CONNECTION: Greg Ellis with his granddaughter Breanna, 11, and his son Anthony at Coutts Crossing Public School. Four generations of the Ellis family, including Greg’s parents, have attended the school. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
CONNECTION: Greg Ellis with his granddaughter Breanna, 11, and his son Anthony at Coutts Crossing Public School. Four generations of the Ellis family, including Greg’s parents, have attended the school. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Generations celebrate 100 joyful school years

COUTTS Crossing Public School student Breanna Ellis wears black lace-up shoes and white socks to school each day.

When her dad, Anthony, attended the school, he'd take his boots off at the first given chance - often before he walked in the gate.

When her grandfather, Greg, went to the school in the 1950s he didn't even own a pair of shoes.

Though the uniforms have changed, the teachers have moved on and the playground has grown, the Ellis bloodline has always been present at Coutts Crossing Public School.

The school will celebrate its centenary on Saturday, November 16, and Breanna, Anthony and Greg will be there looking back on the years gone by.

Breanna's great-grandparents attended the school in the 1920s, and the family lives on a property just outside of the Coutts Crossing village.

Greg said he was glad to see his granddaughter enrolled in a small community school.

"I'd prefer to see her here than in town... it's smaller and they look after ya.

"In a small school, you're more of a personality and not just another number, I reckon."

Having said that, it seems Greg was quite the character in his day.

"We got into a bit of mischief when I was at school, but nothing too bad," he said with a chuckle.

"I remember getting into trouble for squirting a fella with a water pistol while he was asleep... I copped six cuts of the cane for that."

Anthony started his education earlier than planned.

His mother, Denise, got a call from the headmaster when Ant was just four years and five months old.

"They called to see if I wanted to enrol him early... They needed one more student on the roll books, otherwise they would lose a teacher," she said.

The centenary celebrations will start at 9am on November 16, and run through to a dinner at the Coutts Crossing Coronation Hall that night.

An open invitation has been extended to all the community, especially those with ties to Coutts Crossing Public School.



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