Yorkies “Walk in Her Shoes” for International Women’s Day

On Friday, March 8, YHS staff and students joined the “walk in her shoes” challenge in support of Care Canada, for International Women’s Day. CARE Canada calls on people “to walk in her shoes” in solidarity with women and families struggling to meet their daily needs.

The walk began with a whole-school assembly in the gym that included speakers, a poem, and a special performance of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera by Maren, Skye, Alisa, and Kiki.

It was wonderful to come together for this school-wide community event in support of women and girls around the world. We walked in support of human rights, inclusion, hope, justice, equality, and people’s access to basic needs such as water, food, healthcare, and education.


15th Annual Cat’s Meow

Recitation Grand Finale 2019

After rescheduling due to a wondrous snow day, we gathered on Tuesday, February 19 for the 15th Annual Cat’s Meow: a recitation evening for the grand finals of our school-wide public speaking competition. It was an entertaining evening and huge congratulations are due to all competitors from Grades 8-12: their performances were poised, confident, and compelling. See below for all the finalist names.

Special mention to the following students who took home prizes for their performances:

People’s Choice (chosen by the audience—a three-way tie!): Mishal, Gr. 8; Stephanie, Gr. 12; Katrina, Gr. 10
4th Place: Emma, Gr. 8
3rd Place/Top Monologue: Stephanie, Gr. 12
2nd Place: Pepi, Gr. 12
Top Overall Recitation: Lydia, Gr. 9

We were also privileged to have an esteemed panel of judges for the evening: Raul Sanchez Inglis, a director, producer and writer of film, theatre and TV, with over three decades experience; Anna Galvin, a well-established actor in film and stage; and Sabrina Vellani, YHS alumna and recent graduate of UBC’s theatre program.

As always, events such as this one would not be possible without the help of many behind-the-scenes people: thanks to the English Department for their work and guidance during class rounds, to the YHS staff who volunteered to judge the grade finals, Ms. Kaddage for her mathematical skills in the tabs room, and to all the students and staff who helped with photography, videotaping, ushering, and more!

Finally, a huge thank you to our Public Speaking Co-Heads, Catherine and Pepi, who did a fabulous job of once again coordinating and running the show on the night. We wish them well in their final year at YHS and in this role!

Congratulations to all, and well done on supporting, building, and growing a vital life skill!

Tanya Boteju
Senior English Teacher

Recitation Grand Finale 2019 Finalists:

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12