Student Learning Conferences

Collaborating for Student Success ~ CANCELLED

Student Learning Conferences provide many opportunities for student growth by
  • engaging students in goal-setting, self-assessment, and reflection
  • encouraging students to be active participants in their own learning
  • opening up dialogue between parents, students, and teachers
  • deepening understanding about the student’s experience while in class
  • cultivating relationships between students and teachers that foster a sense of belonging

See also: Parents FAQ

Check Us Out

We continue to be encouraged by our steadily growing enrolment for 2020-2021. We are grateful for the number of inquiries we are seeing from families across the region. We want to be sure to offer a Christian education to as many families as we can.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in our school as an option for their child, please suggest they come to Check Us Out 2020.

Check Us Out 2020 ~ Feb 27

Here’s what’s happening

  • Teacher/Student Guided Tours ~ hear two perspectives!
    • 7:15
    • 7:30
    • 7:45
    • 8 pm
  • Refreshments in The Grove
  • Ask Questions
  • HD swag for every prospective student who Checks us Out

Questions and our Answers about:

  • Application forms
  • Course selection
  • Tuition payment plans
  • Academic, social and cultural aspects of life at HD

Application portals will be open. Come and get comfortable at HD!

Please contact our Director of First Impressions, Kris Slootweg kslootweg@hdch.org or at 905-648-6655. Kris will be delighted to book your tour time and answer any questions you may have.

God’s work at HD

It is wonderful to see new students applying to attend HDCH this coming September. Whether they live locally or internationally, and whether they are entering grade nine or beyond, each one is God’s masterpiece, and each will be a blessing to our school community.

It has also been a joy to meet many new-to-HDCH families, who have little or no prior knowledge of our community. Filled with questions of discernment as they tour through our school, they often express amazement at what they hear, see and feel about the students, staff, building, and community that they are considering for their child’s next steps in education.

An area that often draws surprise is our practice of Project-Based Learning (PBL). For many of us, PBL is our way of inspiring learning, and connecting the learning to the heart of our mission: lives of service to God. We can sometimes forget that it is an innovative approach to learning that is not as well known beyond our walls. It’s wonderful to share PBL with prospective students and their families. Quite often the comments we receive from parents are, “We didn’t have that when I went to school, but I sure wish we did — it makes so much sense!”

And, while our enrollment numbers are positive, we want to be sure to offer a Christian education to as many families as we can. If you know of anyone who might be interested in our school as an option for their child, please have them reach out to me or to our Director of First Impressions, Kris Slootweg (kslootweg@hdch.org).

Thank you for all you do to support us, to bring new students to our school family, and to spread the story of God’s work at HDCH.

Duncan Todd, Principal
Hamilton District Christian High

Life Skills Pathways

Eat, Give & Be Merry! ~ March 28th

SAVE THE DATE!

Ticket Sales for the Spring Fundraiser Dinner Eat, Give & Be Merry will be available soon and plans are underway for another wonderful evening, showcasing student learning, delicious food, and community.

Each year, our spring dinner event raises funds that directly support student learning. And this year is no different. In September 2020, we are launching a Life Skills Pathways Initiative. This Initiative is designed for students with cognitive disabilities, so they can thrive as members of the HDCH learning community through specialized programming. We seek to give all children an outstanding education, and we believe we are called to offer this initiative to ensure Christian education is accessible to all HDCH families.

The dinner will be catered by Nellie James Catering of Nellie James Food to Go. Their delicious menu was also featured at this event last year. We will share examples of student work and invite you to participate in interactive activities preceding the dinner. Once again, a selection of raffle prizes and Silent Auction items will be available for your consideration as an additional means for you to support this fund.

We hope you will support the event and purchase your ticket at the early bird rate of $80 by March 13.

To learn more about additional support opportunities, such as a table or event sponsor, please contact Sandra Baker at sbaker@hdch.org or 905-648-6655 x 122. If you can contribute an item or experience to the Silent Auction or Raffle or for more event details, please contact Tina VanDyk tvandyk@hdch.org 905-648-6655 x 110.

Celebration of Learning

Jan 9 |  7-9 pm

We invite you to join us tomorrow to celebrate beautiful work.

As the end of the semester approaches, students are working hard completing projects and assignments they are eager to display at our upcoming Celebration of Learning. This evening is a highlight each semester when we gather as a community to admire and celebrate student learning.

