The Round Square and Young Round Square Councils will be running their sixth annual Round Square Week from Tuesday, November 14 to Friday, November 17. Presentations about Round Square will take place during Grade Band meetings, and students are encouraged to participate in “Test your Knowledge” quizzes in the Schlesinger Dining Hall during lunch. In support of needed supplies for upcoming Round Square Service trips to Ecuador and Vietnam, throughout the week a variety of fundraising activities will take place including the sale of raffle tickets for Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors games and a Beaver Tails Food Truck will be on-site Friday.

Also, as we announced last spring, Appleby is proud to co-host the 2018 Round Square International Conference (RSIC) Bring Your Difference with Ashbury College in Ottawa and Lower Canada College in Montreal from Saturday, September 29 to Friday, October 5, 2018. The annual RSIC is the highlight of the Round Square year, and all 170 global member and candidate schools are invited to bring a delegation to embrace the conference experience. The 2018 RSIC will feature key note speakers and activities that embrace diversity, adventure and service. We will require the support of our full community including billets for the over 500 students we expect to attend the conference. Families interested in billeting a visiting student delegate are asked to e-mail for more information and to register. Look out for the Round Square signs this Tuesday and Thursday evening at Appleby's parent-teacher conferences!

We look forward to sharing more details with you over the coming months.

Rob McGuiness
Assistant Head of School, Global Education


Check Out the Latest Time-lapse Video!

Progress continues to be made on the construction of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. Check-out the new time-lapse video that includes a drone fly-over of the site at the end of October. To view the video, please click here.


First Term Athletics Highlights

Athletically the year has gotten off to a great start. Our Varsity Girls' D1 Field Hockey team had an undefeated season and earned the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) gold medal, their fifth consecutive championship and sixth title in seven years! The Senior Girls’ D2 Field Hockey team participated in the CISAA Final Four Championship Tournament and showed great determination, but were unfortunately defeated in the semi-final game. The Under-14 Girls’ Field Hockey team placed first overall and are the 2017 Under-14 CISAA champions!

The Under-14 Girls’ D2 Basketball team had a strong season, they placed second overall in the CISAA finals. Our Under-14 Boys’ Volleyball team participated in the CISAA Final Four Championship Tournament and showed great spirit, unfortunately they were defeated in the semi-final game. At the CISAA Cross Country Championships, Middle Two student Olivia D’Amico placed first overall in the Under-14 Girls’ division with a time of 13:27 - three seconds ahead of her nearest competitor! Senior One student Matt Daxner placed 18th overall in the Senior Boys’ division. He also qualified for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) finals for the third consecutive year and had a strong performance.

Results from other teams include:
• Senior Girls' Basketball team, lost quarter final game to Trinity College School
• Senior Boys' D1 Soccer team, defeated Crescent School in quarter final game, lost semi-final game to Upper Canada College
• Junior Boys' D1 Soccer team, lost semi-final game to Crescent School
• Under-14 Boys' Soccer team, lost quarter final game to Bayview Glen
• Junior Boys' Volleyball team, lost quarter final game to Crescent School

Finally, and most importantly, both our competitive teams and instructional sport athletes have made great strides in their athletic growth and team-building skills. Congratulations everyone!  


Appleby Uniform Reminder

With winter approaching, please take time to review Appleby's uniform policy. It is important to remember that black boots are now permitted in place of black shoes as part of the uniform. Female students are required to wear tights when wearing boots, and thigh-high leather boots, fur mukluks, etc. are not appropriate footwear (Uggs are permitted but not with sequins, pelts and tassels attached). During the cold weather months, students wearing winter jackets, hats, mittens and scarves must take them off in class and buildings.


Chapel Service

This week is Interfaith Week and the International Council will lead the chapel services. On Wednesday, November 15 Senior Two student and Community Prefect Adam Gmell will present his chapel speech.


Upper Two Temagami Presentation

On Monday, November 20, parents and guardians of Upper Two students are invited to a Temagami information session from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Willis Hall. This presentation will provide information about the winter Outdoor Education trips to Temagami in January and February 2018. Doug Stamper, director, outdoor education will outline the philosophies and logistics behind the program, discuss the trip itinerary and appropriate winter clothing. There will also be a Q&A period at the end of the evening. Please click here for more information.


Share the Warmth Campaign - Donation Request

The annual Middle School Share the Warmth Campaign will take place Monday, November 20 to Thursday, November 30. Middle School Home Forms are asked to bring in new infant and children’s pajamas, socks, winter hats, mittens, and scarves to be donated to those in need through Kerr St. Mission in Oakville. In support of this cause, the ACPA is also collecting the same items as part of a school-wide initiative. Donations from parents, guardians, Upper and Senior School students, and employees can be dropped off at The Tree of Comfort and Warmth which will be displayed in the Barr Common Room.


US Guidance and ACT or SAT Preparation

Senior One students interested in learning about the application process to colleges and universities in the United States should be enrolled in US Guidance, a non-credit course that takes place once a week in a lunch-and-learn format from Friday, November 24 until March Break.

