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Term 3 Week 7 - 12th September 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

This morning we farewelled our Kapa Haka group as they head off for the week to Nationals - held in Hamilton. They have worked incredibly hard for this event - fourteen weeks of noho, late nights and relentless and rigorous rehearsals. They are a credit to our school in their commitment and their perseverance and we are proud of them whatever the results of the competition. I had the privilege of watching their dress rehearsal last week-end and was delighted to be amongst a crowd of several hundred whānau members who came to see their performance; the support you give our students in their endeavours, matched by our staff’s dedication, combines to allow them to excel.

On Friday Trident hosted the Basketball awards night - a fitting recognition of twenty weeks of mahi and excitement for our basketball students. Like all our sporting codes, Basketball supports students to develop personal traits which reach beyond the court - collaboration, self-management, problem-solving, goal setting and teamwork, to name but a few. Matua Mike is passionate about ensuring that students take the school values onto the court and in doing so, embed them in their practice beyond the court. The awards night is always special, but this year they farewelled two important people who have supported the code so well for the last six years; coaches Jared Davis and our HoD Social Studies coach Julie Farrell are retiring from their coaching responsibilities. We thank them for their commitment and dedication to the school through their mahi in this space.

This week the benchmark exams begin for our seniors, running alongside an academic support programme for those students who are not sitting exams and have assessments to complete for NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3. This is an important opportunity for all our senior students - they complete their courses and practice for their externals. In the event of illness or a lockdown, benchmark exam results will be key to the allocation of grades for our students, too. The benchmarks run from Thursday September 15th - Wednesday September 21st. Senior Students are expected back in school returning to their programmes on Thursday 22nd September.

As we approach the subject selection evenings for seniors and then juniors it is important for our students to be looking at the options that will help them to move towards a career of their choice. Our Careers team, led by Amy Wildash, is available for interviews and to take phone calls if you have any queries about how to help your student make these important decisions. Choosing the right subjects and working with commitment and determination to succeed in them, is vital for their future - that means in basic terms being in class and on task. Thank you for supporting our students to be successful through reinforcing these key elements for success.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Wednesday 14th September - Year 8 Open Day and Evening - Juniors attend school.
  • Wednesday 14th September - Senior study leave
  • Thursday 15th - Wednesday 21st September - Senior Benchmark Exams
  • Thursday 15th - Wednesday 21st September - Senior Academic Support Programme
  • Tuesday 27th September - Senior Subject Information Evening
  • Friday 30th September - Last day of term - Whānau Teacher Meetings
  • Monday 17th October - First day of term


Friday 23rd Sept - Students will attend a Subject Selection Information assembly. Year 9 to 12 students will receive a 2023 subject booklet to take home. This information will also be on the school website.

Friday 23rd Sept - Parent Portal will open to make subject selections.

Tuesday 27th Sept - Pathway NCEA Subject Information Evening year 10, 11 and 12 - students and whānau - NCEA information, Service Academy, Trades and Gateway Vocational pathways as well as subject information.

  • 5.30pm - 6pm - Year 10 students NCEA information presentation and then meet the subject teachers
  • 6.00pm - 7pm - all other students

Friday 30th Sept - Year 9-12 meet with their Whānau Teacher to discuss 2023 subject selection and planning for completion of the year. Year 13 Whānau teachers will discuss next steps for course completion, exams and achievement.

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For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:

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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.


Our 2022 GBI group left for the Island on Sunday, we are really excited for them and look forward to sharing their experiences. The group will be stepping outside their comfort zones, bond as a group and develop self-management and leadership skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. It is a unique programme that we are very proud to offer to our students at Trident and know this latest group will have a fantastic time.

Our GBI group is back from their first overnight expedition and we can happily report that everyone loved it. All groups went out on their expedition on the water and found a small camp site each. They have been lucky to have had amazing weather, seen lots of fish and have been snorkelling and coasteering already - an amazing start for all these lucky youngsters! GBI has turned it on for them!


