By Chance Alone

Max Eisen Shares His Story

March 6, 2020 @ 10:30 AM at HDCH

HDCH students will have the privilege of meeting the bestselling author and Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen on March 6th. Mr. Eisen travels around the world speaking with young people about the power of resilience, freedom of speech and education.

There are limited seats available.  Those who register online first will be offered seating in the gym.  When these seats are filled, additional seats will be made available in the cafeteria to watch via live stream.  If you are not able to attend the presentation will also be available on our YouTube channel.

Copies of Max’s books will be available to purchase.

Reserve your seat today. >>

About Max Eisen

Mr. Max Eisen was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Moldava nad Bodvou, a Slovak town that was annexed by Hungary during the Second World War. He was part of an extended family of 60 and lived on a family estate with his parents, two younger brothers, his sister, grandparents and an uncle and aunt.

When Eisen was only 15 years old, he and his family were taken by force from their home in Hungary to a Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland. As a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, he endured slave labour, extreme malnutrition, and exposure to severe weather.  On May 6, 1945, at the end of World War II, Mr. Eisen was finally liberated from the camp. He lost his parents, his three siblings and nearly 60 other relatives in the Holocaust.

After his liberation,  Mr. Eisen immigrated to Canada in 1949.

“I lived through a traumatic and cruel period of history. There are important lessons to be learned and personal accounts to be recorded.” ~ Max Eisen

He is a passionate speaker and educator who volunteers at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto.

“I am inspired by the need to document my story so others may learn from the past. On a personal level, I have a highly developed sense of observation of the world around me, which constantly inspires and motivates me to take action.”~ Max Eisen

He currently resides in Toronto with his wife, Ivy. His book, By Chance Alone, won the Canada Reads award in 2019.

Exam Instructions

BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 21st

Overview
All exams start at 9am

  • Period 1 classes that have regular exams will write on Tuesday, January 21st
  • Period 2 classes on Wednesday 22nd
  • Period 3 on Thursday 23rd
  • Period 4 on Friday 24th

NOTE: In case of bad weather that results in a school closure, Monday, January 27th is kept as a reserve exam day. The Exam Day that is canceled will be rescheduled for Monday, January 27th.

Click here to see the full schedule >>

Study Mode
The school will be in quiet study mode, so many areas, including the upstairs and downstairs hallways, will not be open to student traffic. Please do not come to school if you are not writing an exam, unless you have a prior arrangement to meet with one of your teachers.

On the day of the exam, you need to:

  1. Come to school appropriately dressed according to the school’s wardrobe regulations.
  2. Proceed to the library to return course textbooks and pick up your exam entry ticket. Even if the course does not have a text to return, you still need to pick up an exam ticket in the library.
  3. Go to your exam location a few minutes before the exam starts.
  4. Leave backpacks, cell phones, and all electronic devices in front of the exam room.
  5. Go to your assigned seat. (Please note that the only refreshments allowed are water and unwrapped candy.)
  6. Be prepared to spend at least one hour in the exam room. You will have up to three hours to write.
  7. When you have completed, checked, and submitted your exam, please leave the exam room. If necessary, wait for friends quietly, and leave the building as soon as possible. The gymnasium will be open for playing after your exam.

Other Particulars:

  • Students who have officially been informed about writing in another location are to report to Room 122 at exam time.
  • In case of any absence, please phone the school office immediately. A doctor’s note is needed if you are sick.
  • For courses that do not have an exam, all textbooks should be returned before exam week. All missing texts must be returned or paid for before the start of the second semester on January 29th.
  • School bus schedules may be different during exam week. Students should connect with their particular driver about schedule changes.

Best wishes as you prepare!

Catching Up

International Business Students

Raspberry Pi Program
A few weeks ago our class took a short trip down to the EduDeo Ministries office, in downtown Hamilton, to hear about the different projects they are currently working on. We were shown how the majority of students in developing countries learn about technology and computers. Instead of an actual computer, they learn from a drawn photo of a computer. This is how these students are learning and we want to help change that. We are students from the grade 12 International Business Fundamentals Course, at Hamilton District Christian High School. This semester, we have been challenged to assist EduDeo in their upcoming projects this year. This year, one of their global projects is to bring the Raspberry Pi to schools in developing countries to further their education. This project will help us understand business on an international level from a not for profit perspective.

Learn more about the Raspberry Pi and the Pi Plan. The Brown Eyed Baker is partnering with us to sell packs of 4 mini cheesecakes for $20. A portion of every sale will be donated to EduDeo Ministries’ “Pi Plan” campaign.

