A tribute to Monica Hubner
Modern Languages 1956-1962 and 1969-1989
Monica Hubner retired as Head of the Modern Languages Department where she taught German and French. Over 26 years, her energy and commitment benefitted many generations of High School pupils and staff. Her organisational skills produced many overseas trips, from Junior School daytrips to France, foreign exchanges for modern language students, ski trips and even a trip to Russia. In the Centenary year she was particularly busy when, following The Centenary Lunch at the Guildhall in London, the whole School, from Kindergarten to Sixth Form, was sent off in groups, in many directions, to visit places of interest in London.
I think her own words, published in Highlights in 1989, sum up her GHS days very succinctly.
T wenty plus, eager graduate,
H appy in her aspirations,
E mbarks on highly academic teaching post.
H opes high a few years later,
I nto the Head with young P.E. and Music staff.
G ranted permission, first ever ski trip.
H eigh-ho, to Austria, by boat and train.
S hort break, then, to raise two children.
C omes back into a changing world:
H oughton, Baker, National Curriculum.
O ne special landmark – the Centenary.
O ver the years many friends, much laughter,
L asting memories for one who serveth.