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.”

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.


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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


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 

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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


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


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/.


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 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.


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 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


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 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.


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


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.


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!