Here is a very interesting idea from Rob Carreau, now Head of School at Rosseau Lake College. Rob was a student at Sedbergh during the 1990's and returned for a Gap year after he graduated. Those of you with school-age children may well be interested in his plans.
Robert Carreau here, Sedbergh class of '94. I am writing from Rosseau Lake College, having somehow ended up in a job where, as Head of a small school, I can enjoy all the triumphs and challenges that Mr. Tommy and Mr. Hossack must have experienced during my time as a student in the Valley.
Though our beloved school closed its doors in 2010 I’m writing to tell you that the spirit of Sedbergh is alive and well here at Rosseau Lake College!
I spent 5 years in the Valley (grades 8-12), and my younger brother Matt and two younger sisters Tina and Jess attended too. I returned to work there in ’96 as an Outdoor Ed. Intern, and as result of that experience decided to become a teacher. I headed out to Nova Scotia for 20 lovely years in the francophone public system, meeting my wife Lavinia and raising our kids Keegan (21), Angeline (16), Eve (15), and Miles (14).
One Saturday morning in 2017, we saw a posting for Head of School at Rosseau Lake College, 3 hours north of Toronto in the Muskoka region. "One hundred students, situated by a lake, outdoor focus, quinzees, canoe trips, awesome ski trails, strong sense of family, of adventure, of strengthening the best in yourself and others.” It sounded familiar so we applied!
I am writing to invite you to see RLC for yourself. If ever you wished your own kid could have a glimpse of Sedbergh, or your niece or neighbour’s kid, tell them to have a look: https://www.rosseaulakecollege.com/
With a smaller international contingent this fall, some of our amazing donors have started a Canada Bursary Fund to strengthen our Canadian enrolment (while we normally have a waiting list, this year we currently have 6 remaining beds for September). With these tricky times has come the opportunity to do what we hoped to all along: to offer an incredible outdoor-based boarding and day experience to Canadian families who are perfectly suited to this place.
We also hope to invite you in as alumni. With the help of a generous initial donation from David Hind (Sedbergh class of ’64), we are now able to offer the same 10% bursary here to Sedbergh alumni as we do for RLC alumni. Huge thanks David! Beyond that...Old Sedberghians soccer anyone, September 2021?
Most importantly, I hope this finds you well. I know that you are scattered around the globe with a thousand adventure stories, all beginning in the same Valley.
Sending best wishes of Freedom, Courage, and Happiness from our family to yours, and hoping to connect with some of you soon.
Rob Carreau ’94