Hope, Joy, Faith, Love & Peace: Candlelight Assemblies

JrCandlelightAssembly_15Dec2015-6700Jr. School Candlelight Assembly

The Junior School held their traditional Candlelight Assembly on Tuesday, December 16. This annual celebration of songs and readings is led by our Grade 7 students, and includes the lighting of candles for joy, 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. Students in Grades 1-3 brought a gift 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 Foster Care Program.

Students in Grades 4 to 7 (and staff), also contributed to the Holiday Hamper Project where each class was assigned a family in need. Nine families will be the happy recipients of these hampers.

We appreciate your support for these two worthy causes. Thank you for your generosity.


Sr. School Candlelight Assembly

The Sr. School Candlelight assembly was organized by Music Heads Gabriella, Fraser and Christina. The assembly opened with a flute quartet who played “Silent Night”, and was followed by a reading from Miranda, Gr. 10. She recited an abridged version of Shayne Koyczan’s “To This Day”, a poem about the impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Ms. Irani and Sophie, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “hope”, Mrs. Harvey and Erin, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “joy” and Head Girl Helen and Vice-Head Sarah lit the candle for “love”. Before Ms. Gionet and Angela, Gr. 12, lit the candle for “peace”, they led a sing-a-long to John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

The choir sang “What Sweeter Music” by Canadian Composer, Eleanor Daley, and the Music Heads spoke on gratitude, kindness and mindfulness in the midst of a busy holiday season. The assembly concluded with the singing of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Organized by Tammy, Gr. 10, Senior Students also collected donations for Syrian refugees. Donations included toiletries, small appliances, toys, books and non-perishable foods. Following the assembly, the Student Executive organized hot chocolate for all.

LSCandlelightAssembly_15Dec2015-6651Little School Candlelight Assembly

The Little School also held their own Candlelight Assembly. The girls brought in gifts for children in the Emergency Foster Care Program, and candles were lit for hope, joy, love and peace. Each candle lighting was followed by a song from one of the classes.

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