Christmas tree winners announced

February 26, 2024 BY

Back row: School Captain Mason and Mayor Sullivan. Front row: Arts Leaders Liliana and Jackson. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE City of Greater Geelong has announced Herne Hill Primary School as the winner of the City’s School Christmas Tree Competition for 2023.

This year’s contest saw participation from 30 schools, but it was Herne Hill’s festive creation that captured the hearts and imaginations of the community, earning the title of the most popular tree.

The competition, which has become a cherished tradition in the community, drew an impressive turnout with over 1,600 votes cast, some by international visitors.

Mayor Trent Sullivan said he was thrilled to announce that Herne Hill Primary School had won the City’s School Christmas Tree competition.

“Competing against 30 other schools, their tree was voted the most popular for 2023,”

Cr Sullivan said.

At the forefront of Herne Hill Primary School’s success were the dedicated Year 5 and 6 students who, during Art Club time, committed 10-15 hours to meticulously decorating their tree.

“With over 1,600 votes cast, including some from international visitors, we’re so proud of the Herne Hill Primary School Year 5 and 6 students who dedicated 10-15 hours to decorate it during Art Club time,” Cr Sullivan said.

“This was a voluntary activity, and their teamwork truly shines through. Congratulations to all involved!”

The school Christmas trees were showcased at the Johnstone Park forecourt from Monday 13 November until Sunday 7 January.

In an exciting new addition last year, the City introduced QR codes for visitors to cast their votes for their favourite school tree.