University Admissions Update

As we begin a new year in the university admissions cycle, we are pleased to get news of our graduates in their new post-secondary homes.

Class of 2014
Class of 2014

Kelly Steeves ’14, is enjoying her time at Harvard College, taking interesting courses such as Everyday life in Nazi Germany and Society and the Witch (she will be researching Harry Potter). Alice Xiao ’14 stopped by on a brief trip home from the University of Pennsylvania. Coco Yang ’14 is doing very well in her Hotel Management program at Cornell, while Ashley Chen ’14 is most involved in her Business program at Johns Hopkins.

In California, our students Fiona Yu ’14 and Elaine Cui ’14 are very happy in their architecture programs at the University of Southern California, while Ellen Chuan is busy at Caltech. Ms. Gionet met with Candice Wang who is enjoying her time at Berkeley. Natasha Lu and Hazelle Wang have left for Warwick and Imperial, respectively, in the UK.

On the Canadian front, we hear that Coco Morton has had her first three hour Accounting class in her Commerce program at Queen’s University. Laura Abrioux has been chosen to be one of three executives in the new Medical Science program at Dalhousie University. Thus far our graduates at McGill, Western and Queen’s are all busy with their studies.

While we have had some visits from students at UBC, such as Vanessa Lee at the Sauder School of Business, we hope to meet more of our graduates at an event hosted by our Alumnae and Advancement office.

As in past years, the graduates of the Class of 2014 are studying in a variety of programs; Science (including Kinesiology, Nutrition, Engineering), Business, Humanities, Fine Arts (including Architecture and Industrial Design). Please note that these are just a few mentions; news of our graduates are included in Alumnae eNewsletters (York eRose).

This fall, we continue to have a host of universities visit us. We have recently had visits from several universities in the UK including Cardiff and the University of Bath. Last week, York House was one of the few schools visited by a group of elite UK universities; Newcastle, Durham, York, Warwick, Bristol and Southampton. These universities belong to the Russell group , which consists of 24 research based universities, sometimes referred to as the “Ivy League of the UK”. The representatives of these universities not only presented to our students but provided one on one support and guidance to UK applicants by offering feedback on their personal statements.

UBC has already had their annual presentation. Other US and Canadian university visits will follow (including UCLA, Washington University at St. Louis, McGill, to mention but a few). Next week, York House School is delighted to host Johns Hopkins University for an Explore Hopkins event, which will take place in our very own theatre on October 15, at 7:00pm. Interested parents and students can attend this session (please pre-register here) or our Lunch Hour (1 pm) individual session on October 14 in the Bentley Room.

Anita Irani
Director of University Admissions

YHS Turns 81

Happy Birthday York House
Happy Birthday York House! YHS Celebrates Founders’ Day.

On Thursday, September 26th, York House celebrated its 81st birthday. At YHS, we call it “Founders’ Day.”

Founders’ Day kicked off with welcoming back our Golden Alumnae, including 19 members of the Class of 1963 who were celebrating their 50th reunion. Alumnae toured the new Senior Building and some even spotted their names on the glass panels.

At the Golden Alumnae Luncheon, Ragazza treated alums to a glorious rendition of the old hymn “Unto the Hills”. Watch it here. Alumnae received their 70th, 60th and 50th pins. The lunch concluded with the delivery of chocolates by junior students; some of these girls had alum grandmothers in attendance.

At recess, students and staff celebrated with birthday cookies generously provided by the YHS Parents’ Association. Junior students sang “happy birthday” in the amphitheatre before lining up for their treat.

The Class of 2014 was officially inducted into the YHS Alumnae Association.
The Class of 2014 was officially inducted into the YHS Alumnae Association.

The day concluded with the annual Founders’ Day Assembly. The Class of 2014 was officially inducted into the Alumnae Association, and pins were also presented to four honourary alumnae. There was a speech by Alumnae Special Achiever, Actor and Director Camille Mitchell ’71, and several special presentations. The Grade 4 class performed the “York House March” (seen in this video) and the Grade 10 Drama class screened a film about the founding of YHS that they wrote, directed and edited in a very short time.

See all the photos from the Founders’ Day Assembly.