Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 7 - 19th March 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

A highlight of this week was the school’s annual Swimming Sports and for those lucky enough to attend, it was a spectacular success. The students were impressive in their participation – both in the water and in helping to run the day. A special mention needs to be made of those senior students who jumped into the pool to support our SEC students in their event. Once again, this is a demonstration of our core value of Respect for Others and an example of leadership through service. These demonstrable actions of both kindness and leadership help to shape our young people into the wonderful adults they will become in our community once they leave school. Huge thanks to Jon Stanhope, Mel Emery and the rest of the PE department for successfully organizing the event, and to the staff who attended at the pools or held the fort back at Trident.

We were also proud of our Service Academy students who returned from their grueling but transformative induction camp this week. For the fourth year in succession Trident won the assault course competition and individual students were also recognized. Talking to the students who shared this experience they spoke of their tiredness but sense of fulfillment; they are now wearing their service academy uniform with particular pride. Staff Shaw was very proud of their efforts on the camp and was pleased to note how cohesive they are now as a group. They are well set up for a successful year in the academy.

Thank you to all those whanau who supported our senior students in their distance learning programme this week on Tuesday. This was an opportunity for our seniors to hone the skills they learnt last year during Covid-19 lockdown. Teachers were pleased that students signed in for their Google meets and our Head Girl, Hinemaringi, commented on it being a useful way of gaining one on one time with key teachers in her learning.

Finally I would like to reiterate our invitation to whanau to attend our Excellence Assembly on Tuesday followed by morning tea. We are very proud of those students who gained Excellence in 2020 – a year which we would all acknowledge as particularly challenging – and we hope this celebration of their efforts stirs them on to high performances this year too.

Have a quiet and safe week-end with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E



  • 22nd - 26th March - Summer Tournament Week
  • Friday 2nd April - Easter Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Thursday 8th April - Cross Country
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2


This coming week we will have a presentation from the Whakapiki Ake team based at Auckland University. This presentation is targeted at senior Maori students who are looking towards a career in the health sciences. The team will be discussing their COACH and MASH programs which are coming up later in this year. Year 11,12 and 13 Maori students are invited to this presentation on Friday 26th March at 9,50am in the library. Students need to sign up in the Careers Hub.

The Royal NZ Navy invites girls in Year 13 to register for their School to Seas adventure. This is a fantastic opportunity for girl to explore what the Navy has to offer. Go to

Across the school students are being encouraged to use My Mahi to record their self reflections, goals and their achievements. This is a great way to make sure you have a record of your activities and achievements in and out of school. My Mahi can also be used to plan and track progress towards your career goals. Go to to check it out.

The new Careers Hub (Te Putahi Mahi) is located next to the library and here you will find Ms Amy Wildash Careers Specialist, Ms Karen Benge and Ms Jeanette Pleitje (Gateway) and Mrs Cindy Lee and Mrs Jenni Manning (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


Our students are taking their "plan for the future" to the next level and going into work experience.

We have Ruby going to Whakatane Roofing, Libby going to New World and pursue her dream of becoming a Baker, Madi going to Allandale School to check out becoming a Primary Teacher, McKenzie going to James Street school where she was welcomed with open arms by her former Deputy Principal who is now the Principal, Laurice going to Fonterra where she will be mentored by the wonderful and passionate Alex Cooper who is a former Trident student and hopefully we will be able to welcome Alex soon as a guest speaker, Ayla is going to watch and learn from the vets at the Veterinary Health Centre and last but not least, Megan who is going to be doing work experience at the Coffee Counsel and already served her first client during our site visit.

Well done to all these wonderful students who are stepping out of their comfort zone and take responsibility for their own learning.

Mrs. Benge and Mrs. Pleijte could not be prouder.


Zymon Marasigan, Lara Marasigan and Bonnie-Marie Davidson-Wetting participated in a Regional Debating Tournament to compete for an opportunity to go to Parliament. These students sat in their own homes and zoomed into the regional debate. They competed against John Paul College, Tauranga Boys, Bethlehem College and Te Puke High School. While we did not win a final placing, their arguments were well structured and delivered with passion and integrity. From this tournament, the members for the Bay of Plenty team are selected and will go onto train with top debaters in New Zealand to compete at Nationals in Wellington at Victoria University and Parliament. This is an incredible opportunity for students with a skill for public speaking to meet other high school debaters and represent their community at a national level. Well done to our students, to adapt to debating via zoom is a different experience but one it seems they took to with the adaptability we see our students demonstrate in this online space.


Many thanks to all the staff who helped make Swimming Sports a huge success.

Our students were incredible and so well behaved. The whole event had a lovely atmosphere and the students' participation was amazing.

The feedback from the Aquatics Centre and members of the community was so positive.

Please see below House Results

Buck - 3555 points

Pomare - 3110 points

Kara - 2365 points

Ngata - 1695 points

Kia manawa nui

Mr Stanhope, HOD PE

Photo credits to our Year 12 students Ellie Perfect, Izzy Steane and SEC Teacher Yvonne Shepherd








Congratulations to all our Champions!!


Kahu Kutia, one of Trident's previous Head Girl's, a storyteller, artist and activist who is interested in kaupapa Maori and climate action work is featured in AKO - The journal for Education Professionals. Click the link below to read Kahu's well written opinion piece in the Environment Issue of the journal. Ka pai Kahu, a great piece that will resonate with many.


