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Preparing for the

2023-2024 School Year 

While we look forward to an exciting remainder of the year, the school is also starting to prepare for the year ahead with registration for the 2023-2024 school year for all returning and new students opening on Thursday, February 2, 2023. Starting at 12 noon on February 2, 2023, parents and guardians will receive an e-mail with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the registration form and process. 

School News

interim grades available 

The first set of interim grades are available for review on Appleby College's education management system (BBK12). Please click here to view the communication (including instructions on how to access) that was sent to parents on Friday, January 20, 2023.  

parent zoom call recordings

Thank you to all members of the Appleby community who joined us on last Wednesday’s Zoom calls. If you were unable to attend, recordings of the sessions are available. The password for access is: Appleby2023!.

2023-2024 appleby college calendar now available

Please click here to view the 2023-2024 Appleby College school year calendar. 

appleby athletics schedule

Please click here to view the Appleby College calendar which contains the Athletics schedule for the week of January 23, 2022. Home games in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life will be livestreamed here

bell let's talk day - january 25

Bell Canada’s annual Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25, 2023. This year, Bell will be making a $10 million lump sum donation towards mental health initiatives. This action will replace the donation of 5 cents per interaction that Bell has made in previous years. This new funding is more than Bell has ever committed on Bell Let’s Talk Day and it will put more emphasis on the day toward practical actions we can all take throughout the year to create change. The campaign titled “Let’s Change This” highlights ways we can all create meaningful change and take action by doing one or more of the following:

  • Choose a mental health organization to learn about or support
  • Help a friend struggling with their mental health by learning how to support them
  • Ask about how your school, workplace or community is creating change for mental health
  • Nurture your own wellbeing by practicing and learning mental health strategies
  • Get involved in a mental health initiative or organize an event to support mental health
  • Engage in conversations about mental health to fight stigma

Appleby’s Wellbeing Council will be sharing additional resources with students and employees via e-mail and Instagram on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Bell has compiled a list of mental health resources and organizations that offer various services. For more details, click here.  

donations needed - walker house thrift show

Clear out your closet by donating 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. Dress clothing is especially appreciated as Safetynet provides clothing for interviews and new jobs. Donations can be dropped off in the Walker House Common Room or at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Walker House Thrift Show on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. where gently used clothing, students' International Business products and snacks will be available for purchase!  

canadian-themed winter community weekend

We're looking forward to our Canadian-Themed Winter Community Weekend on Friday, January 27 (4:00 to 10:30 p.m.) and Saturday, January 28, 2023 (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Appleby students will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of Canadian and Indigenous activities and meals including skating, water polo, movies, broomball, and snow fort making, as well as Beavertails and a How To Make series of foods! Both day and boarding students are invited to attend dinner and Appleby's Got Talent on January 27 and are encouraged to "show us your Canada"! Times and locations of each activity will be emailed to students this week.

reporting period 3 co-curricular exemptions

Requests for Reporting Period 3 co-curricular exemptions (Tuesday, March 28 - Thursday, May 25, 2023) have been extended. Students are asked to complete the form no later than Monday, January 30, 2023. All exemption requests should be sent to Dr. Claire Kelly, assistant head of school, student life for consideration and approval.

parent volunteers needed to judge upcoming events

In the coming weeks, Appleby's English department is hosting student events on campus and faculty members are looking for parent volunteers who would like to judge the competitions. Please see below for details.

  • Monday, January 30, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., 2-3 parent judges are needed for the Senior Two After Dinner Speeches. Please contact faculty members Andrew Bryce and Ellen Palmer if interested in volunteering.
  • Thursday, February 16, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., 5-7 parent judges are needed for the Senior One Debating Competition. Please contact faculty members Amanda Sobol and Ellen Palmer if interested in volunteering. 

