Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Stories from RLC

Closing Day Invitation

Closing Day Invitation

50th Anniversary Invitation

50th Anniversary Invitation


Dedication of the Eaton Garden

On Monday during Head’s lunch, former members of the RLC staff Ray and Kathleen Wheldon were invited guests and joined the staff and students in a celebration of their work specifically on the Lady Eaton Garden that was restored in July 2016. Kathleen started her employment at RLC in 1985. As a passionate gardener, she was tasked with restoring the Lady Eaton garden which had been neglected and overgrown – a shadow of what it used to be. Through a lot of sweat equity, lobbying for donations and seeking partnership with students, staff, parents and local garden centers Kathleen was able to bring the garden back to its former glory. In 1994, a ceremony was held recognizing her and Ray’s contributions to the garden restoration. When she retired in 2005, the upkeep of the garden fell to the wayside and the plaque removed.
When plans were being made to restore the garden last year, Kathleen was a part of the discussions and choose the contractor who completed the work last summer. On Monday Mr. Postma gathered the community and spoke about Kathleen and Rays’ work and passion for RLC and as part of the recognition the garden was rededicated to Kathleen and the plaque commemorating her work was reinstalled on the rock where it once rested. The Lady Eaton garden is a feature of the campus and is once again being enjoyed by students and staff as it had been in days gone by.

Ray and Kathleen Wheldon - dedication of the Eaton Garden in Dining Hall
Ray and Kathleen Wheldon - dedication of the Eaton Garden
Original Picture of the Eaton Garden - Bee Bomb
Original Picture of the Eaton Garden



Grad Offers from Universities and Acceptances

Juan Pablo Alloza – Attending a University in Mexico

Jiaqi Kevin Chen – Attending High School in Ontario

Melizza ClaydenTabobondung – Dalhousie/Bachelor of Arts/Science/Health Sciences; Wilfrid Laurier – Bachelor of Science; Western University – Bachelor of Science

Wei Davee Dai – Queens, Western and McMaster University for Business Commerce.  Davee has accepted to Queens University for Bachelor of Arts.

Shuhe Jennifer Feng – University of Toronto/St. George & Mississauga Campus; Western, York/Schulich, Ottawa and the University of British Columbia for the following programs:  Rotman Commerce; Management & Organizational Studies; International Business Administration (iBBA); Accounting and Financial Management   

Cuiyi Cherry Li – Guelph/Humber, Trent, University of Toronto/Scarborough, McMaster and York University for the following programs:  Early Childhood Studies; Child and Youth Studies; Social Sciences & Humanities; Social Sciences and Social Work

Daniel Lynes – Laurentian, Waterloo; Queens, Ottawa, and Guelph University for the following programs:  Computer Science; International Economics and International Development

Zhaohe Colin Qu – Ryerson & York University for the followings programs:  Hotel and Hospitality; Retail Management and Economics

Thomas Shaw – Carleton, Guelph and Ryerson University for the following programs: Criminology; Criminal Justice, and Public Policy; Criminology.  Thomas has accepted to Carleton University/Criminology

Jaden Smith – The University of Guelph for the Biology/Zoology program

Reginald Smyth – Queens, Western and U of T for the following programs:  Health Science and Life Science.  Reginald has accepted to Queens for Health Science.

Meaghan Tabobondung – Guelph, Ryerson, McMaster, U of T, Western and Queens University for the following programs:  Biomedical Sciences; Honours Health Sciences; Life Sciences; Medical Sciences/Subject of major interest:  Pathology

David Wei Ming Ting – Waterloo, U of BC, U of T/Mississauga & Scarborough campus, Queens and Guelph University for the following program:  Geography and Environmental Management; Chemical and Physical Sciences; Physical and Environmental Sciences; Science; Environmental Geoscience/geomatics; and Geography.

Reeves Tsang – Carleton, Guelph, U of T/Mississauga & Scarborough campus, York and McMaster University for the following programs:  Criminology; Criminal Justice and Public Policy; Sociology; and Anthropology.  Reeves has accepted to the University of Toronto/Mississauga for Criminology.

