Integrating Faith and Learning

In our professional development this year, one focus is to get better at how we integrate a Christian biblical perspective into all of our learning.

Earlier this month, our two VP’s (Christy Bloemendal and Duncan Todd) and one of our Department Heads (Owen Webb) were fortunate to attend a two-day coaching conference at Surrey Christian School in BC centred specifically on weaving biblical worldview through every course.

On the second day they were able to spend time visiting classes and talking with teachers and students, exploring how this looks in practice at Surrey. It was beautiful to see another like-hearted Christian school in action, and also encouraging confirmation that good things are happening at HDCH, that our teachers are designing deep and meaningful learning experiences for our students.

We look forward to a reciprocal visit from their Director of Learning, Darryl deBoer, over our Winter Residency in February, where the goal will be strengthening our faith integration in every subject.  This is at the core of our mission as a Christian school.

Duncan Todd, Vice-Prinicpal
Hamilton District Christian High



Building Community

Knights Unite

The grade 11 Business Entrepreneur class developed the event, Knight’s Unite for the purpose of creating a sense of belonging for all students and staff in a fun way.

The entire student body was randomly divided into 21 teams and teachers made up their own team.  Each team participated in a number of team building and competitive activities.  The winning team will enjoy build-your-own sundaes next Monday.

Here are a collection of pictures taken during the event last Wednesday.


The month of October has been focused on supporting our neighbours as the Christians in Society Class and WATCH group worked together on the Non-Food Food Drive – Milk Campaign.

The campaign involved collecting monetary donations from our HDCH community to be used by N2N throughout the year to buy milk. Neighbour2Neighbour is able to receive $9 in milk for every $1 dollar that we raise.

This year we are excited to announce that we exceeded our goal in fundraising and will be providing  N2N with a cheque for $5,373! This is the largest fundraising campaign to date and will be able to provide milk for one YEAR for those in need in this area!

A very special note of thanks to everyone who donated this year and to our campaign managers, Marielle Ibrahim, Jaidyn Vanderlaan and Matt VanVeen from Christians in Society and to Nathan Hart and Abby Ciona from WATCH.

Non-Food Food Drive

Non-Food Food Drive ~ WATCH
The 2018 Non-Food Food Drive (NFFD) / Milk Campaign is organized to raise money for Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) so they are able to purchase and distribute fresh milk to families in need of this product in Hamilton.

Our Christian’s in Society class has been going to every homeroom in the school to collect donations once a day to try to reach our end goal of $5,000 to go towards milk for N2N. That’s enough money to supply them with a year’s worth of milk because

for every $1 we raise N2N receives $9 in milk!

As of October 16th, we have collected $1,763 which is just over a third of the way to our goal. We will continue collecting until October 24th. We are encouraging everyone to donate $15-$25 dollars as that will enable us to easily reach our goal. We thank you for your participation and hope for more donations over the next week and a half.


Marielle Ibrahim, Jaidyn Vanderlaan and Matt VanVeen
~ NFFD/Milk campaign team


Belonging Workshops
Our school theme for this year is creating a space of belonging. Over the past two weeks, we have been meeting with students in half-grade groups for a workshop on belonging.

During these workshops, students talked together about what belonging looks like and what builders and breakers of belonging they’ve experienced.

Students also participated in a self-assessment on the sense of belonging they feel at HDCH. We heard some amazing stories and feedback about how students have felt belonging, as well as some sad stories and feedback about how students have not felt belonging in this community.

Mr. Apers, Mr. Todd, and Mrs. Bloemendal helped to facilitate these workshops and have collected data from each grade on the builders and breakers of belonging. Ideas were sorted into the categories of what belonging builders we can start or continue to do, and things that break belonging that we need to stop doing as a community.

We looked at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as a kingdom vision for creating belonging and have been challenged on how we can all participate in helping HDCH move steps closer to being a community of belonging, care, and love.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  ~ NIV

The workshops were followed up with a short assembly sharing back data on the builders and breakers of belonging that were shared by the student body. This is one step on the ongoing journey of working to actively build belonging for everyone in our community.

Thanks to our students for engaging in dialogues about belonging, sharing their ideas and concerns, and working hard together on being a community of love and grace

Grade 9 Day
The Grade 9s enjoyed a great day of fun, games & service. We received the following note of thanks from Mission Services.

Non-Food Food Drive ~ WATCH
The Christians in Society Class and WATCH group at HDCH will be starting to collect money for the Non-Food-Food-Drive from October 4th – 24th. The goal is to try to collect enough money to provide fresh milk for families in need in Hamilton this year.

Over the past two years, our school community has provided fresh milk from November to August. It is a blessing to know that for every $1 dollar donated for milk, Neighbour2Neighbour is able to receive $9 in product which means that our donation dollars are being multiplied to help those in need!

We are encouraging everyone in our school community to consider a donation to try to reach our goal of $5,000. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause this month by sending in money to HDCH this October. Blessings and thanks from HRE33 and WATCH.

