Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 6 - 3rd September 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As we come to the end of our second week of online learning I want to thank all our staff for the amazing work they are doing maintaining their teaching and pastoral care of our students whilst juggling the complexities of lockdown life for their whanau.

Whanau Online Learning Programme Survey

Last night we sent out a survey to whanau asking for feedback on our programme to date and looking for ways we can improve. Thank you for the awesome response to the survey (please complete it if you have not yet had a chance). The responses are overwhelmingly positive about -

The school’s communication throughout lockdown

The accessibility of the Google classrooms

The level of engagement with the online learning programme

The pastoral care provided through the Google whanau ako meetings and the online appointments with our counsellors

In addition, you have provided some excellent feedback on ways we can streamline and improve aspects of the work that we are doing.

One area of discussion was the amount of work set for students each week, with opinion split by whanau as to whether there was enough or too much work set. Please don’t let your student feel overwhelmed by work; mental health and wellbeing is so important and we do not want to add to stress. Let your whanau ako teacher know if your student is overloaded and they will contact the subject teachers to let them know. Some whanau expressed their preference for daily Google meetings with subject teachers or generally more face to face contact with teachers. Our current programme is balanced to try to provide ongoing contact with students but also support staff in managing working from home. Our three days of contact, two days for staff to meet, plan and mark aims to provide this balance.

NCEA Changes due to Lockdown

This week we sent out to senior parents the information from NZQA on its response to the lockdowns for students sitting NCEA this year. Currently we are due to have 14 days of lockdown which takes us through to Tuesday 7th September when the new levels will be announced. This means that as it stands Trident students will not have access to Recognition credits, lower endorsement requirements or lower University Entrance requirements. The changes recognise the greater lockdown impact for Auckland students and we will only be eligible for these changes if we are subject to an additional five days of lockdown.

Return to School Under Alert Level 2

Whilst we do not yet know if the government will lower our alert level next week, the school has to plan for this possibility. The key information to share with you is that when the government thinks it is safe for everyone to be back on site, Trident will have all the health and safety measures in place and will start straight back with the full school cohort on site. We will work with our guidance team and our pastoral teams to ensure a smooth and caring response to our students' return.

Year Eight Enrolments and Year Eight Day and Evening

The school being in Alert Level Three has meant that we have to postpone our Year Eight Day and Evening until early next term. We are still, however, maintaining our online interviews from 13th September. Whanau can book an interview online to complete the enrolment process, then come and meet us in person at our Open Day.

Trident 5km Fundraiser

Finally, a huge thank you to all of those who have taken part in our 5 km fundraiser. Staff, community and students took to the hills, the water and the roads to walk, run, ride or kayak 5kms- in support of raising funds for our local food banks. This was a great initiative from our HOD of PE, Jon Stanhope, whose enthusiasm and drive ensured we more than met our $2,000 target. What makes us so proud as a school is to see our Trident community show service to others and the empathy required to make a difference to others. What a fabulous testament to the school!

Look after yourselves and your whanau in your bubbles and have a peaceful weekend.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



We are very pleased to announce that we are accepting enrolments for 2022.

On our website you will find all relevant information, application forms and links to book interviews as part of the Year 9 Enrolment process​.

Please find our 2022 Prospectus - Ngā Tapuwae - by clicking the button below where you can read a collection of narratives that share journeys through Trident, from those who know us best. Through these journeys we have captured our people, our values and our school culture.


Wow! Well done Team Trident - lots of students, staff and whanau were out hitting the trails and streets today in an effort to support those who are in need. We are proud and thankful and look forward to handing over the cheque to our local food banks.

We have so far raised $1852 and donations are still coming in, we are sure we will hit the $2000 target very soon. Donations can still be received for another 6 days so if you haven't already donated you still have time. Thank you.


Last week Year 9 and 10 students in Mrs Reihana's Food Technology class were asked to photograph and analyse their healthy lunches. They used a PMI for the analysis, ie record the Positives eg quick to make, uses up left overs, contains protein, Minuses eg high sugar and fat, does not contain any fruits and vegetables and Improvements eg could add a variety of colourful vegetables. They looked at nutrition and how to improve the nutritional content.

What a great project, it is accessible, practical and provides growth for future learning. We hope family members are benefiting from the lunch making too! Each day's analysis earns the students a ticket into a draw to win a prize when back at school, well done to those who have got lots of entries in already!


Ms Botha’s Year 9 Science class are studying microorganisms (the good, the bad and the ugly) while we are in lockdown.

As part of looking at beneficial microorganisms (fungi, yeast), students would have made ginger beer at school to investigate the life processes of yeast . Since it is lockdown, Ms Botha gave them the task to make ginger beer at home. Here are pictures of one of the students who took on the challenge. He grew his ginger beer bug for a week at home and on Monday he made the final gingerbeer. Now just a bit of a wait and then they can drink it.

The science behind making ginger beer is :

The yeast in the bug is a living thing, called a microorganism. It belongs to the fungi family. Yeast needs a warm moist environment and food to be able to survive. The sugar provides the food. Once the yeast starts feeding on the sugar it will start to respire. Respiration is a process that all living things carry out to get energy they need to live from the food they eat. As the yeast feed on the sugar they breathe out carbon dioxide. This carbon dioxide is what is causing the fizzy bubbles in the ginger beer.