If you would like to place an order or support our campaign you can either fill out an order form, which you can find in the HDCH office, or comment on The Brown Eyed Bakers post on facebook @thebrowneyedbakerandreadejong. 
On behalf of the Raspberry Pi(e) team, Esther DeJong


Athletics

The transition from fall to winter means the transition from one sport season to another. After a successful fall season, the Knights are excited to transition to hockey, boys basketball, and girls volleyball. The seasons are all a game or two old already! Check the athletics calendar on Edsby for games and practices. Go Knights Go!!!

City All-Star Games ~ Tonight!

Tonight (Dec 11), Dylan Bremer, Noah Cooper, Brendan Vanderkruk will be competing in the Junior Boys Volleyball All-Star Match.

Also tonight,  Evan Bremer, Josh Glasbergen, and Bridgely van der Mark will be competing in the Senior Boys Volleyball All-Star Match.

Mohawk College ~ December 11th

  • Juniors start at 6pm
  • Seniors start at 8pm
  • Each game will have a small entry fee

Congratulations all! Go Knights Go!

Congratulations to Emma Schuurman who played in the Junior Girls Basketball All-Star Game last night at Glendale Secondary School.


Music

Recently, HDCH sang at the Ryerson United Church Carol Service. They led the carols and performed three pieces, accompanied by a string trio, trumpet, and pipe organ. It was a fun evening of music and bible readings. Their contributions were highly appreciated by the congregation.


English

Two English 4U classes took a field trip to CLAC (Christian Labour Association of Canada) as a part of their language and media unit. What an amazing opportunity to dive into the communication life of an organization that is trying to live out its Christian calling in a complicated marketplace.


Christian in Society

The Christians in Society class is hosting an Adult-Peer Bible study this semester. We welcome parents, grandparents and Christian neighbours to our classroom on Thursday mornings at 9 AM – 10:19 AM to join our Bible Study that focuses on faith questions provided by the students in the class.

Our topics have included a focus on the Bible, communicating with God, prayer and this week we’ll focus on how to find peace and meaning in our life through our faith. If interested in joining please come on Thursday mornings. For further details please email pvandervelde@hdch.org


Integrated Arts

Students had the opportunity to mould, fire, and glaze handmade pottery. They learned a lot about clay techniques, particularly the need to saturate the clay with glaze in order to get a nice bright finish. The goal was to create a bowl that represented an animal, and the results were creative and beautiful!


Sticky Note Outreach

A new girl’s Bible study called Bridge Bible Study decided to do an outreach with sticky notes to enrich the sense of community within the school. The Bridge Bible Study group came together over a couple of lunches and wrote enough sticky notes to stick on every single student’s locker.

Written on the sticky notes were encouraging Bible verses and positive notes to brighten up each student’s day. These sticky notes reminded every student that they were loved, supported, and cared for by God and by the student body. The extra messages were stuck on the teacher’s workroom doors as well so that everyone in the entire school was included. These students worked behind the scenes to make everyone’s day just a little brighter this week
Blessings & thanks!


Venture 10 @Fennema Farms

Agriculture in Canada plays a key role in our economy and also in providing the food we need in our daily lives. As information technology and automation play a larger role in agriculture, this field also offers a wide variety of career pathways and opportunities in related fields.

Our Grade 10 Venture class spent an afternoon with Mrs. Janet Ringleberg at Fennema Farms to learn more. We learned about the business side of farming, the contributions of science and technology in her operation and some of the career pathways that connect to a modern dairy business. We also enjoyed some first-hand experience of daily routines in a dairy operation. Thanks to Mrs. Ringleberg for providing such an informative tour and warm hospitality for our Reach Ahead trip!

Learning

Non-Food Food Drive

The grade 12 English class delivered a donation to N2N on behalf of the students at HDCH. Their class raised the most dollars for the Non-Food Food Drive campaign aimed to provide fresh milk to those who need it.

“It was so inspiring to see the work Neighbour2Neighbour does. Their hard work and kindness are well noticed and it was obvious that they care very deeply about their work. Even if it’s a small difference in our world it is so amazing to see all the families they can help through their work and dedication to Hamilton.” ~ Meghan Bartels.


