Trident Leads

Term 4 Week 1 - 21st October 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

It was wonderful to welcome back all our students this week for our final term of the year. This is a short term - only eight weeks long, and we have much to fit into those eight weeks. Highlights for this term for our school include - Senior Prize-Giving in week three, the end of year exams for our junior students and their camp week activities, before the Junior Prize-Giving. We also need to complete courses with seniors who may still be at school following Senior Prize-Giving and make sure that our subject selection process is completed for 2023 so we know what courses our students want for their learning pathways next year.

The next few weeks are vital for our senior students as they finish their revision for their external examinations and complete their internal coursework. Students who have fallen behind this year through Covid and other pressures, have this opportunity to come in and work with their whānau teachers, subject teachers, Deans and SMLT members to complete their certification and make sure they finish the year having gained NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3. For students who may feel overwhelmed at their perception of the work that needs to be done, please encourage them to come in and talk to their whānau teacher, or make an appointment and come in with them to set up a plan. Students need to know - we’ve got this; our fabulous teachers are here to help you to get across the line.

You will have seen in national media the concerns about student attendance and the importance of their presence in the classroom for learning. One challenge we have faced this year, like many schools, is the number of students who are leaving the classroom and also the school grounds during the school day. This poses problems for their learning and their safety and creates poor habits in terms of managing themselves and being disciplined about their responsibilities for their learning. Police and local agencies are working with schools across the Whakatāne community to combat this rising problem but there are clearly steps that we can take for ourselves. As whānau please hold your students accountable for their school day - they need to be in class five lessons a day learning. Leaving the school grounds is not an option. In school, we are tracking students' attendance, informing you if they are absent, having duty staff at the gates during interval and lunchtime and providing healthy food, nice areas to eat and play and access to games and equipment. This term we will be supplying more sports equipment and structured activities as the warmer weather sets in. If you have concerns about your student leaving school, please contact their whānau teacher and set up a meeting. We want to help. If your student drives to and from school, please reiterate the rules - the car is only for use to and from school and not for Interval or Lunchtime. Together we can support students to make the right decisions - to keep them safe and support their learning and achievement.

This term our school meals menu has changed again - you can see it on our Facebook page. The Nachos on day one of the term was a popular start and we have had chicken and pasta and also delicious beef sandwiches this week. There is also fruit and pretzels and popcorn or tortilla chips. The food is healthy and free; as the cost of living crisis continues and the increasing food costs add stress to the family budget, please encourage your students to lessen the financial burden on families by eating well at school. This is a real benefit to the whole community and it would be great to have family support for the programme.

Over the holidays our Prem netball team travelled to Porirua to compete in the National Secondary Schools’ Tournament. We are really proud of their achievement coming 7th across the competition. The focus, dedication and commitment of the students was only equaled by that of their coaches and whānau - what an awesome representation of the Trident Community.

On Monday night it was a pleasure to welcome Whakatāne Rotary to school and host them for dinner. The Interact youth arm of Rotary is a key leadership path at Trident and we had a large group of year twelve students from Interact who prepared the meal, acted as guides for the Rotary members through school and served and cleared up after kai. This initiative to strengthen Trident’s relationship with the Whakatāne community is led by Katie Elliot and supported by Alex Wenzel - thanks to them both for their commitment to this mahi.

Enjoy a relaxing long weekend with whānau,

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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Please use the following booking code: srrs9 to book your interview.

Interviews will take place from 15th September 3.15pm - 5.30pm Monday - Thursday; 9am - 3pm Friday.

Out-of-Zone Application Information

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office and here. Application for places must be submitted on the Trident High School application.

The Enrolment Scheme and associated Zone directed by the Ministry of Education continues for 2023. See enrolment scheme & boundary map. On the Application to Enrol form you must indicate whether it is an In-zone or Out-of-zone enrolment. If your son/daughter is residing with parents or primary caregivers or legal guardians in the Trident High School zone then he/she is eligible to attend Trident High School but will still have to go through the interview process before any enrolment is confirmed.

