Rosseau Lake College
|Rosseau Lake College|
|1967 Bright Street
Rosseau, Ontario, P0C 1J0
|School type||Canadian Independent Coed Boarding & Day School|
|Motto||Scientia Auget Vires
("Knowledge Increases Strength")
|Head of School||Mr. Lance Postma|
|Grades||7 to 12|
|Colour(s)||Blue, Red and White|
Rosseau Lake College is a co-ed boarding and day school for students from Grades 7 to 12, located on Lake Rosseau on the northern border of the Muskoka District in Ontario, Canada. RLC is a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA). The mission statement for RLC is to foster "Best of self" of its students. The average class size is between 10 and 15 students; however mandatory class sizes can be upwards of 20+ students while electives have run with as few as 2 or 3.
The current property on which the school resides was given to the school by then owners, Roger Morris and Maurice East and the school was originally named Rosseau Lake School when it was founded in 1967. It began as an all-boys boarding school. The first Headmaster was Ronald H. Perry, who left retirement to rise to the challenge of creating this new school. In 1983, it became a co-educational school.
The school originally had a reputation of taking in behaviorally troubled boys from wealthy families and, while things has changed, it still struggles to shake that reputation. In recent years, the school has sold off adjacent properties to cover its losses and school enrollment has dropped from approximately 150 to in the mid to low 80s. CharityFocus.ca shows that Rosseau Lake College has operated at a loss 4 of the past 5 years as of June 2014. The site also reveals a very low operating budget when compared with other member schools of the CAIS community.
The school suffers from very high student and staff turnover. Leaving students often cite the school's small size, limited budget, and remote location as major challenges. Also cited is the school's current headmaster who only holds a Bachelor of Education and, according to students lacks vision and is unfair The school did not pass it's last CAIS inspection and has been working over the past two years to bring itself up to standard.
Sports are mandatory for all students between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Students can pick from a variety of sports throughout the school year.
Sports and athletic activities at RLC include Boys Senior Soccer, Boys U16 Soccer, Boys Senior Volleyball, Girls Senior Field Hockey, Girls Junior Field Hockey, Girls Basketball, Mountain Biking, Boys Senior Basketball, Boys Junior Basketball, Girls Senior Volleyball, Girls Junior Volleyball, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Boys Senior Rugby, Boys Junior Rugby, Girls Soccer, and the Whitewater Team.
The school has three sports term and they are: Fall (September 6 to November 3), Winter (November 19 to March 1), and Spring (March 26 to May 24). At the end of each term there is an awards ceremony. Coaches of the teams (usually teachers) pick the best or most qualified athletes for the awards. Awards range from MIP (Most Improved Player), MVP (Most Valuable Player), Coaches awards, and the athletic 'R'.
The annual "Scholars' Dinner" is held in January each year. The Guest Speaker for the 2007 dinner was the Government of Canada's Minister of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario and Federal Minister of Health, Tony Clement. Before Clement was elected to the Canadian Parliament he served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 1999 and then in 2001 as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The event has not run in recent years.
Each year, RLC hosts a Winter Carnival, which is attended by many alumni, parents and friends of RLC (as well as students). The Carnival includes activities such as the polar bear dip, skating, hockey, tobboganing, dogsledding, face painting, and snow sculptures.
RLC has an annual marathon, The Hekkla. The Hekkla is a mandatory run/walk/bike for all students attending RLC. It consists of an 18 km run/walk/jog or a 28 km bike. There is a three hour time limit that the students have to complete the 'race'. The Hekkla is a challenge for all students but for those that think that they cannot make it in the three hours, there is a group that leaves an hour earlier than the rest. The Hekkla is held annually during the month of April before the black flies come out. All students that participate in the Hekkla are rewarded with a barbecue dinner; students making it under the time of 1:45 for the boys and 1:55 for the girls get a surf and turf dish.
There are five different houses that the students can board in.
Bricks: Head House Parent: Mr. & Mrs. Beaulne.
Head House Parent: Mrs. Christopher & Ms. Sheppard
Age: All grades
Head House Parent: TBA
The House Cup was recently re-implemented in the year of 2010 with the main ideas and push coming from Staff and Students of Rosseau Lake College. The students that are accepted to RLC are placed into one of the four houses. The houses are named after historically significant people/names that form part of the property/campus's history. Once a student is placed into a house they remain in that house until their school career has finished at RLC. Also if a student is in a house and one of their siblings comes to the school they too are placed into the house as well.
Parry House: Named after the original Headmaster of the school, Ronald H. Perry.
Team Colour: Green
Ditchburn House: Named after the Ditchburn brothers who homesteaded the property and eventually ran a successful boat-building business in Rosseau.
Team Colour: Blue
Kawandag House: The name given to the property by the Eaton family during their tenure. It is the Ojibway word for "meeting place of the pines."
Team Colour: Red
Eaton House: Named after John and Flora Eaton who purchased the property in 1906.
Team Colour: Black
Students at Rosseau have many choices for extra curricular activities such as:
- And many more
Rosseau and the community
Rosseau Lake College, located in the village of Rosseau has given back to the community by making donations (raised by students) and other organizations at large. The school also supports a family in need during the Christmas holidays. They also clean up the sides of highway 141 through the Adopt a Highway Campaign and on Earth Day. Also, they help out at charitable events such as blood donor clinics...
The RLC Parent Guild is composed of parent volunteers of current and past students, student guardians and student family members. The group meets monthly throughout the year excluding the months of December, March and July and provide services for special events, parent-student communications, fundraising and a uniform sale.