History at the ROM

Grade 11 History students traveled to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The tour guide, Kathleen, was very engaging and informative, covering exhibits from Ancient Egypt to Ancient Rome. Below are a few ROM artifact highlights that students wrote about in an assignment:

“There is an Egyptian artifact called The Book of the Dead from 320 BC. This is significant because it helps historians and others understand and see the past. The information is given to see who died, and from what, allowing others to understand how advanced their technology was to prevent death. This artifact also contains religious beliefs, prayers, and songs that further the knowledge of Egyptian life and how their religion shaped their life.”

“The Athena Parthenos was a giant statue dedicated to the goddess Athena…The statue was obviously a very important symbol to the Athenians as it was depicted in many books, drawings, and written works. It helps us understand the ideology of the Athenian people as to how important their gods were to them.”

“A tetradrachm coin from Alexander III’s reign pictures Herakles on one side and his father Zeus on the other. Coins were a part of daily life in Greece, and while the Greeks did not invent currency, they were one of the first few civilizations to use it.”


Biology
out•of•our•MiNDS comes to HD

Grad students from the Neuroscience Program at McMaster University shared their time and expertise with the grade 12 biology class. In addition to telling us about their varied and fascinating areas of research, they facilitated four mini-workshops and a sheep brain dissection with the students.

For some, the highlight of the afternoon was wearing a band across their forehead and seeing their brainwaves on an app on a phone. For others, a highlight was hooking their arm up to electrodes and then making a claw function by contracting their muscles. The brain dissection was a learning experience for all as they cut through the corpus callosum to bisect the brain and reveal its inner structures.


Geography

Two of our Grade 9 geography classes set out to learn more about the city of Brantford as students prepare for the “Brantford Challenge“.

Our students have been tasked by Brantford city planners to reimagine one of three vacant lots in Brantford in order to create a more livable community. Students have been studying concepts around sustainability, stakeholders, urban sprawl, and transportation as they prepare to create their proposals. Our tour included the Mohawk Chapel of the Mohawks, the Colborne Street downtown corridor, the Brantford Cenotaph, the Bell Memorial monument, and Victoria Square with the statue of Joseph Brant in the middle.

Students were asked to reflect on their fieldwork tour. Their comments included:

  • I noticed a homeless man and thought of affordable housing

  • I noticed the wide streets in Brantford designed for cars rather than people

  • I noticed the cemetery at the church was more like our cemeteries – is this what Indigenous people would have done?

  • I wondered why sometimes we try to ruin old buildings and sometimes we try to save them

  • I noticed beauty in the buildings of downtown Brantford

We are excited to engage with our students as they prepare to create proposals that they will present at Brantford City Hall in December.


Canadian History

The Canadian history class ventured out to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Students participated in a number of hands-on activities that included WWII codes and ciphers, airplane metalwork, and a Battle of Britain simulation. Our tour guides were very good storytellers who provided the students with a well-paced, engaging experience overall.


Phys Ed

The Grade 11 Sport Specific PhysEd class was treated to a day of ice skating at the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena on Tuesday. Our fearless leaders for the day, Justin Ouwehand and Aidan Ritskes, sharpened our skills in skating forward, stopping and skating backward. Everyone participated and had a great time. We ended the time off with a fun game of soccer on ice! Nice work!


International Business

The Grade 12 International Business class has been working alongside EduDeo this semester, learning about business fundamentals in the majority world from a not-for-profit perspective.

We are grateful for the time that EduDeo staff have shared with us so far. Students have visited the Barton St. office during bridge days to learn about the mission and vision of EduDeo, current projects and how to engage with communities in the majority world. They’ve also had the opportunity to meet with Marketing Director, Hannah Moerman and Design Specialist, Jenna Cottrill to learn about advertising and marketing, campaign management, and to receive feedback and tips on their own project design.

Jenna and Hannah challenged our class to think about the “Why?” of their projects, and keep that at the centre. Ryan Geleynse and Operations Director, Phil Beck, have also visited our class at the school, providing feedback for group projects and listening to students present their initial project proposals. Students are working on a variety of projects that compliment EduDeo’s current and ongoing work, including teaming up with the Raspberry Pi campaign and initiating Toonies 4 Toilets –keep an eye out for more information in the school and wider community as the semester continues!


English

Grade 9 English classes were visited by the Shakespeare in Action Theatre Company. The company, based out of Toronto, visited the school to present a workshop in line with the class study of Romeo & Juliet. The workshop was led by a professional stage actor and incorporated a series of acting, voice and text exercises in the 75-minute program. What a great way to bring Shakespeare to life at HD!