Out of zone applications to enrol close 6.00pm Thursday 27th October 2022. Please use the standard enrolment process.

Our BOT will conduct the ballot of out of zone students on Friday 28th October 2022. Parents will be notified of Out of Zone ballot acceptance in the second week of Term 4.

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We spoke to three of our senior netballers including captain Jessie-Lee about their experience at the Netball Nationals tournament. Jessie-Lee, Amanda and Charlice all agreed that it was an awesome experience just to qualify for the tournament and then to make it to top 7 in the country was incredible. To put the placing into context - they are the only BOP team who have qualified twice for this tournament and have the 2nd highest position held by a BOP team, with JPC finishing 5th in 2013. Combine this with being a young team that includes Year 9 players, we can see just how fantastic their 7th place result is. One of the teams they played against was a close game where they only lost by 5 goals, this team was coached by an ex Silver Fern and that team went on to place 2nd in the country - just another example of the strong play the girls took to each game. Jessie-Lee says that if they had won that game they would have been closer to making the top 4. She was really happy with how the team came together over the season and have all become friends. Amanda shares that same sentiment and says the highlight was simply being at Nationals with the whole team and achieving what they did for Trident netball. Charlice described the atmosphere at nationals as charged and exciting. We hear that Trident whānau were the biggest group of supporters at the tournament and certainly the loudest too! All three girls agree that the team is in a good position to continue next year and beyond, especially with two of the Year 9 players already having nationals experience to share with others. We are really proud of the team and what they have achieved, and are especially happy that our Year 13 players got to finish their high school netball journey on a real high.

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In the holidays Rikki Fitzgerald played for the NZ u18 Girls' Maori 15’s Rugby team at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton. They had one training game against the Chinese team and then played the u20 Waikato team where they took the win convincingly with a final score of 49-10. Rikki, who plays lock and flank 4, 5 & 6 says it was a great experience where she enjoyed meeting lots of other girls who like rugby and she could connect with her culture.

Next year she hopes to play for Otago Spirit in the FPC comp when she is at the University of Otago. Rikki would like to publicly thank Mr Jimmy McLean who has been her coach since Year 9 and has shown her the ropes and supported her through the years at Trident. We wish Rikki all the very best for her rugby career.


Molly was busy in the holidays, not only playing rugby in Te Awamutu but also playing League in the National Youth League Tournament in Taupo. Molly played for Upper Central u16 Stallions and unfortunately the team lost every game. Despite the team not finding success, Molly made the tournament team which she is proud of. Molly has also made the Aotearoa Whaanui Girls' U16 League team. She leaves for Auckland today to play on Sunday at 12pm at North Harbour Stadium. The game will be live streamed and on Sky Sports. Good luck to Molly and her team!!


Year 13 student Bailey Frederickson, after a week long adventure race in Tongariro with the Hillary Challenge team, turned up on Sunday and smashed out the Motu Challenge race winning the schools competition! Bailey completed the race in 9hrs 16mins and then turned up to school ready for learning on Monday, what a legend! He said the mountain bike leg was really hard because it was so cold and then he then got a flat tyre on his road bike so had to do last leg on mountain bike. Despite this setback he managed to make an awesome time and take the win for the schools competition. Well done Bailey, we are so proud of you!


We congratulate Noah Camburn, who after a successful event at the O’Neill Grom Comp in Taranaki, went onto compete at the Scholastics Comp last week. There, Noah surfed alongside the top secondary school surfers in the country. Noah was stoked to contribute to his teams success - the BOP team surfed their way to 3rd place in the comp. Noah said it was a fun experience and he will be back next year!


