Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Stories from RLC

RLC Winter Carnival

The 2017 RLC Winter Carnival was a success despite the spring-like weather that forced the cancellation of a couple of popular events. Lots of fun was had in the Road Hockey, Arm Wrestling, Log Sawing and the Human Dog Sled Race followed by an amazing Coffee House/open mic performance in the RAC. So many talented students and staff in the RLC family!
Thank you to all who came out and participated in the event.
Winter Carnival Mascot with Pam Bissonette-organizer of event
Winter Carnival Arm Wrestling - Doug Ledger receiving grads from Thor-Mr. Daigle
Winter Carnival Arm Wrestling - Chris & Taylor Blair
Winter Carnival Alumni Liam Spencer, Chris Blair, Ross Hennigar, Doug Ledger & Gabrielle Moquin
Winter Carnival Fire Pit - Warm Up area
Winter Carnival Photo Op with the Corbetts and the Blairs
Winter Carnival Log Sawing Competition - Alumni Ross Hennigar & Chris Blair
Winter Carnival Coffee House Atsushi Hamano playing piano
Winter Carnival Coffee House Band
Winter Carnival Coffee House Singers - Ayah Jaghoub, Emma Clendenan, Audrey-Anna Colson, Harper and Abbey Girdner




2016 Canadian Senior & Intermediate Mathematics Contests

On November 23rd, 2016, the Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests took place.  Rosseau Lake College was represented by 32 students at the event.  The results were received recently, and several students were recognized for their outstanding achievement.  The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing – Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo awarded several students for their achievement.  Four students in the Intermediate Division and three students in the Senior Division qualified for a Certificate of Distinction as they ranked in the top 25% of all contestants.  Tommy Wang in the Intermediate division, Felix Xu and Kexin Song in the Senior Division received a Certificate of Distinction and a Medal as the top contestant in their division from RLC.  Further recipients of a Certificate of Distinction:  Rongqi Li, Ryan Smyth, Julie Ma (Intermediate Division), and Jennifer Feng (Senior Division).  In the Senior Division, RLC was named as a Zone Champion and received a Certificate.

Congratulations to all participants!

Math Contest Pictures


Co-curricular Report


The RLC Roscars

Arts Awards Criteria

Award #1: Recognition of Leadership
This award is given to a student who shows significant leadership in their given area of the Arts, a role model who other students look up to and willingly come to for help and guidance. A dedicated artist themselves, this student shows enthusiasm for their chosen area and consistently comes prepared to anything they participate in. Taking the time to encourage others as well as be receptive to constructive criticism for their own skill, the recipient of this award voluntarily sets time aside to help others improve and is willing to work just as hard in a team as they are individually.

Award #2: Recognition of Skill
This award is given to a student who shows excellent knowledge and a high proficiency in their chosen area of the Arts through strong and regular performance as well as a visible commitment to practice. This student is strongly motivated, passionate, and shares their skills with the RLC community in a positive way through participation in more than one ensemble/arts program. Despite an already very high skill level, this student remains open to constructive criticism from teachers and peers and approaches further learning with a positive attitude and admirable willingness to try new things.

Award #3: Recognition of Personal Growth
This award is given to a student who shows strong personal motivation and willingness to improve, as well as a determined mindset that allows them to take creative risks in their given area of the Arts. This student’s dedication and work ethic allows them to put strong focus into improvement, analyze their own weaknesses, and effectively seek out resources as part of overcoming their weaker areas. They have the open-mindedness to see challenges and negative outcomes as merely setbacks, and the resilience to try even harder to overcome a struggle and reflect on their own growth. This student works incredibly hard to succeed through commitment to practice and consistently stepping outside of their comfort zone in order to make themselves better, and has shown significant improvement in their area of the Arts.

Award #4: Artistic Letter
The artistic letter, our highest honour, is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding artsmanship in their chosen subject area. Not only do they show a high level of skill proficiency as an individual, but they go above and beyond to take creative risks for the sake of improvement as well as find ways to be involved in and share their art form both inside and outside of RLC. This student consistently comes prepared to any practices or classes and shows fantastic leadership in their given subject area; they are just as motivated to help others improve as they are to improve their own skills. They recognize that practice is an essential part of growth through strong commitment and dedication, and their passion is visible in everything they create/participate in. This student’s attitude, honour, discipline, and obvious love for their art form is admirable and embodies everything that RLC focuses on and believes in.

