Rosseau Lake College Beacon



Monday, April 18th, 2016




In This Issue:

Address from the Head
New Board Member Profile
Annual Giving
Upcoming Events
School Calendar


Address From the Head

One of the challenges I see in education is the propensity for teachers to have students work on ‘stuff’ and go about their business with the aim, at the end of the period of time, to produce a product to show learning.  These products are assessed by a teacher who, after promptly grading, reveals the results to the student, who reads the mark and promptly shelves it neatly (or not) in a folder, never to be seen again. 

Unless I was particularly proud of the product I submitted to a teacher, I remember doing the same thing when I attended school.

Is there another way?  Is it possible to engage students by connecting their work with a set of meaningful skills that once completed, will help showcase their development and build a personal brand?  I make the assumption if this was done, students would be more engaged and their learning will be connected to real skills made visible by producing a portfolio. 

The concept of requiring students to produce portfolios in school is not new and is one way that teachers can determine visually, the development and progression a student is able to produce over a period of time. The interesting thing about portfolios is they are rarely shared with anyone beyond the teacher.  

In this digital age, there is an opportunity to have students share their work with the world and put their learning in one place, that if carefully and meaningfully maintained will produce an impressive cache of skills and experience.  A ready and available portfolio that can be easily shared that will clearly give an impressive overview of accomplishment and skills acquisition.   

While grade achievement is still very important, post-secondary school programs and employers are placing more emphasis on the non-cognitive skills that can be showcased using a digital format to build a personal brand.

Employers and schools now use Google as a way to determine a candidate’s personal brand by viewing a candidate’s social media and whatever else has been shared online.  Imagine if an employer or a school googled and up came a digital footprint scholastic achievement that summarized years worth of relevant skills and accomplishment. 

This Interesting quote from Rushton Hurley also has an interesting take and suggests the work produced using this format may well be better as well.

“if students are sharing their work with the world, they want it to be good, if they’re sharing it with you, they want it to be good enough.” 

Lance Postma, Head of School


New RLC Board Member Profile:    
Mr. Mark Holbrook

Image - Mark Holbrook photo

Mark is the Chief Financial Officer of Kruger Products L.P. and also the CFO for KP Tissue Inc., which is a public company, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  He is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Mark has almost 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry.  Since 1998, he has held various senior financial roles at Kruger Products (formerly Scott Paper Limited).  Mark also has oversight responsibility for Information Technology.  Kruger Products, the manufacturer of Cashmere® Bathroom Tissue, SpongeTowels® and Scotties® Facial Tissue, has been named one of the Greater Toronto Area’s top employers for four years in a row.  Mark’s career began at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) and includes 12 years with Unilever Canada in the food business.

Mark is married to Mary Kathryn who runs her own consulting and coaching practice and has one daughter who graduated in 2015 from the Queen’s University School of Business.  Mark enjoys playing golf and hockey.  Mark is looking forward to working on the Board of Directors for Rosseau Lake College.



Annual Giving Campaign Donors

Upcoming Events


Mon. April 18
Mid-Semester Marks Due

Tues. April 19
Formal Report Meeting
Day buses depart at 4:00 p.m.

Wed. April 20
Ultimate at TFS
Soccer at TFS
Badminton at HTS

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

Thurs. April 21
Earth Day Clean Up 4-5 p.m.

Fri. April 22
Professional Learning Community Meeting 4:15 p.m.

Fri. April 22 – April 25
Scheduled weekend departs 4:00 p.m.

Tues. April 26
Classes resume
Athletic Committee – Healthy Active Living Awareness
EQAO – Pan Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) 

Wed. April 27
Division 2 Rugby at CDS
Division 3 Rugby at PC
Soccer vs. HTS
Ultimate vs. HTS

Fri. April 29
Hekkla Run/Bike/Walk

Student for a Day - May 13, 2016



At Rosseau Lake College, we help each student develop their ‘Leadership Best’ through assessing their strengths, providing opportunities, teaching skills and mindsets, and offering mentoring and guidance. 

