Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 7 - 18th June 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As the colder months approach school life becomes that little bit more challenging; getting to school on time, wearing the right uniform, being quick to class and quick to engage. We probably would rather hibernate but unfortunately, we have to rise to the challenges of the seasons and make sure that school life goes on.

With this in mind, can I ask you to make sure that students do leave home on time to get to school and that they are dressed warmly in full school uniform? We obviously carry a lot of spare fleeces and jackets for students if they need an extra layer if their uniform is not available, so please make sure they come and ask if they need to borrow a fleece for the day – lots of them do!

We are very lucky that Sue Smith, senior students and teachers run a Tu Tangeta breakfast club every day in the community room with hot drinks and toasted sandwiches. It is very popular with some of the bus students who travel far and early in the morning and of course, it is available for everyone. Please encourage your students to use this facility during the colder weather to feel well prepared for the full day ahead.

Scooters, bikes and skateboards are gaining in popularity again and it is great to see our students so active. Many arrive to school using this transport, and then want to use the scooters and skateboards throughout the day. For the safety of our whole school community these need to be used in the designated area between the auditorium and the Special Education Unit and students must not ride them around the school between lessons or at interval and lunchtimes.

Also, once again I ask you to prioritise student attendance at school – both being here for the full day and being in every lesson. All research shows the link between achieving and being successful, and being in class every day. Whanau and teachers want the best for students and when we work in partnership to share the same messages, students are more likely to listen and accept the importance of the message; be in class, engage in learning and plan for your success.

This week there were so many opportunities for our students to be experiencing our core priorities – A Culture of Personal Excellence and belonging to a Safe and Supportive Community. Thanks to the teachers and staff who made this happen –

· Mrs Roper, TiC Health who organised the Attitudes presentations for all year levels, around making the right decisions for our own health and well-being

· Mr Wenzell for taking some of our Year 11 students on a Maori in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers adventure day. The students learned so much and had their eyes open to the possibilities for their future careers

· Staff Shaw – who took his Service Academy students away on another military camp

· Mx Deanna Foster who helped our Rainbow students organise the school’s Pride Week

· Steve Williamson for taking the students to the Chess Tournament

· Staff and students who attended the Treaty of Waitangi event at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

· Mrs Farrell and Mr Rowland who took the Year 10 students on their enviro beach cleaning mission

· Karen Benge took a group of students to the EBOP trades fair yesterday to look at the employment opportunities available to them

So many great things are in place for our students and they are lucky to be exposed to these opportunities. The key thing is to grasp the chance – Kia manawa nui – and give them a go.

Have a warm, safe and peaceful weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Friday 25th June - Electives and Matariki
  • Tuesday 6th July - Electives
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2
  • Monday 26th July - First day of Term 3


The internet and social media have changed the ways that we communicate and interact with each other. While they have brought many benefits they have also the potential to be used in a negative way and as a tool for bullying behaviours.

Friday 18th June is World Stop Cyber Bullying Day. At Trident High School this is an opportunity to encourage our community to use social media in a positive and responsible way and to support each other if we need to address negative online behaviour.

In NZ, Netsafety Week falls at the end of July, however these messages are important right through the year.

Students and whanau are encouraged to visit for tips and advice on how to keep yourself and others safe online.

Three excellent places to start for parents and caregivers are


Our service is free, non-judgemental and confidential. Our helpline is open seven days a week.

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Congratulations to our students who through the Shave for a Cure event, embody our Trident values of Kia Manawa Nui and Respect for Others. From the organisation and dedication of our student leaders in fundraising for this valuable charity through to the student volunteers who had their heads shaved and are now braving the cool winter air, we congratulate all who took part in raising $3,260 for Shave for a Cure! What a great achievement!


This is the first ever Nationwide Pride Week campaign based in schools, with a range of activities that everyone can get involved with. We hope that by celebrating and affirming rainbow and takatapui identities through our pride campaign we can help reduce the experiences of bullying and distress for our rainbow rangatahi.

A few other activities were ran at Trident throughout the week, including a cupcake sale, face painting and a rainbow themed art competition.


This week we recognised and celebrated our Year 9 students who have had 100% attendance this year. We know there is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement so we applaud these students who are giving themselves the best opportunity to reach their goals. Ka pai!


Upcoming Careers Events in Term 2

Health Science Careers Events

In July we have two really exciting careers events related to the Health Sciences.

On the 1st July we have a health careers expo for senior students to be held at Whakatane Hospital. We will be taking students who are considering a career in the health field. This includes clinical, non clinical and allied health professions. Students need to sign up in the careers hub.

On the 2nd July we will be hosting an event for Year 10 students run by the Rural GP network. This is an interactive event linking their science learning to health science. Students will listen to presentations and take part in workshops illustrating aspects of health science and human biology.

University Entrance Scholarships

Students heading to university in 2022 should check out their institution’s website for details.

Entrance scholarship application deadlines are as follows:

  • Waikato University - applications are open now and close 31st August.
  • Victoria University - applications open mid June and close September 1.
  • Otago University - applications open 1st July and close August 15.
  • University of Canterbury - applications open June 20 and close August 15.
  • Auckland University of Technology - applications open July and close August 1.
  • Auckland University - applications are open now and close August 25.
  • Massey University - applications are open now and close August 20.

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications.

Students should also check out and

Victoria University Wellington HIWA Programme

HIWA is a week-long programme providing Māori students with the opportunity to experience student life at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and explore the capital city. The programme takes place from Tuesday 17 August to Saturday 21 August. Applications close on the 2nd July. Go to to apply. See Ms Wildash for assistance.

