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Over the Spring Break, we encourage everyone to please check their emails for further information on Appleby’s return to school plans. 

School News

dr. katrina samson

It was with mixed emotions that Mr. Innes van Nostrand shared the news last week that Dr. Katrina Samson would be leaving Appleby at the end of the current school year to join Havergal College in Toronto as their Principal. While we are disappointed to be losing an incredibly valued colleague and friend, we could not be happier for her and the opportunity that awaits. In her 18 years at Appleby she has done so much for the school and our community, as an English teacher; Assistant Director, Upper School; Director, Upper School; Assistant Head, Student Life; Department Head of English; Associate Head of School; but especially as Head of School over the last 11 years. We know Dr. Samson’s immense energy, drive for innovation, passion for great education and caring will make her an outstanding leader at Havergal and we wish her the very best.

assitant head of school appointments

We are delighted to share that faculty members Dr. Claire Kelly and Dr. Sarah Morrison have been appointed as Assistant Heads of School at Appleby College, effective Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Dr. Claire Kelly is an incredibly accomplished educator who has assumed several different roles at Appleby in her 19 years at the School. She has served in a variety of leadership roles including Assistant House Director in Walker House, Upper School Director, Director of Academics, Centennial Scholars/Global Access Student Program Coordinator, and one of the lead AP Capstone program designers. In her current role as Director, Curriculum and Research, Claire has focused on faculty-led curriculum innovation, critical pedagogy review and work integrating diversity, equity and inclusion lenses into the academic curriculum. In addition to her leadership work, Claire is recognized by students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher who prioritizes the student-teacher relationship. 

Dr. Sarah Morrison has a long-standing, successful career within the education sector, and has exemplified her commitment to innovation, excellence and caring as a teacher and leader in her 19 years at Appleby. In addition to being celebrated by students and colleagues as a passionate and innovative teacher, her leadership work has focused on curriculum strategy and development, notably in her former role as Curriculum Chair, Visual & Performing Arts. Sarah has carried her passion for curriculum and program design to her current role as Director of Learning, Teaching, and Research. In addition to her curriculum focus, Sarah’s commitment to pastoral care and student life programming is evidenced by her work with the chapel team, as the choir director, and the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) design team, and her leadership in the Arts programme at Appleby.

Please join us in congratulating both Dr. Claire Kelly and Dr. Sarah Morrison on their leadership appointments!

april 2021 report cards

A reminder that the Spring marks update for Middle School and the Semester 2 first report card for Upper and Senior School students (including marks and teacher comments) is now available for review on Appleby's education management system - BBK12. Parents are encouraged to read their child’s report and in particular the teacher comments prior to this month's parent-teacher conferences. Please note that comments also reflect winter co-curriculars. Please click here to view the communication sent on Friday, April 9.

bus schedule

Please note the following changes to the bus schedule as per the updated school year calendar:

  • Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16: April Break, no buses and no classes 
  • Monday, April 19: Regular bus schedule resumes (Cohort A)
  • Tuesday, April 20: One bus departure at 4:00 p.m. (parent/teacher interviews) 
  • Thursday, April 22: One bus departure at 4:00 p.m. (parent/teacher interviews) 
  • Monday, April 26: One bus departure at 4:00 p.m. (parent/teacher interviews) 
  • Friday, April 30: No buses and no classes (additional study day for AP exams)

For more information, please visit the Transportation site via Appleby's education management system - BBK12. To access please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Howard, coordinator, transportation and travel.

parent-teacher conferences - registration closes thursday, april 15

This term’s parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT and Monday, April 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT. Teachers will be available to meet with parents via Zoom. An email was sent to parents on April 1 that includes details on how to sign-up, please click here to view. The booking system is open to parents until Thursday, April 15

parent constituency survey

Every three years the school circulates a series of comprehensive surveys to students, parents and alumni in order to gain a better understanding and further insights into the overall satisfaction with the school as well as specific school programmes. The surveys are completely anonymous and are administered by Lookout Management Inc. on behalf of the school. Parents can expect to receive an email from the school the week of April 19, 2021 with a link inviting them to participate in the survey and additional information on the surveys will be included here next week. 

