With February (and hopefully snow days) behind us, we're looking forward to March, some warmer weather, and a great start to the third term!

Thank you to our Appleby parents, students and employees for your participation and continued support of the many events that have taken place this term including the fourth annual Canadiana Winter Community Weekend, Parent-Teacher Conferences, the annual Middle School Science Fair, Debating and TEDTalk competitions, and the extraordinary All-School Play, Les Misérables - School Edition. It was wonderful to see so many of you on campus and in the community supporting the students.

Also, a special congratulations to all those teams that competed in last week's Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association semi-final and championship games. Our Blue Dogs demonstrated not only their athletic skills but a commitment to sportsmanship as well. We look forward to sharing the results of this week's Under-14 Girls' Volleyball and Varsity Girls' Hockey CISAA Championship games after March Break. 

A reminder that Appleby will be closed for March Break from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 22, with boarders returning on Monday, March 25 and classes resuming on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m.

We wish all of our Global Experiential trip participants travelling to Cambodia, Manitoba, Costa Rica, Cuba, Macedonia, New Zealand, Panama, Romania and Spain safe travels and look forward to hearing about their experiences when we return.

Enjoy a well-deserved break!

Innes van Nostrand    &    Katrina Samson
Principal                               Head of School


Interior Glass Panels Continue to Be Installed This Week!    


Some exciting milestones are taking place in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life! Panels of glass for the interior of the building have been delivered, and the installation has begun. Additional interior finishing continues as stone is added to the fireplace in the Campus Room, the squash courts are completed, drywall is installed, and installation of the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are completed. To see a new time-lapse video of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, including an interior tour, click here


2019-2020 School Calendar


Please click here to view the 2019-2020 Appleby school year calendar.

Tax Receipts

2018 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 at December 31, 2018. 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

Appleby's athletics teams have multiple Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) championship games this week. Also, members of Appleby's Swim team will be attending the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6. It would be great to see parents, students and siblings cheer on the Blue Dogs! Click here for the schedule.

Welcome to a Plastic Water Bottle-free Appleby!


At Appleby during the months of September and October, 2,340 water bottles were purchased for student and guest usage. The Sustainability Council is proud to announce that Appleby will be phasing out plastic water bottle use. Bottled water will be removed from all school-related events, including Homecoming, Community Weekends and parent-teacher interviews. This will also include the removal of water bottles as an option for the afternoon snack on the late bus, and on bus trips to and from sporting events. The Sustainability Council encourages you to bring your own water bottle to school and use water fountains that are located across campus. The College Shop has a variety of Appleby-branded refillable water bottles for purchase. Together we can make a change!

Chapel Life


On Wednesday, March 6 Middle Two student Sterling Wu will present his Chapel Speech. Appleby will also host a special Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

InSchoolwear Closed From March 11 to 15


All InSchoolwear store locations will be closed from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 (over March Break). Regular store hours will resume on Saturday, March 16.


Fundraiser for Barho Family Organized by Appleby Alumna


Appleby alumna and Olympian Jillian Saulnier '11 rallied the Canadian hockey community in support of Kawthar and Ebraheim Barho who lost their seven children in a fire in February. A charity hockey day is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at the BMO rink in Bedford, N.S. Please click here to learn more.

Literacy Test Reminder – Wednesday, March 27


The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test will be held on Wednesday, March 27 in the Gym from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. All Upper Two students (and any Senior students who have been notified), are reminded to bring black or blue pens, sharpened pencils and erasers. Students are required to pass this important test in order to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and their Appleby College Diploma.

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:

• Culinary Creations - Friday, March 29

• Euchre - Thursday, April 11

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

Academics at Appleby - Breakfast Club Session


On Wednesday, April 3 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the LEC, Fraser Grant '87, assistant head of school, academics, will outline Appleby's academic curriculum, highlight aspects of each of our departments, and explore the ways in which our programme responds to current thinking and education. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. To RSVP, please click here

DELF Diploma


Appleby students enrolled in a senior French course have the opportunity to participate in an international French language assessment. This will give students an official certification of their competency in the French language. The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) evaluates speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and students can be awarded a diploma by the French Ministry of Education. This diploma is recognized in over 175 countries. The level achieved by the students is a proof of their ability in their second language. The next series of exams will take place at l'alliance française in Mississauga at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8 (Level B2) and Tuesday, April 9 (Level B1). Students are encouraged to view the practice exams  and to speak with their French teacher about this opportunity. 

