OFSAA, Contests & More

OFSAA Volleyball Bronze

Hamilton District Christian High Senior Boys Volleyball Team had an exceptional season, capping it off with a bronze medal victory at the OFSAA Boys A Volleyball Tournament in Belleville.

The HDCH Knights went 3-1 in pool play with their only loss coming to the eventual silver medalists, St. Thomas Aquinas (NWOSSAA). After winning an emotional quarterfinal match (3-1) against St. Mary High School (EOSSA), where their starting setter went down with a sprained ankle in the second set, they lost the next day in the semifinal against the eventual champions, Louis Riel (NCSSAA). The team advanced to an exciting “Battle of Hamilton” against AC Mere-Theresa in the Bronze Medal Match.

After losing the first set 26-24, the Knights came storming back to win the next 3 sets for a 3-1 victory and the bronze medal. This is now back-to-back bronze medals at OFSAA for the boys volleyball team.

CBC Music Class Challenge

Have you heard of the CBC Music Class Challenge? It’s a nation-wide contest where music classes compete to win a $5,000 prize to put toward music equipment in their schools.

The grade 10 Vocals class, which goes by HD Vocals in the competition, has entered the high school vocal category. Through this CBC opportunity, we have developed a strong bond, friendships, and wholesome singing. Our a cappella version of Giants was inspired by many creative vocal arrangers who create interest without the use of instruments.

HD Vocals is a grade 10 vocal class that includes grade 10, 11, and 12 students. In class, we study vocal healthy and anatomy, repertoire, solfege, and theory. Our goal is to encourage one another to develop confident, healthy, and expressive singing. We accomplish this goal through the way we act, sing, and listen.

Livable Cities

In the next stage of their Livable City project, students provided feedback on their peer’s initial designs.  Students are working with planners from the City of Brantford to reimagine how three sites in the city could be developed to serve the Brantford community.

Some of the geography students are attending a town hall in Brantford this evening to learn more about the Master Plan for the City of Brantford, specifically the Mohawk Lake neighbourhood.

Arts Block

Arts block has been considering street art as a social/political construct, so they decided to try their own graffiti initials. Here are some of the fun ones.

Mary Poppins

The rehearsals for our annual spring play have started!

Grade 9 Science

Grade 9 science students had a guest speaker from an organization that promotes STEM give a talk about the life and accomplishments of Nikola Tesla and his connections to the history of Hamilton. Students were also able to get hands-on by seeing how wireless lighting could work using a Tesla coil.

Outdoors club

The outdoors club hiked to the Dundas Peak lookout.

HDCH Inaugural Women’s Hockey Team

HDCH’s first ever women’s hockey team had their first practice this week with a full roster and lots of enthusiasm. The team is building skills and developing a sense of team as they work toward their tournament in Mississauga on Tuesday, December 18. Go Knights!

Phys Ed

As part of their fitness unit, the grade 10 girls physed students went to a local fitness facility to experience their Cardio Kickboxing workout and Boot Camp style circuit training. For many, it was their first time at a fitness centre.  They loved the workouts, loved being challenged and encouraged by the instructors but didn’t love their sore muscles the next day!

“It was tiring and made me sweat a lot, but it was totally worth it.”
“I thought it was a really neat experience and that I could experience stuff I never did before”
“10/10 …I would go again”
“I thought it was really cool and something I had never heard of before”



Boys Volleyball

OCSAA~ The Senior Boys traveled to Bellville in early November for OCSSAA and were stopped by the eventual champions, Smithville, in the quarterfinals.  It was a fantastic match where our senior boys played very well.

Cities ~ Congrats to the senior boys volleyball team won a silver medal in city play this year.  The team has qualified for SOSSA tomorrow (hosted at HDCH). They won a very important semifinal match against Guido on November 8 at HDCH, but fell to Ancaster High in the finals on Monday. The team still has hopes of repeating as medalists at OFSAA this year.

SOSSA ~ Follow the SOSSA action, including live streams, by following this link >> 

Jr Boys ~ For the junior team, SOSSA is at Guido next Tuesday.  They qualified on Tuesday night by beating Guido 3 sets to 1.

The Sr. Girls have had a busy schedule and placed third in the OCSAA tournament (Nov 2-3) winning the bronze medal game by 5 pts.  They also placed 4th in the city last week which is the highest the school has ever placed. The team will play in the SOSSA semifinals tomorrow at Dunville Secondary school against Ecole Secondaire Catholique Jean-Vanier.  The winner plays in the finals at 3:00 for a birth to OFSSA.

