Deeper In. Further Out.

Biology
As we walked into the milk room, there was an alert on the monitor – a cow is in heat. Our host, Janet explained that she had gotten the alert on her phone this morning and had called the AI (artificial insemination) technician to come. He had arrived just before our bus. Carrying a small cooler of liquid nitrogen keeping the carefully chosen bull semen viable, the tech got to work quickly. Though the actual procedure was very quick, the thought put into choosing the semen donor was not. Janet, a third-generation dairy farmer, handed out the large tri-fold catalogue to the students and showed them the dozens of genetic markers on all the bull semen that the company sells. From leg shape to colour, to percentage of daughters to immunity, she explained why she chose “Crushabull” for this particular heifer in heat.

Students watched the milking procedure and the technologies in place to keep the milk sterile and antibiotic-free. They also got a biochemistry lesson on animal feed. The ratio of nutrients in the cow diet is so specific that it is tested at a forensic lab!

In addition to being highly informative, the trip had a significant “adorable” factor as well as students played with a one-day old calf and a litter of new puppies. Our tour of Fennema Farms concluded with a glass of chocolate milk.


Kinesiology
Students in Introductory Kinesiology visited McMaster University’s Human Performance Lab. Students learned about how the body’s energy systems work to perform activities of varying intensities. Every student in the class had the opportunity to perform one of the three fitness tests available in the lab. This experience will be extremely useful in the coming weeks as we explore metabolic activity pertaining to human movement.


Non-Food Food Drive
Today marks the middle of our Non-Food Food Drive Milk Campaign at HDCH. Our goal is to collect money to support the local Neighbour2Neighbour food program with enough money to provide milk to individuals and families in need in our area.

For every $1 dollar that we collect, Neighbour2Neighbour is able to purchase $9 in milk which means that our efforts go a long way. In fact, they are still providing milk from last year’s campaign and so we hope as a school to be able to donate enough money for another complete year of support.

Our goal is $5,000 and we have collected $3,350 to date

Every homeroom class is part of this school-wide goal as the Christians in Society Class collects the donations daily! We are so proud of so many homeroom classes who have already exceeded the average of $10/student and are encouraging every staff/student to donate to this outreach program! Thank you to everyone who is actively part of this campaign! Blessings from the WATCH group and Christians in Society Class


English
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, my grade 10 English class spent our bridge day at Sam Lawrence Park. I think it’s safe to say that we all had a fun time. It was a nice, sunny day with an incredible view of downtown Hamilton and beyond. Our assignment was to take a picture of whatever we wanted and create a poem about it. We were given the opportunity to walk around and explore the park. The park wasn’t busy and the flowers were bright and colourful so it was a really great day to be able to work outside.

The new environment was very helpful with our poem writing; it made us appreciate our city and God’s Creation. I was able to find some quiet time to write which made it easier, since there was so much inspiration around me. It was a nice change to be able to work in an area that wasn’t school. Plus, I was able to spend a lot of time with my friends! ~ Caelin

My grade 10 English class visited Sam Lawrence Park and we were very lucky to have such beautiful weather. This was a great experience, one of both fun and creativity.  Our class was given the assignment of writing 14 lines of poetry inspired by a picture we were to take in the park. So we went off in small groups and had the opportunity to explore the landscape of Sam Lawrence.

The park was diverse and enriching, the perfect destination for our given task. After many laughs and searching for the perfect picture, we sat down and got to work, although it felt like fun. It was nice to create in an outdoor environment, offering a change of pace from the typical classroom setting.   The landscape of Sam Lawrence allowed creativity to come easily, and I felt motivated to convey the beauty of the park in words. I very much enjoyed this experience, and will definitely return in the future! ~ Anna May


MegaBloc
Grade 9 MegaBloc students are working hard on their Sharing Beauty project. This semester, MegaBloc is partnering with the Royal Botanical Gardens to create benches for various places in the Arboretum. On October 15th, the class traveled to the Arboretum to meet with Jim Mack, head of horticulture for RBG to see the many different locations for benches and also how the landscape of the Arboretum can be factored into their design.


