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2020-2021 school calendar

The calendar for the 2020-2021 school year is now available. To view it, please click here. This calendar includes key dates including the start of school, long weekends, school breaks, etc. 

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.

middle eastern lunch - volunteers needed

On Thursday, April 2 Appleby's Arabic Studies students and MENA Club will host a Middle Eastern Lunch during both lunch periods in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Parent volunteers are needed to contribute to the event. To learn how you can help support the luncheon, parents are invited to attend a special Arabic/Middle Eastern planning meeting on Monday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. If interested in attending, please RSVP to faculty member Mireille Maalouf.

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 26 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 14 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 Carlos Heleno, coordinator, external academic programs.

Chapel life

On Wednesday, December 4 Senior Two student Antonina Dudina will present her chapel speech.

Friday, December 6 is our annual 'Appleby Style' Christmas Pageant where story and song will be used to tell the story of Christ's birth. There will also be a special performance by the Appleby Faculty Choir. 

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.

december assesment week

Taking place from Wednesday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 18, students will be participating in 2-hour assessment tasks designed to promote intellectual curiosity, deeper learning, and reflection. Please arrange any travel plans to ensure students are in attendance. To view the schedules, please click on the appropriate grade: Middle One, Middle Two, Upper One, Upper Two, Senior One and Senior Two.

2020-2021 financial assistance applications

Current families interested in applying for financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year are requested to apply by Friday, December 13, 2019. Please check the Admissions page on Appleby's website for financial assistance information and the online application form.

Check out these connect-ed sessions!

Connect-Ed is back! 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 2019-2020 Connect-Ed catalogue.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Squash – Monday evenings 
  • Basketball – Tuesday evenings 
  • Walking Wednesdays -  Wednesday, December 11
  • A Novel Discussion: Educated by Tara Westover - Monday, January 14
  • And more!

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

presentation of learning videos now available

Parents of current Upper One students who wish to view their child's Presentation of Learning (POL) video from June 2019, are invited to contact their child's Middle Two Home Form Advisor for instructions regarding access. Questions regarding the POL process and presentations may be sent to Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director, Middle School.

coming Events

appleby Carol Services

Join us in the John Bell Chapel for our traditional Candlelight Carol Services this week on Monday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 3. 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 2 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper One)
Tuesday, December 3 - 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. 

We will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for girls and boys aged 12 and under at the Carol Services, and in chapel until Friday, December 6. The donations will be sent to St. Matthew's House, an Anglican affiliated social service agency in Hamilton.

appleby college parents' association meeting with special guest laura boyd

The ACPA invites all parents to its next Executive Meeting in the Raymond Massey Reading Room on Tuesday, December 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be an exciting evening as faculty member Laura Boyd is prepared to delight all attendees with a demonstration of holiday appetizers and baking in the Employee Lounge. Following the meeting, parents are also invited to help with the Boarder Break (additional information below). The ACPA is an integral part of the Appleby community and hosts a number of events throughout the year. Established in 1928, all Appleby parents are members of the association, which provides an opportunity to volunteer and help fundraise for the school.

middle school holiday cabaret

Join us for the Middle School Holiday Cabaret taking place on Thursday, December 5 in Willis Hall. Middle Two students will perform at 4:00 p.m. and Middle One 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 semi-formal 

Appleby is hosting its annual semi-formal on Saturday, January 11 from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This year's theme is the Roaring 20s. 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 8, Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10 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, director, senior school, for a copy of the semi-formal external guest form. The closing date for ticket sales is Tuesday, January 7 at 5:00 p.m.

orchestra concert band holiday concert

What is the best way to get in the holiday mood? By coming to the Orchestra Concert Band Holiday Concert, of course! Come join the musicians as they play seasonal favourites, with the occasional sing-along. The fun takes place Monday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. in Willis Hall.

international business christmas tradeshow

Appleby community members are invited to attend the 13th Annual International Business Holiday Tradeshow on Thursday, December 5 from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. This year's show will feature 24 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!

Pick-up of holiday wreath, poinsettia and floral arrangement orders

Thank you to everyone who placed an order for a holiday wreath, poinsettia and floral arrangement! Pick-up will be available inside Nicholas Arts Centre front reception on Thursday, December 5 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Watkin, ACPA fundraising coordinator.

border study break - tuesday, december 10

Do you like to bake? Would you like to visit your child in boarding? On Tuesday, December 10 parents and guardians will be treating 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. Volunteers are invited to help hand out the treats form 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Food donations can be dropped off in the kitchen anytime during the day or brought to the ACPA meeting held that evening from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. Please ensure treats are in a disposable container and are nut-free. For more information, please contact Cindy Wang and Lily Feng, ACPA Campus Life Representatives.

walking wednesdays

Step through the week with Walking Wednesdays! A perfect time to catch-up, meet and mingle, and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Join ACPA new parent representatives Vanessa Barr, Daisy Li and Sonia Fernandes once a month to explore the Appleby trail and nearby community. All fitness levels are welcome, as well as children and pets. Guests are asked to meet outside the College Shop in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life at 8:15 a.m. Coffee/tea service will be provided to kick-start your morning. The next Walking Wednesday is taking place on Wednesday, December 11. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations, if you are interested in attending.

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents/guardians/Grandparents

Interested in participating in the vibrancy of the Appleby community and meeting other parents/guardians? Consider applying for one or some of the many volunteer opportunities that arise throughout the school year! Whether you can commit to a weekly time slot in the College Shop or a couple of hours to judge a student academic competition, your presence is welcome and encouraged. A description of each event that requires parent support is included in the Volunteer Opportunities section of Parent Central.

