In support of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Appleby has embarked on a number of initiatives designed to enhance the school community's awareness and understanding of the issues facing Canada's Indigenous peoples.


Over the past year, a team of faculty have been working to create connections with Indigenous communities, both local and remote, which will enable us to explore opportunities for learning and partnership. To date, students have had the opportunity to hear from Tanya Talaga, an investigative journalist and the author of Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City; a group of students and faculty recently attended the YMCA Peace Breakfast; and this week we welcome guest speaker Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian Inuit activist and author of The Right to be Cold. Faculty members Ellen Palmer and Craig Luccock recently attended the Canadian Roots Exchange Conference which facilitated sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, and over the March Break a group of students and faculty will be travelling to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation community located in Manitoba.


Upon return from March Break, students, employees and parents will also notice banners placed in the Nicholas Arts Centre and John Bell Chapel entrance areas which honour the traditional territory Appleby's campus resides on. They state: "This land upon which Appleby College is located is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. These lands on the shore of Lake Ontario are steeped in Indigenous history. As we gather on these treaty lands upon which we learn, live, work and play, we are in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters to honour and respect the four directions, lands, waters, plants, animals and ancestors who walked before us. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory."


We hope these initiatives will raise awareness and continue to tie Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals in our community together.


Tom Karcz

Assistant Head of School, Student Life


Construction Activity and Traffic Update


It's certainly been busy on campus as construction of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life continues to move forward. To see the progress made on the building site, please click here to view the live stream video!


There also continues to be heavy equipment traffic on campus as trucks enter and exit via the ring road west of East Field (requiring the need for two-way traffic flow), and we anticipate that the volume of construction traffic will intensify in the coming weeks. Please look out for and adhere to all construction and road signage displayed on campus. Every effort has been made to minimize impact on school activities while keeping the health and safety of our students, employees, parents and visitors to campus our first priority. However, as a result of the increased level of construction traffic, you may experience delays when arriving to and/or departing from campus outside of morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times, and your patience is greatly appreciated.


If you have any questions please contact Laurie Salvi, manager, administration at or 905-845-4681 ext. 214.

Special Message Regarding School Absences

As we approach March Break, parents are reminded that there is a long weekend scheduled following students' return. Appleby considers every instructional day at the school important and it is our expectation that all students will be in class the week following March Break. Extended absences are approved only under extenuating circumstances and the presence of one break that follows another in a relatively short timeframe is not an extenuating circumstance. Students who do miss classes will be responsible for the work and will not be granted academic accommodation or consideration for their time away.
March Break Bus Departures

There will be one bus departure on the following dates:
Monday, March 5 at 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6 at 3:20 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 at 3:20 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 at 4:15 p.m. 
Friday, March 9 at 4:15 p.m.

Classes resume after March Break on Monday, March 26 at 9:00 a.m., and will follow a Day 1 (Monday) schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Forsey, transportation coordinator.

For the Spring Long Weekend, on Thursday, March 29 there will be one bus departure at 4:15 p.m. Buses will resume on Tuesday, April 3. Classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. and follow a Day 2 (Tuesday) schedule. 
2018-2019 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2018-2019 Appleby school year calendar.

2017 Tax Receipts


2017 child care receipts and Advanced Placement course tuition amount certificates (T2202A) are now available online from Parent Central. To be eligible for child care receipts, students must be 16 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017. Advanced Placement course tuition amount certificates (T2202A) are available to students registered in eligible Advanced Placement courses. International families may request a receipt for tuition from Debi Bell, administrator, accounts receivable at

Athletics at Appleby

It's play-off season and 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.
Chapel Service

On Wednesday, March 7 Senior Two student Dai Qing Liao will present her chapel speech.

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. For more details on these visits please contact Jenny Casey, coordinator of student services, guidance. The following schools will be on campus this week:


Monday, March 5, University of Exeter (UK) – 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 to 1:40 p.m., Raymond Massey Reading Room

Thursday, March 8, University of Aberdeen (UK) – 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., MB 301

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:
• Family Skate - Sundays until March 11

• Sips and Songs - Thursday, April 5 and Tuesday, June 12

• Academics at Appleby - Tuesday, April 24


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

Graduation Photos for the Class of 2018


Portraits by Mina will be on campus Tuesday, April 3 until Friday, April 13 to take graduation photos. Senior Two students will receive an e-mail with a link and instructions to sign-up for their photo. If students have any questions, they can contact Jenny Casey, coordinator of student services, guidance.

