Re­hbein re­flects on roles

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

SHARED HIS­TORY: For­mer school cap­tain Scott Re­hbein.

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