Trident Leads

Term 1 School Break 29th April 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

We hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break and enjoyed the company of your young adults during the holiday. We are very much looking forward to Monday 2nd May when we have all our students return to Trident for Term 2, 2022.

Welcoming everyone back

For some whanau this will be the first time their students have been at school for a while, so let me explain how we will be helping students to settle back into Trident school life.

Whanau time on Monday will be extended from 8:40 am until 9:00am so that whanau teachers can welcome students back, check on their timetables with them and bring them up to date with what is happening at school.

During period 1 from 9:00am, Deans will be available in the library as well as our IT coordinator, Shane Nychy, to help with timetable problems or changes, electives, support with uniform and gear, and ensure that students have functioning Chromebooks. Please make sure your student brings their Chromebook and charger to school even if there is a problem with it, so we can sort it out.

For students who have ongoing anxiety issues our expert guidance team is available to help with a reintegration plan, to reduce stress but ensure the key goal of attending school can be achieved.

We will be able to reintroduce assemblies this term which will also help students to reconnect with their year groups and friends and this term we have electives each Thursday which again allows for our students to feel engaged and connected with students and teachers in a non-academic and co-curricular activity.

If you have concerns about your student’s return to school, please make contact with their whanau teacher; it is vital our young people get back on track with their education and we will do whatever we can to help ensure this can happen.

Routines and structure

Students thrive in an environment which provides familiar and clear routines and structures. Student mental health and academic, sporting and cultural success is enhanced through establishing and maintaining routines and boundaries.

So what does this look like at Trident as we return to Term 2?

  • Students arrive punctually for whanau time at 8:40am

  • Students are in full school uniform with a warm school fleece, shell jacket or a plain black raincoat

  • Students have their Chromebooks with them and fully charged

  • Students move promptly from class to class to arrive on time for learning each period

  • Students remain on task through to the end of the period

  • Students use the toilet and take water breaks before school, at interval and at lunchtime and remain in class during lesson time

  • Students are confident of their access to their Google Classrooms and can support their learning at home

These expectations are key to young people succeeding at Trident and we will be working consistently alongside whanau to implement and maintain them for the benefit of all of our students’ success.

Whanau making sure that students arrive on time to school and in uniform with the gear they need for the day is such a great start for their learning and we appreciate the efforts you make to help this to happen. Please contact your whanau teacher if you need help with any of the above.

Covid-19 Trident under Orange

At Orange, face masks are no longer mandated at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. This means staff will continue to wear a face mask in the classroom and we will encourage students to continue wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in an indoor setting. All visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, are asked to wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that students continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll require them to wear a mask, for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a time.

At Orange, Trident students are still required to wear a face mask on school buses.

At Orange we will be able to return to normal PE activities, have drama and music lessons indoors and hold some assemblies in well-ventilated spaces with specific year groups. It will be a return to a full school experience for our students.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

Anzac Day Participation

On Anzac Day our Service Academy students led by Staff Shaw, served the Whakatane community well with their contribution to the Dawn Service and also the town service at the War Memorial Hall. Our students showed leadership through service and great self-discipline in their work at both events and Trident was proud of their service. The prefects were also there to lay a wreath and represent the school at the War Memorial service and again they served the school well. We also had students representing Trident at the Ruatoki Dawn Service as well - Matua Mike took the basketballers to the ceremony. We acknowledge the importance of remembering those who gave their lives for us and for the freedoms that we hold dear in Aotearoa now and will be holding an Anzac day service in week two this term for all of the school.

Huge thanks to the teachers and coaches who have continued to support our students during the holidays through their sports activities. Trident has been represented at Karapiro in rowing and basketball and netball training noho have taken place at school ready for tournaments this week; our students commitment to personal excellence is maintained even in the holidays!

Once again, we look forward to Monday morning welcoming everyone back to school for an exciting and challenging term - enjoy your weekend and time with whanau.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Monday 2nd May - First Day of Term 2
  • Friday 6th May - Cross Country Championship P4 & P5
  • Monday 16th May - Accord Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

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We are so proud of our Service Academy, under the guidance of Staff Shaw, for their contribution to Anzac Day both at the Dawn Service and at the Whakatane District Memorial Service. Our Prefects (right) were also there to participate and lay a wreath on behalf of our school.

We would like to recognise our talented Year 12 student Aria Dalgleish who played the Last Post and Reveille at the ANZAC Dawn Parade. She also played at the Whakatane High School ANZAC Day service during the last week of the first term. We thank Aria for her dedication to music and sharing it with our wider community.

