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Canadiana Winter Community Weekend

We are looking forward to our fifth annual Canadiana Winter Community Weekend on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1! Day and boarding students will have an opportunity to enjoy all things Canadian.

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Reminder - traffic control gates now operational

In keeping with our commitment to providing a pedestrian-friendly campus, Appleby has installed three traffic control gates. Gate locations include:

  • Main campus entranceway: gate to be open during regular school hours and evenings
  • Entrance to outer ring road: gate to be closed during morning drop off (Mondays from 8:40 to 9:10 a.m., Tuesdays to Fridays from 7:40 to 8:10 a.m.)
  • Outer ring road exit (west of East Field): gate to be closed and automatically activated upon exit

Should you have any questions please contact Brian Mitchell, manager, campus safety & security, 905-845-4681 ext. 263.

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.

appleby enrichment and summer opportunity fair

The eighth Annual Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 21 from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. A wide variety of programs will be present - a complete list will be available in early 2020. It's never too early to plan for the summer!

join an interactive session on living wholeheartedly

On Tuesday, January 28 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., the Appleby community is invited to attend an interactive session that will delve into living wholeheartedly. Switching your mindset from trying to be perfect to feeling "I am enough" will be discussed through the lens of The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. It is strongly suggested that The Gifts of Imperfection be read prior to joining this session. If you are interested in attending, please contact Theresa Blake, director, positive education or Andy Jelinek, director, parent relations. 

upper one debating competition - judges needed

The 2020 Upper One Debating Competition will take place on Thursday, February 13. We are in need of parent judges to help with the event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you are new to debating, not to worry - information will be provided before judging begins over coffee and pastries in the employee lounge. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail faculty member Carlos Heleno or Jenny Boisvert.

volunteer judges needed - upper two TED talk

The 2020 Upper Two TED Talk competition will be held at Appleby on Tuesday, February 18 from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. and we are looking for parent judges. If you are interested in judging the event, please contact faculty member Noelle Morris.

appleby college summer programs 2020 - registration now open

Join us this July and August for a summer of fun activities, engaging academics, and new experiences! Registration is now open for all Appleby College Summer Programs. Visit our website to learn more about each program and register online by clicking here: Appleby Camps, Summer Academy, Summer ESL Program, and Canadian Experience Camp.

access control system now in effect for a.w.b. Alumni Centre

In keeping with our commitment to the safety and welfare of our community, all students and employees are now required to use their school-issued student cards and key fobs to enter the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. During regular school hours parents and visitors to the school may enter the building only through main reception in the Nicholas Arts Centre. After regular school hours parents will continue to have direct access to the facility to attend scheduled activities (such as athletics games, ACPA functions, etc.) via the A.W.B. Alumni Centre front entranceway.

If parents and visitors wish to visit The College Shop during regular hours (Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.), please park in the main lot and walk to the door with direct entrance to the College Shop on the East side of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, ring the doorbell and wait for assistance. 

Should you have any questions please contact Brian Mitchell, manager, campus safety & security, 905-845-4681 ext. 263.

2019-20 global experiential programs - summer 2020

Appleby has offered global experiential programming for over 20 years and the summer of 2020 will continue this legacy. These programs contribute to student learning by fostering community, providing intercultural and academic education, granting opportunities for personal growth and leadership, as well as chances for building teamwork skills, reflective practices and furthering global understanding.

The June 2020 locations are:

  • France (current Upper Two to Senior One students): history and culture
  • Mongolia (current Upper One to Senior One students): culture and community development

Applications and additional details about each of these programs will be available in January 2020.

Check out these connect-ed sessions!

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:

  • The Co-Curricular Programme at Appleby - Wednesday, January 22
  • Sips and Songs - Thursday, January 30
  • Tai Chi - every other Thursday morning (beginning Thursday, February 6
  • Information Technology at Appleby - Friday, February 7
  • And more!

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

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.


Appleby and Boxed For You are pleased to offer curated care packages created specifically for students in residence. Now that students have settled back to school after the holidays, it might be a nice time to remind them that you're thinking of them. All Boxed for You packages are designed to help students feel connected to their family and home through the school year. The three boxes your student will receive are:

  • Winter Warmer - delivered in early February and includes a bundle of warmth, such as cozy socks, hot water bottle, hot chocolate, snacks and treats.
  • Spring Fling - delivered in mid-April and includes items to bring a little colour to their life, useful items for the residence room and desk, along with snacks and treats.
  • Stress Buster Box - delivered in June and includes aromatherapy products, fun distractions, brain food and treats.

For more information and to place your order for the three-package option, please click here or visit www.boxedforyou.com. Orders must be placed by early February to guarantee delivery of the Winter Warmer Box.

senior one parent/guardian post-secondary information evening

Please join us for the Senior One Parent/Guardian Post-Secondary Information Evening on Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the A.W.B Alumni Centre Single Gym.