At the end of September, students were provided a take-home two-hour diagnostic test, ‘The Start-Up’, to determine which standardized test fits them best (the ACT or the SAT). This free test is provided by the Princeton Review Company. If a student did not get their copy, or is not registered for US Guidance, please contact Michelle Frigo, associate director, guidance, university counselling.

To assist students with their preparation for either the ACT or SAT, the Princeton Review Company is running two courses on Appleby's campus. The ACT course starts at the end of November to prepare for the April 14, 2018 test date, and the SAT course begins in January for the May 5, 2018 test date. There is a fee associated with this course, please review the flyer for details including a discount code.


Judges Needed - Middle Two Interpretive Reading Competition

On Friday, November 24 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., all Middle Two students will participate in an interpretive reading competition for their English course. Parent judges are required for this event. If you are available to donate your time, please contact Lynn Gordon, English teacher.


2018-2019 Financial Assistance Applications

Current families interested in applying for financial assistance for the 2018-2019 school year are requested to apply by Friday, December 15, 2017. Please check the Admissions page on Appleby's website for financial assistance information and the online application form.


Reminder - Purchasing School Photos

For those interested in purchasing school photos from Portraits by Mina, please make sure to send the payment directly to the photographer. Portraits by Mina is located at 315 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON L6J 1J3.


AP Capstone Diploma Information Session for Upper One and Upper Two Families

As a leading AP school in Canada, Appleby is one of few schools offering the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma program. With 26 students currently enrolled in the Senior One component and 23 in the Senior Two component, Appleby stands out as the largest Capstone school in the country. Current Upper Two students with an average of 90 per cent or higher who are interested in completing six Advanced Placement (AP) courses are strongly encouraged to consider applying. An information session will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Willis Hall. Upper Two students and parents are invited to attend. Upper One families are also invited should they wish to consider this as a possible avenue in Senior School. For more information please contact Carlos Heleno, coordinator, external academic programs.


Young Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

On October 11, the Young Duke of Edinburgh Award Program was reviewed with Middle School students. Further details about the program can be found here. The award submission date is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and late submissions will not be accepted. For more information please contact Connie Serra, coordinator, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


A Reminder Regarding Student Belongings

All day students are reminded that belongings must be placed in a locker (with a lock) when not being used. To request a locker switch, students may contact their House day student co-coordinator.

All boarding students are reminded to lock belongings in their room when not being used. Appleby is a community founded on integrity, respect, responsibility and compassion, please treat everyone and their belongings as such.


Upper One Student Emma Samuel Competed at Royal Horse Show

On November 3 and 4, Upper One student Emma Samuel competed in the Children's Hunter Division of The Royal Horse Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The top 20 riders in the division from across Canada qualified. Emma and her horse Lance won a top ribbon in three of her four classes, as well as a fourth place finish. Congratulations!


Appleby Students Compete in Burlington Rotary Music Festival

On November 3, Senior One student Bella Lecomte and Middle One student Kaitlyn Powell won their concert class in the intermediate and senior divisions at the Burlington Rotary Music Festival. We are proud of their outstanding performance results!


John Boyko Speaks to Senior Two Students

On November 2, best-selling author and historian John Boyko spoke to Senior Two students about the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald as part of the annual Norman Paterson Lecture. The lecture was sponsored by Appleby's Social Science Department.


Students Attend Oxford Cup Ontario Qualifier

On October 28 and 29, a group of students participated in the Oxford Cup Ontario Qualifier at Toronto French School. Competing in five rounds of British Parliamentary style debating, our novice students faced experienced debaters. They discussed challenging resolutions that required a broad understanding of current events, explored the use of social media by our politicians, the recent granting of citizenship to a robot in Saudi Arabia, and presented solutions to address revelations from Hollywood, among other topics. Congratulations on a strong first event!


Students Attend International Independent Schools Debate and Public Speaking Competition

From October 25-30, Appleby's Debate Team competed at the International Independent Schools Debate and Public Speaking Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Each of the 56 participating independent schools had their top three public speakers attend. This year, Appleby’s team included Upper Two student Alyssa Gaylard and Senior One students Riaz Mahmud and Rhys Nickerson. Each of our debaters achieved excellent results! Appleby ranked in the top 10 and Alyssa Gaylard placed 9th overall out of all Canadian schools in attendance. Congratulations!


Congratulations Appleby AP Scholars and Capstone Students!

We would like to recognize a number of Appleby's Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars and AP Capstone students. Congratulations to Senior Two students Ivy Li, Eduardo Moraes and Dakota Walker. Click here to see a photo gallery. We will feature additional students next week!

November 14 & 16
-Parent-Teacher Conferences and Guidance Presentations

November 18
-Admissions Open House

November 20-30
-Share the Warmth Campaign

November 23-26
-Appleby Carol Services

December 13
-December Academic Week Begins

December 20
-December Academic Week Ends

December 21
-Winter Holiday Begins

December 24
-Christmas Eve Service

January 9
-School Resumes

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Curriculum & Guidance Presentations

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parents whose last name begins with A through L are encouraged to attend on November 14. Parents whose last name begins with M through Z are encouraged to attend on November 16. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your child's teachers and discuss what he/she is doing well in, and where there may be opportunity for improvement.

