Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 2 - 5th August 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Education is so much more than what happens in the classroom and Trident is proud of its focus on Education Outside the Classroom and the co-curricular life of the school.

This has been particularly evident this week with the number of groups working beyond the classroom and experiencing a rich variety of educational, sporting and cultural experiences.

Two year ten groups of young scientists visited Moutohora and had fabulous days exploring the island and digging in the sand to find hot water; this is an excellent example of local context learning and we are grateful to the teachers who led the trip.

Glenn Barr, accompanied by our Student Support coordinator, Brendan Stevens, took a group of year ten boys to Wellington for five days. They visited Te Papa, Parliament, Massey University and the Maritime Museum amongst other highlights. For some students this was their first visit to the capital and for others the stop off the Desert Road was their first experience of snow. What an extraordinary opportunity to see more of Aotearoa.

Also this week we had the culmination of weeks of training for our Get2Go teams under the care and guidance of Helen Dobbin, Marc Camburn and Tracey Webster with the regional finals. The teams put in total commitment and effort, and although they missed out on a place in the National finals, we were really proud of their mahi and their team spirit. Our teachers and those in the wider community who supported them, are fabulous and we appreciate their time and dedication.

And of course - basketball, soccer, rugby and all our other co-curricular opportunities continued as normal. If your student is lucky enough to be coached, trained or supported in their co-curricular life, or took part in one of our EOTC opportunities this week, please take a moment to thank the teachers who give their own time to support our students personal growth and development in this way.

Today we were so sorry to say farewell to Mary Vosper who has been with the Science Department at Trident for the last two years. Mary is an excellent practitioner and an enthusiastic and caring teacher who has contributed so much to the school in her time here. Family reasons have meant that Mary must move to Hamilton and we wish her well in this next stage of her life and we will keep in touch and keep her connected to our Trident whanau, hoping one day she may be able to return. Huge thanks to Terry Gordon and Daralyn Hall who step into Science to support our students through this change.

Schools rely on the community and local businesses to enhance the environment and educational experiences for our students and building relationships in industry is a key part of this. We are extremely lucky that Dave Dobbin, our Engineering teacher, who originally came to us from industry, has developed a strong working relationship with Horizon Energy. Horizon works with the school to support our sustainability projects - these are projects which are student-led and help prepare our seniors for work in industry, allowing them to experience the satisfaction of seeing a project through from conception to product.

Tomorrow night we have the Trident Senior Ball for our Year Twelve and Thirteen students and the excitement today was palpable. We are really excited for them too as the ball is a key event in the school life of all our students. The theme for the ball is Hollywood and we are looking forward to seeing what the event planner has created for the special night. There are a lot of teachers attending to share the ball and see our students enjoying this rite of passage. Thank you to parents and whānau for making sure that students have safe plans for the night - that you know how students are arriving at the ball and how they are getting safely home at the end of the evening.

Finally, we are pleased to inform whānau that we have an interim School Nurse on site five days a week from Monday. Shirley Tickelpenny is an experienced school nurse with twenty years at Rotorua Girls High School in this role. Shirley has been a key part of our guidance team as our Kiawhina, responsible for our hauora interviews with junior and new students, for the last year and a half. Whilst we continue to advertise for a permanent registered nurse to join the team, Shirley has kindly stepped up to support our students in their medical health needs and she will be working with our visiting GP, Astrid de Jong.

Have a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend with whānau.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Saturday 6th August - School Ball
  • Wednesday 24th August - Junior Academic Whānau Evening
  • Thursday 25th August - ACCORD Teacher Only Day
  • 29th August-2nd September - Winter Tournament Week
  • Monday 5th September - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 14th September - Year 8 Open Day and Evening


Nau mai, haere mai
Trident High School invites Year 8 students and whānau to our 2022 Open Evening on Wednesday the 14th of September.
During the day students will have the opportunity to explore Trident High School at our Open Day with their current school. Whānau are also welcome to attend this session with their student.
As we get closer to the event we will share more information and invite whānau to make bookings for Enrolment Interviews.
We look forward to meeting all Year 8 students and their whānau to show them what makes Trident High School special.
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We are proud to share our 2023 Prospectus with our Trident community and those who will be joining us in 2023.

Ngā Tapuwae can be translated as 'Our Journey', and that is what our 2023 prospectus is, a visual and written journey through Trident High School.

