Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 1 - 7th May 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,


This week on our return to school we held our Anzac Assembly; an important commemoration and reflection on the sacrifices made by Kiwi soldiers at Gallipoli but also across the wars. Our Assembly was a collaboration between our Services Academy, Air Force cadets and school prefect leadership team, with the support of Staff Shaw, Whaea Poihaere, Mrs Farrell, Mr Spence and Ms Elliott. It was a somber, respectful and informative event and all those students directly involved were outstanding in their collaboration for this event. I also want to commend the students whose behaviour through the ceremony was excellent; Trident students showed their full understanding of self-discipline and respect for others and as a teaching staff we were really proud of them.


We welcomed new and familiar staff this term with the return of Mrs. Sue Haines to help out with senior English students and Mrs. Becs McKay who will be helping across a range of curriculum areas including Careers. New staff include Ms. Sara Sazbo joining us to teach English and Mrs. Andrea Crawford joining our Science department. I am sure our students have made them all feel welcome and if you want to touch base with any of them as new teachers of your young people, then please contact them at school.


This term we are lucky to have Mrs. Fran Carter join the Senior Management and Leadership Team as Acting Deputy Principal. Many of you know her already through her Deaning work. We are very grateful to Mrs. Robb for stepping back into the Deans’ space for the term to support our Year Eleven students alongside Ms. Deeley - they make a great team. Our Careers Advisor Ms. Wildash has also joined the SMLT for the rest of the year in an internship supporting the team in its leadership of the school. This internship opportunity is to help develop capacity across the Middle Management of the school and we are hoping each year to invite a new staff member into this space. Ms. Wildash will have a specific focus on student leadership across the whole school, and working on our well-being / hauora strategic priority.


With the construction of the new archgolas in the school and the closing of the Canteen run by an external provider, we have been able to make the school meal service much more accessible and student friendly. Seniors collect their lunches from the canteen and can sit under the archgola to eat at interval. At lunch time all students can return to collect spare lunches or fruit if they are still hungry. The uptake of meals has been significant and we are pleased that more students are making the most of the chance to eat healthily and not attend class hungry!

Bay Catering is working with us to provide hot meals two days per week through the winter terms and they will be running a “taste testing” with a group of students to trial their proposed menu for this. We are also going to launch this new hot menu with whanau and the community; we will welcome you into school to try the food and see just how tasty and healthy the kai is.


As the weather gets colder our students need extra layers of clothing to keep warm on their way to school and during the school day. Please support us by ensuring students are wearing white thermals, the Trident fleece or jacket and a plain black jacket or raincoat if they do not have a Trident jacket. Hoodies are not allowed at school. Hoodies are not school uniform and they create problems for our teachers in having to manage students removing them and storing them in their bags. Please support us in being able to focus on learning and relationships for learning, by NOT letting your student leave for school wearing a hoodie. If we have to remove a hoodie we always have the option for students to borrow a clean, warm fleece from the school office.

If you have any concerns about any aspect of school life for your student at Trident, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a peaceful weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Thursday 13th May - Blood Drive
  • Tuesday 18th May - MOE Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 24th May - Friday 28th May - SPCA Appeal Week
  • Friday 4th June - COL Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 11th June - Shave for a Cure
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2


We thank our Prefects, Air Training Corps Trident members and the Service Academy for holding a very well run full school assembly on Tuesday to honour our ANZAC's. We also applaud our school body for recognising and honouring the formality of the occasion with appropriate behaviour and attitudes. A special thank you goes to Aria Dalgleish who played the Last Post during the assembly. Well done Team Trident.


Futures Academy Year 11 Taster Courses Term 2.

Students who have applied for the Term 2 Taster Courses are currently being asked to confirm their places in the Futures Academy. Questions about the Futures Academy can be directed to Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub.

Year 13 Careers Intentions Survey

Year 13 students will shortly be asked to complete a brief survey to ascertain their career intentions for 2022. This information will be used to help plan careers support for them.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Schools Careers Expo 12th May 2021

On the 12th May, Year 12 and 13 students will be attending the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo at the War Memorial Hall.

Year 13s will be attending the expo during period 2 and Year 12 students during period 4. Students will be bussed to the expo where they will be able to explore a range of tertiary education options and employment opportunities. Exhibitors include all NZ universities, Wintec and Toi Ohomai, NZDF, NZ Police, private training providers and industry organisations.

University Presentations 11th and 13th May.

The following universities will be delivering presentations on the 11th and 13th May.

Massey University 11th May 9.50am

AUT 13th May 9.50am

Otago University 13th May 12.20pm

Lincoln University 13th May 2pm.

These presentations will be held in the library. Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to attend.

Waikato University Open Day 21st May.

The school will be taking students to the Waikato University Open Day on the 21st May. This trip is open to Year 12 and 13 students. We will travel by bus to Hamilton. At the open day students will be able to sample university life, tour the campus and halls and attend lectures. This is a great opportunity to see what a university is like even if they are planning to attend a different university.

Students need to return permission slips and $25 to the office to secure their place.

Letters are available from the Careers Hub, places are limited.

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.