Thursday, February 23, 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 5-7 parent judges are needed for the Upper One Debate Competition. Please contact faculty members Carlos Heleno and Diana Dodd if interested in volunteering. 

ap capstone diploma information session for upper two families 

The Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma program at Appleby has achieved wonderous successes. For the past six years, a total of 111 students received this diploma (equivalent to 20% of all Canadian recipients since the program’s inception in 2015). Currently, 66 students are pursuing their AP Capstone Diploma which requires they complete a minimum of six AP courses/exams, including AP Seminar in Senior One and AP Research in Senior Two. An information session for Upper Two students and parents will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Willis Hall. Current Upper Two students with an average of 90 per cent or higher who are interested in completing multiple AP courses/exams are strongly encouraged to consider applying. 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. 

in-person teacher recruitment open house

Please spread the word! Do you know anyone that would like to be a teacher at Appleby College? Appleby’s Human Resources Department is hosting an in-person Teacher Recruitment Open House on Monday, February 13, 2023. Anyone interested is welcome to drop in between 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. To learn more, please visit

concussion diagnosis and medical clearance

If your child is suspected of suffering a concussion whether on or off-campus please contact Appleby College’s Health Centre at 905-845-4681 ext. 229 for information on next steps and the documentation the school will require. Under Rowan’s Law, physicians and nurse practitioners are the only health care providers who can medically assess and diagnose a concussion. They are also the only ones who can provide confirmation of medical clearance for students to return to unrestricted participation in competitive sport. 

ice skate donations

Do you have gently used ice skates that need a new home? Appleby's boarding house faculty are looking to collect hockey or figure skates for boarders to use on weekends. Various sizes are welcome. Donations can be dropped of at Nicholas Arts Centre main reception. If you have any questions, please contact Luke van der Hulst, director, boarding life at

tax receipt - t2202 tuition and enrolment certificate requires student's social insurance number

The T2202 Tuition and Enrolment Certificate will be available in late February 2023 for students who were enrolled in qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) courses during 2022. As Revenue Canada requires the inclusion of the student’s Social Insurance Number (SIN) on this certificate, applicable students will be contacted in the coming weeks by Appleby’s business office for their SIN. Although international students will likely not have a SIN, the business office will still reach out to confirm that they do not have one. If you have any questions, please contact Young Nak Chu, director, finance at

photos by appointment - graduation and missed individual school photos

Graduation Photos

Portraits by Mina is offering graduation photos on Saturdays. Please contact Portraits by Mina directly at 905-842-6777 to book your appointment at their studio located at 315 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville. For those students who are unable to visit the photographer's studio, there will be time scheduled on campus in the new year for graduation photos. 

School Photos

If you missed your individual student photo this fall, please contact Portraits by Mina directly at 905-842-6777 to schedule your individual student photo in their studio.

the sustainability hub

Students in the Sustainability and Regeneration Council have put together a recycling station for items which are not recycled through Appleby’s Waste Management company. In addition to the battery recycling, there are boxes for make-up and toiletry items as well as all writing utensils. Once full, these boxes will be taken to Walmart and Staples respectively who partner with Teracycle, a recycling company which takes hard-to-recycle materials and turn them into new products. There are also several Teracycle boxes around campus (including one at the Sustainability Hub) where used face masks can be disposed of. We encourage all members of the Appleby community to take advantage of our recycling station, or to start a recycling station in your own home. A list of recyclable products and their partners is available on Teracycle’s website.

weather related school closure procedure

In the event of a weather related school closure, parents, students and employees will be notified via e-mail by 6:30 a.m. We will confirm whether in-person classes or busses are cancelled by that time. Information can also be obtained by calling the school's automated information update line at 905-845-4681 ext. 540. If in-person classes and bus transportation are cancelled classes will continue online. If there is no email, then regular classes will take place. 

coming events

70% of tickets sold for acpa social denim & diamonds 

Get your denim & diamonds ready! Join the Appleby College Parents’ Association on Saturday, February 25, 2023 for a fun night of entertainment, dancing, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets before it's too late - more than 70% have been sold and they are only available until Friday, February 10, 2023. Visit For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Denika Bertoli, manager, events at

d.e.i. connect-ed parent/guardian session takes place tomorrow, spots still available!

