YHS Launches New House Names

At the start of the school year, York House launched its new House names. The Houses are named for four of the tree-named streets in our neighbourhood: Arbutus (blue), Cypress (yellow), Maple (red), and Pine (green). 

These new House names are the culmination of a naming process that engaged the entire York House community during the 2020-21 school year. Last spring, the York House community of students, alumna, families, staff and faculty engaged in a process to generate new House names and shared their name submissions and feedback. Over 150 name ideas were submitted by Yorkies of all generations, ranging from current Junior Kindergarten students to alumnae from the grad class of 1965. 

With these 150 names in mind, members of the YHS community engaged in focus groups, responded to surveys, and wrote emails offering their feedback on the names. After several rounds of feedback, a short-list of names was shared with the YHS community for even more feedback, which ultimately led to the adoption of the new House names: Arbutus, Cypress, Maple and Pine. 

The YHS community wanted the House names to achieve four main things. Firstly, it was important that the House names have a meaningful and tangible connection to York House School. Secondly, there was an overwhelming desire for the House names to reflect nature and our local environment. Thirdly, there was a desire to select names that are unique to York House, amongst other schools in our community. And finally, YHS community members wanted names that would stand the test of time.

Our new House names reference York House’s location, where we have existed since 1932, in this distinctive neighbourhood full of massive trees – which are echoed in its streets’ names. These tree-named streets connect our two campuses; as students journey from the Little School to the Junior and Senior Schools, these streets and the tree canopy overhead guide their paths. These names reflect the YHS community’s clear desire that the House names have a tangible connection to York House School.  

Like trees and like the students who will bear them proudly in House events and competitions, these House names will grow over time and their meanings will deepen as generations of Yorkies adopt them and make them their own. 

Visit www.yorkhouse.ca/housenames to learn more about the process.

Food Bank Frenzy!

On Friday, October 1, the Junior School held their first Spirit Day and our first official House Event of the year – Food Bank Frenzy! Food Bank Frenzy is one big relay that has provided a fun and active way for our school to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for over 10 years. 

The goal of the Food Bank Frenzy is to raise awareness of the Food Bank’s needs, to show off our school spirit, and of course, to have a friendly House competition. Each student brought in two cans of food and a toonie. Each House Team must race 150 items of food or money around the course. It is amazing to watch so much food and thoughtfulness zip around the field. 

We added the contribution of the toonie this year, as the Food Bank has three times the buying power, and also enables them to purchase fresh food and perishable items. 

When we added the surplus items and generosity of our Grade 1 and 2 students, our community collected over $800 and 25 boxes of food for the GVFB! A huge thank you to the House Leaders who prepared their teams, and a big thank you to each family for your donation. Way to go, York House!