Student Leadership Day
On October 3rd, 43 students from HDCH traveled to Ancaster CRC to participate in our Student Leadership day. The drive behind the day was to invest in our student leaders, allowing students to reflect on how their gifts can be used as leaders. Likewise, students heard stories and strategies for how to be more effective leaders both at HDCH and in the community.

During the morning, Chris Wignall from the Catalyst foundation led students through an exercise where they reflected on actions they could take to be more effective in their respective areas of leadership.

During the afternoon, a panel consisting of our principal, Duncan Todd, our Vice-Principal, Sara Whetstone, and the president of Redeemer University-College, Dr. Bob Graham, shared their thoughts and insights about leading, and how their faith is integral to who they are as leaders. It was an incredible day, and we are excited to have more days like this in the future.


PhysEd
On Wednesday, October 9, the Grade 9 Boys Phys. Ed. class took a trip to Mohawk Park in Brantford to play on the disc golf course. This course is in a very nice wooded area and has a full 18-hole course. The weather that day was amazing, and it was very nice to spend the afternoon outside. The boys had a great time playing in teams of 3 or 4 and they got to know the course well. The winning teams even finished under par. Way to go boys. It was a fun day of disc golf!


PhysEd & ESL
The grade 10 girls Phys Ed and 2 ESL classes ventured out to treetop trekking in Binbrook. It was wet and rainy but that didn’t stop these students from the high ropes and ziplines. They conquered fears and doubts and learned how to maneuver through the different courses. The trip has been a highlight of the semester so far.


FOODs
The Food & Nutrition classes had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about nutritious food and gardening skills during their Bridge Days to the Dundurn Castle Historic Garden.

The first Foods class had the opportunity to harvest different ‘historic’ varieties of vegetables, herbs & spices and flowers that included: heirloom tomatoes, pear tomatoes, leek, celery, hot peppers, squash, Jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, Swiss chard and a wide variety of flowers. This bounty of produce harvest was delivered to Neighbour2Neighbour en route back to HDCH!

The second Foods class experienced rain on their Bridge day but this provided the opportunity to learn more about the fall stages of a garden with the chance to shuck garlic to prepare to be planted this fall, harvesting lavender and catnip from the stem plant to be used in the castle and sold in their gift shop. Both groups received accolades of thanks from the Dundurn gardeners for their skill, ability and the results of their harvest!

Bridge days are such a blessing for our students to participate in opportunities like this in order to expand their knowledge and skills while garnering first-hand experience!

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So Much Going On

Orange T-Shirt Day

Following an introductory presentation in the Christians in Society class, a group of students felt moved to select this focus for their PBL social justice project. Orange T-Shirt Day is a national day chosen to remember those who attended residential schools and for those who also lost their lives in this system in  Canada.

Students focused their time and energy in the early weeks of school to provide our HD school community with a day to remember these individuals. They published educational posters focusing on different Six Nation indigenous neighbours who spent part of their childhood in a residential school and added QR codes to provide the entire story for students to read.

See also: Every Child Matters

The students silk-screened shirts for their team to be worn at our school assembly on Friday, Sept. 27th and to wear on September 30th – Orange Shirt Day. At the outdoor fall assembly, these students shared the meaning of Orange Shirt Day which stems from the experience Phyllis Webstad had entering a residential school in BC. This day focuses on how “Every Child Matters” and that the political decisions our country makes for individuals should be focused on building community versus tearing it apart.

This team baked mini-cupcakes for the entire school and handed out information cards about the day to bring awareness to this social justice issue. Thanks to Ruth Ann, Leah, Julie, and Leah drawing attention to this issue and providing an opportunity to share what you have learned with the entire school.


Kinesiology

Students in Introductory Kinesiology utilized both virtual reality and augmented reality during a recent anatomy lab. The use of this technology assists in gaining an accurate understanding of the form and function of the body’s skeletal and muscular systems. Students expressed that using this technology brought the body systems to “life” in a way that pictures or diagrams fail to.


Christians in Society

The Christians in Society Class volunteered their time and energy at the Ontario Gleaners. This group of 30 students was asked to “come back every day” and praised for their “intuitive approach, hard work and positive energy” that they brought to this global outreach mission.

