Rosthern Junior College was the perfect school for our son to attend to stretch his wings and learn to fly. He was able to live in the dorms, away from home in a safe, small town environment. He learned and applied the skills of living independently before heading to a post secondary College. I believe that attending Rosthern Junior College made that transition significantly easier. The students have a lot of fun and build a lot of friendships in the dorms. They also learn to manage their time with study hours and curfew. The friendships that he has made from the dorms will be life long. His experience at Rosthern Junior College has made him more aware of social issues that are happening locally, provincially and globally.
All three of our children attended RJC and lived in the dorms. Two of them returned to serve as deans (one is still there). That says a lot, for starters! We are originally from South Africa and had very different school experiences there than what we could find here. We were looking for a school with a high standard of education, excellent educators, a great atmosphere, school spirit and traditions, and, importantly, a place where our children could feel at home and nurture and develop their education, skills, values and talents. In short, our children got all of the above and so much more! They built close friendships for life and had the opportunity to grow in the intimacy of the “school family”, where every student gets special attention every day and no one is ever “left behind”. More than a high standard of school curriculum and choice of activities, they were equipped with experiences and life skills that they would never pick up elsewhere. (Without drawing negative comparisons, what they got in previous public schools was rudimentary and frustratingly inadequate at best.) Of course there was the initial apprehension about leaving home and living in a dorm, but that more or less changed on their very first days already. Our children thrived and had the times of their lives at RJC!
Our son and daughter both enjoyed the opportunity for authentic interactions with teachers and other students at Rosthern Junior College. Our son benefited from the social interactions with other students through after-school informal activities from living in a dormitory setting. Our daughter, who is more social by nature, thrived at the school, both academically and by being able to participate in sports teams, choirs, school musicals, and student newspaper. Both of our children credit Rosthern Junior College with helping them become the people they are today. They were encouraged by teachers to participate in all the school had to offer: academics, athletics and the arts. Our children strove to excel in their academic studies. Our daughter participated in several sports over the three years she attended and both kids participated in the choirs and spring musical. Our son played soccer, which is not something he would have considered had he been at a larger public school. Our children have both continued the friendships they began at Rosthern Junior College after graduation. Our daughter, being vegan, found the vegan food options limited at times. The cooks were open to receiving input from our daughter regarding suitable options to satisfy her dietary choices.
Both our sons attended RJC for high school. Our firs child was not sure that this was a good idea. We said he could try it and if he didn't like it, he could go back to his old school. Three weeks in, he was staying and wanted to move into the dorms, which he did. Their best experiences center around the dorm community, athletics, travel, and service. Learning to live in the community has been the biggest impact on their social development and maturity outside of high school. Now out of high school, their closest friends are their RJC friends. With respect to travel, they got to see things beyond museums and actually understand the world around them, one that is different from their growing up experience. Disappointments? Perhaps that their athletic teams did not reach their full potential; however, there is learning in that too!