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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2017 York Rose Ball

On the evening of Saturday, October 28, we gathered as a community for the York Rose Ball at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to celebrate 85 years of our wonderful school. After a year of preparation and friendship, the YHS Alumnae Association and the YHS Parents’ Association came together to give us all a magnificent evening.

Guests arrived to the music of our talented senior students and a welcome cocktail. In the smaller of the two ballrooms we were able to participate in an 85 item Silent Auction. This year we tried something new with our Silent Auction: Givergy, a new digital platform that allowed us to bid from our phones or the tablets provided at our tables. This was definitely a first for us and proved to be great fun and hugely successful as non-attending members of our community were able to participate. Guests then entered the larger ballroom which was magnificently decorated in white and gold with accents of yellow roses and greenery — such a wonderful theme.

Once seated, the fun began. Jonathan Macdonald, our illustrious MC, and Marc Bergevin, our dapper auctioneer, guided and entertained us through the evening to raise funds for scholarships, and our students. The live auction was a huge success and we extend a heartfelt thanks to Marc for his time and dedication to our school. Then, we were in for a huge treat. Our own Shannon Chung (mother of Danica in 1Y) entertained us with a stunning rendition of Adele’s “When We Were Young”. Shannon was accompanied by our own Head of Music, David Gueulette. Thank you!

After the auction, the dancing began. The band, Famous Players, had us all out on the floor dancing the night away. We were still tripping the light fantastic at 1 am!

Thank you to everyone for joining us to help celebrate 85 years of York House School — and here is to the next 85!

Until next time!

Gillian Smith ’81
YHS PA President


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Category: Alumnae, Junior School, Little School, Senior School