As a collective group, they helped package dry vegetable mixes that are used for soups, stuffings, and casseroles. The vision of this trip is to provide an awareness of the global need for food and to learn how to produce that used to be discarded because it was deemed as ‘seconds’ is now been fully utilized.


Starting Strong

Extra-curricular activities and clubs are getting into full swing, keep an eye on Edsby’s School Talk group for details.


FOODs
Our students had another chance to preserve local organic produce and produced some delicious zucchini relish.


ELL Day
Nine new international students along with the newcomer’s committee students enjoyed a special, fun day to help welcome them to HDCH. Beginning with devotions in the gym with the grade 9’s, ELL students enjoyed icebreakers and team building games in the cafeteria and then we went go-karting.

After a picnic lunch at Bayfront Park with the grade 9-day students, they returned to HDCH for an orientation session, where everyone shared stories of culture shock and travel and talked about strategies for success while away from home. Water balloon launching and bowling following finishing the day with at BBQ at HDCH.


Grade 9 Day
Our Grade 9s enjoyed a day that was all about getting to know some new people at HDCH. After some fun and devotions in the gym, the students headed out to different locations around the city to help out at Mission Services, The Dream Centre, The Good Shepherd, The Salvation Army, Galcom, Indwell, and CityKidz. Their hard work of sorting food, cleaning buses and painting was sincerely appreciated by all each organization.

After a picnic lunch at Pier 4, they headed off for an afternoon of go-karting, a scavenger hunt, water balloon launching, and bowling. It was so great to see the students and their parents out to finish the day with a BBQ and slide show.  It is our hope that new friendships were formed and that the students feel part of a great grade 9 class!

Important Campus Renewal Update

Important Campus Renewal Updates ~ Sept 16th @7:30 – 9:00 pm

Hamilton District Christian High has embarked on a Fundraising Feasibility Study.

The study is designed to gather valuable information from HDCH’s donors, alumni and parents’ of students and will help us determine our school’s ability to raise funds for our Campus Renewal Plan. We have retained M&M International, an independent consulting firm, to conduct a completely confidential Feasibility Study on our behalf.

To make this Study as inclusive as possible, M & M International will host an Open Forum at our school. This is an opportunity for parents and supporters of HDCH to listen to the updated plans for our Campus Renewal and provide their feedback.

Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the forum.

The event will take place on September 16th from 7:30pm-9:00pm at HDCH. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Beyond the Classroom

Music

On Friday, June 7 the grade 10 and 11 Music classes recorded summative and term songs at Grant Avenue Studio. It was awesome! The grade 11’s have been working on string instruments for only 5 weeks and have managed to secure a beautiful arrangement of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

They also recorded The Girl From Ipanema from an earlier jazz unit. The track was recorded with multiple takes. First we recorded vocals, drums, guitars, and piano. Then we recorded the clarinet, tenor sax, baritone, tuba, and trumpets.

To go with our folk song unit, the grade 10’s recorded a Celtic Star of the County Down with mandolin, guitars, piano, and djembe. Vocals to begin and end the track were recorded in groups of 6 singers at a time. Although the grade 10 class was prepared and willing to sing, their leadership student, Cal, taught the verse and chorus to the grade 11’s who happily joined in. The low bass you hear? That’s the honorable Noah Hook, a true young bass. And the foot stomps? This was authentically recorded by two students, too!

Listen to Viva la Vida:

Listen to The Girl From Ipanema:

Listen to: Celtic Star of the County Down:


OFSAA Soccer

Hosting an OFSAA Championships tournament takes a lot of people and a lot of work. Hosting two OFSAA Championships together? Yeah, it takes a lot of work too!

This past weekend our community hosted the OFSAA Girls and Boys A Soccer Championships in Hamilton. This means 40 teams and almost 900 guests in total. We used 8 soccer fields at two different locations: Heritage Green Sports Park and Caledonia Soccer Complex. Both venues proved to have beautiful pitches, and they were great hosts; it was a pleasure to work with them.

Although the weeks leading up to the weekend had been cold, wet and rainy, God sure smiled on us last weekend where the sunshine was plenty and it didn’t rain at all! It was truly gorgeous soccer weather. For that, we are very thankful.