Trident Junior Boys Basketball finished their Winter Tournament with only one loss but a final placing of 5th.

Their first pool game was against St Peters' Cambridge. For an 8am start, the Trident boys did pretty well to win 79-21.

In the afternoon they met St Johns' who led the first two quarters. Trident took a slight lead in the third then extended that lead in the fourth to win 72-60.

The last game in pool play was against Murupara. Marni Ngaheu led the scoring with 18 points in the teams 118-8 win.

Qualifying number one in their pool, Trident went on to the quarter finals against Otumoetai. The game was close throughout right down to the final play. The game was drawn with seconds to go. Trident fouled to give Otumoetai free throws. They scored one bucket from that. Trident got the ball in and down the other end. Hemi Parata scored but the referee called full time and no bucket. It was nice to see good sportsmanship from the Otumoetai players who acknowledged Jacob Hillmans efforts. Jacob showed his leadership throughout the tournament but in particular, in this game. He scored 30 of Tridents 71 points and had an outstanding attacking and defensive game.

With that loss putting them out of the top 4 Trident were determined to come back strong. They beat Te Awamutu 92-51. Then went on to play St Johns again in the play off for 5th. Final score 73-55 to Trident.

Whilst it was disappointing to lose only one game and place 5th, the team can be proud of their performance throughout the tournament.

Thanks to our coaches Matua Mike Te Kurapa and Brad Sparrow. Thanks also to all of those that have helped during the season and to our basketball whānau for their support.


On Tuesday, Shane Glynn, an aerospace engineer with Rocket Lab, met with our Physics and junior Science students for a zoom meeting. Shane explained the work that Rocket lab does in New Zealand - especially the development of Electron. Electron is a two-stage, partially recoverable orbital launch vehicle. It was developed to service the commercial small satellite launch market. Shane also explained that Rocket Lab is now developing Neutron, which will be used for mega constellation deployment, deep space missions, and human spaceflight. We also learned about the vast employment opportunities that Rocket Lab offers as well as the internships and scholarships / sponsorships that Rocket Lab offers. The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to an aerospace engineer who has 20 years experience working with several space agencies.


Our Level 1 Math students who are busy preparing for their MCAT examination are offered special tutorials for this. Tutorials will be run next week on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the exam on later Thursday afternoon - further information has been emailed to students.

In addition to these tutorials and to best support our students to go confidently into the exam, Mrs Esterhuizen will be in her A10 room most intervals and lunchtimes for students to pop in and ask a question or have extra support with revision.

Thank you to our hard-working Math department who are dedicated to ensuring our students give our students the best opportunity to succeed!


Recently Mr Seymour and Mr Vlotman took a year 11 PE Sports Science class to the Adams Center for High Performance in Mt Maunganui. They took part in the Applied Sport Science programme where they were able to rotate through three 1 hour workshops. They experienced sprinting with timing lights, a VO2 max test, and a Wingate power test as well as being shown around the facility, and entering the heat and altitude chamber that is used to acclimatise athletes who compete overseas. Some of our class were very excited to see the NZ Mens' Sevens team training when we arrived! The programme delivered in depth learning around the body’s response to exercise, learning that relates to the class assessments at school.

We thank our PE department for providing this opportunity for our students.


We would like to invite our current Year 10 and Year 11 students studying Japanese and any current Year 9 students considering studying Japanese in 2023, to be part of our Japan Educational Tour in 2024.

This tour forms part of a wider exchange with our sister city Kamagaya in Japan. Students will experience a homestay in Kamagaya and then travel to top tourist spots such as Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Hiroshima.

We will hold an information evening on Wednesday the 21st Sept in the school library starting at 7pm and welcome students and their whānau.

If you are unable to attend but would like access to the information, please email Mrs Hilary Harison ( for a copy of the presentation and other details.

With our 2024 Japan Tour approaching we will share aspects of the tour with you.