Foods

Another Master Chef Challenge took place with two teams competing for the first place title. Menu plans included.

A Taste of Thailand with fresh spring rolls for the appetizer, homemade Pad Thai for the main entree followed by mango pudding and fried banana wraps for dessert.

The second team prepared a Culinary Tour for their judges starting in Thailand with fried spring rolls to homemade chicken pasta fettuccine from Italy and ended in France with creme brulee for dessert.

Both teams did an excellent job as they worked together to expand their culinary skills! Bon appetit!


Venture

Over 25 years ago, City Kidz was started in Hamilton to serve the children in some of the neediest neighbourhoods in Hamilton. Each Saturday, hundreds of children are bussed to their state of the art Studio Theatre where both their minds and their souls are fed, with wonderful songs and stories based on gospel values, as well as a nutritious snack and a meal. Our Venture 10 class headed there on November 29 to learn more.

After a brief career pathway presentation about non-profits, we had a chance to put our skills to work in preparing Christmas gift packages for their adult and youth volunteers. We were also excited to see the recently opened new theatre space at the Burlington St. facility. It was a great way to spend an afternoon with the staff and volunteers at City Kidz.

Exceptional Learning

Athletics

As the brisk air comes rolling in, so too does the second season of sports at HDCH. But not before two final weeks of boys volleyball wraps up! Both the junior and senior boys teams have advanced to the city finals this year! Both teams still have SOSSA and OFSAA hopes still alive at this point in the season.

The winter season begins with boys basketball, girls volleyball, and boys hockey all starting up this week! Check out the athletics calendar for more information regarding try-outs. Go Knights Go!


Kinesiology

Jessica Heidbuurt (class of ’15) visited the Introductory Kinesiology class. She has recently graduated from Mohawk College in both the Recreational Therapy and Health, Wellness, and Fitness programs.

Jess spoke to the class about how her experience at HD helped her navigate life after high school. She also shared about the challenges of program selection and how to succeed at the post-secondary level. Jessica’s willingness to openly share the highs and lows of life after high school was meaningful for the students, many of whom will face similar challenges as they prepare for post-secondary education.


Sculpture & Printmaking

The grade 11 Sculpture and Printmaking class has been experimenting with hand-building techniques for their pottery projects. Many students have chosen to make Christmas gifts for family and friends as a way to get familiar with clay. If you know a student in this class, you might get a beautiful and unique stocking stuffer!


MegaBloc

Sharing Beauty projects are taking shape in the woodshop. Students are also learning about programming, Graphic design, and photography.


FOODs

Two separate teams of students from the Food & Nutrition program planned, prepared, and served a three-course meal to judges on staff for their Bridge Day.

The 3-Course menu plans included: A Christmas Banquet that started with an appetizer of a Merry Berry Salad with Homemade French bread followed by the Main Entree of stuffed ‘ducken’, mashed potatoes, organic butternut squash, and beet puree and the choice of duck and/or chicken gravy. The final dessert was a baked Merry Berry baked Cheesecake.

The second 3-Course menu plan was an Italian Feast with Freshly made Bruschetta on Homemade French Bread to start, followed by a Homemade pasta served with a homemade Chicken Alfredo and fresh Italian Salad. This meal ended with Zuppa Inglese which is a delicious Italian trifle.

This experience provided students to focus on the various aspects of food preparation as everything was from scratch to proper foodservice and final clean up. The teams were thankful for our authentic judges who added that element of competition and feedback to complete this project!


Christian in Society & WATCH

As the snow has begun to fall, the Christians in Society Class and WATCH group have started three interconnecting campaigns to support those in need this winter!

Winter Items
As a school community, we are collecting WINTER coats, jackets, hats, mitts, scarves, boots, blankets, tote bags, knapsacks, and purses! The winter items will be divided between The Dream Centre in Hamilton and Blessings in a Bag. The Dream Centre is in such need they are arriving here on Friday to pick up our first load of donated items. As you get your winter wear out please consider donating to our front foyer display.

Purses for Purpose
The Purses for Purpose campaign incorporates filling a purse to be donated to the same causes. Please send in any gently used purses. We are also collecting hotel-sized toiletries, lip balm, tampons, combs, brush, toothpaste, and dental floss to fill the purses. We hope that through these three local campaigns we can make a difference within our city this winter.

