Rosseau Lake College Beacon



Monday, May 16, 2016




In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Annual Giving
Upcoming Events
School Calendar


Address From the Head

Forging a Personal Brand

For a number of years now I have been reading more and more about the need to develop a personal brand.  It seems, more and more, given the digital age we live in, the development of a personal brand is acutely important in defining a footprint and a legacy for oneself – especially for our youth.

Peter Drucker stated, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.  This is an important message for anyone, let alone students who are bombarded by the influence of social media and the unrealistic spoils of popular culture.  Young people need to be active in their planning for the future by thinking about and then doing activities that will help them create a brand that others will perceive as being positive, valuable and extraordinary. 

The internet makes this easy.  In fact, most young people are already creating a brand for themselves.  Their digital footprint tells a story of who they are, what they value and what they think is important.  And let’s face it, the content posted on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook already tells a story and not one that is always aligned with personal values.  One just needs to Google a name followed by their hometown and presto, the personal brand can be easily determined.

Today during Head’s lunch, I spoke to the students about a personal brand.  What is it?  Why do I need it?  And how can they create a plan to develop a legacy they can be proud of.  This is the start of what is considered important at RLC and it is something that will become a focus for the school moving forward – helping students, through educational programming and extra-curricular activities build a persona that will support a pathway to a career. 

Lance Postma
Head of School



Annual Giving Campaign Donors

Upcoming Events


Mon. May 16, 2016
Grade 11 English trip to the Stratford Festival

Tues. May 17, 2016
Parent Guild Meeting
May Progress Report Meeting
Buses depart at 4:00 p.m.

Wed. May 18, 2016
Sr. D2 Rugby at LCS
Sr. D3 Rugby vs. ?
Badminton at SJK
Ultimate vs. TYS

Thurs. May 19, 2016
Headmaster for the day
Students Depart at 4:00 p.m. for Long Weekend
Learning Community meeting 4:00 p.m.

Fri. May 20 to Tues. May 24, 2016
Scheduled Holiday Weekend

Wed. May 25, 2016
Jr. Badminton finals at Crescent School
Sr. Badminton Finals at Markham Pan Am Centre
Sr. D2 Rugby at ?
Sr. D3 Rugby at CPC
Ultimate Finals




Save the Date - Curriculum - June 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Race of the Readers Event

The Grade 7/8 class travelled to Huntsville this past week to compete in the annual Race of the Readers event.  In teams of four, students competed against other schools answering questions about eight novels ranging from a biography about one of Canada’s most prolific female athletes, Bobbie Rosenfeld to popular teen thrillers such as Divergent.  
Rosseau Lake College was represented well and all teams competed with integrity and respect.  Although we did not make the finals, the Grade 7/8s had fun and gained valuable experience participating in an academic competition in the Arts!  Thanks to all those who supported our readers and of course, thank you to the students of Grade 7/8 who represented Rosseau Lake College with competence, confidence, and character!

Mr. Nathaniel Smart
Academic - Race of the Readers Picture x1
Academic - Race of the Readers Picture x2
Academic - Race of the Readers Picture x3


Grade 12 College & University Acceptances 

Congratulations to the leaving class of 2016 for their university/college acceptances to date.
(Blue colour 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


McGill University – Bachelor of Arts

Christopher Blenkarn

Lakehead University – Engineering


University of Ottawa – Software Engineering


Guelph University – Engineering


University of Ottawa – Civil Engineering & Computing Technology

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 – B.A. 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


McGill University – Bachelor of Arts

Ross Hennigar

McMaster University – Engineering


Queen’s University – Engineering


University of Waterloo – 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

Western University – Ivey Business School


Dalhousie University – Commerce


McMaster University – Business


McGill University – Bachelor of Arts


Western University – Business Management and Organizational Studies


Laurier University – Honours Business Administration Program

Gabrielle Moquin

Loyola University (New Orleans) – Philosophy and Pre-law


San Diego 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 Landscape Technician


