Jones tradition rings true

TEACHING at Bendigo South East College is a running tradition in the Jones family.

Margaret Jones taught home economics at the college when it was known as Flora Hill Girls School during the 1970s.

In the late 1980s and during her final year of teaching, Mrs Jones was joined by her son Lloyd Jones, a teacher of maths and science.

At the start of the year, Mr Jones' daughter and Mrs Jones' granddaughter Caitlin took up a teaching position at the school.

Mrs Jones said she had fond memories of teaching alongside her son.

Mr Jones agreed.    

"She would make me lunch being a home economics teacher," he said.

"She looked after me.

"I suppose it is pretty special."

She would make me lunch being a home economics teacher.

Lloyd Jones

"I was able to keep an eye on him," Mrs Jones said.

"I remember when he was introduced as a new staff member.

"There was another Lloyd Jones and the principal (at the time) said it was important not to confuse the two of them.

"It became the joke of the year."

Mrs Jones travelled to Australia from Wales with her husband while he completed a two-year teaching exchange.

She said the pair decided to stay permanently but added the school had changed enormously. 

"All the buildings are different," she said. 

"It is completely different to when I taught."

Caitlin Jones, an English and humanities teacher, completed her first year of teaching in Swan Hill before moving to BSE. 

During her primary school years, she attended Flora Hill Primary School and said she could remember waiting at the college for her dad to finish work for the day.

"I would come over and wait for dad to finish," she said. 

"I have spent a lot of time at the school." 

She said her year seven class often joked about her dad being a teacher at the school.

"Dad took my year seven class at the end of last year, before I started," she said.

"They joke about it all the time." 

Mr Jones said he was pleased when his daughter was offered a job at the college. 

"It was good," he said. 

"I was really happy for her.

"It has become a bit of a family get together."

Miss Jones said she loved teaching at the college. 


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