Trident Leads

Term 4 Week 3 - 4th November 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Many thanks to all those whānau who were able to come and celebrate our senior students’ successes and achievements at Senior Prize-Giving yesterday. It was a wonderful event which saw so many of our students recognised for their efforts, mahi, tenacity and skills. Congratulations to all of our prize winners and also to those who came so close to gaining an award. For our special Year 13 awards we acknowledge those students who were nominated but were not successful; these students narrowly missed out and their skills and contributions are recognised in a letter home to whānau. Thank you to Tracy Hunt, our office manager for the meticulous behind-the-scenes organisation of the whole event, Caroline Reddish, DP, for preparing the staff and students and for leading on the day, Alex Kim for the music, Jason Garner for the sound production and video work, Sherrie Thompson for the photographs of all the prize winners, Karen Benge for organising the catering and ALL the rest of the staff who contributed to the preparation of the day and ensuring that it went so well. I am listing the many staff because they have put so much effort in and it is important to recognise the mahi such an event requires.

We were sad to farewell our Year 13's who have developed strong relationships with teachers and support staff over the last five years- we wish them every success in their future endeavours.

External Examinations - We wish our senior students the best of luck as they sit their exams and hope that the mahi they have put in this year is reflected in their results.

The NCEA externals begin next week and are so important for students who are striving for Merit or Excellence endorsed, or to complete their certification. Students are strongly encouraged to come in for their exams and sit all the papers for which they have been enrolled. After a year’s hard work, it is such an important life lesson to complete the journey and sit the exams to close off their courses - please make sure your student comes to their externals! For Year 13 this is especially important. Every year we have at least one student who opts out of a paper believing they have sat enough to gain their University Entrance requirements, only to fall short of a paper with a Not Achieved. This can be avoided if students sit all their standards and fully complete their coursework.

Senior Course Completion

For students who still have some standards to complete in order to gain NCEA level 1,2 or 3, we continue to offer them the opportunity to come into school and finish assessments. Teachers are working with individual students to ensure they can pass the year using the work they have already started, and some supporting standards. It would be great if all our students were able to face the summer break knowing they had done all that they could to gain their qualification; this would give them such a strong start in 2023.

Careers / Work Transition Support

Most of our school leavers in Year Thirteen have clear plans for the future and have already secured jobs, apprenticeships or places on courses for 2023. This is in large part due to the ongoing support of our careers team, ably led by Amy Wildash. If your student is still undecided and needs to have some support either gaining employment or accessing a course, please encourage them to come into school and meet with Ms Wildash, Mrs Benge or Mrs Pleijte. They are experts and can help!

Minecraft Training for Year 9 and 10 Students

Today Mrs Shaw and Mx Foster worked alongside all those year nine and ten students from Trident who expressed an interest in training for the eSports across school competition to be held in Whakatane. This was exciting and creative work with students working together to design and complete classrooms, gardens and marae through the world of Minecraft. We are looking forward to welcoming to Trident teachers from all the local schools to take part in PLD in Minecraft next week; they will learn how to use the programme effectively across a range of curriculum areas. This will be followed by the eSports Competition - also held here at Trident, in which the newly trained students can flex their skills.

Have a relaxing weekend with whānau.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



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Our Year 9 Handbook is out now for perusal online and can be downloaded. Year 8 students will receive a copy with the Prospectus later this term. Click below to check it out.


WOW, look at the talent we have here in our Level 2 Photography class. In Level 2 Photography students spend the year working on a subject/ theme of their choice. This theme is explored and developed both conceptually and visually and results in a series of photographs that you see here in these folios. This is especially amazing as for many of these students they also had to learn to use their camera, explore photographic conventions and techniques, learn to use computer software and study both traditional and contemporary photographers to inform their practice. Congratulations to our photographers, this is a fantastic set of folios.


Our Trident Art Department students have a well-established reputation in our community for producing incredible work and this year’s Level 2 Painting folios do not disappoint! Across this selection of painting folios, we see unique themes developed by individual students and can see the hours and hours of work poured into these beautiful folios. We applaud the Art Department and the painting students on the completion of their painting folios.


Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Our design students begin with a self-determined brief and work through that brief by coming up with design solutions that best solve the 'problem' at hand. Through these folios you will see sets of work that relate to design tasks relevant to each brief. Simultaneous to working through tasks students were learning to use design software and studying traditional and contemporary design that informed their work.

We applaud our Level 2 design students for this set of folios that demonstrate their high level of competence as designers who can shape our world.


