Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Stories from RLC

First Snow Fall of the Year

Students from all over the world enjoyed the first snowfall of the school year as the campus became a winter wonderland within a few hours. 



1st-snow-fall-of-the-2016-2017-school-year-kexin song- Rita Zhu - Nicole Wang

McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics

On Wednesday, October 19th, a collection of grade 10 to12 RLC science students headed to Hamilton for the annual McMaster Engineering and Science Olympics.  En route, they stopped for a gourmet dinner at PIE in Barrie before heading down to the Days Inn to make final preparations for the event the next day.

On Thursday, October 20th, the group arrived at the competition on the McMaster University campus, ready to participate in events like: ‘Oodles of Noodles’, ‘Chemical Forensics’, ‘LEAPS Keep it Hot’, ‘Paper Triathlon’, ‘Egg High Jump’, ‘Mini Car Jump’ and the ‘Pictorial Essay’.  Students also took in a number of university lectures around campus during the non-competition time. After six hours of fierce competition, the RLC students were hopeful of their success. In the end, Audrey-Anna Colson and Meaghan Tabobondung took home first place in the pictorial essay event for their portrayal of the relationship between society and technology with ‘Blip – their Society’s Organs sculpture. RLC had a number of groups do well at the event and they look forward to competing again next year.




Upcoming Events

Mon. October 31, 2016
Halloween Costume Day

Thurs. November 3, 2016
Rosseau Nursing Station Flu Clinic 1 p.m. in the RLC Health Centre

Fri. November 4, 2016
Field Hockey Finals vs.Trafalgar Castle in Oshawa
Soccer Finals at Albert College

Mon. November 7, 2016
Seven Generations Summit 12:00 – 4:15 p.m.
House Cup Events

Tues. November 8, 2016
Day students depart at 4:00 p.m.

Wed. November 9, 2016
House Cup Events

Thurs. November 10, 2016
Remembrance Day Ceremony
All students depart at 4 p.m. for Long Weekend
Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-7 p.m.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Boarding Students return to RLC after 7:00 p.m.

Tues, November 15, 2016
Classes Resume

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Student Leadership Retreat Friday 5:00 p.m. to Sunday 1:30 p.m.

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Fall Athletic Awards 12:30 p.m.

Community Announcements

Seven Generations Summit Itinerary  – Please join us!

Date: November 7, 2016 

12 pm              Lunch – Rosseau Lake College Dining Hall

1 pm                Campus Tour – RLC Head Boy/Girl              

1:45 pm          Seven Generations Presentation – Mr. Lance Postma – Rowntree Family Academic Center

2:15 pm          Breakout Sessions – RAC1, RAC2 & RACPerry – ‘Spark Questions’ 

3:15 pm          Debrief – Rowntree Family Academic Center Upstairs

3:45 pm          Keynote – Dr. Cynthia Wesley Esquimaux

4:15 pm          End of Program
                            Leads Meeting with Dr. Wesley Esquimaux

“Nature is our Lab. Discovery is our Culture”


Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the former Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University. Effective September 16th, 2016 she is serving as the 1st Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation on behalf of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Orillia. She also serves as an adjunct asst. Professor for the Faculty of Anthropology and Research Affiliate of the Centre for Health Care Ethics. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding the continuing transmission of unresolved intergenerational trauma and grief primarily within the Indigenous community of Canada.

Cynthia is a Board Member for Healthy Minds Canada and the newly formed Teach for Canada Non-Profit. She is a member of the Governing Circle of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  More recently she has been appointed as the Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, Ministers Special Representative (MSR) on Child Welfare.

Interested in environmental and humanitarian causes she is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada and is an active and engaging media representative. Cynthia is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives, and is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement.

Cynthia co-founded and chairs a youth project out of the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Lakehead University.  More information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at:

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thursday, November 10from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. 
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 at 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-minute time slots. It may not be possible to schedule interviews back-to-back as there will be many parents scheduling interviews.

Jackie Watkinson
Director of Administration

Long Weekend Information

Our next scheduled long weekend is on Thursday, October 10th, and the coach bus operated by Hammond Transportation Ltd. will depart from the school at 4:00p.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 7:30p.m.

For the return trip on Monday, October 14th 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

Influenza Immunization Clinic

On November 3, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. the Rosseau Nursing Station will be providing a free Influenza Immunization Clinic at the RLC Health Centre.
All staff and students are welcome.
Included is a consent form which should be filled out and returned before Nov 3, 2016 to Mr. Shaun Beaulne by Fax: 705-732-6319 or email:
Thank you.
Mr. Shaun Beaulne
Health Services Lead



50th Anniversary Book


Help Needed: One More Page to Create!

