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Memorial Planting for Queen Elizabeth II

Southlands British International School students and staff  today joined thousands around the world in an act of remembrance and celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. 

We have planted an olive tree in our Library garden: a symbol both of Italy and of peace, in memory of the unifying spirit of  the late monarch and her commitment  to sowing the seeds of peace and tolerance across the world. A tranquil reminder of the beauty of nature, a shady place to stop and read, or to catch a pause on a busy day: we hope that this will become a spot close to the hearts of many in our community.  It is a place where people may gather to talk across languages, cultures and generations, and to enjoy a sense of gratitude for the beauty around us.

Head teacher Mrs Del Federico commented:

“What more fitting tribute to an iconic leader and ambassador for peace and unity, than this, beautiful olive tree which we have planted today.  Just as the Queen  represented constancy and longevity, so too this tree which will grow and thrive under the sunny skies of Southlands provides a living celebration of her reign”