NULLAWARRE Primary School pupils yesterday commemorated the Anzac centenary by planting an oak tree directly descended from a tree at Gallipoli.
The school’s 46 pupils and parents gathered to plant the tree, lay a wreath and observe a minute’s silence before the day’s lessons started.
The tree planting was part of a statewide commemoration that saw hundreds of schools plant trees that were propagated from oaks that grew at Gallipoli 100 years ago.
The “grandparent” trees were grown from acorns originally sent to Australia by soldiers fighting at Gallipoli. The National Trust identified the trees and initiated the project, which was backed by $10,000 of government funding.
Other schools in the region that took part were Terang College, Koroit Primary, St Patrick’s Camperdown, St Patrick’s Primary Port Fairy, Kings College Warrnambool, Lismore Primary, Hamilton Greys St Primary and Good Shepherd College Hamilton.
Nullawarre Primary School acting principal Kath Tanner praised the scheme and said it would provide a lasting tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli, many of them from the region.