Sisters Martina and Sophie Jacobs were recognised at Cherbourg’s NAIDOC Week celebrations for their work educating children at Cherbourg State School, and will be farewelled on August 8

July 28, 2014

By Marcus Priaulx
Barambah PaCE

Martina and Sophie Jacobs will leave Cherbourg State School on Friday, August 8 with a legacy of achievement.

They have provided almost 74 years of service at the school between them, as a teacher and teacher aide respectively.

The two sisters were the inaugural teachers of the school’s Cultural Education Centre which began three years ago.

It’s believed to be the first such centre in a Queensland school.

Principal Peter Sansby said Martina and Sophie were given free reign to run it with their knowledge of local, State and federal issues.

“They’ll be remembered as amazing role models; an inspiration to the community,” Peter said.

“They were trail blazers in the education field and hopefully their legacy of the cultural education programme will continue well into the future.”

The sisters will now have their service acknowledged with a special presentation at the school’s NAIDOC celebrations.

The school will host Murgon State School students on August 8, and each class will host an activity.

The celebration will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm, with a barbecue lunch provided, and everybody is welcome.

“Our aim is to make this a great last day for Martina and Sophie, but we hope they’ll continue to drop in from time to time,” Peter said.

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