Appleby is hosting the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for our parent and guardian community on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life Single Gym. This experiential teaching tool is used to build awareness and understanding of our history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Facilitators will read a script and assume the role of European settlers. As participants, you will step onto blankets representing the land, and into the role of Indigenous peoples. You will walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, and resistance. You will be drawn into your roles by reading scrolls and carrying cards, which ultimately determine your outcomes. We invite you to engage on an emotional and intellectual level by participating in the Blanket Exercise. Please click here to complete the sign-up form to indicate your participation in this experiential activity. Light refreshments will be served. More information can be found at

parent presentaton takes place next week: social media use and mental health hosted by guest speaker scott ste marie

On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, parents and guardians are invited to join Scott Ste Marie for an in-person presentation on Social Media Use, Internet Safety and Mental Health. The session will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life Single Gym. Scott Ste Marie is a mental health speaker, advocate, podcast host and personal coach. He has been speaking publicly about his journey through depression and anxiety for over seven years online and for three years during live events at schools, businesses, and conferences. He speaks from his lived and work experience at Twitter, AdParlor, The Canadian Mental Health Association and the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. More information can be found here. If you are interested in registering for the session, please click here. If you have any questions, contact Patricia Smallbone, manager, parent relations. 

lunary new year celebration

Appleby is hosting a 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life Mark Samuel ’82 and Kevin Sanford Campus Room. Traditional foods and treats will be served, and there will be a dragon dance and musical performances by Appleby students. This in-person event is open to the Appleby community. We hope you will join us in celebrating this important festivity! To register, please click here. If you have any questions, contact Yiqin Wu, admissions & external relations officer.

food donations for the boarder study break - tuesday, february 7

On Tuesday, February 7, 2023 the ACPA will be treating boarders to a study break in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Parents and guardians may donate homemade or store-bought items (and healthier options) for boarders. Food donations can be dropped off at the College Shop between 11:20 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Monday to Friday (on or before February 7). Please ensure treats are nut-free. Restaurant food donations are also acceptable (but must be delivered prior to 8:45 p.m. on February 7 and organized with the boarder break committee). To help the committee plan, please click here to share what your contribution will be. You may also make a monetary donation that can be dropped off at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception or the College Shop until Monday, February 6.

Additionally, the Boarder Break Committee will be volunteering at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7 to assist with handing out food items. Parents are welcome to assist with this evening and help distribute food; gloves will be provided. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact ACPA Campus Life Representative Clodagh Wilson.

acpa meeting - tuesday, february 7

The Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) was established in 1928. All Appleby parents are members of the association, which provides an opportunity to volunteer and help fundraise for the school. The ACPA is an integral part of the Appleby community and hosts a number of events over the year. The next ACPA Executive Meeting of the 2022-2023 school year will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a boarder break to follow. If you are interested in attending, please email Patricia Smallbone, manager, parent relations. Location and additional information will be shared via email with registered guests. All parents are welcome.

appleby college parent lunch & learn series - register for upcoming sessions!

Feed your mind! Appleby is inviting parents and guardians to join a Lunch & Learn series being offered throughout the school year. Hosted by various employees, a list of topics and dates curated for parents can be found below. Please note that most sessions will take place at 12:00 p.m. over Zoom and will be recorded unless otherwise noted. Stay tuned for updates on new topics! If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Smallbone, manager, parent relations. 

  • Thursday, February 9, 2023 - Reframing Your Mindset for Resilience: Resilience is a skillset that is essential for learning, wellbeing, and success. One key tool for resilience is mindset. By noticing, naming, and navigating our mindset, we can build our resiliency to become our best self. Join Appleby's Directors of Positive Education, Theresa Blake and Diana Dodd, to develop skills that will enable you to bounce back and keep moving forward. The session will take place in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life boardroom from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. To register for this session, please click here
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 - Information Technology at Appleby: Join Doug Reid, chief technology officer, as he provides an overview of Appleby College’s technology programme. Parents are also encouraged to bring ideas and share feedback on what they would like to see available to them. To register for this session, please click here.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023 - Academics at Appleby: Join Dr. Sarah Morrison, assistant head of school, academics, as she provides an overview of Appleby’s academic curriculum. She will discuss ways in which Appleby's eight Pillars of Strength are incorporated into the academic program. Information will also be shared on the Advanced Placement (AP) program, The Learning Hub, and other academic programs. A registration link will be available soon. 