The current prefects have been reflecting on their year and on the prefect program as a whole.  Just after Christmas, the prefect team discussed the current prefect roles, the size of the school, and asked if they could brainstorm ideas to make improvements to the prefect positions and roles.  Head Prefects, Ross Hennigar, and Gabrielle Moquin led the team through a process that involved reviewing the current positions and responsibilities, envisioning a smaller student leadership team with more evenly balanced portfolios, and brainstorming ideas to achieve that vision.  The team had a great discussion with many valid points and create ideas.  Ross took the information gathered through this process and developed a proposal which he and Gabrielle presented to Mr. Postma.  The proposed changes were heard, and a couple tweaks were made.  The outcome of this process are the following prefect positions will be in effect for the 2016 -17 school year. 
The Student Council, Athletic, Environmental and Arts prefect portfolios will remain the same (or similar).  The Residential and House Cup will change a bit.  There will be only one residential prefect who will work with the Houseparents to select House Captains for the other two residences, and will work with those House Captains and a residential committee on residential issues and events. The House Cup prefect will have a Friday committee that will assist to plan monthly house cup events and work to spread school spirit.  Two new prefect positions are Community Outreach and School Store.  The Community Outreach prefect will have the responsibility of the former Admissions prefect as well as, assisting with the coordination of community involvement hours and peer tutoring.  The School Store prefect will take on the responsibility of assisting to run the school store (with a committee), including ordering, inventory, sales, and invoicing. 
This team of eight, once elected, will decide on their Head Boy and Head Girl from among themselves. 
The applications for the above positions were made available to grade 10 and 11 students on Tuesday, April 12th, and were due today at noon.  

The applications will be reviewed this week, and committee advisers will communicate support of applicants moving to the next stage of the process.  The successful applicants will be given speech guidelines and ideas on Thursday, April 21st.  They will deliver a 30-60 second speech to the school community during assembly on Thursday, April 28th.  The election will occur immediately following the speeches.  

“Leaders inspire action by making themselves, and those around them, better.”


Image - Leadership Photo


At RLC, we envision leadership as a journey and see all of our students as “leaders (who) inspire action by making themselves, and those around them, better”.

Aurora Corbett Gr. 10
Bedazzled Dance Champion – Blue Mountain Collingwood ON
April 7 – 10

Once of Canada’s Largest Dance Competitions for dancers of all ages. 

Aurora scored a Diamond (highest level) in hip hop, tap, large group contemporary, and small group contemporary dance.  These group routines received 1st place in each category.  Aurora’s contemporary duet routine won Diamond, a special judges award given to participants who perform a clean dance with a 1st place finish in all her categories of hip hop, tap, and contemporary.

Her most significant accomplishment was her contemporary duet that she performed earned her a 1st place overall.  This is for all ages and genres of duet and trio competitors – a most prestigious accomplishment in dance.   Her dance academy is very proud of her for her dedication and hard work. 


Image - Leadership - Aurora Corbett Bedazzled Dance Champion Photo




The Grade 11 Outdoor Education Class had the opportunity to experience a challenge course to really tap into their leadership styles and skills.  The students had to trust their peers to belay them up a wall of moving elements and challenges to be the first to the top.  Not only did the course give the students a chance to overcome their fears and reservations but it also allowed their peers to encourage and support each other to meet their goals.  Great team work, amazing leadership and trust.  Great job.

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The grade 12 Kinesiology class is working hard at creating a working model of an articulating joint.  The students had to focus on a personal injury and then construct the injured body part out of supplied materials.  This articulating joint must have all components of a human joint; ligaments, tendons, muscles, bursae, and bones.  It must have full range of motion and be a representation of the injury they sustained during a sporting event.  The students will then use their model to teach their peers about the injury, and how to prevent it through exercise and nutrition.  Stay tuned.

Academic - Kinesiology picture #1
Academic - Kinesiology picture #1
Summer Academy




The Ultimate team travelled to Toronto to Lamport Stadium last Wednesday to compete in a tournament and have some playing time on a field away from all the snow.  It was a tough tournament for the team, they played four back to back games with no rest in between.  We had a positive experience and walked, limped and hobbled away with 2 wins and 2 losses.  The tournament gave us a little insight into what our competition will be like in the league games, a chance to improve on fitness, and a fantastic opportunity to work together as a team.  The team did a great job despite the toll on their bodies.  Thanks for a great day.

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Ultimate picture #4

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


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