D.J Larsen, 12, left, pictured with his siblings, from left, Hayley, 19, and Alex, 14, and Laura, 16, is the last the fourth generation of his family to finish his primary schooling at Tuntable Creek Public School on Wednesday.
D.J Larsen, 12, left, pictured with his siblings, from left, Hayley, 19, and Alex, 14, and Laura, 16, is the last the fourth generation of his family to finish his primary schooling at Tuntable Creek Public School on Wednesday. Cathy Adams

D.J. is last in a long line

THIS week marks the end of a long relationship between one family and Tuntable Creek Public School.

The Larsen family has been connected to the school for four generations, and now the last in the line, D.J. Larsen, 12, is finishing Year 6 this week and moving on to high school.

D.J.'s paternal great-grandfather helped move the school building in 1922 from The Channon to where it is now, said D.J.'s mother, Lisa Smith.

D.J.'s paternal grandfather and father then proceeded to attend Tuntable Creek Public School for their primary years, as did D.J.'s brother Alex, 14 and sisters Hayley, 19 and Laura, 16.

In another connection, Ms Smith has also worked at the school as a casual teacher for 23 years and now she's moving on to teach elsewhere.

Ms Smith said the move away from the cosy small-school community was bittersweet.

"It's the end of a long era," she said.

Ms Smith had nothing but good words for the school, stating that while there her children "never missed an opportunity" and that one of the best things that they'd enjoyed there was when all the small schools would combine for sports - something she said D.J. had loved.

She said since her family moved out of the area and into Lismore a while ago now, the move for her teaching career came naturally, and with D.J., it's now time for him to move on to Richmond River High School.

Ms Smith said the school had "such a great bunch of kids," many of whom she's known since they were born.



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