Providing our students with an educational experience that contributes to their development as global citizens is a core part of who we are as a school. Today, global perspectives and understanding are strongly embedded elements of the Appleby experience, with close to 70% of our graduating students having participated in a meaningful Appleby global experience. This is a tremendous accomplishment, but we feel we can do more.

We are very excited and proud therefore to announce that the Appleby College Board of Governors has approved the inclusion of a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma starting with September 2018’s incoming Upper One class, the graduating Class of 2022. These students and successive classes, will now be required to participate in a global learning experience at some point between Upper One (grade 9) and Senior Two (grade 12). Those students who are entering Upper Two, Senior One, and Senior Two next year are encouraged to participate in a global experience. However, it will not be a requirement of achieving their Appleby College Diploma. There will be many options at different times of the year, including international service, intercultural, expedition/trek, field studies, or language immersion programmes, as well as exchanges and Round Square International conferences that students will have the opportunity to participate in.

While we are still working through some of the details of the programme, we wanted to share this news with our community today. This change will further enhance the Appleby student experience and is the first major change to Appleby’s diploma requirements in over 25 years. We hope you share our excitement!

We will be holding an information session on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. for current Middle One and Middle Two families. I encourage you to join us and learn more.  


Innes van Nostrand, Principal
Katrina Samson, Head of School
Rob McGuiness, Assistant Head of School, Global Education, Director, Intercultural and Experiential Programmes, Director, Risk Management


Just Released 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 by clicking here.


December Academic Week

Taking place from Wednesday, December 13 through Wednesday, December 20, students will be taking part in in-class assessment and evaluation tasks. The Upper School and Senior School schedules follow the same format, while Middle One and Middle Two students will follow a schedule tailored to their courses and LEAF (for Middle One students only). To view the schedules, please click on the appropriate grade: Middle OneMiddle TwoUpper OneUpper TwoSenior One and Senior Two.


School Closure Procedures

In the event of a school closure parents, students and employees will be notified as early as 6:00 a.m. by e-mail and/or phone. Information can also be obtained from the school's automated information update line at 905-845-4681, ext. 540, and through local media. For closures during the school day, the same notifications apply. If you require further information on the school's emergency or security procedures, contact Katrina Samson, Head of School, 905-845-4681, ext. 298.


Athletics at Appleby

Appleby's athletics teams have multiple games this week - it would be great to see parents, students and siblings cheer on the Blue Dogs! Click here for the game schedule.


Check Out These Connect-Ed Sessions!

Interested in learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Please join us for Appleby's 2017-2018 Connect-Ed. The Connect-Ed series is comprised of courses open to all adult members of the Appleby community. Upcoming courses include: 
• e.School@Appleby - Tuesday, December 5 
• Learn to Skate - Thursday, January 11 
• Positive Psychology and Promoting Well-Being - Tuesday, January 23

To register for these and other Connect-Ed sessions, please click here.   


Chapel Service

On Wednesday, December 6 Senior Two student Gillian Kirk will present her chapel speech. On Friday, December 8 we will have an 'Appleby Style' Christmas Pageant service with readings, poems, carols and a special anthem performed by faculty to help everyone get into the holiday spirit.


Bus Service for Academic Week

From Monday, December 11 to Wednesday, December 20 buses will follow an adjusted schedule for Academic Week arrivals and departures. For more information, please visit the Transportation InfoSite. The regular bus schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 9 and follow a Day 1 schedule.


Judges Needed – Middle One Poetry Recital

On Friday, December 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., all Middle One students will participate in a poetry recitation competition as part of their English course. Parent judges are required for this event. If you are available to donate your time, please contact Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director, Middle School.


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.


Walkathon Donations – Final Chance!

Thank you to everyone who supported Appleby’s annual Walkathon this year! So far we have raised $58,277.27 which is 90% of our goal. The funds raised will go towards organizations including: United Way of Halton & Hamilton, Oakville Community Foundation and Aim for Seva. If you didn’t get a chance to support a participant, please visit the event webpage to support them online. Students, if you still have donations to hand in, please bring them to the global education office (MB205) before Academic Week.


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.


Host Families Needed February 7 to 22, 2018

The global education department is looking for host family volunteers for two female Chinese students from Wednesday, February 7 to Thursday, February 22, 2018. The students will be attending Appleby as part of a language-based exchange and speak Mandarin and some English. This is a great opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange and practice your Mandarin language skills. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Matt Rudisi, director, Round Square.


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.


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.


Varsity Boys' Hockey Team Wins Tournament

From November 23 to 26, Appleby's Varsity Boys' Hockey team competed in the 38th Annual Bowling Green High School Thanksgiving Tournament in Bowling Green, Ohio. The team finished with a record of one tie and three wins, defeating the host team in the final game to take home the championship. Congratulations!


Middle Two Interpretive Reading Competition

On November 24, Middle Two students participated in an Interpretive Reading Competition. Judges were impressed with the level of skill, effort and confidence students demonstrated in the presentations. A special congratulations to the top three finishers: Ayla Grant (first place), Yassin Reda (second place) and Jacqueline Bopp (third place). Thank you to our parent judges for volunteering their time and support.


Senior Ontario Qualifier for Debate and Public Speaking

On November 21, Upper Two student Alyssa Gaylard and Senior One students Shaheer Abbasi, Sawsan Haider, Riaz Mahmud and Rhys Nickerson travelled to Country Day School in King City for the Senior Ontario Qualifier for Debate and Public Speaking. Students participated in Impromptu Debating, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading. Rhys was awarded first place in the Impromptu Speaking round and both he and Alyssa made it to the top eight for the competition, placing sixth and eighth place respectively. They are now part of the 10-student team who will represent Ontario in the National Qualifier this February in Winnipeg. This is the third consecutive year Appleby has held two of the top 10 spots for the Debating and Public Speaking Qualifiers. Congratulations!


