Rosseau Lake College Beacon



Monday, May 30, 2016




In This Issue:

Address from the Head
Upcoming Events
School Calendar


Address From the Head

The late Steve Jobs would often use the ‘Rule of Three’ in his announcements, so I say to you three things to think about for this week.

Curriculum Plan

Join us for an information night on course offerings for the 2016/17 school year.  This will be held in the Rowntree Family Academic Centre on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm.  For many making the trip to the school will not be possible, but we will be sure to forward this important information to you this week.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Bissonette. 

Gr. 11 Interdisciplinary Presentation

On Friday, June 3, students of the Gr. 11 IDC course will be presenting the summation of their semester-long task of research and planning for the pre-work necessary to develop a business case for implementing personalized learning at RLC.  The students will present their research to architect Situate/Build/Design who have been given the task to take a hands-on approach to understand RLC’s pedagogical methodology and present an architectural approach to support the program.  All members of the community are welcome to attend the presentation at 10 am on June 3.  If you do attend, Situate/Build/Design would welcome input from parents to help them develop a 10-year campus plan for RLC.

Celebrating Youth

I wish to congratulate three members of the RLC student body who were nominated to for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Youth Awards.  Celebrating the accomplishment and contributions made by youth in Parry Sound area

The ceremony was held on Saturday afternoon at the Charles W. Stockey Centre.  Reggie Smyth (Gr. 11), Aurora Corbett (Gr. 10) and Raymond Smyth (Gr. 10) were all finalist in each of their age categories. Congratulations to Reggie Smyth for winning the category for his age group.  See the Leadership section for more details. 


Lance Postma
Head of School

Upcoming Events

Mon. May 30, 2016
All School Photo
Athletic Banquet

Wed. June 1, 2016
Curriculum Information Night (see below)

Fri. June 3, 2016
IDC3O Presentation (see below)
Rowing Regatta

Mon. June 6, 2016
Roscar Awards at Lunch
Canoe Races 4-5 pm

Tue. June 7, 2016
Board meeting
RISK 4-5 pm

Wed. June 8, 2016
Safari 4-5 pm

Thurs. June 9, 2016
Angry Birds 4-5 pm

Fri. June 10, 2016
Kraken 4-5 pm

Mon. June 13, 2016
Exams & Classes
Cardboard Boat Races 4-5 pm

Tues. June 14, 2016
Exams & Classes
Cardboard Boat Races 4-5 pm

Wed. June 15, 2016
Exams & Classes
Cardboard Boat Races 4-5 pm

Thurs. June 16, 2016
Exams & Classes
Beach Party at 4:00 p.m. 
Foundation Years Celebration & Dinner

Fri. June 17, 2016
All School trip to Canada’s Wonderland
Grade 12 Leaving Class Celebration & Dinner

Sat. June 18, 2016
Closing Day Awards & Ceremony 11 am start

Curriculum Information Night

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

Grade 11 Interdisciplinary Studies Class – Invitation

Invitation for IDC3O

Foundation Years Celebration and Dinner Invitation

Foundation Years Invitation

Closing Day Invitation

Closing Day Invitation




Leadership - Reggie Smyth

The 2016 Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Celebrating Youth event was held at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and Stockey Centre on Saturday, May 28th. Bobby Orr hosted the evening where several youths were recognized and celebrated for their leadership, accomplishment, enthusiasm, perseverance, and skill in the areas of academics, arts, athletics and community service. 