Part 1 - Homestays

On the first stage of the Japan Educational Tour we visit Kamagaya, Whakatāne's sister city. We are hosted by people from the council. Everyday we do activities together as a group. We go into Tokyo and visit the old city in Asakusa and shop for traditional goods and then visit Akihabara to check the latest in electronic gear. Usually we visit Disneyland as well. While being hosted students get a range of experiences; baseball games, making mochi, cooking with their family and so on. One student even got to drive a Super Mario car in Tokyo!


In the build up to our information evening on Wednesday 21st September (note the date change please) for the 2025 Arts and Culture Tour we thought we would take you on a trip down memory lane from our past two tours.

Part 1 - Athens

After a day of travel via Dubai we arrived in Athens, Greece. Everyone was a little tired and jet lagged but after the coach trip from the airport taking the scenic route and seeing some of the important sites we checked into our hotel and then went out to explore on foot.

After a good night's sleep we had a full day Athens Tour visiting: Acropolis and Museum, Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Greek Parliament Buildings and the Plaka. We did a little bit of souvenir shopping in the Plaka and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Athens.

In the evening we went to experience a traditional Greek meal with a traditional folk dancing and music show.

The following day before departure to our next amazing location we left the hotel early to explore central Athens, taking in the fish market and an amazing little street full of antiques and niknaks where the savvy shoppers found some amazing little keepsakes

Part 2 - Delphi

The beautiful town of Delphi

One of the most memorable locations is the UNESCO world heritage site of Delphi in Greece. Dating back to the 8th Century BC it is considered to be the navel of the world in Greek mythology it is a beautiful little town in the mountains northwest of Athens. We always love our stay in Delphi as we can allow everyone some freedom to wander the streets and investigate the shops and town. Our previous hotel looked out over a valley covered from horizon to horizon in olive trees and we would always hear the goatherds out to check on their goats and the bells on the goats as they are herded in for the night. The museum of Delphi contains some of the most amazing ancient archaeological finds and once we have had a guided tour through the museum we get the chance to wander through the hills and archeological site seeing the ancient olympic stadium, the ruins of the temples and where the Oracle of Delphi sat to meet with the great armies and generals that came to offer her riches to predict the future and the outcome of battles.

Delphi is in a word…magical!

If you are interested in taking part of this fantastic tour keep an eye out for the notice of the meeting that will be held on the 21st of September. Alternatively please see or email Ms Deeley or Mr Barr.


Kia Ora Trident Whanau, after the huge demand shown for the Girls Football UK Tour in 2024, this is a final call for any whānau of girls who would like to join us on this prestigious Tour.

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 !!

Who can come on the tour ? All female students who are currently in Year 9, 10 and 11 at Trident High School and any Year 8's starting next year.

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.

To summarise, for those that attended the information evening, the final date for securing your daughters place by paying the deposit is Friday 30th September.

For those who missed the information evening, if you are keen for your daughter to be involved please contact me for more information at

Kia Manawa Nui

Mr Stanhope

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Whakatāne District Youth Council is holding a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night and you’re invited!

Join us at the Whakatāne Recreation Hall on Thursday 15th September at 6:30pm to meet your next potential local decision makers.

Hear from your local council candidates, enjoy free nibbles and drinks, and engage in the opportunity to ask the BIG questions and build YOUR networks! This event is the perfect way to end our 2022 Local Election season

We hope to see you there!!

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LOCATION: Te Aiōtanga

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


Two school holiday programmes are offered by two respected organisations, the NZ Sailing Trust and Auckland Sea Kayaks, working in partnership to be the nation's leader in marine based education experiences. The goal of these journeys is to support the growth, development and education of young people in a marine environment.

The Hine Moana programme offers young women an inspirational trip to build self-confidence, improve communication skills, develop new and long-lasting friendships, all in a non-threatening supportive environment.

The young women will be motivated and empowered by relevant programme mentors and reflect upon their journey with self-respect and respect to Kaitiakitanga. A number of young women join us through available bursaries, making this lifechanging experience available to all.

For more information please go to:

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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



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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You may pay any sports or extra curricular fees directly to our bank account.

Please enter student name of student ID in the deposit details.

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