Gallipoli Oak growing at Jamieson Primary School

SPECIAL PLACE: Students of Jamieson Primary School (from left) Mitchell Russell, Michael Burrows, Loki Konyn, Abi Heron, Breanna Hall, Bella Cervi-Bolwell, Jeremy Hall (back), Jessica Nelson, Harper Russell, Lily Kerr, Taki (rear), Lily Burrows were joined by (from back, left) Mansfield RSL president Bruce Bingham, school principal Genevieve Bolwell, Tony Dennis and Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) for the planting of the Gallipoli Oak tree and placing of a commemorative rock and plaque.

JAMIESON was one of 500 primary schools participating in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria’s) Gallipoli Oaks Project, with the school planting its very own special oak tree last Wednesday.

The ceremony took place in the Jamieson school arboretum, with Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) and Mansfield RSL sub-branch president Major (Retired) Bruce Bingham in attendance.

“This will be a lasting tribute from the current students, placed within the school grounds to those who fought and died at Gallipoli,” school principal Genevieve Bolwell said.

She said she could think of no more fitting memorial for the 100th Anzac Day anniversary.

Ms Bolwell also outlined to more than 20 residents who attended the tree planting that each student had been given the name of a local who had served during World War I – either never returning home or returned to live their full lives.

Students then made a small cross with the name of that soldier on it to be placed at the foot of the tree during last week’s little ceremony.

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