Students and staff at Allan A. Greenleaf school and WDHS have made a commitment to “Be a Good Neighbour” as part of their Bullying Awareness week activities. Developmental Assets including demonstrating kindness, respect, responsibility and peacemaking were chosen as the qualities desired in a good neighbour. Six hundred and fifty students from kindergarten to grade ten gathered on the playground at Allan A. Greenleaf School to create two gigantic intersecting circles where a contract was exchanged by the two schools.
Martina Al Kubba vividly recalls her first day of high school in Canada. It was the fall of 2009 and she had arrived in Hamilton just two weeks earlier from the Middle East… (read more)
The week of October 22-26 was a celebration of our new expansion. The festivities began with an official opening ceremony for invited dignitaries and guests. Greetings to staff, students and parents were delivered by trustee Karen Turkstra and Director John Malloy…
His Honour, The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (a great friend of WDHS) heard about the extra-ordinary group of young men and their coaches involved with the WDHS Boys’ Rugby Club.
The fact that our team comprises true gentlemen, that are community-minded, that have bonded so well really touched His Honour, who has asked that they be presented with a set of Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Pins. These pins were presented to the Club, to be given to the boys, last night at Queen’s Park (in the Vice-Regal Suite).
The pins are a personal gift from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and a great honour for our Club.
Our boys and their coaches will be officially “pinned” during a ceremony on May 10th (WDHS’ May Day) in front of the school body so they can be acknowledged publicly. More information about the ceremony will be released as details are hammered out.
50 pins have also been presented to the Principal of WDHS in honour of the boys to be given by her to deserving students.
Often the relationship between a convenience store owner and teenagers can be one of distrust. One owner though has changed all that.
My name is Shauna. I will be 15 this January, and I attend Waterdown District High school. For a little over a year now, a group of friends and I have been interested in Korean. The music, the TV dramas, the language, we loved all of it, but where were we to go with that?
For the most part we were self-taught, picking up words and short phrases from songs and shows, occasionally off the internet, but we were never really learning. There was nowhere in Waterdown to learn as there are not many other cultures in this small town just next to Hamilton. Korean isn’t exactly a popular and sought-after language here. As far as we knew, we were stuck.
One day, I was with my mom in Ray’s Variety just being a typical teenager and buying gum. As I went to pay, somehow my mom, the owner and I started talking and the subject of Korean came up and on the spot, the owner, who we came to know and love as EJ, volunteered to teach us Korean.
I couldn’t believe my luck! My friends and I got together and chose a day and a time for it to happen. I almost didn’t believe it, but sure enough the following Monday at 7:00, we were there. With permission from the pastor Jason Small, we met at Community Church, and have been doing so for the past couple months every Monday from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Instantly, EJ and us girls clicked. We weren’t just learning like in school, but constantly we would talk about other stuff, bringing us closer and just having a good time. Even now I find myself being thankful that out of anyone, we found EJ. Every one of the girls that attend has grown to think of her as much more than just a teacher. Now to us she is more like a friend, family even. Every time I walk into Ray’s Variety now, I can expect more than just to buy gum. Lengthy conversations, smiles and laughs are now exchanged instead of just products and money.
Now, instead of hating Mondays like most people, I look forward to them, excited to see EJ and hear what we’re learning that night. But not only that, it also feels great to know that someone who used to be a complete stranger would take interest in a group of teens lives and offer to help them out completely out of the sake of kindness. Seeing as she is doing them for free, it certainly wasn’t for the money. I can’t think of a way that could possibly show how thankful I am, but I want to say, on behalf of everyone that goes on Mondays, EJ, 감사합니다, kamsamnida.