Mr Leigh Holtsbaum – Assistant Housemaster
The boys of Rogers House are ready for Term 4 and are full of energy, excitement and anticipation and we welcomed back the Rogers students for what will be a fast end to 2017. I am pleased to say that the boys have hit the ground running and jumped head first into the Term 4 sports of athletics, rowing, cricket and swimming and are working diligently on a number of assessments to finish off the academic year strongly.
Many of the Rogers boys have taken up the challenge of rowing this term, which will require commitment, discipline and a dedication to develop the skills to become a good rower. Fortunately for them though, the Year 7s have two afternoon sessions (Tuesday & Friday P.E.) then a later Saturday morning session (at 6.30am). Unlike previous years, this will require some very early starts on training and race days. Rogers is well represented with some very talented rowers and coxes with over 30 boys from the house having signed up. It is already pleasing to see a strong work ethic & some discipline to the sport already rubbing off on our boys in the first few weeks of training. For many of our boys, it is also pleasing to see them having a go at something ‘new’. A new experience, a new skill, a new approach, a new challenge… well done to all the boys involved.
First time out in the Quads….all the boys had a great time out on the water.
The cricket season is also starting to heat up and four Rogers students will be lining up for the U/12 TSS side to take on a touring New Zealand School, Kings, on October 20th. The boys selected in the side are Nick Doyle, George Powell, Brodie Graham and Joe Madden. Brodie Graham has also recently been selected in the South Coast U/12 representative side that will compete at the State Championships in Brisbane in early November. We wish Brodie the best of luck.
Brodie Graham South Coast Cricket Representative
Rogers House students are not just good at playing conventional ball sports. During the first week of term George Powell competed at the Australian Stockhorse Youth National Show. George had a great week and displayed some excellent skills on his horse to take out top honours placing first in the Camp Draft and Jumping as well as two 2nd places and a 3rd place in sporting. Congratulations George an outstanding achievement.
George Powell in action at the Australian Stockhorse Youth National Show
Year 7 camp was at the end of last term and from all accounts it didn’t disappoint and was an invaluable experience for the boys. Every Rogers student I have spoken to said they thoroughly enjoyed it and had a challenging but wonderful time. The photos taken By Mr Lobascher tell the story of the boys’ experience and they clearly show how they enjoyed their time on camp. If you haven’t already had a look please go to the Year 7 Facebook page for all the action shots.
Year 7 on Camp…. a wonderful experience
Senior House Supper time is fast approaching, with many of these function starting within the next few weeks. The Rogers students attend their respective House events, and are in consideration for trophies here as well as our own at the end of the term. The House Supper tradition in boarding dates back to the first Headmaster Henry Horace Dixon, were it was originally organised to be an end of year celebration for the 15-20 boarders of TSS. Now days, this event caterers for upwards of 200 guests, and the dining hall is transformed into a spectacular sight, which the Rogers boys will thoroughly enjoy.
Thorold House Supper – Saturday, October 28
Biddle House Supper Sunday, October 29
McKinley House Supper Friday, November 3
Delpratt House Supper Saturday, November 4
The Rogers House Awards Night invites will be sent out via email to all parents in the next week. I’d like to remind parents to RSVP as soon as possible, by purchasing your tickets from the site on the invite. It is going to be a wonderful celebration of the year past, and with a number of special guests, it will also be a very entertaining evening. A night not to be missed…
The House Awards Night is part of what is a very busy week for the Rogers boys. I will outline the final week for parents;
The Rogers Awards Night is on Wednesday, November 22
1:30pm – Parents are invited to attend the final Year 7 Assembly in the Chapel where boys will be transitioned into their Senior Houses
3:30pm – Parents are invited to return to Rogers and help boys pack
4:30pm – Guests are invited to drinks and canapes outside the common room (no main meal)
5:30pm – Awards ceremony commences with:
Conclusion should be around 6:30pm – At which point parents may take their children with them, or students can stay in for Speech Day on Thursday.
Thursday, November 23 Speech Day Final Day of School
To see what else has been happening in Rogers over the past few weeks, please click on to our Rogers Photo Album, and see all the great shots.
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