The selection committee received over 80 nominations.  Three RLC students were selected as finalists and attended the event. Congratulations to Aurora Corbett, Raymond Smyth and Reggie Smyth for their achievement, and their contributions to their community.  
Reggie Smyth won in his category and has been inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame – Celebration of Youth. 
“Reggie’s character is one of genuine interest and concern for others.  He tends to notice the feelings and behaviours of others and often reaches out to offer support.  Reggie has a knack for noticing when others need assistance and steps in to help.  Reggie is a very active young man.  As the Admissions Prefect at Rosseau Lake College, he assists the Admissions department to plan Admissions events, is a fabulous ambassador for the school, gives potential students tours of the campus, and leads the Admissions Committee meetings.  Reggie is also a part of the student leadership team that promotes school spirit, plans events and supports students in the school community.  Reggie is also a talented athlete.  He plays varsity sports every season at RLC and has received numerous awards since grade 7.  Outside of school, Reggie has played hockey for the past 6 years, has received ‘the best goalie’ award 3 times, and the Most Valuable Player award 4 times.  He has competed in various running events, completing his first triathlon and half marathon last summer.  Reggie placed 2nd in his age category in the half marathon.  Reggie has completed his Bronze and Silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh program and is currently working on his Gold level.  Reggie also enjoys giving back to his community through his volunteer work at the Parry Sound Pentecostal Tabernacle where he plays in the band, runs the coffee bar, and cooks for the men’s breakfast.  He also coaches youth goalies during the summer months.  He has seen poverty in Africa, volunteering time while there.  Reggie has his bronze cross and his bronze medallion.  Reggie is a go-getter, an athlete, an honour roll student, and a leader who cares deeply for those around him”. 
“Leaders inspire action by making themselves, and those around them, better.”





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


Wilfrid Laurier – Economics & Financial Management

David Wells

McMaster University – Automotive and Vehicle Technology


University of Ottawa – Bachelor of Science in Biopharmaceutical Science




Summer Academy


Summer Academy


Grade 11 OE Bruce Peninsula National Park – May 2016


The Grade 11 Outdoor Education Class had the opportunity to spend four days and three nights at the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park Cyprus Lake Campground last week.  The students planned their entire trip, from the menu to gear and the activities each day.  

We arrived in a torrential downpour and a thunderstorm that would make your hair stand on end.  We kept a positive attitude and by the morning the rain had slowed to a drizzle and by the time we had a breakfast of homemade pancakes and maple syrup made by Griffin Lang we were ready to face the day.  

We hiked along a rugged trail to see vistas that would take your breath away until we arrived at our destination called Storm Haven.  A beautiful flat rocked shoreline along the shores of Georgian Bay.  It was the perfect day to explore; the sun was shining, the sky was blue.  

After a great day of laughs and card games, we turned in for a well-deserved sleep.

The following day showed us more rain and overcast skies but that didn’t stop us.  We explored one of the most spectacular areas of the park known as “The Grotto”,  I beautiful a cave dug out along the water’s edge.  Some of the students descended down a narrow hole in the rocks to the cave below to see what nature is truly capable of.  They were not disappointed.  

Later in the day we walked another rugged trail to Overhang Point to see again what winds, water, and rock can do to massive bluffs.  

The pictures really do tell the story.

Special thanks to Shaun Beaulne who drove us to the Park and was a happy participant on our adventure.  A shout out to Audrey-Anna Colson who came along as peer support to our sole female in OE, Meaghan Tabobondung.  You both made the trip that much better.  Thank you.

Academic - OE - David Haerth; Reeves Tsang
Academic - OE - Group picture with Mr. Shaun Beaulne at The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Overhang Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Thomas Shaw at The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Ewan Fargher in hole at Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - On the way to Storm Haven, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Reggie Smyth at Overhang Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Ewan Fargher at Grotto Cave, Bruce Peninsula National Park
Academic - OE - Overhang Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park x2





Ultimate played The York School today at Downsview Park, unfortunately, we did not get the gold but we came home with a silver medal. Great season team. All of you did a great job. Special thanks to Jordyn and Sydney who stepped up to help us out through team injuries.

Co-curricular - Team Picture

D3 Rugby

The D3 rugby squad continued to improve remarkably in the last two tournaments of the season. 

