Monday, May 2, 2016
In This Issue:
Address from the Head
Address From the Head
On Friday the school community engaged in a storied tradition by dawning running shoes or grabbing a bike with the intention to complete a difficult 18 km run or 28 km bike that meanders through Hekkla, Ontario located just east of Rosseau.
The tiny hamlet of Hekkla was first settled by Icelanders back in 1873 who named their newfound homestead after an Icelandic volcano (Hekkla). According to historians, the Icelandic settlers, during their Atlantic passage to North America on route to North Muskoka were told of the treacherous landscape, connecting bogs, rocky outcrops, and narrow roads making for slow and challenging passage to the land made available by Free Land Grants.
To suggest it was a challenge for these pioneers was an understatement. Thick bush, rocks, and trees made agriculture next to impossible and employment opportunities in the area were extremely limited, leading many to seek opportunities elsewhere when in 1874-75 the Victoria Railway Company provided notice of the need for labourers, many in the settlement left seeking out the opportunity.
According to Ted Currie, the settlers who remained in Hekkla maintained a humble existence, experiencing isolationism, unemployment, poverty, but maintained a stoic resolve through sheer tenacity, changing the landscape and transforming woodlands to well-defined agricultural fields with impressive buildings.
Their work not only helped build a community but also assisted the province in developing transportation networks that would deepen economic prosperity and connectivity between regions through Ontario. Clearly the individual and collective strength of the Icelandic community is something to behold and an enchanting part of the history of Muskoka.
So, it is befitting the annual run/walk bike here at Rosseau Lake College bears the name ‘Hekkla’ providing for a double meaning as the participants, each year emulate the tenacity, work and sheer will of the Icelandic pioneers who started their own ‘marathon’ some 143 years ago.
Each year the event never disappoints with so many students and staff who challenge themselves to reach new heights in mental and physical achievements. To list them runs the risk of leaving someone out, but I can say with confidence the narrative provided by those early settlers remains alive in the heart and spirit of the RLC event and is very real for the community RLC.
Lance Postma, Head of School
Mon. May 2, 2016
Free the Children Presentation at Lunch
Tues. May 3, 2016
RLC Board Meeting
Wed. May 4, 2016
Badminton at TMS
Mon. May 9, 2016
Soccer at Parry Sound High School
All School Photo
Tues. May 10, 2016
Ultimate at Havercrest (York University Glendon Campus)
Wed. May 11, 2016
Gr. 7 & 8 Math Contest
Sr. D2 Rugby at HSC
Sr. D3 Rugby at Albert
Badminton at BVG with DLS
Thurs. May 12, 2016
Gr. 11 OE trip to Tobermory
Fri. May 13, 2016
Student For A Day
Our students work to develop the specific leadership skills of envisioning, decision making, people and project development, and communication. This was evident in the quality of the 2016 -2017 prefect applicant speeches. Each applicant was asked to give a 30 – 60 second speech to the school community during an assembly last week. Applicants confidently delivered their speeches, outlining the leadership skills they have developed, and outlining goals for their term if elected.
Canadian Independent School Music Festival (CISMF)
Over the weekend, Raymond Smyth represented Rosseau Lake College at this year’s Canadian Independent School Music Festival in Toronto. This event showcases the finest musical talent from over 30 independent schools in Ontario. After a successful video audition in November, Raymond was selected as the first trumpet in the brass section of the symphonic band. Two days of intense rehearsal culminated in a fantastic performance at a sold out Roy Thompson Hall on Sunday. Over 1400 students participated in one of three choirs (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) and five instrumental ensembles (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra). It was an amazing event!
Congratulations Raymond on your accomplishment!
List of Acceptances
Congratulations to the leaving class of 2016 for their university/college acceptances to date.
(Bold means accepted offer of admission)
Sydney Bissonette – Humber College – Landscape Technician
– Niagara College – Landscape Technician
– Algonquin College – Horticulture Industries
– Canadore College – Strength and Sport Conditioning
– Cambrian College – Physical Fitness Management
– Algonquin College – Outdoor Adventure
– Loyalist College – Recreation and Leisure Services
Christopher Blair – University of Ottawa, Commerce – Management
– Western University, Management and Organizational Studies
– University of British Columbia – Economics
Christopher Blenkarn – Lakehead University, Engineering
– University of Ottawa – Software Engineering
– Guelph University – Engineering
Jordyn Conn – Canadore College- Early Childhood Education
– Algonquin College – Early Childhood Education
– Humber College – Early Childhood Education
– Niagara College – Early Childhood Education
– George Brown/Ryerson University – Early Childhood Education
– Lakehead University – Concurrent Education/Sociology
– Nipissing University – Concurrent Education
– Laurentian University – Concurrent Education
– St. Francis Xavier University – BA Humanities
– University of Guelph – Undeclared Major
– York University – Concurrent Education
Yiqi Christy Feng – University of Ottawa, Commerce – Marketing
– Queen’s University, Bachelor of Arts
– University of Toronto St. George – Studies in Life Sciences
– University of Toronto Scarborough – Psychological and Health Sciences
– University of Toronto Mississauga – Studies in Humanities
– University of British Columbia – Science in Applied Biology
– University of California Santa Cruz – Psychology
– University of California Irvine – Psychology
– Pennsylvania State University – Psychology
Ross Hennigar – McMaster University – Engineering
– Queen’s University – Engineering
Xingjian Jerry Ke – University of Ottawa – Computer Engineering
– McMaster University – Engineering
Alexander Landry – Laurentian University – English Rhetoric and Media Studies
– Sault College – Film Studies
Douglas Ledger – Lakehead University – Civil Engineering (Co-op)
– Lakehead University – Outdoor Recreation
– Canadore College – Civil Engineering Technician