We also used the field at HDCH for the quarterfinals, semifinals and Gold Medal Matches. We were able to stream the games that were played here and the students in charge did a fantastic job of covering the play with great video. A shout-out to Ian DeJonge as well who was a knowledgeable, informative, and entertaining commentator. Maybe a future career?

Our goal as a committee was to put the athletes first and try to make it a memorable experience for them. I am confident this happened. We received many kind words of thanks and gratitude for the organization of the tournament. I am very thankful for all the people that did so much work to put this the event together.

The volunteer students played a major role and showed HDCH hospitality as field hosts and First Aid helpers along with others who worked on the website and live streaming.

A special thanks to our committee who showed such expertise and willingness to do whatever it took to make this event a memorable one for the athletes: Cheryl Webb, Adrianne Sprogis, Tina VanDyk, Breanna Zandstra, Harry Blyleven, Eric Brink, Jared Patus, Sarah Veenstra, Carly Voortman and Owen Webb. Great job everyone!


Water Walk-a-thon

On Wednesday, May 22nd the Christians in Society Class and WATCH group hosted a 6 KM Water Walkathon for World Renew to raise awareness, support and empathy for the millions of individuals who walk to get water on a daily basis globally.

For all the rain we experienced in May, we were very blessed that afternoon as it was only overcast with a light sprinkling of rain at the very end of the walk. There were 125 HDCH students actively engaged in this outreach challenge, walking 3- 6 KM with buckets of water around our school campus! It was amazing to be a part of their energy, drive, and willingness to be a part of World Renew’s mission to “Change the Story” this year.

Each individual committed to the campaign by collecting donations to raise money to purchase hand-washing stations and family sized water filters for families in Nicaragua and Guatemala. It was a team approach with the Christians in Society class taking the initiative to organize the campaign with the support of WATCH. So many HDCH students contributed to the plans, set up, preparations, pathway and all the food that was provided for the walkers after they completed the walkathon.

The final details of the campaign are still underway as students have been continuing to bring in sponsor money for this global outreach campaign. At this point, we have already collected $3,825.00 for this campaign. Blessings & thanks to everyone who participated in our second 6 KM walkathon this year!

Class News

English

The Grade 12 English class has created Instructable How-to Guides to teach a variety of skills, from making pasta to starting a snowmobile. They have also created an Instagram account to advertise their Instructables, which can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/instructable_ads/.


History

Grade 10 history students visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The students learned how to send and receive messages in Morse Code and rivet together parts of planes. They also learned about rationing in Great Britain during WW2 and the how London was defended using radar during the Blitz. The class had a close up look at the Lancaster airplane, the most prominent Allied bomber during the war.


Venture

Venture students visit Westinghouse HQ McCallum Sather.
How could you restore one of the landmark buildings in Hamilton’s Barton Village neighbourhood, and make it attractive for occupants in 2019?

That was the challenge facing McCallum Sather architects, engineers, and designers a couple of years ago when they took on the project to restore the 100-year-old Westinghouse headquarters, a seven-story building that had sat unused for twenty years. Our Grade 10 Venture class had the opportunity to hear this story, tour part of the building, and learn about careers related to interior design, architecture, and engineering that all played a role in renovating this iconic building and its unique historic features. Thanks to Kevin, Sophie, and Cecilia for taking us around and hosting a great Reach Ahead trip last week.


Geography

Forty students from grade 9 Geography traveled to Cayuga to present their Hagersville Livable City projects to Haldimand County planners and councilors. Students had worked over the past 6 weeks to research Hagersville, to tour the town, to study the long-term goals of Hagersville and Haldimand, and to develop designs that reflected the Urban Design guidelines for the County.

Five groups shared their proposals which included a bakery, a dog park, a retirement home, and a commercial and residential apartment complex. Each group had a least one member who was a resident of Haldimand County, allowing them to speak personally about their needs and desires as a citizen in the area.

We would like to thank Haldimand County who invested in our students over the past six weeks, visiting the school to invite our students to participate, and then answering student e-mails as they navigated their proposals.