Hinemoana and Kuramihirangi share with us their experience at the National Kapa Haka competition. Both girls say it was an honour to make it to Nationals in 2022, after qualifying in 2021 at the regionals. The lead up for Nationals saw the group do 12 noho at school and marae over the weekends where they practiced and bonded as a group. Te whare toa o te tahi o te rangi is fortunate to have several tutors and teachers who helped them with waitata, haka, poi and a team that helped them with kai, kakahu kapa haka, hair and makeup and worked with them to put them into the best possible position for nationals. Hinemoana says it was so cool just to be at nationals, to have made it to that competition. Kuramihirangi says everyone was really competitive and it was cool to watch other groups perform especially as they then had an idea of the level they were up against. Hinemoana says she thinks the roopu’s best performance was the haka they did as it was really powerful, and everyone did it perfectly. The girls say that if you are interested in kapa haka, there is an open invite to come see what it is all about, as they group are aiming to qualify for nationals again next year.

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We congratulate Xavier Shepherd on his success at gaining a coveted place to attend the MacDiarmid Institute NanoCamp event in January 2023. Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, NanoCamp is a four-day residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. The all-expenses paid camp (flights, accommodation, food, activities) is based at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Xavier was required to submit an application that included teacher recommendation and the selectors commented that the panel was impressed by Xavier’s strong application and positive teacher’s endorsement. This is especially wonderful as there were more than ten times as many applications as places available. Well done Xavier! We look forward to sharing your NanoCamp experience on your return.


We congratulate Aria Dalgleish who had a successful weekend finishing second in the open duets, second in the under 19 slow melody, and won the open quartet at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band Association Regional Contest 2022. She has also been promoted from the development squad of the National Youth Band 2023 into the full band, a fantastic achievement!


Congratulations to our Trident Premier Netball Team who are finalists in the 2022 Forsyth Barr Bay of Plenty Sports Awards up for Secondary School Girls' Team of the Year.

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We congratulate Ayla Rowe on her invitation to join the NZ Women’s u24 training squad for the 2023/ 2024 campaign. The invitation comes off the back of the selectors watching her play at the u18 Interzone Competition. They commented on her “outstanding performance” and that “it was a pleasure watching her bring her best to the tournament”.

We are very proud to offer Underwater Hockey at Trident and it is great to see how well our students such as Ayla perform nationally.

Further to Ayla's training squad success we are proud to share that Hannah Baxter & Leah Rowe have been asked to trial for the u19 NZ Womens' Team, Brodie Bishop, Georgia Hurunui and Ayla were all also asked to trial for u24 NZ Womens' Team, we look forward to sharing of their success should they be successful in gaining places on these teams.


We have our Year 10 Sports leaders out earlier this week helping St Joseph's with their Athletics Day - what a beautiful day for it! Our Sports leadership students regularly support sport events with marshalling, refereeing, coaching and organising and we are so proud of how they represent our school in these endeavours in our wider community.


We are proud to have had five students represent Trident at the Judo nationals in Christchurch in the holidays.

Izzy Steane came home with a bronze medal. Izzy fought in 8 fights across 3 divisions - Junior Womens', Senior Womens’ and Open Womens'. Hone Walker also bought home a bronze medal in the u81kg Junior Mens' division and competed in the Open Mens' as well. The bronze medals continue with Ned Steane claiming bronze in the u66kg Cadets' division. Sam Merkofer also bought home a bronze medal in the u55kg Senior Boys' division. Dante Walker lost two fights in the Junior Mens' u72kg and looks forward to competing in the Open Mens' division next year.

The group all enjoyed Christchurch and said it was a good experience to get out and compete for the Whakatane Judo Club. They all want to express their thanks for coach Kevin Mackey.


As part of the lead up towards auditions for our 2023 production Sweeney Todd, we share a link below to the song that we will ask students who wish to audition for one of the lead roles - Mrs Lovett - to sing. It is a great idea to start practicing this song over the next few months in preparation for auditions. All year groups will be considered for the role and having drama experience is not necessary. What is necessary is willingness to dedicate time and energy, being self motivated and being ready to work with a fantastic cast and crew to make this production the best yet!
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One of our Trident teachers was lucky enough to visit Amisfield in Queenstown over the holidays. There he was pleasantly surprised to see Trident alumni Matthew Webb hard at work. Amisfield is arguably the best restaurant in New Zealand - in the Cuisine Magazine Restaurant of the Year for 2021/22, Amisfield won the supreme award. It is great to see our Trident alumni spread out around the country, finding their place in the world and gaining positions at workplaces that are ranked at the top of their field. Well done Matthew!


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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.


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