Candlelight Assemblies

Junior Candlelight Service

The Junior School held its traditional candlelight service on Monday, December 16. This annual celebration of songs and readings is led by our Grade 6 and 7 students and includes the lighting of candles for faith, hope, love, and peace. 

Students in Grades 1-3 brought a toy or gift and placed it under the tree at the beginning of the service. These gifts are used year-round for children and youth who are in the care of social workers at the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Students in Grades 4 to 7 and York House staff filled ‘hampers’ with much-needed items, such as clothing and grocery gift cards, for families who get support from Family Services of Greater Vancouver. 

The donations were delivered by our Grade 7 House Leaders and Junior School Head and Vice Head Girl. Together the Junior School filled hampers for nine families and donated 12 large garbage bags full of toys. Both organizations extend their “deepest gratitude to York House for the generous donations.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this York House School annual holiday tradition of giving to others in need. This assembly truly reminds us what this time of year is really all about.

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Senior Candlelight Service

On Tuesday, December 10, the Senior School held its traditional candlelight service. This assembly is a long-standing tradition at York House, where we come together as a community, and in the spirit of the season, take time to reflect on what is important. Through various readings, musical performances, and the lighting of four advent candles in honour of peace, joy, love, and hope, we were reminded of all that we have to be thankful for. Mr. Rosen shared a personal story, Mme Rousseau reflected on peace, Mrs. Rodrigues spoke about hope, Ms. O’Connor spoke about love, and Ms. McDonald invited four Junior School students to share what brings joy to their lives. Our flute and clarinet ensemble played traditional carols throughout. Our Poet Laureate, Sophie (Grade 11), shared a poem, Ragazza performed “One”, and to close, everyone joined in for “One Voice”.

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YHS Commemorates Remembrance Day

York House commemorated Remembrance Day with two special assemblies in the Senior School and Junior School. Both ceremonies were simple, solemn, and thoughtful affairs.

Both assemblies that featured the reciting of the poem “In Flanders Fields”, the poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, as well as performances by our choirs and bands, and a presentation by Captain Cheryl McHugh on the role of women in the military.

At the Junior School ceremony, the Grade 3 and 4 Choir sang a song called “Inscriptions of Hope”. The song is based on a poem written during the Holocaust by a Jewish prisoner. The Grade 4s sang and played “Amazing Grace” on their recorders. 

The Senior School Remembrance Day assembly also featured readings, poetry, and music. Speakers recited poems and fictional and non-fictional accounts written by Canadians who have experienced war and peacekeeping missions. These readings and writings were first-hand accounts that depicted the lives of those affected by the war. 

Ragazza performed a song that reflected on peace, and the Grade 9 Band and Senior Band performed the piece “Where Words End…”, accompanied by images from wartime.

Our students reminded us to contemplate on how we can attempt to bring a sense of gratitude and compassion to our everyday lives in honour of those who selflessly sacrificed so much, and remember those who gave their lives, so that we may live in peace.