Rehbein reflects on roles
WHEN you consider unbreakable connections between local people and Childers State School, look no further than Scott Rehbein’s family.
While there are likely others in the district who have a similarly shared history with the town’s primary school, Mr Rehbein has a connection that goes all the way back to the Second World War.
“My grandmother Elaine finished school in 1946,” Mr Rehbein said.
Elaine Everett could never have imagined how the school would play a part in future generations.
Her daughter Dianne followed in Mrs Everett’s footsteps and went through the school, finishing in 1970, while Mr Rehbein captained the school in 1992.
The family connection continues, with Mr Rehbein meeting his now-wife Leigh in primary school and their children Jackson and Cooper now students.
Mr Rehbein said he looked fondly back at his schooling and his experience as captain had helped shape the rest of his life.
“Mrs Philpott (Robyn, current principal) and Mr Martin (Warren, former teacher) actually encouraged me to do it,” Mr Rehbein said.
“I hadn’t really thought about it beforehand.
“You had to get together as a class and vote for the captains and when most of the class voted for me, I thought that maybe I could do it.”
Mr Rehbein excelled in the role, enjoying one of the best years of his life as he performed on the sporting field – earning the age champion title – and grew in confidence as a person.
“I was always a quiet kid but I had to talk a lot in front of people,” he said.
“It really helped me to develop.”
SHARED HISTORY: Former school captain Scott Rehbein.