All in the family
BACKin 1910, Edward (Ted) Cocking and Marcella Radel would have enjoyed damper or jam sandwiches for lunch at Coalstoun Lakes State School.
For their great-great-grandson, Quade Farrell, a prep student at the same school, pizza from the tuckshop is best.
His ancestors would have ridden their horses to school, while Quade loves riding bikes and playing in the sandpit at lunchtime.
Mum Kerry said the decision to send Quade, as a fifthgeneration family member, to Coalstoun Lakes was rein- forced at last Friday’s cross country when all the students of their own initiative ran on the outside of the course, giving Quade support.
“I also believe small schools have a higher morale than the bigger schools,” she said.
When Ted and Marcella started at the school, they probably did not imagine it would start a legacy that spanned five generations.
The couple’s daughter, Vivian, attended the school in 1935.
She married fellow student Gilbert Summers and their daughter, Maxene, started at Coalstoun Lakes in 1959.
On the Farrell side, his great-grandfather, Leslie Roy, attended Coalstoun Lakes State School in 1916 and he married fellow student Gladys Seymour, and their son, Tony, started his Coalstoun Lakes schooling in 1952.
For Quade’s parents, Tim and Kerry, enrolment at the Coalstoun Lakes State School skipped a generation as they attended Biggenden and Degilbo State Schools.
Acting principal Lyn Brook said it was “awesome” for the community to have five generations undertake their education and enjoy the small school experience.
SCHOOL SPIRIT: A fifth generation student at the school, Quade Farrell, with teachers Lyn Brook (left) and Nicole Gibbs (right).