Out in the Classrooms

MATH

Grade 11 math started the last unit on exponential function this week. Use some simple examples to guide students to understand what an exponential function is. The lesson was then shifted to look at the pandemic, which is relevant to everyone and a real-life application. We looked at the graph and data from this website to briefly study why the graph looked the way it was. An exponential equation can be modelled to describe such pattern, which can also be applied to all epidemics such as SARS, swine flu, ebola virus etc.

The website also talks about the concept of growth factor which serves an important indicator as to whether the entire Covid-19 is actually getting worse or better world-wide (or national-wide) A growth factor greater than 1 indicates more people are infected than the people who recover; a growth factor less than 1 means the other way. When the growth factor is under 1 for a certain period of time means the virus is under control and the government could start to issue the 2nd phase of re-open business.

Through a brief example yet important and relevant to every student, we hope that more students can start to appreciate and see that math can be applied to everything else outside the textbook and classroom, and there is a great amount of knowledge hidden behind everything that is created that is worth studying and exploring.


Drama

HDCH Drama Class Presents . . . Scenes from a Quarantine by Lindsay Price. In this scene called “Best Friends,” Alex is introduced to a new friend named “Co” that she is not happy to meet. See what happens when friends decide to break quarantine and sneak out for a get together in this humorous story with a warning.


FOODs

The Food & Nutrition class continues to focus on developing their culinary skills while preparing various appetizers, main entrees and desserts for their families to enjoy!

As a class, we are celebrating our culinary growth through a ‘Virtual Food Fair’. This experience enables students to select, plan, prepare, and serve their family the food they have prepared. While completing the recipe at home, students take photos in order to teach their peers the steps, provide the chance to share different culinary techniques and describe the final outcome on Zoom.

From this virtual experience, we are learning from each other, sharing delicious recipes, and challenging each other to continue to prepare food from scratch. Here are a few photos of recipes made recently with more to follow as we continue to share our culinary growth together.


Christians in Society

In this time of change, the Christians in Society class has been focused on a Peer Group Bible study that encompasses how to address the issues faced in our world while growing in our own faith. Months ago, students shared their own personal questions about the Bible, faith, grace, prayer, how to communicate with God and how to communicate their faith with others etc.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been working through these questions in our Small Groups. Today we focused on, “In my darkest times, how can I stay close to God, trusting in him regardless of my situation?” Focusing on this student submission was so pertinent because we all continue to face different struggles in our lives and we could also consider what has been happening globally over the past few months. It was effective to compare our lives to the struggles that the apostle Paul faced in his life and to learn about the ‘open hands’ approach bringing our God into the forefront of our lives during these times.

Our discussions enable us to share our joys, concerns, sorrows and to find ways to connect with Jesus Christ on a daily basis. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to share and grow together as a group.

Mrs. VanderVelde


Law

The Law 12 and Philosophy 12 classes welcomed General Romeo Dallaire as a guest speaker. Gemeral Dallaire talked about some of his experiences in Rwanda during the genocide, his encounteres with child soldiers, his founding of the Child Soldiers Iniative, and his ongoing work in this area. Students then had an opportunity to ask questions.

Law 11 and Law 12 classes are both preparing and presenting a Zoom version of a mock trial. Law 11 is focusing on criminal mock trials, looking at charges of theft under $5000 in one trial and pointing and possession of a weapon in the other. The class is divided in half, each looking at a different case. Students are witnesses and lawyers in their case, and jury members for the other trial.

Law 12 is looking at international crimes against humanity, where the trial would take place in the International Criminal Court. The charges are related to the recruitment and use of child soldiers. One team of students represents the Prosecutor, another the Defence, and another the Victim. Some students play lawyers and others are witnesses.