Alvie oak tree sapling has roots at Gallipoli

Alvie Consolidated School pupil Charlotte Little helped teacher Amanda Falkiner plant a Gallipoli oak tree at the school. The tree commemorates the Anzac centenary.

Alvie Consolidated School pupil Charlotte Little helped teacher Amanda Falkiner plant a Gallipoli oak tree at the school. The tree commemorates the Anzac centenary.

ALVIE Consolidated School pupils have planted a Gallipolli oak tree to commemorate the Anzac centenary.

The Victorian branch of the National Trust selected Alvie as one of 500 primary schools to participate in a Gallipoli Oaks Project.

Colac RSL president Ian Morgan joined teachers and students at the school for the tree planting ceremony last week.

lvie Consolidated School pupils gathered to show respect for Anzac soldiers at a tree planting ceremony.

Alvie Consolidated School pupils gathered to show respect for Anzac soldiers at a tree planting ceremony.

Principal Richard Szmidel said his school was honoured to be part of the project.

“I strongly believe in maintaining the respect and awareness that the soldiers and their families deserve for making the ultimate sacrifice for all of us,” he said.

“With this tree, students and the community can share a link to the event in Gallipoli.”

National Trust environmental heritage advocate Anna Foley said an Australian soldier’s experience of war inspired the project.

“Captain Winter Cooke remembered that his uncle Samuel in Hamilton was a bit of a tree enthusiast and sent a package of rare acorns to him from Gallipoli almost 100 years ago,” she said.

“Schools will plant seedlings that are direct descendants of those acorns from Gallipoli, and in doing so, will have their own direct link to the environment that the soldiers endured during their campaign.”

Schools can find out more about the project at www.gallipolioaks.org

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