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Looking Ahead

Congratulations and thank you to everyone for the smooth transition to remote learning last week. We continue to be impressed with the flexibility, creativity and positive energy of our students and faculty. And while our transition to remote learning was a success, we want to reiterate our full commitment to return to a comprehensive and complete Appleby programme as soon as possible.

School News

reminder: remote learning (all students)

As per the Government of Ontario’s response to the current wave of COVID-19 cases and in particular the Omicron variant, classes at all publicly funded and independent/private schools including Appleby will remain online until Friday, January 14, 2022 (at the earliest). During remote learning:

  • Students are required to participate in online learning including synchronous lessons with their camera on, ready to learn. Students received additional information via e-mail from Dr. Morrison on Monday, January 3, 2022, including participation details for those students who are in different time zones. There are no changes to class times.
  • Please reach out to teachers and advisors with any questions and remember that your course teachers will be sharing details with you about remote learning for each class via BBK12 and Canvas.
  • Upper and Senior School co-curriculars will begin online today, Monday, January 10, 2022. Middle School sport co-curriculars will continue as timetabled.
  • All assemblies, including Grade Band meetings, will be virtual until further notice.

covid-19 updates to the health centre

Parents are asked to e-mail to update the Appleby College Health Centre if in the past 30 days a student has tested positive on any COVID-19 test (including a PCR, ID NOW or rapid antigen test) or has been advised by the Public Health Department or their doctor to isolate as they might have COVID-19. You do not need to e-mail the Health Centre if a student was told they were a high-risk contact and didn’t have symptoms or had a negative COVID-19 test during their isolation period. Thank you for your support. 

important reminder: return to campus rapid antigen test

As a reminder, all students will need to complete and report the results of a rapid antigen screening test within 12 hours before their return to campus in January. To assist students in reporting their test results, the school will be updating the REACH Student Life Management screening application prior to the return to school, and students will need to complete the screening questions in REACH before coming onto campus. Please note, various infectious disease experts have indicated that swabbing both your nose and throat can increase the sensitivity of at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. For additional information on how to incorporate a throat swab as part of your COVID-19 rapid antigen test, please click here.

In the event a student receives a positive rapid antigen screening test result, please stay at home and isolate. Students who have not completed a rapid antigen test with a negative result within 12 hours before returning to school will be required to visit the Scullion Family Student Lounge (located between the Schlesinger Dining Hall and old gym) prior to their first class to be tested.

important update: local boarding students

It continues to be our intention to welcome local boarders back to boarding the evening of Sunday, January 16, 2022. This decision will however be subject to review and re-consideration should:

  1. The Government of Ontario announce a delay in the return to in-person learning; or,
  2. There are health and safety concerns regarding the potential for spread within the boarding community. The school currently has one confirmed case in boarding and one close contact. Both individuals are in and will remain in isolation for five days as per the Government of Ontario’s guidance.

Local boarding students who return on Sunday, January 16, 2022 will need to provide a negative rapid antigen test and complete the REACH screening app within 12 hours before their return to campus. Boarders who do not have access to a rapid antigen test will be administered a test upon their return to campus. If a student’s rapid antigen test is positive they will not be permitted to move into boarding and will be asked to return home to self-isolate.

If the Government of Ontario announces a delay in the return to in-person learning and the School decides to proceed with local boarding students returning on Sunday, January 16, 2022, we may include some restrictions on leaving campus, including returns home. These will be announced at the time of the decision.

Whether or not we return to normal learning on January 17, local boarding students will continue to have the option to remain at home as a Day student and delay their return to boarding until Sunday, January 23, 2022, if preferred. Local boarding students who wish to delay their return to boarding until Sunday, January 23 are asked to contact their House Director by Friday, January 14, 2022 if you haven’t already done so.

covid-19 daily screening, masking and physical distance

With the recently announced changes to the province’s testing and isolation guidelines, the importance of the daily REACH Student Life Management screening application increases significantly. To ensure the health and safety of all in our community it is imperative that all students and employees are diligent, deliberate and honest in answering the screening questions. With no testing resources available, the onus will be on each and every one of us to keep our classmates, friends, family and colleagues safe. If you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must isolate for five days if you are fully vaccinated and otherwise healthy, or are under 12 years of age. You can end isolation after five days only if your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours, and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed. If you are not fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised, you and anyone you live with must isolate for 10 days. Students and employees will continue to be vigilant in following health and safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing.

reporting student absences

To report a student absence due to COVID-19 symptoms (an overview of symptoms can be found in the REACH Student Life Management app):

  • E-mail and cc Provide the full name of the student and Health Centre nurses will reach out to you directly. Please do not include any other information including type of symptoms or anticipated date of return.

