Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Stories from RLC


Statement from RLC

The Rosseau Lake College community, welcoming students near and far are saddened by the orders issued by the United States on Friday, January 27, 2017, that prevents individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days.   As the Head of school, I support Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent statement that Canada will continue to welcome those “fleeing persecution, terror and war.”

The order from the United States will have and has had an impact on citizens of the global community and specifically educational communities worldwide.   I believe the hallmark of the 21st century will be centered around pluralistic communities and connected economies, and this action has eroded progress in this area leading to a spillover effect, most notably the shooting event that occurred in Quebec City on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  We are thinking of the victims and families of the Muslim community in Quebec and abroad who have been unnecessarily targeted most recently here in Canada and the United States.  From our point of view, we know the value of bringing students together from different areas of the global community.  Their perspective brings forward a free flow of ideas, knowledge and diversity that should not be seen as an impediment, but rather an opportunity to enrich experiences for all people.   As a school, our resolve could not be stronger as we work harder to deepen the values of inclusion, tolerance and respect for people of all race and faith. 

Lance Postma
Head of School 


Co-curricular Report


Junior Basketball

The Junior Basketball team travelled to Albert College to play a basketball game. Early on, we were clearly not in it falling behind 12-1, however, Connor Gan then went on a streak and scored a few buckets, eventually scoring a total of 13 points in the game. In the third quarter, Chris Gan started to heat up, dropped a few three-pointers, and finished with a total of 17 points. By the end of the third quarter, we were only behind by five.  Ryan Umphrey who played big under the net putting in buckets and playing some solid defence finished off with 8 points. Unfortunately, we lost the game but we rallied back in the second half and know what to work on for next time.  Lakefield College School is next on Wednesday!!

Basketball Picture


SkyZone Trampoline Park in Toronto

Weekend Fun!

Trampoline - Rongqi Li and Parker Tabobondung
Trampoline - Regina Garcia Estrada
Trampoline - Atsushi Hamano
Trampoline - D.J. Lynes
Trampoline - Matthew Neretlis and Parker Tabobondung



Community Announcements


Weekend Activity to Ottawa

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Rosseau Lake College will be hosting a weekend event to visit Ottawa, ON from February 10th – 12th. At this time Ottawa is celebrating the winter with its annual Winterfest. There are a variety of different things that are happening in the city at this time: ice sculpture contests, snow slides and skating on the canal. There are also a variety of other activities that we are planning on taking part in: doing a walking tour of Ottawa to learn about the history of Canada’s capital city, a ghost walking tour to learn the spookier parts of Ottawa’s past, visiting the Ottawa market, visiting one of the many different museums in the area, and enjoying the many sights of the city. The cost of the trip will be approximately $250.00, depending on the number of students signing up. A sample itinerary is listed below.

If you, or your child, is interested in the trip please let us know as soon as possible and we will send out a final cost and itinerary shortly. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms Jacquelyn Bellissimo

Ottawa Weekend Activity
On Duty: Ms Jacquelyn Bellissimo, Ms Savannah Magee and Ms Andrea Shuttleworth

16:00 – Depart
Boxed dinner on the bus.
21:00 – Arrive in Ottawa Check into hotel

8:30 – Wake-up, breakfast at the hotel
9:30 – Depart
10:00 – Walking tour of downtown Ottawa.  Ottawa Walking Tours –
12:00 – Lunch in the Market (student’s expense)
16:00 – Skating on the canal
17:00 – Dinner (Foolish Chicken)
18:00 – Confederation Park Ice Carving Competition (go see the sculptures)
19:00 – Haunted Walk tour

8:30 – Wake-up, breakfast at the hotel
9:30 – Depart
10:00 – Museum of Civilization OR National Gallery of Canada
12:00 – Lunch (Artisan Bakery)
13:30 – Jacques-Cartier Park – Ice slides, ice sculptures, etc.
15:00 – Depart Ottawa
20:00 – Arrive in Rosseau



Upcoming Events

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Semester 2 Begins

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Snowboarding at Mount St. Louis
Jr. Basketball at Lakefield College School

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Rowing Fitness Test

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Jr.Basketball vs. Pickering College at Muskoka Woods

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Snowboarding at Alpine Ski Club
Jr. Basketball vs. Lakefield College School at Muskoka Woods

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Groundhog Day
Nordic at Kawartha Invitational

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Student for a Day – More information below

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Jr. Basketball at Pickering College

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Nordic at Lakefield College School Invitational

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Sr. Volleyball at St. John’s Kilmarnock
Jr. Basketball at St. John’s Kilmarnock

Friday, February 10th, 2017
All student Sleep-In

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Winter Carnival 50th Anniversary Event



Student For A Day

Are you interested in exploring Rosseau Lake College for your son or daughter? We are pleased to invite Students currently in Grade 6 to 11 to join us for a Student for a Day event, on 

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
The day will start at 8:30 a.m. Guest students are welcome to attend and participate in classes, sports and experience a typical day at Rosseau Lake College. Existing students will act as hosts for the guest students. Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and provide information. A hot lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. 

RSVP and more information please contact Pam Bissonette, Admissions Associate

Toll Free 1-800-265-0569 Local 705-732-4351 ext. #13 


Student for a Day

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



RLC 50th Anniversary Celebration Invitation

Dear Rosseau Lake College Community,                                               

With excitement, the Future Forward 50 Steering Committee would like to invite you to join us for Rosseau Lake College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on our beautiful lakeside campus.

As a graduate of 1992, I had the privilege of attending the school’s 25th anniversary. It was a fantastic event, and I have never forgotten it.  Twenty-five years later, I am so pleased to be the Chair of a 50th Anniversary Steering Committee made up of alumni, parents, past staff and RLC board members.  We have organized an outstanding celebration, taking place on June 17, 2017, following Rosseau Lake College’s 50th Closing Day Celebration. 

Students, parents, alumni, staff, supporters and community members are invited to join us for a day of reflection and celebrations under a beautiful lighted marquee in the centre of campus.

This semi-formal affair includes:

  • Freshly prepared hors d’oeurves during reception and gourmet plated sit down dinner catered by Crossroads Restaurant
  • Open bar with cocktails & dinner wine
  • Keynote speakers taking the stage, and the Class of 2017 receiving their alumni ties.
  • Live entertainment and music by Two for the Show
  • Complimentary shuttle buses between J.W Marriott The Rosseau in Minett & Rosseau Lake College
  • 50th  Anniversary Celebration cake prepared by the Rosseau Lake College kitchen

Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.  For more information on the Future Forward 50 Gala event or to purchase tickets online click here

50th Anniversary books, commemorating the history of the school can also be purchased through the brand new online RLC School Store.  To access the store click here

We are excited to see past headmasters, faculty members, board members, parents and the RLC alumni in June.  The event would obviously not be complete without the current parents, families and students of Rosseau Lake College. Together we can ensure the 50th celebration will be remembered for years to come. 

I look forward to seeing you in June.

John Di Cesare ’92
Chair Rosseau Lake College
50th Steering Committee

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