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.’’