Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Monday, February 29, 2016

In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Board Retreat
Upcoming Events
Arts Festival
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Stolen Afternoon at RLC
School Calendar

Address From the Head

Board Retreat

Last week board member John Neretlis met with the staff on Tuesday in separate sessions and asked a number of guiding questions designed to identify strengths and weakness of the school as part of a preliminary process to develop a renewed strategic plan.  On Sunday the RLC board, along with some invited guests which included a community leader, an RLC faculty member, alumni and RLC students met for a day-long retreat.  The purpose of the gathering was to have a generative discussion about the current economic, political, social and technology conditions and the school’s current position which provided a backdrop to discuss further the school’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  It was an excellent meeting of the minds and has set a path for the board to begin the process of developing a comprehensive strategic plan that is aligned with the school’s history, value proposition, and current market conditions.  Thanks to John Neretlis and the rest of the RLC Board of Directors for making the bold move forward to prepare RLC for the start of the next half century of it’s history. 

Notification of Enrollment

If you are not enrolling your child(ren) for the upcoming school year today is the deadline to notify the school.  Please contact Pam Bissonette or email the admissions office

Lance Postma, Head of School

Board Retreat (3)
Board Retreat (2)

Upcoming Events

Tues. March 1 
Jr. Basketball vs. ALB

Wed. March 2
OFSAA Snowboarding

Thurs. March 3
Georgian Bay Regional Music Festival
Immunization Clinic

Mon. March 7
Progress Report Marks Due
Winter Athletic Awards

Tue. March 8
Progress Report Meeting

Thurs. March 10
Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:00 – 7:30 pm
Students Depart for March Break 4:00 pm


Save the date Arts Festival

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:00 to 7:30 pm
Sign-up begins at 3:50 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments will be available in the R H Perry Building.

Floor plans of teachers’ designated areas and your child’s marks will be available in the Main Office in the R. H. Perry Building.
Sign-up forms will be outside of each teacher’s location for parents to book interviews starting at 3:50 p.m.  Interviews are available on a first-come basis and cannot be pre-booked.

Please allow sufficient time to comfortably complete your interviews. They are blocked off in 10-min. timeslots. It may not be possible to schedule interviews back-to-back as there will be many parents scheduling interviews.

Jackie Watkinson
Director of Administration

Stolen Afternoon at RLC

On Friday, February 26th, 2016 our students were surprised with an afternoon of fun at Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (1)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (5)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (8)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (10)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (6)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (3)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (7)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (9)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (11)
Stolen Day Arrowhead Park Feb 26 (4)


Grade 10 Art Class

A space where we become artists, creating our own style. Together we learn from each other and become inspired to create our own work where we are proud to show everyone!

This is a picture of the grade 10’s creating their own calligraphy inspirational quotes. An environment where the students become attached to their work and show passion throughout everything they do. They are working hard on learning the styles and techniques of calligraphy, to create their own inspirational quotes that will be displayed around the school for students to read and put a smile on their face or cheer them up by the amazing artwork created.

Grade 10 Art Class

The English as a Second Language Interviews

Interview with Mr. Postma

 By:  David Suen

Mr. Postma is the Head of School at Rosseau Lake College. He has been the Head of School for four and a half years. He is a caring Head of School who is leading the school in a new direction by creating a student-centered environment which makes the students become more responsible for their own learning and growing.

David (D):         How long have you been at RLC?

Mr. Postma (P): 17 years

(D):      How long have you been the Head of School here?

(P):      Four and a half years.

(D):      Why did you want to become the Head of School?

(P):      It’s a great opportunity to support the school. I believe this school has supported so many different kids over the last 50 years. I really love what Rosseau Lake College has done for students.

(D):      What are your overall feelings about the school?

(P):       The community is good. Staff and teachers treat students as if they are their own children. They really become a part of the family atmosphere here. We really appreciate and love to see how each student grows and develops, but it’s not without challenge. Now we are transitioning to a student-centered environment rather than a teacher-centered environment and there are many benefits to this; there are challenges too.  

(D):      What is your vision for the school in the future?

