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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
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.
Celebrating success: Awards Ceremony 2016
At the end of each school year, Redeemer takes time to celebrate success. Success comes in different forms. Success may be the highest academic mark in the class.* Success may be the top female or top male athlete of the year. Success may be the most valuable or most improved player. Success may be participation in student life, intramurals, and other extra-curricular activities that encourage personnal growth. Success may be the best perfomer, singer or band member. Success may be measured by how you volunteer your time at school and in the community.
Congratulations to all our students who won awards on Tuesday, June 14 at our annual Awards Ceremony. Highlights include:
- Band Award: Miranda T. and Courtney D.
- Choir Award: Miranda T.
- Arts Barnabas Award: Elim C.
- Arts Outstanding Performance Award (Drama): Nate H.
- Arts Outstanding Performance Award (Music): Celeste G.
- Arts Senior Achievement Award: Elim Chen, Courtney D., Seth H., Mikaela H., Kaydence L., Miranda T., and Emily V.
- Governor General's Academic Medal: Mikaela H.
- Ontario Scholars: 22 graduates
- Math Contest Awards (Grade 9): Xavier J.
- Math Contest Awards (Grade 10): Zacchaeus L. and Daniel V.
- Math Contest Awards (Grade 11): Evie A.
- Intramural Sportsmanship Award: Lucas V.
- Golf--Most Valuable Player: Brendan H.
- Golf--Most Improved Player: Brianna S.
- Sr. Boys Volleyball--Most Valuable Player: Brendan H.
- Sr. Boys Volleyball--Most Improved Player: Ryan A.
- Sr. Girls Basketball--Most Valuable Player: Tobie B.
- Sr. Girls Basketball--Most Improved Player: Lauren H.
- Sr. Girls Volleyball--Most Valuable Player: Marika W.
- Sr. Girls Volleyball--Most Improved Player: Kayla A.
- Jr. Girls Volleyball--Most Valuable Player: Akira V.
- Jr. Girls Volleyball--Most Improved Player: Madison M.
- Badminton--Most Valuable Player: Jackson S.
- Badminton--Most Improved Player: Emily N.
- Junior Boys Volleyball--Most Valuable Player: Zacchaeus L.
- Junior Boys Volleyball--Most Improved Player: Ryan S.
- Senior Girls Soccer--Most Valuable Player: Mikaela H.
- Senior Girls Soccer--Most Improved Player: Madison M.
- Midget Track and Field--Most Valuable Player: Xavier J.
- Junior Track and Field--Most Valuable Player: Jacob T.
- Senior Track and Field--Most Valuable Player: Jade V.
- Track and Field--Team Dedication Awards: Hannah B. and Kyle W.
- Workout Dedication Award: David N. and Mikaela H.
- Outstanding Female Athlete: Mikaela H.
- Outstanding Male Athlete: Tyler L.
- Sportsmanship--Female: Tobie B.
- Sportsmanship--Male: Jeremiah H.
- Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award: Jay M.
- Citizenship Awards: Elim C., Seth H., Mikaela H., and Emily V.
- Special Service Award (Cafeteria): Nathan A., Aiden M., Yuliana L, Naomi P., Jackson S., Jonathan S., Alyssa W., Dorothy B., Andy L., Miranda N., Brynn R., Mary S., Sam T.
- Special Service Award (Cafeteria): Elizabeth P.
- Volunteer Award: Alyssa W. and Evie A.
- Worship Team Award: Seth H., Elim C., Emily V., and Kaydence L.
- Chapel Set-Up: Noah R.
*Note: With the exception of our graduates, academic awards are given to the students in the fall.
Redeemer students go the "Ugandan Mile" to raise $27, 900 for boys home
A small group of Ottawa students mobilized a huge amount of resources to make an enormous difference this month for a Ugandan boys' home half a world away. Just 80 students at Redeemer Christian High School raised $27,900 from friends, grandparents and businesses -- and from digging into their own pockets -- to support the Kwagala Ministries home, which has taken a dozen kids off the street in Jinja, Uganda.
The Redeemer student council dubbed it the Ugandan Mile, designed to have the students walk a metaphorical mile in the shoes of their brothers over in Africa in a 30-hour overnight weekend event at the school. They ate African bean stew and rice to get a sense of what the former street boys often eat.
"They're just kids like us, and they deserve education, safety and a home, and as Christians it's important that we help others," student council Co-President Mikaela Hummel said close to midnight on Friday night shortly before the school Skyped with the lads in Uganda.
Kwagala was founded by Redeemer Alumnus Robbie Palmer of Kanata and Congolese youth pastor Raoul Mugosa. Inspired by New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie, Robbie went over to Uganda in 2012 on his earnings from working in the kitchen at the Canadian Forces' Connaught training range to see how he could help alleviate some of the troubles there. He linked up with Raoul, who had developed a relationship with a number of homeless kids and they rented a home and started Kwagala, operating on a shoestring and a prayer.
The money raised by the Redeemer community each year provides the majority of the funding needed to keep the home running, and the amount exceeded the target of $21, 500.
The funds help pay for the rent and food and education of the boys, who are trying to catch up on lost years of schooling. In the courtyard of their home, they performed an African dance in formation by Skype for the Redeemer students and teachers.
"That was the most amazing dance we've ever seen," teacher Dave Vance told Robbie and the dancers afterwards.
Part of the success in raising the money they did was the personal connection that has been developed in the past few years. The boys in Jinja regularly Skype with a homeroom in Redeemer, whose students get to know the name and personalities of one or two of their African brothers.
The Redeemer student council puts hefty work into making the Ugandan Mile a highlight of the year, organizing games, a coffee-house talent show, movies and even clean-up of the school rooms, making the kids work for their breakfast.
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