Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 7 - 15th March 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

It was great to see more students returning to us today, having completed self-isolation or recovered from Covid, or simply feeling more confident to be back on the school grounds. Managing numbers onsite is difficult and unpredictable but we are pleased that so far we have been able to keep open for everyone and manage the teaching and learning both onsite and at home. In the event that we cannot maintain this, we will of course inform you as soon as we can via email and on Facebook and the Website explaining the alternative programme that will be put in place. In the meantime, please continue to support your student’s learning; encourage them to come to school and engage in their courses or support them to manage their online learning through Google Classroom at home. If you need any support in this - contact their whanau ako teacher or a Dean.

Last week as a staff we engaged in online learning through a presentation about the LGBTQAI + community in New Zealand, and indeed the world. Our presenter, Martin King, an ex-student of Trident, gave a lively and compelling argument for the need to understand the highly complex world of gender identity in the 21st century. As a school Trident’s second strategic priority is to be a Supportive and Inclusive Community - where all students and staff are supported to build confident connected relationships in order to become global citizens. Supporting and including our gender diverse community is fundamental to achieving this priority and Martin King’s address reminded us of the challenges these students face and our need to support, include and celebrate them at Trident.

Today’s free school lunch through Ka Pai Kai was hot mashed potatoes, vegetables and meatballs; a real winner with the students, many of whom come back for seconds, and of course have the fruit and yoghurt as well. The food is carefully balanced to be nutritious and filling without being laden with fats so we are proud to be able to offer our students good food as fuel for their bodies during the learning day. We also serve breakfasts to hungry students at our breakfast club, tu tangata breakfasts. With this in mind, please don’t come to school to drop off McDonalds or other fast food, or send students to school with money to get fast food. They are well fed and well looked after and it is a distraction and a litter nuisance to have fast food dropped off. Please keep this as an out of school treat and support us in maintaining great food habits at school.

Please contact school promptly if your child becomes a Household Contact or becomes ill with Covid and make sure that we are aware of the dates involved - when they fell sick / had to start self-isolating and when they can return.We are aware there are also lots of students falling ill with the common cold as we change seasons - please keep them home too!

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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Coping with mixed emotions and wellbeing tips for home isolation. This is a great resource that may help some of our community.


Our amazing SMLT working tirelessly to keep the school running as efficiently and effectively as possible during these difficult times.


Mr Jeff Greenwood - Deputy Principal

Mr Jason Garner - Assistant Principal

Mr Jon Stanhope - Assistant Principal


Ms Amy Wildash - Assistant Principal

Mrs Caroline Reddish - Deputy Principal

Mrs Adrienne Scott-Jones - Principal

Mrs Tui McCaull - Deputy Principal (away on study leave for 2022)

Ms Ginny Bellamy - Deputy Principal

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Whanau - Please click the link below to learn more about Google Classroom.


Ms Elliott's Year 9 Science class was working on convection today and after they theory part of their lesson they used food colouring and varied water temperatures to see convection in action. A quick experiment that helped students understand the theory that they had been learning. Great work everyone!


Junior and senior students from the Special Education Department celebrated Sea week this week by going fishing at Ohope wharf. The fish that were caught were returned to the sea for future fishing adventures.


We had our registrations for our Championship Athletics event last Friday. The landscape has changed quite significantly within the past week and as a result of Covid within our community & significant absenteeism we have decided to postpone this event until later in the year.

Swimming Sports and Cross Country were both due to take place in the coming weeks. We have also made the decision to postpone these events until later in the year.

Thanks for your understanding on this. Stay safe whanau.


For students interested in entering the Aquaknights Zonal and NZ Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships, 2 April:

This event is a great opportunity to give open water swimming a go. If you are interested in entering and being a part of the action at Mt Maunganui on 2 April 2022 go to 2022 New Zealand Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. When entering, ensure you complete the details that asks whether you are a student and select Trident High School from the list provided.


We have a few spots left in our Junior Girls Hockey team for anyone that is interested in playing hockey this season. If you have played before that's awesome but if you haven't and are willing to learn that is even better. Please see the Sports Coordinator at school if you're interested or email


Week 3, running around Linwood streets in Rotorua. All students did well on the long course. Each week students are showing kia manawa nui and running right up to the 60th minute often sprinting to the finish line just in time. Well done team! Keep


Syniva Bryce is one of our Year 9 students who has made a great start to her high school education and we are happy to share her thoughts about the first few weeks at Trident.

“I came from a really small school (Te Kura O Taneatua), but I also grew up on the Trident rugby fields, in the gym and the Auditorium; watching, waiting and learning from my 4 older siblings, but I was still nervous before starting at Trident. When I first started I was worried I would be late for classes but I think I am ok now I have found my way around the school. I have 2 older siblings in the Tuakana/ Teina role and I know they expect alot from me, I was in the same role at Taneatua School. I think it is good to have their support, care and leadership. I feel safer too because they will help me to be a good role model.

My favourite experiences at Trident High School so far is that it is really challenging, you can make a lot of new friends and there are lots of new experiences all the time. I have made a whole lot of new friends already, but I did already know a lot of students through my representative sport teams and that helps me too.

All my subjects are awesome but my favourite subjects are Maths, English and Social Studies because they are just so interesting, there's so many things we can learn and also when we go to those classes they make learning fun and easier to understand.

I really like all my teachers, because each teacher is helping me to achieve my goals and I really appreciate them. My whanau ako class is so cool because I know everyone in it and I have one of the best teachers to help me. I really love that Matua Mike is competitive too, it makes me want to achieve in everything.

I really want to do well in all my subjects as my siblings have set high standards, and I am so very excited to trial and play netball, rugby, touch and maybe basketball for Trident.”

Ka pai Syniva, you already embody what it means to be a student at Trident and demonstrate our values in what you have said - Quality Work, Respect for Others and Kia Manawa Nui.


Futures Academy 2022

Futures Academy has started for 2022. Students are starting their courses across a range of industries including: boat building, sport and recreation, hospitality, automotive, construction, IT, Early childhood education, hair and beauty and tourism.

Scholarships for Secondary Study in 2022

Maori students who are studying at Trident High School this year may find a scholarship to apply for here

Scholarships for Tertiary Study in 2022

Maori students who are beginning their tertiary education this year should apply for a scholarship here

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 whanau 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 (Gateway) and Mrs Cindy Lee,(Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help plan your future.

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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".

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