Defence Force Applications

Students who are interested in joining the Defence Force for 2022, need to be completing their applications soon. Please see Mr Shaw or Ms Wildash for assistance.

Career Counselling and Support

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

The new 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 (Gateway) and Mrs Cindy Lee and Mrs Jenni Manning (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


Earlier this month, four of our prefects volunteered to spend a day as leaders and mentors with a group of young students from Whakatane Intermediate School. They worked alongside NZ Police and Intermediate staff to deliver an interactive program designed to empower and engage the young students. Our students worked with energy, integrity and good humour to make sure the day was a success.

Congratulations to Simon Prout, Niko Lillas, Lukas Buchan and Manu-Tapuke Waretini for being excellent ambassadors of Trident and sharing our values with the wider community.

Mrs Emery's Year 10 Sports Leaders went to Apanui Primary School to lead Year 3 and 4 students through some passing and catching activities. Our students were awesome and really stepped up for their first experience of teaching others in our community. Special thanks to Apanui School for working with us and allowing our students to come in and teach.


The Hockey Girls played their Semi final for Round 1 on Tuesday at home against Western Heights High School in front of a supportive home crowd. The first quarter was a slow build up to scoring with a bit of semi final nerves, but a goal by Zoe Christie saw Trident settle and get on the scoreboard first. Again our defensive end managed to stop Western Heights driving attacks and we then went on to score another goal from our striker Piki Hemi. Holding on to the lead in the last quarter saw Trident defending hard and attacking the goal end but Western Heights High School managed to sneak one in bringing the final score 2-1 to Trident which means they are now in the final against John Paul College 7pm next Tuesday in Rotorua. A fantastic start to the season and the girls are all excited for the final.


Two of our students travelled to Kihikihi Domain in Te Awamutu on Wednesday to represent the school in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. Oliver and Xavier Christie competed in the Year 9 Boys 3000m race which had over 50 students.

Oliver finished 7th in a time of 11.21 minutes and Xavier finished 11th place in a time of 11.33 minutes.

This was a good warm up for the boys who will be off to the NZ Cross Country Nationals next weekend.



Trident Senior Boys A played Bethlehem College for the fourth time this season and came away with their third victory. The game was tight early on. Bethlehem came out shooting well and Trident struggled with fouls and offensive rhythm. Trident ramped up the defensive intensity in the second quarter and began to generate easy buckets off their press, taking a 10-point lead by halftime. The team never let up during the second half, maintaining stifling pressure and sharing the ball on offense with great passing. They steadily pulled away and won by a final score of 88-52. By Kevin Coldiron, Thanks to Tayla Walker for the photo.


Last week the Senior Boys Blue Team had an early game against Katikati B. The game started off well with an easy open lay for Jordan Moke. Our defence stopped most of their attempts to score a basket with tons of blocks from both Marcus McGarva and Samuel Roberson. Samuel Roberson put up his career high 37 points helping the team win a comfortable 131-75 lead.


Friday night saw a great game between the Junior Boys Blue Team and Junior Girls.

Well done to Serita Karauria, Linaya-Rose Apanui, Tayen Cobden, Ayanda Beneus and Jorjah Main, a tough game with 5 players. Thanks to Ngarino Hanlen for helping out. Congratulations on the win Boys - 54-42!


A huge effort by the U14 Boys who started well with 2 quick tries. Kanye smashed through the defence to run 60m and scored under the post. The boys went quiet for a bit, letting in a few easy tries before half time. They then picked up their game in the second half, showing us that they were definately here to win. With only 14 players on the field due to a yellow card, they continued to hold their ground and continued to get the ball through their hands resulting in a few tries to get the win 36-27. Try scorers were Ronan - 2, Jacob WC, Kanye, Sage. Conversions by Luke and Tawhio, penalty kick by Luke. Well done Boys!


Mountain biking at Onepu last week was a hit for the group of students who chose this as their elective this term. The speed, the fun, the air, wow!!


Our School Nurse is now available Monday to Friday 8.30am-3pm

Free services include: -

Throat swabs

Wound management

Sexual health services

- including - pregnancy tests

- STI screening

- contraception

Health assessments

Micro suctioning ear wax removal - with parental consent.


Readily available from sickbay and also the student service centre (counsellors/nurse) waiting area.



Friday 18th June

Trident U16s v Tauranga Boys U15s Blue – Trident High School 4pm

Saturday 19th June

Trident U14s v Opotiki College U14s – Trident High School 10am

Trident 1st XV v Western Heights High School 1st XV – Trident High School 12pm


Saturday 19th June

Trident Girls 1st XI v Mt College 1st XI – Macville Park 1 - 10:30am

Trident White 2nd XI v Papamoa College 1st XI – Papamoa College 10:30am

Trident Senior Boys v John Paul College 1st XI – Trident High School Field 1 – 11am


Friday 18th June

Habourside Netball 2021 College Comp

Trident Premier 1 v JPC – Tauranga Netball Court 1 – 6:30pm

Trident Premier 2 v Mt College Premier 2 - Tauranga Netball Court 4 – 6:30PM

Trident Premier 3 v Papamoa College Premier 2 - Tauranga Netball Court 6 – 7:45pm

Saturday 19th June

Whakatane Netball Centre

11.30am Prem 2 vs TBC, Court 7

12:00pm Trident HS Collegiate Vs Tarawera High School, Court 3

Prem 3 vs Ruatoki Green, Court 6

Trident HS White vs Team Nita, Court 9

1:00pm Trident HS Blue vs Whakatane HS Jnr Black, Court 9

Prem 1 vs Poroporo Rewatu, Court 7

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