(P):       Instead of the system-centered environment we want to shift it to a student-centered environment. So that we can best prepare students for their future.

(D):      What do you expect in the next few years in terms of new technology at RLC?

(P):       One of the things that technology has given us is the opportunity to develop the skills that we need to succeed in the world. Students need to learn how to network to develop the skills within the disciplines in order to gain access to college or university. We need to teach students to be networkers themselves so that they can create a personal brand for themselves so that they can understand what kind of learners they are and can streamline at a much earlier age and have an innovative mindset.

(D):      What do you expect in the next few years in terms of the development of the school buildings?

(P):       Program is going to be first. Once we understand what the program fully looks like then we redesign buildings to support our program. I can see the classrooms being non-traditional. They will be more innovative spaces where there is evidence of information technology communication where students can collaborate in break out centers; things of that nature. 

(D):      What’s the most important thing you have learned from students at RLC?

(P):        The most important thing I think I learned from RLC is to be constantly thinking forward and not to be static, but to be innovative in the way that we are thinking so that we can be on the cutting edge of how we can best support students as the world changes.

 (D):      What is the most important thing you think you have taught students at RLC?

(P):      To obviously help them to reach their educational goal, but also to have the skills to be responsible to themselves and to people around them; to the community, to their country, and hopefully even globally. We really believe we are creating the leaders of tomorrow.


Sr. Volleyball

Last Tuesday, the varsity volleyball team travelled to Pickering College for our final games of the season.  We faced two of the top teams in our division in this tri-meet, and the competition was tough!   We have some very strong servers on our team and they did a great job of keeping us in the game!  Our team has made huge improvements over the course of the season in playing together as a team and gaining awareness of where everyone is on the court.  Everyone played very well but even with some great rallies, a couple of amazing blocks and spikes, we were not able to pull ahead of our opponents in either game and ended up losing both.  In spite of our win-loss record, the girls played some fantastic volleyball this season and really came together as a team.  Well done, girls!
Sr. Volleyball 2016 vs. Pickering College


The Nordic team has had the opportunity to experience an exciting and challenging season.  We started off small but we ended mighty.  The team consisted of Mohamed Tavalloev who came to us second semester and had never seen snow, Gabrielle Moquin, who has skied and assists with the Jack Rabbit program at Georgian Nordic Ski Club, however has had limited experience with Nordic and this was her first year on the team, and Audrey-Anna Colson who thought it would be a good training sport to keep her in shape for the kayak season, she also has had limited experience on skis and this was her first year on the team. 

With so little experience who would have thought we would have made it so far.  We qualified for OFSAA at our Hardwood Hills competition (see the three team members above at the finish line).  Individuals had to finish in the top eight.  All of the members of our team made it.  Unfortunately, Novice is not a category in OFSAA so although Mohamed would have made it, his category is not part of the completion, so the girls moved onward and upward.

On Thursday, February 25th, we competed in Collingwood and had a great time.  Although we did not end up on the podium we had solid finishes.  We were the middle of the pack and competing against approximately 150 athletes in each grouping.  I am so proud of my team.  They worked hard, had challenging conditions on most days and through perseverance, competitive nature and a clear vision we made a great situation out of an extremely trying season.  Thanks to all your hard work team. 

Nordic - Arrival at OFFSA
Nordic - Audrey-Anna elated for completing her Jr. Girls Race at OFFSA
Nordic - Gabrielle finishing her Sr. Girls Race at OFFSA

Transportation Schedule

Thursday, March 10th, is the next scheduled long weekend (March & Easter Break) 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, March 29th 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

January Sun 3 Boarding Students return after dinner
  Mon 4 Classes resume
  Fri  8 Exam Make Up Day
  Fri  22 Last Day of Semester One
  Mon 25 Semester Two begins
February Thurs 11 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Mon 12-15 Scheduled Weekend (Family Day Holiday)
  Mon 15 Boarding Students return after dinner
  Tues 16 Classes resume
  Sat 20 Winter Carnival
March Thurs 10 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Thurs 10 Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  Fri-Tues  11-29 March Break & Easter Break
  Tues 29 Boarding Students return after dinner
  Wed 30 Classes resume
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