appleby college family day skate 

Looking for something fun to do with family and friends on Family Day? Look no further! Join fellow members of the Appleby community in the J.S. Gairdner Arena on Family Day, Monday, February 20, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for our annual Family Day Skate. Hot chocolate will be served. Click here to register today! Please note: ALL skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet and no sticks or pucks are permitted on the ice. If you have any questions, please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, manager, parent relations at

appleby community chapel service

Thank you to everyone who attended (whether in-person or virtually) Appleby’s first three Community Chapel Services. This service is open to Appleby community members including students, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and past and present employees. Services take place in the John Bell Chapel on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. and are also livestreamed. The remaining dates for the 2022-2023 school year include:

  • Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023

Service topics will vary and range from traditional Anglican Communion services to more contemporary services with a broader Interfaith focus. We hope this monthly service will become a lasting part of the vibrant Chapel Program. If you have any questions please contact Rev. Craig Luccock at or 905-845-4681 ext. 237.

acpa recruitment morning

On Monday, February 13, 2023 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., all Appleby parents are invited to attend the ACPA Recruitment Breakfast at the Principal’s Residence.
The ACPA assists the school with events, services and our wonderful College Shop. The ACPA Executive provides leadership to Appleby parent volunteers and 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, this breakfast is a super way to meet other parent volunteers and the current ACPA Executive. 
To RSVP, please contact Andy Jelinek, director, parent relations. For more information about the ACPA, please refer to the Parents' Association section of the Appleby website or contact Danny Persaud, ACPA past president.

dei day - parent volunteers needed wednesday, february 15!

As part of our school’s annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Conference, we are seeking parent and guardian volunteers to run booths as part of a Multicultural Fair on campus. The fair will take place on DEI Day, Wednesday February 15, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The goal of the fair is to increase students’ awareness and appreciation for different countries and cultures. As students visit the booths, we hope that they will engage with art, photos, music, crafts, trivia, and other activities representative of the diverse cultures that make up the Appleby community. If you are interested in being a part of this initiative, please sign up here. Parents/guardians are encouraged to sign-up one country per booth. Questions? Please contact ACPA Social Coordinators Ceylan Erkaya, Eva Dashti and Sepideh Faridrad

appleby presents Mamma mia! The musical

The students of Appleby College proudly present Mamma Mia! The Musical at the Oakville Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 and Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. This promises to be a night to remember as Appleby returns to the stage with its first musical since 2020. Join us for a magical evening with feature songs from the ABBA songbook and incredible performances. To purchase tickets, please click here

The College Shop

Congratulations to Upper One student Kate Yang for reading the January 16 issue of Appleby This Week and being the first person to visit the College Shop and ask about the new Appleby cork-bottomed mug. This is our biggest mug yet and it has a built-in coaster which protects the mug and surfaces from scratches. There are still many in stock, so come by and check them out. The College Shop, located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life, is open over lunch, Monday through Friday, from 11:20 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. The online College Shop is also open 24 hours a day, for pick-up orders and shipping. 

lost and found 

The Lost and Found is located near the College Shop and is open from Monday to Friday, 11:20 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. E-mail to ask about items you may have left behind. Please consider labelling all your items as this increases the likelihood of lost items being reunited with their rightful owners.

the tuck shop is open for snacks and treats!

