A TEARFUL celebration was held at St Mary’s in Greenfield to wish goodbye to headmistress of 12 years Helen Rowland.
Mrs Rowland takes up a new post in April as Academies Improvement Officer with Focus Education at Talking Point, Scouthead, and is replaced by Suzanne Hall, deputy head since 2002.
Pupils gathered in the school hall for the farewell presentation, along with parents, colleagues and staff, to perform tributes they had prepared.
Reception Class started with a song ‘we will miss you, come back soon’ accompanied by maracas, and wished her well for the future through video clips.
Year One picked out her best qualities and sang ‘Mrs Rowland you’re a star’ before guitar group played the Titanic theme tune and a Spanish dance.
Year Two presented a poem they had written in groups, while Year Three preformed ‘Mrs Rowland’s Rap’ and praised the ‘tip-top, hip-hop, cool kind queen’.
The brass group, which has performed Bridgewater Hall at the Greenfield Christmas lights switch-on after being brought in by Mrs Rowland almost three years ago, played two pieces.
They were followed by Year Four singing and dancing to ‘One way or another’ before Year Five recited their poem ‘The very best of Mrs Rowland’.
‘Yo Mrs Rowland’ was the rap piece from Year Six and the Spotlight Choir rounded off the celebration with ‘Never forget where you’re coming from’ to a tearful audience.
Vanessa Norcliffe, chair of governors, thanked Mrs Rowland for her dedication since joining in 2001, before PTFA Jason Taylor read snapshots from the children and led ‘three cheers’.
Flowers were presented by former St Mary’s pupils and the popular headmistress was given a painting of the school by local artist David Ford on behalf of governors.