Sean Wallmueller – Wilfrid Laurier for Psychology

Andrew White – Wilfrid Laurier for Communication Studies and Film Studies

Xiaoyuan Felix Xu – The University of Waterloo for Mathematics Double Degree (co-op);  U of T/St. George for Rotman Commerce;  McMaster University for Business; Western University for Management and Organizational Studies; Wilfrid Laurier for Business Administration; and U of T/Mississauga for Commerce.

Zhenyang David Ye – York and U of T/Mississauga for the following programs:  Commerce and Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, B.A., Business Economics.


Grade 7 & 8 Speeches 

Over the past few weeks, the Grade 7 and 8 class have been preparing and practising their speeches.  A competition was held consisting of three rounds where the top three speeches spoke in front of the Grade 10 English class.  With the help of the Grade 10s, a winner was chosen.  This was a very difficult decision as the top three students, Connor Gan, Abbey Girdner, and Lanlan Wang all prepared excellent speeches!  Connor’s topic was, “can we get everything we want in life?,” Abbey’s topic was light and humorous on the intelligence of cats and dogs, and Lanlan’s topic surrounded Rules vs. Freedom.  Lanlan narrowly edged out Connor and Abbey with a well-constructed speech where she used excellent intonation, body language, and eye contact!  This past Monday, both Connor and Lanlan presented their speech to the entire school which resulted in thunderous applause.  This is an amazing accomplishment when considering Public Speaking is the #1 fear in the world and Lanlan being an ESL student and Connor being one of the youngest in the school proved to their peers that with hard work, confidence, and a clear speaking voice, you can captivate an audience and leave a lasting impression.  Well done, everyone!

Mr. Nathaniel Smart

Grade 7 & 8 Speech Competition - Abbey Girdner, LanLan Wang and Connor Gan

Co-curricular Report

Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate team played a home game on our backfield vs. Pickering College. We had a great game against Pickering who demonstrated “Spirit of the Game”. RLC was victorious 15 to 10. Highlights of the game came from Flyin Ryan Umphrey who made a few catches in the end zone to up the tally. The Zack Attack where Zack Conn came out of nowhere to snag the disc to force a turnover. Lina making a beautiful catch and pushing the disc through two defenders to give us a point. Audrey-Anna who helped us out with her lightning speed to bring the game to a close. It was a true team effort with many plays and moves by the powerhouses of the sport and team leaders Tay Blair and Reid White lightning Istvan. Great job to everyone, you played well.

We go to finals this coming Wednesday. Details to be announced.

Kim Postma

Ultimate Picture
Ultimate Picture x2

Community Announcements

Staff Announcement – New Advancement Lead  – Susie Morphet 

Susie Morphet Photo


Born and raised in Espanola, ON, Susie Morphet is returning to her roots after a successful fundraising career with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Ontario Division. Susie holds a Business Administration B.A. from Nipissing University and a Post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College. Outside of work, Susie enjoys reading, baking, yoga, exploring Ontario, and being lakeside. But most importantly she values her time with friends and family, including her 10-year-old niece and 8-year-old nephew, and her dog Oliver. 


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

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Ultimate vs. Pickering College

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Girls Rugby Tournament @ Sunnybrook Park
Day Students early departure at 4:00 p.m. – Progress meeting

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Boys Rugby Tournament @ Albert College
Badminton @ Trinity College with The York School

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Rowing Time Trial
All Students depart @ 4:00 p.m. for Long Weekend

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Boarding Students return after Long Weekend

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Classes resume after Long Weekend

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Sr. Boys Rugby Finals
Sr. Girls Rugby Finals
Ultimate Finals

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Grade 9 OE Trip to Killbear

Friday, May 26th, 2017
All Student Sleep-in to allow Faculty meeting (1 hour)
Grade 9 OE Trip to Killbear 

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Spring Athletic Awards
Grade 10 OE Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Grade 10 OE Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Grade 10 OE Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Science Fair

Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 4th, 2017
Rowing Weekend

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