HWS students currently run a number of initiatives for community outreach, service and improving the environment. We’re serious about making the world a better place!

Volunteering at Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre

Volunteer and charitable endeavours are particularly important for eighth graders as their awareness of the world expands ever wider. Miss Hill’s grade 8 class along with two parent volunteers, Patti and John, recently worked at the Good Shepherd Centre in Hamilton. Read about this experience in the students’ own words on our blog page.

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McMaster Children’s Hospital

In December 2015, our junior choir brought Christmas cheer to McMaster Children’s hospital in Hamilton. Many people in the crowd were overheard to say how enjoyable the performance was and one fan posted this thank-you on Facebook: “Thank you to the junior choir for a wonderful Christmas celebration today at McMaster hospital. I loved the Grinch and all the songs. You should be proud of a job well done! I’m still smiling.”

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Earth Day Clean-up

Grades One through Eight participated in BurlingtonGreen’s Clean Up Event again this year by picking up litter in Brada Park, Redstone Parkette, three neighbourhood trails and two pond areas. Here are the final stats for what they removed from the local ecosystem!

  • 12 full bags of garbage
  • 7 blue boxes full of recyclables
  • 4 GreenCarts of compostable papers

Organizers Tara Thornton and Barbara Frensch are very proud of the students. The photo below shows some Grade 7 boys who stayed after the day was done to help put combined bags into storage prior to collection day.

We made the BG Kids Go Green Hall of Fame!



Bracelet Fundraiser

HOPE club students made these colourful bracelets, which are on sale at Tomten’s School Store. All proceeds go to local children and family charities. Buy yours while supplies last.



Waste Warriors

A crew of 24 grade 5 to 8 student volunteers are active on a weekly basis to promote and educate others about greening. Led by teacher Tara Thornton and parent Barbara Frensch, waste warriors:

  • supervise our waste station
  • manage waste at school events
  • care for our red wiggler worms in our vermicomposters
  • speak with classes about green initiatives
  • help prepare for our annual Community Earth Day clean ups
  • attend Eco Youth Conferences


Our Waste Warriors recently won the area’s 2014 Great Green Idea Challenge, hosted by BurlingtonGreen and presented by Rob Stewart. Watch their winning idea: click here for the video.

Or read about HWS at the Great Green Idea Challenge in this article by Jackie Prime, for BARC blog.

Prior eco-awards:

  • Winner, Halton’s Greenest School (September 2012), presented by Jane Goodall
  • Winner, Waste Free Lunch Challenge (October 2011), presented by Recycling Council of Ontario
  • Halton Youth Environmental Excellence award (April 2011), presented by Gary Carr
  • Recipient of four Green Apple Grants (2009 to 2011), presented by Metro
  • School Environmental Award (2009), presented by BurlingtonGreen

Shared Responsibility Waste Management Policy

As an award-winning green school, we adhere to a Shared Responsibility Waste Management Policy. Not up speed on this? Please review our policy document.


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