School’s Anzac ties grow

April 26, 2018

Shepparton RSL treasurer Ron Thorp planting the Gallipoli oak seedling at Wilmot Rd Primary School.

Achuei Choi, Kartel Joachim and fellow students place wreaths in front of the oak seedling at the school.

Wilmot Rd Primary School students, staff and parents gathered for singing the Australian national anthem.

Ron Thorp, Zabihullah Haidari, Ebony Styles, Zainub Ziraki and Mechac Vyizigiro.

Shepparton RSL treasurer Ron Thorp at Wilmot Rd Primary School to plant a Lone Pine Oak seedling.

Shepparton RSL treasurer Ron Thorp shows off the schools new Oak and plaque.

Students, teachers and parents gathered at Wilmot Rd Primary School yesterday to plant a Lone Pine oak seedling at the school grounds.

In 2014, a then school teacher applied to the National Trust of Australia to receive a seedling for the upcoming centenary celebrations.

Four years on, the seedling was planted next to the school’s rear playground.

The occasion began with an assembly commemorating the Anzac spirit with poems, The Last Post was played and the national anthem sung.

Shepparton RSL treasurer Ron Thorp spoke at the assembly and planted the seedling.

‘‘I’ve been totally impressed with the day and the amount of research that has gone into it,’’ Mr Thorp said.

‘‘They’ve made a great effort.’’

Wilmot Rd Primary School assistant principal Brendan Kenna said the school was proud of the Anzac education.

‘‘It’s really important for the students to learn their history,’’ Mr Kenna said.

‘‘Receiving a seedling is a huge honour because we are very proud of being a multicultural school where some of our students have come from war-torn countries.

‘‘We have many new Australians and we can help teach them the Australian way, remembering the ultimate sacrifice and the freedom we all enjoy.’’

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