PUPILS at Emsworth Primary School were so keen to give their retiring headteacher a good send-off that they wrote and performed a song for her.
Rosie Law, 57, has been headteacher at Emsworth Primary School for almost 10 years.
But after her husband retired from teaching last year, she decided it was a good time to leave.
She said: ‘It’s been very good.
‘I have cherished every moment of being headteacher whether they have been times of challenge to problem-solve or the moment of success when the hard work has paid off.
‘I feel I have made a difference to pupils’ lives. I’m leaving on a high. I have got lots of energy.
‘It’s a very rewarding career. I have always wanted to work with children and I have absolutely loved every moment of it.
‘I feel sad to leave. At the moment I haven’t really got my head around it at all.
‘I have never been out of education since the age of four.
‘I don’t know what the future may bring. It’s a new phase of life.
‘It will be nice to have a regroup and think about what to do with my life next.’
Now, Rosie is looking forward to enjoying her retirement with her husband, spending three weeks taking on the Inca Trail in Peru.
‘It was a planned retirement,’ she added.
‘I was in teaching for nearly 35 years without a stop, apart from two breaks on maternity leave.’
To mark Rosie’s retirement from teaching, an assembly was held.
Many of the children drew pictures of Rosie and she was presented with a large bouquet of flowers.
Her leaving gifts included a set of cut glass, an ebook reader and a garden seat.
The children also composed a song about Rosie leaving the school.
In return, Rosie presented the school with a set of tribal drums, to mark her musical contribution to the school over the years, and she also performed to the children
‘It was emotionally charged,’ she said.
‘It was absolutely wonderful. It couldn’t have been better. The children provided me with all these portraits of me and of themselves which was hilarious.’
A tea party was also organised for Rosie, where people she has worked with throughout her teaching career were invited along.
‘It was lovely that these people made the effort to come to the party. I am very grateful,’ she said.
Steve Leniston, chair of governors at the school, said: ‘During her time at Emsworth Primary School, Rosie has developed a strong, nurturing ethos, and has been very involved in developing music and performance.
‘She has also led a drive to ensure excellent teaching in the school, culminating in children in all year groups achieving the best ever results in assessments this year.
‘The whole school community united to wish Rosie the very best for a long and happy retirement.’
Kate Fripp will take over as headteacher from September.