After 31 years of continuous service to Southern Hills, Armadale Christian College and Emmaus Christian School it is time to honour Jean Tidy as she says farewell to Southern Hills.
Mrs Tidy has served the College in a number of areas over the years, most recently as the College Librarian. She has been a leader at the College for an entire generation of young people and as College we want to celebrate her achievements.
Mrs Tidy began at Emmaus back in 1987 and was a pioneer for Christian education in Bedfordale, providing help and support for staff at all stages of their career. She travelled to the Philippines on the inaugural Leavers2Leaders trip in 2009, she attended countless School Balls and always was on hand to help set up and pack down from the College’s largest celebrations – awards nights, valedictories and the Hills Heartbeat Festival.
Jean Tidy will always hold a place in the memories of the staff, students and parents at Southern Hills. She has seen many staff come and go, many students graduate through the College and she can now relax in retirement, knowing that the College is thriving.
Many staff at the College have sought advice and learned from the resilience of Jean Tidy. She is a persevering character in an industry that entertains many transient staff. She has never wavered from the manner in which to raise children: have clear expectations, give advice where necessary and treat every child as gift from God.
One of Mrs Tidy’s most enduring memories at the College is story time in the library. Her expressive voices and clear diction infuse life into every book and students as young as four years of age are enthralled and enthused by her weekly narratives.
The College will celebrate Jean Tidy’s achievements with her and her contributions to SCEA in the coming weeks.