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Westmount student rallies against homophobic slurs

rainbow shirt
Friday, March 24, 2017

Westmount Secondary School is painted all of the colours of the rainbow today. Grade 10 student Jared McCarthy has inspired people worldwide with a rainbow shirt rally in support of the LGBTQ community.

Westdale student’s book profiles Dogs of Hamilton

ace the dog
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Westdale student Luca Simpson’s passion for dogs and photography fueled the inspiration for the book Dogs of Hamilton.


Kelly McLaughlin
Monday, March 13, 2017

The Hamilton Spectator’s Hamilton Professionals feature profiled an HWDSB teacher The Hamilton Spectator, Kelly McLaughlin, from Ancaster Meadow elementary.

Westdale teacher Diana Panton among Hamilton Women of Distinction celebrated

Diana Panton
Friday, March 10, 2017

The YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards were given out Thursday, March 9 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. This is the 41st year of the annual awards. The 2017 winner in the Arts, Culture, Design category was Westdale Secondary School art and drama teacher Diana Panton. Panton is a Juno Award-winning singer and recording artist and a drama and visual arts teacher who lends her voice to support numerous local events and worthy causes. She performs all over the world and was recently named one of Canada’s top five female jazz singers by CBC Radio.

SJAM Wins United Way School Spirit Award

SJAM at United Way gala
Thursday, March 09, 2017

The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton recognized Sir John A. Macdonald secondary for demonstrating community spirit through leadership, fundraising and community involvement.

Class Soup Fest Exceeds Expectations

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Ms. Kondo’s class at Adelaide Hoodless organized a Soup Fest event to raise funds to help a special needs classmate. The $2300 raised will allow their friend Lawson to attend a summer camp without his parents for the first time.

Families invited to attend Fresh Air Kids Celebration

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) invites families to a free, engaging and interactive event to learn more about the link between air quality and children’s health – and what we can all do to reduce air pollution.

HWDSB Staff Partner with Food4Kids on Student Nutrition

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

One cold winter morning in 2011, Food4Kids founder Lena Bassford encountered a 10-year-old student outside of his elementary school’s breakfast program, an hour before it opened. He said he didn’t have any food over the weekend. That’s when Bassford realized the need for a nutrition program even outside of school hours.

Chase the Future: Pauline Johnson Students Honour the Past for an Inclusive Future

class design
Monday, March 06, 2017

A whole-school Chase the Future project at Pauline Johnson Elementary School is using an indoor mural and a First Nations inspired garden to evoke the indigenous history of the school site and the woman the school is named after.

HOCKEY: Cinderella Saltfleet shocks Sherwood to capture division-I boys hockey title

saltfleet hockey
Thursday, March 02, 2017

The No. 4 ranked Saltfleet Storm earned a 4-1 win over the Sherwood Saints to claim the 2016-17 Hamilton public school boys division-I hockey championship on Wednesday, March 2 at Mountain Arena.

Grade 9 Tech students get a shop of their own at WDHS

Thursday, March 02, 2017

When Waterdown District High School underwent a major expansion in 2014, the tech staff had a vision for their section inside the new wing: it would include a shop dedicated to the Grade 9 tech program.

Waterdown and Westmount Emerge as Hockey Champions

waterdowndiv1girls hockey
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Waterdown and Westmount Emerge as Hockey Champions

HWDSB Honour Band Performance

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HWDSB Secondary School Honour Band has been formed from students from most of our HWDSB Secondary Schools. Each school nominated up to 5 students to participate. They have been rehearsing over the past few weeks with support from the HPO as sectional leaders and under Special Guest Conductor Colin Clarke. This is a portion of their performance at Redeemer College during the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival. Check out HWDSBtv on YouTube to see more from these talented musicians.

Congrats to our Profiling Excellence Winners

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

At the Board meeting Feb. 27, HWDSB was proud to recognize the following students and staff with Profiling Excellence Awards.

Holland award winners ‘aren’t going to be voiceless’

Award winners
Monday, February 27, 2017

The best and brightest of Hamilton’s black community were honoured Saturday evening (Feb. 25) at LIUNA Station as part of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards.