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.

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 April 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

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!


Under-14 Hockey Team Ends Season With Strong Finish


On March 1, Appleby's Under-14 Hockey team played in the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) semi-finals at De La Salle College in Toronto. They played with determination, and it was a a 3-0 game through the second period, when Middle Two student Marc Donolo scored two goals in the third. De La Salle then scored two goals, ending with a score of 5-2. A great effort by the entire team! Congratulations on a great season.


Senior Girls' Volleyball Team Play in CISAA Championship Game


On March 1, the Senior Girls' Volleyball team played in their final game of the season, the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) championship game, against Bayview Glen School at Appleby. They all played strong and earned a silver medal. Congratulations! 


Students Compete at Ontario Student Debate Union Provincial Championship

From February 22 to 24, Senior One students Alyssa Gaylard and Sawsan Haider and Senior Two students Md. Riaz Mahmud and Rhys Nickerson competed at the Ontario Student Debating Union (OSDU) Senior Provincials at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. They argued both government and opposition cases on the topic of smart home devices contacting the police in the cases of domestic disturbances. Students debated four additional rounds on political, environmental, sports and arts topics. With a 5-1 standing and high speaker scores, Riaz and Rhys debated in the semi-final round presenting the government case on the topic of the next Republican candidate for President of the United States. They qualified to represent Ontario at the Senior Nationals Debate Championship in Halifax in April. Alyssa and Sawsan individually placed in the top tier of the competition. Congratulations!


AP Physics Students Attend University Lectures 


On February 21, Appleby's AP Physics students and faculty members Anjuli Ahooja and Gareth Greenwood travelled to McMaster University in Hamilton. The group attended lectures by experts currently working on the Electron Microscope, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectroscope, and X-Diffraction equipment. Following that, students visited each lab and experienced how the physics principles they learned in class are applied to complete high level research. Students also attended a hands-on demonstration by Jun Nogami, the Chair of the Material Engineering department, and learned how material structures are modified for different purposes.


Appleby Senior One Debating Competition


The Senior One Debating Competition was held at Appleby on February 13. Graeme Mounsey and Nicole Portmann Munoz debated on behalf of the opposition, and Jack Barry and Abdul Fayed debated on behalf of the government. Graeme and Nicole were the winning team, and the judges selected Nicole as the top speaker. Well done everyone!


Juniors Place Second at Fulford Debate League Tournament


On February 9, Upper Two students Calvin Xu and Similoluwa (Simi) Ogunsola earned second place at the Fulford Debate League Tournament at Upper Canada College in Toronto. For the prepared rounds Calvin and Simi debated the merits of pipeline construction, and for the impromptu round considered whether social media makes us smarter. Individually Calvin placed fourth and Simi placed sixth in the Junior Division. Also at the tournament were Upper Two student Chloe Oh who moved up to the Senior Division, and Senior One student Haoji Xu. This was the first time that Simi and Haoji competed for Appleby.


Sawsan Haider Wins First Place!


In early February, Senior One student Sawsan Haider represented Appleby and Ontario at the National Public Speaking Championships hosted by St. John's Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Competing against students from across Canada, Sawsan earned first place in the debate category with the topics "this house believes that private property damage is a legitimate tactic for environmental campaigners," "this house believes that development aid should be conditional upon improvement of women's rights," and "this house believes that minority quotas should be in place in political cabinets." Sawsan also presented a speech entitled, "The Study Drug Epidemic," and addressed impromptu topics such as "don't believe everything you read." While Sawsan demonstrated excellent mental agility and critical thinking skills in all the events, she was also a great ambassador of Appleby. Well done, Sawsan!


Athletes of the Week: Abby Latimer and Justin Schroeder


Senior Two student Abby Latimer is a four-year veteran of Appleby's swim team whose unwavering dedication is a coach's dream. She always works hard and leads by example, and is a swimmer who goes the extra mile for the team both literally and figuratively. Abby has continually developed her natural talent and feel for the water throughout her Appleby swimming career. She closed out her final season with the best possible races. Great work Abby! 