upcoming parent zoom calls

Please join Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Dr. Katrina Samson, Head of School as well as members of the school’s Leadership Team for an information and Q&A session via Zoom. Grade Band specific sessions are open to all parents and guardians and will be held on the following dates and times. Please note that a general information Zoom call has been scheduled for Appleby's international families who are also welcome to join their child's Grade Band session. An invitation with call-in details will follow.

  • Monday, May 3, 2021: International Family Session - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021: International (Asia) Family Session - 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021: Senior School Session - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, May 6, 2021: Upper School Session - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, May 7, 2021: Middle School Session - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT

appleby virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) day

On Tuesday, May 4, Appleby will host a virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Day. This day of meaningful learning will allow all Appleby students to learn about systems of oppression and other identities. Students will be challenged to reflect on their allyship in order to advance a culture of inclusion at Appleby. Keynote speakers will address topics such as racial inequality, gender inclusivity and Indigeneity in their sessions. Student leaders will also facilitate workshops on various topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The day will culminate with optional Affinity Group meetings.

Classes will be cancelled on Tuesday, May 4 in order to ensure that this learning can be prioritized for the Appleby community. Sessions will take place virtually and students will participate from home. Each session will be approximately 45-minutes in length. Details regarding the schedule will be provided closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact faculty members Janay Eccles or Jennifer Coles.

community wellness days

On Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday May 20, Appleby students and faculty will be participating in morning sessions designed to contribute to their wellbeing. The main anchor of these sessions for Upper One through Senior Two students is a presentation by Farrah Khan, a sought-after speaker on the topics of equality, gender-based violence and consent. Ms. Khan's talk will be focused on the topics of consent and healthy relationships. Following the keynote speech, debrief sessions will take place and case studies will be reviewed in Advisor Groups. Through materials provided by Ms. Khan and training sessions provided by our Guidance department, Advisors will facilitate these important conversations in a safe environment. Middle School students, with the support of their Home Form Advisors, will take part in presentations and inclusivity/wellness workshops facilitated by NextGen and Get Real. Also, activities to promote physical, emotional, environmental and mental wellbeing will be offered throughout an extended lunch hour on both days for everyone.

To accommodate the speakers and wellbeing activities, changes to the academic schedule have been made. There will be asynchronous learning activities on both Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, as well as an early dismissal on Thursday, May 20 to allow for Senior Two leadership interviews.

Your child's wellbeing is so important to you and to the school, and we are fortunate to be able to provide these opportunities to learn and grow in a safe space. We encourage you to click on the links above to learn more about the guest speakers.

updated covid-19 screening & Self-isolation requirements

On February 18, the Ontario Ministry of Health issued updated COVID-19 screening and self-isolation requirements for all schools in the province. As of February 22, the COVID-19 screening protocol (REACH application) has been changed and now requires students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, to stay home until:

• They receive a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
• They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; OR
• It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.

These changes have been made in the REACH screening app.

The Ministry of Health will also be requiring that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom. In these situations the following isolation requirements now apply:

• All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
• Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
• Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.

If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms, and all members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.

student meal feedback

Students are encouraged to share their feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas about the food, menus, their lunch experience, etc. Please send an e-mail to and let us know what you think!

summer credit courses

The Appleby College Summer Academy is offering a variety of credit courses in July and August. All credit courses will be taught online, and course offerings include: Advanced Functions 12, Data Management 12, Physics 12, Chemistry 11, Functions 11, Core French 10 and Principles of Mathematics 10. Class spaces are limited, so please sign up in advance if you are interested in these programs. Visit the Appleby Summer Academy website for more information and full course descriptions.


