Teacher exiting stage a final time

"When I started, drama wasn't an accepted subject, it was just something you did in your spare time"

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Saying goodbye... Mountainview High School drama teacher Elizabeth Grubb (left) will retire next month after 30 years at the school. Her former Mountainview High School drama pupil, Catherine Smith (right), will take the reins at the start of term three. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS

by Al Williams

Mountainview High School drama teacher Elizabeth Grubb is signing off after 30 years at the school.
Mrs Grubb started at the school in 1988 and has also worked alongside numerous schools and institutions including the South Canterbury Drama League and the former Aoraki Polytechnic in an effort to expand performing arts in the region.
She received a Queen’s Service Medal in 2008 for services to drama education in the community.
Her husband, Bill, who also taught in Timaru, also received a Queen’s Service Medal in the same year for services to music and the community.
Mrs Grubb said she had retied in 2012, aged 65, but went back to Mountainview at the beginning of 2016 to cover for a teacher who was taking maternity leave.
She had since been commuting from Christchurch to Timaru.
She intends to travel overseas to see family in the United Kingdom and United States next month.
“When I started, drama wasn’t an accepted subject, it was just something you did in your spare time,” Mrs Grubb said.
“We had to fight to make it part of the curriculum.”
Mrs Grubb said drama was now an important part of the school curriculum.
“Drama gives skills for life, it is a team effort and there is much more opportunity now for people coming out into the world.”
Former drama students had stayed in touch and gone on to “make their way in performing arts around the world”, she said.
Mrs Grubb will continue working in theatre in Christchurch when she returns from her overseas holiday in October.