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.

Yorkies Compete in Canadian Improv Tournament

This season was one of the most successful seasons for the York House Improv program. Consisting of four teams of performers and coaches from Grade 8-12, the YHS teams rehearsed two mornings a week for months with the ultimate goal of competing in the Canadian Improv Games (CIG) tournament.

The Junior CIG tournament consisted of 26 teams from across the Lower Mainland. In order to have more students involved in improv, York House separates teams by grade level, although their competition typically consists of teams with a mix of students from Grades 7-10. All three teams performed exceptionally well, with the Grade 10 team just narrowly missing the finals.

The Grade 8 team’s performance was particularly impressive as the team has only been improvising for a few months.  

Junior results:
Grade 10: 8th place
Grade 8: 10th
Grade 9: Top 15

Watch the Junior team in action here.

Our Senior Improv team started out in a pool of 27 teams and progressed through three rounds of competition to qualify for the finals. The last time that YHS qualified for the finals was in 2007 when the improv team won the CIG tournament and attended the National tournament in Ottawa. This year, their appearance in the final, and 6th place finish overall, was particularly impressive as 10 different students filled the eight team spots over the course of the tournament. The future of YHS improv looks strong! Watch the Senior team here.

Shannon Harrigan