Likewise, the feedback from the staff was incredibly encouraging, stating that “If these students are the future, we are in good hands.” They also noted that our students’ focus on community and the needs of citizens was very strong, and any presentation done for the County could benefit from the students’ perspective. It has been a privilege to watch our students learn and grow during this project, as they increased their understanding about the beauty and the complexities of creating more livable cities.


Computer Science

Last year’s grade 12 Computer Science class created the game and GPS enabled walking tour for Westfield Heritage Village. Westfield and other conservation areas wanted to continue to work with us on future projects.

This year, the Westfield location has changed some of their hours of operation, and they want to be more accessible for all guests. These pictures and videos are of the first face to face meeting, tour, and scouting of the locations. The group has already started to make the changes, and hopefully, this game will be operational before school ends.


Entrepreneurial Studies

This semester, grade 11 Business students (Entrepreneurial Studies), have been working on developing their own business concepts and ideas and turning those into business plans.

The class business plans were entered into the E.R. Monaco Business Plan Writing Competition through the Hamilton Economic Development office Small Business Enterprise Centre. Business plans were screened for key content areas and then put through a marking system.

Plans were marked by a panel including a local lawyer, a staff member from Mohawk College, and a representative from the City of Hamilton. Following the marking, the top 20 plans have been put through to the finals. Our students submitted some excellent work, and four of their plans (6 student entrepreneurs) are finalists in this competition.

On the evening of June 11th, Grade 11 students Klara Neven, Valerie VanDixhoorn, Levi Stratford, Connor Stronks, Julian Vanlandschoot, and Aaron Germain will attend the competition finals where the top 5 business plans will be awarded.


MegaBloc

MegaBloc students have been busy finishing up their group projects this semester. Their project involves sharing beauty with our broader community by building planters for their homes, businesses, and organizations. We have 17 community partners who will be adopting our beautiful planters.
Students have created this from vision board, through AutoCAD plans, to mini-to-scale foam core prototypes, improving plans and AutoCAD based on self,  peer, and teacher feedback, and finally into the woodshop to building! We have worked hard through this design process and have come up with unique and well-constructed planters, to share beauty across our communities.

Around the Campus

English

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

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.


Science

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.

Classroom News

FOODs

Bridge Day Culinary Experience- Two teams of students planned, prepared and served two creative 3- Course Meals to 8 judges on their Bridge Day. A Tour through Europe started in Holland with homemade bitterboellen, then off to Italy for freshly made chicken parmesan, on sauteed aubergine with homemade marinara sauce and served on homemade pasta noodles. The tour continued into France with fresh crepes that were filled with a variety of fresh fruit, freshly whipped cream and chocolate drizzle for dessert. This meal was accompanied by a Swiss-inspired homemade hot chocolate and whipped cream.

The 60’s Diner menu included homemade loaded potato soup with a fresh homemade dinner roll. The main was a stuffed slider on a homemade hot cross bun and a side of eggplant fries. The eggplant fries came with freshly made tzatziki sauce. Dessert was a classic 60’s diner fresh baked mini apple pie and whipped cream on time. The meal was accompanied with a homemade vanilla bean milkshake and flavoured water.

The two teams worked well together in the kitchen focusing on making everything from scratch to suit their theme, budget and skill level. It was a close culinary competition but the 60’s diner earned the Master Chef title.


Badminton

Joosung Kim earned a gold medal while Hayley earned a silver medal at the City championships. Competing at SOSSA in Pelham Ontario includes Hayley Jonker midget girls singles, Joosung Kim midget boys singles and Braden Van Wingerden and  Aiden Zimmerman in junior boys doubles. Go Knights!

The Junior and Senior teams participated well at OCSSAA.


Computer Science

Watch the Grade 11 Computer Science Student Lego Battlebots finals!


 

Classrooms This Week

French

Grade 9 French students spent time sharing Routine posters that they made for CCS students to be more exposed to French in daily routines at school. They also were an audience for the CCS students as they practiced their class plays.


