As we head into the holiday season, we have a variety of activities taking place over the coming weeks and I encourage everyone to come out and join us.


On Thursday, November 8 it is our privilege to host alumni and special guests at our Remembrance Day services, as we gather together as a community to reflect on the meaning of sacrifice and service. Also, a reminder that Appleby's parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15.


The Appleby College Parents' Association is hosting its annual Tree Trimming and John Bell Chapel decorating morning on Thursday, November 22 at 8:00 a.m. All members of the Appleby community are invited to participate in decorating the school, which is much appreciated by the students and employees. The ACPA is also collecting new infant and children's pajamas, socks, winter hats, mittens and scarves, as well as gently used or new coats and boots to be donated to those in need through Kerr St. Mission, The Salvation Army, and Safetynet in Oakville as part of a school-wide initiative. Donations can be dropped off at The Tree of Comfort and Warmth which will be displayed in the Barr Common Room.


Of course, the holiday season would not be complete without our traditional Candlelight Carol Services which will be held Sunday, December 2 through to Tuesday, December 4 in the John Bell Chapel. Students and their families are encouraged to attend the services on the following dates: Middle One and Middle Two – December 2, Senior Two – December 2, Upper One – December 3, and Upper Two and Senior One – December 4. Students are expected to attend one service, and parents and guardians are invited to attend any of the Carol Services this December. If you have two or more children attending Appleby, you may choose one of the services and attend as a family.


We hope to see you on campus soon!


Innes van Nostrand  &   Katrina Samson
Principal                           Head of School


Road Closure Reminder


Between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. today (Monday, November 5), the ring road adjacent to the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life construction site and west of East Field will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic to facilitate the construction of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre. To accommodate vehicle traffic requiring access to the J.S. Gairdner Arena, the Health Centre and other buildings in the south end of the campus, the ring road east of Main Field will be used for two-way traffic flow. Security will be present throughout the day to help direct visitors to campus as appropriate as well as pedestrian traffic. Please click here to access the Appleby campus map for reference if needed.


Progress continues on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life as steel trusses have been added for the single gym. In the coming weeks, glass will continue to be installed, as well as masonry and tile throughout the building. To see a live video feed of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, click here.


Reminder - Expectations for Student Cell Phone Use

A reminder that Appleby students are to leave their cell phones in their bag, blazer or locker (out of sight) during classes, co-curriculars and assemblies. There are only two exceptions - if a faculty member has given permission for a cell phone to be used for an academic purpose in class, or if a student is responsible for media creation and official posts on behalf of Appleby. The purpose behind this rule is to limit distractions from the learning experience and promote a respectful learning environment. Students who are unable to respect these parameters may have their phones delivered to the appropriate school director and returned at the end of the day. Should parents need to contact their child immediately for an emergency, they are to call main reception at 905-845-4681 ext. 200 and the administration team will contact the child and have him/her call home. Thank you for your support.

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.

Chapel Service


On Wednesday, November 7 Senior Two student and Service Prefect Kaitlyn Tomas will present her chapel speech. 


On Thursday, November 8 we will host a special Remembrance Day service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to end the Great War in 1918. Faculty member Dr. Patrick Carter will be speaking during the service.

Bus Schedule - November 13 and 15


Co-curriculars are cancelled on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 due to Parent-Teacher conferences. There will only be one bus departure at 4:15 p.m. on November 13 and 15. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Howard, coordinator, transportation and travel at

Restricted Access to School Buildings in Effect after November Long Weekend


In keeping with our commitment to the safety and welfare of Appleby students, we will be implementing a new access control system effective Tuesday, November 13. The new campus-wide access control system will result in restricted access to school buildings. During regular school hours, all students and employees will be required to use their school-issued student cards and key fobs to enter an exterior door. Parents and visitors to the school may enter only through the main reception in the Nicholas Arts Centre. Outside of regular school hours and on weekends, all school buildings will be locked, including the Nicholas Arts Centre front reception. Residences will continue to have restricted access. Thank you for your patience as we work to enhance our campus security. Should you have any questions please contact Tamara Breukelman, director of administration & risk management.

Share the Warmth Campaign - Donation Request


The annual Share the Warmth Campaign promoted by Middle School Council, Middle School Service Council, Upper School Council, and Senior School Council will take place Monday, November 19 to Thursday, November 29. Middle School Home Forms are asked to bring in new infant and children's pajamas, socks, winter hats, mittens, and scarves, as well as gently used or new coats and boots to be donated to those in need through Kerr St. Mission, The Salvation Army, and Safetynet 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.

