House Rules stars Josh and Brandon Jarius had their photo taken with lucky class Year 3/4B and teacher Sandii Barsby when they visited their former school, Maryborough West.
House Rules stars Josh and Brandon Jarius had their photo taken with lucky class Year 3/4B and teacher Sandii Barsby when they visited their former school, Maryborough West. Boni Holmes

Our chippies rule at old school grounds

BEFORE heading back to the finals of House Rules, chippie brothers Josh and Brandon Jarius dropped into their old stomping grounds where they offered some sage advice.

The boys were invited to assembly at Maryborough West State School which they attended from preschool to Year 7.

The students, staff and parents cheered the boys as they were escorted into the hall by their school mascot Wirak.

Teachers Sandii Barsby and Maria Brown, who taught the boys, presented a PowerPoint presentation using photos of the young chippies.

During their time at the school they were active participants in many school activities including eisteddfods, camps and sports.

It was noted on parade that Brandon played the French horn and Josh was cast as the lead role in the school musical Last Knight's Story as Sir Gary, where Mrs Barsby taught him all his dance moves and Ms Brown assisted with the musical.

"It's pretty cool to be back especially back at our original school that we started off at," Brandon said.

"We did preschool to Year 7 here."

Josh said it was pretty surreal coming back.

"Everything has changed a bit," Josh said.

"We actually just found our paver with our name on it here, so it was pretty cool."

The boys who thought they were going to make it through to the next stage said it was disappointing to leave everyone at the show.

"We had become a big family," Josh said.

"After spending such a long time with everyone was pretty hard to say goodbye."

Brandon said they had experienced a lot on the show.

"As builders we have built a lot of things, but we built all sorts of things like furniture and garden things which was pretty cool," he said.

The PowerPoint brought tears to the boys' mum Sue, who attended the assembly with her parents and daughter Tayla.

"Coming back to school would be emotional for them - Josh said 'so much has happened in 10 years'," Sue said.

"I missed them and they were homesick too because they had never been away for that long.

"The boys were so humble through the whole thing.

"How they came across in television is how they actually are in real life so they weren't bunging any of it on.

"All they wanted was for the houses to be how they think the contestant would love them, they weren't in there to win and be nasty, they were wanting the friends that they made to have something beautiful.

"That's what I was proud of them more than anything."

Josh said what he learned from Maryborough West was how to get along with everyone.

"You learn how to be friendly and that's what we put across on the show and that's how we came across."

Their sage advice to the students was to keep trying and give everything a go.



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