Appleby College Summer Programs is excited to welcome students and campers to campus for our 2021 season - applications are now open! Join us this summer for a fun-filled learning adventure. Please visit the Appleby Academy or Appleby Camps website to learn more about our programs and the new COVID-19 safety protocols. Follow us on Instagram at @applebycamps and @applebycollegeacademies to stay up to date!

Registration is open now for:

Appleby Academy (Grades 7 to 12):

  • Summer Credit Courses
  • *NEW* Summer Leadership Institute
  • Summer On-Campus Enrichment Courses *NEW courses available*
  • *NEW* Summer Remote Learning Enrichment Courses
  • *NEW* April Break Introduction to Design Technology Course

Appleby Camps (Ages 4 to 14):

middle two presentations of learning

The Middle Two Presentations of Learning (POL) are a culminating event celebrating academic and affective growth as students finish Middle School - they highlight meaningful learning experiences for teachers, peers, Home Form Advisors, and parents across all aspects of their learning at Appleby. 

On February 24, the POL process was introduced to Middle School students in Grade Band, click here to view a recording of the presentation. Starting on Friday, June 4, Middle Two students will have an opportunity to share their POLs with peers, teachers and a group of evaluating panelists consisting of other Appleby faculty members. After such a unique Middle Two year, there is no doubt that we can look forward to fantastic demonstrations of self-assessment, reflection on personal growth, and celebration of achievements!

This year, the POL preparation will be done as a unit of study. Starting on Monday, May 10, students will remain with their POL Faculty Mentors (consisting of the Middle Two Social Science and Middle Two English teaching team) where they will be participating in a series of workshops and work periods. Workshops will include presentations from the Leadership Team, former Middle Two students, and the POL Faculty Mentors themselves.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to your child's Social Science or English teacher. You can also take a look at last year's POLs here: The password to access the recording is: POL2020.

coming events

session on the power of positivty

Think back to a good day. What were you feeling? Joy? Serenity? Love? Chances are your positive emotions outweighed the negative ones. On Monday, April 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT, Appleby's Positive Education team will be hosting a session on the science of positive emotions to help us understand how leveraging positive emotions fosters engagement, strength and curiosity, and will also identify practical strategies for fostering positive emotions to boost wellbeing. If you are interested in attending, please click here to register. Zoom/call-in details will be sent to registered participants.

the duke of edinburgh's award - overview and temporary covid-19 changes

Parents of students aged 14 and up are invited to attend an information session with Connie Serra, coordinator, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on Wednesday, April 21 from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. EDT. If you are interested in attending, please click here to register. We recommend parents review the presentation posted here in advance to the session (you will be required to log-in using your BBK12 account to access the material). Zoom/call-in details will be sent to registered participants. If you have any questions, please contact Connie Serra at

upper school course information workshops for new families 

Course information workshops for incoming Upper School students and parents new to Appleby will be held via Zoom with Appleby’s School Directors and members of our Guidance department on Tuesday, April 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT. While the workshops are optional we strongly encourage students and parents to participate. Please mark your calendars. Call-in details will be e-mailed to parents prior to. Please note that Middle School courses will be reviewed during the New Family Information Night. New Senior School students will be contacted directly by members of Appleby’s Guidance team to review the course selection process.

new family information night

Parents and students new to Appleby in September 2021 are invited to attend this informative event which will include a welcome from Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Dr. Katrina Samson, Head of School, presentations by Appleby’s School Directors, as well as information on co-curriculars and clubs, the Appleby College Parents’ Association, The College Shop, Summer Academies, and the school’s bussing program. Please save the date for Thursday, April 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT. An invitation with registration details will follow.

parent and alumni volunteers needed for upcoming hackathon event for appleby students!