Junior Girls Basketball

Cross Country
Cross country has come to a close with some outstanding results! Congratulations to our two OFSAA star cross-country runners, Ethan Summerhays and Kara deJong, who ran in cold conditions on November 3rd. Neither medaled, but both ran very respectable times on a tough course with some steep, muddy hills. Ethan ran the 6km Senior Men’s race in a cracking 22:10 (that’s 3:42 per km!) and Kara ran at 4:49 per km on those steep hills to finish the Junior Women’s 5km race in 24:05! Well done.

Human Geography students traveled to EduDeo in Hamilton. The class has been focusing on the concept of globalization and looking at how individuals can actually affect change all over the world. With each issue they discussed as a class, the response usually ended up being “We would love to help, but we can’t make a difference. What can one person do?”

At EduDeo, we were shown the impact that one person could have on their community, as well as how a group of individuals could form together to help bring about change all over the world.

The grade 10 Science class used red cabbage as a universal pH indicator.
The  1P class used electrolysis to form beautiful tin crystals.

Geography 9 and Liveable Cities
Last week our Grade 9 Geography students kicked off their Livable City unit with a trip to Brantford.  The students were conducting field work, assessing sites in Brantford for redevelopment. Our students have been invited by city planners to engage in the planning process by reimagining how one of these sites could be transformed to meet the needs of the citizens of Brantford.

The next day, three city planners from Brantford – Tara Tram, Joshua Schram, and Alexandra Fortune-Rusynyk – walked our students through the planning process. Working in design teams of four, students will be applying these concepts over the next six weeks to develop a plan for the site they choose, culminating by presenting their ideas at Brantford city hall. We are thankful for the willingness of the City of Brantford to work with our students as they seek to impact local communities.

We have a recording!

The vocals class visited Amy White at Grant Avenue Studio to record Steal Away, arranged by Mark De-Lisser. Originally a spiritual, this arrangement is very meaningful to us, especially the bridge where the sopranos begin with a solo, later joined by the altos, and finally by the tenor part.

Listen here …

We view that section as the beautiful chaos that we live in daily. As we sing, we are thinking of how we can steal away to Jesus and throw all of our worries, burdens, troubles, aches, and sins onto Him. He heals us, protects us, and loves us through them all. And he also carries our joys, successes, surprises, friendships, and goodness. We love to sing together and are so happy to have a memory of our progress as a class.

The FOODS class competed in a Three Course Dining Delight Culinary Challenge for their Bridge Day as they planned, prepared, practiced and then served their menu to seven staff judges.

It was hard to select the winning team, but Team France had a slight edge resulting in earning the Master Chef title. The winning team selected a French theme and prepared: an appetizer of French onion pastry cups; a main of grilled chicken skewers on a bed of spiraled zucchini with a variety of vegetables and a dessert of creme brulee.

The second place team selected Greek cuisine and infused fresh lemons throughout their menu. The Greek menu included an appetizer of Spanakopita triangles, a main of flatbread chicken with a fresh Greek salad and a mini lemon cheesecake for dessert. It was impressive to see the students rise to the challenge and serve their amazing three-course meals.

The grade 12 Phys. Ed. class had an opportunity to go rock climbing at the Gravity Wall Climbing Gym.  It was a test of strength, determination, and courage as we strapped ourselves in to climb a high wall or gave a shot at the bouldering.  We were joined by a few students on spare as well.  Great work everyone!

Grade 10 history students visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. We learned about the various roles of men and women in The Second World War.

They learned how to send and receive messages in Morse Code and rivet together parts of planes. They also used a grid to determine the direction of enemy planes in order to decide the location they should send our fighter planes in defense. The students learned what it meant to ration and were shocked at how little food people had to work with. The class also heard the incredible story of Andrew Mynarski. And – of course! – got to see a lot of cool planes.

The grade 9 students in Arts Block are hard at work on their Commedia Dell’Arte project. This comical form of drama has actors wearing masks and acting in exaggerated, silly, and ironic manners.

Each student has used plaster to a create base for a mask… on their own face! They carefully applied a thick layer of vaseline before the layering of plaster began, otherwise Mr. DeVries could have pulled off eyebrows and other facial hairs along with the mask. It was a sticky, messy, loud, and fun day! At this point, masks have been completed.

Every student has chosen a character to embrace in mask decorating and in acting. You just might see some of these students walking around hunched over like creepy, scheming trolls, or flighty damsels in distress. If you pass such a peer, just give a high-five and congratulate the actor on embracing their Commedia Dell’Arte project. Presentations begin in class this Friday.

French Trip, Pumpkins & More

French Trip
The senior French students had a great time exploring Montreal and practicing speaking French. They visited Notre Dame Basilica, CBC radio Canada, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Chinatown, and Mont Royal.

