Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Monday, March 7, 2016

In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Upcoming Events
Arts Festival
Parent/Teacher Interviews
School Calendar

Address From the Head


Only a few more days separate us from an extended break as we transition out of winter and welcome the return of spring.  Today, during Head’s lunch the athletic program takes center stage as we take the time to honour the accomplishments of our athletes.  It has been an excellent season with several Rosseau Lake College athletes performing very well on both the regional and provincial stage.  

It comes as no surprise to me, but collectively the RLC program is delivering on the values we promise to students and they are proving to themselves and others they have the fortitude and aptitude to make an impact.  I thank all of the coaches and those behind the scenes that make this possible for RLC athletes. 

Have a great March Break!

Mr. Lance Postma
Head of School 

Winter Awards - Jr. Volleyball 15-16

MVP – Maeve Lynes
Coach’s Award – Jaden Smith
Coach – Mr. Daigle
MIP – Lily Hu

Winter Awards - Sr. Basketball 15-16

MIP – Felix Xu
MVP – Reggie Smyth
Coach – Mr. Baxter

Winter Awards - Sr. Volleyball 15-16

Athletic Letter – Melizza ClaydenTabobobondung
Athletic Letter – Sydney Bissonette
Coach’s Award – Esther Wason
MVP – Jordyn Conn
MIP – Davee Dai
Coach – Mrs. Christopher

Winter Awards - Jr. Basketball 15-16

Coach’s Award – David Suen
MVP – Christopher Gan
MIP – Matthew Neretlis (absent from photo)


Winter Awards - Snowboarding 15-16

Coach’s Award – Griffin Lang
MIP – Woojin Park
MVP & Athletic Letter – Doug Ledger
Athletic Letter – Taylor Thomson
Coach – Ms Smith

Winter Awards - Nordic 15-16

MIP – Audrey-Anna Colson
MVP – Gabrielle Moquin
Coach’s Award – Mohamed Tavalloev
Coach – Mrs. Postma

Upcoming Events

Mon. March 7
Progress Report Marks Due
Winter Athletic Awards

Tue. March 8
Progress Report Meeting
Buses depart early at 4:00 pm

Wed. March 9
CISS/MLI Visiting students
House Cup Events

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


Grade 7 & 8 Speech Competition

The Grade 7 and 8s have just completed the first round of the Speech Competition here at Rosseau Lake College!  12 students spoke for 3-5 minutes inspiring, motivating, informing and entertaining their peers.  Topics ranged from wakeboarding to cultural dishes.  Five students have been selected to move forward in the competition with the winner being announced next week!  Great job to all students and good luck to the students moving forward in the competition!

Mr. Nathaniel Smart
Gr. 7&8 Speech Competition - Ryan Smyth

A Canadian Experience and Technical Skills of Ice Climbing Wrapped Up Into an Afternoon

The Grade 11 Outdoor Education Class had the opportunity along with a few other students to experience the sport of Ice Climbing, led by Rosseau Lake College former Outdoor Staff Mr. Angus Murray, now co-owner of Live Out Loud Adventures.  

The students spent the day climbing in the local Skeleton Lake area, where they were able to experience three technical climbs of varying degree of difficulty.  It was a cold but bright day which made for the perfect combination for a great time.  The students had to practice their skills of rock climbing by communicating with one another of when to climb, safety of the climb, and when they were able to come down or proceed onward and upward.  They had to experiment with new equipment like crampons (spikes that go on your boats) and ice axes in both hands to assist in their climb.  

They had to deal with large chunks of falling ice, fear of heights, ice chips flying from the axes and crampons, frozen ropes, running water, and poor holds due to lack of experience.  All made for a great challenge. The students really rose to those challenges and showed resilience, perseverance, and motivation to reach their personal climbing goals.  Thanks to all of the students, leaders and staff that made the day “Perfect”

Ice Climbing - Taylor Lightning

Taylor Lightning

Ice Climbing - Reggie Smyth Climbing & Thomas Shaw Belaying

Reggie Smyth – Climbing
Thomas Shaw – Belaying

Ice Climbing - David Haerth

David Haerth

Ice Climbing - Griffin Lang

Griffin Lang

RLC Earns Silver at Georgian Bay Regional Music Festival

On March 3rd, the RLC Band travelled to Collingwood Ontario to participate in the Georgian Bay Regional MusicFest, our regional affiliate for MusicFest Canada.  The group competed in the Jazz/Stage Band category, playing three songs: ‘Milestones’, ‘Jazz Hero’ and ‘Dorian Journey’.  The group played very well under pressure with solos by Christopher Gan, Zheyuan Liu, Emiliano Garcia Estrada, Reggie Smyth, Emma Clendenan and Raymond Smyth.  Our adjudicator gave us some very constructive feedback.  This will no doubt help us in our preparations for the Spring Arts Festival and Montreal Heritage Festival in April.  In addition, to our adjudicated performance the group also had the opportunity to watch other groups in our category perform.  This allowed us to gauge our performance with that of our peers, and I have to say that we are playing at or above the level of many of these groups, a great motivator and confidence boost for our kids.  The day was capped off by an incredible concert put on by the Humber College Studio Jazz Ensemble, The Humber Jazz Vocal Choir and the high-energy group The Groove Merchants.  All in all, it was a fantastic experience for those involved.  We look forward to sharing our success and hard work with everyone at the Spring Arts Festival on April 9th!

Georgian Bay Music Festival (2)
Georgian Bay Music Festival (3)
Georgian Bay Music Festival (1)



On March 3 and 4, 2016, OFSAA hosted the Giant Slalom and Snowboard Cross (SBX) events. Taylor Thomson and Doug Ledger both returned to the Giant Slalom event for the second year in a row. The boys’ course was tight and highly technical. Doug had an excellent day and improved on his performance last year to finish 53rd overall. The girls’ course was quite different from the boys lacking difficulty and having a number of very flat sections. This rewarded larger riders and punished Taylor. She raced extremely well, but simply couldn’t carry her speed through the flat sections as easily as larger riders. 

On Friday, George Margeson joined Doug and Taylor to compete in the SBX event. This is the first time that this event has been held and it was amazing to see three of our riders in the inaugural SBX event. Each of our riders was on a different team made up of riders from various schools in the CISAA. Each team was made up of 3-4 riders who had to go down a complex course made up of jumps, banked turns, and rollers at the same time. Each rider was timed and the times of the best three riders from each team were added together to get the team time. George, Taylor, and Doug each had outstanding days. Taylor led her team and showed the girls how to attack the course. She suffered a bad fall in her first run but came back to post a fast time on her second attempt. Doug had an incredibly fast time on both runs and was significantly faster than the rest of his teammates. He led his team to a 4th place finish overall. George arrived at the competition ready to ride and he gave it everything he had. In the training session, he was the first rider out of the gate and he attacked the challenging course. He rode extremely well all day and his team finished 3rd overall! Considering the fact that other teams were made up of racers who compete at the national and provincial levels the accomplishments of all three riders are something the entire RLC community should be extremely proud of. RLC and the CISAA as a whole were very well represented, and Taylor, George, and Doug were outstanding ambassadors for our school and for the sport. I was so proud to stand beside them to celebrate their accomplishments!

Taylor Thomson, Doug Ledger, George Margeson and Mr. Howell
George Margeson Snowboarding

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