Rogers House News

Term 4, Week 8

Mr Ian Browne – Rogers Housemaster

We are close to the end of another wonderful year in Rogers, and the finish line is in sight. It will be a busy run home, but one that I hope will hold some great memories for those leaving the House at the end of 2017.

Our UN-Official Rogers House Photo for 2017

Last week the House got together and took the annual House Photo. As a “tradition” in Rogers we try not to have it in the same place all the time, varying the background every two years or so. In my time in Rogers, it has been taken in the Common Room, on the ovals, in the carpark and around the outside of the House. This year’s, due to size of the House now, compared to 2010 when I started, we need to find a venue that would hold all 44 students and staff. As you can see above, it worked really well.

Congratulations to Damon Germon who won the Most Diligent Students in the Yalari Program, at the annual Yalari Presentation Dinner in Brisbane last week. As a prize, he won a new iPad Air. Congratulations on this achievement…

Jack Ware is one of Rogers Top Academics, and last week at the Senior School Assembly, he was awards a Certificate for his achievements in a UNSW Global Maths competition.  Well done Jack…

Congratulations to the TSS boys who competed in the inaugural Percentile Cup at the Warwick Showgrounds over the weekend. Dan Atthow was a member of the winning Inter-school Camp draft competition. Great work Dan!!!

Rogers House was well represented at the GPS Athletics Championships a few weeks ago. Jack Ware, Tom Ramsay, Will Ell, and Charlie Lane all were members of the Team that placed a creditable 4th this year (FYI TSS has not been in the Top 7 schools for over 30 years. A memorable moment).

As this will be the last Boarders Bulletin for 2017, I’d like to thank many people with in Rogers for such an enjoyable year. The resident staff; Matt Davies left us in June to return to the UK, & Sam Cox left in June to continue his teaching. We also welcomed Brad Stacey and James Shaw from the UK in July. Melissa Dickson leaves us at the end of 2017. We thank her for her contribution to rogers and wish her well as she continues as a teacher in the Senior School. Continuing on for 2018, we will have Adam Mallett & Harry Smith. Finally we congratulate Mr Leigh Holtsbaum on his appointment as Biddle Housemaster Elect from 2018. Leigh and the family move from Rogers to Biddle over the break, & we look forward to thanking them all for their time in Rogers at the Annual Presentation Evening. To all Resident Staff, I must thank them for their dedication, enthusiasm & energy towards the boys, is infectious, and they all have contributed to making the lives of our boys, and mine, such an enjoyable year.

House Supper season at TSS is always a big event, and one that many of the Rogers boys espcially enjoy. Its an opportunity to be recognised in your Senior House for the efforts throughout the year, and also experience the Yr 12s Farewell. The Rogers Presentation Night is also one of those special events where the boys ‘Graduate’ from Rogers after what has been a transition year in boarding.

The Rogers boys are now settling into crews and enjoying their first season in the sport

To Mr Lobascher, Elliott Close and Holtsbaum, who assists by looking after the entire Prep Supervison program, has been of great help to the House, especially in the this very important academic area. Standards, monitoring, and overall level of academic purpose within the House has lifted, and we thank them all for their commitment to this wonderful initiative.

On a side note, we thank Mr Sam Lobascher for his dedication to Yr 7 over the past two years, and his help especially to the Rogers House Academic Program. Sam leaves TSS to return to his ‘old school’ Brisbane Grammar School to start in a new position in 2018. Thank you Sam, and the best of luck at your new (old) school.

Matron’s role in any House is one of nurture, caring & overall wellbeing towards the students under her care. Donna Fuhrmann brought her own style to this position in Rogers throughout the year, and achieved so much. I thank her personally for her efforts in ‘molding’ our fine young men into Rogers Boys’.

The Annual Clocktower challenge (Staff v Students) is always hotly contested. For Rogers this year, Will Mayne ran for the students and Brad Stacey for the Staff. Well done to both on this grueling race over 800m.

I wish all families of TSS, a wonderful, and memorable Christmas with their loved ones, and look forward to seeing everyone back in 2017. What a year it will be…a new House full of new Year 7s, approx 44 of them in total will commence Term 1 – Another new ‘Little Band of Brothers’ to enjoy this wonderful House. Best wishes to all!

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