In guidance classes during their Senior One year, students prepare to begin post-secondary applications for the fall of 2020. They are working to find their best-fit for after Appleby by researching prospective post-secondary institutions and programs that meet their needs, values, skills, qualifications and aptitudes.

Parents and guardians also play an important role in the post-secondary application process. During the session, you will have the opportunity to:
• Review the college and university application process
• Learn more about Appleby's support throughout the application cycle
• Consider your role in the process as we work together to support your student
• Ask questions

If you have any questions about the information evening, please contact Michelle Frigo, director, guidance, university counselling.

coming Events


On Thursday, January 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life main entrance foyer, join the Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) and the rest of the Appleby community to celebrate the Year of the Rat! Enjoy delicious traditional food, performances and art created by parents and students in our community. Please click here to RSVP before Sunday, January 26 as space is limited. Please note that this is an event for parents only. Students will be celebrating the Lunar New Year at a special luncheon on Tuesday, January 28.


The Appleby community is welcome to attend Appleby's Got Talent on Friday, January 31 in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life single gym from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Students will take the stage to showcase their various dramatic, musical, dance and other unique talents. You don't want to miss it!

appleby college parents' association 

The ACPA invites all parents to its next Executive Meeting in the Raymond Massey Reading Room on Tuesday, February 11 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 Valentine's-themed cooking demonstration 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.


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 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for our annual Family Day skating event. Hot chocolate and treats will be served. To register, please e-mail the names of all guests to Kristy Marasco, alumni relations officer.

2020 norman paterson lecture featuring dave meslin

The 2020 Norman Paterson Lecture by Dave Meslin, political entrepreneur and author of Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up (2019) will take place on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the John Bell Chapel. The event is open to interested members of the Appleby community.

boarder study break - tuesday, february 11

Do you like to bake? Would you like to visit your child in boarding? On Tuesday, February 11, 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 from 9:00 to 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 to 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, February 19. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations, if you are interested in attending.

acpa coffee morning at the principal's residence - come join us!

On Thursday, January 23 all Appleby parents are invited to join the ACPA at the Principal's Residence at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

The ACPA assists the school with events, services and our wonderful College Shop. The ACPA Executive provides leadership to Appleby parent volunteers. 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) our coffee morning is a relaxed and informal way to meet other parent volunteers and the current ACPA Executive. Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments and a light breakfast will be served. To RSVP please contact Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations. For more information about the ACPA, please refer to the Parents' Association section of the Appleby website or contact Bonnie Flemington, ACPA Past President.


Appleby proudly presents Legally Blonde – The Musical at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27. Elle Woods appears to have it all. But her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. The play includes mature themes and is recommended for ages 14+. Click here to purchase your tickets today! 


On Saturday, May 2, The Campus Room of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life will be transformed into a casino for a night of fun. The evening provides an excellent opportunity to socialize with other Appleby parents and friends, enjoy entertainment and dance the night away! There will be great prizes and Silent Auction items such as reserved Appleby parking spots and VIP Closing Day Tables. Tickets are $125 each, click here to purchase yours today!  Please note that this event is for persons 19 years of age and older. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mehlenbacher, ACPA social coordinator.

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appleby students visit thailand

From December 1 to 16, 15 Upper Two students, two Senior One students and three employees travelled to Thailand on a Global Experiential Trip. The group started in the capital of Bangkok where they visited many sites and had their first taste of authentic Thai food. On day four, the group travelled to Chiang Mai where they learned about the indigenous peoples of Thailand and met with various non-governmental organizations and foundations who work with refugees to the area. During the second week, the group travelled and stayed in the rural community of Huai Hin Lad Nai. They learned and participated in activities such as alms giving, honey production and tasting, rotational farming and weaving. During the final evening the group and community shared with each other through song and dance performances. 


students return from soccer and culture tour in italy

From December 4 to 16, three Upper Two, two Senior One and three Senior Two students and three employees were immersed in a soccer and culture tour in Italy. The journey began in Rome and continued with stays in Tuscany, La Spezia and Turin. Along with the beautiful sights in each region, the team engaged in a training session with a talented assistant coach from Associazione Sportiva Roma's Under-15 team, followed by friendly matches against Res Roma, CF Pistoia and ADS La Spezia. The students gave their all on the pitch and represented Appleby with pride. Other notable highlights included cheering on both the Juventus women's and men's teams during action-packed games, in the final weekend of their stay.

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 

Starting this week, the College Shop's new hours on Friday are from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.! The College Shop sells all approved gym wear, team windsuits, school ties, stationery supplies and Appleby logo gift items. If parents and visitors wish to visit The College Shop during regular hours (Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. (please note these are new Friday hours), park in the main lot and walk to the door with direct entrance to the College Shop on the East side of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, ring the doorbell and wait for assistance.

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. 

lost and found 

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!

turnover shop 

Do you need to replace uniform items or pick-up something extra for your child? Stop by the Turnover Shop (located in the College 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 in the College Shop. All proceeds go to the Appleby College Parents' Association and benefit the Appleby community.

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