OUR VISION FOR CHRISTIAN LEARNING
AT HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4
As a Christian school, we believe that cultivating character is, in fact, God’s mission with all of us. The word “character” for us is simply Christ-likeness. God’s great project with us is to redeem and restore His image in us, for us to be “conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Rom 8:29).
The vehicle by which we seek to co-labour with the Spirit in cultivating Christ-like character, is learning. We are a school, so our focus is learning. But what distinguishes us as a Christian school is that our learning is centred on Christ, with the Reformed vision of Christ’s lordship over every square inch of creation, every area of life and learning. Our faith also informs our approach to learning: we want our students to learn as apprentice participants in God’s redemptive work in all creation. By connecting their learning to the communities and world around us, students discover needs, problems or brokenness, discern where God is at work in those things, and seek to participate with delight in God’s redemptive work: renewing, repairing, restoring, serving, solving, giving, creating beauty, bringing joy and life and light. Through every course, students are learning how to love God and love their neighbour.
…for lives of service to God.
So, learning at HDCH isn’t about getting, but giving. It isn’t about receiving. It’s about service. We believe the most meaningful, fulfilled life is about knowing, following and serving our Lord wherever He plants us and with whatever gifts He has given us. And we don’t believe those lives of service begin only one day, some other day, after high school, but already here and now, through the work and projects and connections our students make in their classes. Our purpose is to serve the Lord: we desire to worship Him with our whole being, in everything we do, in our learning and our play and our work.
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17.