This term’s Celebration of Learning runs from 7:00-9:00pm tomorrow (Jan 9th). Interact with our students, sample delicious snacks, enjoy interesting projects, engage with inspiring performances and celebrate learning.

Extra parking is available across the road at Rehoboth Church.

Watch for these and many more …

Kinesiology students will showcase their video clips in which movement skills are analyzed for maximal efficiency.


Grade 10 Math students will display their Angry Birds game boards and parabolic solutions.


MegaBloc students will showcase their capstone projects and their benches made for Royal Botanical Gardens.


Community members will participate in a sentencing circle for a young offender with the help of Law students.


Catch the Slam Poetry Presentation of poems written for Chaos and Holiness Project by English students.


Food & Nutrition students will be serving global recipes to celebrate our world.


Check out the WWII displays created by History students


Chemistry students have tested water samples from around the area and will be presenting their findings on how clean our water is.


Don’t miss the Electric Cars and Rocket Pick Up Trucks designed by Science students.


Check out the posters designed by English students that celebrate the diversity of people and experiences in our school


The feedback that you give them will be essential to deepening the learning that has already happened. So please, engage with the students as you wander around and Celebrate the Learning.

Join us in the gymnasium at 7pm for some exceptional demonstrations. Then, wander through the hallways and classrooms and enjoy beautiful work and great refreshments.

The whole family is welcome. Admission is free!

Journey in Hope

As we journey in hope towards the birth of our Savior, we invite you to consider once more the story of Brooke.

“Often, in grade nine, we feel that there is no clear purpose in our lives yet. But God has a purpose for each of you. It took me some time to realize this truth for myself, especially in grade nine, because I started thinking that God had a grander purpose for others and not for me…”
Read Brooke’s full story >>

As a new member of the HD staff team, I am struck by Brooke’s story, as she describes the elements of student life at HD, and perhaps life in general—as she moves from a place of uncertainty to a place of confidence, Brooke sees and feels God alongside her.

Sandra Baker, Director of Recruitment & Advancement
Hamilton District Chrisitan High


Spring Dinner Fundraiser ~ Mar 28

Save the Date to Eat, Give & Be Merry
The dinner will once again be catered by Nellie James Gourmet. The evening promised to be interactive, fun, and delicious! Plan to be our guest.

Tickets will go on sale in the New Year. If you are interested in joining the team of volunteers who plan and execute the event, or for more details, contact Tina VanDyk tvandyk@hdch.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also possible.

Welcoming New Board Members

HDCH Board Update

On Tuesday evening November 26, the HDCH Board met here at the school. The Board of Hamilton District Christian High stewards the vision and resources of the school through good governance and sound leadership. Board Directors act as custodians of the vision and mission, support and hold accountable the Principal, support and promote the school, and keep improving our vision for Christian education.

Last night was an opportunity to thank retiring Director Allan Buist. Allan served two terms (6 years!) on the Board, four of those years as Chair. We are grateful for his leadership.

The Board also welcomed four new Directors who were elected by Membership at our Fall Meeting: Lisa DeKok, Greg Kippers, Val Regnerus, and Will Wiebenga. We’re grateful for the range of experiences, expertise, and leadership that these folks bring.

In addition to dialogue around vision, the Directors determined Board roles for this year. Your 2018-2019 Board Executive is:

  • Aaron Schat, Chair
  • David Kingma, Vice-All
  • Trixie Zimmerman, Secretary
  • Will Wiebenga, Treasurer
  • Greg Kippers was elected Finance Committee rep. The remaining Committee positions will be assigned in the new year.As a community, we are grateful for the energy and time that these people invest in leading and guiding our school.

Liz Williams Bottinga Scholarship

The Liz Williams Bottinga Scholarship is awarded annually to four students who are in Grade 11 and 12, based on their Grade 10 and 11 final marks. This years’ recipients are Aaron Oppershauser (Highest Gr. 10 average), Owen Vanden Brink (Most Improved from Gr. 9-10), Sapphyre Smith (Highest Gr. 11 average) and Christa Allemang (Most Improved from Gr. 10-11).

The scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Liz Williams Bottinga by her father Jake Bottinga. Liz was an HDCH parent who passed away while her son Ryan was a student. Jake was compelled to establish the scholarship out of appreciation for the care that Ryan received within the community of HDCH. Each year Ryan attends the Scholarship presentation and reception, honouring both his mother and the hard work of the recipients. We are grateful for this generous gift and the inspiration it is to students to excel in academics.

