On October 18th, York House welcomed this year’s new parents and staff at the New Parents’ Dinner.
This year’s harvest theme brought a warmth to the school on a rainy Tuesday night. New parents, staff, and administrators began the evening with a cocktail reception in the Senior School Atrium followed by dinner in the Rand Gymnasium.
Once the guests were settled at their tables, New Parents’ Committee Chair and York House alumnae, Lisa Crossfield welcomed guests with a speech about her experience as a new parent at the school last year. Our Head of School, Chantal Gionet thanked our new families for coming together and talked about the strength of our York House community.
We were treated to speeches by the Head and Vice Head Girls of the Junior School, Risa and Sophie, as well as Senior School Head Girl Maggie, all of whom spoke of their experiences as new students when they started at York House.
Gillian Smith, President of the Parents’ Association, welcomed the new parents as members of the association and encouraged them to become involved in school events, such as the Bid Night, Father Daughter Dinner Dances, and the various volunteer opportunities that the PA has throughout the year.
A delicious short rib dinner was served by our student ambassadors as well as some of our new girls who did a fantastic job of serving and clearing plates for each course.
After a welcome by our Chair of the Board of Governors, Suren Sanmugasunderam, the evening ended with the ‘New Parents’ Movie’ which featured each one of the new girls.
A huge thank you goes out to the New Parents’ Committee, which organized the event, and to the many volunteers who helped to transform the gym on the morning of the 18th.