Old school family ties at Eden Hill Primary

The Jacques family: Marylyn (centre) with her grandchildren (top) Elijah (12), Levi (10), Jemimah (6), Noah (11) and (bottom) Lily (6). Picture: Julian Wright
The Jacques family: Marylyn (centre) with her grandchildren (top) Elijah (12), Levi (10), Jemimah (6), Noah (11) and (bottom) Lily (6). Picture: Julian Wright

MEMBERS of the Jacques family have been sitting at the desks, walking the halls and playing on the equipment of Eden Hill Primary School for 60 consecutive years.

The school, which celebrated its centenary this year, has had one or more member of every generation of the family since the mid 1950s complete their primary education there, with one returning to be a teacher’s assistant.

Matriarch Marylyn Jacques started her education at the school in 1956, one year after her brother. She later secured a job at the school and for 32 years has worked there while her grandchildren attended.

“There hasn’t been a gap of even one year; I have never heard of anything like this before,” she said.

“I have five brothers and my youngest brother is only two years older than my son, so when he began school, two years later my son began school, so that’s why it has been the continuous 60 years.

“My daughter was in Year 1 when I started working here.”

Ms Jacques said the family’s ties with the school were unlikely to break soon.

“My daughter’s not here, she’s in Townsville, but when she comes back she hopes to bring her children here,” she said.

“I’m at retiring age but am keen to keep working here as long as my grandchildren are here; if I wasn’t working here I would volunteer here.”

Ms Jacques said she had seen many changes to the school over the years.

“A lot of staff have gone through here and principals; I was here when there was a big bell instead of the siren. We had to ring the bell,” she said.

“A lot of this area was all bush when I first moved here, so we came to school walking through the bush.”

The school will hold a grand opening assembly and morning tea for its centenary path made with personalised brick pavers on November 20 from 8.30am. Call 0400 212 507 or email morrinatt@bigpond.com.