Hamilton District Christian High is continuing on its path to meet the changing needs and expectations of current and future learners. As informed by the 2018 Strategic Plan, we aspire to be a true leader in exceptional Christian learning and sustainable Christian community.
In designing future renewal, we listened to our community at the 2017 Town Hall, at our Membership Meetings, and met with leaders in the geographic catchments that we serve. Moreover, we met with students, educators, and support staff through design charettes to learn more about what they want and need in a learning environment.
It is in school community that we can create healthy conditions for Christ-centered learning, and for the development of the five habits of an HDCH graduate. At the same time, the spaces in which we teach directly impact how students learn.
The primary goal of our facility renewal plan is to enhance the learning of our students by creating exceptional learning spaces. We believe that we can bless our current and next generation of Christian teenagers with a school that will assist in cultivating their character for a life of service to God.
Today, students need a wider variety of learning spaces —more collaborative areas for group work, better quiet areas for individual study and reflection, and more technology-infused areas primed for creativity and innovation. We have intentionally designed an environment where students can design projects, manage authentic experiments, conduct research, reflect, and develop products as evidence of their learning.
Our Secondary School plan enhances learning opportunities for our students through the creation of deliberate learning spaces, which include progressive classroom design, flexible rooms and furnishings, and integrated technologies that support vibrant discussion, debate, discovery, movement, group learning, and multimedia. Learning spaces can support developing lifelong skills in our future leaders and community members by instilling independence, collaboration, and a local-to-global mindset with a Christian worldview.
Integrated curriculum gives students the ability to see connections and practice skills
Academic subjects can be presented in an interdisciplinary way that addresses a theme through the lenses of several different subject areas. An integrated curriculum encourages the connection of different areas of study by cutting across subject-matter lines and emphasizing unifying concepts.
Integration focuses on helping students see how God’s story unfolds in themes across subject areas, allowing them to engage in relevant, meaningful activities help to increase engagement and retention in learning.
Dynamic learning environments
Dynamic learning environments will inevitably allow thoughts to flow more freely and a culture of innovation to naturally blossom.
We strive to give our students the broadest and deepest exposure exceptional learning that is permeated with character development and Christian worldview. Single-purpose, inflexible spaces that separate subjects limit us. e have been intentional to create an inclusive environment in the school design: there will be four learning hubs that connect multiple areas of study with one another through flexible spaces.
Smaller Learning Communities
These smaller learning communities, one for each grade, will have flexible classrooms and labs for core subjects, and a learning gallery for presentations and collaboration. Students in each hub will have easy access to an inquiry and design centre which will include a makerspace, media lab, and library technology for research and development needs. Each Hub will be a welcoming space with people and community at the core.
Adaptive Environment for a Dynamic Educational Landscape
Evolving ways of learning, advancements in technology and a growing relationship between our students and their communities call for adaptable and varied spaces. With movable furniture, permeable boundaries between activity areas and WiFi throughout, we can modify to suit project-based learning and direct instruction. Flexibility is vital in the new facility, allowing changing ideas about education to reflect the environment, providing students and teachers with the ability to customize the learning experience and implement techniques that work best for them.
Multi-purpose and adaptable spaces encourage spontaneous interactions between staff, students and peers. This results in serendipitous opportunities’ for learning and collaboration. It widens the sphere of learning from the confines of the classroom to the entire school campus. The whole school becomes an instrument for inspiration and learning.
Great vision requires Great Spaces
Intentional design will contribute to providing an innovative environment that inspires all students now and into the future, one that will enhance and enrich the learning, improve our students’ experience, cultivate deep community engagement, and foster multi-generational connections.
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