Tigers Update: February 2, 2023

Our Tigers Ski and Snowboarding Team continues to grow in popularity and continues the tradition of success since the start of the program in 2006-07 school year. 

This year, over 35 students are involved on the team attended competitive ski and snowboard races hosted by Blackcomb Mountain. YHS has a tendency to dominate the leaderboard and the podium finishes routinely place multiple racers in the top 10.

During the Jan 25th meet, race times were mixed together with a Fraser Valley league and YHS skiers and boarders still had incredible results. Congratulations to Lyra for placing second overall in snowboard and Macy for placing fourth. Congratulations to Maddie for winning gold in the ski race with Sarah taking silver and Alexa placing fourth. The Tigers placed six in the top 10.

Our Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championships take place February 10 at Blackcomb Mountain. The BC Championships run February 27, 28, and March 1 at Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops. 

A huge thank you goes out to our committed YHS coaching staff, Mr. Lum and Ms. Matthews. Thank you as well to YHS staff who help out with supervision on those days when we have so many students on the mountain: Ms. Brennan, Mr. Cosgrove, and Ms. Baldissera.

Our Senior Tigers are a young team who have had a great season. The team has been very dependent on several Grade 10s who could be playing Junior basketball rather than Senior. They have been a fun, committed team all season and have improved tremendously. Credit must go to the positive leadership of our one and only Grade 12, Jordan.

The entire team, along with their coaches, recognize that this is a year for growth and improvement and have all been very supportive of one another. The improvement has been very obvious from the first few games in November and December to the past few weeks.

The Tigers defeated Windsor (North Vancouver) and Burnaby Mountain Secondary to reach the final of the Britannia Bruins Tournament. Britannia beat YHS in the final 81-45. This past weekend, our Senior Tigers placed fourth at the annual VGBA Tournament hosted at Langara College. YHS defeated Kitsilano Secondary 62-25, then lost to top 10 ranked AAAA Churchill before facing off against Britannia for third place. Britannia edged the Tigers 56-50 in a game YHS led for most of the second half. That result alone show the steady growth of this team. Congratulations to Jordan for being named a VGBA Tournament All-Star. Thank you to coaching staff Mr. Cosgrove, YHS alum Erin All ‘02, and Mr. Ben Dove.

Our Junior Tigers have faced several challenges this season with a small roster and seeing so many Grade 10 players promoted to the Senior Team. As a result, the small Junior Team roster has battled throughout the year and has shown tremendous resilience and improvement. This past week, the Junior Tigers lost a close battle with Churchill and then defeated John Oliver to place third at the VGBA tournament at Langara. The Tigers lost a heartbreaking 47-46 game vs Little Flower Academy this week, highlighting how much this young team has improved. Congratulations to these players and thank you to coaches Ms. Virginia Watson and Ms. Denise Busayong.

Our Grade 8 Tigers have had a great season and are currently sitting in third place in our Lower Mainland Independent School league. They are an enthusiastic and athletic group who have improved so much during the year. League playoffs for our Junior and Senior Teams start next week with our Grade 8 playoffs the following week.





Message from Deryn Lavell, Head of School: December 2022

Dear York House Community,

We’ve come to the conclusion of a very busy fall season and are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday break. Teachers, students, staff and families have all been running at full steam and I can only imagine how much you are looking forward to some renewal time.

As your new Head, it’s been busy for me too— but the really good kind of busy. The kind that is full of energy, enthusiasm and eagerness to get down to business. The welcome I’ve received from this community has been overwhelming and inspiring. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate the support and encouragement you’ve given me.

While we anticipate with excitement all of the fun, celebration and family time we’ll be able to enjoy, I also hope that you take some time to relax and restore.  

One of my favourite things to do over the holidays is to catch up on reading. It might seem odd that as a lifelong educator, reading is a luxury. But indeed, the pace of professional life for everyone leaves little time to relax with a good book, just for the pleasure of it. So, for this holiday, I’m anticipating spending some hours with two books I’ve been wanting to get to:

Under Pressure:  Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, by Lisa Damour, PhD; and Potlatch as Pedagogy:  Learning Through Ceremony, by Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson.

In the first, Dr. Damour brings her expertise to bear in this insightful book about the increasing demands on the time, minds and hearts of young girls, causing unprecedented rises in unhealthy anxiety. I call this the ‘era of intensity’, where everything from academics to social pressures is ratcheted up to a level ten at all times. It concerns me to think about how all this might be affecting our students and their well-being. I’m anxious to learn from Dr. Damour who shares practical and thoughtful advice for parents and educators about how we can work together to help our students ease up on pressure and find more joy in their lives. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to read her book.

The second book has been on my shelf since September and I’m excited to dive into it. Early in my career, I was honoured to be invited to attend some Potlatch ceremonies in Alert Bay, BC. To be a young teacher and given the chance to join our Indigenous students and their families in such a deeply personal and meaningful tradition, was a gift of learning and friendship that has impacted my beliefs and values as an educator in so many ways. 

Our York House community is deeply committed to learning and taking action through our work in Truth and Reconciliation, and this book is a thought-provoking window into how we move forward with respect and deepening our understanding of the First People’s Principles.

So, when we’re done with the celebratory family time with my daughters and their partners, my husband Steve and I will be keeping a low profile and curling up with some great reading. He’s working on The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnansky, a 10,000 page tome about great legends of baseball.  Even if I had the time, I wouldn’t have the attention span for that!

Let me know what you’re reading and I hope everyone has a healthy, happy, and relaxing holiday break. I look forward to seeing you in 2023 for the start of another action-packed term at York House.

Best wishes,