– Canadore College – Business
– Niagara College – Civil Engineering Technician
– Humber College – Business Management
– Seneca College – Business Administration
Victoria Tori Madden – Dalhousie University – Commerce
– McMaster University – Business
Gabrielle Moquin – Loyola University (New Orleans) – Philosophy and Pre-law
– Santiago University- Mechanical Engineering
– University of Dayton – General Engineering
– Western University – Philosophy
Stephen Takacs – Seneca College – Environmental Landscape Management
– George Brown College– Project Management
– George Brown College – Business Administration
– Humber College – Landscape Technician
– Guelph/Humber University – Business Administration
Yijia Helen Wang – York University – Accounting
– McMaster University – Business
– Ryerson University – Accounting and Finance
Sam Weinberger – King’s College, Western University – Management & Organizational Studies
David Wells – McMaster University – Automotive & Vehicle Technology
On April 27, the Sr D2 Rugby team travelled to Country Day School for the first tournament of the year. The weather was perfect and the boys were excited to get back into action after a long winter. In our first game, we played Country Day School. We have had some epic games against CDS in the past and we knew that we were in for a tough one. Woojin, one of our two new players, scored a try in his first game ever so this bodes well for the future. We won the first game 31 – 19. In our second game, we played Hillfield Strathallan College. They were a talented group with plenty of size and speed. We struggled to stick with them and lost that game 31 – 12. In our third game, we played Lakefield College School. This was a closely fought game with some excellent play on both sides and we were able to come out on top 15 – 7. In our final game, we played Greenwood College School where we battled to an incredibly close 12-14 defeat.
The Division 3 rugby squad began their season — and, in most cases, rugby careers — at Pickering College on Wednesday, April 27.
Although the ice is off the lake, the mornings are still chilly, but that doesn’t stop the rowing team from getting up and out bright and early! We’ve been out on the water for four practices so far, and already the rowers are showing considerable improvement. Rowing on the open water, in a very narrow shell, is quite different from rowing in an indoor tank (like we did at Trent University) and takes a lot of determination to master! Several of the rowers will be participating in the first regatta of the season next Sunday, May 8th, 2016 in Peterborough; for most, it will be the first competition, and the first opportunity to see what the rowing world is all about.
The girls soccer team had its first exhibition game last Wednesday, April 20th against Toronto French School. This was the girls’ first time playing together on a field as our fields still had snow on them. The team used the first half of the game to get a feeling for the wide open space of a full field, understand positioning and the play of the game. Toronto French scored 4 goals during the first half. There was an improvement in the second half with better passing and communication. Even though the final score was 6-0, the girls had a very good game.
The second game of the season was Wednesday, April 27th against Holy Trinity School on our home pitch (yes, the snow melted!) The girls played a fantastic game with much improvement over the game a week prior. At half-time, RLC was down 1-0. The girls held the score until the last five minutes of the game when HTS scored two more goals. Jordyn Conn made some amazing saves, and all of the girls played hard, leaving little fuel in the tank by the end of the game.
The Ultimate Team hosted Holy Trinity School this past Wednesday. Our first home game of the season and the first game played on a real field. It was an exhibition game that helped us improve on strategy and plays. It was a great game, against a tough team. Unfortunately, we did not pull off a win but a close game non-the-less, 16 to 10 for Holy Trinity. We play our first league game on May 10th in Toronto against Havercrest. Fingers crossed. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us. It is fantastic to see family, friends, and peers.
Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival Trip
Fifteen students from the RLC Jazz Band enjoyed a fabulous 4 days in Montreal. Highlights of the trip included a haunted tour of old Montreal, Cirque Du Soleil, the Biodome/Montreal Tower, a performance at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall and some fantastic food. The students also performed admirably, achieving a Silver level performance and placing 1st in their category. Congratulations RLC Jazz Band!
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Thursday, May 19th, is the next scheduled long weekend of the year and the coach bus operated by Hammond Transportation Ltd. will depart from the school at 4:00 p.m.
These times are approximate and dependent on traffic and weather:
The bus will depart from RLC at 4:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 5:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 6:00 p.m.
– Arriving at York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 7:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Sherway Gardens in front of Toys “R” Us at approximately 7:30 p.m.
For the return trip on Tuesday, May 24th the bus will depart Sherway Gardens at 6:30 p.m.
Departing – Sherway Gardens in front of Toys ‘R’ Us at 6:30 p.m.
– York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 7:00 p.m.
– Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 7:30 – 7:45 p.m.
– Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 8:00 – 8:15 p.m.
– RLC at approximately 9:30 – 9:45 p.m.
Students who are not using school transportation must return to the school by 9:30 p.m.
Linda Sinasac (Mrs.)
Administrative Assistant/Transportation Coordinator
2015/16 School Calendar
|April||Sat||9||Spring Arts Festival & Silent Auction Fundraiser|
|Fri||22||Students depart 4:00 pm|
|Mon||25||Boarding Students return after dinner|
|May||Thurs||19||Students depart 4:00 pm|
|Fri-Tues||20-24||Scheduled Weekend (Victoria Day)|
|Tues||24||Boarding Students return after dinner|
|June||Fri-Thurs||10-16||Semester 2 Exams|
|Thurs||16||Foundation Years Dinner|
|Fri||17||Grade 12 Class Dinner|
|Sat||18||Closing Day Awards & Ceremonies 11:00 am|