Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Stories from RLC

Mid-Year Update – Head of School                                                      

Dear RLC Community,  

Happy New Year to you and your families.  We are a week into the New Year and I have completed some reflections on our accomplishments over the past year.  It is good to look ahead, especially with 2017 being so special as RLC celebrates 50 years, but let’s take a quick look back on the previous 12 months.

2016 was quite a year for RLC.  A new strategic plan that included an updated mission, organizational structure and modifications to our program.  We have been through, in a short period, many developments and while overall it has been very positive, these changes were not without challenges. 

Redefining Teaching and Learning

The development of the curriculum model brought forward a teaching and learning statement, and the delivery of the Personalized Learning Profile (PLP) setting a path for our brand of personalized learning.  Teaching and learning are now more student-centered than teacher-centered and we have found students to be more engaged in the learning process.  Quantitatively they are displaying higher order analysis and convey a greater understanding of skills and concepts, and some are working consciously toward building their personal brand with 21st-century skills (LIKA). 

From an assessment point of view, our teachers are focusing on an inquiry model that allows for student voice, choice and experience.  The co-construction of assessment criteria is deepening students understanding of what teachers are looking for in mastery, and students have had greater buy-in with results.

Honour Roll – Three Year Comparative

All Students       

Fall 2016                               63% of students on the Honour Roll

Fall 2015                               53% of students on the Honour Roll

Fall 2014                               41% of students on the Honour Roll

Leaving Class

Fall of 2016                          67% on the Honour Roll

Fall of 2015                          49% on the Honour Roll

Fall of 2014                          23% on the Honour Roll

Re-shaping the School Environment

The Learning Environment at RLC has commenced its transformation with new outdoor learning spaces in Eaton Garden and The Knot with lakeside views.  The library was updated and resembles a modern collaborative space used for meetings, gatherings, thinking and teaching.  This space is now known as The Hub. 

On the capital front, Westgate House received a $62K upgrade which included new insulation, HVAC system, and the modernization of the bathroom, common space and bedrooms.  This residence was re-opened in November after a 7-year hiatus with four female boarders now living there. 

In addition, Clarkson house and select rooms in Brock house received updated furniture in August, making for high quality and uniform furniture throughout both residences. Also, many of the wood clad builds of the school were stained throughout August and September.  Lastly, $20K was spent upgrading the IT infrastructure which included a significant increase in the number of access points throughout buildings on campus to improve WIFI service and coverage.

Building Our Community

The Future Forward Steering Committee was very active planning, bringing awareness and canvassing sponsorships for 50th Anniversary celebrations.  To date, the response from the community has been tremendous with over $130K in sponsorships.  The goal is to have a great party and celebrate the first 50 years while launching the next 50 years of the school’s future.  The entire community is invited to join us on June 17th, 2017.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here. 

RLC and Inclusion

A series of visits to local area First Nations Chiefs commenced in April and ended in August.  Known as the Seven Generations program, the purpose was to communicate RLC’s Future Forward initiatives and understand the educational challenges of local area indigenous youth.  Inspired by Justice Sinclair’s Truth and Reconciliation document and RLC’s 30-year history with First Nation youth, the information from these visits was collated and shared at the November Seven Generations Summit.  Students, staff and members of the First Nations community were invited back to hear the findings of the spring and summer meetings.   These actions have set a path to have RLC continue on a path of inclusiveness not only for members of Canada’ First Nations but for our global community as well. 

The Year Ahead  – 2017

In 2017, the staff and faculty will continue to work together to progress the Future Forward educational model, as RLC reaches ahead to be an educational leader in personalized learning.  Our goal is to prepare students for an uncertain and competitive world.  Key areas of focus will be reshaping the school environment to compliment modern expectations of students and families, while also reimagining learning spaces to complement our unique program.  We will also move intentionally forward to make RLC an even more inclusive community, with sound governance and being fiscally responsible for infrastructure improvements and re-development of learning spaces.  The program will be financed by a moderate cash reserve with a continued focus on developing our teachers and compensating them appropriately.  These have been factored in the plan moving forward to ensure our success.

I would like to thank all the students, parents, staff and the rest of our supportive community for your patience, perseverance and dedication to RLC.  The year ahead will undoubtedly bring forward challenges to overcome, but I have a solid belief in our plan moving forward.  We have properly celebrated our accomplishments in 2016, but now it is time to raise the bar and make 2017 an even greater success. 

Lance Postma
Head of School

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Snowboard training at Mount St. Louis
Sr. Volleyball at Toronto Montessori School with Trafalgar Castle School
Jr. Basketball at St. John’s Kilmarnock School 

Friday, January 13th, 2017
All school sleep in

Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Monster Jam event in Toronto

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Snowboard training at Devel’s Glen Country Club
Sr. Volleyball at Hawthorn School with CPC
Jr. Basketball at Albert College

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Semester 1 Ends

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Semester 2 Begins

Rosseau Lake College Winter Carnival
Save The Date – Feb 25th

All friends and family of the RLC community are welcome!

