Time for a song in Miss Pickering’s honour Friday 12 June 2015 General Rose Court Head of Rose Court Anne Pickering will leave with a lasting memento of her 25 years at the school when she retires at the end of term. Children and staff teamed up and recorded a CD as a tribute to Miss Pickering, whose love of music has been an inspiration to creative life at Rose Court. In a day long recording session all the children, from nursery to year 2, took their turn singing their hearts out in year groups or altogether, performing songs directed from the piano by music teacher Mrs Chris Turner. Mrs Turner said: “The CD will be dedicated to Anne Pickering, as a tribute from everyone at Rose Court on her retirement. I chose the title Time for a Song because Anne has always been so incredibly supportive of music and in Rose Court there has always been ‘time for a song’!” On hearing of the dedication Miss Pickering said: “It’s a great honour and there’s nothing I would rather be associated with more than music. Music teaches so many other skills – listening, cooperation, teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. “A musical school is a good school – children can develop a love of music that stays with them for life.” Mike Gibbons, GSAL’s principal and chief executive, said: “Anne has been an outstanding head teacher, who is very loved and respected by pupils, parents and staff. Many of our senior pupils started their school career with Anne at Rose Court and think of her with great affection. “We are sorry to see her go and are full of gratitude, and wish her a long and happy retirement.” The CD was professionally recorded by School Recording Stars and will be available from Rose Court at the end of term. A competition to design the cover was won by year 2 pupil Dimitra Pountou. Anne Pickering’s successor as head of Rose Court will be current deputy head Mrs Jo Hall.