/ What is Winterim?

At HCHS, we work to prepare students for the future, including college, careers, community, abundant faith–and even rest and enjoyment. That’s a tall order, but during Winterim, that whole range of experiences converges into one amazing week of purposeful learning. Students get to discover new interests and dive deeply into the ones they already have.

Winterim is an exceptional Holland Christian High School learning experience during the first school week of January, and was created so that students could explore a variety of subjects outside of the traditional school curriculum, exposing them to new ideas, potential careers, even lifetime skills. There are typically over 50 different Winterim course topics–plus juniors and seniors can choose an internship of their career interest!

We’ve found that these Winterim adventures inspire curious minds to become dynamic influences, in their homes and classrooms today, and in the world outside tomorrow. They also make us appreciate the great community that we live in, since so many of our community businesses and people welcome us into their worlds during this week in particular.
Although students typically register for their Winterim classes starting at the end of October, with seniors registering first, then juniors, then sophomores, and finally freshmen, we will not be holding Winterim in the 20-21 school year. Because of social restriction due to COVID, Winterim has been postponed. 

/ Ways to Help

In order to make Winterim an exquisite experience, we are always in the process of recruiting community members to participate. Here are some options you have to help make a difference in students’ lives:

  • Teach a mini-course: the subject matter could be related to your profession or to a hobby or personal interest that you are passionate about (3 hours per day for one week)
  • Serve as a guest lecturer in another teacher’s class
  • Provide an internship or job shadow experience for a student(s) at your workplace
  • Volunteer to be a van or bus driver for students to get to off-site venues

Have a question or want to help? Contact Heidi Nykamp at hnykamp@hollandchristian.org.

 / Internships

A portion of the Winterim program is open only to juniors and seniors: our Winterim Internships are off-campus “practice” work experiences with real employers so that students can gain first-hand experience of a possible career pathway. An internship placement like this often helps students decide what they want to do after high school graduation––or what they definitely do not want to do! When students sign up on the designated registration day, they will have the chance to commit to an internship. If they commit, Mr. Schemper will contact them to discuss a placement that best fits their interests. We also encourage students to use their own connections to find internships for themselves; if a student finds her or his own placement, she or he should relay the potential host’s information to Mr. Schemper. Our goal is to have all interns paired with a mentor by mid-November. Most students stay local for their internship; a few end up elsewhere around the world! More information is available on the winter internships page.