Greg Barker, New Head Of Secondary, Britannica International School

  • 17 Sep 2018 11:38 AM
Greg Barker, New Head Of Secondary, Britannica International School
Greg studied Drama at the University of Leeds and started his teaching career in Kingston upon Hull in 1989 and has worked the length and breadth of the country, and, for the past few years, in China and the Middle East.

Greg is a keen juggler and, with encouragement and a little Dutch courage, can juggle fire, occasionally managing to avoid burning himself at all!  He earned his Equity card as a stand-up comedian which is about the best preparation for teaching he can think of. 

Greg is a strong family man and has three children and two granddaughters and is very happy to be moving much closer to home, although his middle son is carrying on the family business and has just taken up an English teaching post in China.

Greg is a keen cyclist and has completed the140 mile Coast to Coast route in England a couple of times, though is not convinced his legs will get him up the hill to Britannica, we’ll see!

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
 I arrived on the 6th of August to take up post as the Head of Secondary at Britannica International School

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
I have previously worked in Chengdu in South West China, Kuwait and most recently in the UAE

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
The heat initially, which is odd as I’ve just come from the extreme heat of the Middle East. I have also been taken by how green the city is, particularly where I live next to Varosmajor Park

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
It depends on the friends-most will definitely be visiting the ruin bars though I think my granddaughters will love the castle area and the musical fountain on Margaret Island.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
I’ve not sampled enough to say yet but actually our school lunches are fabulous, I particularly enjoyed spicy sausage last week!

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Lurpak, Greek yoghurt and there are almost always ice lollies in my freezer.

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
I haven’t learned many yet but jo napot seems a good place to start.

8. What do you miss the most from home?
My family of course, not much else – next day Amazon deliveries would be good.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I wouldn’t swap being a teacher for the world, but if pushed I could be tempted by travel writing

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
I’ve always thought that being an undertaker probably takes a set of skills that I don’t really have.  I’d also be a terrible nurse!

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
This summer was the beautiful gift of home blessed with very untypical British weather. When you live and work abroad, home is sometimes the most relaxing place to be.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
One or two of our neighbouring countries or  here in Hungary – open to recommendations.

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
I was a very keen sailor growing up, and was also a big fan of The Clash

14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
I can’t keep chocolate in the house, it calls to me until it’s all eaten!

15. Red wine or white?

16. Book or movie?
Book, every time!

17. Morning person or night person?
Definitely morning, I can’t wait to get up!

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
 stand up for equal rights and will challenge sexism whenever I come across it.

19. Buda side or Pest side?
Buda to live, Pest to play!

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 
Suck the marrow out of life!

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