The Junior Candlelight Assembly is a celebration of songs and readings led by the Grade 7 students. It includes lighting of candles for Joy, Faith, Hope, Love and Peace.
The service focuses on giving. Gr. 1-3 students bring an unwrapped toy for children who are in the Emergency Foster Care Program. Gr. 1-4, along with YHS staff, are assigned a family in need through the Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Eight families were the happy recipients of gifts, gift cards and everyday necessities – anything a family would need to make a special Christmas at home.
At the start of the service, each class brings their holiday hampers and gifts to place under the tree. Jr. Head Girl Anna said, “as I walked through the halls of this school I couldn’t help but be proud of the overflowing hampers full of surprises for Christmas morning.”
Vice-Head Girl Saskia closed the assembly reminding us what this time of year is really about: “giving doesn’t always come in boxes, it can come in anything – a hug, a smile, or just getting someone’s pencil case for them.”