Belonging Workshops
Our school theme for this year is creating a space of belonging. Over the past two weeks, we have been meeting with students in half-grade groups for a workshop on belonging.

During these workshops, students talked together about what belonging looks like and what builders and breakers of belonging they’ve experienced.

Students also participated in a self-assessment on the sense of belonging they feel at HDCH. We heard some amazing stories and feedback about how students have felt belonging, as well as some sad stories and feedback about how students have not felt belonging in this community.

Mr. Apers, Mr. Todd, and Mrs. Bloemendal helped to facilitate these workshops and have collected data from each grade on the builders and breakers of belonging. Ideas were sorted into the categories of what belonging builders we can start or continue to do, and things that break belonging that we need to stop doing as a community.

We looked at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as a kingdom vision for creating belonging and have been challenged on how we can all participate in helping HDCH move steps closer to being a community of belonging, care, and love.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  ~ NIV

The workshops were followed up with a short assembly sharing back data on the builders and breakers of belonging that were shared by the student body. This is one step on the ongoing journey of working to actively build belonging for everyone in our community.

Thanks to our students for engaging in dialogues about belonging, sharing their ideas and concerns, and working hard together on being a community of love and grace

Grade 9 Day
The Grade 9s enjoyed a great day of fun, games & service. We received the following note of thanks from Mission Services.

Non-Food Food Drive ~ WATCH
The Christians in Society Class and WATCH group at HDCH will be starting to collect money for the Non-Food-Food-Drive from October 4th – 24th. The goal is to try to collect enough money to provide fresh milk for families in need in Hamilton this year.

Over the past two years, our school community has provided fresh milk from November to August. It is a blessing to know that for every $1 dollar donated for milk, Neighbour2Neighbour is able to receive $9 in product which means that our donation dollars are being multiplied to help those in need!

We are encouraging everyone in our school community to consider a donation to try to reach our goal of $5,000. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause this month by sending in money to HDCH this October. Blessings and thanks from HRE33 and WATCH.

HDCH Annual Golf Tournament
I’m grateful for the HDCH community! I’m grateful that HDCH Alumni, Parents of Alumni, Grandparents, Friends, and Parents supported our school through the 13th Annual golf tournament.  Together we raised $41, 500.

Funds raised go toward making HDCH accessible for families by providing Tuition Assistance. A portion of the proceeds will also go towards capital improvements.

I’m grateful for the support of our many sponsors. Year over year HDCH is supported by many faithful people, businesses, and organizations. We’re thankful for their care of our students and HDCH. Together we are cultivating the character of HDCH students through learning for lives of service to God.

This year we also received support from several new sponsors including, Prominent Homes, Real Estate Agent Carrie Van Dixhoorn from Royal Lepage State Realty, and Aldershot Greenhouses. Thank you for your support.

I’m grateful to the many volunteers that made the day great. Thank you Mark Demik, Greg Kippers, Henry Eising, Carrie Van Dixhoorn, Janet Doucet, Lori Corneau, Lana Furry, Conseula St. John, Andrew Van Dixhoorn, Taylor Corneau, Ed Steenhuis, Aaron Oppertshauser, Seth Verrips, Karin Boonstra, Duncan Todd, Owen Webb, Cheryl Webb, Catherine Reulens, Kelly Dilda, Richard Dilda, Val Van Dixhoorn, and Eric Brink.

I look forward to seeing you next year at the 14th Annual Golf Tournament being held at Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th – and register early – we sold out this year 2 weeks before the event!

~ Gillian Doucet Campbell

Scott, who golfed with one of the Stackpole International teams, was the lucky winner of the Treasure Chest Game. He won a $1,000 towards a visit at Muskoka Resort where he plans to spend his 27th wedding anniversary with his wife. Awesome!