On Friday, June 8, the Class of 2018 crossed the stage and accepted their graduation certificates.
We wish you all the best in your adventures next year! It was fabulous to hear about all the schools are you are going to during Graduation, and to celebrate your many successes. We will miss your exuberance, energy, and drive to make change at YHS. You have left us with so many legacies that your fellow Yorkies will enjoy – the Girls2Learn program, the coding club in the Junior School, YHS Talks, Mental Health Awareness Month from the Breakfast club and so much more. You have charted the way for more girls to pursue their passions and make choices that might not always be in line with what has been done in the past. Thank you for sharing your learning journeys with us. We look forward to hearing about your successes in the future.
Congratulations to all of our graduates, we are so proud of you!
What is your favourite memory of York House School? My favourite memory at York House is probably all the times I spent in the bus on the way to field hockey games. All the girls would be so excited for the upcoming match that the bus would just be filled with singing and laughing the whole way there.
Why did you want to be Head Girl? I wanted to be Head Girl because I knew there were things in the school I wanted to change which would lead to a better, more open community. As well, I felt from a personal standpoint the position would help me grow as a leader and expand my public speaking abilities.
What did you learn from being Head Girl? I learnt a lot! One of the biggest learning experiences was simply about mediation. With twelve extremely passionate and intelligent girls in our exec it was not a surprise that we often had differing ideas. Understanding when to speak up but also when to listen to what others have to say and supporting them was a big skill everyone on the exec was able to adopt.
What are some of the accomplishments of the Student Exec this year that you are most proud of? We were able to implement another week of spirit activities in the school year which was really beneficial in achieving our goal of a more connected, vibrant community. We had far more random activities that included the entire senior school during recesses and lunches, which led to a high student involvement. As well, we had amazing videos! Which I believe the entire school enjoyed.
What words of advice do you have for the incoming Head Girl? Good luck 🙂 This is a big responsibility that is not always a breeze, but this position gives you the opportunity to make a real change. Always remember that YOU were the one voted in, which means you should trust your decisions and instincts. Listen to others for advice and ideas, but ultimately you are the Head Girl and as long as you have the right intentions you can’t go wrong.
As your time at York House comes to an end, what are you looking forward to the most? I am so excited to venture off into the unknown. York House has always been a source of stability for me, but now my whole future is up in the air. It is a very strange and unusual feeling, but one of excitement and chance.
What are your plans for the fall? I will be going to the University of Edinburgh to study Anthropology and Political Science.
Celebration of Community
“Lifers” on the Student Executive
Saskia with Alumnae Special Achiever, Dianne Whelan ’83.