ArtsBlock students are gaining a world-class theatre experience and traveling to The Grand Theatre in London to see The Wars, a stage play of the Timothy Findley novel about a Canadian soldier’s experience in WWI.

Halloween Party
Newcomer Welcoming Committee students hosted a Halloween Party for international students. The students enjoyed eating fall-themed cupcakes, carving pumpkins, and playing charades and the party hat game.

Christians in Society
Students in the Christians in Society class invites retired adults to join us on Tuesday mornings during the month of November and the first Tuesday of December to gather as a group in order to build community followed by intergenerational gathering time together in small groups.

Please come to the morning sessions that you are able which will include: Tuesday, November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and December 4th.  If interested or if you have any questions please email Pauline VanderVelde at pvandervelde@hdch.org.

Christians in Society
Today the Christians in Society class traveled to the Gleaners facility in Cambridge, Ontario to volunteer with the daily soup mix program. The students worked together to measure, bag and seal hundreds of bags of dried soup mix that will be shipped to those in need globally. They also cut, prepped and washed 1,000 peppers to be dehydrated for future soup mix.

Following their work, the students had a complete tour of the facility to learn about every step of the process. The Gleaners are celebrating 10 years of operation this year and we worked alongside volunteers who have been there three days/week for the past ten years!

It is a remarkable facility that is helping so many people in need globally by ‘gleaning’ fresh vegetables from around Ontario to be utilized in this manner. Their process is so sustainable that the pepper ends we cut today were being shipped out to be fed to cows for fresh feed. Blessed by this experience today!

Venture 10 students had the opportunity to tour Walters Group design and fabrication shop on Rymal Road to see projects at different stages in the process and learn more about a variety of career pathways that they offer in such areas as design, engineering, human resources and steel fabrication.

Walters Group is a family owned business that designs, fabricates and constructs a variety of commercial and industrial projects across North America. It was a great chance to see various aspects of their business, interact with some of their staff,  and tour their recently completed new office facility.

Grade 9s are planning, prototyping, budgeting, and designing their planter boxes for real clients.

Economics & Business
Grade 12 Analyzing Current Economic Issues (Economics) students and the grade 12 International Business Fundamentals class participated in an all-day seminar titled Why Do People Behave the Way They Do? An Introduction to Economic Reasoning in which they joined in with 250 students from around the GTA in a variety of activities, discussions, games, and lectures used to demonstrate how people are faced with economic choices every day.

Hendrik/Hank Teeuwsen volunteered for one demonstration and walked away with Fruit Snacks and the door prize of $50. Discover more >>

Transportation Technologies
The Transportation Technologies ventured to Hamilton Indoor Go-Karts to complete a lab on work and horsepower, factoring in distance traveled, time, and the combined weight of the driver and the go-kart.  Cole VanDonkersgoed had the days fastest lap but volunteer chaperone Mr. Koiter had the most fun.

The parenting class had a visit from Bethany from Beginnings to speak with us about the adoption process.

Phys. Ed.
Grade 11 Phys. Ed. students enjoyed the many fitness challenges the Flying Squirrel Hamilton. From walking a tightrope & dunking a basketball, to jumping up a wall to trying to perform front flips into the pit. It was so fun & their muscles got a great workout.


It’s playoff time!
This week all of our team sports have begun their playoff journey. Check out the athletics calendar for game times and locations.

The senior girl’s basketball team finished in the top half of their standings and will host a playoff game. They will be competing in the Niagara Region in the OCSSAA Senior Girls Basketball Championships this weekend. Follow updates of the tournament here >>

The senior boy’s volleyball team finished first in their division and will be looking to make their way back to the championship final, where they were narrowly defeated last year. They will travel to Belleville this weekend to participate in the OCSSAA Senior Boys Volleyball Championships. Follow updates of the tournament here >>

Both junior teams will host playoff matches this week.  Both teams are still hopeful to advance in city play and quality for SOSSA.

Boys Volleyball
Come and cheer on your Knights as our Junior Boys Volleyball team hosts Waterdown in our gym for our first playoff game. Join us today at 3:45.

Girls Volleyball
Come and cheer on your teams as our Jr Girls Basketball team hosts MacNab in this city quarterfinal game. Join us tomorrow (Nov 1st) at 3:30.

October Learning

Discover what’s going on inside and out of the classroom.

Grade 10 PhysEd students went to Oak Gables Golf course to give them the experience of playing a round of golf.  Prior to the trip, the students learned how to swing a golf club as well as the rules and etiquette of the game.

Despite a bit of drizzle at the start, wet feet and a few lost balls, the girls had an amazing time, persevered through their frustrations, and eventually experienced success in various ways.