Congratulations to the recipients for their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments!

Welcome to HDCH

Welcome Sandra

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sandra Baker as our new Director of Recruitment and Advancement. She will be starting at the beginning of December but has already been coming in to share her wisdom in various meetings before she officially starts.

Sandra has over twenty years of fundraising experience, most recently as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton and Hamilton. She has also worked as Director of Philanthropy at Yonge Street Mission — where she worked with our own Chef Nathan Scott.

In their spare time, Sandra and her husband are passionate about growing and preserving their own food. We are excited for Sandra to join our staff team and our wonderful HDCH community!

Membership Meeting & the Voice

Membership Meeting

November 4th

Come and be part of what’s happening at Hamilton District Christian High! Hear an update from the Principal and Board Chair, and connect with fellow HDCH community members.

Please join us:
7:00 – Coffee & Registration
7:30 – Membership Meeting
8:30 – The Voice

The documents for our Monday, November 4th Membership Meeting have been posted to our website. Have a look at the agenda, read highlights from our Principal, Board Chair and Director of Finance, glance over the audited financial statements, and join us that evening to hear more in person.

Note: Bios for the nominees to the Board of Directors will be available on the evening of November 4th. Should you have miscellaneous items you would like considered for the agenda, please contact, Board Chair by November 1st.


The Voice

Martha Asselin, one of the consultants from M&M who worked with us on the Feasibility Study, will be sharing an overview of the findings following the Membership Meeting. A Q&A session will follow.

We hope you’ll join us on November 4th.


 

Connecting

Welcoming New Teachers

Michael Maughan
Michael joins our English Department here at HD from his most recent teaching assignment at the Robert Land Academy in Wellandport, ON, where he taught English and Literacy. Prior to that, he pastored a church in Nanaimo, BC. He has also worked as a Student Ministry Director and English teacher at the Christian Alliance International School in Hong Kong.

Michael received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, and his Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). In his free time, Michael loves spending time with his family, listening to music, reading, and playing his guitar.

Zach Kingma
Zach joins our Math Department here at HD, having graduated from Redeemer University last year. Ancaster has been his home for the past 6 years, but he grew up in the London area (attending London Christian High). Zach loves the outdoors, particularly hiking and camping and plays a variety of sports, including the recent trend of disc golf. He will be coaching the senior boys’ basketball team this coming year.

Gordon Vanderwoude
Gordon went to McMaster University for his B.Sc and M.Sc, studying physics. While at MAC, he enjoyed performing in the McMaster Orchestra, and McMaster Choir. After completing his B.Ed at Brock University, he worked for a year as a TA at Hillfield Strathallan College. However, his first job was a two-month LTO in the spring of 2018 at HDCH. This year Gordon is teaching Computer Science, Vocal Music, ILP, Megabloc, and Math, as well as conducting the choir. He is the music director at Ryerson United Church and a Board Member of LIFT Church. He plays the violin, viola, and piano, but is primarily a singer these days. Besides music, Gordon enjoys reading and watching old movies.

Naomi Zagala
Naomi is looking forward to teaching French and History this year at HDCH. Naomi grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Education from Redeemer University College in 2017. She began her teaching career at Milton Christian School, where she taught French and Language Arts. Naomi has also worked as an occasional teacher for the Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton District school boards. She loves languages and appreciates the humility that she has experienced when discovering new cultures and perspectives. In her spare time, she plays the bass guitar and loyally supports the Montreal Canadians.


Community on the Ottawa River

Last Wednesday, 92 of our grade 12 students and six staff members made their way to the Ottawa River for our annual rafting trip with Wilderness Tours.

The first day students and staff teamed up in a 12-seat raft with a guide. One reason we love the rafting trip at HDCH is that students and staff have to communicate with each other and paddle together to successfully navigate the rapids.  When a raft does go over, the teams work together to right their boat and to help each other get back in. On the quieter parts of the river students were able to get out of the boats and swim. There was also an opportunity for cliff jumping.

On the second day, smaller boats were used and students become the “guides”. With support from the Wilderness Tour guides, students learn how to lead their teams and steer their boats in order to navigate the rapids.

