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ANZAC spirit right at the heart of primary school art

Friday, April 10, 2015

The call of bugles will replace the final school bell at One Tree Hill Primary School today as it marks the ANZAC centenary with the unveiling of a commemorative public art mural depicting a soldier and his horse in a field of red poppies.

One Tree Hill Primary School Principal, Sharyn Roberts, said the colourful art piece held special significance for the school which maintains a strong connection to ANZAC history through the Light Horse Brigade, and would be joined at the service by a mounted trouper in the full uniform of an early 1900’s infantryman.

“Today is an important occasion for our students who have spent the last few weeks learning about the ANZACs and brainstorming ideas about how we could memorialise their legacy in our school,” Ms Roberts said.

“The mural itself, which is on the side of a rainwater tank, was coordinated by a parent who worked with students from Reception to Year 7 to create a striking public art piece that will help students to connect with one of the most significant events to shape Australian history.

“As well as participating in the unveiling, students have crafted wreaths to be laid at the base of the tank with each class also planting seedlings of rosemary – an herb traditionally worn on ANZAC Day.

“The service will include the reading of Phil Cummings’ book ‘ANZAC Biscuits’, ‘The Last Post’, one minute’s silence and the ‘The Rouse’ called out on the bugle.

“We hope that in creating this permanent visual reminder, we can ensure that the legacy of the ANZACs stays at the heart of our school for many generations to come.”

Ms Roberts said the community in One Tree Hill had a deeply entrenched military history, due to family ancestors who fought or were involved in training of horses for the Light Horse Brigade, and also the Royal Australian Airforce Base Edinburgh.

As well as the Light Horse trooper and his horse, a number of parents who are currently active in the defence force will also join the service dressed in full uniform and displaying their medals.

Media note: The service will take place at One Tree Hill Primary School, McGilp Road, One Tree Hill, from 1.40pm to 2.00pm today.