Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Monday, April 4th, 2016

In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Annual Giving
Upcoming Events
Arts Festival Fundraiser:  Silent Auction Items still required. Tickets still available.  See information below.
Weekend Activities
Europe Trip
School Calendar

Address From the Head


After a well deserved two week break the students and the staff shook off the academic rust with a view to get back up to speed and return to ‘normalcy’.  In addition, spring sports started with coaches sending out reconnaissance missions to find dry places on campus to conduct the first practices and ‘pump up’ the participants of what is to come.  Ah, early spring!  Wet, mucky and dirty!    

This week, besides the regular day to day focus, the school community will be fully engaged in preparing for the Spring Arts Festival and Silent Auction.  Visual art, music, and culinary art will be professionally on display, but taking center stage will be the dramatic arts performance.  

The event is being held at the Muskoka Woods Hangar and local radio station, Moose FM will be live on location providing updates to their listening audience throughout the entire event from 1 – 5 pm.  All are welcome.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.

Last year this event raised $13,000 and supported equipment, teaching tools, and supplies for the Science department.   This year the funds will go toward upgrades to the RLC library.  We are aiming to match or exceed our achievement from the previous year and I thank, in advance, the work being done by RLC Parent Guild who behind the scenes have been planning the very important silent auction, which is still in need of more items. 

Plan to come out, bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and excellent entertainment.  Support RLC and celebrate the arts alongside the students and staff of RLC.

Lance Postma, Head of School

Annual Giving Campaign

Upcoming Events

Mon. April 4 
Drama rehearsal in the Hangar at Muskoka Woods

Wed. April 6
Rowing at Trent University

Thurs. April 7
Drama rehearsal in the Hangar at Muskoka Woods

Fri. April 8 
Drama rehearsal in the Hangar at Muskoka Woods all day

Sat. April 9
Spring Arts Festival and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Tues. April 12
Grade 12 Math Contest
Lakehead University Visit

Wed. April 13
Grade 9, 10 & 11 Math Contest
Ultimate Early Bird Tournament at Lamport Stadium

Mon. April 18
Mid Semester Marks Due
Soccer at TYS

Wed. April 20
Ultimate at TFS
Soccer at TFS

Thurs. April 21 – April 24
Montreal Worldstrides Heritage Festival Trip

Fri. April 22 – April 25
Scheduled weekend departs after classes


Spring Arts Festival & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, April 9th is fast approaching!

Important Notice from the Parent Guild Regarding the Arts Festival Silent Auction for this Saturday!
Thank you, everyone, who has shown support towards this year’s Silent Auction.  We really appreciate the generosity of the items that have been donated so far!  

We are still hoping for a few more items to help fill our tables.  Plus, tickets are cheaper in advance and numbers will help the Culinary Arts Club to know how many refreshments to prepare and serve.  Please contact Pam Bissonette or call the school office donate an item or to purchase tickets.  Thanks!


Location: Muskoka Woods Hangar
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door (students and small children are admitted for free)
Contact Information 
705-732-4351 and ask for Pam or Linda
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!
Save the date Arts Festival

Weekend Activities

The students headed down to Rinx this weekend and had the opportunity to play “Cyber Sport”. It is a combination of bumper cars, basketball, and scoops. You had 5 minutes to score as many points as possible in a suspended box at either end of the court. It was a lot more challenging than you think but a great deal of fun. A fun new activity was discovered. Thanks for a great weekend.

Image - Cyber Sport x1
Image - Cyber Sport x2

Europe Trip

Europe Trip – March 2016

We touched down in Paris about 9:30 am on Friday, March 18th and hit the ground running for a very full nine days!  Our first day was spent walking around the streets of Paris, trying out some delicious crepes and enjoying coffee at a little cafe.  We met the other school groups that would be our travelling companions, and after enjoying dinner together, had a walking tour of Paris and then a metro ride back to our hotel – very glad to see the comfy beds!  Over the next two days, we took a bus tour of the city, visited the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Montmartre, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, walked the Avenue des Champs-Élysées,  took an evening ride down the Seine and sailed past the Eiffel tour just in time to see a spectacular light show – and a whole lot more!  

Very early Monday morning we took the train to Avignon in Provence.  While in this region, we toured the village of Avignon, the city of Nimes, saw the viaduct  Pont du Gard, and the beautiful village of Les Baux-de- Provence.  There is so much history in this area, and it is easy to see why so many French painters were inspired by the surroundings!  En route to Barcelona the following day, we spent some time at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne and reached our hotel just in time to head for dinner and an evening tour of Barcelona.  The following day, a bus tour of Barcelona allowed us to see the highlights of the city.  We spent time at Park Guell and were impressed with the work of Gaudi – including the remarkable Sagrada Familia!   After a delicious paella lunch by the beautiful harbour, we walked along the waterfront to rendez-vous for our bike tour.  Riding around the city on bikes was a lot of fun and gave us a chance to explore a bit more of the city.  We also spent a lot of time exploring Barcelona on foot – visiting the Picasso museum and walking down La Rambla and exploring all the ‘carrers’ of the area.

This fantastic trip was filled with opportunities to see so much history – amazing architecture and art – and also gave us the chance to see a different part of the world and a different way of life.  We returned home on Saturday, March 26th, and I think everyone was grateful for a couple of days to rest up before returning to school!

Image - Europe 2016 - Mrs. Bissonette & Mrs. Christopher - Eiffel Tower


Mrs. Pam Bissonette & Mrs. Cathy Christopher (Trip Chaperones) in front of the Eiffel Tower 
Image - Europe 2016 - Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Image - Europe 2016 - The Gang in Park Guell

Gabrielle Moquin, Reeves Tsang, D.J. Lynes, Regina Garcia Estrada, Cherry Li and Davee Dai sitting on a bench in Park Guell

Transportation Schedule

Friday, April 22nd, 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 Monday, April 25th 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