Sabbatical Term 2

Jeni Little
The beat goes on…Jeni Little our HOD Music is further developing her love of music and education with a sabbatical in Term 2, in order to write a report which will be shared with the Ministry of Education and with key agencies in the NZ Music Industry group.

Although Term 1 has now come to an end, Jeni keeps up the tempo with a busy schedule, earlier this week Jeni had the privilege to consult for the Ministry of Heritage and Culture with other members of the music industry to prepare a report for Prime Minister Ardern about needs of music education in NZ and the needs of the music Industry to enhance the potential of NZ music internationally.

Jeni will spend some time visiting schools in Australia, where this method is embedded and will write a report summarising what she has learned and how it can be applied in a NZ context.

“After 31 years in the classroom (I’ve taught 121 school terms, 42 of them at GBHS) I have the luxury of a term out of the classroom to research the Musical Futures Program, and to rejuvenate.”

Jeni is incredibly grateful for the support of the school to be able to do this and is excited to look more deeply at this style of music teaching pedagogy which is working well in the UK and Australia.

She also met one of her musical idols – Jon Toogood from Shihad – “who is absolutely passionate about music education – it was an absolute pleasure to be part of this group and wonderful to hear the support from the industry for music education.”

Green Bay High School music students will be in good hands, under the expertise of Dan Sperber during Term 2.

We wish Jeni all the best on her exciting journey!