Guelph/Humber University – Business Administration

YiJia ‘Helen’ Wang

York University – Accounting


McMaster University – Business


Ryerson University – Accounting and Finance

Samuel Weinberger

King’s College – Management and Organizational Studies


Western University – Management and Organizational Studies

David Wells

McMaster University – Automotive and Vehicle Technology


University of Ottawa – Bachelor of Science in Biopharmaceutical Science



Summer Academy


Summer Academy





The Ultimate team travelled down to Havergal College on Tuesday, May 10th to play our first League Game against Havercrest.  It was a nail bitter.  League rules state you need to win by 2 points.  We were down by one with only 5 minutes left of play.  With amazing effort by the team, we held the field and won the game.  It was hard work, positive attitude, and team spirit that pulled us through.  I am so proud of the team.  Special thanks to Mrs. Istvan (Reid’s) grandmother who cheered us on for the win.   Everyone played a crucial part to afford us the win.  Congratulations!  Next league game is a home game against Toronto-York School on May 18th.  They are an amazing team so if anyone is around to cheer us on, we would love the support.  Backfield at 2:30 p.m.  Go Wolves!

Co-curricular Ultimate - Group play x 3
Co-curricular Ultimate - Ross Hennigar waiting to sub.
Co-curricular Ultimate - Group play
Co-curricular Ultimate - Group play x 2

D3 Rugby

On Wednesday, May 11th the D3 rugby team travelled to Belleville for a tournament at Albert College. It was clear from the first game that our team had gained valuable experience in the previous tournament; we took the field more confident, more organized, and more capable of gaining and maintaining possession of the ball. 

William Lupton showed great leadership, providing feedback and support to his teammates. On the field, he continued to be a strong force, making some great tackles and strong runs. EmilianoGarcia Estrada did an excellent job of keeping the team organized, with the help of Nicolas Gonzalez de Nennie, who made sure the back line was set up and played a solid rucking game. Zheyuan Liu and Bernardo Guel Arizpe showing excellent aggression, both making and taking solid hits. Kevin Chen showed huge improvement and was a key player throughout the day, even filling in as a forward in our game versus Crestwood.

Although we did not manage to win any games, we showed that we are improving and plan to continue to do so. Our next tournament is on May 18 at home, come on out and cheer us on!

Co-curricular - Rugby D3 Picture

D2 Rugby

On May 11 the Sr Boys D2 Rugby Team travelled to Hillfield Strathallan in Hamilton for the first league tournament of the year. At this tournament, every game counted towards our league standings so this was an important tournament.

In our first game, we played the hosts, HSC. We jumped out to an early lead with excellent team work and skill. We went into the half leading 17 – 0. In the second half, we never let up. Reggie broke free on the opening kick to score a try and Griffin added two more. Woojin scored again, Thomas added two more, and JP rounded out the scoring with another. The final score was 32 – 0.

In our second game, we played Lakefield College School. This was a close game, the last time we played them and this game was no different. We opened the scoring with some excellent rugby from Ewan, who scored twice, and Spencer and Doug who each scored once. We led at the half 24 – 0. It was all Lakefield in the second half and they were able to close the gap to 24-21. We held on to secure the win but it was a stressful finish.

In our final game of the day, we faced Greenwood College School. The last time we played them we lost 14-12 so we knew it would be a close one. Spencer opened the scoring with a try and a nice conversion. Greenwood answered in kind and we went into the half tied at 7. In the second half, Doug scored twice and Spencer added a beautiful conversion. Greenwood was able to score another try, but in the end, we held on to win 19 – 12. 

This Wednesday, May 18 we are travelling to Lakefield College School for the final league tournament. The results of this tournament will set the seeding for the final tournament which we are hosting on May 25, any and all fans are welcome to come out and cheer us on as we push for the D2 Championship!

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


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