It was great to see our Trident High Prem 1, 2, 3 Netball teams attend the Wairaka Marae Dawn Parade during a 5 Day Netball Noho, to show appreciation and gratitude to our Defence Force under teachings of Whaea Te Ahuru Waititi and Coach Ngarori Waititi.

Our Basketball Juniors (right) attended Ruatoki Memorial under the guidance of Matua Mike Te Kurapa.


We thank our staff who have supported our junior students to learn the 'Trident way' with the 'Red and Blue certificate' kaupapa over this term.

We did a draw from these certificates and our lucky winners were:

Avi Teinakore 9DF

Isla Webster 9EB

Ryan Doherty 9NW

Niveyah Morehu 9PI

Kaya Heurea 9TK

Avi Teinakore 9DF (absent)

We are looking forward to Term 2!!


During the last week of school our Interact Club students delivered Easter goodie bags to fellow students. Students bought their friends an Easter gift over the week and then some of the Interact students dressed up as Easter Bunnies and delivered them. Thank you to our Interact Club who spread some Easter cheer through our school! Proceeds from the sales will go towards Ukrainian Refugees.

We are proud to share that our Prefects and Interact Club made just over $762.40 through the Ukrainian flowers, Guess the Lollies in the jar, Easter Raffle, Sausage Sizzle and the Easter Bunny Goodie bags! All proceeds will go to Ukraine Refugee Support.

We have drawn the Easter raffle, the Winner is M.Coffey, congratulations! We also congratulate Debbie Miller who won the Guess the Lollies in the Jar. Thank you to everyone that supported our student leaders in their initiatives that demonstrate one of our core values - Respect for Others.


We had the pleasure of awarding certificates presented by our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Webster and Principal Mrs Scott-Jones, to our Year 9 students who have made outstanding progress in Mathematics in the 9 weeks they have been at Trident. The progress shown by this group of students should typically take about two years. To put this into context, normally a student would progress 1-2 sublevels per year. To progress 1-2 sublevels in one term is incredible but many of these students progressed over 3 sublevels, which is a phenomenal achievement. We are very proud of their achievement and know their whanau will be proud too. We thank our dedicated Mathematics Department for their outstanding programmes which ensure our students achieve their personal best.


Last term in Ms Elliott’s Science class, her students made density columns using sugar solutions. It was a bit fiddly but fun!


Trident High School Special Education Centre is participating in the HALO Whakatāne Education Programme, Te Whakaora I te Mauri o te Repo - Restoring the Mauri of the Awatapu Lagoon. While working collaboratively with other schools and the wider community, their contribution has included exotic weed control and rubbish removal while learning about flora and fauna species living in this habitat.

Voting will take place online - voters will be given a virtual fund of $35,000 to allocate to their favourite projects. The projects which receive the most funds from the community will receive actual funding to kickstart their school’s project.

Voting is open now till 14 May - please click on the link below!

The tauira (students) are proud to be assigned the culturally significant site where the Wainui Te Whara stream enters the lagoon, locally known as the ‘Delta’. The proposed project will extend the current maintenance work to create more wetland areas at the northern end of the Delta. The focus will be planting shallow and additional reprofiled wetland areas. This will complement the mahi being undertaken by the Otamakaokao Kaitiaki Trust wetland planting on the eastern edge of the lagoon.


My GBI experience started at 2am! We all hopped on the coach and travelled for 5 hours to Auckland, we jumped on the ferry and had a 6 hour boat ride to Tryphena. Once we arrived we split up into vans and drove to our camp, Orama. Our instructors greeted us with some team bonding games, and then we were shown our cabins and were left to move in. The next day rolled around, we met our group and instructors where we learned a bit about them and they learned who they were spending the next three weeks with. For the next 4 days we spent time at Orama - rock climbing on a rock face, high ropes, walking up streams, competing in the Glenfern Gallop and Wetsuit Olympics. During the Wetsuit Olympics I learnt how to backflip! For the first expedition we kayaked to Sunset Cove where we did a mixture of snorkelling, fishing and card games. Sunset Cove was definitely one of my highlights. I also learned the most important things: to pack and how to pack light. I feel this was a big life lesson as I tend to over pack. Another one of my highlights was coasteering around Green Island. During our trip around we were jumping off rocks and then we looked out to sea and one of the group's transport (the waka) was floating out to sea! One of the instructors was panicking and preparing to swim to it, but decided to radio to bring a boat and come pick it up. Later it was successfully rescued. On our last week we had a week long expedition, where we learned many skills such as fishing, evenly dishing out gear to carry and working as a team. These skills have helped me to work at my school work evenly and get it done over a period of time instead of leaving it to the last minute and stressing about it. On our week-long expedition we walked to the highest peak on Great Barrier Island at 4am. There were a lot of stairs, and I am not very good at walking up hills, but I persevered and did it. The way up was very challenging but the view on the top was worth it. I think people should definitely apply to this camp as it helps you improve as an individual in every aspect and allows you to develop your leadership skills and outdoor skills. I believe I learnt a lot about myself during this camp and my friends, it made me step out of my comfort zone, try new things and overall, it was for me a life changing experience.


