On behalf of Appleby, we hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break. We are very much looking forward to being back on campus and the excitement that comes with the New Year ahead! We look forward to welcoming back boarders later today and all students as school resumes on Tuesday, January 8 at 9:05 a.m. (a Day 1 schedule).


The first week back after the Christmas break is always an eventful one, as students reconnect and share with one another how they spent the holidays. It is an especially exciting time for those who participated in a Global Experiential trip as they share stories and experiences with their classmates. During the month of December, 21 Upper Two and Senior One students and three faculty members participated in an intercultural and language trip to Germany for two weeks, which also included a visit to Austria. Also, seven Upper Two, Senior One and Senior Two students and two faculty members travelled to Morocco for two weeks and learned about both historic and contemporary Arabic and Islamic influences. 


The New Year kicks off with a variety of trips and events taking place. In the coming days our Upper Two and Senior Two students will begin preparing for their trips to the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus taking place throughout January and February. Also, we look forward to kicking off our annual United Way Week campaign on Monday, January 14 and an action-packed Winter Community Weekend is planned for Friday, January 25 to Saturday, January 26. Last year's community weekend was a huge success and thanks to the leadership of our students, we are sure this year's edition will be an even bigger hit.


Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2019.


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


Exterior Brick Installed 


It was busy on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life construction site throughout the Winter Holiday. Brick and additional glass panels were installed on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre's exterior, and various rooftop mechanical units were placed. Finishes continue to be completed throughout the building's interior! 


To see a live video feed of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, click here.


Bus Service - Tuesday, January 8


Regular bus service 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

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 Life


On Wednesday, January 9 Appleby faculty member Claire Kelly will deliver the chapel speech. On Friday, January 11 we will host a special service to promote Appleby's United Way Week. 

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.

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:

• A Novel Discussion: French Exit by Patrick DeWitt - Monday, January 14

• The Co-Curricular Programme at Appleby - Wednesday, January 23

• Sips and Songs - Thursday, January 24

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

Walker House Thrift Shop Fashion Show - Donations Needed

The annual United Way Week Walker House Thrift Shop Fashion Show will take place on Tuesday, January 15 from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Clear out your closet by donating your gently used clothing to raise money for Safetynet Children and Youth Charities, an organization in downtown Oakville that helps financially disadvantaged families by providing one-on-one tutoring, music lessons and clothing. Donated clothing will be featured in the fashion show, and certain pieces will be auctioned off for purchase to the audience. All profits and clothes that are not sold will be donated to Safetynet. We kindly ask that all families assemble any used or unwanted articles of clothing and donate them.

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.

2018-2019 Global Experiential Programs - Mongolia - Summer Application Open


Appleby has offered global experiential programming for over 20 years and the 2018-2019 school year will continue this legacy. These programs contribute to student learning by fostering community, providing intercultural education, granting opportunities for personal growth and leadership as well as chances for building teamwork skills, reflective practices and furthering global understanding. The Summer 2019 (Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, July 14) location is Mongolia and the trip is open to current Upper One to Senior One students. The focus of the program will be social services and community development.


Applications are open and should be submitted to the Global Education office (MB205) on or before Friday, January 18, 2019.

Senior One Parent/Guardian Post-Secondary Information Evening

Please join us for the Senior One Parent/Guardian Post-Secondary Information Evening on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall.


In guidance classes during their Senior One year, students are preparing to begin post-secondary applications in the fall of 2019. They are working to find their best-fit for after Appleby by researching prospective post-secondary institutions and programs that meet their needs, values, skills, qualifications and aptitudes.

Parents and guardians also play an important role in the post-secondary application process. During the session, you will have the opportunity to:
• Review the college & university application process
• Learn more about Appleby's support throughout the application cycle
• Consider your role in the process as we work together to support your student
• Ask questions


If you have any questions about the information evening, please contact Michelle Frigo, associate director, guidance, university counselling. 

Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair - Parents and Guardians Welcome

The seventh Annual Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair will take place on Tuesday, 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: Appleby Summer Camps & Academies, Bishop Elite Basketball, Camp Kandalore, eLearning Consortium Canada, Explore Canada Program, Humanities for Young People at The University of King's College Halifax, Ivey Summer Leadership Program, McMaster Venture & LEAP Youth Engineering Programs, The Princeton Review, ProjectsAbroad, SHAD, U of T Faculty of Medicine YSP, Virtual High School, YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program, York University and Helix Summer Science Institute. It's never too early to plan for the summer!

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.

Senior One Debating Competition - Parent Judges Needed

The 2019 Senior One Debating Competition will take place on Wednesday, February 13. We are in need of parent judges to help with the event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you are new to debating, not to worry - information will be provided before judging begins over coffee and pastries in the Employee Lounge. If you are available to volunteer, please e-mail Amanda Johnson, English teacher.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Summer Studying Biology and Exploring Curaçao!


Join us in Curaçao in July 2019 for Grade 11 and 12 biology! Participants will earn their PADI open water diving certification, conduct underwater labs, and experience the unique biodiversity of the island. Students will reside on-site at the oceanside CARMABI Research Station, associated with the University of Amsterdam, for a true feeling of the life of a researcher. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019. Please click here to see a video of trip highlights. 

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). If you have any questions concerning this project please contact Clark Euale, executive director, facilities & operations at 905-845-4681 ext. 244 or

Reminder - 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.

2019 Appleby March Break & Summer Camps – Open for Applications!


While March Break Camp or Summer Camp might seem 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 2018 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. This year, they will also be participating in an overnight hiking out-trip making it a two-week camp! Please visit or contact the Camp Office at 905-845-4681 ext. 113 to learn more!


Students Enjoy Intercultural and Language Trip to Germany and Austria


From December 2 to 15, 2018, 21 Upper Two and Senior One students and three faculty members participated in an intercultural and language trip to Germany and Austria. Highlights include: visiting German Parliament, viewing remnants of the Berlin Wall, cooking with a group of Syrian refugees and leaning about the life they left and their new life in Berlin, visiting Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg Trials took place, sights at the Nuremberg Christmas Market, visiting the Augustinerschule of the 14th century, and an exchange with German students. An excursion to Salzburg, Austria took place at the end of the trip and the group visited the city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. 


Middle Two Student Earns First, Second and Third Place Finishes at Fencing Open


On November 17 and 18, Middle Two student Maggie Lu competed at the 2018 Brock Fencing Open in St. Catharines. She earned first place in Cadet/U17 women épee, first place in U15 women épee, second place in U15 mixed épee and third place in Junior/U20 women épee. Congratulations! 


Appleby College's 2019 Gala Field of Dreams – Call for Sponsors!


The Gala committee needs your help with securing three sponsors to support Field of Dreams. This year we have taken sponsorship recognition to a new level, so it's never been a better time to come on board. Join us in unveiling the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life on Saturday, April 27, 2019! The next sponsor to join us will receive two complimentary courtside Toronto Raptors tickets for Sunday, February 24, 2019!


The Gala committee would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Alexandra Blum, Gala Chair at


On another note, tickets are selling fast and are now 80% sold out! Purchase your tickets or table today to avoid disappointment. Visit


Turnover Shop


Do you need to replace uniform items or pick-up something extra? Stop by the Turnover Shop for a wide range of gently used blazers, shirts, kilts and pants, as well as sports uniforms at bargain prices. Donations of gently used uniform items are very much appreciated and can be dropped off at the McCraney Barn or Nicholas Arts Centre front reception. All proceeds go to the Appleby College Parents' Association and benefit the Appleby community.


Lost and Found

During the first week back to school, please come by the Lost and Found to take a look for items you may have lost - we will hold all items until Friday, January 11! All items not collected will be donated to a local charity. Please e-mail or drop in during regular College Shop hours. Please remember to put a name in all uniform items, winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, pencil cases, textbooks, etc. It is our mission to reunite students with their lost items as soon as possible!

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, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. Please click here to review the agenda. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Julia Baillie, recording secretary.

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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