Science in action.

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Stephanie Martin has been working on this beautiful piece over lockdown (seen above). Like many artists, she has left it incomplete while she considers how she will complete it and is working on other pieces before coming back to it. Despite it being incomplete it is a very strong work and we look forward to seeing more from Stephanie. The monochrome panel on the right was painted using coffee, a great and very accessible medium to use at home.

The work below is by Year 11 Anais Holowacz - a surrealist landscape that is captivating with its dreamlike qualities and by Year 10 Addi Dodson - who spent time creating contour drawings of things from her home as per her weekly art assignment. Contour drawings are a great way to practice how you 'see' and Addi's drawings show she is really looking at how she uses line to describe her objects.

Well done to all three artists.

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The 2021 Prefects & Yr 12 Interact team are running a Lockdown Challenge. There are prizes up for grabs, including pizza vouchers. Over the next few weeks while we cannot be at school why not enter one or more of the challenges below:

Each category will be judged by a group of 3 student leaders.

1. Fort Challenge

Points will be awarded for creativity used to build a fort. The fort must fit at least two people. It can be made of any materials available. We challenge you to spend the night in the fort.

Two categories: 1. Inside Fort 2. Outside Fort

2. Trident’s Got Talent Challenge

Share with us your talent, this could be anything; singing, dancing, playing an instrument. Can you do a mean wheel stand on your bike? Cool makeup? Don’t worry, we are not going to share it with the whole school, a small team of 3 students will judge this category.

3. Homesports Challenge

Share with us a sporting challenge. This could include trickshots, basketball, or carrying out a pretend/substitute sporting activity in your backyard.

4. Baking and Cooking Challenge

Share a video or photo of your most impressive cooking or baking.

Categories: 1. Baking 2. Breakfast or Lunch 3. Dinner 4. Dessert

5. Marble Track Challenge

Make a marble track through your house and film the marbles journey along the track.

6. Arty Crafty Project Challenge

Share any photos or videos of any art, craft or project you have been working on.

7. Ping Pong Ball Challenge

Share a video of your most creative way of bouncing a ping pong ball into a cup.

Work on your entry over the next 10 days, send your entries in by the 10th September to: In your email entry, in the subject line, put your name and the category you are entering. In the body of the email include your name, form class and which house you are in. You can enter more than one category but you will need to send a separate email for each entry. Please film your videos with your phone on it’s side so we get video images that are full screen. This makes for a much better video presentation.

House Points will be awarded for entering and prizes will be awarded when we get back to school.


Well done to Ms Botha and our students whose community focus saw them fundraise for the SPCA and donate lots of toys for the animals to enjoy. We are proud of you all for your effort.


Cycling New Zealand Schools are running the SKODA Virtual Tour Presented by Champion System next week from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 September on Zwift. This is an exciting opportunity for school aged students to participate and connect with each other in a fun virtual cycling tour. Designed and developed in response to the disappointing cancellation of the Skoda Southern Tour and Skoda Northern Tour. Thanks to Champion System, jerseys are up for grabs as prizes!

Entries are open to now! Anyone who's a member of an affiliated school can participate.

To enter this students can email our sports coordinator Mr Jones on

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Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022
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Then why not stand for election as the Student Representative on your School Board?

As a board member, you’ll learn new skills, be able to have your say on important issues and make a positive contribution to your school and community.

For more information go to

Click on the button below to hear Simon Prout on his experience as a BOT Student Representative in 2020/2021.


Upcoming Careers Events in Term 3

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 closed August 15.

· University of Canterbury - applications open June 20 and closed August 15.

· Auckland University of Technology - applications open July and closed August 1.

· Auckland University - applications are open now and closed August 25.

· Massey University - applications are open now and closed August 20.

· Otago University - Tu Kahika & POPO Scholarships for Health Science Foundation closed 15th August.

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

Students should also check out and

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), Mrs Susan Haines (Careers Support), 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.

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The 2021 Scholarship Round is now open. Further information and application forms are

available on the Public Trust website:

Applications must be completed on the website by 5pm, Sunday 17th October 2021.

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Quick guide to book an appointment with the school counsellor

1. Book an appointment with either Mrs Angela Barr or Mr Paul Barr by following the


2. At your allocated counselling appointment time, copy the following link into your

browser to access the virtual counselling space:

For Mrs Angela Barr:

or by email:

For Mr Paul Barr:

or by email:

Email for Mrs Angela Barr:

Email for Mr Paul Barr:

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Make sure to mark this on your calendar. Mrs Harison, our Japanese teacher, will be looking to include our Trident students who will be helping in some of the stalls and also dancing in the bonodori and maybe a J-Pop set!
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Conservation Week (4th – 12th Sep) is normally a packed week for Department of Conservation and Community groups with lots of events going on. Unfortunately, due to uncertainty of Alert levels during this time we have decided to pursue events of an online nature. One event we are running is a Photography Competition (see poster below) using Phone cameras only.

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Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there's no "www."). Our username is "trident" and password "courage".


Thank you to Seth Hands, our 2019 Head Boy who created this film for us!

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