Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 3 - 19th February 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week on Tuesday the full school trialed online learning on site in the classroom to ensure everyone was confident in using our blended learning programme through Google Classroom. We will run a second day next week to build on the students’ skills and then later in March we will run a distance learning day from home for both the Junior and Senior School. These skills are important in the delivery of our curriculum, but essential in ensuring that Trident is well prepared in the event that we should need to go into a lockdown situation such as Covid-19 in 2020.

The development of leadership which sees community service as a fundamental attribute is core to our philosophy at Trident. It was wonderful therefore to see in The Beacon the photographs of our senior students running a sports event for the students at Apanui who have been displaced by the fire at the school. We have also supported them with a mufti day and Valentine’s fundraiser which combined raised over $1,500. The Prefects will liaise with the Principal at Apanui to see where these funds will be most useful, and our student school leaders will present their funds or goods bought through the funds, to the school.

Next week is Athletics Day which is a real celebration of the students’ “give it a go” mentality, as much as their athletic prowess. It is always lovely to see whanau there, so please come along and bring your tamariki to watch their siblings.

We also look forward to catching up with our year nine whanau again, and our year ten whanau for the first time this term, at our meet and greet evening on Wednesday night. This is a great time to meet with your student’s whanau ako teacher, find out what is happening in the classroom and see how we can work together to support your student’s learning. The junior years are so important in establishing good habits, learning new skills and developing positive relationships. These all have an impact on how our students fare when they get to the senior school and prepare for life beyond Trident.

Finally, thank you all for your support of the school in our rules around attendance, punctuality, bringing gear, uniform and lunches. Together we create a wonderful environment for our students’ to learn and grow in.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Monday 22nd February - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 24th February - Trident Y9 and Y10 Whanau Teacher Evening 6pm
  • Thursday 25th February - Athletics Day
  • Tuesday 9th March - Junior Online Learning Day
  • Tuesday 16th March - Senior Online Learning Day
  • Thursday 18th March - Swimming Sports
  • Friday 2nd April - Easter Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Thursday 8th April - Cross Country
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2


Our Head Boy Ben and Head Girl Hinemaringi have taken some time to introduce themselves to our community and share their insight into what makes Trident so special. Please click the link to take you to our website.


Head Boy - Ben White, Head Girl - Hinemaringi Scott

​Deputy Head Boys - Lukas Buchan and Holden Turner

Deputy Head Girls - Amelia Jefferies, Shakira McDonald

Pou Arahi Whetu - Lyrical Hohua Manu-Tapuke Waretini

SEC Prefects - Katie Addenbrooke and Neihana Henry

​Haki Grant, Awhina Murphy, Te Rauwaenga Tuhura, Salisa Page, Te Raku Paul, Malachi Gerrard, Kataraina Steadman, Dani Daw, Ellie Van Dusschoten, Ashley Pye, Emily Forsyth, Thea Rickard,

Ella-Rose Bain, Sasha Knight, Simon Prout, Niko Lillas, Draxell Hammond, Ben White, Sam Royal, Michael Esterhuizen, Ben Olifiers and Grace McDonald-Brown


Each morning you will see these smiling faces on the gate welcoming students to school for the day. Please feel free to stop, introduce yourself and have a chat on your way into school! Pictured are:

Ms Ginny Bellamy (Assistant Principal), Mrs Tui McCaull (Deputy Principal), Mrs Adrienne Scott-Jones (Principal), Mrs Caroline Reddish (Deputy Principal), Mrs Jay Haydon-Howard (Deputy Principal).


We are excited and proud to announce that further to Tahliah Temple's Outstanding Scholarship in Photography, her folio has been selected to be a part of the Top Art Exhibition this year. This is a great honour, Tahliah and our school are very proud.

Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year. Five streams are covered: design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Top Art provides an opportunity for secondary students and teachers to gain an understanding of what is required to achieve Excellence at Level 3. It also allows members of the public to see the high quality art being created in schools.


When a school in our community found themselves in a time of need it provides an opportunity to show our Trident spirit and lookout for how we can help others. One of the ways we are showing our support for Apanui School is through our 3PEU class who organised a Touch Tournament for around 80 of the Apanui Students and yesterday they did the same with a Football Tournament. Our 3PEU Growing Coaches Students planned the sessions, officiated and supported the Apanui students during the events and we could tell by the happy faces it was a success! Great work 3PEU and Team Trident!


Last Friday our Chess team were involved in a tutorial with two Grandmasters and former Number 1 Champion. We look forward to some more tactical chess players from Trident this year and look forward to sharing their success. If you wish to join our chess team please see Mr Williamson or Mrs Hay in the library.


