Gathering of the clans

FAMILIES of orchardists will be among past students posing for a generational school photo shoot on Sunday.

The historic event will begin at 9.30am as part of centenary celebrations for Pickering Brook Primary School.

Teacher Julie Holland said the school was seeking memorabilia from former students and their families for an exhibition of work over the decades.

Kindy student Ayrton King (3) is the fourth generation of the Giumelli family to attend the school.

His father Stephen King attended from 1987-1994 and his mother Melissa King (nee Giumelli) from 1989-1996.

Melissa�s mother Maria Giumelli (Raponi) arrived in the area in 1968 and was on the school roll from 1968-1971.

Ayrton�s parents still live in Pickering Brook and his grandparents Mario and Maria Giumelli continue to work in the family orchards.

His three great-grandmothers also live in the Pickering Brook area.

His paternal great-grandmother Mary Arasi (nee Scolaro) also attended the school from 1945 until the early 1950s, along with four generations of her family.

Meanwhile, the Beard family school run begins with Mac Beard, who was born in Pickering Brook and attended his local primary from 1936.

�My children Garry, Sue and Trevor have attended PBPS, as have my grandchildren Liam, Erin, Jade, Chloe, Mitchell and Evan, and also my great-grandchildren Angelina and Laura,� Mr Beard said.

�My mother attended PBPS and I cannot think of a better place in Australia to bring up a family and hope to remain here till I die.�

Next in line is the O�Meagher family of orchardists.

�I�m a third-generation Pickering Brook resident,� Leisha Post said.

�I attended PBPS from 1985 to 1992 and my children Taylah and Chloe are current students in Years 4 and 3.