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HDCH Board Update

On Monday evening, the HDCH Board met here at the school. The Board of Hamilton District Christian High stewards the vision and resources of the school through good governance and sound leadership. Board Directors act as custodians of the vision and mission, support and hold accountable the Principal, support and promote the school, and keep improving our vision for Christian education.

Monday night was an opportunity to thank the retiring Directors, Brenda Breukelman, Doug Sluys, and Tina VanDyk. The Board also welcomed three new Directors who were elected by Membership at our Fall Meeting: Andrea DeJong, from Jarvis; Ed Mafa, from Fonthill; and Trixie Zimmerman, from Caledonia. We’re grateful for the range of experiences, expertise, and leadership that these three bring.

In addition to dialogue around vision, the Directors determined Board roles for this year. Your 2018-2019 Board Executive is:

  • Aaron Schat, Chair
  • Allan Buist, Vice-All
  • David Kingma, Secretary
  • Ed Mafa, Treasurer

All the Directors will be participating in various committees of the Board, including Campus Renewal, Contract Partnership, Finance, and more.
As a community, we are grateful for the energy and time that these people invest in leading and guiding our school.


Moms MATTER

We are grateful for the support of our school community for Moms in Crisis with Parenting Support Services of Hamilton. With your help, the Parenting Class filled 22 buckets with comfort items ready for new moms.


Course Selections

Next week, our grade 9 through 11 students will be selecting their courses for 2019-2020. As well, grade 12’s will be indicating their intentions for next year.

Later this week, parents and students will receive an email with more information about how to select courses for next year and how to indicate their choices online.


Exceler8

We enjoyed hosting over 150 Grade 8 students here at HDCH last week. What a jam-packed day of fun activities, connecting with new and old friends, and making our future HDCH students feel comfortable.

We also hosted our annual Grade 7 and 8 Parent Information Evening. We were pleased to welcome around 80 guests – almost double the number of attendees from last year.

We were thrilled to welcome 3 of our current HDCH students to participate in a Q&A session. A parent asked how Spiritual Formation happens at HDCH. One of our students who are currently in grade 11 offered to answer. She said this (paraphrased a bit) …

“At HDCH, we have what you would consider to be normal Christian School things like Bible Class, Worship in Assemblies and Devotions to start the day. But where I have the most spiritual formation is in the way our subjects are taught here at HDCH. It’s in the regular classes and projects that I am spiritually formed.”

It was a beautiful moment. It was a thoughtful testimony of what our teachers & staff work hard at daily – desiring the worldview of ‘Christ in All things’ to permeate all things at HDCH.
If you have a current student in Grade 7 or 8 and want to set up a meeting, tour, or for your grade 8 students a shadow day please connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell, Director of Admissions and Advancement. She can be reached by email at gdoucetcampbell@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655, ext. 113.


MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is open every day after school, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mr. Hordyk hangs around to help and facilitate projects. If you are interested in making a project of any sort, drop by and say hi.


Homework Help

Looking for a little support with your homework? Drop by the Grove after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4.


Vaccination Reporting

In accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is working to ensure that they have up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton.

Parents are required to communicate their children’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public HealthDetails about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website.

Please note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session.  Further details can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to Public Health at publichealth@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5250.


In case of wintery weather

Now that we are getting closer to winter, it seems prudent to remind you of what to do if you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful.

We will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


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