About Guido

Guido de Brès Christian High School, nestled in Hamilton, Ontario, proudly serves the Canadian and United Reformed communities. Our motto, ‘Everything In Christ,’ encapsulates our vision for a Christ-centred education that shapes not just minds but also hearts.

Everything in Christ.

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Members of the Canadian Reformed Churches have established Guido de Brès Christian High School so that the schooling provided will assist the parents in the fulfillment of the promises made at the baptism of the covenant children entrusted to their care. Reformed education aims to realize this assistance by equipping the students to employ their talents in the service of Christ and His kingdom.

Getting to Know Guido

Guido de Brès Christian High School is a privately funded school in Hamilton, Ontario, run by the Guido de Brès Canadian Reformed School Society which was formed in 1974. The school is named after Guido de Brès, a Belgian reformer who died as a martyr to the faith in 1567. He is the author of the Belgic Confession, one of the Three Forms of Unity which serve as a confessional basis for the Canadian Reformed Churches. A statement from article 12 of this confession is inscribed on a wooden plaque in the front lobby and summarizes the school’s vision: “to the end that man may serve his God.” This plaque was presented to the school on the occasion of the opening of our previous school building built on Crerar Drive (previously StoneChurch Road) in October of 1977. As of 2023, the school has over 450 students and 50 staff members. All courses are taught from a Reformed Christian perspective.

We as a school society are committed to bringing Christ to the forefront in every activity that happens under our school roof. To reflect this we strive each and everyday to live by our school motto “Everything in Christ”.

HISTORY

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1975

Where it
all began

Guido was established in September 1975 with grades 9, 10, and 11. Classes were held in the old Central High School building in downtown Hamilton for two years.

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1995-1997

Blessed with growth

It became clear by the mid-nineties that more room was needed for our growing school population. By December 1995, a total of $2,500,000 was pledged. The Board then set up a building committee to work with an architect to finalize plans for an expanded facility that would add seven additional rooms. Construction began in May 1996 with the first phase ready for occupancy by February 1997. The final renovation of the old gym into classrooms and shops was completed by September 1997. This construction project almost doubled our floor area and usable space.

Guido today…

Guido over the years…

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1975

Where it
all began

Guido was established in September 1975 with grades 9, 10, and 11. Classes were held in the old Central High School building in downtown Hamilton for two years.

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1977

Our very own
address

In September 1977 the school was able to move into its own newly built premises on Stone Church Road East on the Hamilton Mountain. It was at this time that we also added a Grade 12 class. Crerar Drive was extended in front of our school, giving us a new street address.

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1995-1997

Blessed with growth

It became clear by the mid-nineties that more room was needed for our growing school population. By December 1995, a total of $2,500,000 was pledged. The Board then set up a building committee to work with an architect to finalize plans for an expanded facility that would add seven additional rooms. Construction began in May 1996 with the first phase ready for occupancy by February 1997. The final renovation of the old gym into classrooms and shops was completed by September 1997. This construction project almost doubled our floor area and usable space.

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1975-2015

40 years of grace

On May 30, 2015, we celebrated Forty Years of Grace. Over these amazing years we experienced many blessings and witnessed our school grow under the Lord’s guiding hand.

Guido today…

2022

Taking a leap

Over the years the school population experienced significant growth which led us to exceed the capacity of our facility. After much deliberation, hard work, and earnest prayers, we were blessed with a new home.

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2023

Where we landed

Following extensive updates, renovations, and countless hours of dedication from our covenant community, we were able to make the move into 350 Albright Rd.

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All glory to God.

Our Staff

We are blessed each and every year with a faculty that is qualified, capable and honoured to educate our covenant children. Our staff’s objective is not only to provide them with practical knowledge and skills for their future, but also to deliver every piece of new instruction from a Christian perspective.

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How Guido Operates

Guido is a parent run school which is governed by a board of Directors. Each of the supporting congregations is represented on the board, and directors can be either tuition-paying parents, or members of the supporting community.

Bert Knol | Chairman
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Jason Tenhage | Vice-Chairman
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Mike Krikke | Board Treasurer
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Tobi Bos | Corresponding Secretary
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Laura Vandenberg | Recording Secretary
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Wilma Schutten | Bookkeeper
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Garett Van Iperen | Regional Treasurer 
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Local Reps

Erica Holtvluwer | Ancaster
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James Vis | Attercliffe
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Toni Kampen | Bethel
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Tobi Bos | Cornerstone
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Jason Tenhage | Covenant
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Herman Kamstra | Dunnville East

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Mitch Jonker | Dunnville West
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Brent Sipkema | Ebenezer
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Bert Knol | Fellowship
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Bart Ludwig | Living Light
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John Bartels | Niagara South
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Laura Vandenberg | Providence
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Mike Krikke | Rehoboth
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Calvin Komdeur | Smithville
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Ed Poort | Spring Creek
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Arnold Mans | Trinity
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Mark DeBoer | Vineyard
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