Candlelight Assemblies

Sr. Candlelight
A Theme of Gratefulness and Reflection

candlelightsrassembly_13dec2016-1686On Tuesday, December 13, the Senior School held their traditional candlelight ceremony in honour of peace, joy, love, and hope.

In keeping with “Not for Ourselves Alone”, the Senior School students brought new socks to share with Covenant House of Vancouver, an organization that supports vulnerable youth in the city.

Through various readings, musical performances by our vocal ensembles, and the lighting of four candles, we were reminded of all that we have to be thankful for.

candlelightsrassembly_13dec2016-1696Mrs. Harvey, Director of Senior School, focused on slowing down and enjoying the holidays. She encouraged students to look back on past holidays and, whether they are staying close to home or going somewhere exotic, to take the time to truly enjoy being with family and friends and to take time for themselves.

Speaking on the importance of family and gratitude, Ms. Gionet, Head of School, shared a poem and a quote with students.

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

– Author Unknown

“Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Gratitude will change your life for the better.”

– Marelisa Fabrega

Our Community Service Captains reminded us that gratitude is, in fact, the greatest gift of all. See photos from the Candlelight Assembly below.

Junior Candlelight Assembly

The Junior School held their traditional Candlelight Assembly on Friday, December 9. This annual celebration of songs and readings is led by our Grade 7 students, and includes the lighting of candles for joy, faith, hope, love and peace. The assembly reminds us what this time of year is really all about.

York House supports the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and children in need. Students in Grades 1-3 brought a gift which is placed under the tree at the beginning of the service. These gifts are used year-round for children who are in their Emergency Foster Care Program.

Students in Grades 4 to 7 contributed to the Holiday Hamper Project where each class was assigned a family in need.

We appreciate your support for these two worthy causes. Thank you for your generosity.

Hope, Joy, Faith, Love & Peace: Candlelight Assemblies

JrCandlelightAssembly_15Dec2015-6700Jr. School Candlelight Assembly

The Junior School held their traditional Candlelight Assembly on Tuesday, December 16. This annual celebration of songs and readings is led by our Grade 7 students, and includes the lighting of candles for joy, faith, hope, love and peace. The assembly reminds us what this time of year is really all about.

York House supports the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and children in need. Students in Grades 1-3 brought a gift which is placed under the tree at the beginning of the service. These gifts are used year-round for children who are in their Emergency Foster Care Program.

Students in Grades 4 to 7 (and staff), also contributed to the Holiday Hamper Project where each class was assigned a family in need. Nine families will be the happy recipients of these hampers.

We appreciate your support for these two worthy causes. Thank you for your generosity.

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Sr. School Candlelight Assembly

The Sr. School Candlelight assembly was organized by Music Heads Gabriella, Fraser and Christina. The assembly opened with a flute quartet who played “Silent Night”, and was followed by a reading from Miranda, Gr. 10. She recited an abridged version of Shayne Koyczan’s “To This Day”, a poem about the impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Ms. Irani and Sophie, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “hope”, Mrs. Harvey and Erin, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “joy” and Head Girl Helen and Vice-Head Sarah lit the candle for “love”. Before Ms. Gionet and Angela, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “peace”, they led a sing-a-long to John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

The choir sang “What Sweeter Music” by Canadian Composer, Eleanor Daley, and the Music Heads spoke on gratitude, kindness and mindfulness in the midst of a busy holiday season. The assembly concluded with the singing of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Organized by Tammy, Gr. 10, Senior Students also collected donations for Syrian refugees. Donations included toiletries, small appliances, toys, books and non-perishable foods. Following the assembly, the Student Executive organized hot chocolate for all.

LSCandlelightAssembly_15Dec2015-6651Little School Candlelight Assembly

The Little School also held their own Candlelight Assembly. The girls brought in gifts for children in the Emergency Foster Care Program, and candles were lit for hope, joy, love and peace. Each candle lighting was followed by a song from one of the classes.