Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Stories from RLC


Grade 12 English Class

Our Grade 12 English class has been working on Persuasive Oral Presentations. J.P.’s and my presentation topic is racism, and how it is still an issue that needs to be taken more seriously. We looked at stigmas towards Mexican and Native people since J.P. and I both represent these different cultures.

Last Wednesday we travelled to Watt Public school to give a presentation to a grade 5/6 and 7/8 classes. In order to appeal to the audience and make our presentation more persuasive, we decided to act and dress like the stereotypical image of each of our races. The presentation started off with a story that the audience needed to fill in; they would either pick the stereotypical answer or the truth. After the students completed the story – an Average Day in the Life of Juan – we asked them to define stereotype, and proceeded to tell them what an average day was actually like for both me and J.P. In the 5/6 class we then lead a discussion on how stereotypes and racism are present in today’s politics, specifically with Trump and his idea to build a wall between Mexico and America. As well as, Trudeau allowing a pipeline to be built on native land. In the 7/8 class the discussion topic was how stereotypes relate to bullying and why it is important to break them down, as they can create negative self-talk.

Meaghan Tabobondung





Hub Renovations and Archive Displays

With the money raised at the Spring Arts Festival the Library in the Perry Building was renovated into the “Hub”.  Although the Parent Guild had hoped that the renovation of the Hub would be completed before the start of this school year, we have made great progress.  RLC students are still busy creating art for some of the walls so stay tuned for an update!  In the meantime, members of the Parent Guild have been displaying items from the school’s archives, not only in the Hub but also in the Dining Hall.  This is all part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary, in preparation for the special Closing Ceremony and Gala event for June 17, 2017.  Special thanks to Eric Daigle and Pam Bissonette for providing the First Nations prints; to Carol Gan and Neil Baird for hanging the artwork and frames; to Colleen Harris for painting and stocking the display cabinet; and to Fiona Blair for finding and organizing the archives to be celebrated.




Upcoming Events


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

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



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 7 & 8 Outdoor Education Class

In Walden; or Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau wrote that human beings “need the tonic of wildness.” Essentially, he suggested that in order to be our most content, best, selves, we had to connect with our natural world and associate with our place within it. This is a concept we can live at Rosseau Lake College as we explore the beautiful campus environment and embrace nature as our learning lab. 

The grade 7/8 outdoor education class spent time considering this concept as they began to contemplate the idea of the “eco-self” — an understanding of the equilibrium between humans and their environment, coined by Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess. The students spent time exploring and reflecting upon the natural campus environment, considering first specific scientific and literal spaces around campus, and then more general imaginative and theoretical concepts. As the year progresses, students will continue to think critically about their relationships with the natural world in order to develop a deeper understanding of their world, their identities, and their “eco-selves.” 



Grade 7 & 8 Science Class

In Ms.Shuttleworth’s Grade 7/8 Science class, we have recently created a virtual Instagram account in our classroom as well as an account using the popular app. We use this to showcase what we have been learning in each of our units. Every student in the class is asked to draw a picture and write a caption explaining what they have learned over the course of a week. We do this a few times throughout each unit to demonstrate a specific piece of knowledge that we have learned throughout our lessons.

Our Instagram page documents our different learning styles through a variety of pictures and writing forms. Every post shows the creative ways in which students think and show their information and learning. In Science, we’ve been exploring the unit of Understanding Life Systems and Interactions with the Environment. Students have completed scientific lab reports, explored ecosystems and elements in our environment, and have begun a yearlong tree investigation. One of our more recent posts is based on multiple lessons learning about Biotic and Abiotic elements in different ecosystems. We’ve discussed living and non-living organisms that surround us and understanding how to define each.

We encourage you to follow us and track our learning as we move through the units over the course of the year!

Instagram: @rlcgrade78science

Abbey Girdner and Jordyn Sproul



Co-curricular Report


Field hockey 

The Varsity Field Hockey team has been working hard for the past two months, practicing individual skills, and working together to come together as a cohesive team.   These efforts paid off, and put us in first place at the end of the regular season, setting us up for a great day at finals! 

We travelled to the Oshawa Civic Centre Fields on Friday, November 4th, and played Trafalgar Castle School in the semi-final game.  Both teams played well, and the game was scoreless after the first half.  Early in the second half, a beautiful short corner pass by Taylor set Melizza up for a well-placed shot that gave us a 1 – 0 lead.  A few minutes later, Taylor scored a goal, ensuring that we would be moving on to the championship game!  With the final score of 2 – 0, we were ready to face Albert College, the only team that had defeated us in regular season play, in the medal game.  Once again, both teams came out strong, and the game remained scoreless for most of the first half.  Our strong offense kept the ball in Albert’s end, and Melizza successfully put the ball in the net, giving us a 1 – 0 lead.  Albert fought back, but we worked hard to stay ahead of them.  A second goal, also by Melizza, gave us a 2 – 0 lead, which ended up being the final score, and clinched the gold medal for us!  Congratulations to all the girls who came together as a team to put on a stellar performance, and to Jaden for her strong performance in the net – two more shut-outs!  Meaghan and Raven, in defense, both played two excellent games and allowed very few shots to be taken by our opponents.  We were thrilled to be able to bring the division championship plaque back to RLC!

A special thank you to all the parents who supported the players throughout the entire season, and especially to those who were able to come and watch us play on Friday.  In spite of our team travelling the greatest distance, I think we also had the biggest cheering section!  



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