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Redeemer Christian High School is an independent, grades 9 through 12 Protestant high school serving students from Ottawa and the surrounding area. Visitors are always welcome. Call us to make an appointment to tour the school, meet our Principal or observe classes.
Redeemer Christian High School
Open House, February 9 at 7 p.m.
Are you interested in learning more about our Christian high school?
Would you like to have a conversation with current Redeemer students, or ask our teachers questions?
Have you ever wondered what makes a Christian high school different?
Please join us Thursday, February 9th from 7 - 8:30 p.m., for our Open House and Information Night. Guests will enjoy a student-led tour of our facility, followed by refreshments and a short program in our cafeteria. You'll have an opportunity to hear from our staff, a current parent, and a student.
There is no need to RSVP, however, if you would like more information about this event, please email Cathy Dentz, Director of Communications and Admissions. While you are welcome to book an appointment to tour the school at any time, this is a great opportunity to speak with the staff.
We know that choosing a high school for your child is an important decision. Learn more about Redeemer on February 9th, so you can make an informed decision.
Come experience Redeemer!
Author visit inspires future writers
This fall, Grade 11 English students had an opportunity to learn more about the writing process from Perth-based author Amanda West Lewis.
"She talked about what motivated her to write her novels and explained where she found inspiration," said Grade 11 student, Aiden. "I particularly appreciated her description of how being a writer is like being a magpie, you steal bits of things from here and there and incorporate them into your work."
Lewis explained her two novels of historical fiction. The first novel, September 17, is about a group of children who were being evacuated from England to Canada during WWII on a ship that was torpedoed in the North Atlantic. Her most recent novel, The Pact, was inspired by her husband asking their neighbour if he ever went to camp. He had—a Hitler Youth Camp. Lewis tells this story through the perspective of a youth recruit.
Aiden was “immensely pleased” to have the opportunity to listen and talk with Ms. Lewis. He noted that “her background in drama and theatre really stood out as she delivered the readings with true passion.”
After her reading, she did a writing workshop with potential authors and book club members. “Over cups of tea and hot chocolate, we created multiple stories based on pictures, and talked about good books,” said Grade 11 student, Melanie. “We have tips to keep us writing for years.”
“I really enjoyed having Amanda West Lewis visit the school,” said Aiden. “It has helped me further develop my writing skills. Opportunities like this help us dive deeper than the regular curriculum.” Melanie agreed that “it was quite enjoyable to see other students like myself, who enjoy reading and writing books, participate in these events.”
Alumnus well prepared for University and beyond
Redeemer alumnus, Luke Steiginga, received a Governor General's Medal at his convocation from Carleton University. Luke studied Biomedical Engineering and received top marks in his class. He acknowledges the role his high school played in helping him achieve academic excellence. (See full article in the Carleton Now online newsletter.)
"I found Redeemer had prepared me quite well for University," says Steiginga. "The tests and the lab reports were similar to what I encountered at Carleton. When I started my program at Carleton, other students seemed to have a lot of trouble doing well on their lab reports. However, I found them straightforward and did quite well on them simply by writing them as I would have at Redeemer." He notes that other students expected the test questions to be exactly the same as they were shown in class. "At Redeemer, most of the teachers would teach you the process you should go through to solve a question and would go through some examples in class. However, the questions on the tests would require you to use what you had learned in class to solve a new problem you hadn't necessarily seen before," states Steiginga. "This helped me the most and allowed me to become a better problem solver."
Steiginga appreciated the teachers at Redeemer. He says, "they set up their courses so that they teach you valuable skills and ways of doing things that can be applied in University." He also valued the extra assistance that teachers would provide. "If I ever wanted a concept further explained, all I would need to do was ask and I would get it. The teachers always tried to help me succeed."
Being recognized by the Governor General, "was a great experience" acknowledges Steiginga. Now he looks forward to his contract job in the automotive and surface transportation division at the National Research Council. He'll be working in the rail group to help develop technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of the rail system in Canada and worldwide.
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