Deeper In & Further Out

The Beach VolleyBall site at HDCH is finally under construction. Bring on spring! We are ready for it! Discover how our Grade 10 Venture students laid the groundwork to make these courts a reality.

World Issues
Great Coffee for a Healthy Planet
Our Grade 12 World Issues class visited Relay Coffee, an inspiring local business, on our last Bridge Day.  We have been studying globalization and issues of trade, poverty, and human rights, and also sustainability and the interaction of economics and natural environment.  We visited Relay Coffee’s roastery in Lancing Drive on the East Mountain to find out more about their business and how they took account of these issues: their mission and vision as a business, how they bless and serve the local Hamilton community, how they bless and serve the communities that supply them, and how they ensure no harm to the environment.  

Jason Hofing gave us a tour of the roastery and explained the heart of the business that he and his wife founded.  We learned about the Fair Trade and Organic certifications (all their coffee is certified both) and how this benefits the communities and ecosystems in which their coffee is grown.  We also learned about their employment practices and their support for various not-for-profit organizations doing justice and seeking God’s kingdom in Hamilton, and about their commitment to providing amazing coffee (it really is!) to this region.

We also enjoyed their great hospitality – samples of their fine coffee, accompanied by home-baked cookies!

Two grade 10 English classes went to Sam Lawrence Park to explore the experience of poetry. We read John Terpstra’s poem “Giants” which was inspired by that very park. Students then went to find their own inspiration for a poem by taking pictures of the park.

History students visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and got a chance to rivet pieces for a plane.

Bible Studies
The Senior Bible class has been working through some theology in preparation for a study of the Gospel of John. We have looked at the doctrine of man, the doctrine of sin, and now we are working through the doctrine of salvation. Here is Erika Bruulsema’s account of her learning in the shape of the keyword, “flourish” which features in our “Good news to good news” common thread in these doctrines.

The grade 12 art class had a chance to explore the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was incredible to see enormous abstract expressionist paintings as a followup to our study of abstraction. We also enjoyed the contemporary art exhibits and the students were fascinated by some of the conceptual pieces and experiential artwork. It’s always fun to be challenged and inspired by famous artists!

HDCH teacher and entrepreneur Jacob Chodoriwsky visited the grade 11 Business Person in training class. He shared the motivation, challenges, and rewards involved in developing the board game Stratos, an impressive game of challenge, strategy, and imagination. Students enjoying trying out the results of his labours.