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The Crying Stone is a local beauty spot in the village of Ilesi, about 12 kilometres from Shalom Academy.

The stone is about forty metres tall – a large boulder balanced on a column of rock with occasional water flowing from a groove in the centre.

The rock formation resembles a head resting on shoulders and, from certain angles, looks like a person crying.

In recent years the tracks made by the water running down the rock face have been more visible because the Crying Stone is often dry. It hasn’t cried continually for years, many blaming the planting of eucalyptus trees that suck up large amounts of groundwater.

But none of that bothered grades 5 & 6 who visited on their first ever field trip to the stone. They were much more interested in the myth that says the stone portrays the image of a jilted woman who is in constant mourning.