Rogers Boarding House

Rogers continues to improve its average diligence score, and amongst the Boarding Houses, has continued to lead the yearly overall diligence award. The below tables indicate the recent efforts of the House, and we acknowledge and congratulate the long list of boys with a diligence of 2 and under.

Rogers Under 2.0 Diligence Club

  • Murphy Baker 1.56
  • Gus Bryant 1.44
  • Hayden Carrigan 1.33
  • Archer Chandler 1.78
  • Charlie Dawson 1.33
  • Brodie Graham 1.78
  • Murdoch Johnstone 1.56
  • Charlie Lane 1.89
  • Caleb Liafoo 1.67
  • Joe Madden 1.33
  • Tom Ramsay 1.44
  • Jack Ware 1.11

On 2

  • Toby Humphries 2
  • George Powell 2
  • Hamish Wright 2

Well done to all the Rogers students, who as a collective group, are working so well together in their academic endeavours, and these results here are testament to that.

It has been a very busy first few weeks, with all our boys fully involved in Term Three sports (Rugby, Basketball, some swimming, a bit of Athletics, Round Square, and also Chess, House BBQs, weekend activities like movies, chapel, and of course, getting the boys back into good study routines.)

Nothing better than a spot of arm wrestling before House BBQ.

With Rugby season in full swing, many of the Rogers boys are looking for extra to do on weekends. Archie Chandler (for instance who is the Manager for the U12As) along with many others, helps out as linesman, waterboy and general helper for the U12s / U13s Teams at the home and away matches, then also become the Water Technicians for the First XV. This is very much appreciated by the players and coaches.

Speaking of Rugby in particular, there is a ‘mini’ rivalry between the Rogers boys for best Age Group this year. With the boys evenly split between U12s, and U13s, after round two the U12s (Mr Browne’s teams) have 1 wins, and the 13s combined have 0 wins (after Rd 1). Could be a close season ahead…

Mates down by the river, Max Schutt, Charlie Chandler, Murdoch Johnstone and Martin Price.

Another piece of Rugby news… for the first time I can ever remember, we had a Rogers student Referee a First XV trial game. Yes its true… Brayden Hudson (12 years of age) refereed incredibly well the trail selection match between the First & Second XVs last week. Photos available on the Rogers Flickr page… awesome job Brayden!!!

Welcome to Mr James Shaw from Scotland.

We have also welcomed 2 new staff members to our House. Mr James Shaw joins us for the next year from Scotland. He is a GAP student, and is really looking forward to getting to know our boys, and seeing Australia during his holidays.

Mr Bradley Stacey also joins us as a Resident Master. Brad has a wealth of experience in boarding and in particular Year 7 boarding having been at Rocky Grammar prior to moving to the Gold Coast. Brad is a Pre-Service teacher, and is really looking forward to helping out here in Rogers.

Welcome to both staff.

A busy week of activity around Rogers, (L-R) Dan Atthow reading, boys on the ovals, and Coop Cowan at Rugby

We also have welcomed two new students. Oliver Chaffey comes to us from Toowoomba, and Lachlan Rowles changes status from a Dayboy to join Rogers boarding. Welcome both and we all hope you enjoy the remainder of the year with us.

IN PROFILE: We also welcome back all our Rogers staff including Mr Adam Mallett. He’s an Old Boy of Biddle House, a superb swimmer in the past, in one of the hardest events, the 200m Butterfly. Adam was very highly ranked in the World, and for his home nation, Britain.  He just missed selection for the Rio Olympics, even though he actually won the British Title in the qualifying event. We all wish him the best now in his new career, on pool deck as the Asst Head coach of the TSS Aquatic Elite Squad. He also is now trying to complete his Doctorate in Sports Physiology. …. all the best.

A spot of fishing on the pontoon for Oliver, Martin and Louie.

Academically the boys have returned with a good focus on their studies. Week one, most received their major project for the term, and all have just straight into researching for these. Knowing from past experience, this project is rather lengthy, and needs plenty of time to complete properly. With the staff’s help, I’m sure they all will be pushed to get the best possible grade they can.

Our Prep Assistance staffing has changed this term. We now have three academic staff, assisting each week with the Boarders homework. Monday evening Mr Leigh Holtsbaum, Tuesday night is Mr Ian Browne & Lindsay Close, Wednesday Mrs Melissa Dickson & Jackson Elliott, and Thursday Mr Brad Stacey & Sam Lobascher. This provides our boys with firsthand knowledge of what is expected with assignments, and the best support needed. Thank you to the lady and gentlemen for their much appreciated help in this area.


Rugby training with Sam Owen, Jack Towne, Charlie Lane, and Murdoch Johnstone…


Over the weekend of Friday 28th until Sunday 30th July, we have a huge weekend planned for the Rogers boys. Friday is the third Sleepover this year for new 2018 Rogers students, and this is always exciting for the current boys to be a part of. Saturday is Rugby and Basketball v Ipswich Grammar at TSS, followed by a Social at St Hildas for the Year 7s. Then Sunday Mr Browne is taking the boys on a Mystery Excursion for the whole day. If parents are looking at leave that weekend, it would be great if they could return their son back early (by 8am) to join us on the Sunday, or come back after 5pm when we have returned for a big day out in Northern NSW. More details later…

On another note, Mr Ian Browne will be on Long Service at the end of this term till middle of Term 4 (8th September till 17th October). Any concerns or issues, please contact Leigh Holtsbaum directly, as he will be the main contact in my absence.

Finally, lock into the diary this date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017. We are hoping to have our end of year House Presentation evening in Rogers on the final Wednesday of Term 4 (22nd November). This is a special night for the graduating Year 7s, and a night not to miss. Claim this date, and more details closer to the time…


All the best,


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