For any reason other than COVID-19 symptoms:

  • E-mail and cc the student's Advisor. Provide the full name of the student, reason for their absence and anticipated date of return.

parent & guardian zoom call recordings available

Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Fraser Grant ’87, Head of School & Deputy Principal as well as members of the school’s Leadership Team hosted information and Q&A sessions via Zoom on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. If you were unable to attend, recordings of the sessions are available. The password to access both calls is: Appleby2022!.

coming events

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 five years, a total of 88 students received this diploma (equivalent to 24% of all Canadian recipients since the program’s inception in 2015). Currently, 62 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. Intrigued? An information session for Upper Two students and parents will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST. 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. Please click here to register for the session. For more information, contact Carlos Heleno, coordinator, external academic programs.

the next meeting for the appleby college parents' association - virtual

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 will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please contact Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events at Details for the call will be e-mailed to you. All are welcome to join. 

senior one parent/guardian post-secondary information evening

Please join us for the Senior One Parent/Guardian Post-Secondary Information Evening on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Attendees will learn about the work that students are doing in their guidance classes this year to prepare for their post-secondary applications in the fall of 2022. Parents and guardians play an important role, and during this session we will review the application process and timeline, the support provided by Appleby’s guidance department throughout the application cycle, and highlight the ways parents and guardians can be involved. Please join us for this virtual presentation and bring your questions, click here to register. If you have any questions, contact Michelle Frigo, director, guidance, university counselling.

virtual acpa recruitment morning

On Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. EST, all Appleby parents are invited to join the ACPA via Zoom for some coffee and conversation. Bring your own coffee!
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 session is a relaxed and informal way to meet other parent volunteers and the current ACPA Executive virtually. Everyone is welcome!
To RSVP, please contact Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events. Zoom details will be shared to registered guests. For more information about the ACPA, please refer to the Parents' Association section of the Appleby website or contact Mary Rawlinson, ACPA past president.

book club: the bell jar by sylvia plath

Join members of the ACPA, Dr. Claire Kelly, assistant head of school, student life, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director, Middle School, and Andy Jelinek, director, parent relations, for a book talk discussing Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar. This novel focuses on the life of Esther Greenwood, a brilliant and talented writer who begins to question the routine of her day-to-day life and ultimately suffers a breakdown. The Bell Jar is extremely well written and a haunting American classic. The book talk will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events at if you are interested in attending. Zoom/call-in details will be shared with registered guests. 

homecoming 2022

Homecoming registration is now live! Appleby parents and current families are invited to join in the weekend of camp-inspired events. Homecoming Day takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 and will include events and activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, student athletic games, exciting Kidzone rides and activities, outdoor Temagami games, open mic, Shakespeare in the Park, a picnic lunch, and so much more! To view the entire exciting Homecoming schedule and register your family, please click here

it's not too late to volunteer!

Did you have a great time helping out with Walkathon? Wondering if there are more opportunities to get involved with the school? There are! You can still sign-up to volunteer. We have plenty of roles - from long-term engagement to one-off opportunities, and we invite you to register and let us know what works for you. 
For more information please click here to explore the opportunities, and then complete a volunteer application. As you may know, Appleby College requires all school employees, faculty members and volunteers to have a Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector completed (good for three years) and make a Declaration of Criminal Record (DCR) annually. Please click the following links for more information on how to get a criminal record check and for the declaration of criminal record form. These two forms should be submitted to Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events. For more information or questions about volunteering, please contact Jane Sahota, ACPA volunteer coordinator. Thank you in advance for your support!

the college shop


Happy New Year from the College Shop! Unfortunately, the shop isn’t open for in-person purchases, but the online College Shop is open 24 hours a day. There are several new products available online, including bamboo coasters and a knit Appleby sweater! Check out the College Shop Instagram for new products: @appleby_college_shop.

graduation rings

Celebrate your special 2022 graduate with a beautifully crafted Appleby graduation ring, a time-honoured 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 to try, size and order in the College Shop or online, 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.

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middle two interpretive reading competition

On December 9, Middle Two students participated in the Interpretive Reading Competition Finals in Willis Hall. The purpose of an interpretive reading is to develop skills in conveying the meaning and emotions of a prose selection through vocal strategies and techniques. Senior Two students Kevin Ding and Yassin Reda, and Senior One students Michelle Ijomah, Kaitlyn Rebecca Powell, Naomi Strojek, Lacey Swamy and Sterling Wu, who were also finalists in their Middle Two year, participated as coaches and judges for the semi-final round of the competition. Their perspective and leadership significantly enhanced students’ learning and experience. Congratulations to our semi-finalists, Ved Hardas, Grace Cambre, Demi Yang, Dyanne Jiang, Ella Yang, Belle Qu, Sarah Amm, Charlotte Bennett, and in particular, our three finalists: Dyanne Jiang (reading from The Lord of the Flies), Demi Yang (reading from the Gods and Monsters series), and Ella Yang (reading from The Fault in Our Stars). The judges were impressed by each presenter’s enthusiasm, courage, and ability to skillfully bring their passage to life for the audience, especially given the extra challenge of showing emotion while wearing a face mask! A special thank you to our parent judges: Karen Ferreira, Suxia Lan, Christine Ni, and Danny Persaud, who took time out of their day to help support the event. To watch the competition, please click here.


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