 “I love this”   “I actually hit the ball over the water”

ELL Bible
The ELL Bible class traveled to the ROM to look at exhibits from Ancient China and the West to find artifacts with dates near major characters and events in the Old Testament. For example, they needed to find something dated to the time of Abraham in both parts of the world.

The goal of this trip and assignment is to place the story of scripture in time and place and to understand that the story of scripture has a spotlight that shines on one particular people in one particular place, but also that there were societies and cultures developing elsewhere in the world.

The Grade 10 Manufacturing Class
As the students continue to learn about metals, they had the opportunity to learn how to weld using a stick welder, mig welder, and tig welder, as well use a plasma torch.

The students were really proud of their work.

Grade 12 Kinesiology students tracked how electricity levels fluctuate when a person holds a hand weight in a stationary position for as long as possible. It was measured on a LabQuest. The findings were that the electricity levels went up the longer the weight was held.

In GLC2O, the students have been learning how the essential skills they have developed through home life, school, extra-curricular activities, and/or community experiences can shape their career choices and can help them to develop workplace skills.

Last Wednesday, we had three guests share their career stories with the class.  Mr. Choi, Mrs. Kim, and Mr. Weng’s stories were particularly relevant to the class, as, like the students, they too were English language learners who completed their high school education in Canada.  We are thankful for their words of advice and encouragement as we plan our educational pathway and prepare for our future careers.

Students began their fieldwork and waded into the Grand River to collect aquatic invertebrates using the dip method. By looking at what species exist in the river, the students can determine the water quality and make conclusions about the health of the ecosystem.

Faith Foundations
Grade 10 Faith Foundations classes began a project that centres around the activity of God in and through lives in the Bible. As we explore this topic and ultimately get to where God can work in and through us, we will keep a record of meaningful steps, ideas, and participation in the learning.

This is done by keeping a “project wall” that will grow as students keep track of their own progress and learning.

Math & Tech
Following the first Sierpinski triangle, Mr. Weng (Math) and Mr. Blyleven (Tech) took it to the next level by enlarging the size of the pyramid to reveal more detail. It’s called the Sierpinski Pyramid 2.0.

The file and the structure were so big and complex that it was estimated to take approximately 80 hours to print on the 3D printer. The details of the pyramid were so complex, however, that it caused the printer to continually jam and it eventually took a week to complete.

Grade 10 WWI Workshop
Today the Grade 10s had a great opportunity to supplement their history learning by hearing world renowned Historian Andy Robertshaw speak about life during the Great War as well his work with historical movies such as War Horse and Wonder Woman.  The students also participated in a number of demonstrations of weapons of  WW1, medical procedures and signaling and communications.

Grade 9 English classes combined for a massive afternoon diving into Romeo and Juliet.


Junior Girls Basketball
The team has had a number of very close games and great opportunities for improvement. They’ve gone to overtime twice, and have stuck with most of the teams they’ve played against. The players are working hard and learning a lot.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Sr Girls basketball team has been playing great as of late, learning to play as a team and developing a balanced offense and strong defense.  We currently have a 6-1 record in league play after the first round of games in our division.  Next week we begin the second round of games in the top tier, and will be participation in the Christian School tournament Nov. 2,3.

Senior Boys Volleyball
This past week, the Senior Boys Volleyball team enjoyed two wins against GP Vanier and Dundas Valley.

The team is looking forward to playing in the Christian High Schools tournament and will be leaving for BC tomorrow morning. This promises to be a tournament of good competition which will push the team to be their best. We are grateful for Abbotsford Christian Middle and Secondary Schools who will be hosting the team for dinner on Thursday night, and Trinity Western University will be hosting all the Christian schools in the tournament for supper and free admission to their men’s volleyball match Friday evening.

The team is very thankful for the opportunities God has provided and look forward to a great time.

Cross Country
Our cross-country runners had a great day out at the City’s Championships at Christie Lake Conservation Area.  Early reports suggest that 8 of our runners qualified for SOSSA next week.

The Junior Girls, with three runners placed in the top 10, qualified as a team. Kara deJong (placed 6th), Ruth Ann Bos (8th), Hannah Whetstone (9th), and Kaelyn Vanderniet (13th) move on to SOSSA.

Three of the Junior Boys finished in the top 20 and also qualify for SOSSA: Aidan Zimmerman, Isaac Whitehead, and Aaron Oppertshauser.

Ethan Summerhays won the Senior Boys’ race (no mean feat as a Grade 11 student) which means he too will be racing at SOSSA.

Congratulations to these runners, who have been working hard each week to get themselves as strong and fast as possible!