Dani Daw and Ryan Townsend spent two weeks in Auckland at the Rotary Science and Technology Forum. Click the link below to read about their experience and why they encourage our science enthusiasts to apply for the next forum in 2022.


Last weekend six of our lifeguard students and one of our teachers competed in the Bay of Plenty competition at Ohope beach. Rikki Fitzgerald and Mereaira Edgar competed for Opotiki Surfclub and got a 1st for both the long and short course canoe. Mr Steve Williamson also competed for Opotiki Surfclub in the masters division and placed 3rd in flags, 4th in 2k run, 5th in the Surf Race and a 2nd in the Masters Canoe.

For the Whakatane Surfclub, Caitlyn Esterhuizen came 1st in the U15 Ski Race and Zoe Christie got a 2nd in Flags and a 3rd in the 2km Run. The girls teamed up with two more team mates and placed 2nd in both the short and long course canoe and a 3rd in the sprint relay.

Michael Esterhuizen got a 2nd in the U17 ski and a 3rd in the U19 ski events. Ben Moir placed 1st in the U17 Flags and Sprint events. The boys teamed up and came 1st in both the Short and Long Course Canoe, 3rd in U17 Sprint Relay, 2nd in U19 Double Ski, 2nd in Board Relay, 1st in Ski Relay, 3rd in U17 Taplin Relay and then finished the weekend with a 1st in the Open 6 Person Taplin Relay which was a thrilling relay to watch! Great results by all our lifeguards, they are now preparing for Nationals in mid March at Ohope beach.


Layla Rowland, who is in Year 10 this year, has been busy this summer, swimming at various competitions. In the New Zealand Open Water Champs in Taupo where she swam 5km she placed 11th, a great result in cold water without a wetsuit! As part of her training for this event and in a stand alone series, she has been swimming in the Open Water series at the Mount every Thursday where one of the swims was the bridge to bridge. Layla has also competed in the Rotoma Open Swim race around the Mount. Well done Layla, keep up the good work!


Bailey Fredericksen has had a busy summer competing in Mountain Biking. He won Gold in the 65km Mountain Bike in the Saint James Mountain Sports Festival in Hanmer Springs in January, a great achievement! He went on to place third in the under 17 category in the last round of the Mid North Island Junior Series Mountain Biking in Tokoroa. Unfortunately Bailey's competing has come to a pause as he crashed in the North Island XC Mountain Bike Championship in the under 19s DNF and is recovering from his injury. We congratulate Bailey and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery!


Congratulations to Maia Rose Rogers who has spent her summer travelling around the top of the North Island and then the South Island following the rodeo trail as she competes in Barrel racing in the Junior category. She is currently placing 5-6th in New Zealand and continues her racing into March. We wish Maia Rose luck and look forward to sharing her final placing at the end of the season.


Our annual, Athletics Day is coming round fast. This is an extremely special day on the school calendar as it gives students, staff and our community a chance to come together to witness the very special spirit and school culture TEAM TRIDENT has.


To help us do this we ask all our student community to respect our SEVEN GOLDEN RULES so that the event can be as special as we know it will be - MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT HOUSE ASSEMBLIES AND YEAR GROUP ASSEMBLIES THIS WEEK AND EARLY NEXT WEEK.

Please see below SEVEN GOLDEN RULES for Athletics Day on Thursday 25th Feb 2021 :-

  1. All students to arrive to school in Uniform and get changed into your House Colours after Form Time **REMEMBER NO PAINT IS ALLOWED - IT IS HORRIBLE TO CLEAN UP FOR OUR HARD-WORKING CLEANERS - RESPECT FOR OTHERS**
  2. No gang reference clothing such as bandana's etc, . If you bring them YOU WILL LOSE THEM. This is a TRIDENT DAY, lets make it great for all of us.
  3. Do not bring valuables to Athletics Day.
  4. Bring a small bag to keep with you which has sun block, a hat, a drink and some lunch. The School Canteen will be CLOSED on ATHLETICS DAY but SCHOOL LUNCHES will still be provided and refreshments will be sold on the day by TRIDENT HIGH SCHOOL GBI TEAM
  5. If you are not competing you must STAY IN YOUR HOUSE ZONES in the Tents at the side of track. Only competing field event students are allowed in centre of the track.
  6. Your Whanau Room / Whanau Ako Room will be locked at 8:50am on Thursday and will not re-open until the end of the day. Make sure you have everything you need at the start of the day as you will not be allowed back in.
  7. 7Have an awesome time, show quality work, respect for others and Kia Manawa Nui and remember to FILL YOUR ATHLETICS CARDS by doing AT LEAST FIVE EVENTS.

Thanks Mr Stanhope


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