To find out where on campus your parent-teacher conferences will take place, please review the faculty location list. In the event you cannot make the parent-teacher conferences, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teachers by e-mail with any questions or concerns. You should have received an e-mail asking you to confirm your attendance, and you are encouraged to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact faculty member Jonathon Peever. Please note: various curriculum and guidance presentations will be taking place on both evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. On November 14 from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., there will be a Middle Two Presentation of Learning (POL) session in Willis Hall for interested parents.


University Visits

Throughout the school year a variety of universities will be visiting Appleby from Canada, the United States and internationally to provide students with insight on university culture, as well as highlight admission requirements, dates and deadlines, programs/courses of study, and scholarship/bursary opportunities. Students can check the Guidance Calendar on e.School which contains all the university visit information. For more details on these visits please contact Jenny Casey, coordinator of student services, guidance. The following schools will be on campus this week:

Friday, November 17
• Lakehead University, 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer


Appleby Open House

An Appleby Open House will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Prospective students and their families are invited to explore all that Appleby has to offer. Student ambassadors will be conducting tours and school administrators, current parents and faculty will be on hand to answer any questions. For further information, please contact Kim English, admissions officer at 905-845-4681 ext. 252 or


Appleby Carol Services

Join us in the John Bell Chapel for our traditional Candlelight Carol Services which will be held Thursday, November 23 through to Sunday, November 26. The chapel will be decorated with pine boughs and flickering candles illuminating the darkness. Listen to beautiful seasonal music performed by Appleby's Chapel Choir and hear the story of the Nativity. Please join in singing some of your favourite Christmas carols and celebrate afterwards with refreshments in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Students and their families are invited to attend on the following dates:
Thursday, November 23 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper One)
Friday, November 24 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper Two and Senior One)
Saturday, November 25 - 3:00 p.m. (Middle One and Middle Two)
Sunday, November 26 - 7:00 p.m. (Senior Two)

Students are expected to attend one service, and parents and guardians are invited to attend any of the Carol Services. If you have two or more children attending Appleby, you may choose one of the services and attend as a family. Please read the following invitation from Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director of Middle School; Chris Patterson, director of Upper School; and Michael Moores, director of Senior School. We will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for girls and boys aged 12 and under at the Carol Services, and in Chapel until Friday, December 1. The donations will be sent to St. Matthew's House, an Anglican affiliated social service agency in Hamilton.



Grade Parent Coffee Morning

All parents are invited to a Grade Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 16 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director, Middle School, Christopher Patterson, director, Upper School and Michael Moores, director, Senior School will be speaking about the highlights of each grade band.


Annual ACPA Holiday Wreath, Poinsettia and Floral Arrangement Sale

Back by popular demand, the ACPA is pleased to offer poinsettias, fresh cut wreaths and new festive holiday floral arrangements. These beautiful creations will complete your holiday décor and make great gifts for family, friends, employees and clients. Pick-up will be available outside of the Nicholas Arts Centre on Thursday, November 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please click here to place your order by Friday, November 17. There are a limited number of each available, so be sure to get your order in soon! If you have any questions, please contact Ann Watkin, ACPA fundraising coordinator.


Save the Date - Tree Trimming Breakfast

Please join the ACPA for some holiday cheer on Thursday, November 23 at 8:00 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Breakfast will be served prior to the tree trimming, followed by decorating of the John Bell Chapel. Over the years some of our artificial trees have become quite worn and are ready for retirement. We would appreciate it if anyone has any unused artificial trees for donation to the school. For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail Kim Szigeti-Khan, ACPA social co-ordinator.


Notice of ACPA Executive Meeting

As a parent at Appleby, you are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting of the Appleby College Parents' Association Executive Committee that will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. In preparation for the meeting please review the agenda. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Sarah McMillan, recording secretary.


Volunteering at Appleby

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to volunteer at the school! A wide variety of opportunities exist throughout the year. Details are included in the Volunteer Handbook which is available on Parent Central. Also included in the handbook are details on how to obtain security clearance, which is a requirement for all volunteers.

You can apply online to volunteer by clicking on the Volunteer button on Parent Central. For additional information contact Anne Marie Bianchi, ACPA volunteer coordinator.


Turnover Shop - Sweatshirt Sale

Now that the colder weather is here, keep warm with Appleby sweatshirts for only $10! We also have shirts, kilts, pants and blazers, as well as sports uniforms at half price or less. The Turnover Shop is located in the McCraney Barn and is open year-round during College Shop hours.


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is at maximum capacity! Our cupboards are busting! We have running shoes, sweatshirts, books, bags, gym clothes, etc. lost in September and October. If you have lost items, please visit the McCraney Barn during regular College Shop hours. Please put names on clothing, textbooks, pencil cases and other items brought to school. It will significantly increase the likelihood of returning lost items!

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