For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:


Quincy Jones said "When I was growing up I wanted to be what I saw around me." The Wellington trip gave Mr Barr's Year 10 whānau ako class the opportunity to see and experience our capital city - from Parliament to our world famous Weta Workshops. For most of the group this was their first visit to Wellington and we know it will enrich their world view and how they see themselves in the world.

This trip has been nearly two years in the making and was an incentive for the class to meet and surpass their teachers expectations around attendance, engagement and working to embody our school's core values. We are proud of their efforts and pleased they were able to further build whanaungatanga.

We were lucky to receive impressive feedback from a member of the public who met the group in Wellington:

"I had the honour and privilege to witness a group of your students here in Wellington this week. Their behaviour was exemplary, they were kind, courteous and polite. Their two teachers were very approachable and great leaders. These boys and their teachers were great ambassadors for your school, well done."

Thank you to Mr Barr and Mr Stevens for taking the group to build memories that will stay with them for many years to come.


On Tuesday and Thursday this week the Science Department organised groups of yr 9 and some yr 10 students to visit Moutohora Whale Island. They learned about the history of the Island and its importance as a wildlife sanctuary today. They had a wonderful time. Thanks to Ms Nolan for organising the trips.


Earlier this week Rain McCauley and Lemarius Te Riini graduated from the Central Service Academy Advanced Leadership Course at Ohakea Air Base. The course is a follow on from the Basic Leadership Course held earlier in the year. Students were split into syndicate's and were given instruction and guidance on leadership and planning. The syndicate's planned and conducted a sports tournament, community action, leaderless tasks and a formal dinner.

Congratulations to you both. We look forward to you passing on your experiences and putting your new skills to use at Trident.


We congratulate our rock band who made it through to the regional finals where Zealia Peretini, the bands drummer, picked up the prestigious Musicianship award. Congratulations to you all, getting to the regional finals is something you can all be very proud of, and a special congratulations to Zealia!


We are so proud of you Hayden, what a performance to take the silver medal, and for showing such fantastic sportsmanship. You are a true legend!!

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In the holidays Bailey Fredericksen, Zoe Christie, Xavier Christie and Oliver Christie competed in the North Island Schools Cyclo-cross Championships in Hawkes Bay.

Xavier and Oliver Christie competed in the U16 grade finishing in 3rd and 5th. In the U20 Woman's grade Zoe Christie earned 2nd place and in the U20 Men's Bailey Fredericksen came 5th.

During the holidays our cyclists were also in action competing in the North Island School Road Championships.

Lilly Collombet finished 9th in the U15 Girl's in a close race with only seconds between the winner and half of the riders. Xavier and Oliver Christie were amongst a group of 55 competing in the U16 Boy's grade and did well to finish in the top half of the group. In another close race, Bailey Fredericksen finished in 14th place in the U20 Men's group, just seconds off the winner.


Well done to our U16 Girls' Team who played in an amazing semi final yesterday.

After a tough first half losing 32-0, our girls came back strong in the second with the final score 37-10. Both Molly Byford and Reve Ngaheu scored tries.

A great team performance and everyone had lots of fun.


A big congratulaions to Oliver Christie and Sean Jones who competed at the highest level in Cross Country at the NZ Champs at Taupo recently. In a topclass field of 29 in the U16 4km race Oliver came 14th and Sean 18th. Well done!


Kia ora Trident whānau Joining in on our continued and ongoing success of running Boys Football UK Tours, I am delighted to invite any Trident female students who would like to attend the Girls Football UK Haerenga (Tour) 2024 to an information evening on Wed 17th August 2022 at 6pm in the school library.

The Haerenga is open to female students who wish to travel to the UK, learn more about football and experience British culture. This will be a once in a lifetime trip !!

All female students who are currently in Year 9, 10 and 11 will qualify for the trip as will any current Year 8 students in the community who will be moving up to High School in 2023.

Below is a video from Wellington Phoenix Ladies player, and friend of Trident Football, Te Reremoana Walker who has shared a little about her pathway into professional football and explains why a trip like the Girls UK Tour in 2024 would have been life changing for her.

I look forward to seeing students and whānau of those who wish to be part of this exciting trip we will be running for our female students in 2024.

To summarize…..

