Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Stories from RLC


Blood Donor Clinic

Many students at Rosseau Lake College begin their lifelong commitment to making regular blood donations by attending clinics in the local area.  Last Monday was the first opportunity for students to take part in this activity this year.  Thank you to Liam Spencer, JP Alloza, Sean Wallmueller, George Margeson, and Reeves Tsang who came out and donated the gift of life.




Environmental Committee weekend activity

This past weekend the Environmental Committee, under the leadership of prefect Taylor Blair, organized a work crew of volunteers to clear out brush between the restored Eaton Garden and the waterfront.  Three hours of hard work made an incredible difference and exposed the stone steps leading down to the swim dock.  The Environmental Committee has scheduled monthly work sessions throughout the year, and if the first one is an indication of what they can do, their work will definitely improve the appearance of the campus.  A big thank you to the work crew, and to Mrs. Fiona Blair who helped oversee the work.


Upcoming Events

Mon. October 3, 2016
Sr. Soccer vs. ALB
Sr. Field Hockey vs. TRAF

Tues. October 4, 2016
Day Students depart at 4:00 re. Progress Meeting

Thurs. October 6, 2016
All Students depart at 4:00 p.m. re. Scheduled Long Weekend 

Mon. October 10, 2016
Boarding students return from Scheduled Long Weekend

Tues. October 11, 2016
Classes resume

Wed. October 12, 2016
Sr. Soccer at SAC
Sr. Field Hockey at TMS

Thurs. October 13, 2016
Cross Country Running at Midland

Fri. October 14, 2016
Grade 7 & 8 Mudrun

Fri. October 21, 2016
All School Sleep-in 

Thurs. October 27, 2016
AGM (Annual General Meeting) 3:00-3:30 p.m. – everyone welcome 

Community Announcements


Progress Reports

Progress reports at Rosseau Lake College are a snapshot of your child’s skill progression. In each subject, your child is learning valuable skills to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a particular discipline. In addition, RLC has its own unique skill development program, a list of 8 competencies we call, LIKA Skills. These are the 21st-century aptitudes vital for success in a changing world: Self-Management, Teamwork, Thinking, Networking and Communication, Information Management, Learning, Design Process and Design Thinking. Each teacher uses an ongoing assessment approach to track each student’s skill progression.

Assessment and Evaluation have different meanings and purposes. Assessment involves collecting information, whereas Evaluation involves examining all of the assessment data and then making judgements about individual performance. Since “the more you evaluate, the more you interrupt the learning”, we are providing a variety of ongoing assessment and feedback practices at RLC, to ensure that skill progression is of equal importance to knowledge acquisition.

This year we are changing our Progress Reports, from signifying a traditional mark, to a more progressive use of quality words. These words will appear on your child’s progress report as Beginning, Developing, Deepening, and Mastering. Each subject teacher will apply one of these designations to your child’s skill progression. Corresponding to Ministry level guidelines, these words will give us a better understanding of your child’s ability to meet both specific and overall curriculum expectations. As well, these words help us evolve towards a unique Rosseau Lake College academic program, one which fosters a culture of discovery, and focuses on personalized learning.     

Eric Daigle
Academic Lead


The Mentor Program

Every student at Rosseau Lake College has a teacher mentor.  The purpose is to foster a relationship that allows for discussions regarding  academic, social and general issues in a safe and comfortable environment. The teacher/mentor assists students make school related decisions and consider future goals.  Another important role of the mentor  is to assist students to track involvement and accomplishments in co-curricular activities, leadership successes and with the development of the students’ respective personal brands. Mentor groups (each teacher mentor has a small group of 5-8 students with the exception of the grade 7 and 8 students which is a group of 10) meet regularly on Mondays from 11:30 am – noon.

Rosseau Lake College is a personalized learning community where every student has a Personal Learning Profile (PLP).  During the first few weeks of school, students were asked to complete a 10-minute online activity which looks at individual interests, multiple intelligences and learning styles.  The results of this activity give the students an understanding of their learning preferences, and corresponding learning quadrant.  Located in every classroom is a learning quadrant poster with tips on how to use the quadrants in learning.  The teachers have access to every student’s PLP, so teacher and mentors have an understanding of each learner they are teaching/guiding.

Traditionally, mentor comments have given a summary of how a student is doing at Rosseau Lake College, with acknowledgement of their involvement in co-curricular activities, recognition of awards, and recommendations for improvement. This will be changing to reflect the RLC’s mission statement. Mentor comments will focus on students PLP and the development of the students’ personal brands. This will continue to include co-curricular involvement, achievement, and successes at RLC. “Rosseau Lake College’s mission is to graduate students with a strong personal brand through a culture rich in discovery.”

Cheryl Bissonette
Student Services Lead



Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thursday, October 6th, is the first scheduled long weekend of the year 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 Toys “R” Us at approximately 7:30 p.m.

For the return trip on Monday, October 10th the bus will depart Sherway Gardens at 6:30 p.m.

Departing – Sherway Gardens in front of Toys ‘R’ Us 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


Strategic Plan Update

Dear Parents

If you click here, you will find the school’s Strategic Plan, 2016-2018.  As many are aware this plan has been developed over the course of the past couple of years.  This two-year plan is the first part of a seven-year model, the second portion of which will begin during the 2017–18 school year.  The Board has chosen this model to focus on key initiatives that will make the school relevant to the needs of current and prospective families, with a purview to long-term sustainability. 

This communication will help you to understand the context with which the board has worked and help you to understand our challenges and opportunities.  The Strategic Plan consists of FOUR major components with specific objectives that will help drive the new priorities to positively build our brand and improve the educational offer to students of RLC. 

