The Duputy Headmaster Mr Andrew Hawkins speaking to the Rogers boys after the Headmasters Inspection, about Respect, Brotherhood, and looking after your mates.

Always a parochial night in Rogers… State of Origin, but this year, the Blue won Origin #1 !!!


“A photo is worth a thousand words” and none more so than the Rogers Flickr Album this Semester. With now 3500 photos from the semester, the Rogers parents can see their son developing, maturing, engaging and just having fun, through photo. With many of these photos being viewed over 500 times, the site is very popular amongst parents, grandparents and fiends of our boys. I can only encourage you more to catch-up with the week, by looking at our regular updates.

The Rogers Flickr photo album… nearing 3500 photos for the Semester.


Three of those more memorable photo collections are on the sight this week. These include;


  • The Rogers’ boys Night in the Cathedral, to raise funds for homeless youth projects through Anglicare. On Friday 2nd June, 36 Rogers’ boys travelled to Brisbane with Mr Browne, Ms D and Ms Henry, to have a sleep over in the Anglican cathedral. With nothing more than a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard for the night, have a bowl of rice for dinner and a very uncomfortable evening sleep, the Rogers boys and staff returned home with many memories of the night. We were hoping to hit the $1000 mark, and with thanks to many donations and help of the Senior Houses, we topped close to $1000+ for Anglicare. Rogers’ boys were very proud to be representing the School at this unique event.

Some pics from the Night in the Cathedral. Including Mr Browne sleeping ‘comfortably’ on the stone floor…


  • Etiquette Night with St Hilda’s. This was a special evening, filled with good manners, nice conversation and a lovely evening had by all. Well done to the Rogers boys, and others for a successful evening.

The Rogers boys ready for the Etiquette dinner. 


  • Shave for a Cure and Rogers Community Service fundraiser for Clancy Roberts: is one of our Rogers students, who has unfortunately been diagnosed in the past few weeks, with Leukaemia.  As a gift to Clancy, the Rogers boys on their own, made a video to send to Clancy in his hospital bed, to make him aware that he is dearly missed here, and wishing him well.

Finn Beirne and Zac Boardman with their Shave for a Cure hair styles.

With the autumn activities of Tennis and Soccer coming to an end, firstly all of the Rogers boys must be commended on the way they have finished their commitment to these sports. There is nothing worse for a Team to have a teammate pull out with weeks to go because he doesn’t want to play anymore. In Rogers, we have made sure that every student ‘finishes what they have started’, and their commitment & contribution to that activity has been a full on. The same goes for all activities that these students do; Band, Tennis lessons, swimming, and other related sports/activities. Any young man must know that if you commit to something, you must see it through till the end.


Many of our boys represented att he GPS Cross Country Championship at Limestone Park in Ipswich last week. Here are but a few of the U13s. Well done to the Entire Team for placing 2nd Overall.


Next term, there is another plethora of activities for the Rogers students to be involved in. These include; GPS Rugby, GPS Basketball, gymnastics, swimming squad, and also GPS Athletics. In Rogers we encourage all our boys to be fully involved each term in one or more activities. A busy boy, is a happy & organised boy. Parents please ensure that the boys are fully prepared over the holidays to return with correct gear and equipment, and be involved in one or more of these activities.


On Friday 9th June, Rogers hosted the second of four sleepovers for new students. This initiative, first tried in 2013, enables students coming to Rogers next year to try boarding life at TSS, before they arrive in January next year. The day as filled with many new experiences for the new students, which involved being in classwork for the morning, spending an afternoon full of activities in Year 7 PE, BBQ dinner, and then a night of games at Inflatable World. All feedback has been very positive and the boys really enjoyed the “Day in the Life of Rogers” experience. Many photos are on our House Photo Album website…

Sleepover #2 was a wonderful success and the new Rogers boys enjoyed it immensely. They are all now looking for to their turn in Rogers 2018.

In the next week, we farewell a staff member who has been with us for now over a year. Mr Matt Davies arrived from Wales as one of our Junior Resident masters. He has now seen a lot of this great country, and will take back with him some wonderful memories. His contribution to Rogers over the past year has been enormous, and the boys especially will miss his humour, and friendship. On behalf of all of us in Rogers, we thank Matt for his time here, and wish him well back home and in the future.


With the END OF TERM fast approaching could I ask all parents to please indicate via this REACH electronic leave website, the boys final leave arrangements for this term? The last day of Term 2 is Thursday 15th June, and with most departing on that day, I’d like to ensure that all arrangements are clear for the staff supervision.

The school hires the boarding facilities out over the break to local, interstate, and sometimes international groups to use for a camp. This coming June/July holidays, Rogers is to be used by one of these groups, and this means all of your sons gear must be removed from this locker. I have told the boys about this, and stated ‘local’ Rogers boys need to take all gear home these holidays, and country students can place their gear into a bag, and leave in our small storeroom.


Sleepover new 2018 students enjoying a relaxing ice block at Inflatable Work at Burleigh Heads.


During Term 3, we as a House tend to on Sundays go out for the day. This may include trips away to see local attractions in the School bus. With that, if this is the case, can I ask if you are planning on leave in these term, can it be before 9am and return after 5pm on Sundays. This ensures that no one is in the House dropped off by themselves, and it gives those in over the weekend, the opportunity to have a full day out.


Reminder on the final Thursday (15th June) we have Rogers Drinks on the Deck for any parents available to attend between 4-5pm. Hope to see you then…



Finally, as this is the last newsletter prior to the Holidays, we’d like to wish you all a happy & enjoyable holiday with your sons, and we all look forward to seeing them, and yourself, in Term 3.


Best wishes


Ian Browne


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