In the middle weekend of the holidays a group of Trident rugby players represented the BOP in the u16 carnival. Rihari Biddle, Molly Byford, Reve Ngaheu, Kayla Edwards and Caitlin Bridge travelled to Te Awamutu where they played for various teams. For Year 9 student Kayla, this was not only the first time she has played in a rugby rep team, but the first year she has played rugby. Coming from Awakeri School she was looking forward to the opportunity to have a go at rugby at Trident and it is clear she has made a fantastic start to her rugby career! Kayla’s Wasps Development Team won all their games and received bonus points for each game too. Kayla enjoyed being part of the team and loved the experience of playing with other girls who like rugby as much as she does, she even managed to score a try. Rihari says his team lost all their games but he still enjoyed it and learnt a lot from the experience.

Caitlin Bridge and Molly Byford played for the Bay u16 team, their team ultimately winning the competition. They both said it was a great experience that ended the season of rugby nicely with a great group of girls in the team.

Well done to all of our rugby representatives, we are proud of all of you!

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We congratulate Ayla Rowe, Leah Rowe, Georgia Hurunui, Brodie Bishop and Hannah Baxter all trialled for and were selected for the U18 Women's Mid Northern Regional Team. They will compete from the 22nd - 24th of October in the Under 18 Interzone Championships at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. This comp will have all the best under 18's in NZ competing. The team has 12 players so Trident is very well represented.


Zoe Christie has recently returned from Bluff where she competed in the Mountain Bike Nationals in the u20 category. Despite a crash on the 2nd lap, Zoe achieved her goal of placing in this event and claimed 3rd place. She was happy with her time even though she says it was not her best race. Zoe has many more competitions coming up and 2023 will see her race as part of the Kiwi Mountain Bike Collective team. This team is a cross country mountain bike development team and Zoe will be joined by four other junior girls her age. The team will head to Europe where Zoe will be racing in the World Cup Series and hopes to have the opportunity to stay longer and compete in the World Champs. We are really proud of Zoe and her dedication to her sport, we look forward to sharing her journey.


We congratulate Piki Hemi who was selected for the BOP under 16 Hockey team who played in the northern region hockey tournament in the first 4 days of the recent school holidays. The team did very well, topping their pool and then winning their way through to the semi-finals before losing a game they dominated in most of the time 2-1 to Northland. They then beat Tauranga 1-0 to finish 3rd. Well done to Piki and the team!

Caitlin Bridge was selected for the BOP Girls' u18 Hockey team this season and went to tournament in Nelson. “We didn't make it to the semis but the experience was great, especially as I was the youngest in the team”. Caitlin is hoping to make the same team again next year. Keep up the good work Caitlin, we are proud of you!


WOW! Year after year our talented Art Department teaches, inspires and supports our art students to work to the best of their ability to create unique artworks and a folio of work that they can be proud of. The high level of technical skill, development of ideas and fluency in this years folios is to be commended. Our art teachers are busy today marking the folios as a group, a selection of these then head to Wellington to be moderated by the national moderating team.

We congratulate our Year 11, Level 1 art students on their folios.

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The Trident Big Band and the rock band "unregistered" went to the Western Bay of Plenty Itinerant Music Festival 2022 on the 22nd of September, which was held at Bethlehem College.

A large number of schools around the Western Bay of Plenty were involved in this event, including Bethlehem College, Tauranga Boys' High School, Otumoetai College, Mt Maunganui College, and Western Heights High School, performing a wide range of musical ensembles such as Orchestras, String Groups, Choirs, Guitar Groups, Big Bands, Combo Bands, Chamber Groups and Rock Groups.

Our students really enjoyed the whole event as it was an opportunity to watch other schools' talented musicians as well as showing off our own. Having the opportunity to be exposed to different ensembles and genres of music was indeed an awesome experience for all. To top this off we are proud to announce our Trident Big Band came home with a Gold Award! Well done to all of our talented musicians, we are proud of you!


Year 11 student Cohen Bruce was fortunate to be selected to go on a fully funded language tour that took place domestically over four nights and five days in three locations - Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland. The tour saw the group learn about the languages and cultures of China, Japan, and South Korea through immersive activities. The aim for the group was to:

  • Gain an awareness and understanding of Aotearoa history as it relates to North Asia,
  • Improve their cross-cultural communication and awareness of global citizenship
  • Grasp the wider significance of learning a North Asia language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean).