In the evenings we played team games with students in the popular “minute-to-win-it” competitions.  This was followed by evening devotions. On night one our students were encouraged to create a school where everyone knows and feels they belong to each other.

“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” – Romans 12:5

On night two, we spoke about how when we face brokenness in our lives, God’s grace is sufficient.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” – 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

The first day on the boat, a student in our boat exclaimed, “stop and look around you”. For many of us, in the midst of paddling, splashing others, and navigating rapids, we had forgotten about the beauty around us. We were surrounded by a canyon: Ontario on one side and Quebec on the other; an osprey was flying overhead; there was an incredible community of people experiencing this with us: this group we are privileged to call HDCH.

Students expressed thankfulness for an opportunity to be in a beautiful place, for an opportunity to just “be” with friends and peers, and for being mostly phone-free for three days (as the data coverage was weak at best). We are thankful for our grade 12 class and we look forward to navigating learning and life with them over their final year of high school.


A great day for Golf!

It was a great day on the course on Saturday at our HDCH Annual Golf Tournament at Flamborough Hills Golf Tournament. 132 golfers participated in the tournament, including many sponsors, parents, alumni and even an HDCH student!

It was sunny and breezy – a perfect day to golf. More than a few golfers laughed and named the wind as the scapegoat when they made a disappointing stroke.

There were many reasons to be in good humour. Tim Hortons provided coffee, tea, and Timbits to start the day off right. Golfers had the opportunity to “meat” Duncan Todd, in his new role as principal. Duncan’s Deli offered samples of meat, cheese, and jellies that were donated by Gourmet Meats. Also while on the course, golfers were treated to a bottle of water and a drumstick ice cream cone, donated by HDCH Student Council. Both Redeemer University College and Calvin University sent representatives that were HDCH alumni to greet the golfers on one of the holes. Photos of the golf foursomes were taken on the course and will be mailed to each golfer as a memory of the day. Thank you Hank Rintjema for always smiling from behind the camera!

Golfers took home fabulous prizes, if not because of the success of their golf game, then with some good luck in the raffle, including an LG 49″ Smart TV with a 2.1 Bluetooth soundbar and a pair of Toronto Maple Leaf Tickets.

A new contest was introduced at the tournament this year, The Lucky Slice. It was a challenge to hit the pizza box located on the green from a shot taken from the fairway. While multiple prizes were available to be won, there was only one lucky winner of a Gift Card. More than forty individuals and businesses contributed to the tournament, making this hospitality possible. We thank all the golfers and sponsors for making this day so successful.

The success of any event is dependant on a team of volunteers. The Golf Committee began their work in the spring to invite sponsors to partner with us. Thank you Mark Demik, Sam Garcea, Greg Kippers, Consuela St. John, Nathan Siebenga and Carrie VanDixhoorn. Owen Webb was the MC for the dinner and kept things moving along.

On the day of the tournament, the leadership team at HDCH, students, parents, and alumni all worked together to keep things running smoothly. Thank you, Duncan Todd, Cheryl Webb, James Apers, Harry Blyleven, Sara Whetstone, Julie Assaf, Lori and Taylor Corneau, Carrie and Wes VanDixhoorn.

Contact Tina VanDyk 905-648-6655 x 110 or tvandyk@hdch.org if you would like to be involved in planning or volunteering at any of our fundraising events.

All funds raised through the HDCH Golf Tournament supports building improvements in an effort to keep tuition rates more accessible to enable families to attend HDCH.

Join us for Golf

HDCH Annual golf tournament ~ Sept 14th

Spaces still remain for more golfers – Register today.

Thank you to our golfers and sponsors for registering. We’re looking forward to another great day of friendship, good food, and fun, taking place Saturday, September 14th at Flamborough Hills Golf Club.

Thank you to the HDCH Golf Committee for their great work.

Join us for Dinner
Dinner tickets for our delicious Prime Rib dinner are still available. These tickets are $60 per person and can be ordered by emailing or calling Tina VanDyk at tvandyk@hdch or 905-648-6655, ext. 110. Please reserve your tickets by Friday, September 6.

Donating Raffle Items
Raffle items are still greatly needed and appreciated. Please drop them off at the office by Thursday, September 12.

All funds raised through the HDCH Golf Tournament supports building improvements in an effort to keep tuition rates more accessible to enable families to attend HDCH.