Poetry Crawl

Grade 10 students have been working on noticing poetry as words forming art. We’ve done a Poetry Crawl in Hamilton, worked with  Popsonnets and poetic devices, and we welcomed Redeemer’s Deborah Bowen to our class for bridge day today to talk about her Poetry in Ecology Project.


Badminton

Congratulations to the entire Midget Badminton team for a great day on the court on Friday, April 5th at Waterdown HighSchool. The entire team competed well playing their best badminton of the season to date. Every player advanced well into the tournament making it into the top four spots. It was impressive to see how well these athletes represented our school with integrity, sportsmanship, and skill.


Christians in Society | WATCH

On Friday, March 29th, Mrs. Bula from World Renew came to HDCH to shed light on the United Nations Sustainable Development goals with a focus on Goal #6 which aims to provide clean water and sanitation on a global scale. Stemming from an initiative starting in 1990, this WaSH: clean water, sanitation, and hygiene program has been a focus for numerous NGO’s in many developing world countries.

This semester Christians in Society (CIS) and the social justice group Working at Teaching Children Hope (WATCH) is organizing HDCH’s 2nd WATER WALKATHON on Wednesday, May 22nd. The money raised will go towards purchasing hand washing stations and family water filters for homes/communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala through World Renew’s WaSH program.

World Renew is going to set up an online sponsor page for this initiative and the plans are underway for this 3 to 6 KM walkathon around our campus. Students will have the opportunity to carry buckets of water in order to experience what it is like for so many women and children who walk several km/day to gather buckets of water for their families.

Our expert in the field prepared both the WATCH team and CIS class with an insightful presentation, sample water filter and revealed how each student can make a difference by getting involved in this PBL project at HDCH! Please keep this initiative in your prayers and consider sponsoring a student today for this event.

Blessings, Mrs.VanderVelde


Venture – Toyota Plant April 2019

Since its construction in 1988, the Toyota plant in Cambridge has produced over 8 million vehicles. Today, both the Rav 4 and Lexus are built there, in a production line that integrates automation, on-site part production as well as “just in time” delivery processes to produce a car in about a day.

Our Grade 10 Venture and Small Engines class toured the facility on April 8 and had a chance to see the state automotive manufacturing first hand. Students were impressed with the organization and efficiency of the plant, the plant’s size and scale (close to 3 million square feet combined), the orderly and intentional pace of employees working, its commitment to continually innovate and reduce waste, and the intentional use of robots and automation to improve employee performance and the ergonomics of many tasks.


Venture – Google Waterloo University

What might the workplaces and learning experiences of the future look like? Our Venture 10 and 11 classes take time each semester to go on “Reach Ahead” trips to gain first-hand experience of a range of post-secondary pathways.

The students toured Google’s Canada headquarters in Waterloo to find out how this innovative company provides a unique workplace culture for its 600 employees at this design and software development facility. We learned about some of their creative practices to develop teamwork and collaboration, the services they provide for employees, and some of the new products they are developing.

In the afternoon we toured the University of Waterloo campus to learn more about the range of post-secondary programs and opportunities, and some criteria to consider in evaluating and assessing post-secondary schools and training. We appreciated the warm reception of staff at both location and their effort in making our time interesting and informative and came home with many new insights to consider.


Danish Music Tour

Last week we welcomed 73 Danish singers into our community. It was AWESOME! All of the youth singers were hosted and housed by members of our community. As our choir debriefed the experience hosting and singing with these singers, some of the following highlights arose:

  • the Sankt Annae Gymnasium choir sang with clear diction and vowel uniformity, something that is inspiring to our choir
  • we enjoyed the social exchange because they were so friendly
  • the choir sang exciting, challenging, and professional music
  • the violinist was incredible; she played a full movement of a concerto from memory
  • many host families got their groups together to go laser tagging – about 40 people!
  • many of the Danes stayed up late into the night with our choristers talking about our faith and how evident it is that we truly live it out in all that we do, such as praying before meals, the meaning we communicated as we sang a spiritual “Steal Away,” and in how we interact with others.

