Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 4 - May 27th 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

It was great to host the Careers Expo for EBOP students this week on Wednesday and connect our students and all high school students across the Eastern Bay with potential courses and employment opportunities. Thanks to our Careers Hub for their work in putting together such a successful event - Amy Wildash, Jeanette Pleijte, Karen Benge, Cindy Lee and the rest of the Future’s Academy Team. What was particularly pleasing was seeing the response from our students who were really excited by the opportunities presented and the conversations they had. Their enthusiasm went back into the classroom and teachers commented on the inspiration they took from this event. We hope the expo generated career chat at home too, and if you have any questions about potential pathways for your young adult, please contact the Careers Hub at school and they will help. When young people know what they want for their future, they are more engaged and purposeful in their learning; we are keen to see this week’s Careers Expo help focus some of our students towards new goals.

NCEA Catch Up and Extension Programme

Next week on Monday and Tuesday we are prioritising our senior students’ progress through NCEA. The impact of Covid disruptions means that for many of our senior students they have fallen behind in progress through their assessments and unfortunately, the NCEA credits requirements remain the same. Our level one students need to gain 80 credits this year to achieve level 1, whilst our level 2 and 3 students need to gain 60 this year to add to their carried over 20 credits.

For some of our students Monday and Tuesday are a kick start day - an opportunity to take part in a special programme to get their credits rolling. For most students it is a chance to finish assessments across a range of subjects and be able to hand them in for marking. Students have been given a timetable of when to come into certain subjects. They can also come in if their focus is on Merit or Excellence and they are wanting to do extension work with their teachers. Classrooms for Catch up.docx - Students can check where to go for the day on Monday and Tuesday through this document.

Huge thanks to our teachers and HODs for the preparation they have put into planning for the Catch Up and Extension Days - talk to your student at home and have a plan for what they will achieve each day in each subject; this will be empowering to see the advances they can make!

Attendance is key to success. If your young adult is not coming to school they will not be achieving. Educational success is fundamental to their future opportunities and ensuring they come to school now will help pave a pathway for their successful lives as adults. Please support the school and your young adult by making sure they attend school every day.

School Senior Ball

Year 12 and Year 13 whanau and students will have received a letter about the Trident Senior Ball which is to take place on Saturday August 6th. We are really excited to be able to plan this special event for our senior students - particularly because we have missed out on a ball at Trident due to Covid for the last two years. Students will need to have good attendance from now till the ball and have paid off any left over fees from last year as well as be paying fees for this year. If you have any concerns about either attendance or fees, please contact me at school.

St Joseph’s Cross Country

Finally, huge thanks to our Year 10 Sports Leadership Students who were out in the community helping our local school, Saint Joseph’s, run their cross country event. It is so important for our students to see that they can contribute to the community and be role models for younger students. Our PE department’s focus on leadership in this way supports the personal development of our students.

Have a good weekend with whanau - and we look forward to seeing all our students on Monday.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Monday 30th May - Senior catch up. Normal school day for Juniors.
  • Tuesday 31st May - Senior catch up and Year 9 & 10 Online Learning Day - No Juniors at school.
  • Friday 3rd June - Kahui Ako TOD
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2


As Covid-19 disrupted Term One we have an NCEA catch-up programme running next week on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of May. Students and whanau have been emailed to show which achievement standards students are required to work on. Full school uniform is to be worn.

Once the standards have been completed to the required level students can leave school, signing out from the student reception.

School as normal for Year 9 and 10 on Monday.

Online learning from home for Year 9 and 10 on Tuesday.

The Technology Dept will have hot drinks and delicious Kai available on Monday and Tuesday for those who come in for NCEA catch up.


On Thursday the EBOP Careers Expo was held at Trident. It was an extremely successful day, with approximately 1000 senior students from Eastern Bay high schools visiting us.

We have had very positive reactions from exhibitors and students who have made valuable connections.

A big thank you to the students who helped clean everything up, it was much appreciated.


Our Year 9 Te Aka Motuhake students spent two days learning about teamwork, leadership skills, anti-bullying strategies and Tikanga practices. Members of the student leadership team and Interact Club led the team building activities and the Year 9 students demonstrated their own leadership skills through creating and then leading a series of innovative games. The students next step is to inquire how they can demonstrate leadership in the Trident community.


