Alumnae Gallery Exhibitions

This fall, we’re thrilled to have five alumnae artists exhibiting their work on our third-floor gallery in the Senior School. Topographies: Relationships with Landscape and Geography, brings together work by Ruth MacLaurin ’60, Patricia Hindmarch-Watson ’67, Sally Clark ’71, Nicole Steinbrecher ’06, and Brittne Potter ’12.

In these abstract and representational works, the artists explore inner and outer landscapes using a variety of media including oils, acrylics, graphite, ink, and collage. Sarvenaz Armanat, Class of 1997, assisted Susannah Smith, YHS Museum Curator, in organizing the exhibition. Sarvenaz is a visual artist, a museum educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Director of Gallery1515 in the South Granville gallery district of Vancouver.

In the glass cabinet at the south end of the gallery is a “curated closet” featuring highlights from 85 years of YHS uniforms. Here, you’ll find a green blazer from the 1950s, an adorable green gingham junior summer uniform with matching bloomers, the (in)famous 1960s yellow gym romper (the “pumpkin suit”), and the newest addition to the uniform: black tailored pants.

Fall 2017 is the first time that Senior students have the opportunity to wear pants instead of the Black Watch kilt. After a successful student-led proposal earlier in the year to incorporate pants into the uniform, we can now celebrate wearing pants as a practical and symbolic change that reflects our image as a progressive and inclusive school community.

If you haven’t visited the Senior School yet this fall, make sure to pop by soon and check out these visual treats on the third floor!

How Yorkies Used to Celebrate Graduation

It’s that time of year – graduation, exams, bittersweet endings, fresh beginnings…

As we celebrate this year’s Grade 12s graduating and becoming alumnae, it’s fun to remember the old YHS tradition of the “last will and testament”. While we wouldn’t recommend that Yorkies do this today, it is quite amusing to recall that past Seniors celebrated their graduation with the ritual of gathering around the incinerator(!) in the lane beside the school, reciting a last will and testament, and burning everything from class notes to stockings and bloomers as they said goodbye to YHS and hello to the rest of their lives.

Congratulations to our newest alumnae, the class of 2017. We’re sure you’re going to set the world on fire!

Reading the “last will and testament”, ca. 1950s
Goodbye, old uniform! ca. 1950s
So long, class notes! ca. 1950s

Alumnae Gallery Art Exhibition

Are you a professional artist? If so, we invite you to participate in our Alumnae Gallery exhibition celebrating the school’s 85th anniversary, launching this fall. Please contact Museum Curator Susannah Smith at the email provided with any questions. The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2017.

Celebrating Class Anniversaries

Each year, the YHS Museum & Archives has an exhibit of photos to honour graduation anniversaries of alumnae classes.

Whether your class celebrates at the school as part of Alumnae Day or the Golden Luncheon, or gathers at another time, holding regular reunions is one of the ways that YHS alumnae stay connected and create a strong community of lifelong friends.

This year’s exhibit is now installed in the museum for the classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002.

Class of 1987 is up first with their May 27th reunion. Let the celebrations begin!

Museum & Archives Wish List

Don’t forget, we’re always seeking YHS historical memorabilia for the Museum & Archives. If you’re going through your attic or basement and find any of our wish list items below that you’d like to donate, please contact Susannah Smith, YHS Archivist and Museum Curator, at archives@yorkhouse.ca.

Junior students in the 1940-41 Chronicle
  • early uniforms: Junior fawn-coloured dress, Senior white summer dress
  • uniform accessories: gloves, ties, scarves, stockings, indoor slippers, socks, shoes, YHS jewelry and pins
  • graduation dresses and corsages
  • boys’ uniforms
  • school crests and badges
  • photos, albums, scrapbooks
  • prospectuses, yearbooks, notebooks, textbooks
  • documents, ephemera, invitations, cards, postcards, correspondence with founders or other staff
  •  school supplies, satchels and artifacts from YHS school days

York House, the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Pop Art Icon Roy Lichtenstein

What could these three things possibly have in common? The answer is this year’s Museum Ambassador badge and our museum tote bag!

The image on the one-inch badge that Junior School students receive when they complete their Museum Ambassador activities comes from an advertisement on page 34 of the 1941-42 Chronicle. At that time, the school’s uniform supplier was the Bay, and the ad features a black and white drawing of two girls wearing a facsimile of the YHS uniform.

We were then inspired by the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein to colourize the image and make it more vibrant for our Museum Ambassador badge.

The button was so well-received that we had it reproduced on a cotton tote bag to sell at the 2016 Holiday Market.

If you’re a fan, the badges and tote bags are available through the Alumnae and Advancement office on the third floor of the Senior School.

Those April Showers…

Is it raining or shining? 1948 Chronicle

 

Spring may be running a little behind schedule this year but don’t let the rain and chilly weather get you down!

Here are a few images of Yorkies from the YHS Archives to lift your spirits and remind you of sunny days to come and springtime celebrations.

Enjoy!

A rainy morning, linocut illustration, 1940-41 Chronicle
Juniors in Easter bonnets, 1972-73 Chronicle
Linocut illustration, 1948 Chronicle

“Be kind to one another. Look for the best in each another.”

Yorkies in the 1942-43 Chronicle

This month, as we’ve been celebrating love in all its forms through Valentine’s Day and Pink Shirt Day, it’s heartening to remember that our school was founded on the values of kindness, friendship and appreciation of others.

When York House opened on September 7, 1932, Vice-Principal Janet Mitchell’s address from the founders to the students included the following words:

“We are particularly hopeful that you will be a friendly group, and that you will cultivate friendships with one another. This is essential to the growth of a school spirit. Let there be no lonely girls in our midst. Be kind to one another. Look for the best in each other — and you will be surprised how much happier you will be yourself.”

Janet Mitchell’s handwritten 1932 address

These words have just as much, if not more, relevance now as they did 85 years ago. Here’s to the enduring wisdom of our founders in emphasizing the importance of values that act as glue for our strong community and a recipe for happiness!