All in the fam­ily

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree

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).

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