Graduation 2020

This is certainly not how anyone imagined how graduation would look. Despite everything, we still wanted to find a special way to honour the Class of 2020—and what a unique celebration it was!

Our physically distanced graduation ceremony was recorded over two days and was shared with families and staff to watch on the actual graduation day – June 19th. Our grads were invited to the school for a closely guarded secret celebration. A parade of faculty and staff lined the streets of Alexandra and West 26th to cheer on the arrival of our Class of 2020 grads twice on the day so that we could honour the limitations of no more than 50 people at a time for an event. Once they arrived, they were guided onto the athletics field where they were met with the photo op of a lifetime—a special art installation by the Big Love Ball. The Big Love Ball installation, the brainchild of past parent Wendy Williams Watt, made for a very memorable graduation—our Yorkies even donned surgical masks for some of the shots to mark this extraordinary moment in history. 

Class of 2020, we are so proud of your resilience and amazing accomplishments. Remember to always lead with love. Onward and upward, Yorkies!

@BigLoveBall installation created by Wendy Williams Watt.

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*Please note: the large group photo is a compilation of two separate groups, shot during two events. With the magic of Photoshop, we were able to include the entire Class of 2020 in one photo.

Senior School STEAM Lab Stays on Track

Although we were forced to work and learn remotely on March 17th, we were fortunate that the construction of our new STEAM Lab in the Senior School could continue and is on track for completion by September and the 2020-21 school year.

Enclosing this previous outdoor space required levelling the concrete seating area, framing the perimetre, and installing mechanical and electrical systems. Only last week, windows were installed making this new space come to life! Interior finishing and cabinetry are currently being fabricated offsite for installation in the coming weeks.

Due to the generosity of our community, we are hopeful that we will be able to fund the Senior STEAM lab exclusively through philanthropy. We are pleased to share that thanks to a number of York House families more than $1M has now been raised towards the $1.5M fundraising goal for this project.

The STEAM lab will be an outstanding innovation hub for the school where students can explore a problem, engage in research, ideate, risk-take, prototype, and construct solutions that draw from the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).  

If you would like to learn more about how to partner and support Senior STEAM please contact Nik Williams-Walshe, Director of Advancement, or call 604-730-2411.