Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Stories from RLC


Redeemer Concert Choir from Redeemer University College came to perform at RLC

The Redeemer Concert choir is a wonderful microcosm of the student body at Redeemer University College. While some of the students are music majors or minors, most of these young singers are students majoring in other disciplines such as English, History, Biology, Theology, Math, and the list goes on, as it would in any university curriculum.

This is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 40 singers, which performs repertoire spanning five centuries of choral music treasures singing everything from Chant to rousing spirituals. 

For the past 30 seasons, the concert choir has performed under conductor/organist Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen. Concerts are given at Christmas, Spring and Easter season. These performances are given in the 950 seat auditorium on the college campus in Ancaster, Ontario.

The Concert Choir tours regularly throughout Canada and the United States and has been accompanied by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony London, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and members of Tafelmusik. In this 2015-2016 season, they have performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic orchestra, sung at the Remembrance Day service (November 11th) at the Warplane Heritage Museum, presented Handel’s Messiah, and just returned home from a 5-day tour with performances in Toronto, Bowmanville, Kingston, Williamsburg, Ottawa and Barry’s Bay. 

Redeemer University College Picture


Co-curricular Report



Last Wednesday our snowboarding team went to Craigleith for CISAA Championships and two of our riders made it to OFSAA. Taylor Thomson received 2nd for U20 Girls Slopestyle and 2nd place for U20 Alpine Racing. She also made the Ontario SBX competition as the fourth rider. Griffin Lang also will be representing our snowboarding team at the Ontario SBX competition as rider number five. Next week on Thursday we will be taking our snowboarders to OFSAA to compete in the competitions held at Blue Mountain.  

Snowboarding - Griffin Lang, Taylor Thomson and George Margeson
Snowboarding - George Margeson
Snowboarding - Snowboarding - Team Picture


OFSAA – Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations

We are proud to announce that 5 students have earned the opportunity to represent RLC at OFSAA this winter! OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) is the highest level of provincial high school athletic competition. OFSAA Championships and Festivals bring Ontario’s top athletes and teams together in competition, with the goal of enhancing students’ education through participation in sport. Qualification is an impressive feat, and the experience of participating in OFSAA competition is meaningful and memorable for student-athletes. 
Ryan Smyth, Audrey-Anna Colson, and Ray Smyth will be representing RLC at the OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championship in Timmins next Tuesday, February 28. Despite weather conditions this season that affected not only their training but also their competition schedule, these three students persevered. They worked hard all season to gain fitness and refine their technique, and placed well at the CISAA Championship on February 15, thereby earning spots in the OFSAA individual race. Way to go Nordic skiers!
Taylor Thomson and Griffin Lang will be representing RLC at the OFSAA Snowboarding Festival and Ontario High School Snowboard Cross Championship at Beaver Valley Ski Club on March 2-3. Both Taylor and Griffin will be representing RLC in two events: the giant slalom race, and the snowboard cross team event. During the CISAA Championship events, both riders showed confidence and skill as they battled icy hill conditions to earn their OFSAA qualifying spots. Great stuff, Taylor, and Griffin!     
Joe Ehrmann, motivational speaker and former NFL linebacker, said: “winning’s a byproduct of focusing on developing young men and women of character.” Our OFSAA athletes embody that concept. While the primary focus of RLC’s Athletics program is to promote the development of the ‘whole student’ through participation in sport, we certainly celebrate the successes and achievements of our athletes. All five of our OFSAA qualifiers demonstrated competence, confidence, and character throughout the winter term, and we are proud that their dedication paid off. Congratulations Ryan, Audrey-Anna, Ray, Taylor, and Griffin! Enjoy the OFSAA experience next week!
Jessica Sheppard
Co-Curricular Lead 
OFSAA Qualifiers



Community Announcements


Grad Rings & Pendants for Sale!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Crafted by local artist/jeweler Penny Varney
Students can meet Penny Varney next Monday and place their order for a grad ring or pendant.  Penny will be here between 11:15 am and noon in the RAC. Sizing can be done at the school.

Ring Price List:
Large (Men’s) Gold $385.00
Small (Ladies) Gold $335.00
(Gold price may fluctuate slightly depending on market price at time of order)
Large (Men’s) Silver $195.00
Small (Ladies) Silver $175.00

Cost for engraving on the inside will be $1.00 for each letter.
Many graduates choose to engrave their name and/or grad year.
Pricing for Pendants Available on Request
Payment is made to Penny Varney Jewellery by credit card (VISA or MC) Orders

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Pam Bissonette by email at


RLC Grade 12 Graduates Fundraising Events

A small group of parents from the RLC Grade 12 Graduates, led by Sue Margeson have organized a series of fundraising events to support the grad party for the leaving class of 2017.  Their goal is to have the best graduation RLC has seen and provide a fabulous send off to life beyond secondary school!

The team has planned a couple of wonderful evenings that will no doubt be loads of fun for everyone.  Please save these dates and plan to attend to have fun and support the 50th graduating class of RLC.  

