Appleby College recently launched the 'Take A Seat Programme', a new and exciting donor recognition opportunity in support of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life.


Thank you to everyone who has already 'taken a seat'. The response has been amazing! And, if you haven't already done so, I invite you to participate in this opportunity, to leave a lasting legacy and become a permanent part of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre. For a donation of $2,500 (either paid as a one-time gift or over a number of years), your name will be placed on one of the 850 seats within the auditorium (seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis). Your gift will leave a lasting reminder of your commitment to Appleby and will be celebrated by family, friends and the community. It's also an amazing gift idea to honour someone special for Christmas, graduation, or another special event. To reserve your seat(s) online, please click here. If you have any questions, contact Trevor Nash, manager, annual and leadership giving at 905-845-4681 ext. 176 or, who will be happy to assist you.


As well, we're looking forward to the first school community event in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre – the 2019 Gala Field of Dreams! The Gala committee is hard at work planning the evening's festivities and tickets are already over 50% sold. Don't delay, click here to purchase your tickets today.


The A.W.B. Alumni Centre will be an incredible addition to Appleby life for many, many generations – a much needed addition to athletics, academics and student life. We are grateful to all those who have generously contributed to date to help make the state-of-the-art facility a reality.




Innes van Nostrand



A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life 


It's been a busy fall on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life construction site! Steel continues to be installed on the roof above the second gym, glass panels and skylights are being placed, and masonry work is happening throughout the building. To see the progress made to date, click here to view a new time-lapse video. 


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.

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

Appleby's shoreline protection project will begin today. 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.

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, December 5 Senior Two student Jade Verdon will present her chapel speech.

International Business Holiday Tradeshow

Appleby community members are invited to attend the 12th Annual International Business Holiday Tradeshow on Thursday, December 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. This year's show will feature 25 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!

Check Out These Connect-Ed Sessions!


Connect-Ed is back for another year! Join us to learn about programming at Appleby, or learn a new skill with adult members of the Appleby community! There are a wide range of sessions available, and unless indicated, are complimentary to take part in. Please click here to view the 2018-2019 Connect-Ed catalogue.


Upcoming courses include:

• Beginner Ballet - Thursday, December 6
• The Duke of Edinburgh Programme at Appleby – Friday, December 7
• Stretch and Strength - Mondays, January 14 to February 4
• A Novel Discussion: French Exit by Patrick DeWitt - Monday, January 14

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

Walkathon Donations – Last Chance!


Thank you to everyone who supported Appleby's annual Walkathon this year! So far we have raised over $53,300 which is 82% 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) by Tuesday, December 11.

December Assessment Week
Taking place from Wednesday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 19, 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. To view the schedules, please click on the appropriate grade: Middle One, Middle Two, Upper One, Upper Two, Senior One and Senior Two.

Bus Service for Assessment Week

From Wednesday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 19 buses will follow an adjusted schedule for Assessment Week arrivals and departures. For more information, please visit the Transportation InfoSite. The regular bus schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 8 and follow a Day 1 schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Howard, coordinator, transportation and travel at

2019-2020 Financial Assistance Applications

Current families interested in applying for financial assistance for the 2019-2020 school year are requested to apply by Friday, December 14, 2018. Please check the Admissions page on Appleby's website for financial assistance information and the online application form.

Appleby Semi-Formal Takes Place January 12

Appleby is hosting its annual semi-formal on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This year's theme is the 1980s. 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 9, Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11 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 8 at 5:00 p.m.

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 27 students currently enrolled in the Senior One component and 25 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/exams are strongly encouraged to consider applying. An information session will be held on Tuesday, January 15 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 Maggie Hanrahan, coordinator, external academic programs.

Join us for an Introduction to Positive Psychology


Appleby parents and guardians are invited to attend an introduction to positive psychology through the lens of The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor on Friday, February 1 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. In this interactive session attendees will review the seven principles outlined in the book which demonstrate that happiness fuels success, and consider concrete strategies for increasing positivity and overall performance. It is strongly suggested that the book be read prior to joining this session. If you are interested in attending, please contact faculty members Theresa Blake or Andy Jelinek.

Join us for an Unforgettable Summer Studying French and Exploring Basque Country!


The Appleby College Summer Travel Academy is offering three levels of French in France this July. Current Grade 9, 10 and 11 students from all schools are invited to apply to this summer's program taking place from Saturday, June 29 to Saturday, July 27, 2019. Students will live and study in the small town of Anglet, in the famed Basque region of France. Some of our many day trips include visits to Biarritz, Espelette, Pau, a train ride through the Pyrenees, and even San Sebastian and Bilbao in Spain. Our trip ends with two incredible days and nights in Bordeaux before heading home. Apply today!


Appleby Students Participate in Doc a Day Workshop 


On November 22, students enrolled in Senior Two French participated in a Doc a Day workshop at the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox where they planned, pitched and filmed a short documentary in French. Students collaborated with one another to discuss what art means to them, chose interesting and relevant subtopics, wrote effective questions, interviewed their peers and filmed a documentary taking turns exploring various roles like lighting, sound, director, actor and camera operator.