COMPASS Health and Wellness Survey 


Appleby will be participating in the COMPASS Health & Wellness Survey through the University of Waterloo on Friday, April 20. This is our sixth year participating in the survey which will assist us in growing and improving the effectiveness of Appleby's health and wellness programming. All students in Upper One through Senior Two will write the survey during their advisory meetings.


The survey results will be kept confidential so that individual students cannot be identified. All responses will be grouped by the University of Waterloo to identify health behaviour trends in the Appleby student population, and used to help plan and evaluate future health and wellness programming and services for students to access at school. Please review the Parent Information Letter which provides further detail about the study. If you have any questions about COMPASS, please contact Lindsay (Naumetz) Crocco, director of wellness.

Confirmation Service at Appleby

On Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. a special Confirmation Service will be held in the John Bell Chapel for all students who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. We will be welcoming The Right Reverend Michael Bird, Bishop of Niagara, as Preacher and Celebrant for this special service. Any students who are interested in exploring the possibility of receiving the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to contact our Chaplain, Reverend Craig Luccock.
Host Families Needed

Appleby will be co-hosting the 2018 Round Square International Conference from Saturday, September 29 to Friday, October 5. Community support will be vital for a successful conference. To register as a host family, please click here. If you have any questions, please click here for additional information, or contact Appleby's Round Square conference representatives Matt Rudisi and Andrea Kelly at
Summer Travel Academy – Announcing our Trip Faculty

We are thrilled to announce the Appleby faculty who will be delivering courses and leading students on our Summer Travel Academy trips in 2018! We are proud to have Danielle Kindree, Odianosen Iyamabo, Robert Porteous and Cory Cultrera in Curaçao, and Alisha Valani, Kamal Fodil, Connie Serra and Ariella Racco in France. These courses are available for current Upper One through Senior One students. Applications are now being accepted for both programs. Please contact if you have any questions about these programs.

Summer Academy – Registration is Open!

Appleby provides on-campus summer learning opportunities through academic credit courses and an exciting array of enrichment programs. We are pleased to offer the following credit courses for summer 2018: Principles of Mathematics 10 (MPM2D), Functions 11 (MCR3U), Advanced Functions 12 (MHF4U), Data Management 12 (MDM4U) and Core French 10 Online (FSF2D). New this year, we are offering "Getting Hired," an enrichment course designed to engage and prepare students in the different phases of employment. Limited boarding spaces remain. Please click here to learn more and apply online.
Appleby March Break & Summer Camps 2018 - Registration is Open!

With March Break around the corner and summer not too far away, the team at Appleby Camps can't wait to welcome you back for another fun-filled and exciting camp season! To check out our March Break Camps programs click here; and for our Summer Camps programs click here. As you will see, in addition to adding a number of exciting new programs, we've kept many of the 2017 programs our campers loved – including Leadership Camps specifically designed for ages 12-14, and 14-17. Senior Leadership provides participants the chance to build on the following skills: group dynamics, communication, cooperative learning, leadership styles, followership and confidence, and also gain their Standard First Aid and CPR–C certification! Please visit or contact the camp office at 905-845-4681 ext. 113 to learn more!

Congratulations to Swim Team's Performance at OFSAA


The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) swimming championships took place February 26 to 28 in Windsor and 22 Appleby swimmers competed. The Junior Boys' 200 Medley Relay team: Upper Two students Nhan Phan, Bora Tlabar and Matt Wilk, Upper One student Jonathan Shiang and alternate Upper Two student Max Warden, captured gold, and Jonathan and Bora went on to capture silver in the 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke respectively. Bora also broke the OFSAA 100m freestyle record with a time of 56.80 and earned gold! Congratulations to everyone on this year's swim team for all of your personal and team success.

Under-14 Girls' Volleyball Team CISAA Champions!


On February 28, Appleby's Under-14 Girls' Volleyball team played in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) championship game against Villanova College. They had an excellent game, winning the championship by beating Villanova 2-0 in the final. Congratulations on a great season!  

Upper Two Extended French Students Host a Café Français


On February 27, Upper One students, led and initiated by Ethan Parikh, organized a Café Français at Appleby. Students sold French patisseries and boulangerie delights to support Centre de Sante Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara. It was an opportunity for Appleby students to practice their French while the Upper One extended French language students served the treats. The event raised $184! 

