as the Bible describes that faith without action is dead (James 2:17), so too knowledge, without a response or change in attitude is incomplete. As Christian teachers, we aim to fulfil the Biblical command to go and make disciples (Matt 28:19) and to train children in the way in which they should go (Prov 22:6).
Our goal is to develop four essential skills sets that students can expect to develop in a 21st century learning environment. These are:
Computers and other technologies have become an important tool in our society. Students are given the use of a Surface Pro throughout Years 7-12. In the Endeavour Program, students will be given the skills to use this technology in a wise manner, developing a worldview that is both Biblical and well-informed. Students will be given the opportunity to examine the impact that computers and the internet have had on shaping world values and to develop the skill of discernment in their use.
Year 7 students in particular will be experiencing a transition as they move into the Secondary School. With change can come uncertainty and anxiety. Whenever we are in a new situation, there is a period where we are learning and adapting. Being able to adapt is about making choices and developing a set of new routines that will help students to cope with new demands. Some tips are:
If you are unsure about something, don’t sit in silence – ask a question. Ask lots and lots of questions. If you feel uncomfortable asking a teacher directly, ask a friend or ask the teacher after class. Be aware, there are probably many other students with the same question and they will probably be thankful that someone asked the question they also had.
It is much easier if you have someone to talk to about what you are both experiencing. Finding a buddy that you can check things with, even just someone to listen to you when you want to moan and groan or celebrate, can be a huge relief. You don’t have to specifically say ‘Let’s be buddies’, but look for a like-minded person so that you can help each other along the way.
When you are learning new things, or have lots of new information heading your way, it’s important to take time to consolidate. This could be explaining what you are learning to someone like your parents, or it could be writing a short list or summary of what you have been told so you don’t forget it.
Your attitude can make a world of difference to the type of experiences you have during any transition. Reflect on your thoughts. Are they negative or positive? You can start to take control and direct the way you think about a situation which, in turn, will change how you feel. For example, if something goes wrong and you notice you’re thinking something like, ‘What an idiot, I can’t believe I did that,’ catch yourself and say, ‘Everyone makes mistakes. At least now I know what I need to do for the next time’. Develop the habit of positive self-talk, rather than running yourself down.
Don’t compare yourself to other people. Aim for your own ‘personal best’. Strive to do the best you can, to learn, to grow and develop. We all have different skills and strengths and sometimes these aren’t always evident in the school situation. Focus on being the best student you can be and celebrate your strengths and gifts – in whatever arena you have them.
You should always talk to someone and tell them how you feel. The Year 7-9 Form teachers and the Chaplain are here to help.
The Year 7-9 Endeavour Program recognises the implications that early adolescence has on the learning environment.
The term young adolescents usually refers to children between 11-14 years of age. Children going through this stage of development typically display the following traits (which can impact on the ways they learn):
The expectations below are minimum requirements which students are expected to follow so that they can work with their teachers in an environment that helps supports learning and the development of good working habits.
Computers and other technologies have become an important tool in our society. Students are given the use of a Surface Pro throughout Years 7-12. In the Endeavour Program, students will be given the skills to use this technology in a wise manner, developing a worldview that is both Biblical an well informed. Students will be given the opportunity to examine the impact that computers and the internet have made on shaping of world values and develop skills of discernment in their use.
God is creative, and He has made people in His image, with the ability to be creative in a variety of ways. The Endeavour Program seeks to develop the creative ability and skills of our students across a range of subjects. There is a focus on thinking creatively, presenting work in creative ways, and appreciating the beauty and variety of the amazing world that God has made.
Each student will receive regular notification through SEQTA which indicates their attitudes, achievements, and behaviour for the week. This informs parents about how their children are performing and demonstrating expected behaviour standards, as well as where they may need to improve. SEQTA Engage is an important communication link between parents and teachers.
Parents, you are most welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s Form/Home Group teacher about any concerns that you may have.
It is vital that communication between parents and their children remains strong, loving, clear, and consistent as children pass through adolescence. Your child may not want to talk about their day as much as they used to. This is often because they are tired, through the busyness and changing routines of the day and through the physical demands of adolescence.
It is our responsibility to set appropriate boundaries throughout our students’ school years. It will often be necessary and appropriate to say ‘No’ to things a young person wants to do. This is an important part of our role as parents and teachers and assists students to mature and fulfil the potential that God has planted in them.
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