Grand­mother takes sec­ond re­tire­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

More than 40 years since she first left teach­ing, 83-year-old Yvonne Tiddy is giv­ing re­tire­ment a sec­ond go.

Af­ter leav­ing Firth Pri­mary in 1970, Mrs Tiddy was asked to re­turn as a re­liev­ing teacher and has been do­ing it ever since.

Over the years, she has spent time re­liev­ing at Hin­uera, Firth Pri­mary, Mata­mata Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate, Wal­ton, Wairere, St Paul’s Catholic School, Lich­field, Ti­rau and Ku­ranui.

Mrs Tiddy said she sim­ply ‘‘couldn’t re­sist’’ each time she got a phone call from a prin­ci­pal look­ing for some­one to fill in.

‘‘Teach­ing chil­dren is ir­re­sistible to me,’’ she said.

‘‘ Sec­ond to fam­ily and home, it’s been the most im­por­tant part of my life.

‘‘I meet chil­dren as adults and get a great big hug and smile from them – you just can’t de­scribe the value.’’

Mrs Tiddy’s re­tire­ment was recog­nised at a re­cent New Zealand Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tute meet­ing, where her 23-yearold grand­daugh­ter Re­bekah Bar­doul was also con­grat­u­lated on earn­ing her teach­ing reg­is­tra­tion.

Miss Bar­doul is start­ing out her ca­reer at Ti­rau Pri­mary and said her grand­mother had al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tion to her.

Mrs Tiddy said she would like to thank ‘‘all that have made it so pleas­ant for me all of life’s way’’.

Re­bekah Bar­doul, 23, re­cently earned her teach­ing reg­is­tra­tion, while her 83-year-old grand­mother Yvonne Tiddy re­tired from re­lief teach­ing.

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