Welcoming New Teachers
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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.