HDCH Annual Golf Tournament
I’m grateful for the HDCH community! I’m grateful that HDCH Alumni, Parents of Alumni, Grandparents, Friends, and Parents supported our school through the 13th Annual golf tournament.  Together we raised $41, 500.

Funds raised go toward making HDCH accessible for families by providing Tuition Assistance. A portion of the proceeds will also go towards capital improvements.

I’m grateful for the support of our many sponsors. Year over year HDCH is supported by many faithful people, businesses, and organizations. We’re thankful for their care of our students and HDCH. Together we are cultivating the character of HDCH students through learning for lives of service to God.

This year we also received support from several new sponsors including, Prominent Homes, Real Estate Agent Carrie Van Dixhoorn from Royal Lepage State Realty, and Aldershot Greenhouses. Thank you for your support.

I’m grateful to the many volunteers that made the day great. Thank you Mark Demik, Greg Kippers, Henry Eising, Carrie Van Dixhoorn, Janet Doucet, Lori Corneau, Lana Furry, Conseula St. John, Andrew Van Dixhoorn, Taylor Corneau, Ed Steenhuis, Aaron Oppertshauser, Seth Verrips, Karin Boonstra, Duncan Todd, Owen Webb, Cheryl Webb, Catherine Reulens, Kelly Dilda, Richard Dilda, Val Van Dixhoorn, and Eric Brink.

I look forward to seeing you next year at the 14th Annual Golf Tournament being held at Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th – and register early – we sold out this year 2 weeks before the event!

~ Gillian Doucet Campbell

Scott, who golfed with one of the Stackpole International teams, was the lucky winner of the Treasure Chest Game. He won a $1,000 towards a visit at Muskoka Resort where he plans to spend his 27th wedding anniversary with his wife. Awesome!


Welcoming New Teachers

Laura Swan
Laura is new to the HDCH teaching staff and comes to us after two years in the Chatham Christian School community. Prior to that, she taught at Massey High School in Auckland, New Zealand. Laura will be teaching International Business, Entrepreneurship, Parenting and English, and hopes to be involved in some great extra-curricular groups and activities. A graduate of the University of Guelph and the University of Auckland, Laura is also a certified member of the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association.

Travel is something she loves, and Laura has spent many holidays traveling overseas with students. She is currently studying a Master’s in Education through Dordt College, Iowa. Laura will be married in January to Rev. Jon Forbes, Pastoral Associate at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlington. Laura, Jon and their Great Dane, Shelby, will reside in Hamilton.

Deb Wiebenga
Deb Wiebenga joins the HDCH teaching staff in the Physical Education department. Her teaching experiences include Smithville Christian High and Calvin Christian School. As a former HDCH Athlete of the Year and Redeemer University College alumna, she is excited to be back and looks forward to encouraging and motivating her students to be active and healthy. Deb enjoys being part of a music team at First Hamilton CRC and loves living in downtown Hamilton with her husband, three daughters, and their puppy.

Building Community on the Ottawa River

The Grade 12 class and a few adventurous staff members tackled the raging waters of the Ottawa River last week on our annual whitewater rafting trip.

The weather was perfect, the waves were gnarly, and great times were had by all. Off the river, students also got to participate in mountain biking, rock wall climbing, kayaking, and swimming.

Our group devotions were focused on ‘the Leadership of Belonging,’ as we looked at what it means to be leaders in our school community. It was a gift to spend the time together as a grade building memories that will last for a long time. A shout out to Mr.Koiter and the staff team of chaperones, as well as to every Grade 12 on the trip for making it a fun experience.

Golf Tournament

We enjoyed a great day at our annual HDCH Golf Tournament. Thank you to all who participated.


Golf Tournament – Sold Out!

We’re thrilled to announce that the HDCH Golf Tournament is Sold Out!

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 15th at Flamborough Hills Golf Club.

Thank you to the HDCH Golf Committee for their great work: Greg Kippers’12, Mark Demik’91, Henry Eissing’88, and Carrie Van Dixhoorn.

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 Gillian Doucet Campbell, Director of Admission and Advancement at gdoucetcampbell@hdch or 905-648-6655, ext. 113. Please reserve your tickets by Friday, September 7.

If your company or business is interested in supporting HDCH through the golf tournament please connect soon by emailing or calling Gillian Doucet Campbell, Director of Admission and Advancement at gdoucetcampbell@hdch or 905-648-6655, ext. 113.

Donating Raffle Items
Raffle items are still greatly needed and appreciated. Please drop them off at the office by Thursday, September 13.

Thank you to Dayside Windows and Doors, and TruNorth Deck for their continued outstanding support. HDCH is pleased to welcome back Stackpole International, Schilthuis Group of Companies, and Demik Construction as featured sponsors. We’re thrilled to welcome Prominent Homes as a new feature sponsor.

This year, our Hole-In-One sponsor is Trillium Auto Service. We’re delighted to once again have two Hole-In-One prize holes. Home Hardware Aldershot with a $5,000 gift card and TrailerWorld Industries with a spectacular boat are both on offer.

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