Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 3 - 12th August 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Board Elections

The School Board election process for parent / whānau representatives for the 2022-2025 board has been completed and those nominated will be joining the board from the August Board meeting. We are delighted to welcome back Moira Hanna and Martin Elliffe who will be joined by Cath Aldridge (co-opted), Paul Hipkiss, Roselea Dunn and Perry Panayiotou. The staff representative and the student representative will join the Board in September. We are very grateful to those who have worked with us on the last Board - Merania Amia-Perenara, Rebecca Hull and Melissa Pye and thank them for their service to the school.

Senior Student NCEA Achievement

This week you received a letter outlining the changes to credit requirements for our seniors in their work towards their NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 certificates. Whilst the Learning Recognition Credits support students in gaining their qualifications it is important for students to remain committed to doing their best to attain credits for their full courses and not settle for less than they are capable of achieving.

Our Year 13 students need to be confident that they will gain all the necessary credits for their UE and push themselves to achieve at Merit and Excellence level. Students who achieve at these levels find their first year at tertiary easier as they are already working close to the level needed, and their experience of trying hard and persevering supports them in coping when they go to polytechnic or university. Some of our students are heading into apprenticeships and they will realise that having achieved Maths and Science credits at Excellence or Merit supports them in their new studies in industry. The same is true for our students heading into the workplace.

For our Year 11 and 12 students completing coursework this year and going for endorsement puts them in a strong position when they start next year, so again it is vital to stay focused on what they want from this year’s schooling - and it is not just to pass! When our students are questioning “why” study is so important, we need to reassure them that the effort is worth it. Course work this year supports study next year and makes that more manageable. Completing work that you know shows your best mahi builds confidence and perseverance which are great skills for life. Sometimes our teenagers lose the spark when it comes to continuing their study and we need as whānau and teachers to help them to refocus, remember the long game and celebrate what they have accomplished so far.

Trident’s Golden Jubilee

Huge thanks to our wonderful Sherrie Thompson who has started the preparations for the celebration of Trident’s fifty years as a school. You will see adverts which promote the celebrations in 2023 and can log on to our Facebook page to see the details of the weekend celebrations. So far we have had a lot of interest and we certainly hope that any whānau who are past students will join us to share memories and reflect on their school experience and the school as it is today.

Winter Jackets

Today we distributed soft shell rain jackets to students. They are smart, warm and comfortable and we have them in a good range of sizes. Students can collect them from their Deans offices, the front office, the library or departments. It was pleasing to see how many students, both seniors and juniors, made the most of this useful resource - there are lots available so encourage your student to collect one on Monday if they need a jacket.

Year Ten Camps

Look out on our Facebook page for details of the camps we are offering to our Year 10 students this year. Mr Stanhope is setting up all the camp organisers to share the information with students at assembly. The Year 10 camps are traditionally an excellent way to explore new places, experiences and build new relationships with staff and students from the year group. They cover a wide range of interests and can be day camps from school or overnight experiences.

Enjoy the weekend with whānau.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • 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
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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:


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.


On Saturday night our auditorium was transformed into a Hollywood scene that set the tone for a night of glamour and fun for our students, and oh did they bring the glamour!! Many students arrived in Hollywood style in a wide range of transport styles which turned the evening into an event to be remembered from the very beginning. Outfits fit for the red carpet complimented the dance moves on display and the DJ kept everyone dancing the night away.

A massive thanks to Mr Garner, for his work in organising this long-awaited ball and to all of our wonderful teachers who spent their time helping at the ball on Friday night.



Miss Joanna Boonen has returned to Trident's English department after time away where she has been studying as a full time student. We are privileged to have her back and know her return will be celebrated by the students who have been lucky enough to have her as their teacher.

"I am glad to be returning back to Trident after studying both classics and philosophy at Massey University. I can talk endlessly about films and media, Greek and Roman gods, and the ancient world that shaped our Western philosophy. I am excited about rejoining the Trident English department, and am looking forward to sharing my passion for language and literature with our students."


Mr Stephen Armstrong has joined our English department and we warmly welcome him to our school. Having come from Tauranga he says "Tauranga is hot, but Whakatane is hotter! I have good memories of my time teaching at Opotiki College from 1987-1989. My wife Sharon and I have four adult children (can you have adult children?). We have 3 grandchildren living here, and we're looking forward to hitting the bush and beach. But most of all, the highlight for me will be inspiring the rangitahi of Trident to love reading and writing and to love life with all its challenges. After 20 years at Bethlehem College, I thought it was time to broaden my horizons, so here I am at Trident!"


We warmly welcome Cindy Glass to Trident and our English department.

"I moved to New Zealand from South Africa in June 2019. I have been teaching since 1994 and I have a passion for assisting young people in achieving their potential. I love being outdoors and I am an avid scuba diver. I also enjoy mountain biking, swimming in the sea and hiking with my whānau . I am the mum of two sons. My older son studies at Auckland University and my younger son attends school at Whakatane Intermediate. My whānau and I feel very grateful to live in this beautiful country and it is a privilege to get to know and work alongside the wonderful people of New Zealand."


Just a reminder that if students are signing out, the parent/caregiver must contact the school prior to them coming to the office, or alternatively they can send a note with the student giving them permission to sign out.

If a student feels sick at school, they are to go to sickbay, not the office and we will contact whānau for them to be collected.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Congratulations to Trident's Get2Go teams who finished 2nd and 3rd out of 24 teams. The Trident B team can also be congratulated on winning the Rock-climbing challenge. This is only the 2nd time in 14 years that we have not taken top honours but we congratulate Whakatane High on their top effort and 1st placing. Trident will be back stronger and even more determined next year!

A massive thanks to the Get2Go guru team of Helen Dobbin, Marc Camburn, Tracey Webster and Daralyn Hill for their guidance, support and time to nurture our team into lifelong adventure seekers.


At Trident we see ourselves as part of the wider Whakatāne community and one of the ways they demonstrate this is through helping younger students. Our students regularly gift their time and energy at EBOP primary school sport competitions, today they were umpiring games at the local 7’s tournament across netball, rugby and football. We are proud of these students who demonstrated our core values of Respect for Others and Kia Manawa Nui. We know primary schools, whānau and the younger students were all impressed by our students and grateful for their time. Thank you to all who made the day so good!


We are proud of all of our netball teams and thank the coaches and managers who are appreciated and valued by our school. Here we have some recent photos taken by our wonderful Sports Coordinator Steph Walker of some of our netball players in action.


Trident Girls' 2nd XI played Opotiki College in the local league on Wednesday night. The team walked away with a win with the score of 3-0 to Trident.

Goal scorers: Ava Milne, Leona Harley and Laura Muggeridge

Players of the Day: Leah Prescott, Leona Harley and Laura Muggeridge

We are looking forward to the finals!


The boys' went down 10-17 in a hard fought match against a strong Mount Maunganui U16s' team. We were down 14-5 at half time and the boys' reset at half time and showed some real heart and character to win the second half 5-3. Well done team! A lot of good aspects and some work ons and things to tidy up as we keep building towards the semi finals. Looking forward to another couple of great trainings next week.

A huge thanks to Brett Wharewera, Donna, Molly and all our awesome supporters.


Wow! We congratulate Mrs Tui McCaull and her team for their Gold Medal at the World Waka Ama Championships' held in the UK


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.


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.


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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