Rosseau Lake College Beacon



Monday, May 2, 2016




In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Annual Giving
Upcoming Events
School Calendar


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

Hekkla - At the Start Line
Hekkla - Calisthenics before race x1
Hekkla - Calisthenics before race x2
Hekkla - Calisthenics before race x3
Hekkla - David Wells & Spencer Weeks
Hekkla - Doug Ledger with RLC Timberwolf
Hekkla - Frederik Domizlaff, David Suen, Reid Istvan, Nicolas Gonzalez De Nennie; Woojin Park
Hekkla - Group of RLC Student with Mr. Hsu
Hekkla Marathon Sign
Hekkla - Tori Madden; (Olivia Franks - Alumni)
Hekkla - Mr. Daigle



Annual Giving Campaign Donors

Upcoming Events

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

Student for a Day - May 13, 2016



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. 

The election was held on Friday, with the results shared today.  The student prefect team for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:
Student Council Prefect – J.P. Alloza
Residential Prefect – Charlie Qian
House Cup Prefect- Raymond Smyth
Community Outreach Prefect – Reggie Smyth 

Athletic Prefect – Aurora Corbett
Arts Prefect – Emma Clendenan
Environmental Prefect – Taylor Blair
School Store Prefect – Mohamed Tavaloev
“Leaders inspire action by making themselves, and those around them, better.”


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!


Image - Leadership - Raymond Smyth CISMF
Image - Leadership - Raymond Smyth CISMF x2




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


Summer Academy


Summer Academy




Rugby D2

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. 

Our next tournament is being held at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton on Wed, May 11.
Rugby Picture

Rugby D3

The Division 3 rugby squad began their season — and, in most cases, rugby careers — at Pickering College on Wednesday, April 27. 

RLC’s first match was against host Pickering. Our inexperience was evident in the first half of the game, but the team remained positive and capitalized on opportunities to learn. Charlie and Will, our only players with previous game experience, showed great leadership on the field, and the team as a whole improved markedly in the second half.
Game two was versus Albert College. Again, the RLC team learned and improved as the game went on. We were more organized on defense and shut down several efforts from Albert. Eventually, Tongchen got the ball well inside our half and made a long run to score the first try of the year for RLC.
Our final match was against Crestwood, the reigning Division 3 champions. We made — and took — some of the biggest hits of the day in this match. Nicolas was particularly impressive in contact, especially given that he was one of the youngest players on the field. 
Although we did not win any matches, the RLC team improved noticeably over the course of the tournament. As the season continues, the squad is sure to continue to learn and improve. 


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.

Rowing Picture x1
Rowing Picture x2
Rowing Machine Picture


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.

Soccer Girls Picture


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. 

Ultimate Picture x1
Ultimate Picture x2


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!

Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x4 Group with RLC Banner and winning plaque
Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x5 Group going into Cirque du Soleil
Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x1
Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x2
Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x4 Out for Dinner
Image - Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival x3 Out for Dinner

Transportation Schedule

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
  Sat-Mon 23-25 Scheduled Weekend
  Mon 25 Boarding Students return after dinner
  Tues 26 Classes resume
May Thurs  19 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Tues 20-24 Scheduled Weekend (Victoria Day)
  Tues 24 Boarding Students return after dinner
  Wed 25 Classes resume
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