Trident Leads

Term 4 Week 6 - 26th November 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

NCEA Senior Exams

This week we saw the seniors return to school to begin their externals. It has been a big year for them all and I was proud to see them arriving promptly and well-prepared for these important assessments. Please keep supporting and encouraging them through these next few weeks - they need time to revise, good sleeping habits and access to healthy food. They are welcome to work from school in the library and continue to get the school meals if they want to do so. Similarly, we welcome those seniors who are finishing their courses and ensuring they have gained their NCEA certification before they head off for the summer. Knowing that you have passed the year before you go on holiday or start your summer job is such a satisfying and fulfilling feeling. Encourage your young adult to do this; they will feel so much better if they do!

Junior end of year exams

This week we have seen the junior students begin their end of year exams. For our year nine students this is particularly challenging, as they will not have had the experience of such formal testing before. It was good to see the seriousness with which they followed the process and the preparations that they had put in place. This kind of challenge, where we ask students to step into a new space, and be courageous in terms of self-discipline and effort, is such an important life skill and I commend our students for their willingness to do their best. The exams finish on Wednesday next week, so please support our students over the weekend to continue their revision and their studies, so that they can justifiably be proud of their mahi.

A special shout out to 10AKU, our Apex class, who sat the NCEA Level One Maths exam this week; kia manawa nui! I was delighted to hear that one student was relieved that the paper was more accessible and easier than the benchmark exams - we look forward to their results with interest.

Year Nine and Ten Camp and Activity Week

Huge thanks are due to the teachers who are spending so much time and energy to make sure that our juniors get to finish the year in style with a fun week of trips and on site activities.The Trident Board generously funded this week to make sure that all of our students could take part in the activities and there are some amazing days and treats planned. Please make sure your student is at school to make the most of celebrating the end of year with their friends and make the most of these opportunities.

Covid-19 Update

Once again I would like to confirm that Trident is following all government guidelines to ensure the safety of our community at school. It is vital that we maintain teaching and learning and refuse to let the pandemic interrupt our young adults' education unnecessarily. We are strictly following the requirements which have been trialled successfully in other cities and countries. Our young adults have borne the brunt of so much disruption and stress over the last two years and we owe it to them to try to give them as normal a school experience as possible when we can.

Have a lovely weekend with whanau -

Nga mihi

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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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.


  • Friday 26th November - Wednesday 1st December - Junior Exams
  • Thursday 2nd December - NCEA Accord Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 6th December - Friday 10th December - Y 9 Activity Week & Y10 Camp Week
  • Tuesday 14th December - Junior Prize Giving


Every Year 9 and Year 10 student has been issued with a Study Timetable in their Google Classroom to help them prepare for their exams on 26 November - 1 December. We suggest that parents sit down with their student and fill in five study times for each of the four core subjects; English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Be specific about the topic you will study, for example in Mathematics you could write “Complete Algebra worksheets”. Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Subject teachers will provide your student with suitable exam preparation activities, this study timetable helps you plan when to complete these activities. Creating an exam study timetable with your student allows whanau/families to know how much study their student should be completing.
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Did you know that Toi Ohomai, Ngati Awa, Extreme Boats and Marine Specialised Technologies Academies are partnering to offer Boat Building / Engineering, Level 2, courses next year through Futures Academy?

These courses will pathway students directly to employment and apprenticeship opportunities in our local boat building industry.

Apply by asking for an application from our careers advisor and/or go to the Futures Academy website to print out an application form.


What great feedback we received on the talented Trident teacher's band!

Not only are our staff at Trident top quality teachers, they are also talented musicians and we were lucky to have them perform Six60's Pepeha at our Senior Prizegiving last week. Well done and thank you to our staff band!


Could all Y9 and Y10 students who have a long term loan Chromebook from Trident please return them to school, along with the charger by Wednesday the 1st December.

Wednesday 1st December is the last day of Junior exams and students will not need them for their learning after that date. (Chromebooks will be provided when needed in Y9 Activity Week) If students are able to work on their revision without their chromebooks it would be much appreciated if they could return them to their Whanau Ako teacher even earlier.


Over the last couple of weekends Year 11 Talia Good competed at the Whanganui and Taranaki A&P shows. She placed 2nd in the 115cm Mini Pix and 3rd in the 110cm on her pony Prima Donna Girl. Congratulations Talia and Prima Donna Girl, a great result that we know is due to practice and dedication to your sport.


Following a successful beach clean up by our 2020 GBI class with thanks to our generous sponsors DISTINCT, CADERA, SALT SPRAY SURF SCHOOL, RAY WHITE OHOPE & SALT AIR SURF SHOP, the class now has a scholarship ready to honour a student of the 2022 GBI class.

This scholarship will enable a student who will benefit from a financial contribution and otherwise may not have been able to attend this fantastic opportunity on Great Barrier Island. Another thank you to our sponsors and our GBI class, who on top of the business sponsors, managed to gain individual sponsorship to support this scholarship. A big thank you to Ms Elliot for her amazing organisation.


Congratulations Julie Urquhart , on winning the Beautify Whakatane Pryde Competition for Trident High School. The Whakatane District Council runs this competition yearly between our local schools. This is well-deserved recognition of the hard work and pride Julie takes in making our school gardens so beautiful.


We would like to congratulate Trident's 2011 Head Boy Jonathan Jansen on his new role as CEO for NZ Esports Federation.

As a school we take pride in our alumni and eagerly follow their progress through study and into career pathways. It is great to be able to share the success of our alumni and hopefully inspire our current students.


Futures Academy for 2022

Ms Wildash is currently interviewing students for the Futures Academy 2022. There are some exciting new courses including boat handling, early childhood education, game design, computer security and creative arts, as well as our regular programs, construction, automotive, agriculture, boat building, engineering, hair and beauty, IT, driving, hospitality, tourism etc. Please see Ms Wildash if you are interested.

Tertiary Study for 2022

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications. Students should also check out and

Student Allowance and Loans

Year 13 students who have turned 18 may be eligible for a student allowance, please see Ms McGowan for more information. Students needing to set up their studylink accounts for 2022 should see Ms McGowan for assistance.

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, and Mrs Jo McGowan (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


The school canteen which is being run by Boys Football as a fundraiser is now open at interval and lunchtime.

We will be selling a range of hot and cold goodies from our DELICIOUS, VALUE FOR MONEY MENU ! Please make sure you bring cash as we do not accept card payments.

See you then !!

Mr Stanhope

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Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022
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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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