The Tuck Shop is open daily from 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. A reminder that the Tuck Shop only accepts cash. Students cannot charge purchases to their student account. Please ensure that any garbage from snacks is disposed of properly in the appropriate bins. We look forward to seeing you

blue dog spirit

Thank you for supporting Appleby's athletes and artists in 2022! Photo booth pictures from the ACPA Spirit Zone at Fall Homecoming 2022 can be viewed here. Click here to view photo booth pictures for the 2022 Holiday Concert. A big thank you to ACPA Photographers Hanan Elmaraghy and Simon Liu. Appleby’s Athletics schedule is available on the School Calendar, simply visit and click "The Appleby Experience" then "School Calendar" to view it. Games marked “Home” are great opportunities to connect with others on campus and rally around our athletes. Come join the fun as we cheer on our Appleby Blue Dogs!  

grad rings 

Celebrate your 2023 graduate with a locally-crafted Appleby College graduation ring. Grad rings are a time-honoured tradition that will help celebrate students' achievements throughout their years at Appleby. We have a wonderful new manufacturer, Foschia & Co. The rings have been redesigned with a nod to tradition and a modern twist! We are happy to share there is new lower pricing and we are extending the savings to you. The rings can be ordered in sterling silver, 10K yellow or white gold, and can be customized to any graduation year. Grad rings are available to order via the online College Shop and you can preview these rings and have your fingers sized at the College Shop. New this year, e-transfer is an option for payment. Please contact ACPA representatives Kelly Mehlenbacher or Cheryl Smith to use this option or if you have any questions.

turnover shop

The Turnover Shop is located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life, next to the College Shop, and sells a range of gently used, clean, Appleby approved school wear. A selection of blazers, kilts, dress shirts and approved gym and spirit wear are available. The Turnover Shop is open during regular College Shop hours, Monday to Friday from 11:20 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Please consider donating any used in good condition Appleby wear and uniform items. Drop off your items at the College Shop or at Nicholas Arts Centre front reception.

want to get more involved in life at appleby? volunteer!

A great way for parents, guardians and grandparents to get more involved in school life is to volunteer. We have a variety of roles - from one-off activities to ongoing commitments you are sure to find something that will suit your interests and availability! We’d like to invite you to explore these opportunities and complete an application form. To be part of this vital Appleby experience click here. Appleby requires all school employees, faculty members and volunteers to have a (CRC) Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector completed (valid for three years) and fill out a (DCR) Declaration of Criminal Record form annually. Follow this link to apply for a (CRC) Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector and click here for the school’s (DCR) Declaration of Criminal Record form. Please email copies of your completed forms to Patricia Smallbone, manager, parent relations, Patricia can also assist with requests for a volunteer agency letter from the school. Should you have any questions about volunteering at Appleby, email Poonam Hardas, ACPA Volunteer Coordinator at Thank you in advance for your consideration! 


chapel news 

On Wednesday, January 25, Senior Two student and Sustainability Prefect Lacey Swamy will present her chapel speech. A link will be shared here on Monday, January 30.

On January 18, Senior Two student Rhea Siromani presented her chapel speech. Please click here to view it. 

global experiential trip to costa rica

During the first two weeks of December, 17 Senior One and Senior Two students, along with three faculty members travelled to Costa Rica for a Global Experiential Trip. The focus of the experience was an immersive journey to one of the most beautiful places in the world to explore what it means to consume less rather than always trying to consume more. The group travelled into the heart of the rainforest in the Talamanca Region of Costa Rica to visit the Bribri people. Here, they shared with a community of Indigenous people in the village of Yorkín for whom consuming “stuff” has always been less important than other pursuits like free time, community, solidarity, and respect for nature. The Appleby group’s highlights include an in-depth view into the Bribri view of spirituality, learning about the community’s organic farming and agroforestry techniques, enjoying soccer games, ziplining in the jungle canopy and visiting an active volcano.

students and faculty travel to puerto rico

From December 4 to 14, 15 Senior One and Senior Two students along with two faculty members embarked on a Global Experiential trip to Puerto Rico. While there, the group explored the towns of Luquillo and Dorado while completing service work in La Hormiga. Students and staff worked to restore the home of a woman whose original dwelling was impacted by hurricane Maria. Their tasks included painting, sanding and mudding, assembling furniture and clearing terrain for a future driveway. Cultural visits included the El Yunque National Forest, the town of Old San Juan, kayaking in a bioluminescent algae lake, a Bomba dance lesson and cooking lessons with a local chef.

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