Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Stories from RLC

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RLC Welcomes Mr. Sushil Jasper to our Faculty

Mr. Jasper lives in Toronto with his family but has moved into Clarkson house.  He holds a B.Sc – Physics and Mathematics from the University of Madras, an M.Sc – Physics from Bharathidasan University.  He received his B.Ed. from Madurai Kamaraj University and also obtained his M.Sc – Physics and Astronomy from York University. 

Grade 7 & 8 Spring Olympics

On Friday, April 28, RLC welcomed 68 intermediate students from Monck Public School in Bracebridge for the 3 C’s Olympics. The day’s activities were planned and facilitated by the Athletics Council, with support from the House Cup Committee and additional student leaders. Each activity focused on at least one of the three C’s — competence, confidence, or character — and student leaders reinforced these concepts with their groups throughout the day. At the end of the day, each group voted on which of its members should be recognized for their displays of competence, confidence, and character. It was a great day of thinking, learning, and fun! Thanks to our student leaders for running the event, and to our guests from Monck Public School for attending.

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Building Your Personal Brand

At the tender young age of 14, it is pretty hard to realize who you are.  You have been guided and support as you grow to foster things you are good at, you are developing your tastes and opinions but may not have thought of “who you are”.  What can be even more difficult is to understand how our words, behaviours, and personalities affect those around us, which can further shape how we brand ourselves.

RLC’s mission is to graduate all students with a strong personal brand, the expectation of the course is to understand how their choices and behaviours affect both themselves and others.  So through a series of discussions about core values; which are those values that the students hold to their highest regard. A series of questions and class conversations about how we are perceived by others based on our values, how we wish to be perceived, and what we need to do to achieve those markers, the students developed a crest to illustrate what they are all about. 

Gr. 9 OE - Building Your Personal Brand


Future Design Competition in Toronto

Last Wednesday, six students from Grade 7/8 traveled to the MaRS Discovery Centre in Toronto for a workshop in Design Thinking and Process.  Two teams of three students and one teacher competed in designing an app or website to answer this challenge: How might we better support new Canadians in their transition to life in a new country?  LanLan Wang, Nan Khamsy, Ryan Li, and Miss Smith designed an app which uses your GPS location to link new Canadians with other new Canadians of similar cultural background to create a support community.  Zack Conn, Abbey Girdner, Connor Gan, and Mr. Smart designed an app where new Canadians can take a diagnostic test, similar to the PLP at Rosseau Lake College, which establishes their strengths and skills and links them to participating employers and businesses for employment opportunities.  

This was a fantastic opportunity for both the students and teachers to learn more about the Design Process and gained valuable insight which will be used to help support teachers and students next year in our new Discovery Days schedule!  Thanks to Mr. Shaun Beaulne for fighting through Toronto traffic to get us there on time!  

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Co-curricular Report

Student Leadership

Preparations for the 2017-2018 academic year are well underway, with the Prefect Application process started.  The current Prefect Team made a presentation to the student body early last week about the responsibilities of each position and encouraged grade 10 and 11 students to apply for student leadership positions for the upcoming school year. 

Applications were due this past Friday and are being reviewed by the Faculty Advisors and the Head Prefects.

Applicants will be given speech guidelines on Thursday, May 4th and will introduce themselves, announcing their candidacy to the school community at Head’s Lunch on Monday, May 8th.   

Each candidate will deliver a speech at 11:30 in the RAC on Friday, May 12th. Students and faculty will vote that day after the speeches.

Once the student leadership team is elected, they will begin working with the current prefects on preparations for next year.

Community Involvement Hours

This weekend, four students from Rosseau Lake College traveled to Bracebridge to help some elderly residents with yard work for community Involvement hours.  Mohamed Tavalloev, Esther Wason, Maeve Lynes, and Rongqi Li worked at three different households raking, sweeping, and picking up garbage.  For over four hours these students happily worked and gave back to their surrounding community!  Thanks to everyone who made this possible and hopefully this will be the first of many other opportunities to give back to our local communities!

Mr. Nathaniel Smart

Community Involvement Hours



The boys’ rugby team was in action on Saturday, April 29, playing in the first tournament of the season at Lakefield College School. Our nerves showed through little mistakes in the first half of the first game against LCS(ii), and we were down by two tries at the half. However, we kept our composure and came back in the second half of the game, with tries by JP and Reggie, and two conversions from Griffin. That was enough to seal the deal and give us a 14-10 win. In our next game, against LCS(i), gaps in our fitness started to show. Despite some big hits from Will, and a beautiful run by Emiliano (aka “Lightning”), we weren’t able to answer LCS’s three tries. Our final match was against Albert College. We kept the game close, though we weren’t really able to score near the centre, and — in the end — Albert won on conversions. JP and Reggie each scored a second try, and Thomas scored one more off a beautiful set-up orchestrated by Griffin. Adam got his first taste of rugby, coming out with a war cry and a solid first touch on the ball almost immediately. The referee complimented our composure and decorum, and our team learned a lot about what our strengths are and how we can improve. We host the next tournament at home, on the front field at 1:00pm this Wednesday. Come on out and cheer us on! 

Community Announcements

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Facebook Live Q & A – May 9th, 2017 at 7 p.m.

What’s it like to study at RLC?

For the first time ever, Rosseau Lake College is holding a Facebook Live event.  The goal of this event is to allow prospective and interested families, mainly for the Muskoka region, to pose questions to our students and faculty, using the Facebook Live stream. The 30-minute broadcast will be posted to the school’s website for future reference.

If you know of a family that would like to participate and learn more about RLC, please invite them to join in.  

  • Join us for a live Q & A on Facebook with current students and faculty.
  • Learn all about what it’s like to study at RLC.
  • Bring your questions! We’ll be talking about our campus and programs, student life, athletics, fall outtrips and more.

Questions can be sent by using the link below:

For more details please contact Mr. Sharon Major (Director of Enrollment)



Scheduled Long Weekend Information and Travel Form

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Our next scheduled long weekend is on Thursday, May 18th and the coach bus operated by Hammond Transportation Ltd. will depart from the school at 4:00 p.m.

These times are approximate and dependent on traffic and weather:

The bus will depart from RLC at 4:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 5:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 6:00 p.m.
– Arriving at York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 7:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Sherway Gardens in front of McDonalds (note change) at approximately 7:30 p.m.

For the return trip on Monday, May 22nd 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 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


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

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Boys Rugby Tournament at RLC
Girls Rugby Tournament at Holy Trinity School
Ultimate at Greenwood College School

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Facebook Live at 7 p.m.
Race of the Readers – Grade 7 & 8 at Muskoka Montessori School
Ultimate @ BHRSGC

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Girls Badminton at Trafalgar Castle School
Sr. Boys Rugby Tournament at Cherry Beach Sports Field
Sr. Girls Rugby Tournament at Lakefield College School

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Gr. 11 English Class to Stratford Theatre 

Friday, May 12th, 2017
Student for a Day

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Rowing at Mother’s Day Regatta


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
Students depart 4:00 pm
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