Roscars - Visual Art Award Winners

Visual Art
Recognition of Skill:  Junior – Abbey Girdner and Senior – Meaghan Tabobondung
Recognition of Leadership:  Junior – LanLan Wang and Senior – Cherry Li
Recognition of Personal Growth:  Junior – (Ryan Li – absent from photo) and Senior – Colin Qu
Artistic Letter:  Senior – (George Margeson – absent from photo) and Meaghan Tabobondung

Roscars - Music Award Winners

Recognition of Skill:  Junior – Julie Ma and Senior – Zheyuan Liu
Recognition of Leadership:  Junior – Harper Girdner and Senior – Atsushi Hamano
Recognition of Personal Growth:  Junior – (Ryan Smyth – absent from photo) and Senior – Tongchen Li
Artistic Letter:  Senior – Emma Clendenan & (Raymond Smyth – absent from photo)

Roscars - Dramatic Art Award Winners

Dramatic Art
Recognition of Skill:  Senior – Ayah Jaghoub
Recognition of Leadership:  Senior – (Matthew Neretlis – absent from photo)
Recognition of Personal Growth:  Senior – Raven Swanson

Roscars - Junior Media Communication Award Winners
Roscars - Senior Media Communication Award Winners

Media Communication
Recognition of Skill:  Junior – Abbey Girdner and Senior – Regina Garcia Estrada
Recognition of Leadership:  Senior – Taylor Blair
Recognition of Personal Growth:  Junior – LanLan Wang and Senior – Esther Wason



Community Announcements


Building Our Community

A key strategic initiative and institutional priority for RLC is to strengthen ties with the wider community and develop greater engagement with alumni, their families, and community partners.

I am pleased to announce two positions that have recently been added to support RLC’s desire to build and sustain long-term relationships with members of the College family and extended community.  

Director of External Relations

Kim Morton (’88) joined the RLC team as Director of External Relations.  Her mandate is to strengthen the lifelong relationships created by the mutual experiences and cooperative learning had by students.  She will connect alumni to each other, the school and to future students and graduates. In her role, she will act as a primary link between current students and alumni, parents, past parents, past staff, and friends of the College. She will work with the Alumni Association President and its Executive Committee to create meaningful events and opportunities for alumni to support the College community.  Kim attended the Winter Carnival this past weekend and has been a guest at recent Parent Guild meetings.

President of the Alumni Association

The RLC Board of Directors recently met on February 22nd, 2017 and passed a motion making Jonathan Alderson (’87) the next President of the RLC Alumni Association.  Since graduating, Jonathan has stayed connected to RLC and his classmates over the past 30 years. He has participated in Alumni Career-Mentoring and Work-Share Days and has been involved in the 50th Celebration Planning Committee, co-spearheading an “Alumni Re-Connect” initiative with Kim Morton, which has reconnected several hundred alumni back to the College.  The RLC Alumni Association was founded in 1974 by a charter student and former RLC teacher and Headmaster Greg Devenish (’71). The Association serves as a committed partner of the college and strives to foster a spirit of loyalty and pride among graduates and community partners.  Jonathan brings a new vision for the Alumni Association to incorporate Alumni involvement and support at every level of RLC, not just after students graduate, but including current students and their families. His mandate is to engage current students and teachers in the ‘life cycle’ of RLC Alumni membership that provides value and meaning from the first day that a new student steps onto the campus through to post-secondary education, career mentoring, and lifelong engagement in the College Community. Please read Jonathan’s open letter to the community outlining his vision.  Click here

Lance Postma


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

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
Ice Fest
Collingwood Music Festival
Foundation Years Speech Contest

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

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Winter Athletic Awards

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Progress Report Meeting/Students depart at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Staff Hunt on RLC Campus 9:00 p.m. Day Students Welcome

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
All Students depart for March Break at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Boarding Students return from March Break

Monday, March 27th, 2017
Classes resume

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Literacy Test 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Spring Arts Festival





Parent/Teacher Interviews – April 18th, 2017 Itinerary 

Parent/Teacher Interviews are being offered on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  
Sign-up begins at 3:50 p.m. 

Snacks and refreshments will be available in the R H Perry Building.


  1. Floor plans of teachers’ designated areas and your child’s marks will be available in the Main Office in the R. H. Perry Building.
  2. Sign-up forms will be outside of each teacher’s location for parents to book interviews starting at 3:50 p.m.  Interviews are available on a first-come basis and cannot be pre-booked.

Please allow sufficient time to comfortably complete your interviews. They are blocked off in 10-min. timeslots. It may not be possible to schedule interviews back-to-back as there will be many parents scheduling interviews.

Jackie Watkinson
Director of Administration



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
  • 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 12:30 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