Add your name to the list to receive e-mails about upcoming opportunities by clicking on the "Apply Now" button. All volunteers are required to obtain security clearance with Vulnerable Sector Screening. For additional information contact Lisa Sebastian, ACPA volunteer coordinator.

Listen to Harrow association POdcasts series three - eminent harrovians

Do you listen to podcasts? In Eminent Harrovians, OHs who have achieved the highest of honours in their respective fields share their stories:

  • Former Chairman of Governors and owner of Newby Hall Richard Compton (West Acre 1970³)
  • Multi-award-winning international pianist Aristo Sham (Moretons 2010³)
  • Field Marshal, The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE DL (Newlands 1952³)
  • International portrait artist Henry Ward (The Grove 1984³)

Catch up on series one which features interviews with OHs working in interesting fields in The Road Less Travelled and series two, Harrow Generations, in which Harrow fathers and sons discuss their memories of Harrow across the generations. 

Catch up with all three series via OH Connect or on the HA SoundCloud page today.

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ontario student debate union halton region senior debate qualifier 

On November 26, Upper One students Hope Arpa and Daniel Choi, Upper Two students Yusef Elmaraghy and Ashley Lui, Senior One students Daniel Brown and Calvin Xu, and Senior Two students Alyssa Gaylard and Laura Voermann, competed at the Ontario Student Debate Union Halton Region Senior Debate Qualifier hosted by Appleby. Competing in Canadian National Debate Format against schools in Halton Region, our teams vied for spots in the Senior Provincial Championship. Debating the merits of facial recognition software in the prepared rounds, the impromptu rounds explored contrasting views on developmental aid and tradable permits. Alyssa and Calvin placed second at the tournament and earned a spot to the Senior Provincials. Alyssa also won the Top Speaker Award for the most speaker points. Congratulations!


university of western debate society high school tournament

On November 22 and 23, Upper One students Hope Arpa, Rhea Siromani and Luke Tesser, Upper Two students Melody Cao, Mia Cappuccitti-Gutierrez, Ashley Liu, Simi Ogunsola, Arjun Rao, Ala Srokowski, John Zbuk, Roy Zhang, Senior One student Calvin Xu, and Senior Two student Laura Voermann, competed at the University of Western Ontario Debate Society's High School Tournament in London, Ontario. More than 200 students from across Ontario competed in five rounds of British Parliamentary Debate. Motions covered the use of social media to support rights movements, the value of economic sanctions, along with political motions on campaign tactics and voting ethics. Our students engaged in challenging rounds and tested their debating skills in thought-provoking dialogue. They received feedback from the university's debate team and ranked well within the high-level competition.


senior two french students explore What is Art?

On November 22, students in Senior Two Core French participated in the "Doc a Day" workshop at the TIFF Bell Lightbox where they planned, pitched and filmed a short documentary in French. As part of the workshop, students collaborated and discussed what art means to them, chose interesting and relevant subtopics, wrote effective questions, interviewed their peers, and shot a documentary while taking turns exploring various roles such as lighting, sound, director, actor and camera operator. 


appleby's truth and reconciliation youth iniative attends human rights symposium

On November 19, seven members of Appleby's Truth and Reconciliation Youth Initiative attended Crestwood Preparatory College's Human Rights Symposium "Towards Reconciliation 2". This one-day symposium was the second in a series designed to raise awareness and activism related to improving Canada's relationship with Indigenous communities. Highlights included a plenary talk by renowned Stó:lō author Lee Maracle, a lunchtime performance by Mohawk two-spirited singer Shawnee, and workshops run by Canadian Roots Exchange and Tribal Vision and Dance.


etinem mime workshop with nisichawayasihk cree nation

On November 15, world-renowned mime Etinem worked with a group of Upper One Appleby students and a drama class located in Nelson House, Manitoba, via our Connected North Program. Using a Cisco teleconferencing unit, students from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (at a school 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg) were able to participate in a mime workshop with our students here in Oakville. Two Appleby intercultural trips have travelled to this community in Northern Manitoba, and we are thrilled to have guests from their community visiting Appleby from November 30 to December 9. 


athlete of the week

Senior Two student Daniel Yan is a member of the Varsity Boys' Hockey team. At the recent Lower Canada College tournament in Montreal, Daniel scored five goals, helping the team win the tournament! He also scored during the team's first regular season game against De La Salle College. Congratulations Daniel! 

Community Weekends

Students are asked to stay in residence for on-campus activities during the following dates:
Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1: Winter Community Weekend
Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24: Spring Community Weekend


The College shop - 12 days of discounts!

The College Shop is celebrating the holidays with "12 Days of Discounts!" Stop by to check out the deal of the day. A sneak peek - today we are offering 15% off all house rugby shirts! You'll have to drop in to see the remaining deals from Tuesday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 17. 

The College Shop sells all approved gym wear, team windsuits, school ties, stationery supplies and Appleby logo gift items. Stop by during regular hours: Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to visit the College Shop, we have you covered! The online College Shop offers a quick and hassle-free shopping experience for all your child's Appleby clothing and school supply needs. We will also ship your order. Please click here to visit the online College Shop. 

turnover shop 

The Turnover Shop is open in the A.W.B Alumni Centre! Please come by and pick-up some of our great, gently used Appleby uniform items. As the weather gets colder, purchase Appleby uniform sweaters for only $3!

lost and found - now on instagram!

The Lost and Found is located in the A.W.B Alumni Centre. Please come by to look for your child's lost items. If items are lost, e-mail lostandfound@appleby.on.ca to report them. Please encourage your children to label items to increase the likelihood of reuniting lost items with their owners. Also, follow @applebylostandfound on Instagram, pictures of lost items will be posted regularly!

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