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 Wednesday, December 12. 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.

The afternoon featured performances from Grades 1 to 12, including renditions of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (Grade 7), “Imagine” (Ragazza), and “From a Distance” (Chorista and Ragazza). In the finale, all students joined together to perform “Peace Round/Shalom Chaverim”.

Interspersed throughout the afternoon of performances were sing-a-long carols, readings, including multilingual readings in Spanish and French, as well as a presentation by our Sr. Improv Drama group.

Thank you to Ms. Ninan, Ms. Froese, and Ms. Haylett for their work with our very talented music students; thank you to Ms. Harrigan and our Improv Team; and thank you to our Modern Languages Dept for the inclusion of French and Spanish in our celebrations this year.

A special thanks to Leith Wheeler Investments, our sponsor of this event for 20 years. 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. Thank you to Annie, one of our new Student Social Media Ambassadors, for covering the event on Instagram stories (@YorkHouseVan). See the highlights under the Celebration of Community icon.

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Candlelight Assemblies

JUNIOR CANDLELIGHT ASSEMBLY

The Junior School held their traditional Candlelight Assembly on Thursday, December 6. This annual celebration of songs and readings is led by our Grade 7 students and includes the lighting of candles for 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, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Students in Grades 1-3 brought a toy or gift for a child or teenager 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 Care Program. Students in Grades 4 to 7 (and staff) contributed to the Holiday Hamper Project where each class was assigned a family in need.

The donations were delivered by our Grade 7 House Leaders and Head and Vice Head Girl. Together the Junior School filled hampers for nine families with much-needed items and gift cards, and filled 12 large garbage bags full of toys for kids in need to make some families’ holiday season much brighter. Your contributions will make a difference and bring a little joy to those who are less fortunate in the true spirit of our motto, “Not For Ourselves Alone.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this York House School annual holiday tradition of giving to others in need.

SENIOR CANDLELIGHT ASSEMBLY

On Tuesday, December 11, the Senior School held their traditional candlelight ceremony in honour of peace, joy, love, and hope.

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. We were also reminded that there are many holidays celebrated at this time of year: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, and Pancha Ganapati to name a few. Students were asked to think about the ‘true meaning’ of the holidays to them. Whether they think of this time from a religious or secular perspective or simply a break from the day to day, students were encouraged to remind themselves that the holidays can hold whatever meaning they each would like to give to this time.

We had the most incredible music performances during this assembly. Thank you to Chorista and Ragazza who performed “Do They Know it’s Christmas”; to Stephanie who played “ What Child is this?” on French horn, and to Skye and Keira singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Ragazza closed the assembly with a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

A special thank you goes to our strings ensemble of Ms. Black, Dr. Lesk, Ms. Robin, Megan, and Phoebe who played music to set the mood as students and staff came in silence to our assembly.

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