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HWCDSB Learning at Home Supports for Grades 9-12

“Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.” ~ Brother Hendrick

The HWCDSB’s curriculum team has prepared a number of resources to support secondary students in their home learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and Ministry ordered school shutdown.

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan priest in Ireland, reminds us that during this lockdown, while we may experience emotions such as fear, isolation, sickness and panic, hope still abounds.

(See Brother Hendrick’s full reflection at the bottom of this page.)

Below are some links and resources that we hope will ignite the hope inside of you.


Pope Francis Tweets

Daily Tweets from Pope Francis

Sacred Space/Our Catholic Community
In celebration of this liturgical season of Lent, the Our Catholic Community, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s online sacred space, was created to provide an opportunity for members of the HWCDSB to come together as a community in prayer and reflection as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. See the “Sacred Space” or “Our Catholic Community” icon on the myClass/LMS webpage.

Attending Mass online
St. Patrick’s Parish is closed, but masses are being live streamed on its Facebook Page at the following times:
Weekdays (Tues-Fri) 12:15pm; and Sundays 11:30am and 7:15pm.

Also, daily mass celebrated at Loretto Abbey in Toronto can be viewed on YouTube.

Stepping out in Rome
As is the case with so many churches at this time, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is also closed to visitors. But you can take a virtual tour of this beautiful sanctuary here.

Christian Meditation Resources
A Christian Meditation app, which can be downloaded to personal devices, is for anyone new to meditation as well as anyone who has been meditating for some time, where they can find a gateway to resources from the World Community for Christian Meditation. This is an easy-to-navigate app with the most up-to-date resources and useful links to the World Community for Christian Meditation websites.

An Active Citizenship Assignment from Development and Peace
In this Active Citizenship Assignment, learners will discover the 7 Catholic Social Teachings, the “5 Es of Citizenship” and apply their learning by examining case studies from D&P’s five decades of action for the poor and vulnerable.


(If students do not have their logins, please contact your school principals at the email listed on your school website in the "About Us" link under "Contact Us.")

Mental Health & Well-Being
Please visit School Mental Health Ontario for information specifically designed for secondary students related to:
• What can I do to take care of my mental health while I’m not in school? • How do I know if I should reach out for help about my mental health?
• What do I do if I’m worried about a friend?

CEMC Courseware & CEMC at Home Resources

The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) courseware materials feature lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback.
Grades 9, 10 and 11 Courseware
Grade 12 Advanced Functions
Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors

In addition, CEMC at Home has been developed to support teachers, students and parents during these challenging times. The resources will include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

Literacy Resource LMS Site

This site provides students with access to reading and writing activities. Journal writing prompts, articles and videos for students to engage with will be added regularly. In addition, the site also includes literacy skill building modules for students to work through. The modules provide lessons, corresponding activities and diagnostic assessment through the use of quizzes.

Edge Factor

Edge Factor provides free quality cinematic videos and activities for grades 9-12 students to discover industries, careers, and pathways. This engaging resource contains lessons on soft skills and inspirational stories of real-life people and local businesses.

Learning at Home Ministry Resources
Find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home.

A reflection during this time of physical isolation: Lockdown
By Brother Richard Hendrick
(A Capuchin Franciscan priest in Ireland)

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

HWCDSB Learning at Home Supports for Grades 9-12