Thank you, HD, for supporting this musical adventure. What an amazing opportunity for growth for our students! ~ Kasia Konstanty

Inside & Outside the Classroom

Phys Ed

Grade 11 Recreational Phys. Ed. students had a chance to go skating at the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena. Some students had a great deal of experience with skating while some had very little. The class had a great time learning together as the experts were able to help those who were just learning. The students played on-ice games that tested their speed, starting and stopping. It was a very healthy learning environment thanks to the cooperation of everyone!

Flying Squirrel
The Grade 11 Phys. Ed. class had a fantastic Bridge Day today.  We started off with a nice walk along Rymal Road heading toward the Flying Squirrel.  We arrived just in time to start our hour of jumping, dunking basketballs, balancing, jousting, flipping, and playing manhunt.  Great day for all!


English

Grade 10 English students went on a Hamilton Poetry Crawl. Students were challenged to notice how poetry is experienced in non-poetic contexts. We read John Terpstra’s “Giants” at Sam Lawrence Park, the site of inspiration for this poem. We then traveled on to Locke Street and took pictures of pieces of language that intrigued or inspired us. We’ll use this experience to create original pieces of poetry.


Business

The Entrepreneurial Studies class traveled to the 541 Cafe and Eatery as part of their unit on Social Enterprise. The class visited the cafe to learn about how they are meeting a need in their local community, discover the origins of 541, and see the work of social enterprise in action.

Following this experience, students were tasked with their own project–the $100 Challenge–to look at a need they see within their own community and develop a plan to start to help meet that need. How would you use $100 to start to meet a community need?


French

Grade 9 French classes learned about the French tradition “Poisson d’avril” for le 1er avril, our April Fool’s Day. We worked on discerning a real French news article from a satirical one, and then we had our own poisson d’avril fun.


Writer’s Craft

The Writer’s Craft class will be putting out their yearly journal, and this year’s theme will be “Through The Seasons.” We will be accepting student entries based on change and the seasons up until the deadline of May 10. Entries can be short stories, poetry, or anything that catches your fancy. We will be announcing more details later.
Email throughtheseasons@hdch.org with submissions or questions.

ArtsBlock

Grade 9 ArtsBlock Students shared their work on a gallery walk.


ChristianS in Society

The students in Christians in Society have been challenged to answer the driving question, How can I bring awareness and support to a social justice issue in our world today?

Isaiah Dreise, Vaunn Smith and Seth Verrips chose the Ontario Christian Gleaners as their mission to support by raising funds to purchase lentils at a bulk price to go into the dried soup mixes that the entire class will be putting together on their upcoming Bridge Day. These students ran the coat check at the March 30th Fundraiser and were grateful for the generosity of our community and the fundraising team at HDCH. Blessings abound!


MegaBloc LEARNING FROM EXPERTS

Over the past two weeks, Grade 9 tech students in MegaBlock have had the chance to learn some design and tech skills from local experts.

One expert we were fortunate to learn from was professional Graphic Designer Adrianne Sprogis. She ran a workshop for us on how to create professional looking posters to convey important messages, and then gave individual students feedback on their poster designs for their Superhero App projects. It was amazing to learn from a pro, and the quality of our posters and learning increased!

A second expert we had in to run a workshop for us was Hank Rintjema, a professional photographer. Hank set up a gallery of his work to help us learn tips for taking better photos and more about the technical side of photography. He shared stories about being a professional photographer and let us explore some ‘old school’ photographic devices. We will use this learning in our upcoming Photography and Graphic Design rotations.

We are so thankful for community members like Mrs. Sprogis and Mr. Rintjema for investing their time, passions, and talents in our learning!!


Science

Grade 10 science students dissected frogs to help us learn how God has created beings with structures designed for a specific purpose.


Science

Grade 10 Science students spent their Bridge Day making their our own pinhole cameras. The students had to expose photo paper and develop it in a dark room. The images were finicky, but some turned out very well. This “bridges” our optics and chemistry units.


Preparing for Mary Poppins is a Jolly Good Time!

The HDCH musical is underway!

With only 6 weeks to go, the cast and crews are working hard to prepare for opening night. We’ve come a long way since November, and Mary Poppins is really coming together. The instrumental ensemble is hard at work and the pianist, James Naphtali, who has been accompanying our rehearsals for months, is keeping us in tune and making sure that we “Step in Time.”

