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Summary of Musicnet to 22 Oct 2021

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By MartinEmo




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The term has started and in my communication and conversations with teachers around the entire country I hear examples of fatigue, brown-out and frustration. In my conversations with those supporting teachers, for example those at the Ministry of Education, NZQA and a local music retail store I hear similar echoes but of course their challenges are different in that they don’t have classrooms (virtual or face-to-face) of students. Being part of the online MENZA conference in the holidays was a great opportunity to reconnect with teachers from around the country (and overseas). The range and content of the workshops was awesome. Perhaps it also filled a small need to meet with colleagues outside of our small bubbles and be enriched by the knowledge of others. 


I know that Term 4 is hectic, so I hope that you are all planning on taking a real break over Christmas. Do something musical for yourself perhaps? 


A reminder that if you are needing support, to reach out to your colleagues in your region or around the country, to your senior leadership, your local PPTA/NZEI rep, someone at MENZA or message someone on the musicnet list. If you don’t know who to help with your question, then just email me directly and I’ll put you in touch with someone.  Other options are Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354, Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757, Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116, Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666


Summary to 22 October 2021


General (for all Music Levels)
As prize givings creep around the corner like students standing at the door waiting for the bell to go, the thread of the week is a discussion about live streaming options for schools. There is also an offer from Alex to help you out. 
The L3 Mask mandate for schools next week had some clarification from the Ministry of Education. Make sure your itinerant teachers are aware they can’t travel among schools. 
Do you run a combined music/performing arts technology class in Year 10 instead of in Year 11? 
Shaun is looking for confidential indications of low decile music budgets




Applications close for joining the Music SEG for Level 2 and Level 3 on the 25th Oct
Jo had a question about Scholarship music. 
A reminder about the scholarship due date
Erin had a curly question about gathering evidence whilst being on the AKL/Waikato boundary. 
Saali is looking for some new inspiration for L3 Examine the influence of context


Professional Development and Events
If you’re in Christchurch this weekend, then the annual Big Band Festival has opportunities for teachers and students with the concerts and workshops. 
All of the videos from the online MENZA conference in the 2nd week of the holidays are now up on www.menza.co.nz. You’ll need to be a member (starting at $34.50 per year). If you’ve forgotten your password, email admin@menza.co.nz
Auckland University is holding an online workshop on Jazz Studies in Aotearoa 4-6pm 28th Oct. 


Lots of opportunities for students and Ukulele in Term 4 with the awesome Uke-Can-Do-It songwriting competition for Yr1-13 students. Entries close 5 Nov. 
Kinds Online Singalong virtual choir competition is open and closes 26 Nov. 
New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds auditions close 6th Nov






Looking for work
Lee, a highly experienced classroom teacher is returning to NZ and looking for work in AKL, Waikato, Bay of Plenty. 


Ngā mihi


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Martin Emo
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