Mission, Vision, Values and Strategy

We have reworked our Mission, Vision, and Values to make them testable and align them with the new priorities of Rosseau Lake College and its new Strategic Plan.  The overarching strategy we are pursuing in the plan is to offer educational experiences uniquely suited to students who have strong practical intelligence, are drawn to outdoor experiences and who are motivated to seek out a post-secondary education that may be either academic or practical in nature.  In this way, we feel we make the most of the natural assets of RLC – its pristine beauty, its truly Canadian vibe, and its rural location.  We are building a student profile that will allow us to specify these opportunities and, we hope, attract international students who will thrive in a rural Canadian setting.


Our co-curricular’s have always been a strength at RLC.  We will be working to make them an even greater part of our plan’s commitment to assist each of our students build a strong personal brand.  Our outdoor education offerings will expand our course offerings and provide the opportunity for our students to gain sector-related credentials in various environmental fields.

Academic Program

We are in the process of building our Future Forward program.  As of August 2016, all of our teachers have been training in a form of curriculum design suited to this campus and in an approach to personalized learning built upon a personal learning profile which all students have taken and of which all teachers make use when planning or conferencing with students.  The Careers program has been revitalized to sharpen the focus on skills’ development and the importance of a strong personal brand which students will build using a portfolio.  A pilot project using design thinking was initiated which was connected to the process of conducting a master site planning exercise with Situate Design Build of Toronto.

School Leadership

We ended the 2015-16 year with a new Academic Lead in place, a new Enrolment Manager and revamped the organizational chart.  In addition, a Community Life and Co-curricular position has been created commencing September 2016. 


RLC’s 50th Anniversary, Future Forward 50, will take place in the coming academic year and is generating some real buzz for the community.  An interim plan to improve the database is now in place.  The Chair and the Steering Committee of the Anniversary celebrations see this as a real opportunity to re-engage both alumni and the local community.

Admissions/Enrolment Management

With a new Enrolment Manager in place, we will begin work on building the student profile so that we may attract students who would find the opportunity to study in the RLC context, engaging and motivating, including First Nations students and international students.


The Board is revitalized with new members under a hard-working Chair, bringing expertise to the table in Finance, Program, Law, Marketing, Technology, Risk Management, Business and Community Relations.  The by-laws were revised and were passed at the May Board meeting.  Appropriate committees have been formed in line with the priorities of the Strategic Plan. 


RLC is debt-free with a moderate cash reserve for capital expenditures.  Infrastructure improvements and the expansion of the outdoor learning opportunities will be financed by this reserve.  Improved compensation for teachers and the creation of more leadership positions have been factored into the Strategic Financial Plan.


This is a challenging area for RLC – the campus is aging and financial reversals in the last 10 years have caused the school to defer maintenance that must now be addressed.  The school takes the safety of its employees and students seriously and will use safety as the first priority in scheduling through the necessary infrastructure improvements.

School Improvement

RLC will concentrate on building the data collection necessary to ensure that personalized learning becomes a reality for RLC students.  This is our first priority – to establish whether our teaching and learning initiatives are truly delivering for our students and to push ourselves to define how we will know we have been successful in delivering on our Mission.


The warmth of the interaction between teachers and students, and especially boarding students, is one of the hallmarks of the RLC experience.  We are building on that by putting in place programs to assist our international students, even more, to get the most out of the RLC experience, using peer tutoring and enhanced English language learning support. 

Lance Postma,
Head of School


Outdoor Education – Saving Students




Co-curricular Report



Cross Country Team

The cross country team was in action last week at the Hoya Hills Invitational race at Arrowhead Park near Huntsville. The Hoya Hills race is notable in that it actively strives to promote equality by having girls and boys run together in equal-distance races. 

The midget (grade 9 age) race was an exciting one for RLC, with Carter Corbett racing to a strong 12th place finish, and Matthew Neretlis edging out Chris Gan as they raced for the line. 
In the junior (grade 10 age) race, David Harris and Lindsay Wu led the way for the RLC contingent, staying strong on the hilly 5000m course.
The day ended with the senior (grade 11 age and up) race. Keeping up the theme of their close Hekkla finish, Ray Smyth and Atsushi Hamano finished only 3 seconds apart, in 18th and 19th place respectively. Miguel Mendez Lopez, Kevin Yang, and Colin Lin were also close together through the 6000m course, separated by just over one minute. Regina Garcia Estrada was RLC’s sole female senior, running a gritty negative split (faster in the second half of the race than the first) and showing lots of potential. 


Field Hockey

The RLC varsity field hockey team played their opening game of the regular season last Wednesday at Lakefield College School.   The girls played a strong game and our forward line of Melizza, Taylor, and Aurora, supported by inners Emma and Avery, worked well together to set the pace of the game.  Our midfield players did a great job of bringing the ball out of our end of the field.  With Meaghan and Audrey-Anna playing a strong defensive game, Jaden was able to earn her first shut-out of the season.  Our single goal was scored by Aurora Corbett, giving us a 1 – 0 win and a great start to the season!

Several players left bright and early the next morning to travel to Sunnybrook Part in Toronto to take part in an exhibition tournament sponsored by GoA Field Hockey.  We won our first game with a goal by Melizza Clayden Tabobondung, and tied the next three games, which moved us into the semi-finals.  However, a quick goal by the opposition ended our playing for the day.

Our first and only home game of the season takes place this coming Monday at 3:00 pm against Trafalgar Castle School.   Following this, the girls get a bit of a rest before their next game on Wednesday, October 12th.




Dinner at Wabora – always a popular activity!



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 16

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

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

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