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to Midnight – An Evening of Comedy and Live Auction for a Cause, featuring two fabulously funny comedians from Yuk Yuk’s, Toronto and our Celebrity Auctioneer, Mr. Donald Reinhart, Auctioneer from the popular television reality show…Storage Wars Canada.  
Cost:  Tickets are $35.00 per person or $60.00 per couple.  
Where:  The Log Cabin Inn, 9 Little Beaver Blvd, Seguin, Ontario Phone:  705-746-7122

Some items for the “Lively Live Auction” include:
2 Tickets to see Mr. Andy Kim perform at Casino Rama (Saturday, April 8, 2017)  
You may know some of Andy’s songs “Be My Baby”   or
“Sugar Sugar”, “Rock Me Gently” and so many more great top 10 hits!  The winning bid for this item will also get a Back Stage Pass for your own personal Meet and Greet at his Casino Rama show!  This will be a great opportunity to spend time with Andy and his band. 

Other items include:
10 Point Game Hockey stick personally signed by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Mr. Darryl Sittler!  
Toronto Maple Leaf hockey stick….AUTOGRAPHED by the entire 2016/2017 TEAM!!!
A lovely hand crafted quilt generously donated by one of our own “Grad Grandmothers”!
Two scenic tours on board a private airplane going up on the block
A private (up to 10 people) Line Dancing Lesson is up for grabs with one of Ontario’s top line dancing instructors/choreographers!

Dinner at the Log Cabin Inn is not included, but to make a dinner reservation call the Log Cabin Inn directly 705-746-7122
Space is limited, so book your table soon!
The Log Cabin Inn has a limited number of cabins to accommodate overnight needs.  To stay the night please contact the Log Cabin Inn to make arrangements at 705-746-7122.
Everyone is welcome to bid on all items, cash is preferred and unfortunately, there is no ATM at the Inn.


The second event planned by the parents: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017, from  7 – 11 p.m. – Family Bowling Night and Silent Auction.
Where:  Georgian Lanes Bowling Alley (on Bowes Street in Parry Sound)
Cost:  $20.00 per person (includes bowling and shoe rental)

There will be games, food, cash bar and so much more, please plan to attend.  Transportation arrangements have been made for boarders to participate.  

The parent committee has been approached by many grads and their families offering help to make this the best graduation ever.  Thank you for your interest, but the best way everyone can help/support is by purchasing tickets to either or both of these events!  Also, sponsorships are welcome.  Anyone wanting to sponsor or would like to donate to either one of these auctions, please let us know as soon as possible.  Your generous support is truly appreciated.  Please see the attached sponsorship sheet with the different opportunities available.  Family donations and sponsorships are very welcome as well as corporate (businesses) as well.

If you have any questions or for more information on these events and the various opportunities to support, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sue Margeson directly.  Phone:  249-222-0500 or Cell 519-938-2665  Email: 



March Break Information and Travel Form

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Our next scheduled long weekend for March Break is on Thursday, March 9th and the coach bus operated by Hammond Transportation Ltd. will depart from the school at 12:30 p.m.

These times are approximate and dependent on traffic and weather:
The bus will depart from RLC at 12:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 2:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 2:30 p.m.
– Arriving at York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 3:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Sherway Gardens in front of McDonalds (note change) at approximately 4:00 p.m.

For the return trip on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 the bus will depart Sherway Gardens at 6:30 p.m.
Departing – Sherway Gardens in front of McDonalds (note change) 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.

Transportation Travel Form

Students who are not using school transportation must return to the school by 9:30 p.m.

Mrs. Jaclyn Sproul
Administrative Assistant/Transportation Coordinator

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Classes resume after scheduled long weekend
Jr. Basketball at Toronto Montessori School

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Snowboarding at Craigleith
Sr. Volleyball at Crestwood Preparatory College
Jr. Basketball vs. Bayview Glen at Muskoka Woods

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Winter Olympics for Foundation Years
Winter Formal

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

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Penny Varney Jeweler to Meet with Graduating Students
Nordic OFSAA – Porcupine Ski Runners Inc.
Jr. Basketball at Pickering College
ROSCAR Awards at RLC

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Pascal, Cayley & Fermat Math Contests

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Snowboarding OFSAA – Beaver Valley Ski Club
Sr. Volleyball Playoffs

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Snowboarding OFSAA – Beaver Valley Ski Club

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Snowboarding OFSAA – Beaver Valley Ski Club
Collingwood Music Festival

Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Collingwood Music Festival
Jr. Basketball Finals
Sr. Volleyball Finals





Rosseau Lake College Winter Carnival Feb 25th – Itinerary

All friends and family of the RLC community are welcome!

School Store and Brunch Open: 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Dining Hall
Sign Up for Events: 11 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Dining Hall
Arm Wrestling Contest: 11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Dining Hall
Road Hockey: 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Circle
Nail Drive and Log Sawing: 12:30-1:30 p.m. in front of the Log Cabin
Human Dogsled Races: 1:30– 2:00 p.m. On the course with Toboggans
Coffee House: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the RAC
Snow Jam: 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Snow Park
Polar Bear Dip: 3:30 p.m. (TBD based on Ice conditions)
Thank you for Joining Us!

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
Parent/Teacher Interviews 4 – 7 pm

  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