Celebration of Community

Thank you to all the families who joined YHS staff and students for our annual Celebration of Community at the Chan Centre on Tuesday, December 5. Each year, we begin the holiday season with this festive event, which invites our community to share in the gifts and talents of our students.

Our Junior School performed an enthusiastic renditions of some well-known hits, such as “Count on Me” (Gr. 3 & 4), “Brave” (Gr. 5 & 6), “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” (Gr. 7 Choir), and “Heal the World” (finale).

Thank you to our Senior Concert Band and our senior vocal ensembles for their energetic performances: “Sleigh Ride” (Sr. Concert Band), “Winter Magic” (Grad Singers), “Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name” (Chorista), and “Linus and Lucy” (Ragazza).

Interspersed throughout the afternoon of performances were sing-a-long carols, a multilingual reading of “The Polar Express” by Gr. 11 students Angela, Safya, and Heley, as well as a fun-filled presentation by our Sr. Improv Drama group.

Thank you to Ms. Ninan, Mr. Gueulette, and Ms. Haylett for their work with our very talented musical students; thank you to Ms. Harrigan and our improv team and our Modern Languages’ Department for working with students on a trilingual reading this year.  

A special thanks to Leith Wheeler Investments for sponsoring this event for the 20th year in a row. We truly appreciate their commitment to York House as well as the broader community. Donations from those who attended the concert went to the Quest Outreach Society.

The impressive venue, carol singing, and festive atmosphere continue to make for a wonderful holiday tradition. Watch the performances below:

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Gr. 5 Accessibility Expo

This fall, the Grade 5s have been engaged in an exploration on accessibility, barriers, challenges, and disability. Students have learned about what life might be like to use a wheelchair and using Design Thinking Framework, they designed assistive technologies to make an aspect of York House more accessible. Rory Dougall from BCIT’s REDLab, a rehabilitation engineering design lab, came into work with the girls on their prototypes. The girls shared their prototypes and talked about the process during an expo held on Monday, December 11.

This project started months ago, when Grade 5 teachers, Melissa Kanavos and Erin Reindl, our STEAM Coordinator in the Junior School, Jennifer Sharpe, and Science Teacher, Lela Ling, began to develop a truly cross-curricular unit on accessibility. They designed the unit to incorporate curriculum from Science (simple machines), Language Arts (paragraph writing), and Social Studies (citizenship) as well as create an opportunity to deepen the understanding of our YHS value of empathy.

Read more on this Grade 5 STEAM project here.


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