Indeed, 149 draft pages of the book have been completed.  Now, there is a special opportunity to design one page
highlighting our current RLC students. Please share ideas with me as to what you think this page could contain.  

Email: –  Thanks for your help!

Oh, and if you haven’t already done so, please order your $50 copy today!

online email

This 150-page hard cover book is being created by Fiona Blair (RLC parent and Board member) and will be published at McLaren Press in Gravenhurst, in time for the 50th Anniversary Gala in June 2017.  The price of this limited addition book is only $50.  Shipping can be arranged.

The 50th Anniversary Book will be your Lighthouse Yearbook, covering the history of the school from the Ditchburn’s “The Pines” homestead, to Fort Kawandag, to “the boys in green blazers” of Rosseau Lake School to the co-educational and internationally acclaimed RLC of today!  Traditions of Outtrips, Fall Colours, Winter Carnival and the Hekkla will be featured, along with stories from the archives on Intramurals, Varsity Sports, Boarding Houses, March Break Trips, Graduations, and Staff, plus many more memories.



Grade 11 OE – Multidisciplinary trip to Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area – Not just camping.




Grade 7 & 8 Class – Personal Learning Profile

The Grade 7/8 class took a deeper dive into the Personal Learning Profile (PLP) last week.  To show their consolidation of Figurative Language, students used the PLP to help guide and design their projects.  The majority of our class are Quadrant 3 learners, but we decided to see how many ideas we could generate for each quadrant.  Not only did we come up with some amazing ideas for our projects, but we created ideas for future projects!  Students are now showing their mastery of figurative language through baking, puzzle making, website creation, sketching, and pet accessory commercials!  
Mr. Nathaniel Smart


Co-curricular Report


Cross Country Running

A former coach of mine once suggested that what makes athletes successful is not how strong they are, but rather, how well-acquainted they are with their weaknesses. Cross country running, in particular, is a sport that awards ‘being comfortable with being uncomfortable’; it is not about finesse or technique so much as it is about tenacity. Athletes who improve the most are those who are most willing to push themselves through fatigue and discomfort. At the CISAA Championships on October 26, RLC runners showed the characteristic grit and determination that our athletes are known for as they tackled their final race of the season.
RLC’s day started with the midget boys’ team of Carter Corbett, Christopher Gan, Mark Li, and Matthew Neretlis competing at a 4.2km distance. Carter led the way, placing 40th overall and posting a time that put him within about one minute of the runners who qualified for the provincial OFSAA Championships. Chris, who is a talented sprinter, finished with his signature kick across the finish line. Mark ran what was by far his best race of the season, and Matthew achieved the race goal he had set for himself. In the team competition, this group placed 15th overall. 
In the junior boys’ 5.2km race, Rongqi Li and David Harris ran as individuals (4 runners are required in order to field a team). Rongqi improved his pace by a mind-blowing 90+ seconds per kilometre from the beginning of the season, and David exceeded the time goal he set for himself by over two minutes. 
Regina Garcia Estrada was RLC’s lone female competitor, and she raced in the senior girls’ 5.9km event. All season Regina showed a natural knack for pacing, and CISAAs was no exception. She ran a smart, steady race, and improved her pace by almost one minute per kilometre.  
RLC’s largest contingent was the senior boys’ team, which was comprised of Ray Smyth, Atsushi Hamano, Miguel Mendez Lopez, Kevin Yang, Colin Lin, and Zheyuan Liu. Ray and Atsushi continued their season-long bout to be ‘top dog’ on the senior squad. After 5.9km, Ray finished in 26:08, five places ahead of Atsushi who covered the distance in 26:29. Miguel improved his position in the overall pack enough to draw the attention of coaches from other schools, who commented on how much faster he had become. Kevin was hot on Miguel’s heels and ran a phenomenal closing 500m, while Colin and Zheyuan stayed in the mix and improved their times by several minutes over earlier meets. As a team, the boys finished 24th overall, in a field double the size of any others in the competition.
This is by far the largest cross country team, in terms of both size and depth, that RLC has seen in more than a decade. The students worked hard all term to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, and that hard work paid off in the form of significant improvements all around. Well done, team, and thank you all for a fantastic season!
Ms. Jessica Sheppard 



Field hockey 

The RLC varsity team travelled to St. Catharines last Wednesday for the final game of regular season play against Ridley College. The girls played a strong game and worked hard to move the ball around with some excellent passing and ball-handling.  Our resounding 6 – 0 win put us solidly in first place going into finals.  Goals were scored by Aurora Corbett (x3!) and Melizza ClaydenTabobondong (x3!), and goalie Jaden Smith recorded another shut-out.  We will be playing Trafalgar Castle School on Friday in the semi-final game, and hope to make it to the championship game!



Weekend Activities – Master pumpkin carvers at work.



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 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

  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