Cohen really enjoyed the experience and is thankful that his Japanese teacher Mrs Harison encouraged him to apply.

We are proud of Cohen's courage in stepping into this space with a group of people he did not know prior. Ka pai Cohen!


At Trident in our new horticulture garden we have 867 trees/plants that we are growing for Trees for survival. Our students filled all the black bags with soil and then planted the seedlings that are being cared for until they are full size. We thank our enthusiastic and dedicated HOD of Science Ms Elliott who has organised everything for this experience for our students and community. Growing in our horticulture space we have Manuka, Karamu, Cabbage trees and Harekeke plants. They will be planted out next July onto farms, etc in our area.

Trees for survival is a charitable trust which works with over 150 schools and local communities across New Zealand to grow and plant native trees along waterways and on erosion prode hillsides. Their environmental education programme provides an opportunity for school children to make a practical difference to their environment as well as learn about conservation, revegetation, wetland restoration and protecting stream quality.

We thank this group of students who worked really hard in setting up these little trees to grow well. We are sure they will pay extra attention to the journey these trees take in improving our environment.

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Leonard Sonntag is a former Trident High School pupil. He began his tertiary studies in 2010, armed with a Bay of Plenty Education Trust Scholarship, studying at both the University of Canterbury and the University of Waikato.

Study was followed by six months’ travelling overseas, then six years at Hayes International in Rotorua working on designing roll forming equipment, before Rotorua-based Leonard took up his current job with Manta5. He’s been employed there for two years as Mechanical Product Development Engineer, where his focus has been designing the drivetrain (gears) and front foil tiller for the hydrofoil bike – a water bike that replicates the cycling experience on water.

Leonard isn’t out wave riding every day but says there’s never a boring day. Working on “such a unique and complex product” can involve long and fast-paced days, overcoming many challenges.

“An average day changes quite a bit. Some days are more computer based using design CAD software and crunching numbers. On other days I'll be out in the workshop building prototypes and on the best days I will be out testing at the lake or ocean,” Leonard explains.

It’s not unusual for people to ask him if he thinks he has the dream job, and to be interested, if not puzzled, by what he does.

“It’s definitely a fun job and I do feel lucky to have had the opportunities in my life to get where I have,” he adds.

One of those opportunities came courtesy of a Bay of Plenty Education Trust scholarship.

“That definitely helped get me into university. It can be quite daunting leaving home and going into student life with lots of costs, like course fees and accommodation,” Leonard tells.

As would be expected, many people also ask Leonard – who’s done a lot of testing by now - what it’s like biking on water.

“It’s a unique experience. Pedalling a bike-like-craft quietly across the surface of the water at 18km/h is an awesome feeling. The hydrofoils gliding you across the water with minimal splash makes you feel like you are flying. In clear waters you can see down to the water's bottom, sometimes sneaking up on fish.”

It's also great exercise, Leonard adds, although there is throttle mode which takes advantage of the electric motor and allows riders to boost around with minimal effort.

Leonard loves biking and water sport so it’s little wonder he’s so enthused about hydrofoil biking.

He lives in Rotorua, travelling to work in Hamilton three days a week, and working from home on two. Living in Rotorua enables him to pursue his love of mountain biking (he has a “big background” in that). He also enjoys kiteboarding, wing foiling, sailing and surfing.

Leonard is one happy BOP Education Trust scholarship alumni.

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School Nurse: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm

For all general health needs

Doctor: Dr Astrid de Jong

A doctor is available every Tuesday 9am - 11am


A physiotherapist is available Tuesday morning.

Appointments for these services can be made through the school nurse.

This is a free, confidential Health Service.


If any whānau have old school uniform you no longer require we would really appreciate it if you could donate it to the school. We lend uniform to students when required and we are very low at the moment. This can be dropped off to the front office. Thank you



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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