Rogers Boarding News

Term 2, Week 8

Mr Ian Browne – Rogers Housemaster

A photo is worth a thousand words” and none more so than the Rogers Flickr Album this Semester. With now 5500 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 friends 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…

The past few weeks have been hectic in Rogers, with activities like an AFL match, Bowling, State of Origin, Cooking Pizzas, GPS Cross Country, I e skating, Sleepovers, movies, and so much more. To top that, we also had assessment due, which is always a stressful time, and also boys are tired from a huge term. Parents you will notice the phone calls with your son are probably sounding a little tired, and worn out. The first week of the holidays will be one I think they will sleep through most of. So be prepared for an exhausted son to return home next week…

SPORT INVOLVEMENT – 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.

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 (and a Saturday sport is a MUST). 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.

SLEEPOVERS for 2020 STUDENTS – On Friday 31st May, Rogers hosts the second of five 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 fun and games at Ice Skating. All feedback has been very positive and the boys really enjoyed the “Day in the Life of Rogers” experience.

HOLIDAYS PACK UP – 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.

SUNDAYS IN TERM 3 – 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.

END OF TERM LEAVE ARRANGEMENTS – 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 20 June, and with most departing on that day, I’d like to ensure that all arrangements are clear for the staff supervision. “End of Term Leave Arrangements” finalised and onto Reach asap. Can I ask this please be done by Monday 17th June? Regarding returning on Monday 15 July, the House will be open from 3pm onwards, so if you can time your sons return after this time, it would be appreciated. If any concerns please let me know.

NIGHT at CATHEDRAL SLEEPOVER FUNDRAISING – On 16th August, Rogers House and a number of other Boarders, will participate in “A Night in the Cathedral” event in Brisbane. This event is very unique, and gives the boys (and staff) the opportunity to visit one of Brisbane’s very special Cathedrals,  and sleepover on the ‘cold’ stone floors of St John’s Cathedral for one night, in aid of the Anglican Youth Homeless Program. A once in a life time opportunity for the Rogers boys, and a wonderful way we as a House can support this wonderful community service.

Rogers involvement in this Sleepover now is in its 5th year, and each year the boys return from this event, a little wiser to the battles and hardship that many youth face living their life on the street. With that, we have always tried to raise extra funds to ensure our stay is not just a token event.

I have put together, in conjunction with Anglicare, a ‘Go Fund Me’ fundraising website that friends, parents, colleagues and other supporters can directly donate funds to this project.

Here is the direct link to our page:

As well as fundraising via the website, once a week from now until we depart in June / July  / August, a number of Rogers boys will walk around the Senior Campus with white buckets, looking for donations of any loose change offered. This will also contribute towards the overall tally for this project.

In anticipation, thank you for any contribution you can offer. It is very much appreciated by Rogers and Anglicare a like…

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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