What? - Trident Girls Football UK Tour 2024 Information Evening

When? - Wed 17th August 2022 at 6pm

Where? - Trident High School Library.

Who can come? - All female students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will qualify for the trip as will any current Year 8 students who will be moving up to High School in 2023.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting where I will share all the information about the trip.

Kia Manawa Nui

Mr Stanhope

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We have a new bunch of superstar Sports Captains profiles up on our website, please click the link to read about Braxton Knowles, Jamie Forsyth, Ayla Rowe, Ethan Forbes, Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Molly Byford, Layla Rowland, Jessie-Lee Graham, Bradley Rothwell, Jenna Toone, Rikki Fitzgerald, Elijah Wetting-Davidson, Janelle Thompson-Akurangi and Hugh Oyanagi.


Kia Ora, our Year 11 Business Studies classes are running their market days on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th August during lunchtime. Goodies available will be: cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, toffee apples, venison sammies, donuts and brownies. Prices range from $2- $5. Cash only please. Please show your support for our Year 11 students. Thank you!


We congratulate Ben Olifiers and his quad who won bronze in the U23 division at the World Rowing Championships in Italy on Saturday! Ben was a Year 13 student last year and joins the ranks of Trident elite athletes whose journey we are proud to follow and share. Congratulations Ben!


Then and now! Over the past 49.5 years Trident has grown and grown and we find ourselves grateful for the expanse of land our school is situated on. Our unique school property size has enabled us to expand our buildings while still having plenty of space; space to grow, space to thrive!

Click link below to register your interest



Kia ora students and whānau, many thanks to our amazing students and whānau for making incredible improvements to our school uniform last term.

The students looked fantastic and it made such a huge difference to our school.

Please keep up the great work you are doing by respecting our uniform expectations.

A reminder of items that will be confiscated;

  • Hoodies (including Trident sports hoodies)
  • Non uniform jumper
  • Non black jacket (plain navy jackets issued by school are ok)
  • Black Sleeveless Jacket

Students should be wearing a Trident Polar Fleece or Trident jacket or plain black jacket (this cannot be worn indoors) if students are cold. Additionally, staff will provide students with a jacket if they do not have any of the above Trident jackets.

A reminder that if an item of non uniform is confiscated it can be reclaimed by whānau by arranging an appropriate time with Mr Stanhope. Please contact him at - Students will not be able to reclaim their items, it must be whānau and be pre arranged.

The best way to avoid non uniform clothing being confiscated is to not bring it to school.

Also, please be reminded that the following must not be worn as footwear under any circumstances;

  • Gum Boots
  • Scuffs
  • Slides
  • Jandals

Students must wear footwear in line with our uniform code which can be found at -

Thank you so much for all your support with maintaining our high expectations on uniform.


Tertiary Education in 2023

Senior students are starting to make plans for study in 2023. Several universities have opened their scholarship applications, students should complete a form at the careers office to assist us in writing reference letters for scholarships.

Applications for university accommodation will open on the 1st August.

Students are encouraged to come to the careers hub for assistance with course selection and application processes.

Part time jobs, work experience, presentations.

Check out this facebook page for the latest careers opportunities and information.

Career Counselling and Support

Appointments are available with the careers staff. Students and whānau should contact Ms Wildash at or 0274995300 to arrange a time.

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


TupuOra has partnered with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi to deliver Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga - a free, online, 20 week, introductory course to Tikanga Māori. The course will be delivered by the tutors in the areas listed below between 15 August 2022 to 16 December 2022, however, you do not need to reside in these areas to join;

  • Tainui: Tahau Thompson
  • Tainui: Teiria Davis
  • Te Tai Tokerau: Eli Smith
  • Tauranga Moana: Ngairo Eruera
  • Whakatāne: Louis Armstrong
  • Taranaki: Aroha Broughton
  • Manawatū: Te Puaheiri Snowden

To register your interest clickōkaitahiTikanga.

For more information email or phone 0508 wananga.


On Sunday 11th September we are having a Community Fun Open Day called “Love Tennis”.

This is a nationwide initiative from Tennis NZ to get more people playing tennis.

It is all free and there will be games, prizes and food of course!

Everyone (young and old) is welcome to come along, join in the fun and give tennis a go on the day if they wish!

LOVE Tennis

Whakatane Tennis Club

Goulstone Road, Whakatane

Sunday 11th September, 11am -4pm

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