The 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. open house features brunch and many outdoor, fun winter activities: Ball Hockey, Log Sawing, Snow Jam Competition, the infamous Polar Dip, and so much more!

For details contact Pam Bissonette at or phone 705-732-4351 ext. 13


Community Announcements


Culminating Tasks/Exam Schedule

The Rosseau Lake College Future Forward program promotes a learner-centered environment where every student uses a personal learning profile that informs teachers about individual student interests, learning styles and multiple intelligent preferences. This information provides voice and choice to assessment and evaluation tasks for students to utilize their strengths and learning preferences in their learning.  As RLC moves away from traditional teaching and evaluation practices, towards the facilitation of learning and guiding students to develop essential skills for future learning and careers, you will notice the examination period has changed. Examination writing is an important skill for our students to learn, however, it is not the only method of evaluation.  Culminating tasks may be in the form of an examination or may include a knowledge-based exam in combination with a project, lab, or active-learning task, or may not include an examination at all.  It is imperative for our students to develop several other skills as well, including teamwork, thinking, self-management, networking and communication, information management, learning, and project design. 

Exam Schedule Table


Grade 11 Outdoor Education

Dave Sheperd from Outdoor Escarpment Adventure came to Rosseau to complete our Rigging certification.  It was a great afternoon of learning knots and knowing the difference between a hitch and a knot system, understanding the importance of redundant fail-safe systems, and learning how to check a set system to prevent accidents. 

Grade 11 OE Picture of Mr. Sheperd, Jordyn Howse etc.
Grade 11 OE Picture of Mr. Sheperd

Grade 12 English

In November, the Grade 12 English class finished reading the American classic, ‘The Great Gatsby’, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Rather than partake in the usual literary outcomes for such an esteemed novel, the class decided to embark on a discovery project. Concluding that the ‘context’ of the novel is ultimately more influential than the ‘text’ itself, students were allowed a personal approach to layering their own assignment— designing an artifact from the 1920’s.

They first had to research an aspect of 1920’s American life, which gave context to the novel (science, geography, politics, biography, etc.). Then they chose a literary theory in which to view this context, through a modern lens (new historicism, feminism, reader-response, post-modernism, etc.). The next step was to develop an ‘artifact’ that weaved together relevant aspects from the text and was guided by the theme: The American Dream.  Finally, having designed an original piece of conceptual art, the students had to both reflect and defend their creation by writing an artists’ statement which explicitly referenced which critical thinking skills they used to help them think outside of the box (deduction, inference, debate, interpretation, inquiry).

The results have shown that when you ask students to be creative within a set of boundaries, giving them the voice and choice to follow their personal learning preferences, a more rigorous and, ultimately, more skillful application of their knowledge is displayed. Well done, Grade 12 class!

Mr. Daigle

Grade 12 English Class
Grade 12 English Project by Cherry Li

Project Completed By:  Cherry Li

Grade 12 English Project by George Margeson

Project Completed By:  George Margeson

Grade 12 English Project by J.P. Alloza

Project Completed By:  J.P. Alloza

Grade 12 English Project by Reeves Tsang

Project Completed By:  Reeves Tsang

Grade 12 English Project by D.J. Lynes

Project Completed By:  D.J. Lynes

Grade 12 English Project by Griffin Lang

Project Completed By:  Griffin Lang

Grade 12 English Project by Meaghan Tabobondung

Project Completed By:  Meaghan Tabobondung

Grade 12 English Project by Reggie Smyth

Project Completed By:  Reggie Smyth

Grade 12 English Project by Sean Wallmeuler

Project Completed By:  Sean Wallmueller


Co-curricular Report


Nordic Skiing

Grooming has started and we have had a day out on the trails.  No shortage of snow in Rosseau!

Nordic Ski Trails

2016/17 School Calendar

Sept Tues 6 Registration/Welcome Day – All students 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  Wed 7 Classes begin (Semester 1)
Oct Thurs 6 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Mon 7-10 Scheduled Weekend (Thanksgiving)
  Mon 10 Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm
  Tues 11 Classes resume
Nov Thurs 10 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Mon 11-14

Scheduled Weekend

  Mon 14

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 15

Classes resume

Dec Fri 2

Graduation Photo and Retake Day

  Fri 9

Arts Festival




Christmas Holiday – Students depart at 12:30 pm

Jan Mon 2

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 3

Classes resume

Feb  Thurs 16 

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 17-20

Scheduled Weekend (Family Day Holiday)

  Mon 20

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 21

Classes resume

  Sat 25

Winter Carnival

Mar Thurs 9

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Sun 10-26

March Break

  Sun 26

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Mon 27

Classes resume

Apr Thurs 13

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 14-17

Scheduled Weekend (Easter Holiday)

  Mon 17

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 18

Classes resume

  Fri 22

Spring Arts Festival

May Thurs 18

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 19-22

Scheduled Weekend (Victoria Day)

  Mon 22

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 23

Classes resume

Jun Sat 17 

Closing Day Ceremony 11:00 am