On May 18, we hosted this year’s penultimate D3 tournament. We drew first blood of the day on home turf off a powerful run against Albert College by Kevin Chen. Emiliano followed that up with a beautiful conversion. Although Albert College was able to pull ahead of us to secure the win, our boys proved that they had come to play. 

In the second game, versus Pickering College, we were able to maintain possession of the ball better than ever before with solid passing and a strong rucking game. Our team worked methodically to move the ball toward Pickering’s try line, with Emiliano eventually placing it in-goal and adding another conversion. Pickering won the game, but we made them earn it. 

Our final match of the day was against last year’s D3 champs, Crestwood Prep. We did not manage to score against them, but we shut down more of their efforts than ever before and surprised them with how much we had improved in a few weeks. 

On May 25, we travelled to Crestwood Preparatory College in Toronto for this year’s D3 finals. Our first match-up was versus Pickering, who went into the tournament in first place. We did an excellent job of capitalizing on our opportunities and Pickering’s mistakes. Kevin Yang had a promising run off a pick-and-go and made several big hits, Charlie and Nico played a great rucking game, and Will fought hard to try to power through Pickering’s defense. Despite this series of legitimate bids for their end zone, we never quite made it there, so our final game of the season was in the consolation match against Albert. 

For much of the first half, we held Albert to a scoreless game; eventually, they managed to get a runner clear and score a try and conversion. We fought back hard: Kevin Chen made a long run and looked like he might get his second try in as many weeks, managing to get the ball well inside Albert’s 22m line. From there, we played a strong rucking game and moved forward with a series of short, well-supported runs, with Emiliano eventually scoring a hard-fought try. We went into the second half of the game trailing by only a conversion.

With a legitimate shot at the bronze medal in our sights, we came out strong in the second half. We were organized and effective on defense and maintained the ball well offensively. Will came painfully close to putting us on top of the scoreboard, breaking several tackles and make a long run to Albert’s end zone. Unfortunately, he was not quite able to secure a try, and shortly thereafter Albert scored another try and conversion, gaining a lead that began to become insurmountable as the clock ran down. Fuelled by this success, they were able to open the gap even more in the closing minutes of the game, securing their victory. Nevertheless — and in true RLC fashion — we refused to give up, and played with heart until the match was over. 

This group started the season as a collection of people who were almost all new to rugby. At each practice and tournament, every player worked hard to become stronger, smarter, and better at the game. The hard work paid off. These young men finished the season as a team that repeatedly impressed — and sometimes shocked — opponents, spectators, and themselves with how much they had learned and improved. Just wait until next year…

Co-curricular - D3 Rugby Team Picture

D2 Rugby

On Wednesday, May 25 the Sr D2 Rugby team hosted the Championship tournament. The team had been undefeated in league play over the course of the season and they faced the two toughest teams in the league in a round robin tournament. The conditions were gruelling and with 10-minute halves each game was over 40% longer than the players were used to. There was no question that the team who won the day would be the team who was willing to suffer the most.

In the first game, we played Greenwood College. They are a talented and tough team who play with a great deal of heart. We got off to an amazing start with incredible defensive pressure. We pushed GCS back right to their goal line where Liam was able to pick up the ball and drive towards the end zone. JP was in close support and took a beautiful offload from Liam to score the first try. Moments later Ewan was charging for the end zone with a GCS player hanging off of his neck. Nothing would have stopped Ewan, but referees must stop the play when a dangerously high tackle is taking place. Doug scored off of the ensuing penalty and Spencer added the conversion. GCS was able to score a try to end the half, but RLC was ahead by 7 points. In the second half, GCS scored another try to draw even closer. JP, playing with an injured shoulder, was able to add another try on a long, powerful run where he made some opponents miss, and simply ran over the rest. Spencer was able to convert that try as well putting RLC up 19 – 10. GCS would not go away quietly, though. They scored a try in the final minute and converted it to draw within 2 points. The RLC defense was able to hold them off and RLC won the game 19-17.