Appleby Students Attend Ontario Debate Championship


After returning from the National Public Speaking Championship held in Winnipeg, Upper Two student Alyssa Gaylard and Senior One student Rhys Nickerson were joined by Upper Two student Sawsan Haider and Senior One student Riaz Mahmud at the Ontario Debate Championship February 23 to 25. Congratulations Riaz and Rhys on qualifying for the National Debate Championships to be held in St. John's in April. Ranking well among Ontario's best independent, private and Catholic high school students is an outstanding achievement and attests to the preparation and effort put into the event by our students. Congratulations everyone!

Appleby Hosts Second Annual Business Case Competition


On February 24, Appleby hosted the second annual Appleby Business Case Competition. This event included 40 students representing Crescent School, Lakefield College School, Ridley College, Bill Crothers S.S and Appleby College. Keynote speaker Lisa Lisson, President of Fed-Ex Canada, started the event and students worked towards creating a comprehensive marketing plan for Parker and Pine, a company that creates boxer briefs for plus-sized men. The Business Club would like to recognize Senior One students Adam Bhanji, Jacob Jackson, Cole McAleese and Kristian Tazbaz for participating in this challenging event and Upper One student Joshua Park and Senior One students Karl Aumann, Ema Ismaili and Shalese Jordan for their second place finish! 


Donations Accepted for the ACPA Garage Sale 


Looking to rehome some of your gently used treasures? Look no further – the ACPA Garage Sale is the perfect answer! Donations will be accepted on Thursday, March 8 (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.). Simply drop off your items in the main entrance area of the J.S. Gairdner Arena with our parent volunteers. Accepted items include (but not limited to) new and gently used luggage and handbags, toys, clothing, tools, electronics, kitchen appliances, furniture, books, sports equipment and home décor items. Please click here for a complete list. No non-perishable items please. Should you have any questions or for more information please contact Jeff Laforet, ACPA new parent representative. The ACPA Garage Sale will be held in the J.S. Gairdner Arena on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Get Your Tickets for the 80's Social!

Join the Appleby College Parents Association (ACPA) on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. and travel back to the 1980's. Everyone within and outside of the Appleby community is welcome - invite your friends for an awesome night out! 80's inspired clothing is optional, but remember, door prizes will be handed out for best dressed female, male, couple and team.


Don't wig out - get your tickets now by clicking hereFor more information, please e-mail Kim Szigeti-Khan, ACPA social chair.


Order a Grad Ring!


To help celebrate your milestone achievement, the ACPA is proud to offer our line of graduation rings, designed in conjunction with Knar Jewellery of Oakville. Available in sterling silver, 10K and 14K rose, yellow or white gold. The deadline to order a ring for guaranteed delivery by graduation is Friday, May 4. Rings can also be ordered online or in person at the College Shop and customized for any graduating year. For more information, please contact Kym Larsen of Knar Jewellery at 289-795-4483 or Cheryl Smith, ACPA College Shop coordinator at 416-702-2315.

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 (ACPA) Executive Committee that will be held on Tuesday, April 10 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.

Employee Appreciation Lunch - Volunteers Needed


The 2018 ACPA Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This has become an annual event eagerly anticipated by all Appleby employees, and is our way of showing sincere gratitude for their tireless efforts throughout the year. To make this event a success we need you! We welcome food contributions including hot and cold entrées, appetizers, or salads. Alternatively, monetary donations are also accepted and are used toward a carving station. Most importantly, we welcome all parents to volunteer at this special luncheon. To sign-up for food contributions, to volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail Theresa Larson, ACPA grade parties and staff appreciation.

Lost and Found Clear-Out

The clear-out is fast approaching! At the end of each school term the Lost and Found cupboards are emptied and unclaimed items are donated to local charities. The cupboards are full and we have many pairs of shoes! If you have lost items, please e-mail or visit the McCraney Barn during College Shop hours. Don't forget to collect your belongings before March Break!

Turnover Shop 

Open during regular College Shop hours, the Turnover Shop in the McCraney Barn has a wide range of gently used school wear for sale. Donations of uniform items are always welcome and gratefully received! Proceeds from the Turnover Shop go to the Appleby College Parents' Association and benefit the Appleby community.
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