Senior Two student Justin Schroeder is a four-year veteran of Appleby's swim team. His passion for the sport shines through in his desire to challenge himself at practices and racing with heart. What he achieved in his pursuit of excellence is legendary, as a pure high school trained swimmer his ability to race is phenomenal. Justin's final Appleby swim will take place at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships on Tuesday, March 5 and he will swim both the 100 Breaststroke and be a part of the 200 Medley Relay.


Lea Waters Strength-Based Parenting Keynote


Members of the Appleby community are invited to an evening with Lea Waters, PhD on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Willis Hall. A psychologist, researcher, speaker and author, Lea is one of the world's leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching.


To reserve your seats(s) please click here. An RSVP is required by Tuesday, March 26

Appleby's 2019 Gala Field of Dreams: Thank you to our sponsors!


The committee has been busy planning the Field of Dreams Gala! Appleby is happy to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their support with the event:

Platinum Level Sponsor:

Percon Construction


Gold Level Sponsors:

Entripy (Jas Brar '98)
MMT Professional Corporation (Matthew Todman '94)
RBC Dominion Securities Inc. (Robert Burgess '94)
Samuel, Son & Co., Limited (Mark Samuel '82)
The Randall Residences by Rosehaven Homes
The Taylor Group

Silver Level Sponsors:

Dan Cooper Group
Investors Group
Manitou Investment Management Ltd.

(Mark Gaskin '78, John Platt '78)

Silent Auction Sponsor:
Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. (Mike Baker '90)

Valet Sponsor:

Audi Queensway

Photo Booth Sponsor:


Live Auction Sponsor:




Cash Out Sponsor:
Ernst & Young LLP


Trip Sponsor:
Perkins + Will


Heads and Tails Sponsor:
Knar Jewellery


Lounge Sponsor:


Event Sponsors:
Buck Productions
Candy Crate Events
Celebration Stylists
Cotton Candy Inc.
Oakville Blueprinting
Silver Lining Marketing
Sleeman Breweries
Van Dongen's Garden Centre (Michael Van Dongen '01)


For more information on the event, contact Victoria Harrison '06 manager, events at or visit


What Are You Wearing to the Field of Dreams Gala? 


By Tocca, a women's boutique located in downtown Oakville and a supporter of Appleby, carries an unparalleled selection of gorgeous gowns. They are hosting a shopping event for the Appleby community on Monday, March 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Designers such as Greta Constantine, Wayne Clark and Frascara will be dropping off sample dresses and gowns specifically for this event. Gala attendees will receive 10 per cent off their purchase made that evening. This event is also open to graduating students looking for a spectacular gown for prom. By Tocca will donate 10 per cent of the purchase price to Appleby. You are invited to shop and enjoy sparkling beverages and nibbles while getting styled in the very best. Please RSVP to By Tocca at 905-338-7500 or

Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Each year in April, the ACPA organizes an Employee Appreciation Luncheon for Appleby employees. Without this amazing group of people, our school would not be the wonderful place it is for our children.

The 2019 Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. All Appleby employees are invited to the luncheon, as a way of expressing our gratitude for their tireless efforts throughout the year.

This luncheon is a great opportunity for parents to volunteer, meet new parents and help say a big "Thank You"! Its success depends on the enthusiasm of our volunteers. All food is provided by parents or parent donations and the dining hall is transformed. It is easy to get involved, you can bring a dish, or help volunteer to serve/wait tables or both. It is a wonderful day showing the true community spirit of our school and everyone is always overjoyed with the fantastic food our parents provide and the way in which they are truly made to feel appreciated!

To sign-up for food contributions, to volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail Suzanne Williamson or Daisy Li, ACPA Grade Parties & staff appreciation. 

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, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room (due to March Break there will be no ACPA meeting in March). If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Julia Baillie, recording secretary.

Book Sale Donations


Did you know that you can donate used books in good condition to the ACPA? All books including textbooks, novels, biographies and children's books are welcomed. Throughout the year a bin is located in The College Shop for donations and they will also be accepted at the ACPA Book Sale in June 2019. For more information please contact Cindy Zeng and Clare Schmehl, ACPA book return and sale representatives.

Lost and Found


Our Lost and Found cupboards are bursting at the seams with winter coats! If you have lost yours, or any other items, please come by the McCraney Barn and take a look. Please consider labeling your clothes, it is much easier to reunite you with lost items. To report lost items, e-mail


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.

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