Three Students Awarded YMCA Peace Medal


On November 22, Senior Two students Rohan Kanti, Ibrahim Ayorinde, and Zayd Alameddine were awarded the YMCA Peace Medal in the group category. They founded Appleby's Newcomers Tutoring Program in 2017 to provide tutoring services and homework help to new immigrant children. Rohan, Ibrahim and Zayd lead the club of student tutors who meet after school and on Saturdays with community children ages 8-13 to foster learning and friendship. Congratulations!


Students Visit Advertising Agency and Animation Studio


On November 21, 25 students enrolled in the Senior Two Communications Technology course, along with faculty members Dave Thompson and Ellen Powers, peeked behind the scenes at Zulu Alpha Kilo Advertising Agency and got the inside track on animation production at the famed animation studio, Sinking Ship. The group was able to see the inner workings of both creative Toronto companies and ask questions about how they might one day work for such interesting and imaginative businesses.


Students Receive Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award


On November 17, Senior Two students Sydney Meloche and Ema Ismaili, and Senior One students Amelie Thomson and Nicole Portmann Munoz, received their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards at St. Andrew's College in Aurora. Award certificates were presented by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Congratulations to the recipients!


More Podium Finishes for Appleby's Debate Team!


At Western University's Debate Tournament on November 9 and 10, Senior Two students Md. Riaz Mahmud and Rhys Nickerson ranked third as a team, and fifth and third individually in a field of 200 students from across the province. At the Senior Provincial Debate and Public Speaking Tournament on November 20, Senior One student Alyssa Gaylard topped the Impromptu category while Senior One student Sawsan Haider ranked first in the Persuasive category and also earned a spot on the Ontario team to the Nationals.


The Fulford League Tournament took place on November 24, and competing for the first time, Upper Two student Tatyana Okanlomo placed eighth, while her partner Upper Two student Jonathan Shiang placed fifth. Combined they placed third overall in the Junior category. In the Senior category Senior Two student Shaheer Abbasi placed sixth overall.


On December 5 Appleby is hosting the Ontario Student Debating Union Halton Regionals where our teams will be competing for positions in the Provincial Tournament. Congratulations to all our debaters and good luck at the next tournament! 


Appleby Carol Services Continue This Week


Join us in the John Bell Chapel for our traditional Candlelight Carol Services this week on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4. 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:

Monday, December 3 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper One)
Tuesday, December 4 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper Two and Senior One)


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 the John Bell Chapel until Tuesday, December 11. The donations will be sent to St. Matthew's House, an Anglican affiliated social service agency in Hamilton.


Middle School Holiday Cabaret

Join us for the Middle School Holiday Cabaret taking place on Thursday, December 6 in Willis Hall. Middle One students will perform at 4:00 p.m. and Middle Two 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.

Appleby College's 2019 Gala Field of Dreams – Holiday Wishes!


Don't know what to get that special someone for the holidays? How about tickets to Appleby's 2019 Gala Field of Dreams! Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a night to remember. Tickets are over 50% sold out and are available at


We also have a limited number of VIP tables remaining! Support the school by purchasing a table for $10,000. Your table will include:

• 10 seats
• Complimentary valet parking
• Two bottles of champagne for you and your guests
• Permanent recognition on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life donor wall at the $5,000-$25,999 level
• Two named seats in the auditorium of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life
• A charitable tax receipt for $7,500
• Name recognition in the event program
• Invitation to the pre-event VIP reception


For more information or to confirm your VIP table, please contact Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events at


Shop for Appleby Gifts Online This Holiday Season!


Looking for the perfect gift? Check out our new College Shop holiday gift website which includes custom made Christmas stockings, ornaments, apparel and so much more! Click here to shop online - you can pick-up your purchase at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception or have everything shipped directly to your home. 

Boarder Study Break –Tuesday, December 11 at 9:00 p.m.


Do you like to bake? Would you like to visit your child who is in boarding? On Tuesday, December 11 parents and guardians will be treating Appleby 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 always welcome! Volunteers are invited to help hand out the snacks from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 11. Food donations can be dropped off in the kitchen anytime 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. 

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, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. After the meeting there will be a social gathering, at 9:00 p.m. the group will move to the Schlesinger Dining Hall for the Boarder Break. The meeting agenda will be available on Monday, December 10. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Julia Baillie, recording secretary.

Turnover Shop - Sweater and Vest Sale

Now that the colder weather is here, keep warm with Appleby sweaters or vests for only $7! 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 - the cupboards are busting! We have running shoes, sweatshirts, books, bags, gym clothes, etc. lost since the beginning of the school year. 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. All lost items not collected will be donated to a local charity the week of Monday, December 17

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

On Thursday, January 24 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 Chantal Poirier, ACPA Past President.

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