After a successful day at our own Trident Athletics Day, we had 30 students qualify to attend the BOP/Mid Island Athletics Champs at Tauranga Domain last Tuesday.

There were over 600 students competing from 24 BOP Schools.

Our students all performed well in their chosen events.

With notable success from:

Senior Boys

- Oliver Ashburn 1st - 400m, 1st - Discus and 2nd - 800m

- Harlym Tule-Melbourne 2nd - Discus

- Quinn McNabb 4th - Long Jump

Junior Boys

- Kanye Kurei 4th - Shot Put

- Oliver Christie 4th - 3000m

Junior Girls

- Makere Smith 1st - Discus

2nd - Shot Put

2nd - Javelin

- Layla Rowland 3rd - Discus

These Students have now qualified for the Waikato/BOP Athletics Championships later in March.


On Monday March 8th, the Trident Golf team travelled to Omokoroa Golf Club in Tauranga for the BOP Secondary Schools Golf Tournament. The team welcomed new Year 9 members Charlie Hayward and Troy McGillivray as well as new senior rookie players Trav Harte and Luka Watson (Year 13) alongside the experience of Tane Howe (Year 12), the boys all played exceptionally well despite very windy and dusty conditions. At one stage the high winds were threatening to stop the competition proceeding.14 school teams from the Bay including Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatane High School teams took part with 80 players competing overall.The two Trident teams performed very well considering the blustery weather with the Senior Boys placing 4th overall in the teams event. The teams were resilient and battled the exposed course all day. The team is now looking refreshed with our junior players Charlie Hayward and Troy McGillivray who both had a great day and represented Trident admirably. Individually, from the 80 competitors, Carson van Asselt placed 5th overall and Tane Howe, Harry Jones and Harry Sheaff all scored well in the eighties, despite the conditions. This was a great end to a trying day. The turnout was one of the largest school draws in recent years and the team shows great potential for 2021.

The team would also like to thank Mr Bevan Porter for assisting the group at the tournament. Bay of Plenty Golf is going from strength to strength and we look forward to the coming school events at Kawerau and Te Puke in May and August.


It was great to see our Junior Boys Football team giving it their all in a preseason match vs Mokoroa All Stars Academy in preparation for the Wellington Preseason Trip. They played in their training kit and look forward to representing Trident in Blue next week. The future of Football at Trident is looking as sharp as ever!


Trident High School entered 2 teams into the BOP Secondary Schools Touch Tournament which was held at Whakatane’s Rex Morpeth park Tuesday 16 March 2021. This was the first time in a number of years that the Whakatane Touch Association were given the opportunity to hold the event. Tournament Director George Rogers is a stalwart for both Whakatane and BOP Touch and it was great to see him organising and being involved in a game he has spent so many years of his life involved with. George is also a very strong advocate for Junior Touch and being supportive of local youth players. It was also great to see many of the Whakatane Touch Association committee involved in either running the tournament or officiating games.

Trident has spent a number of years now involved in the BOP Touch champs and it was great to see some of our students on display today. The boys team started the day with a great win against Te Puke High School (new entrants to this sport and tournament) and unfortunately went down by 1 try against Tauranga Boys College Seniors in the second game. The 3rd game saw Trident Boys' meet Rotorua Boys' High School in which this has traditionally been a very tough game. This was the case again with Trident coming so close to scoring tries but missing out on the final pass or a strong defender closing the gap. The boys lost this game and found that they needed to beat Tauranga Boys College Juniors to finish the day in 3rd position. The boys dominated their final game against Tauranga Boys College Juniors and finished 3rd in the tournament. Thank you very much to Tamarau Karepa and Tutonga Waaka for overseeing the boys team and Matua Toko Waaka for managing the team. Standout players for the day were Dahrius Tahu, Te Huaki Kurei, Caleb Rapana and Darntaye Coake.

The girls struggled at the start of the day with a number of girls pulling out of the team and the need to gain other students to play. This meant we were redeveloping players in order to create a manageable team. The girls played Tauranga Girls College in the first game and this was a tough battle with Trident coming out on top 6-4. The second game was against Rotorua Girls High School and again a very strong defence game from the team. The girls won 6-3. The 3rd game was against Te Puke High School which saw Trident dominate the game winning 12-0. The final game was against Te Wharekura o Ruatoki and both teams were evenly matched and hadn't lost a game throughout the day. However, Ruatoki played very well and won the game 5-4 which meant they placed first and Trident finishing 2nd. Standout players for Trident were Georgina Rangi, Charlice Bryce, Kyra Maui-Black.

Again, a big thank you to all our whanau and supporters and look forward to the BOP Secondary Schools Touch Tournament for Mixed teams in 2 weeks time.

Matua Mike TK


On Tuesday 23rd March from 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Sheree Kearney from the Whakatane District Council will be visiting Trident to discuss the council's Waste Management and Minimization Plan. The council is keen to share this information and get feedback from students. All students interested in the environment and our effect on it are invited to attend and to sign up for the meeting with Mr Andrew or Mr Dobbin. There will be a number of activities and interesting tasks for you to do. Act for sustainability today!


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