In and Out of the Classroom

Business Class Fun Fest
The grade 11 Business class held an HDCH Fun Fest for the whole school. The goal of the fair was to raise funds for Café 541.  Students planned, marketed, and led a variety of events which resulted in good fun for all who participated.  Events ranged from Mario Kart and ping pong tournaments to mini-golf, ring toss, giant Jenga,  and more. Over eleven events were held and a total of $263.00 was raised to help the clientele of Café 541.


Christian In Society & WATCH
From October 8th – 28th, the Christians in Society Class in conjunction with the WATCH group ran another Non-Food-Food Drive Campaign for Neighbour2Neighbour. At our Thanksgiving assembly, the Manager of Emergency Food Services, Charlotte Redekop-Young shared how this campaign builds on our theme of belonging. This initiative helps our neighbours to feel the support needed at this time in their lives.

Our team used 12 days of school to generate interest, support and collect funds for this campaign. As team leaders we focused on coordinating this campaign and looking back I, (Tianna) felt “with a goal of $5,000 it was such a blessing to see the money coming in as we had a huge target to reach and so it was positive to tabulate the daily results.” While I (Kara), “personally enjoyed the spotlight days as this added a sense of competition to the campaign and students gave generously on these days.” For myself (Alexa), “being able to reach our target goal was a true highlight as we exceeded this on the final day of the campaign!

Overall we are thankful for the results and we are looking forward to celebrating the final results at the next FM@HD. Thanks again to everyone who donated to this local cause to support our neighbours!

Blessings,  Alexa Neubrand, Kara DeJong and  Tianna Veld 


Athletics
Congratulations to our 16 cross country runners for an amazing performance at SOSSA. A special congratulations to Ethan Summerhays for qualifying to OFSAA X-Country! He will run in Sudbury on Saturday, Nov. 2.


Québec Trip
Grade 11 and 12 French students had the opportunity to explore a part of Canada’s language and culture in-depth during a four-day trip to Québec City. There we visited landmarks such as Chateau Frontenac, the Plains of Abraham, and Parliament. We also visited many significant cultural and historical locations such as Montgomery Falls, and a Martello Tower.

This trip also served to kick our knowledge, understanding, and ability to use the French language into high gear, as we were tasked with everyday experiences like buying a book or ordering a meal, in French. In addition, the guides were asked to speak to us in French as much as possible.

I think that what most surprised us on this trip was the way in which the old city of Quebec was both different and similar to what we were familiar with. A lot of what we did and saw during this trip did look different and sound different, and many things definitely were different. But at the same time, it was surprising to see a lot of common ground; like enjoying the same fast food and media.  I think we will all be waiting on the edge of our seats for next year’s trip to Montreal. ~ Nathan St. John

Delicious crêpes and a typical québécois meal at a sugar shack were highlights of this culture-rich experience.


WWI History at Ruthven Park
The entire grade 10 class attended a World War 1 Education Day at Ruthven Park with Andy Robertshaw, historian, broadcaster, and educator. Andy Robertshaw is a world-renowned military historian whose work has led him to many experiences in film and television. He was an engaging speaker for students and discussed life in the trenches and its impact on soldiers. From Andy Robertshaw and other historians at Ruthven Park, we were able to see and hold some historical artefacts (real and replicas) from The Great War, including shrapnel, artillery shells, weapons, gas masks, uniforms, mess kits, and first aid supplies.


Christians in Society and World Religion
Christians in Society and World Religion classes joined to participate in a Blanket Exercise performed by an Indigenous minister who shared her personal experience in relation to being an Indigenous Canadian as well as her faith journey that led her to Jesus Christ.

Standing on blankets that represented North America we were able to gain a wealth of knowledge about our relationship, treaties and the different effects that we now face as Canadians. We learned about the initial influence of European arrival to this region, colonization and the misrepresentation of ‘sharing’ in regard to treaties.

In a circle at the end, students shared what they learned which covered a wide range of information over the century right up to the present day with the information presented throughout the morning. It was an effective way to share in this experience together as the learning, understanding, and growth was evident in the process.


English
Grade 12 English students took part of their Bridge Day to make progress on their ISU reading. With a big deadline looming, students felt the need to get cozy for their “snuggle up and read” Bridge Day activity, which was a wonderful opportunity to slow the pace down while still getting some serious reading accomplished!


Vocals Class
Thirty students from HDCH saw a performance of Mozart’s outrageous comedy Don Giovanni at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. This performance was staged by Opera Atelier, one of the world’s leading presenters of historically-informed opera. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to live opera. The evening was a fun, eye-opening, and memorable experience.

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!

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!