At the end of Term 4, 2018, we had the pleasure of accepting a Lone Pine Tree that has been donated by the Nanango RSL Sub Branch. Our students, teachers, local counsellor and representatives from the RSL held a ceremony to plant the iconic tree.
The Lone Pine Tree has a special meaning and is planted in honour of all the soldiers that fought at Gallipoli and other conflicts.
The original Lone Pine was a solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915. The Turks felled the Gallipoli Pines and used them to cover their trenches. After the battle, some of the Australian soldiers sent pines from the trees home to their families. A Lone Pine Tree can be found in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.
Further information can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/lone