Basketball: Sir Allan MacNab edges Saltfleet 44-43 in thriller for senior boys’ title

Senior boys bball champs
Friday, February 24, 2017

The Sir Allan MacNab Lions captured their second straight HWIAC senior boys division-I basketball championship knocking off the Saltfleet Storm with a 44-43 victory at McMaster University on Feb. 23.

Photo Gallery: Experiential Learning Day in the Arts

Students play music in Experiential Learning Day in the Arts.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Enjoy some photos from this hands-on learning day for grades 7 and 8 students interested in the arts. At the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, students worked with professional artists to explore the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights using four art forms (dance, drama, music and visual arts). This is part of a series of outings that connect elementary students to schools with Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture. Elementary schools involved at this session were Lake Avenue, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and W.H. Ballard.

Volleyball: Waterdown, Dundas Valley outlast opponents to claim girls volleyball titles

waterdown volleyball
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Waterdown Warriors and Dundas Valley Gryphons walked away as city champions on Wednesday claiming the senior and junior titles respectively at the 2016-17 Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board girls championship hosted at Waterdown District High School.

Elementary Students Experience a Learning Day in the Arts

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Grades 7 and 8 students from Lake Avenue, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and W.H. Ballard visited the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts to do hands-on arts workshops with professional artists. Their inspiration was the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights, and they used four art forms (dance, drama, music and visual arts). The outing connected elementary students interested in the arts with schools offering a Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture.

Nurse practitioner program in high schools secures new funding

spec nurse
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hundreds of Hamilton’s most vulnerable teens have visited a nurse practitioner right in their high school. The program at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and Cathedral High School has been quiet about its success for the last four years because it was always in danger of shutting down.

Westdale Muslim Students Organize Ring of Peace

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hundreds of students and staff members joined hands to surround Westdale Secondary School in a “ring of peace” Feb. 13 organized by the school’s Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) to pay respect to victims of the Quebec mosque shootings.

Piano Prodigy – a CHCH Story

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

A 13 year old Hamilton boy is a piano prodigy and he’s only been playing the instrument for about a year.

He can’t read music and doesn’t own a piano, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his gift with others.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Night

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about IB at our upcoming International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Information Night

Just One Wish Celebrates Kindness

wishing tree
Monday, February 06, 2017

Prince of Wales teacher Vandana Verma is preparing to celebrate 150 students at the Just One Wish Kindness Awards that will be held at It’s Your Festival in Gage Park on July 1.

Please Provide your Feedback on the Draft 2017/2018 School Year Calendar

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

HWDSB is currently involved in the process of developing its school year calendars (Elementary and Secondary) for the 2017-2018 school year.
We are seeking public input regarding the DRAFT calendars (Elementary and Secondary) until 4 p.m. on March 3 and would appreciate your participation through an on-line survey. It should take about five minutes to complete.

Congrats to staff winners of Profiling Excellence Awards!

sarah martin
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

HWDSB is fortunate to have so many HWDSB staff members who support extra-curricular activities that enhance our students’ educational experience.

Director’s Letter to Families and Tip Sheet re: Quebec City

Monday, January 30, 2017

The news of the deadly attack on a mosque in Ste-Foy, Quebec is leaving many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board saddened and disturbed. As a country, we mourn the tragic loss of life and condemn this deplorable terrorist attack that targeted Muslims, our fellow Canadians, in a peaceful place of worship.

Faces of Hamilton Health Sciences: Ivan Quach, Elementary School Room Teacher

Friday, January 27, 2017

Ivan Quach is the Elementary School Room teacher at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH). The Elementary School Program is a partnership between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and MCH. Ivan has worked for HWDSB for 4 years, and started working at the Elementary School Room at the beginning of the school year, in September.

Orchard Park wins first senior boys waterpolo title, Westdale claims junior

op waterpolo
Monday, January 23, 2017

The Orchard Park Patriots captured their first ever Hamilton-Wentworth public high school senior boys’ water polo championship on Thursday while Westdale Westdale picked up another junior title.

Tiffany Hills – First Impressions

Monday, January 09, 2017

The new year begins with a new school for the Tiffany Hills community. Three students share their first impressions of the first day at Tiffany Hills.