Around the Campus


Grade ten students got a whole new perspective on poetry today at the Poetic License poetry slam put on by Hamilton Youth Poets at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Students cheered on their peers as Hamilton high school students shared their spoken word poems. It was amazing to see how other teens are expressing themselves through words as art!


Music classes visited First Ontario Concert Hall downtown to observe professional musicians rehearsing for the morning.

Track & Field

Congratulations to all in the Track and Field team who competed at yesterday’s OCSSAA meet in Brampton with such good team spirit, determination, and grace.

Congratulations to Ethan Summerhays for winning gold in both the 1,500m and 3,000m!

Venture 10 ~ McMaster Engineering Travelling Workshop

How do you get a 3D printed model of a space module to land gently on a planetary surface so that it can be reused? 

That was the challenge posed by a group of four senior engineering students from McMaster to our Venture 10 class. After briefly introducing the skills engineers use to solve design and problem-solving challenges, our students were then put in teams and each given a  limited budget to buy a variety of items including straws, plastic, tape string, and sponges. They then had 35 minutes to design, test, prototype and complete their space landing module so that it would land on a tin foil surface without puncturing it.

Using their imagination and design thinking skills, students created spider legs, parachutes, cotton ball feet, and popsicle stick landing gear to land their module. They then presented a brief pitch for their lander and did a landing test which was scored by the team.

The workshop provided a great overview of design thinking, teamwork and problem solving as well as a great deal of fun.

Thanks to Yousuf, Matthew, Nicole, and Roba from McMaster LEAP program for providing a great engineering and design skills workshop.

Science ~ Grade 9

The grade 9 science classes have been studying the importance of wetlands and the roles that they serve, including preserving biodiversity.  The students had a chance to visit a local wetland, Cootes Paradise.  The Nature Interpreter took us on a hike, pointing out various invasive species along the way.

The students were able to see the Fishway that keeps invasive carp out of Cootes Paradise and do some water quality testing as well.  Though it was cold and raining, being out in nature is always a great experience.  Some students saw some deer just off the path and others saw a heron pick a fish right out of the water.


A group from the MacMaster Science and Engineering programs came to HDCH and worked with the Grade 10 Science class and the Grade 11 physics.
Grade 10 Science
As part of the Climate Change unit in Grade 10 science, we talk about alternative energy sources.  The students were involved in a mini competition to see which group could make a windmill that produced the most electricity when powered by a hairdryer.  The group of Maddy E,  Taylor C and Melany R produced the highest voltage.
Grade 11 Physics
The Grade 11 physics class had a competition to see which group could produce the most effective electric motor starting with a simple coil of copper wire, a magnet and a couple of batteries.  In this competition, the J.A.M. team took home the honours with Jordan G, Alyssa S and Matt R. producing the most effective motor.
Both classes had a great time learning, problem-solving and building skills that are used in the fields of science and technology.