We are grateful for God’s faithfulness at this unusual time in our local and global history. We are grateful for the assurance that we belong to God:
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3
Yesterday, our Provincial Government announced that school campuses would remain closed for the rest of the school year. They also made reference to some of the possible restrictions facing schools when we reopen in September.
What does this mean for us?
Ending this school year
Yesterday’s announcement confirms for us that we will not be returning to campus this semester. This is not a surprise. As you have heard from us previously, we intend to continue our current model of remote learning for the remaining four weeks of school, with the last days of class connections on Zoom being Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June. See the summary >>
We are planning a live-stream whole-school “assembly” on Wednesday the 17th to officially end the school year, to celebrate our students’ resilience, grace, humour, and many accomplishments. Arrangements to return textbooks and clear out lockers are also currently being scheduled for that week.
Our graduating class has lost out on so many milestones and so much excitement as their final semester of high school winds down. This is not to magnify the loss and disappointment for them or to encourage self-pity, but to acknowledge that, as a class, they have missed out on much that marks this time of their lives as special. We will seek to honour them in every way we can, which includes plans for a traditional graduation celebration on Thanksgiving weekend.
September: On campus, remote, or hybrid?
We remain hopeful that we will be able to be on a fully operational campus, learning in-person from our first day in September. This period of remote learning has confirmed for us how important relationships are in learning. Learning is not merely a transactional activity or a transfer of knowledge and skills. Learning is a profoundly relational experience that is enriched by interacting with one another, with our teachers and guides, with the subject matter, and with God’s Spirit. This is our ideal for learning as a community both on campus and at home.
With current uncertainty about what will be required in September, we will be prepared for any possibility, whether remote learning, on-campus learning, or a hybrid between these two. We will remain flexible and adapt the balance between at-home and on-campus learning as necessary in order to protect the health of our wider community.
During recent months, we have been developing tools and methods to give us greater locational flexibility in delivering purposeful Christian learning. However, our goal is to be together on campus as soon and as much as we are permitted from the very start of the new school year. We will put in place whatever safety precautions are needed to allow us to do this.
HDCH belongs to God
HDCH belongs to God, and so do we, collectively and individually. We have been called by God, at this time, to serve our students and one another together. He will give us, through one another and through the power of His Spirit, the means to fulfil this call. We will cry and laugh, struggle and celebrate, make mistakes and do amazing things, and God will weave it all together into a beautiful work of art as He advances His plans and purposes, His Kingdom in us, among us, and through us. That is certain.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. ~ Psalm 100:4-5
Duncan Todd, Principal
Hamilton District Christian High