Mr Ian Browne – Housemaster
The first term of any school year is always one of change and adjustment. This has been the case in Rogers, with a new beginning for many of us.
In reflection, we have seen some of our boys adjust well to their new surrounds and assimilate into boarding life here at TSS. For a few others, the transition from another school (or in some cases, no physical school – School of the Air) to TSS, or even a new teacher, has been difficult. However, as the term the progressed, this has improved. We have seen some boys come from small schools in western areas, and the adjustment for them has brought many challenges, and again like many who have been here before, they too have learnt to enjoy what Rogers and TSS can offer.
For both Mr Elliott and I, we feel that now in the last few weeks of term, the boys are all starting to understand why Rogers House is so special… it has caring, nurturing and homely attributes, backed up with academic drive and assistance for all. We have seen many achieve beyond their benchmarks, and set new goals. Along with staff who want to be involved in the boys lives, we have found many now knocking back opportunities to go on weekend leave, as they’d rather stay on campus and participate in many of the varied activities that we have on offer, ie. Theme park trips, fishing, touch on the ovals, school excursions, the beach, movies, and many other memorable experiences together. For us this is wonderful to see, and means that finally the boys are accepting Rogers and TSS for what it is – their second home.
Considering Yr7 Camp starts this week, a home away from their second home is appropriate, as the boys head off to Uki in NSW to battle the elements for a week. During this time, Mr Ian Browne will be with the Yr7 groups during the first week from March 11-14, and Mr Jackson Elliott will be with them the second week from March 18-21. Please call the House MOD phone during those weeks to get the Senior staff member on duty (ie Jackson during first week of camp, and Ian on the second), as mobile phone reception at Camp is limited at the best of times.
Overall, “a busy boy is a happy boy”, and all of this helps them get over the homesickness that has been occurring over the past few months. With that, we try very hard to keep the Rogers boys busy, involved, and entertained… taking every opportunity we can to go and try something new for both them and the staff (sometimes).
On Friday March 8, Rogers was invited to attend the GPS Swimming Championships at the Sleeman Aquatic Centre (indoor stadium) in Brisbane. This is a unique opportunity for our students to witness one of the ‘big’ events in the GPS Calendar. With 350 of the School’s Seniors (and 44 Rogers boys) in the Grandstand supporting/cheering our swimmers on, our boys had a ‘ball’. Congratulations to the TSS GPS Swim team on their close 3rd position – a very special achievement in front of wonderful school support. Big congratulations to Rogers student, Harry Dawson who was a team member of the 2019 GPS Swim Team. Well done Harry!
Will Slack-Smith is another student representing TSS very well, in the 7A Cricket team. As both a bowler and batsmen, last weekend against BGS, he scored 105 runs off the bat and got 3 wickets as well. This is great news and we hope, with only a few games to go, the team continues their winning streak.
Rowing this year has had such a disrupted season with storms, regattas cancelled and some sickness. We had five Rogers boys involved in the Yr9/10 crews as coxes, including Tayte Nolan, Sam Pratt, Sean Mudimu, Taj Krasna, and Tom Scholes. I’m sure they have gained plenty of experience, and will now look forward to the 2019/20 season were they’ll get an opportunity to row as well.
With the cooler weather comes the start of rugby and soccer seasons. The posts will start to go up soon, the balls start to appear on the ovals, and the new boots get their first taste of mud on them. For the Rogers boys it is a very exciting time… and it seems that every afternoon now, all they want to do is play touch football with the Senior Houses.
It’s a great time of the year, and with that, can I ask parents to ensure that your son is ready for the season ahead with a properly fitted mouthguard, correctly fitted boots, the essential TSS (rugby or soccer) uniform available from the Store and most importantly, the registration completed for any preseason camps or tours.
With that, Rogers plays a rugby game vs Methven RUC (from NZ) on April 25 at 3pm on the River Ovals. All parents are welcome to come and watch. Trials for this Rogers team will be held on Sunday, March 31 and then again on Tuesday, April 2. A team will be selected then, and we will have a final training session on Tuesday, April 23 at 3pm. Rugby boots are not needed for Trials and training sessions, only the game on the April 25.
With the end of term only a few weeks, can I please ask parents to ensure your son’s “End of Term” leave details and arrangements are set, and a copy of these are sent via the REACH leave program. The last day of term is Friday, April 4 with most students leaving that afternoon for a well-deserved Easter Long Holiday break.
For current and 2020 parents, The Store has contact details for a woman who will sew on labels/do alterations so that all boys are ready to start school prior to arriving, or if any new clothes are bought during the year.
The TSS Store now has a supplier for the woven name labels and can be ordered through The Store. We will advise when name labels are available through our online store ETA start of next week.
Any questions, please feel free to contact Anthea or Nicole from The Store on (07) 5531 9823
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