Mary Poppins is about two bratty kids, Jane and Michael Banks, who get a shocking wake up call after a mysterious nanny comes to care for them. Mary Poppins and all her strange friends are quite magical and almost unreal, and they each take their turn to help teach Jane and Michael a lesson or two. Much to all the Banks’ surprise, Mary Poppins ends up teaching them all the real meaning of family.

I’ve been shadowing the Director, Mrs. Whetstone, since January for this HDCH musical, and I’ve seen great improvements from when everyone began rehearsal until now. One particular scene we’ve worked at is Act 1: Scene 4, Jolly Holiday. Everyone has worked so hard on this scene, and you can clearly tell! It is a combination of peppy singing, energetic choreography, and a colourful set. Trust me, this is one musical you won’t want to miss! –Vanessa Koens, Grade 9

Video Clip:
This video is a snippet of the scene when Jane and Michael go to the bank to see their father at work. It’s just a taste of the work that goes into getting a musical up and running, but we have fun too!

Back after the Break

Whodunnit?

There was a crime scene at HDCH this afternoon.  Grade 11 biology students had to cross police crime tape to enter their classroom.  As crime scene investigators for the day, they used their knowledge of genetics and blood typing to analyse forensic evidence including blood stains.  Suspects donated blood samples for comparison and they were able to answer the question, “Whodunnit?”.


Singing with Foreigner!

Hamilton District Christian School Choir was chosen to accompany the band Foreigner on their Hamilton tour stop at FirstOntario Centre.

Our group of students sang “I Want to Know What Love Is” with the popular 80’s band and rocked it. The band’s bass player, Jeff Pilson, spontaneously picked on one of choristers to finish off the song encouraging her to fire away onto his bass strings.

We were incredibly inspired by the skill and energy of Foreigner. Although an opportunity like this probably won’t come again anytime soon, we celebrate it and look forward to our upcoming performances.


Book Club – The Final Word

Some of you may know about the HD Book Club, and that every year, whoever reads at least five of the books and attends at least five meetings can attend The Final Word where we get to speak to one of the authors we read. This year it was Karen Bass, author of Two Times a Traitor.

What you may not know is just how huge this event is. Every year, we at HD get together with London, Toronto, Durham and Woodland Christian High Schools (who have been reading the same books as us) for this monumental event. Also we have heated (but still fun!) competitions relating to the books we’ve read over the past year.

We had pictures taken with Karen Bass and we had our books signed. At the end of the day we got to see which book was the favourite of all the Book Clubs – this year’s winner was R. J. Anderson’s Ultraviolet. To me, The Final Word really sums up what Book Club, and reading in general, is all about: giving us the chance to connect with each other on a deeper level on something that we all love.

By Nathan St. John, on behalf of the HDCH Book Club


Baking Cupcakes

The Foods Class spent their Bridge Day experimenting with recipes for the perfect cupcake for our Spring Fundraiser Raffle.  These cupcakes will be for sale at Eat, Give & Be Merry March 30th.  One cupcake has a golden coin hidden inside!  The raffle prize is a 2 night stay at Beach Tree Resort, a lakefront cottage in Wainfleet.


Lunar New Year Celebration

The Newcomer Committee helped host a Lunar New Year celebration and dinner for the parents and homestay families of international students who attend HDCH.  It was a fantastic evening.


Europe Trippers

Over the March Break, twenty-eight students and four teachers traveled to Europe for 10 days on the Vimy to Juno: A history of Canada in the World Wars tour.

We began the trip in Berlin, visiting a concentration camp, the Berlin War and Checkpoint Charlie. From there we traveled to the Groesbeek Candian War Museum and cemetery, Vimy Ridge, and Juno Beach. We also enjoyed tours of Berlin, Amsterdam, Ghent, and Paris.

On the way home, we had a two-hour layover in Dublin, Ireland on St. Patricks Day! It was a challenging trip full of moving experiences of remembrance, travel, souvenir shopping and great food including Gouda cheese and Belgian chocolates.


Math @Starbucks

Grade 11 Math students traveled to Starbucks since they have been learning about HST and making change.