Our Year 10 Social Studies students have been discussing social action and what it means. Anne Bulley visited our class in March and discussed the humanitarian aid that is needed and being delivered to Ukrainians. Two groups decided to do their research and social action on the Ukraine. Students have had to research the war, find out what relief aid does and try to inform others of the situation in Ukraine.

Follow the link to see some of our work.


This year has seen Trident being able to select two girl's Hockey teams for the BOP competition which we are very excited about.

After a two week delayed start, due to Rotorua Hockey laying a new turf the girls were happy to get started. Tuesday night saw the start of the hockey season for both teams with home games at the Horizon Hockey Turf against Western Heights High School.

The 2nd XI played their game with a lot of firsts, first game of hockey together, first 11 aside game for many of the players and their first goal. They came away with a 1 - 0 win and they all played amazing. The 1st XI also played WHHS which was an even match with it being nil all at three quarter time. Trident needed to score for a win but unfortunately WHHS made a quick break and Trident came away with a 1 - 0 loss. Thank you to the new coaches of the 2nd XI team, Cameron Ogle and Dave Fraser, without the support of these volunteer coaches the girls would not be able to compete. Also a big thank you to Aaron Box the coach of the 1st XI for coming back for the second year. Another home game for the 1st XI on Tuesday night and an away game to Rotorua for the 2nd XI. Good luck girls!.


The Junior Boy's Football team lost 6-2 to Mt Maunganui College Junior A this weekend. Sam Merkofer continued his goal scoring form, Isaac Black pulled off a stunning penalty save and Kobi Wetting-Davidson was strong in mid field and hit the underside of the bar with a strike from outside the box. It was a tough game and Trident fought hard but unfortunately, Mt Maunganui proved too strong on the day.


Trident Youth Boy's v Otumoetai College 2nd XI

Trident Youth Boy's continued their unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic victory over Otumoetai College 2nd XI on Saturday beating them 7-0

A perfect day for football on a beautiful pitch saw Trident dominate from the outset, moving the ball around the pitch and taking the game to Otumoetai. The goals soon followed and the most pleasing part was that they came from a range of players. Good building blocks moving forward.The team went into the 2nd Half focused on keeping possession putting training drills into practice. The team played some brilliant football at times with their dynamic movement too much for the opposition. Tougher tests lay ahead for the team but it has been a positive start with two wins chalked up.

Well done boys and thank you for all the Whanau support on the day.


U16 Boys v WHS

“Super proud of our U16 boys with a great 24-17 win over WHS at Trident. We started with a powerful Haka and its so cool to see the team growing week to week with everyone standing up, going to next level and playing for each other. The defence was solid and committed all day. Great tries to Joseph, Ngatiki and Ronan x2 and 2 conversions for Joe. Looking forward to a great week of training and building for this week and beyond.”

U14 Boys v Te Puke

“Bit of a struggle starting off again where we were lacking in defence, going down 28-5 at half time. Second half, the team come back with some good line speed, defence and stringing along alot of phases resulting in a few tries scored by Joe, Asoiva, Sonny, Rico and Ariki. Full time score 40 - 27 to Te Puke. Lots to improve on, but we will get there. “


On Saturday our Trident Blue played Taoroa, well done to Taoroa on the win


On Wednesday some of our Year 10 Sports Leadership students supported St Joseph’s school by marshalling their annual Cross Country Event.

Trident Sports Leaders have a strong historic relationship supporting St Joseph's with their school events and our team of outstanding students were more than happy to keep this going in 2022.

It was a beautiful morning and the St Joseph’s staff and students put on a magnificent event which saw Whanau support lining the streets to support the students on their run.

The Trident Sports Leadership students encouraged, supported, and assisted the St Joseph’s students and did a fantastic job. To get such positive feedback from staff and members of the community was a credit to their application and enthusiasm.

Well done Year 10 Sports were fantastic!!

Kia Manawa Nui!

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Trident High School had five representatives on their mountain bikes on Saturday in Taupo. Bailey and Ollie Frederickson, and Zoe, Xavier and Oliver Christie.

We congratulate all five who put in impressive races for their level of experience. Zoe achieved her goal - 1st in age group and 1st woman overall. She also took out the time trial section in the course for her category. A fantastic result that she can be very pleased with!!


