The spirit of the holidays is certainly alive and well on campus as members of the Appleby community have gathered together over the past few weeks to celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season (and it will seem even more festive for students once the Academic Week is complete)! Congratulations to students on their wonderful performances during this year's Carol Services, Residential Life Holiday Concert and Middle School Holiday Cabaret. This has been a year of great successes and positive energy at Appleby. Thank you to our many volunteers, employees and donors who made contributions to the school. We look forward to what 2018 will bring!

We hope you find the opportunity during the holiday season to spend time with friends and family, and for all of our students to recharge their batteries. You are warmly invited to attend Appleby's annual Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m. in the John Bell Chapel. This annual tradition has become a favourite among Appleby families.

On behalf of all of us here at Appleby, we wish you and your family a peaceful and joyous holiday season, and look forward to seeing all students when school resumes on Tuesday, January 9.

With thanks and warm wishes,

Innes van Nostrand, Principal &
Katrina Samson, Head of School


A.W.B. Alumni Centre Time-lapse Video

The ground where the A.W.B. Alumni Centre is being built continues to be transformed as the construction teams assemble the building's foundation. To view the progress, and to see the concrete walls going up, please click on the video box to your left. To view the daily progress, visit the live feed anytime at


Reminder: December Academic Week

December Academic Week continues until 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.


Middle School Families – Global Experiential Trip Information Session

An information session was held for current Middle One and Middle Two families on December 11 to go through an in-depth explanation of the newly approved 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. It was a cold and snowy evening, which might have affected some families ability to attend. You can still see the information that was shared by viewing the presentation on Parent Central. To hear what our students have to say regarding their own global learning experiences and the impact they've had please watch this video.


Bus Service for Academic Week

Until 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.


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.


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: 
• Learn to Skate - Thursday, January 11 
• Positive Psychology and Promoting Well-Being - Tuesday, January 23
• The Co-Curricular Program - Wednesday, January 31

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


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.


Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair - Parents and Guardians Welcome!

The sixth Annual Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair will take place on Monday, January 22 from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. The following programs have already confirmed their participation for this year: AFS Interculture Canada, Appleby Summer Camps & Academies, Camp Kandalore, Chisholm Academy, Edutravel, eLearning Consortium Canada, Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen's University, Ivey Summer Leadership Program, McMaster Venture and LEAP Engineering and Science Program, MEI Academy, Princeton Review, Projects Abroad, Ryerson Performance Youth & Community Programs, SHAD, University of Toronto Faculties of Medicine & Law Youth Summer Programs, Virtual High School, York University Helix Summer Science Institute. It's never too early to plan for the summer!


Appleby Business Case Competition

On Saturday, February 24 Appleby will host its second annual business case competition from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Canada will be the keynote speaker. Members of the Appleby community are needed to serve as judges for the competition. If you are interested in judging or providing sponsorship, please contact faculty member Dave Suchanek for more information.


The Appleby College Summer Travel Academy

It is with great excitement that we officially launched The Appleby College Summer Travel Academy at Upper and Senior School Grade Bands last week! The Summer Travel Academy offers students in grades 10 to 12 the opportunity to learn through hands-on, in-country experiences, earning Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits while living in unique, carefully chosen international locations. Locations for 2018 are: Aquitaine, France (French 10, 11 and 12) and Curaçao (Biology 11 and 12). For more information, pricing and a link to our application form, please visit


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.


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.


Appleby Choir Performs in the Oakville Community

On December 7, members of Appleby's Choir travelled to the Kensington Retirement Home in Oakville to sing Christmas carols and songs they performed at the recent Carol Services. The students also led a carol sing with the residents.


FedEx President Speaks to Appleby's Business Students

On December 6, Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Canada, presented to Appleby's business students about her journey through FedEx, the importance of obtaining a post-secondary diploma and developing both technical and team based skills that will enhance their career.


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 Michelle Gu, Emma Mackey and Sebastian Voermann. Click here to see a photo gallery. We will feature additional students next week!

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

January 20

January 25
-ACPA Coffee Morning at the Principal's Residence

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


Appleby Semi-Formal Takes Place January 20

Appleby is hosting its annual semi-formal on Saturday, January 20 from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This year's theme is A Night in Las Vegas! Upper and Senior School students will have the opportunity to dance and enjoy dinner. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by clicking here and will be distributed during both lunches on Wednesday, January 17, Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. There is a two ticket maximum per student. Students may bring a non-Appleby student as their guest, but the external guest form must be completed. Please contact Michael Moores, senior school director, for a copy of the semi-formal external guest form. The closing date for ticket sales is Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m.



Visit The College Shop for Your Holiday Shopping!

The Appleby College Shop will be open regular hours during the December Academic Week. Be sure to stop by for great gift ideas for everyone on your list. We have items for teachers, parents and even grandparents who are proud to be part of the Appleby community. 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, January 9 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.


ACPA Coffee Morning at the Principal's Residence - Come Join Us!

On Thursday, January 25 all Appleby parents are invited to join the ACPA at the Principal's Residence at 8:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

The ACPA assists the school with events, services and our wonderful College Shop. The ACPA Executive provides leadership to Appleby parent volunteers. Each year new parents become part of the Appleby volunteer family. Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity you will enjoy! If you're interested in learning more about the ACPA (and how you can get involved!) our coffee morning is a relaxed and informal way to meet other parent volunteers and the current ACPA Executive. Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments and a light breakfast will be served. To RSVP please contact Kristy Marasco, coordinator, alumni and parent relations. For more information about the ACPA, please refer to the Parents' Association section of the Appleby website or contact Sarah Perkin, ACPA Past President.


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.


Save the Date

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 the ACPA will host an 80's Social. Mark your calendars and get ready to bring your 80's vibe and enjoy a retro night out! Everyone within or outside the community is welcome. Tickets will go on sale in January and will sell out fast. Watch out for a link in the New Year. Wishing you all the best this holiday season.

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