2022 Capstone at YHS: Inspiring Students to Learn, Engage, Grow, and Create

As a part of our new Wellness Wednesday model at York House School, the Grade 12s presented their final Capstone Projects to the Senior School on Wednesday, October 5, with great passion, excitement, and with pride. The YHS Capstone is an independent, student-selected, and student-driven project that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Working with an advisor and a mentor, Capstone inspires students to learn, engage, grow, and create with curiosity and with purpose. 

We saw and heard an incredible range of projects that stimulated lively conversations that continued to echo in the hallways long after the presentations were done. One of the projects is from Angela who realized the impact COVID has on small businesses and so for her Capstone, she designed an online, digital magazine to help provide marketing for Asian-Canadian-owned businesses in Vancouver and to share their stories. 

For her Capstone, Yael developed her own almond butter business called, The Lovely Spoonfulful, which was inspired by her mission to find a safe healthy food option for people with IBD. Yael sold her almond butters online, at a local farmer’s market and donated some of the proceeds to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. 

Olivia shared that she and her family lost her grandfather just over a year ago and so for her Capstone, she composed a historical piece of music that documented the 92 years of her Grandfather’s life. Olivia created two distinct elements that were woven together to tell his story: a 5-part musical opus, and a matching 5-part photographic accompaniment, with each part having its own significance to the story of her Grandfather. Olivia said that “Capstone gave me the opportunity to celebrate him, keep his memory alive and bring joy, closure and meaning to our loss.” 

Capstone is an incredible opportunity for students to drive their own learning, share it with others, and make an impact in their community and the world around them. The Class of 2023 truly demonstrated that last week. They showed us that Yorkies pursue their goals, that they follow their passions, and that they find deep meaning and purpose in something personally relevant to them. 

Jaclyn Murray
Career-Life Connections & Capstone Coordinator

Celebrating the Class of 2022

On Friday, June 10, we welcomed over 300 family, friends, staff, and students for our first live, full, in-person graduation ceremony in three years.

Our grads shared personal words before they crossed the stage, one final time, to accept their graduation diploma from Head of School, Mme Julie Rousseau. Each graduate was also presented with a yellow rose from the President of the Alumnae Association, Devon Taylor and congratulated by our Board Chair, Michelle Ostrow.

Following the ceremony, the Class of 2022 gathered on the YHS athletics field for the traditional hat toss photo. Thank you to YHS Fine Arts, Media Arts & Film  Teacher and professional photographer, Jonathan Lee for his willingness to go that extra mile and climb into our skylift to get the perfect shot from above! Afterwards, our grads, their families and friends, and faculty and staff gathered in the Gail Ruddy Foyer for refreshments. 

Class of 2022, we are so proud of your resilience and amazing accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Onward and upward, Yorkies!

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