It is with some sadness, and also a strong sense of gratitude for what has been, that we announce to our community Nathan Siebenga’s resignation from HDCH. Nathan’s gifts as a leader have been a great blessing to HDCH during his stint as a Vice Principal, and more specifically during his eight years as Principal.
In August 2010, Nathan introduced project-based learning (PBL) to a somewhat intrigued HDCH staff and set out a transformative vision for Christ-centred learning that would engage students more deeply and purposefully in their learning. As Principal he pursued that vision relentlessly and coaxed, urged, and sometimes, with the persistence of a prophet, pressed us to change. His leadership pushed not only HDCH to expand our vision for Christian learning, but also had a significant transformative influence province-wide and even beyond, particularly in Christian schools. The Christian Teachers Academy, birthed at HDCH under Nathan’s leadership, has been an important vehicle for that transformation in Ontario, other provinces, and even internationally.
Nathan is an innovator, visionary, and dreamer, and has always been driven by a desire to see the kind of learning in our schools that will bless the current and future generations of our children to discover, develop, and deploy their God-given gifts in faithful service of God’s Kingdom.
The proposed new facility project, which has now been put on hold for reimagining, was spearheaded by Nathan and represented part of his dream to remove physical obstacles and provide the spaces in which innovative, purposeful, Christ-centred learning could flourish. That dream for flexible learning spaces at HDCH will continue to inform our vision for facility renewal and development as we move forward.
On a personal note, I am deeply grateful to Nathan for how he has helped me grow in so many ways, and particularly in my understanding of God’s work in and through a place like HDCH. Nathan leaves with a deep love for HDCH and for the people who have journeyed with him here these past 17 years. He goes with our wishes for God’s blessing on the next chapter in his professional adventure.
Duncan Todd, Principal
Hamilton District Christian High