Earlier this month our Landskills group tramped from Matahi up and over to Ruatoki Valley. Over 30km and a height of about 500m of which Mrs McCaull described as "the most beautiful countryside" she has ever seen, the group heard stags roaring and tested their fitness. While tramping the group learnt about different types of flora and fauna along the way. They camped at Ohora Hut and then continued the next day into Ruatoki Valley. The focus of the tramp was to work on team building and also experiencing the ngahere and getting students out of their comfort zones! Most of our tauira's connect to Tuhoe - and this trip was about following the footsteps of our ancestors and the tracks that they used in the days before planes, trains and automobiles! Well done to our Landskills group!


Kia Ora Students and Whanau, as we enter the winter months (Terms 2 and 3) please be reminded about our Winter Uniform Expectations for ALL STUDENTS


School Uniform must be worn as normal but a plain black jacket may now be worn to and from school as well as around school to keep students warm. The black Jacket must be plain black, have sleeves and have no big logo's or writing on it.

The Black Jacket must not be worn in any school classrooms, morning tea in the Auditorium or assemblies. It is only to be worn outside. We recommend and suggest that any black jacket is worn as 'an extra outside layer' and is worn on top of the school Trident Uniform Fleece or Trident Uniform Jacket.

Under no circumstances are 'Hoodies (Even Trident Issued)', Non-Trident Jumpers or Jackets of any other colour than plain black allowed. You will be asked to remove it and put it away. Non-compliance of this will mean the item is removed and Whanau will be called to collect it.


As we enter the winter months, for Terms 2 and 3, students may wear Plain Black Track Pants or Plain Black Leggings for PE Lessons. Obviously, if they wish to wear Plain Black Shorts as normal, they are more than welcome.

PE Students may also wear, thermals under their PE Shirt. Students may also wear a school uniform Trident Fleece or Trident Uniform Jacket (A PE Shirt must be worn under the fleece or Jacket).

***Under no exceptions will the Black Jacket be allowed to be worn for PE Lessons even if the lesson is outside*** Thank you for all your support with this. Trident Pastoral Team.


Trident Senior Girls' and Senior A Boys' entered the Rotorua Basketball Invitational Tip Off Tournament for the first time this year. Not having played before, the Boys Team were unseeded so were placed in Division 2.

Day one saw them take on Aquinas 2, beating them 64-25. They played Taupo-nui-a-Tia B Team in the evening winning 54-14.

The Girls' Team started the Tournament against 2 strong teams leading to 2 losses. The first game against eventual winners, Te Koutu and the second against Hauraki College.

Day two was another tough day for the girls losing to Western Heights and Taradale. The opportunities were there for the girls but they couldn’t quite pull off the win.

Papamoa College didn’t give up against the Boys Team and managed to score 53 on Trident. Trident won 84-53.

With an 8 hour break and up against Te Koutu the other unbeaten team in the pool, the game was always going to be tough. Te Koutu started strong and Trident took a while to get going. Te Koutu led 20-15 at the half. Trident managed to keep Te Koutu scoreless in the 3rd quarter which allowed Trident to take the lead and eventual win 31-25.

On day 3 the girls ended their tournament with another loss to Western Heights but gained important game time heading into the season.

The boys went into the semi finals with 2 players out due to injury and illness and another 2 players carrying an injury and illness. St Johns (Hamilton) Development pushed Trident all the way and both teams did well with the 5 referee changes during the game. Trident went on to win 39-27.

Bethlehem College led Trident throughout the finals. Trident made a few come backs but not enough to take the lead and Bethlehem College went on to win 60-51.

The tournament provided the teams with some good games, experience and opportunities ahead of the season start in 2 weeks. Thanks to those that helped out or travelled to support the teams. Thanks also to our school for their continuous support of basketball.


At Trident we take our environmental responsibility seriously and implement strategies throughout the school. Paper4trees is an initiative that students and staff separate paper and cardboard recycling from other recycling. This paper is collected weekly from classrooms and sent to a company to be recycled. This company in return gives Trident native trees to plant. We have the statistics from last years efforts to share:

We recycled 64200 litres of paper and cardboard and in turn earned 32 trees!

This means we saved:

8 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill

64 cubic metres of landfill space

44.16 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced from landfill

Well done team Trident, and thank you to Julie Urquhart, our fabulous gardener who ensures this initiative is well run in our school.

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Our annual 2021 NZ Blood Drive will be held on Thursday 13th May. Year 13 Business Studies students will come around during whanau time to collect names. Or see me in T2 during interval and lunch. Please remember you have to be 16 years or over. The Year 13 students will give your more details if you need them. Reminders will be sent out to you on Wednesday. This is an awesome way of giving back to your community and saving lives. Thanks Mrs Walters.

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On Monday 3rd May we hosted a 'Have a row give it a go!' day at school where we gave our junior P.E classes an opportunity to try rowing on an erg. This Saturday Trident and the Whakatane Rowing Club are hosting Part 1 of a 'Learn to Row' programme down at the Rowing Club which will involve rowing on the river. If students are interested please see Mrs Hay in the Library.

Details below:

Saturday May 8th, 9am to 3pm.

Bring a drink bottle, snacks, lunch, a fitting T shirt, shorts or bike pants.

If you can't make it for the whole day due to other sporting commitments, pop on down when you are able and 'Learn to Row'.


11.30am: Trident Blue vs Trident White, Court 8

12.30pm: Prem 1 vs Poroporo Rewatu, Court 7

Trident Collegiate have a bye


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