Awesome mahi Malachi! It is great to see our Year 13 student Malachi recognised for his unique application of Maori designs and we wish Malachi every success in this venture.


Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo

Trident High School will be hosting the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo on Wednesday 25th May. This Expo will be attended by senior students from all the Eastern Bay Schools.

If your business or organization would like to be a part of this expo please contact:

Amy Wildash Careers Adviser

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.


Last weekend we had 12 of our Trident students attend the Annual Kayaking Nationals event at Lake Karapiro and they came home with amazing results.

U14 Girls’ consisted of Holly Rowland, Isla Webster and Kayla Follows

- 2 Gold medals in the mixed K4 relays for 200 and 500 distance.

- Holly Rowland 2 Golds in the K1 200 and 500 distance

- Holly Rowland and Kayla Follows Gold in the K2 200 distance

U16 Girls’ consisting of Eva Fuller, Hannah Baxter, Keira Follows, Layla Rowland, Sophie Spod

- 2 Silver medals in the K4 200 and 500 distance

- Eva Fuller and Hannah Baxter 2 Silvers in the K2 200 and 500 distance

- Eva Fuller 2 Golds and Hannah Baxter 2 Bronzes in the K1 200 and 500 distance

- Eva Fuller Silver in the Mixed Senior Relay

U16 Boys' consisting of Ollie Fredericksen and Derek Esterhuizen

- 2 Bronze medals in the U16 K4 500 and U18 K4 200

- Ollie Fredericksen Bronze in the U18 K2 200 distance

U18 Girls' consisting of Jess Cleghorn and Caitlyn Esterhuizen

- 2 Silver medals in the U18 K4 200 and 500 distance with Eva Fuller and Hannah Baxter

- Jess Cleghorn and Caitlyn Esterhuizen Silver in the Senior Mixed K4 200 Distance

- Jess Cleghorn Gold and Caitlyn Esterhuizen Silver in the Senior Mixed Relay

- Jess Cleghorn Bronze in the K2 Mixed 200 Distance

Our club relay placed third and consisted of Jess Cleghorn, Ollie Fredericksen, Layla Rowland, Holly Rowland and Isla Webster.

A huge thank you to our club coach Gary Waller who spends many hours with our students in the river not only getting them ready for competitions but also teaching them a love for the sport.


Report from coach Steven Byford:

"Taking some learnings from the week prior, we travelled to Gisborne more confident after another week of training. The first quarter didn’t go to plan and they ran in 3 easy tries down our left edge. Once we fixed that the game was very even. With Gisborne having 2 forward packs rotating, our boys definitely stepped up. Defence was much better and set phases an improvement. Tries were scored by Ronan Byford, Ngatiki Wera-Cook and Campbell Henderson. Joe Bateson kicked 2 conversions. Joe Bateson controlled the game awesomely at first five and had a strong game. Too many names to mention who improved but collectively as a team we a moving in the right direction. Well done team!" Final score 37-19 to Gisborne Boys' High School


We are proud of our U14 Boys' rugby team, who after just one training together and only just being able to field a team, held their own and worked hard for the full 60 minute game. The defence was strong along with some great attacking skills.

Despite the odds of a few injuries and having to play the last 15 minutes with only 13 players the boys dug deep and managed to get the win! All in all, it was an excellent team effort with lots of positives. Looking forward to the season ahead!


Congratulations to Year 10 student Ronan Byford who has been selected as a participant in the 2022 Education Sports Program Trust Camps. ESP Trust hosts three U14 Rugby League educational sports camps each year conducted by three different NRL clubs delivering international standard development and character-building clinics to New Zealand's future stars.


This year the season is starting on the 30th of April - last weekend of the holidays. ALL teams will be playing on this day, so if your daughter cannot play on the 30th email Erin Nolan ASAP. Thank you


We are still looking for 1 netball coach for our junior team. There is coaching assistance available. Please contact Erin Nolan,


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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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