GCS went on to lose to Lakefield College School in their next game, so in the final game of the day, RLC played LCS for the Championship. A few changes were made to the traditional lines with Griffin stepping in as the starting scrum-half and Ray moving out to the wing. Griffin had an outstanding game, distributing the ball well and scoring a gutsy try off of a 5-metre scrum. Further trys were added by JP, Doug, and Spencer. Spencer also made 3 conversions to put the game well out of reach. LCS put up a gutsy effort and scored an early try, but in the end, RLC would not be denied, winning the championship 26 – 7. 

This was truly a team effort with every member of the team doing their part in each game of the tournament. Thomas and Sean couldn’t be on the field with us due to injuries, but they were both on the sideline the entire time supporting the team in any way they could. We missed their talent and intensity a great deal. Mohamed, and Woojin, our two rookies, played with amazing intensity and excellent composure. Liam stepped up this year to be a stalwart defender who understood the defensive system and made excellent tackles. Reggie suffered through a sprained ankle to bring heart, punishing runs, and outstanding support at breakdowns. Ray saved many games with his incredible open-field tackling and refusal to ever give up. Chasing people down who were close to scoring was his specialty! Griffin demonstrated time and again that he had all the size and toughness he needed to be an outstanding competitor. Ewan lives and breathes rugby and was consistently the most intense competitor on the field. Christopher covered the entire field on both offense and defense. His strong running, support, and tackling were essential to our success. JP was not only a scoring threat but an incredible forward who dominated scrums and won countless turnovers at breakdowns. Doug could almost score at will with his combination of speed and power. Opposing teams had no answer for him. Spencer was rock solid all year long. Nothing ever phased him and he never doubted the ability of this team to be champions. He made everyone around him better and was an excellent captain.

It was the perfect ending to a perfect season. Well done men!

Cocurricular - D2 Rugby Champions


Co-Curricular Awards


Co-curricular - Cocurricular Athletic Awards - D2 Rugby

D2 Rugby – Coach:  Mr. Trent Howell
MVP – Spencer Weeks,  MIP – Christopher Blenkarn
The David Monk Memorial Coach’s Award – Ewan Fargher
Athletic Letters – J.P. Alloza, Douglas Ledger, Spencer Weeks

Cocurricular Athletic Awards - Ultimate

Ultimate – Coach:  Mrs. Kim Postma
MVP – Christopher Blair,  MIP – Meaghan Tabobondung
Coach’s Award – Ross Hennigar
Athletic Letters – Christopher Blair & David Wells
Jr. MVP – Taylor Blair
Jr. MIP – Jimmy Fu
Jr. Coach’s – Audrey-Anna Colson

Cocurricular Athletic Awards - D3 Rugby

D3 Rugby – Coach:  Ms Jessica Sheppard
MVP – Charlie Qian,  MIP – Nicolas Gonzalez De Nennie
Coach’s Award – William Lupton

Cocurricular Athletic Awards - Rowing

Rowing – Coach’s:  Mrs. Cathy Christopher, Ms. Briar Manning and Kathy from the Rowing Club
MIP – David Ting
Athletic Letter – Gabrielle Moquin

Cocurricular Athletic Awards - Soccer

Soccer – Coach:  Mrs. Cheryl Bissonette
MVP – Sydney Bissonette,  The Margaret Lech Award for MIP – Davee Dai
Coach’s Award – Jordyn Conn
Athletic Letters – Sydney Bissonette and Jordyn Conn
Jr. MIP – Kexin Song
Jr. Coach’s – Emma Clendenan

Cocurricular Athletic Awards - Badminton

Badminton – Coach:  Mr. James Hsu
Sr. Boys MVP – David Ye,  Sr. Boys MIP – George Margeson,  Sr. Boys Coach’s Award – Luis Polit Gontijo
Sr. Girls MVP – Elana Li,  Sr. Girls MIP – Lily Hu
Jr. Boys MVP – Frederik Domizlaff,  Jr. Boys MIP – Tommy Wang

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