A Recording-Breaking Day of Giving

Thank you to our generous community that came together on this year’s Day of Giving, May 26 to help raise a record-breaking $521,583 in just one day to support the Annual Giving campaign. We would not have been able to accomplish this without our dedicated Annual Giving campaign co-chairs Shannon Chung and Phoenix Shih, many parent volunteers, and our Advancement Committee members.

Our goal every year is about total family participation. This year we introduced a “grade challenge” where a past parent generously donated $25,000 for the first five grades that reached 100% participation. Each grade that achieved 100% participation would result in an additional contribution of $5,000 being directed to the Little School, Junior School, or Senior School (depending on the grade that reached 100%). 

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We are proud to announce that five grades have reached 100% participation thanks to the generosity of York House families. You have truly displayed your commitment to enhancing our students’ learning experiences and what our community is capable of when we all come together to help create future possibilities for all students.

This year we also launched our inaugural “Fitness on the Field”. Despite the unpredictable weather, we saw over 40 families join us as our Annual Giving campaign co-chair, Shannon Chung, and fellow parent volunteers Emily Schach and Marlene Burrows led us through a dance cardio fitness to some classic tunes. Many students also joined in on the arts and crafts and mini-carnival as parents embraced the opportunity to mingle with one another in person for the first time since 2019. 

Thank you once again for your generosity and contribution to our “Future Possibilities” Annual Giving campaign!

Every Family. Every Year.

Q & A with Class of 2022 Head Girl, Sophie

Q: You started at YHS in Junior Kindergarten. What do you recall about your first day in the Little School?
A: In all honesty… not a lot! I remember little snippets of singing songs in French Class and going out for recess, but overall I remember having so much fun despite being a little overwhelmed. 

A: Describe your experience this year as Head Girl?
A: This year has been incredible. I have been able to connect with the school community in new ways and bring out initiatives best suited to their needs. I have had the opportunity to interact with more of the community than I have in the past and have so enjoyed learning more about our school. 

Q: How do you think that living through a global pandemic has influenced who you are? Has it changed how you think about the world or what you want to do in the world?
A: As it has been for everyone, the pandemic has been challenging but has also taught me how to connect with people in alternate ways. I have always been interested in neuroscience and mental health awareness, and the pandemic has shown us just how big of a role our communities play in our mental wellness. Following the pandemic, I am even more interested in these fields and hope to pursue them in the future.  

Q: What has been your most memorable experience at York House?
A: I have been a member of the Track & Field and Cross-Country teams ever since Grade 3, and each year, the progress I make, and the connections I build remind me why I love these sports and their communities so much. This year, I have also been coaching the junior team, which has given me the opportunity to get to know some of the younger grades at YHS and connect with the athletics community in a new way. 

Q: What are you most passionate about?
A: This is a hard question!!! I would say being curious… curiosity allows us to learn about ourselves and the world around us and how we can best help others, all of which are so important to me. 

Q: What are your plans after graduation in June?
A: I’m heading to UBC to study in their Science One program, which is an enriched and competitive science stream focused on seminar-based learning. 

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Hopefully, in a career I love and find fulfilling, and maybe attending graduate school!