School sows seed of remembrance

Pic of students: Eliza; Occy; Sophie; Kammeryn; Ellen; Annabel; Tom; Angus and Sophie. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Jessica Micallef

St Mary’s Primary School in Lancefield has blossomed into life.

In 2013, the school applied for a Gallipoli Oak seed through the National Trust of Australia’s Gallipoli Oaks Project.

The school received a seedling earlier this year and has since built a remembrance garden with the tree as its centrepiece.

School community liaison leader Jo Shannon said the garden was a touching tribute, designed to honour the lives lost from six school families.

“It’s a beautiful space for quiet time,” Ms Shannon said.

“It’s a special space for people who have lost loved ones.”

She said the school hosted fundraising events and received a generous amount of money from families which assisted with the costs involved with the project.

The garden entrance features fence pickets decorated by pupils.

The school also received a plaque to mark the significance of the tree.

The garden was officially opened during a ceremony at the school last week.