Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Stories from RLC

Georgian Bay Regional Music Festival

On Friday, March 3rd, the RLC Jazz Band traveled to Collingwood to participate in the Georgian Bay Regional Festival of MusicFest Canada. The band, lead by Tracey Ramsey, comprises of 23 students from grades 8 to 12 and voluntarily meets every Monday evening to practice. The pieces performed at MusicFest were “Blue Train”, “Round Midnight” and “Steep and Deep”.  After performing for three adjudicators the students received a clinic with one of the adjudicators to learn from them and hear how they could improve their work. The band received a silver standing which they are all very proud of and Raymond Smyth was the Honour Award Recipient for our Ensemble.

Humber College music program put on a concert for all the students who participated in Friday’s event. The students enjoyed hearing an excellent collection of jazz and popular pieces performed by the college students. A good time was had by all.


Georgian Bay Regional Music Festival - Band
Georgian Bay Regional Music Festival - Ray Smyth


Snowboarding Goes to OFSAA

I had the pleasure of joining Taylor Thomson, Griffin Lang, Aurora Corbett and our Coach, Miss Smith to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). 

They competed in Slopestyle and Boardercross Snowboarding. Fun was had by all and it was another fantastic event! Taylor Thomson completed her final season of snowboard racing once again on top! Congratulations to Taylor as she and her Boardercross team made it to the podium in third place!! Aurora and Griffin also enjoyed good runs.  Griffin placing 23rd out of 163 racers.  

We are looking forward to Aurora picking up the torch and bringing it back to RLC again next year!

Written by George Margeson 

Snowboarding Team goes to OFSAA


Nordic Team Goes to OFSAA

Ray Smyth, Audrey-Anna Colson and Ryan Smyth traveled to Timmins Ontario to compete in the Ontario Championships at the beautiful Porcupine Ski Club.  The team raced in individual races in senior boy, senior girl and junior boy, respectively and although they did not win in their categories they had a fantastic standing.  The opportunity to race in such a competition is an amazing feat of accomplishment.  They were all fantastic ambassadors of the school, and they should be proud of their efforts.  Congratulations team on an excellent performance of stamina and grit!

Nordic Team goes to OFSAA x2
Nordic Team goes to OFSAA



The Grade 9 Outdoor Education Class Learn Empathy.

Using the student’s prior knowledge of the game of broomball we took it to the next level.  Learning what it is like to have a disability like an injury or the inability to use your limbs or sight in the way we are used to can sometimes be a challenge.  The students were given goggles with tape and ointment smeared across the lenses to make it difficult to see, or their hands and knees were taped to make it hard to move and hold the stick.  They would then play a game of broomball to experience how frustrating it can be when you are not able bodied.  Then they had to come up with a solution to adapt the game so that they could all play, have success, and ultimately have fun. 

Grade 9 Outdoor Education Class


Co-curricular Report

Winter Sports Awards Banquet – March 6th, 2017


Winter Sports Awards - Jr. Basketball Picture

Jr. Basketball
Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Christopher Gan
Most Improved Player (MIP) – Minghao Ryan Li
Coach’s Award – Connor Gan
Athletic Letter – Connor Gan

Winter Sports Awards - Volleyball Picture

Girls Volleyball
Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Esther Wason
Most Improved Player (MIP) – Maeve Lynes
Coach’s Award – Meaghan Tabobondung

Winter Sports Awards - Nordic Skiing

Nordic Skiing
Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Audrey-Anna Colson
Most Improved Player (MIP) – David Ting
Coach’s Award – Ryan Smyth
Athletic Letter – Raymond Smyth

Winter Sports Awards - Snowboarding Picture

Jr. Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Carter Corbett            
Sr. Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Griffin Lang
Jr. Most Improved Player (MIP) – Jordyn Fountain          
Sr. Most Improved Player (MIP) – Aurora Corbett
Jr. Coach’s Award – Emiliano Garcia Estrada         
Sr. Coach’s Award – Taylor Blair
Athletic Letter – Griffin Lang & Taylor Thomson



Weekend Activities – Ninja Warrior Gym

This weekend a group of 15 students went down to Woodbridge to partake in an hour of fun at the Ninja Warrior Gym, where we practiced our skills in strength, balance, and stamina.  The students climbed, jumped, raced and tumbled through a number of obstacles and honed their superhero skills.  One never knows when you will need them. 

Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 1
Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 2
Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 3
Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 4
Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 5
Ninja Warrior Gym Picture 6



Community Announcements

2017/2018 Scheduled School Weekends & Holiday Calendar 
(This is next year’s calendar)

Please click here for a PDF copy of the calendar


2017-2018 Scheduled School Weekends and Holiday


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.  

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, 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 – Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 Itinerary 

Parent/Teacher Interviews are being offered on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  We have moved away from March Break and hope that this date change will help accommodate more of our families.   
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 will be available at the Main Office in the R. H. Perry Building.
2.  Sign-up forms will be outside of each teacher’s location for parents/guardians to book interviews.
3.  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


Save the date - Spring Arts Festival

Spring Arts Festival

Please join us at the Annual Spring Arts Festival where RLC students will showcase their many artistic talents! 
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Location: Muskoka Woods Hanger
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: $12.00 per adult (students are free)


The RLC Drama Club is performing High School Election, written by faculty member Mr. Randy Girdner. “High School Election is a classic triumph-over-evil tale, or in this case, super nerd-beats-cool guy. In a school where only the popular vote counts, a few students decide to take election protocol into their own hands.” In addition, there will be musical performances by the RLC Jam Band, Choir and Concert Band plus a stunning selection of our student’s media and visual art will be on display.

the FOOD…

The Culinary Arts Club is working diligently on an exceptional menu for this event.  You will be amazed by the creativity of the fare prepared and served at intermission by RLC students.


Our very dedicated Parent Guild is gathering some amazing items for this year’s silent auction.  Proceeds from the auction will be used to financially support non-capital expenditures that improve student life on campus.  Last year’s proceeds were used to renovate the “Hub”.  This year we are excited to announce the money will be used to build an outdoor classroom and recondition the climbing wall. 

To donate an auction item or purchase tickets please contact Pam Bissonette: and/or call 705-732-4351 ext. 13

Thank you very much for your support of this community event.



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