Walkathon Donations

Thank you to everyone who supported Appleby's annual Walkathon this year! So far we have raised over $51,000 which is 79% of our goal. The funds raised will go towards organizations including: United Way of Halton & Hamilton, Oakville Community Foundation and Angel Xpress. 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 drop them off with Lesley Buckmaster, manager, global experiential operations in the Global Education office (MB205).

Provincial Public Speaking Competition - Parent Judges Needed – No Experience Necessary


The Ontario Qualifier for the National Public Speaking Championship will return to Appleby on Tuesday, November 20 from 2:30 to 9:00 p.m. Students from across the province will be vying for the opportunity to try-out for the Canadian team and we are seeking parent judges to help us determine the best speakers. Dinner will be provided.


Judges will hear persuasive speeches on current event topics and interpretive readings from a variety of literary sources. In addition to prepared speeches, judges will also hear short impromptu speeches and watch an interesting debate by some of Ontario's best student speakers. No experience is necessary, as the event requires adult judges from a variety of different backgrounds. A briefing provides the essentials and your experience and knowledge helps to determine the best speakers.


If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please contact Tom Karcz, assistant head of school, student life.

US Guidance and 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 23 until March Break. To assist students with their preparation for the SAT, the Princeton Review Company is running a course on Appleby's campus. The SAT course begins in January for the Saturday, May 4, 2019 test date. There is a fee associated with this course, please review the flyer for details including a discount code.

Middle Two Interpretive Reading Competition - Judges Needed

On Friday, November 30 Middle Two students will participate in an Interpretive Reading competition for their English course. Parent judges are required for this event which takes place from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Lynn Gordon, English teacher, if you are available to volunteer.

Reminder - Shoreline Protection Project - Important Notice Regarding On-Campus Traffic

Appleby's shoreline protection project has begun. The project is necessary in order to prevent further erosion along the Lake Ontario shoreline and is expected to last until March 2019. During this time there will be a significant increase in heavy equipment and vehicle traffic on the outer campus ring road adjacent to the A.W.B. Alumni Centre through to the driveway leading to the Principal's Residence (please see map). With the increased heavy equipment and two-way traffic in the south end of campus additional signage as well as personnel will be stationed along this route, however please be extra vigilant in looking both ways before crossing the road as you are walking to and from the J.S. Gairdner Arena, Baillie and Walker Houses or the turf field. In addition to the increased traffic there will also be heavy equipment staged along the shoreline as the restoration work is initiated. These areas will be fenced off to restrict access. If you have any questions concerning this project please contact Clark Euale, executive director, facilities & operations at 905-845-4681 ext. 244 or Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on school activities and we have kept the safety and well-being of our students, employees, parents and visitors to campus our first priority.


Varsity Boys' Soccer Team to Play in CISAA Finals


On November 2, Appleby's Varsity Boys' Soccer team competed in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) semi-finals and played a great game to win against St. Michael's College School 3-2. Congratulations! The team will now play in the CISAA finals on Wednesday, November 7 at 10:45 a.m. against Upper Canada College. Lets go Blue Dogs!  


Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety 


On October 30, Middle School students attended Social Networking & Online Safety, a presentation by cyber safety expert Paul Davis. The presentation focused on the use of Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as issues surrounding online privacy and cyber-bullying, and the use of smartphones and online trails.


Senior Two Art Students and Truth and Reconciliation Youth Initiative Visit Indigenous Art Show


On October 29, a group of Senior Two Art students and the Truth and Reconciliation Youth Initiative visited the Towne Square Art Gallery in Oakville to see the work of Jason Carter, one of Canada's most exciting and accomplished contemporary indigenous visual artists. He is known for both his paintings and carvings, as well as a mural at The Edmonton International Airport, a 100ft x 7ft permanent installation. At the exhibit, students had a chance to hear from Jason directly and learn about his representation of indigenous culture in a contemporary context.


Appleby Students Place in International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition


From October 26 to 29, members of Appleby's Debate Society competed at the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition. The annual event brings together over 160 of the best public speakers from 45 independent schools from around the world to compete in various categories of public speaking. Our students did exceptionally well! Senior One student Sawsan Haider placed third overall in the Parliamentary Debate category and Senior Two student Rhys Nickerson placed first overall in the Parliamentary Debate category. Rhys also won the Phil Hanson Spirit Award, a peer-voted award for one student who embodies the spirit of the competition. Rhys also earned a spot on Team Canada. He will be competing in the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships taking place in April 2019. Congratulations!