Cailey Bagnall Earns First Place!

From November 17 to 19, Middle Two student Cailey Bagnall competed in the Pan American International Karate Tournament in Miami, Florida. Cailey competed at the advanced level and placed first in her age group for her kata. Congratulations!


Mia Cappuccitti-Gutierrez Qualifies for Skating Showcase

On November 19, Middle Two student Mia Cappuccitti-Gutierrez won a silver medal in a showcase qualifying skate in Amherst, New York. Mia's performance qualified her for the United States National Figure Skating Showcase Championships to be held in Detroit in August 2018. Best of luck, Mia!


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 Upper One student Jeffrie Wang, Senior One student Ben Hu and Senior Two student Sarah Gajasinghe. Click here to see a photo gallery. We will feature additional students next week!

December 5
-Middle School Holiday Cabaret

December 7
-International Business Holiday Tradeshow

December 11
-Residential Life Holiday Concert

December 12
-ACPA Boarder Break
-ACPA Executive Meeting

December 13

-December Academic Week Begins

December 18
-Middle Two Geography World Expo

December 20
-December Academic Week Ends

December 21
-Winter Holiday Begins

December 24
-Christmas Eve Service

January 9
-School Resumes



Middle School Holiday Cabaret

Join us for the Middle School Holiday Cabaret taking place on Tuesday, December 5 in Willis Hall. Middle Two students will perform at 4:00 p.m. and Middle One students will perform at 5:00 p.m. Students will present an entertaining evening of music, dance and drama pieces learned from both their performing and comprehensive arts courses. A reception will be held after each performance in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer.


International Business Holiday Tradeshow

Appleby community members are invited to attend the 11th Annual International Business Holiday Tradeshow on Thursday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. This year's show will feature 24 student-run business ventures delivering a variety of products from handmade one-of-a-kind items, to tech gadgets and food products for everyone on your holiday list. Please stop by to support our Senior Two entrepreneurs and their budding businesses!





Residential Life Holiday Concert

What is the best way to get in the holiday mood? By coming to the Residential Life Holiday Concert, of course! Come join the boarders as the Concert Band and Orchestra play seasonal favourites, with the occasional sing-along. The fun takes place Monday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. in Willis Hall.


Middle Two Geography World Expo

Appleby parents and family are invited to Travel the World with our Middle Two students at the annual Geography World Expo on Monday, December 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the gym. This world fair is the culminating activity for their geography work, with over 60 countries of the world represented. Each student chose a different country and researched topics including: population, demographics, economics, trade, migration, culture and history. At the expo students will share displays, cultural artifacts, costumes, food, music and more!


Appleby's Christmas Eve Service

All members of the Appleby community are invited to attend our annual Christmas Eve service of carols and Holy Communion on Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m. in the John Bell Chapel. If any students would like to take part in this special service, please contact Reverend Craig Luccock at 905-845-4681 ext. 237 or



Visit The College Shop for Your Holiday Shopping!

There is no better place than Appleby's College Shop for holiday shopping! Great new products just arrived including: House sweatshirts, Appleby quarter zips and warm blankets. Also, don’t forget your Appleby ornament for the tree. Please visit us during regular shop hours or visit online anytime.


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. Guest speakers include: Doug Stamper, teacher, physical education and director, outdoor education, and Theresa Blake, teacher, world languages and director, social emotional learning. Doug will speak about how students rise to the challenge of Appleby's outdoor education program, while Theresa will share how Appleby is encouraging students to develop a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. In preparation for the meeting please review the agenda. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Sarah McMillan, recording secretary.


Boarder Break

Do you like to bake? On Tuesday, December 12, parents and guardians will be treating boarders to a Study Break in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Parents may donate homemade or store bought treats (and healthier options) to be served with hot chocolate. Holiday-themed treats are especially welcome! Volunteers are invited to help hand out the treats from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 12. Food donations can be dropped off in the kitchen cafeteria throughout the day, or brought to the ACPA meeting held that evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. Please ensure treats are in a disposable container. For more information or if you would like to volunteer please contact Lisa Guglietti, ACPA campus life representative.


Tree Trimming - Thank You!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out for a fun morning of tree trimming and chapel decorating. Your support and contribution made the day a success, and put Appleby in the holiday spirit. Wishing you and your families all the best for the holiday season!


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

Visit the Turnover Shop for a wide range of quality second-hand, Appleby approved uniform items. We have a replenished stock of boys' blazers, as well as shirts, kilts, pants, sweaters and vests. Stop by during regular College Shop hours and see what we have in stock. As always, thank you for your generous donations. All proceeds from the Turnover Shop benefit the Appleby community.


Lost and Found

At the end of this term we will be clearing out the Lost and Found cupboards. They are at maximum capacity! If you have lost items, please e-mail us at or visit the McCraney Barn before the holidays during regular College Shop hours. All unclaimed items are donated to local charities.


ACPA Garage Sale - April 28, 2018

As the festive season approaches, families are getting ready to give and receive treasures that will hopefully create new and lasting memories. While this is part of what makes this time of year so special, why not spread some of that cheer and donate items to the ACPA Garage Sale? Your donations, and the gift of giving, can help others create new and lasting memories. Please put aside your donations, and check out future issues of Appleby This Week for when and where you can drop them off. Remember, giving is the best part of the season! If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Laforet, ACPA new parent representative.

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