Trident had 6 teams entered into the tournament on Monday with the day starting with a coaching session from BOP Badminton. After that the games got under way. With a good mix of experienced players and new players, there were some good games played and lots of fun had. Students have been invited to join the Secondary school competition on Friday afternoons at the War Memorial Hall. BOP Badminton will offer coaching as well as games.


We congratulate Layla and Holly Rowland on their Banana boat swim of 3.5 km in the chilly 14.5 degrees water at the Blue Lake. The sisters continue to shine and show dedication to their sporting codes, embodying our school motto Kia Manawa Nui and Quality Work.


Students did Trident proud yesterday as they raced through the course. Oliver and Xavier Christie came in first and took out the day, well done to them, they proved to be too fast for the other schools. Everyone else did well and most importantly had fun in the outdoors. Next adventure race is Soaked in Adventure. Come and see Me Rowland for details and see details below. Even if it is your first race, it will be fun.


Get your team ready for an awesome adventure!

Brought to you by Goldsmiths Chartered Accountants, the Soaked in Adventure 3 & 6HR races will take place on Saturday 25 June about 30 minutes’ drive from Whakatāne – the exact location will be revealed one week before race day.

In your team of up to five school mates, you will trek/run and mountain bike, strategizing your route to navigate the secret 3 or 6HR course to collect checkpoints and complete mystery activities around our secret course. Suitable for beginners to adventure racing and more experienced racers who can collect optional checkpoints to have the right level of challenge for your team.

For more information or to register your team, visit:

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Our school nurse, Kerry Blackmore, is available Monday - Friday 8.30am - 3pm.

Free services include:

Throat swabs

Wound management

Sexual health services which includes pregnancy tests, STI screening, contraception.

Health assessments

Microsuctioning ear wax removal with parental consent

Free sanitary products are available from the sickbay and the counsellor/nurse waiting area.


Kia ora e te iwi, know any rangatahi that are keen to get involved in some cool workshops? We have a rangatahi wananga coming up on the 9th of June.

In this wananga, rangatahi get to explore their creativity through three hands on artist led workshops. For more information or to sign up email Israel

Drawing workshop with Te Marunui Hotene

Portrait Photography with Arpege Taratoa

Fashion Workshop with Donna Dinsdale

Bookings essential!!

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Growing through Grief “Seasons for Growth” is an evidence-based loss and grief educative program and we invite students from Trident to attend.

In a small group of peers, young people are assisted to understand their experience of loss and grief. The program provides a safe learning environment for young people where they can give their voice to their experiences, understand their feelings, learn skills that help them adapt, develop friendships, and recognize that, ‘I’m not the only one’.

Young people attending may:

  • have a parent absent from their lives due to relationship breakdown or separation.
  • have lost a close family member due to illness, age, suicide, violence, or accident.
  • have a close family member absent due to time spent in mental health units, prison, or rehab.
  • be living in alternative care away from their own parents or home, be experiencing other loss or change in their family life.

DATE: Term Three – every Tuesday for eight weeks. August 2nd – September 20th

TIME: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

VENUE: Anglican Church, 30 Domain Road, Whakatāne

COST: $20 (covers the entire program – includes workbook)

FACILITATOR: Suzanne Maguire, Growing Through Grief Coordinator: Whakatāne


Phone: 021 767 538 or 0800 229 484

Completed enrolment form required before commencement of the program.

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MoneyHub has published a money guide for students to give you the tools and information so you can develop a great relationship with money. Check it out here:

Understanding money is often hard for students, but this guide has already proven a success. We have a lot of confidence in this guide and welcome your comments!


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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While Covid 19 is in our community, our staff are wearing masks and we encourage students to do the same. We have found this graphic regarding mask use to be helpful in explaining how mask wearing keeps us and those around us safe.

At Orange Framework it is not mandatory for students to wear masks in class, however it is a good method to stay healthy.

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Bank Account 12 3253 0004257 00

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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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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Go to the App Store or Play Store on your phone and Search school app nz

Open install the App on your phone. Enter: Trident High School.

The App allows you to notify the office of an absentee, view daily notices, view our newsletter Trident Leads, it also has links to school related websites.

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