Varsity Boys' Soccer Team Visits St. Lawrence University 


On October 26, Appleby's Varsity Boys' Soccer team departed for Canton, New York for a tour of St. Lawrence University. The team had the opportunity to train on the St. Lawrence grounds, play an exhibition game against Northwood School from Lake Placid (which they tied 3-3) and watch the league championship game between St. Lawrence and Hobart College. It was a rewarding and enriching bonding experience for the team! 


Upper and Senior School Students Attend The Power of Your Choice


On October 26, Upper School and Senior School students were treated to a presentation, The Power of Your Choice, by Michael Eisen, founder of the Youth Wellness Network, an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth to live happier and more positive lives. Michael shared the story of his own childhood and teenage challenges and discussed simple strategies to create a positive mental attitude, stress reducing tips and building long lasting self-worth from within.


Accounting Class Visits Toronto Businesses


On October 22, Appleby's Senior Two accounting class got a glimpse of what it's like to work on Bay Street in Toronto. They had the opportunity to visit businesses including: Bank of Montreal, Deloitte, the Toronto Stock Exchange and WealthSimple. Students visited the trading floor, networked with junior investment bankers and asked questions about a technology startup.


University and College Admissions Lunch Visits


Appleby's Guidance department brings admissions representatives from over 100 colleges and universities in Canada and around the world to our campus each fall to meet with students and their families. Students in Upper Two to Senior Two are encouraged to attend and learn about schools of interest to them. Families and guardians are also invited to attend these lunch-time sessions – just sign in at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception the day of the presentation and confirm the room location. Upcoming lunch presentations include:


Monday, November 5McMaster University, 11:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m., LEC

Wednesday, November 7, Brock University, 12:40 p.m., LEC


Painting The Queen - Tuesday, November 6


Appleby community members are invited to attend Painting The Queen, a presentation and slide show with International portrait artist and Appleby parent Henry Ward, on Tuesday, November 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Employee Lounge. Henry recently completed a painting of Her Majesty The Queen for the British Red Cross in London which was unveiled at Windsor Castle in October 2016. Henry will share the story of how he secured such a commission, learned key networking skills and highlight previously unseen photographs and global media coverage of the portrait. To RSVP please contact Kristy Marasco, alumni and parent relations officer.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Curriculum & Guidance Presentations

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parents whose last name begins with A through L are encouraged to attend on November 13. Parents whose last name begins with M through Z are encouraged to attend on November 15. 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. Also, on both evenings from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., there will be Middle Two Presentation of Learning (POL) sessions in the Employee Lounge for interested parents.

Appleby Open House


An Appleby Open House will be held on Saturday, November 17 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


Graduation Rings!


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. Grad Ring Days will be held on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 outside the Schlesinger Dining Hall during lunch, and outside the Gym during parent-teacher interviews. The deadline to order a ring for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is Friday, November 16. 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 meetings of the Appleby College Parents' Association Executive Committee. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 a.m., in the John Bell Chapel. The agenda will be included in Appleby This Week on Monday, November 12. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Julia Baillie, recording secretary.

Craft and Coffee Morning - Tree Decorations With an Appleby Twist


With the ACPA Tree Trimming around the corner, we hope to make new Appleby-themed decorations, and an international tree with flags representing the countries which Appleby's students are from. Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall, no craft experience is necessary! All materials and instructions will be provided and you will be helping to make festive decorations more personal to Appleby! Please contact ACPA social coordinators Charlotte Copeland and Bridget van Akkooi  if you are able to volunteer.

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 29 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please click here to place your order by Monday, November 19. 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.

Annual ACPA Tree Trimming - November 22

A beloved event each year, the annual ACPA Tree Trimming kicks off the holiday festivities at Appleby, with parents showing amazing teamwork to get our school looking festive for the students. Please join us on Thursday, November 22 at 8:00 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Everyone is welcome to join in, with tea, coffee, bubbles and breakfast goodies provided for volunteers. After decorating the trees, the group will move to the John Bell Chapel to decorate for the Appleby Carol Services. If you would like to volunteer please contact ACPA social coordinators Charlotte Copeland and Bridget van Akkooi.

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