On Saturday, May 1, Appleby's Business Club is hosting the inaugural Appleby Hackathon Event. This is a one-day event for Appleby students who will spend the day working to solve a problem which will be released for participants on the day of the event. In teams, students will create a business pitch with a technical aspect/prototype for their solution. Throughout the event, students may contact mentors for assistance, and at the end of the day, solutions will be judged by two panels of judges. The hackathon provides students with a truly unique beyond-the-classroom learning experience. Mentors and judges with either a technical or business background are needed for blocks of time throughout the day. Interested parents and alumni are asked to click here to complete the sign-up form. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Upper Two students Rhea Siromani and Madhav Satija. Thank you for your support!

appleby virtual book club - new date!

Join faculty members Janay Eccles, Andy Jelinek, Claire Kelly, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Janet Kurusanather, Noelle Morris and Kristina Udegbunam for a virtual book club! The next novel for review is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations if you are interested in attending. The book club will meet online via Zoom and call details will be shared with registered participants.


the college shop

The College Shop is open for all of your merchandise needs, including new Adidas men’s quarter zip shirts, perfect for chilly after school sports! The shop is open over lunch from Monday to Friday 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The online College Shop is open 24 hours a day, and orders are available for pick-up or can be shipped to your door.

lost and found

The Lost and Found is open regular College Shop hours, Monday to Friday, 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please e-mail to ask about items you may have left behind. Please consider having your children label all their items as this increases the likelihood of lost items being reunited with their rightful owners.

volunteer with the acpa!

The ACPA is always looking for volunteers to join the team. If you can spare an hour or two, there are many different ways to volunteer with the school. Please click here to view a list of opportunities or contact Kathy Vucic, ACPA volunteer coordinator for more details.. 

graduation rings 

Celebrate your special 2021 graduate with a beautifully crafted Appleby graduation ring, a time honored tradition that will help celebrate their achievements this year! The rings are expertly designed in conjunction with Knar Jewellery of Oakville and are available in sterling silver or 10K rose, yellow or white gold. The rings are available for order in the online College Shop and they can be customized for any graduating year. For more information, contact Kym Larsen of Knar Jewellery at 289-795-4483 or ACPA representative Bridget van Akkooi.

turnover shop

The Turnover Shop is now accepting gently used Appleby approved school items. Please drop off your donations at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception or the College Shop during regular hours. A selection of blazers ($75), kilts ($60), dress shirts ($10), sweaters ($10), and approved gym and spirit wear are available. The Turnover Shop is located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre and is open during regular College Shop hours, Monday to Friday from 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


chapel news

On Wednesday, April 7, Senior Two student and Senior School Prefect Avery Buckley will present her chapel speech. A link will be shared here on Monday, April 19.

Thank you to Senior Two student Prue Hughes for her chapel speech on March 31. Please click here to view the video.

upper one students attend ontario student union debating junior provincial championships

On March 26, Upper One students Jade Chahal, Lia Goh, Lucie Huang and Neil Yang represented Appleby at the Ontario Student Union Debating Junior Provincial Championships which took place virtually. Students participated in five rounds of debate. The first rounds were prepped based on the resolution: This House Would Not Allow Advertising to Children. The final rounds were impromptu and students only had 20 minutes to prepare for the motions on whether fines should be proportional to individual wealth, the banning of gasoline engines, and the abolishment of the monarchy in Canada. A special congratulations to Lia Goh and Jade Chahal for winning four of their five rounds of debate and placing 10th overall out of 24 teams, with Lia Goh placing 20th for individual speaker points out of 48 students. This is just the beginning for our novice debaters!

thriving leadership workshop series

Over the past six weeks, 20 Senior One students completed the first ever Thriving Leadership Workshop Series! Students joined external facilitator Carolyn Swora on Tuesday evenings to develop and engage in leadership learning and explored topics such as values, trust, culture and decision making. After the workshop, students were asked to write one word (as their name) during the virtual call to describe how they felt after their learning. A screen capture including their words can be found here. Congratulations everyone!

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